Author Archives: Dynalist Team

Weekly update: 2017 week #38

This is our weekly update for the 38th week of 2017. The features and fixes might arrive at the desktop and mobile app a few days later than the web version.


Feature

  • [Import] Import from OPML. Now you can click on the “+” icon at the top of the file pane and directly import an OPML file into a new document.


Improved

  • [Search] Search Everywhere results now correctly use the checked item and note visibility settings. For example, if you’ve set checked items to be hidden and notes to only show 1st line, this will now be consistent in Search Everywhere results.
  • [Daily backup] Now you can move the Dynalist backup folder in your Google Drive root, as long as you don’t rename it.

Fixed

  • [Print] Fixed printed document doesn’t take full page width when the Shortcut & Formatting Help pane is open.

Weekly update: 2017 week #37

This is our weekly update for the 37th week of 2017. The features and fixes might arrive at the desktop and mobile app a few days later than the web version.


Improved

  • [Search] Always show completed items when searching for “is:completed”, even when you’ve set completed items to hidden.
  • [Mobile] Allow opening all external URL schemes. That is, you can open links to open other apps (e.g. opening an Evernote link that starts with “evernote://”) in Dynalist.

Fixed

  • Fixed pasting from Microsoft Word randomly deletes spaces.
  • Fixed Up/Down key not working currently in the current zoomed in item title when there are multiple lines.
  • Fixed “**#tag**” doesn’t correctly show up as bold.

Weekly update: 2017 week #36

This is our weekly update for the 36th week of 2017. The features and fixes might arrive at the desktop and mobile app a few days later than the web version.


Feature

  • [Mobile app] True black mode. Under this mode, the background color is true black, which is softer on the eye during the night, as well as saving battery on AMOLED displays.

Improved

  • [Inbox capture] Added global shortcut to invoke Dynalist capture to inbox on the desktop app (coming in version 1.0.40).
  • [Mobile app] Made Tab to indent and Shift+Tab to unindent shortcuts work with external keyboards on the iOS mobile app (coming in version 1.1.14).
  • [Shortcut] Pro users can now customize the shortcuts for indenting and unindenting as well.
  • [Account] You can now delete your account on your own.
  • [Account] You can now unlink your Google account on your own.
  • [Support] We updated most how-to guides to include instructions for the mobile app. They used to only contain instructions for web/desktop app.

Fixed

  • [UI/minor] Fixed document/folder context menu is sometimes blank when you resize the app.

Weekly update: 2017 week #35

This is our weekly update for the 35th week of 2017. The features and fixes might arrive at the desktop and mobile app a few days later than the web version.


Improved

  • [Inbox] Added option to capture to the top of the inbox item rather than the bottom. This option can be found in Settings – Preferences – Your inbox.
  • [Infrastructure] As mentioned in our postmortem, we’ve optimized database indices to make a particularly slow query run much faster to reduce risk for downtime in the future.

Fixed

  • [Sync] Fixed some client sync issues that were related to the downtime last week. We also added warning when sync fails and edited the “make backup” explanation to be clearer to avoid accidental data loss.
  • [Copy/paste] Fixed links sometimes not properly converted to Markdown when pasted into Dynalist.
  • [Referral] We’ve set referral pages to be not indexable by the search engines to prevent referral abuse, after discovering that a referral link appeared as the top result for “dynolist” on Google.
  • [Inbox] Fixed cursor position not being restored after capturing to inbox.
  • [UI/minor] Fixed cannot view created date when hovering the bullet point on desktop app (will be released in the next desktop version).

2017/08/28 outage postmortem

For those not familiar with the word “postmortem” in our context, it’s a report after a serious incident that explains the causes of the incident and comes up with ways to prevent such incidents in the future.

Background info: Dynalist was slow and sometimes inaccessible from 2 AM to around 2:28 PM EDT on August 28, 2017. No data was lost.

Link to the postmortem (analysis): click here.

We’re really, really sorry for this incident and the inconveniences it caused.

Weekly update: 2017 week #34

This is our weekly update for the 34th week of 2017. The features and fixes might arrive at the desktop and mobile app a few days later than the web version.


Feature

  • Real-time sync. Now instead of asking the server “is there any changes?” every few seconds, the server “pushes” things to the client whenever there’s change. This is only being tested on the web app right now; soon it will be available on desktop and mobile apps too. (So Francisco you guessed right last week! 👍)

Improved

  • [Infrastructure] On Saturday night, we migrated and scaled our severs as server usage has grown a lot. With the new setup, we expect server availability to be better in the long term.

Fixed

  • [UI/minor] Fixed “Ctrl+Enter” to enter global search doesn’t show up as “Cmd+Enter” on macOS.

Weekly update: 2017 week #33

This is our weekly update for the 33rd week of 2017. The features and fixes might arrive at the desktop and mobile app a few days later than the web version.


Feature

  • Capture to inbox! For details, please see the blog post here.

Sneak peek

  • We’ve been working on something related to sync and it should come out next week. Stay tuned! 😇 (You’re also welcome to guess what it is)

Improved

  • [File finder] Now when you first open file finder with Ctrl+O without no search keyword, you see the last 5 documents you accessed rather than random results.
  • [File finder] Updated the UI:

Fixed

  • [Mobile app] Fixed the toolbar disappears sometimes when you create a new item (fixed in version 1.1.13).
  • [Mobile app] Fixed view not scrolled to cursor when you focus on an item or continue typing (fixed in version 1.1.13).

Capture stuff to your inbox!

As promised at the end of 2016, one of our focused areas in 2017 is to make capturing information into Dynalist easier. Now we’ve made the first step towards it: capture to your inbox!

It’s really simple: set an item or a document as your inbox by selecting “Set as inbox” in the menu. Then, invoke the capture screen with Ctrl+Shift+I (I for “inbox”), type your thought, and hit Enter. Voilà! What you just typed will be sent to your inbox item.

The capture feature is Pro-only, but free users can set an inbox location for future capture features too (e.g. a Dynalist clipper/capture browser extension).

We hope you like it!

 

Footnote 1: The shortcut for invoke the capture screen is customizable under Keymap – General too.

Footnote 2: This feature will come to the desktop apps soon.

Weekly update: 2017 week #32

This is our weekly update for the 32nd week of 2017. The features and fixes might arrive at the desktop and mobile app a few days later than the web version.


Feature

  • New customizable shortcut: go to parent item. This is under the “Navigating & moving” section in Settings – Keymap.
  • New customizable shortcut: go to previous sibling and go to next sibling. This is under the “Navigating & moving” section in Settings – Keymap.
  • New customizable shortcut: duplicate current item. This is under the “Working with lists” section in Settings – Keymap.

Improved

  • [Keymap] Now you can add multiple shortcuts or remove current shortcuts for an action.
  • [Mobile] Now the mobile app will attempt to sync when it’s brought up from the background. This is be available in the next mobile app update.
  • [UI/minor] Now you can go up from the first item to the current root item with the Up arrow key.

Fixed

  • [Search] Fixed items with children don’t properly show the parent bullet (circled dot) in search.
  • [UI/minor] Fixed Up arrow doesn’t work when the cursor is at the beginning of a line in a multi-line item, excepting the first line.
  • [UI/minor] Fixed expand/collapse icon overlaps with the bullet after window is resized to be narrower than really narrow (less than 600px).
  • [UI/minor] Fixed left pane becomes empty after window is resized to be narrower than really narrow (less than 600px).

Weekly update: 2017 week #31

This is our weekly update for the 31st week of 2017. The features and fixes might arrive at the desktop and mobile app a few days later than the web version.


Improved

  • [Mobile] After making lots of changes on web or desktop, now on mobile all these changes will be applied together at once rather than applied one by one. Coming in the next mobile app release!
  • [UI/minor] Improved responsiveness of dragging and dropping items and now it’s 4 times faster! Shout-out to Rudi Chen for letting us know about this inefficiency.

Fixed

  • [Print] Fixed Shortcuts & Formatting Help section gets printed when it’s present.
  • [Print] Fixed bullet point of the currently hovered item gets printed in Article View.