Category Archives: Announcements

See your changes: version history

Have you ever wanted to find deleted content or check who made changes? Now you can do that!

Meet our latest Pro feature: version history.

To see the version history of a document, right click and choose “Version history”. On the left, you’ll see the list of revisions, and you can click on “Load more” if you’re looking for earlier changes.

After you select a version in the left sidebar, you’ll see the “Before Side” on the left. The Before Side shows the state of the document before a certain version is applied. On the right we have the “After Side”, and it contains the state after applying the change. You can choose to hide the After Side by toggling the checkbox in the top right corner.

On the Before Side, removals are shown in red, and on the After Side, additions are shown in green. By clicking any item on the Before Side or After Side, you can export it. The export interface allows you to export to three formats (formatted, plain text, OPML), or download HTML or OPML files. To navigate from the export interface to the version information, click on “Back to version” at the top of the export interface.

We have some ideas in mind for future improvements on this feature, but would love to hear what you think as well. Feedback are welcome in the comments or on the forum!

New 50% off student discount!

We were students just a while back too, so we totally get it that students sometimes don’t have the money to support their favorite tools, even if they want.

So today we’re announcing our new 50% off student discount!

It’s simple to apply for a student discount: use your school email address to send us an email. If the email you used to sign up is your school email, the in-app feedback option works too.

In the email, include the following:

  1. Name of your school;
  2. Your expected graduation year;
  3. The email you signed up Dynalist with, if it’s not your school email;
  4. (Optional) A few words on how you plan to use Dynalist Pro 🙂

The student discount needs to be renewed every year.

If you have any questions about the student discount, or want to extend your free trial before taking advantage of the discount, just let us know!

P.S. Early bird pricing is stackable with the student discount.

PSA: shortcut changes

The motivation

As some of you may know, we’ve been wanting to tweak our default shortcuts for some time now. There are three major reasons:

  1. Some shortcuts conflict with typing certain characters in certain keyboard layouts such as French and Polish. Examples: Ctrl+Alt+1 and Ctrl+Alt+3, since Ctrl+Alt is equivalent to AltGr on those keyboard layouts. Our current workaround is to provide an option to choose your keyboard layout, but honestly it sucks because it’s hacky and unintuitive.
  2. Some shortcuts conflict with browser default shortcuts. Example: Ctrl+L is used to go to address bar in Chrome, but in Dynalist it formats text as LaTeX.
  3. Some shortcuts are not usable on Mac. They input a character and is never captured by our system. Example: Alt+C to toggle checked items.

The solution

Our solution is to change all of the problematic shortcuts at once, to avoid having you guys adjust multiple times as we iterate on this, hence this PSA. The following is what going to change:

Removed but still customizable

  1. Toggle checked item visibility (previously Alt+C)
  2. Toggle notes visibility (previously Alt+N)
  3. Insert LaTeX (previously Ctrl+L)
  4. Make heading 1~3 (previously Ctrl+Alt+1~3), clear heading (previously Ctrl+Alt+0)
  5. Make color label 1~6 (previously Ctrl+Shift+1~6), clear color label (previously Ctrl+Shift+Backtick)

Changed

  1. Make checklist is changed from Ctrl+Alt+C to Ctrl+Shift+C.
  2. Make numbered list is changed from Ctrl+Alt+N to Ctrl+Shift+X.

Added

  1. Toggle heading, which is Ctrl+Shift+H.
  2. Toggle color label, which is Ctrl+Shift+L.
  3. New shortcut to add strikethrough or mark text as strikethrough. It’s empty and customizable.

Changes can be a bit hard to adjust to at first, and we hope you can bear with us! The existing conflicts have caused much confusion and annoyance, which is why we’re changing them for the better.

Thanks for reading!

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.

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. VoilĂ ! 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.

Early bird price ending soon

With the release of the iOS app, the 50% off early bird price will end soon. The price change will go into effect at midnight July 15, 2017 EDT.

If you subscribe before the price change happens, your account will be eligible for the early bird price for life, even if you unsubscribe.

In other words, if you have subscribed before the price change happens, no matter if you decide to unsubscribe or stay subscribed afterwards, you’ll always be eligible for the early bird price.

Feel free to let us know if you have any questions about the price change!

iOS app is here

Woohoo, the Dynalist iOS app is finally here!

With the iOS app, you can view and edit everything on the go, even when you don’t have internet connection.

This is just a beginning, and we look forward to adding lots of mobile specific enhancements in the future. Help us improve by sending us feedback on how Dynalist can make you more productive on the go!

Finally, special thanks to our 100+ closed beta testers. Thanks for testing it out and providing early feedback!

All your tags in one place: tag pane

Are you still managing tags at the top of your document by hand? Put an end to that grunt work with our newest Pro feature: tag pane!

Tag pane

In the tag pane, the list of tags in the current document and in all documents are displayed and dynamically updated. Clicking on each tag will initiate a search for that tag.

The tags are ordered by frequency, and the number of occurrences is noted in parenthesis right after the tag.

The future plans for tag pane includes (1) making the “Document tags” and “All tags” expandable and (2) adding more sorting options. Feel free to send us a feedback or leave a comment below if you’ve got ideas on how to make it more useful!

Google Calendar integration

The newest addition to Pro features is here: Google Calendar integration!

To start syncing events to your Google Calendar, first link your Google Calendar account. Then, let Dynalist know which calendar you want sync to, and which Dynalist documents you want to sync. For full instructions, see here.

After setting it up, the dates in Dynalist will be added and updated in Google Calendar as they are created and edited. For example, if I write this in Dynalist:

This will add a new event to your Google Calendar like this:

The event details will look like this, containing the note, breadcrumb of the item, and a link to the original Dynalist item:

Note that the sync happens in the background every minute, and it takes some time to process the events and send them over to Google. If you refresh your Google Calendar right after you add a date, it’s normal that it doesn’t show up right away. Do let us know if it still doesn’t show up after 10 minutes or so (make sure the document is synced though!).

We hope this makes Dynalist more useful for you. Enjoy!

Easily moving items anywhere

Another heavily requested feature is here: moving items anywhere!

When editing an item, you can use the shortcut Ctrl+Shift+M (customizable) to invoke this popup to move the current item. It also works for multiple items.

If you’re not a fan of shortcuts, you can also find the “Move to…” option in the item menu.

Hope you guys like it. Cheers!