Category Archives: Announcements

PSA: line break issue fixed

Note: if you do not use line breaks in items or notes, this change will not affect you.

Have you ever hit return and found it not working? Upon hitting Enter again it works. You might suspect it’s something wrong with your Enter key, but the culprit is actually the browser.

Basically, when you pressed Enter the first time, it worked, but the browser decides that it should hide the last line break, if there’s no text following the line break. This has caused a host of bugs in Dynalist.

We’re fixing it today by automatically appending an invisible line break (hidden by the browser) at the end of each item and note, so that the line breaks that you make will always be visible.

The consequence is that for all the text that you’ve entered line breaks in, there will be an extra line break at the end of the text.

To fix this, we’ve temporary added a new option to each document called “Clean up newlines”. It will remove all the extra trailing newlines in this document, for both the items and the notes.

This option will be available for a month, so clean up your line breaks now before the new year comes! 😊

Feel free to let us know in the comments or via feedback if you have any questions or concerns about this.

v1.1.17: a huge mobile update

Recently we worked on improving the Dynalist mobile app with a laser-sharp focus, and v1.1.17 is our first step!

Released in the Play Store today, v1.1.17 will arrive at the App Store shortly. This update features:

  • Share text or URL directly to Dynalist inbox. This is only available for Android right now, and be sure to set up your inbox beforehand. Unlike using a shortcut to capture to inbox on web and desktop, this feature is not a Pro feature and anyone can use it.
  • Sort tags in the tag pane.
  • Fixed issues with back button for Android only.
  • Fixed checkbox being hard to tap on.
  • Slimmer item toolbar for more screen space.
  • More intuitive Lock Mode UI.
  • Allow single tap on folder name of toggle expand or collapse it. Before, you need to tap on the tiny triangle toggler icon to toggle it.
  • Added exit button for the date picker interface. Before, if you accidentally opened the date picker, there’s no way to exit it.
  • Fixed Ctrl key sometimes gets stuck when using an external keyboard with Dynalist.
  • Removed collapse/expand buttons in Search Everywhere results since they don’t make sense.

There are still tons of mobile improvements waiting to be done. Stay tuned for our next big mobile app update! 🤗

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. 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.

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!