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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!

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!

Adding colors to your list: color labels

Many of you visual thinkers have been asking us to add colors to Dynalist, and now here it is!

It’s really simple to use: open the item menu and click on the color you want. Click on the same color to remove it.

Even faster, you can use Ctrl+Shift+1~6 to apply color labels. Ctrl+Shift+` (grave accent) will remove the color.

As usual, with Dynalist Pro you can customize these shortcuts to your liking.

We plan to offer customization of the colors sometime in the future. If you need that really badly though, do let us know.

Enjoy the colors and we wish you a happy and colorful New Year! 🙂

Year in review 2016 + 50% off sale

2016 flew by pretty fast. Looking back, we did do a bunch of things though.

Major product changes include:

  • Search everywhere
  • Tag autocomplete
  • Bookmarks
  • File upload (image upload came first)
  • Internal links
  • Toggle visibility of note
  • Numbered list
  • Date support
  • Sepia theme
  • Desktop apps (Windows, macOS, Linux)
  • Read mode on mobile
  • Android app enters closed beta

Major non-product changes include:

  • Referral program
  • Help center
  • Community forum

All this plus god-knows-how-many minor improvements and fixes. Oh, and 30 weekly updates (we started doing that mid-year).

But seriously, we couldn’t have possibly done this without you guys. You guys are the ones who actually use Dynalist every day and send us feedback. We use Dynalist for everything ourselves too, but we alone could never accomplish the things above.

Thank you guys for the criticism, the motivational notes, and the elaborate suggestions. We love you guys!

As a gift from us, we’re offering a 50% discount off Dynalist Pro until January 5, 2017. Use the code XMAS16 when checking out or go here.

Now that it’s almost 2017, we want to keep you in the loop about what to look forward to in the new year. Big direction wise, we’re focusing on these four (in order of importance):

  1. Mobile. This includes releasing the mobile apps, bridging the functionality gap between desktop and mobile, and adding mobile-specific enhancements.
  2. Collaboration. This includes things like true real-time collaboration, comments, and revision history. Whatever that makes Dynalist work better for teams.
  3. Automation. API and possible integrations.
  4. Capture. This includes adding items by sending in emails, browser clipper extension, and possibly a widget for the Android app.

Of course, our priorities are always changing, but at least this is where we see things are going right now. We hope to still have you around in the new year!