Hi Dynalisters, below is we’ve been up to in July:
Now you select multiple items on mobile and make changes to them in bulk.
We added new menu options and custom shortcuts to expand an item to 1 to 4 levels deep. That is, if you expand to level 2, anything that’s less than 2 levels deep will be expanded, whereas anything deeper will be collapsed. This is super useful for quickly switching between a high level and a fine-grained view.
Note: these features are available on the web version right now, coming to desktop and mobile apps shortly.
Hi Dynalisters, below is we’ve been up to in June. And happy Canada day to fellow Canadians!
New option to show backlinks to an item. Enable it in Settings – Preferences – Internal links – Show backlinks. When it’s enabled, you’ll be able to see number of backlinks to each item next to the bullet point, as well as all the references underneath the currently zoomed item.
• New theme: Dark Gold.
New font option: Inter. Inter is a great open-source sans serif font that’s modern and minimalist.
[Tag] To avoid an extra space after the tag, now punctuation is no longer part of the tag if followed by a space.
[Search] Fixed document hide note option was not respected in Flat Search.
[Word count] Fixed incorrect word count for Cyrillic text.
[UI] Fixed export buttons not visible when opening a long item in version history.
Now you have more control over how your lists look when you share a link with others! To do that, tweak the options in the sharing dialog below the link.
Please note that these options will change the link, and is non-sticky. This is so that you can share the same document with different looks and configurations.
If you leave everything to default, the generated link will point to a fully expanded version of the document, with default light theme, and with images not displayed inline (you need to hover your mouse over it to see the image).
[Bookmarks] Added custom shortcut to toggle bookmark current item or search.
[Search] Adjusted weight for items that are in the same document (we moved them up) and that are checked off (we moved them down).
[Word count] Fixed word count not updating after incoming changes from other devices.
[UX] Fixed weird issue where Google Chrome password manager would prompt you to fill in your email when using Node Mover.
As many of you have heard, for the past few months we have been working on the side on a new thing called Obsidian. Obsidian public beta was launched two days ago, and we figure we should let you guys know about it too.
Obsidian is quite different from Dynalist, as it’s a knowledge base that’s works on top of a local folder of Markdown files. It’s also not an outliner (as in you can’t zoom, expand, or collapse). The use case of Obsidian is more about deliberately writing down and revisiting notes, more than quick and friction-less brainstorming and capturing. Obsidian values connections more, whereas Dynalist values structures more.
If you’re interested in Obsidian, feel free to check it out! Its use case does overlap with Dynalist a bit, but not much, and we’ve heard many people having successes with using both for different purposes. As for Dynalist, we will develop and maintain it as usual; we don’t expect much to change.
If you have any questions, feel free to reach us via either our forum or the email!
Word count. You can now see word count in the bottom bar! It will show the number of words and items in your current zoomed in item.
If you write your outline in your items and the actual content in the note fields, you may find our separate word counts for “in item” and “in note” helpful.
Per-document RTL setting. We learned that many RTL language users actually have documents in both English and the RTL language, so we added a way to override text direction on a per-document basis.
[Drag and drop] You can now drag an item into a document in the file pane to quickly move it to the end of the document! The landing position is consistent with the “Move item to” option under Settings – Preferences – Advanced settings, so you can also choose to move it to the start of the document.
[UI] Auto-detect dark theme. If you’re on the default theme setting, and your system is set to dark mode, the dark theme will be used. You can choose to always use Light or Dark theme by overriding it in Settings – Preferences – Appearance – Theme. The theme will change in real-time, so if your computer automatically changes theme at a certain time, Dynalist’s theme will change as well.
[Search] Improve fuzzy search accuracy in “Move to…”, internal link suggestion, and item finder. Before, a search query would match fragments of words all across an item.
[Stability] Improved server stability by offloading unnecessary attachment processing.
[File attachments] File attachments load faster as they’re now cached.
[Search] Fixed “has:checkbox” search query also searches in parent; it should only search the current item.
[UI] Fixed RTL layout breaks tag pane UI on mobile.
[Editor] Fixed backslash escaping characters in undesirable ways. It should only escape characters that are used in Markdown formatting.
[Code blocks] fixed trailing newline at end of rendered code blocks.
[Item finder] Fixed results being inaccessible when long results push lower results out of the screen.