Author Archives: Dynalist Team

July update

Hi all! Here’s a rundown of July changes:


  • File reordering improvements. Now you can drop files into collapsed or empty folders by dropping on the right side of the file pane. Moreover, the drop location is now indicated by a line rather than moving the file around, making it easier to drop files precisely at where you want them to be.
  • We’ve updated the desktop app to use Electron 4.2.6. This fixes (1) the issue with numbering in number lists and (2) the macOS bug where only the first page gets printed.


  • Fixed sync issue of items getting out of order sometimes.
  • Fixed clicking on a bookmarked search doesn’t update the query timestamp. This caused new results to not show up as time passes when you click it again.
  • Fixed code styles are not applied when printing a document.
  • Fixed cannot open another document’s mind map view with the file menu option (“another document” being a document that’s not the currently open one).
  • Fixed Up and Down keys not working in the select inbox location setting.

June update: checklist change PSA and tons of improvements

Hi all! Here’s a rundown of Dynalist June changes:


  • Drag item under an empty or collapsed item. To drag under an item, land the cursor on the right half of the document. Landing on the left half will drop it as a sibling as the neighbor items.


  • PSA: Checklist change. Now when you make an item a checklist, all its child items will get checkboxes, but excluding itself.
    This makes the checklists look cleaner. On top of that, it helps group actionable items together and thus reinforces the hierarchical structure.
    If you want the old behavior back, please enable the “Show checkbox in front of checklist parent” option under Settings – Preferences – Advanced.
  • Now you can sort items by date. Items will be sorted by the first date in them.

  • Flat search sort. Now you can sort the flat search results the same way you sort items (by title, date, checked, edited time, and creation time).
  • Search: new search operator “parent:”, followed by the keyword you wish to find in the parent item of the matched items. For example, “apple parent:trees” will only find items that contain “apple” whose direct parent also contains “trees”.
  • Search: new search operator “has:children”. This operator will only match items that have one or more children items.
  • Inbox: now you can set your inbox location directly in settings. No need to find the item and choose the “Set as inbox” option in its menu. Click here to see the updated help center guide.
  • Export: with each format (formatted, plain text, OPML), now you can choose to copy the exported content to your clipboard or download it as a file.
  • Mind map view: notes are now shown on mind maps.
  • Now Search Everywhere and Flat Search have customizable shortcuts, in case you don’t like the defaults (Ctrl+Enter and Shift+Enter).


  • Fixed clicking on the document titles in Search Everywhere results doesn’t jump to the document.
  • Fixed absence of proper error message when trying to drop multiple files to upload.
  • Fixed Korean fonts not working on latest macOS.

Mobile app 1.3.3 update

  • iOS: fixed copy paste issue.
  • iOS: fixed not being able to upload files sometimes after iOS 12 update.
  • Fixed keyboards not showing up after first tap after app launch.
  • Fixed document being vertically scrollable when “Highlight current item” is enabled.
  • Fixed tapping on the move item success message would reload the app.
  • Added “Mind map view” option to the document menu.

May update: flat search and more

Hi All!

As usual, below is our update for May. Sorry for being a little late because of the migration.

New Features

If you often search for things that are several levels deep and find the page crowded by all the items up the chain, the new flat search is here for you.

After entering the keyboard, either click on “Flat search” or use the Shift+Enter shortcut. The result, like Search Everywhere, is read-only. Clicking on the item will lead you there.


  • Tags now auto-complete in Search Everywhere too.
  • We have migrated Dynalist to dedicated servers. Dedicated servers make Dynalist much more reliable. The new servers are also much more performant in every way. As a result, Dynalist now loads faster for most people.
  • Visual improvement for the upload manager.
  • When clicking on a search result bookmark, it will now update the current page even if you’re already on it. Before, nothing will happen and you won’t get the updated search results by clicking on the current bookmark. You had to click something else and come back in order to see the updated search results.


  • Fixed pasting multiple paragraphs doesn’t properly convert formatting into Markdown.
  • Fixed using Ctrl+Shift+V to paste without formatting will paste twice on the desktop app.
  • Fixed items showing up as checked in Move Item and Internal Link suggestions if the document root is accidentally checked off.
  • Fixed zooming out not landing you on the current item.
  • Fixed item bullet tooltip getting cropped out by the file pane.

Scheduled migration on 2019/6/1

Update: migration is smooth; it took us 90 minutes less than predicted. Dynalist is now also quite a bit faster! 🙂

Hi folks,

Because of the downtime we had last week (see the postmortem post for details), we will migrate to a new dedicated server. This will require some downtime for the migration.

The migration will take place from 8 PM on 2019/6/1 to 1 AM on 2019/6/2 EDT. We have chosen this time period in order to affect the least amount of users; we’re really sorry if you’re going to access Dynalist at that time.

During the downtime, you will not be able to load the Dynalist web app nor access our web pages. If you’re using the desktop app or the mobile app, changes will be only be saved locally. Once the new server is up and running, the unsynced changes will be synced to our server.

If you want to be able to work on your Dynalist documents during the downtime, please download our desktop app or mobile app in advance. Thanks!

April update

Hi All! Here’s our update for April:


  • Tags now auto-complete in search. Woohoo!
  • To make things even better, tags also auto-completes in inbox capture.
  • Checked status, color label, and heading now show up in mind map view.
  • Added custom shortcuts for deleting checked items.


  • Fixed pasting an image doesn’t upload it for Dynalist Pro users.
  • Various mind map view fixes.
  • Fixed date picker and “[[” popups sometimes gets cropped.
  • On the mobile apps, fixed tapping on the expand/collapse button will scroll you to the previously focused item (a mobile update will be released soon).
  • Fixed “No result found” getting stuck after you clear search term in file finder.
  • Fixed certain functions not available in LaTeX.

March update: new mind map view (not a joke!)

Hi folks,

Last month we’ve been working on refreshing the mind map view (a Dynalist Pro feature).

The prototype has been there all the time (look at this jumpy screenshot from three years ago!). This time around, we made a bunch of improvements:

  • The nodes no longer jump around
  • Markdown and links are properly rendered
  • Zoom in and out with your mouse wheel to see the big picture
  • Breadcrumb on the top
  • Go back and forward in browser history
  • Mind map view is encoded in the URL

How to use

You can open the mind map view from here (Pro account required):

And voilà! You have a mind map version of your document!

If you need some Dynalist Pro trial time to give it a try, don’t hesitate to drop us a line at We’re happy to help!

Next steps

There are lots of improvements we’d like to bring to the mind map view.

To list a few of them:

  • [Done] Make it use the font you choose in settings
  • [Done] Switching document while in the mind map view doesn’t work yet
  • [Done] Display color labels and headings
  • Make items in mind map editable

It’s an experiment, after all, it’s by no means a standard outliner feature. So whether we would continue to develop things on this list would depend on how the mind map view is received.

That means, if you have any feedback or ideas on how to make the mind map view more useful, feel free to let us know! Thanks so much 🙂

February update

Hi all! We were on semi-vacation for most of this month, and this is what we managed to get done between jet lags:

Features & improvements

  • You can now complete multiple recurring dates and they will update in bulk.
  • “[[” link suggestion dialog now prioritizes results from the same document.
  • When clicking tags while holding the Alt key to delete them, now extra whitespace will be properly removed, so that when you delete 10 consecutive tags, you don’t end up with a bunch of spaces.
  • API improvement: when capture to inbox or creating new items, now the IDs of the newly created items will be returned for your convenience.


  • Fixed WorkFlowy import no longer working as they’ve changed their interface.

January update

Happy New Year! Has everyone gotten used to the year 2019 now? I know we haven’t 😉

Here’s our update for January 2019:

Features & improvements

  • Two new themes, Sakura and Sci-Fi, are now added. Sakura is a girly light pink theme that’s perfect for the springtime, and Sci-Fi is a dark theme that features futurist cyberpunk colors.
  • Now when you create a document, it will be automatically opened.


  • Fixed the iOS freeze issue when you resume the app.
  • Fixed inbox capture not working on the first try on mobile apps (v1.3.1).
  • Fixed desktop app title not updated properly when you switch between documents.

December update + 2018 year in review

Happy New Year y’all!

The big news from December is that we released the new recurring date Pro feature (read about it here). It’s always been one of the most requested features since the introduction of dates, and we’re glad to have it ready before 2019.

Now that 2018 has passed, we thought it’s a good time to review what we did last year:

In 2019, collaboration and extensibility will be our two biggest themes. We want Dynalist to work better for teams, and we want it to work better for power users, who are improving themselves and changing the world. We’ll also be improving the mobile experience.

We hope you continue to enjoy Dynalist and recommend it to your friends. If you ever need anything, you can reach us by dropping us a line or post in the forum.

Recurring dates

Finally you can set recurring dates in Dynalist!

Note: this feature is Pro-only.

Recurring dates makes managing repeating tasks easy. When checking off a recurring date, the next occurrence will be automatically generated. You also have the option to update the existing item rather than creating a new one.

In addition to the commonly used daily and weekly tasks, you can also define your custom recurring tasks. You can even specify certain days in a week.

For a complete guide on how to use recurring dates, click here.

This has been one of the most requested features for a long time, and we’re grateful for your patience. Enjoy!

P.S. This is not the final version and we’ll iterate on it. So don’t hesitate to let us know if you have any feedback! If you’re interested in trying it out, just drop us a line to request some free Pro trial.