Category Archives: Announcements

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, with keyboard shortcuts you can toggle the color label with Ctrl/Cmd+Shift+L to cycle through the colors.

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!

Read mode on mobile

We know it’s annoying to have your keyboard pop up all the time on mobile when you just want to quickly check something. Not only does it slow down things and distract you, it’s also very annoying.

Now we have the solution—read mode for mobile! It’s easy to use: by tapping the little book icon at the top, it’s activated. When you want to exit the read mode, simply tap the pencil icon. In the read mode, you can zoom, collapse, expand, check checkboxes; the keyboard will never pop up to bother you.

Read mode for mobile

2016/10/29 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 down from 12 AM to around 9:30 AM EDT on October 29, 2016. No data was lost.

Link to the postmortem (analysis): click here.

We’ll update this blog post as we implement the measures mentioned in the postmortem.

We’re really, really sorry for the outage and the inconvenience it brought to those who tried to access Dynalist during the downtime, it’s totally our fault.

Customizing shortcuts

As a Pro user, you can now customize shortcut hotkeys.

To start, go to Settings → Keymap. Click on the shortcut you want to customize and press the new key combination you prefer. And that’s it! The new shortcut will take effect right away; no page refresh is needed.

For the new shortcuts you set, you must use at least one modifier key from Ctrl, Shift, and Alt. The key combination you choose must not conflict with existing ones. Note that the browser won’t let you override certain shortcuts like Ctrl+N and Ctrl+T.

After you customize a shortcut, the shortcut help panel will be updated, as well as their appearance in context menus and tooltips.

To reset a shortcut to default, click on the icon on the right side of the shortcut. This is also an indicator that this shortcut has been overridden.

Please let us know if you have questions about this feature or run into bugs while using it. Enjoy!

Announcing date support on !(2016-08-01)

Starting today, you can add dates to Dynalist and search for them!

It’s really simple. To insert a date, type “!” after a space, and a date-picker will pop up. You can either click “Done” or hit Enter after you’ve selected the date and time. We didn’t demo changing the time in the video above — but it’s very straightforward.

To edit an existing date, simply click on it and make changes on the date-picker. Click “Done” or use Enter to make the change.

Finally, to search for dates, use the syntax “within:”. You can do “within:5d” (during the next 5 days), “within:-2w” (during the past 2 weeks), or “within:3m” (during the next 3 months).

Best of all, you can bookmark these searches so that you don’t have to repeat them. Also a friendly reminder that you can switch to bookmarks using the file finder now, and we hope all these combined will improve your workflow! 😊

Related new settings: you can choose between 12-hour and 24-hour clock, with 12-hour clock being the default. You can also choose to add timezone to dates; consider turning this option on if you’re collaborating with people in other timezones.

By the way, there’s a related feature request for Google Calendar integration in our roadmap. Come vote for it if you’re interested!

Thanks to Brandon Bertelsen, Christian A. Garcia, Mike Wittenstein, Nick Wright, DA Southern, Ed Jr, Chris, Oliver Jakoubek for taking the time to give us feedback on the spec for date support. You guys are awesome!