Category Archives: Updates

September update

Hi Dynalisters, below is we’ve been up to in September:


  • Fixed iOS Auto-capitalization not working after pressing Enter.
  • Mobile now has word count re-added to the three dot menu if enabled.
  • Pressing enter in the global search textbox now re-runs the search query.
  • Email to Dynalist now recognizes the special “[[EMPTY]]” body which will only create an item without the note section.


  • Clicking on links to external dynalist documents now properly opens them up in a new window, instead of navigating to “no document is open”.
  • Fixed breadcrumbs misalignment when items higher than the line height is present, like some emoji characters.
  • Zooming into items no longer scrolls the document to a previous position that was saved when switching documents.
  • Fixed unable to copy-paste or export-import when document contains invalid XML characters, such as the character “\0”.
  • Fixed MacOS desktop app couldn’t undo/redo in various places like file rename or “capture to inbox”.


  • On mobile, tapping on read mode “lock” icon no longer easily fat-fingers to the three dot menu.
  • Attempt to fix cases where on Android, pressing Enter creates a newline in the item instead of creating a new item beneath.
  • Fixed iPad doesn’t show the datepicker month navigation buttons “<<” and “>>”.
  • On Android, when clicking on the +/- buttons to expand/collapse an item, the app will no longer scroll back to where the keyboard was focused on.

August update

Hi Dynalisters, below is we’ve been up to in August:


  • We now have a Discord chat server for our community! Come and chat with the community (including us!) about Dynalist and everything else. Join the community: Discord community invite


  • File Finder and Item Finder got more responsive.
  • You can now sign up with your Apple ID on the iOS app.
  • The status bar in Android app is now dark in dark mode.
  • Mobile multi-select now disengages after performing an action.
  • Flat search box is now automatically focused when using Shift+Enter.


  • Fixed “Expand to level” option not working on root item.
  • Fixed mobile multi-select toolbar not working on iOS Safari.
  • Exported HTML file now properly gets with the “text/html” MIME type.
  • Mobile multi-select now properly triggers when previously a text/cursor selection existed.
  • App header is not longer hidden when logged in when embedded in an iframe HTML element.
  • Keyboard no longer pops up when tapping in between two items in Read Mode.
  • Fixed backlink results no rendered according to current document’s view options.

July update

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.
Multi-select on mobile
  • 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.
Expand to level

Note: these features are available on the web version right now, coming to desktop and mobile apps shortly.

June update

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.
After enabling the “Show backlinks” option

• New theme: Dark Gold.

New Dark Gold theme
  • 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.

May update

Hi Dynalisters, here’s our May update:


  • 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.


April update

Hi folks, welcome to our April update!


  • 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.

March update

Hi folks, welcome to our March update! Please stay home as much as possible and we hope everyone stays safe during this difficult time.


  • RTL (right-to-left) layout for writing systems like Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, Urdu, and Sindhi. You can now turn on this setting in Settings – Preferences – Appearance.
    Note that RTL will not be applied to every corner of the app, since the user interface itself is still in English. We try to cover all the your content though, let me know if you find any issues!
  • One-click copy for code blocks. Simply hover a code block and click on the “Copy” button!


  • [Email to Dynalist] New option for how emails get truncated. If you see empty body text when forwarding an email (usually happens to Outlook clients), try the “Trim only when content left is not empty” option. This setting is under Settings – Dynalist Pro – Email to inbox.
  • [Shortcuts] Added search bar to the shortcut customization interface (Settings – Keymap). With more and more shortcuts available for customization, it can be hard to find a particular shortcut. Now you can stop browsing and just search for it!
  • [Shortcuts] New custom shortcut: sort items by title and date (in both ascending and descending order).
  • [Shortcuts] New custom shortcut: format selected text as code block.
  • [UX] After lock mode has been enabled in narrow layout, show an indicator in the top bar when the window gets wide, so that you know why suddenly you can’t edit things.
  • [Date picker] When using Tab to go to the time picker fields, automatically select all text for easy text input without mouse.


  • [Sync] Fixed issue where the last few typed characters are not getting synced to server (they are saved locally though) on slower networks, especially on mobile.
  • [Version history] Fixed deleted entries appear in the wrong order.
  • [Import] Fixed OPML import not working offline.
  • [UX] Fixed when selecting with Shift+Up or Shift+Down, the parent level is skipped.
  • [UX] Fixed issue where the page would unexpected scroll to the top when pasting while selecting multiple items.


  • Fixed uploading files through API not working in some cases.

February update

Hey Dynalisters! Here’s what we’ve been up to in February.

February is always short, but at least this time we’ve got 29 days instead of 28! 😉


  • [Date] You can now define date ranges! Please see this help article on how to use it.


  • [Checkbox] Checkbox can now be toggled for each item. You can still bulk add and remove checkboxes on all child items though, don’t worry. Please see this PSA post for more info and on how to migrate your existing checklists.
  • [Date] Properly handle all day events. Before, we treat dates with 00:00 am time as all day events. Now, all day events are proper date ranges that go from start of day to end of day. This makes them match search queries better, and allows you to actually specify dates with time equal to 00:00 am without assuming they are all day events.
  • [Date] The time picker now has the “Now” shortcut option that will put in the current time for you.
  • [Drag and drop] When dropping items inside a parent item with existing child items, it will now be placed at the end. Before, the newly dropped child appears at the top.
  • [Search] “within:0d” now returns all dates from the current time to end of today, whereas “within:today” returns all dates from start of today to end of today.
  • [i18n] Captcha now shows up in countries where Google is not accessible.


  • [Email to inbox] Fixed incoming emails with empty body would not get added to inbox.
  • [Copy/paste] Fixed copying and cutting with nothing selected would clear the clipboard.
  • [Copy/paste] Fixed HTML elements in comments would get their contents pasted (fixed specifically for copying from OneNote).
  • [UI] Fixed LaTeX example in “Formatting & Shortcut Help” pane not properly show up because of dynamically loading KaTeX.


  • [Share to inbox] Sharing to inbox now syncs right away. Before, there’s a chance that it will not be synced to the server.
  • [Sync] The app now resumes syncing sooner after you have been offline for a long time.
  • [Sync] Show proper sync status right away instead of waiting 3 seconds like on the web app and desktop app. (The 3 second wait is due to the consideration that we don’t want the sync status to flash all the time as you type. However, on mobile the sync status is not visible most of the time. Plus, knowing whether changes have been synced to the cloud is more important on mobile, as you may want to send the app to background at any time.)
  • [UX] Scroll out of view items to center of the screen instead of edge of screen as the keyboard pops up. This prevents the issue where iOS will try to scroll the document fast when you’re trying to select text near the edge of screen.

API (docs)

  • [New endpoint] Added new endpoint to get and set user preference (“/pref/get” and “/pref/set”, respectively).
  • [New field] Added “file_id” field to add to “/inbox/add” endpoint.

January update

Happy 2020 Dynalisters!

Here’s a list of what we have in store for you in the first month of 2020:


  • [Pro] Email to Dynalist. Now you can send stuff to your inbox via email! Please read this help article on how to use it.
  • [Internal links] Added menu option that lets you quickly find all the references of a particular item.
    This option doesn’t have a default shortcut, but you can customize it under Settings – Keymap – Working with lists.
    We’re aware that this option still requires some work before you can see “what links here”. We plan to add an area for backlinks under the currently zoomed-in item, so you don’t have to leave your current context (it will need to be turned on with an option).


  • [Google Calendar] Completed items are now marked with “[X]” on Google Calendar, so you can easily tell what’s done and what’s not.
  • [Search] In addition to “parent:” which searches for a keyword in the direct parent of the target item, you can now search for “ancestor:” for a keyword that exists in any of its ancestor items. This is especially handy if you want to see all the items under a tag. For a full list of search operators, please refer to this help article.
  • [UX] Because a few recent accidents, now Dynalist asks for confirmation when you try to drag a document inside another document. When it accidentally happens without a confirmation, it gives the impression that the document has disappeared. We have worked with everyone who experienced this issue to successfully recover their data.
  • [Mind map] Added new custom shortcut for “Switch to mind map”. It can be found under Settings – Keymap – General.
  • [LaTeX] Now invalid LaTeX (any LaTeX that the KaTeX renderer cannot understand) will be marked in red, so you instantly know something is wrong.


  • [Internal links] Fixed title of internal links not live updating when the source item gets updated.
  • [Checkbox] Fixed the checkbox of a child item getting checked because the parent is checked off. Now the child item is greyed out but it won’t get a line-through nor a check mark.
  • [Data] Fixed rare edge case on the desktop app that prevents future sync with our web server. This bug was annoying but did not cause any data loss.
  • [Drag and drop] Fixed not being able to drop an item in some very, very specific places.
  • [Copy/paste] Fixed content pasted into Dynalist gets appended with “ynalist” in older browsers (weird bug, eh?).
  • [Version history] Fixed version history not being scrollable when it’s too long.
  • [UI] Fixed keyboard shortcuts in item menu not being readable on macOS because of a font issue.
  • [Print] Fixed empty last page gets printed on computers with large screen sizes.

December update

Hi y’all, happy New Year! Below is a list of changes during the last month of 2019.

Stay tuned for more awesome updates in 2020!

New feature: multi-line code blocks

You can now insert code blocks by surrounding them in three back-ticks (```). Dynalist will detect the language of the code and highlight it properly.

The color scheme of the code blocks will adapt to the Dynalist theme you’re using.

Note: when copying a multi-line code snippet, please make sure to paste it in the note field of an item, not the item itself, because multiple lines will be interpreted as multiple items when pasted inside an item.


  • [Tags] Tag pane and tag autocomplete now merges tags that only differ by case. In other words, tags are now case insensitive in the context of tag pane and tag autocomplete.
  • [Numbered list] Improved spacing for numbered lists so that up to 999 items can be displayed nicely.


  • [iOS app] Fixed dragging cursor to select would be mistakenly recognized as a swipe.
  • [Editor] Fixed Down arrow sometimes can’t get past empty items.
  • [Item mover] Fixed page would scroll up when destination is not visible after moving an item.
  • [Copy paste] Fixed bold and italic text are not properly converted when pasted.
  • [Mind map] Fixed items with color label are not readable when zoomed into in mind map view.
  • [Date] Fixed recurring dates that occur every few weeks not updated properly when checked.
  • [Desktop app] Fixed auto hide menu bar not working.