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0.40 /

Links, rethought. The last update 0.39 made links open on click instead of ⌘click. This was part of our effort to make Nota feel more familiar, and while it works for wiki links, it made web links too hard to edit. To address this, this update restores the original design of web links click edits and ⌘click opens, and introduces a new design for wiki links that should better distinguish them from web links, and make them easier to work with.

Other changes:

0.39 /

More familiar behavior for links and tabs. Links and tabs now work more like in the browser — click opens in the current tab, ⌘click opens in a new tab, and ⇧⌘click also opens in a new tab and makes it the active tab, and again like in the browser, you can swipe left and right to go back or forward.

Pinned tabs. You can now pin tabs — right-click on a tab and select Pin or find the Pin Tab command in the Command Palette sh-cmd-p. Opening a link from a pinned tab opens it in a new tab, making pinned tabs feel more "stable". This is similar to how pinned tabs work in the browser, Safari.

Option to use filename as title. You can now configure Nota to use filenames as titles. This can be simpler than keeping H1s that match the filename, and it makes Nota more compatible with other apps.

Block search. Search ⌘o now understands every block type as opposed to just headings. It can show you results that are list items, quote blocks, code blocks, etc, and it'll mark them with an icon that corresponds to their block type. With this, search can now also show multiple results from the same note.

Lots of improvements under the hood. The main change in this update and the main reason it took so long. We migrated the whole codebase to a new tech stack, which should help us release more stable updates and do it faster.

Other changes:

0.38 /

Right sidebar. The right sidebar shows information about the current note — things like text stats, headings, and mentions. You can toggle it from the subtle < button at the top right or from the Command Palette / ⇧⌘p.

Better folding. We removed the ▼ buttons that showed next to each foldable element and made the element markers interactive. Ex: you can now click on a bullet of a list item that has children to fold. We also made the indent guides interactive, giving you another easy way to fold. We feel that this is a cleaner design that's just as easy if not easier to use and at the same time invisible when you don't need it.

Better daily notes. We added a Daily folder option in Workspace Preferences, letting you set any folder as your daily folder, and the date format is now based on your system preferences Language and Region → Preferred language.

Other improvements:

0.37 /

Daily notes experiment. Enabling daily notes adds Open Today Note / ⌘t and Open Tomorrow Note in the Command Palette / ⇧⌘p. It also adds daily notes to search results, making it easy to open any daily note existing or not by typing a date, ex: mar 15 for March 15h. You can enable daily notes from Preferences ⌘,Labs or from the Command Palette ⇧⌘p.

Folding for headings and lists experiment. Enabling folding adds a Toggle Folding ⌘' command to the Command Palette ⇧⌘p, and also adds fold buttons > next to headings and list items with children shows on hover. You can enable folding from Preferences ⌘,Labs or from the Command Palette ⇧⌘p.

New look and feel. We polished multiple parts of the UI. Sidebars now use fixed headers replacing the "☰" stripes at the top, list items across the UI now show with icons, and lots other elements of the UI are now more polished and hopefully easier to use.

New app icon again. Some users complained about the icon we introduced in 0.35 and to address this, we're updating the icon again, and we're basing the new icon on the familiar design from before 0.35. You can see some of the other options we considered here.

Link preview experiment. When enabled, placing the text cursor in a wiki link shows a preview of the linked note in the bottom-right corner. You can enable link preview from Preferences ⌘, → Labs or from the Command Palette ⇧⌘p.

Unlinked mentions. Go to Backlink is now called Go to Mention and it now also shows unlinked mentions along with linked mentions, aka backlinks.

URL Scheme The nota URL Scheme lets you use regular links to execute Nota commands. See URL Scheme to learn more.

Option to use tab characters for indentation. You can now select to indent using tab characters along with spaces — just go to Preferences ⌘p → Workspace and set Indent with to tab.

Other changes:

0.36 /

This is a smaller update, which mostly fixes a few bugs that we introduced with 0.35, but we also managed to add a few things.

Basic templates. You can now change the default content of new notes — just add a note called _template to any folder, and Nota will use its content when creating a new note in that folder. See templates to learn more.

Sort by time created. You can now sort notes by time created in addition to name and time modified. To change the sort mode of folder, right-click and find the Sort By submenu.

Other additions:

In extensibility:

0.35 /

Search 2.0. Quick Open ⌘p can now find anything. You can find notes in just as few keystrokes as before, but now you can also find headings and paragraphs from your entire workspace. In addition, the selected result now opens in preview mode behind the dialog which lets you browse multiple notes without leaving the dialog.

Go to Folder dialog. You can now use ⇧⌘g to jump to any folder in your workspace in a few keystrokes. The same shortcut also works in Finder and does the same thing there.

Better performance. The app now uses a lot less memory, and the internal graph engine that we use for link-related tasks ex: showing backlinks or auto-updating links on renaming notes is now much more efficient.

Save hook 🔌 extensibility. You can now extend Nota with save hooks, which let you run code when the app auto-saves notes. You can use this for things like: remove trailing spaces, commit to git, etc.

Other changes:

In extensibility:

0.34 /

Quicker way to create notes. ⌘n now opens a Find or Create dialog, which is a faster and more convenient way to create notes. Learn more about it in the Find or Create article in the documentation. The old way of creating notes using drafts is still available, but the shortcut for opening a draft is now ⇧⌘n configurable from Preferences.

Support for inbox folder. You can now set an inbox folder to make it even faster to create notes. With an inbox folder set, the Find or Create dialog ⌘n would save new notes there unless you press tab and select a different folder.

Basic implementation for #tags. Tags get highlighted and you get completion suggestions as you type them based on the other tags in your workspace. You can also ⌘click or ⌃↵ on a tag do a workspace search for that tag.

Smart lists. We improved smart lists a lot and moved it out of Labs in Preferences to enable it for all users. Smart lists now handle deleting lines ⇧⌘k and indentation issues when pasting nested lists on empty lines or within other lists. The insert line commands, ⌘↵ and ⇧⌘↵, are now also aware of lists.

Better auto-rename. When auto-rename is enabled, Nota now updates the name of the note across the UI as you type in the tab bar and the file manager, and now, the feature doesn't require that the title is the first line of the note, and would also recognize a title in YAML frontmatter. It also works the other way around — renaming of a note from the file bar updates its title.

Better wiki links. You can now the pipe link syntax [[note|title]] to set custom titles to your wiki links. In addition, wiki links to notes that don't exist now now show in red similar to Wikipedia, we call these red links.

Better visual mode. In visual mode Show Markdown off, fenced code blocks now don't resize when engaged, and checkboxes tasks now show as interactive checkboxes.

Better image support. When you move the text cursor through inline images, the images now "capture" it, making in easier to select an image. With the image selected, you can now space to zoom in and out of it. In addition, you can now also click to select images.

Other changes:

0.33 /

Link and Fill Title. You can now select FormatLink and Fill Title ⌥⌘k to turn a URL into a link and ask Nota to fill the title based on the title of the webpage at the URL.

Images in list items. You can now add images to list items ex: paste images from clipboard, and the editor will show them as images as opposed to markup. This can be super useful when you're outlining ideas and want to add related images as subitems. It won't work if the item contains text along with the images, but we're working on fixing that.

Other changes:

0.32 /

Hide Markdown, redesigned. We moved the WYSIWYG experiment from Labs in Preferences to the View menu and we renamed it to Hide Markdown. We also changed how it works quite a bit. This new design should feel more familiar and consistent with the default editor mode that shows the Markdown characters. It hides the Markdown characters whenever it can to improve your reading experience and tries to do it in a way that keeps your writing experience clean and efficient.

Note: This is still an experimental feature and we label it as such in the View menu. It works, but it is not super polished and it might change significantly in the upcoming weeks.

Better search. We improved the matching algorithm that powers multiple parts of the app — from Quick Open to the emoji autocomplete. The result is better sorting more relevant results that show faster.

0.31 /

WYSIWYG mode experiment. When in WYSIWYG mode, the editor hides the Markdown syntax ex: the ** around bold and tries to show your text in a way that looks closer to published document.

This is not the first attempt at WYSIWYG for Markdown, but it might be the first that doesn't auto-reveal the Markdown syntax when you edit, and while this approach introduces a lot of technical challenges, we feel that it's worth exploring as it might be able to produce a better writing experience without compromising the benefits of plain text.

This is an early stage experiment — expect lots of bugs and lots of changes and improvements. To toggle it on and off, go to Preferences ⌘,Labs or press ⌥⌘w.

Other changes:

0.30 /

Better performance. Nota now takes about 20% less time to start, and Quick Open ⌘p — about 50% less time to show results. These improvements are a part of a bigger effort to make Nota feel instant ⚡

Smart lists experiment. With Smart Lists enabled, list items are more aware of their context. When you move list items using move line up/down or indent/outdent their subitems move with them. You can enable Smart Lists from Preferences ⌘,Labs.

Context menu for image thumbnails. On right-click on an image thumbnail in the editor, Nota now shows a context menu with common commands like Copy Image, Copy Image Path, and Show it in Finder.

Pinch-to-zoom for image preview. When you double-click on an image thumbnail in the editor, Nota shows an image preview that takes up the whole window, but sometimes the whole window is not big enough. For these cases, we added support for pinch-to-zoom in image previews.

Command that copies the current file path. Nota now has a command called Copy File Path that you can access from the Command Palette ⇧⌘p to copy the path of the current file.

0.29 /

More improvements in paste. Pasting a code block that is syntax-highlighted for a particular language ex: JavaScript now pastes it as a fenced code block and sets the language in the opening fence. In addition, pasting bold text in a text that's already bold doesn't add a second set of bold markers. The same goes for italic and other inline styles.

Better support for tab characters. Documents that use tab characters now work better in Nota. The overall support for tab characters is still not great, but we're making progress.

Interactive checkboxes. Checking a checkbox in preview now also changes it to checked in the editor.

No external files in Quick Open. Opening an external file that does not belong to the current workspace no longer adds it to the Quick Open dialog ⌘p. This is based on the discussion at #60. Thanks, @amir.

0.28 /

More consistent paste behavior. In our previous update, 0.27, we changed how paste works to make it more consistent with other apps. Since then we found a few bugs and some cases where this new paste behavior is not optimal and not consistent with other apps. For example, pasting a word from a heading inside of a paragraph would add # heading markers in front of it. This update is our attempt to fix this.

0.27 /

🛠 Preferences GUI Graphical User Interface. Select Nota → Preferences or press ⌘, to see it. With the GUI, we hope that preferences would become easier to discover and use. It also gives us a chance to add descriptions to options that need it.

🌁 Image zoom. You can now double-click on images in the editor to zoom them. You can still cmd-click on images to open them in tabs.

🌁 Image dragging. You can now drag image thumbnails to change their position in the text. You can also drag them from the editor to other apps, ex: to Finder or a messenger app like Telegram.

✏️ Follow link tooltip. Hovering over a link in the editor now shows a tooltip that tells you to cmd-click to follow the link. We also made the tooltip clickable to makes it possible to follow links using just a mouse or a trackpad.

✏️ Paste now keeps formatting. Pasting a text that contains formatting now tries to recreate the formatting in Markdown ex: italic words now paste with _ around them. This is similar to how paste works in most writing apps. Paste without formatting is still available from Edit → Paste Clean or ⇧⌘v again, similar to most writing apps.

✏️ Command for "capitalize". Nota already had a command called "capitalize", but it was doing "title case". We renamed it to "title case" and added a new one for "capitalize".

✏️ Better "compact links". The "compact links" experiment, which you can enable from the Labs tab in Preferences, now waits a bit before expanding the URL, making it possible to move through links without expansions.

📁 Create file and create folder buttons. We added subtle + buttons in the file manager that make it easier to create files and folders using just a mouse or a trackpad.

📁 Parent folders now auto-expand. The file manager now makes sure that the folder of the current file is not collapsed. It expands the parent folder when necessary.

🏇 Better performance. Search and switching tabs is now significantly faster. The faster search algorithm also landed in Historie — a side project we've been experimenting with.

🕹 Smarter command palette. We added aliases or alternative names to commands in the command palette to make it easier to find them, ex: searching for check task would now match toggle task.

0.26 /

Better sorting in search result. Exact matches now weigh more than fuzzy matches, and matches in headings weigh more than both. In addition, full word matches now weigh more than partial word matches, ex: the search term car would put above

Better "compact links". The "compact links" experiment, which you can enable from Nota → Experiments, should now work much better overall.

Delete File command. You can now delete the active file from File → Delete, which you can also access from the Command Palette. This makes it possible to delete the current file without focusing the file manager.

Better support for CJK languages. Using CJK languages Chinese, Japanese, and Korean should now be a much better experience. We fixed a bug that caused the IME to show at the wrong position and another one that was displacing the text cursor. Any feedback from users who use CJK languages is very much welcome.


0.25 /

Create Actions. You can now create files from the Quick Open dialog. While in Quick Open ⌘p, type a filename that doesn't exist, and you'll see a result item that suggests to create the file for you. We call this result item a "create action", and we added similar create actions to the wiki-link auto-completion, the Save dialog ⌘s and the Move To dialog ⇧⌘m.

Fixes. We also fixed some bugs that affected edge cases in search and in the editor when the indent size option is set to 2.

0.24 /

Backlinks. Notes files that have backlinks other notes linking to them now show with a subtle indication at the top above the title that shows the number of backlinks. You can click on this indication or press ⇧⌘b to see which notes link to the current note or jump to any one of them.

Easier to Read Search Results. Search results Go → Search or ⇧⌘f now show more context which should make it easier to see if a given match is what you are looking for.

Basic Extensibility. Experimental. We added a couple of simple ways to extend Nota. We call them "paste hook" and "custom commands". With "paste hook", you can "hook" into the paste event of Nota and modify pasted text, and with "custom commands", you can add commands to Nota and access them from the Command Palette ⇧⌘p. You can learn more about them in the docs for paste hook and custom commands.

UI Improvements. We polished the UI across the board: from the file manager, to the quick dialogs, to the welcome screen. The wiki-link completions dialog and the File → Switch Workspace dialog ⌃r now show items on two lines — consistent with File → Quick Open ⌃p.

0.23 /

M1 Build. From now on, we'll ship an additional build for Macs with the new M1 chip. Nota is now super fast on M1 Macs.

Typing Performance. Big files, especially files that contain code blocks, are now much more responsive. Scrolling performance is also better.

Big Workspaces Performance. Extremely big workspaces can sometime slow down Nota for a while before it becomes smooth again. We made some improvements so people don't feel any lagging.

Shorter Wiki-links. Completions for wiki-links now produce links that don't include parent folders similar to how other apps work. Before: [[docs/getting started]], now: [[getting-started]].

More Fonts. Preferences → Set Font... ⌥⌘f now includes more fonts to choose from.

Round List Items. List items in file manager are now round for more consistent appearance with the latest macOS version, Big Sur.

0.22 /

Spellchecker. We rewrote most of the code for the spellchecker in Swift, and as a result, this is what you can expect:

Search Workspace. Go → Search Workspace... ⇧⌘f should now feel significantly snappier.

Config Files. the workspace config which was in .nota.ini is now in .nota/config.ini — when you first launch the new version, the app will move it for you

0.21 /

Search Workspace. No more waiting when you hit ⇧⌘f — Search Workspace now opens almost instantly ⚡ and while it's thinking 🧠 shows you "in progress" indication to let you know that new results are on the way.

Editor. You can now ⌘-click to follow links to headings [heading](#heading) selects the linked heading.

0.20 /

Option to Start Files with Title. When enabled, new files will start with a , ready for you to type a title H1. This is a workspace preference. You can enable it from PreferencesStart Files with Title.

When creating files, type the title first and then save the file and Nota will suggest a filename based on the title.

Option to Auto-Rename Files to Title. If you like it when the titles of your files match their filenames, you'll find this option useful. When enabled, it'll detect it when you make a change to the title of the current file and auto-rename the filename to match the new title. This also is a workspace preference. You can enable it from PreferencesRename to Title on Save.

This will not affect titles that were not in sync before you changed them. For example, if you have a filename that has the title "Article about the writing app Nota", changing the title will not change the filename because they didn't match before you changed the title.

Show File Extensions. The file manager in Nota will now show file extensions just like a code editor would. Some of you requested this and we feel it's right. The editor in Nota tries to stay as close to the plain text and not hide markup, it feels right that the file manager should stay as close to filenames and not hide file extensions.