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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
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.
- markup shortcut for new task is now
— this is more consistent with other markup shortcuts, and it prevents conflicts with the markup for links
- editor now supports
==markup for highlights
- Format → Highlight now uses the
==markup instead of
::— it seems to be more common, and it also feels easier to read
- File → Move To... now doesn't put the moved file in rename mode
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
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
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:
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.
Spellchecker. We rewrote most of the code for the spellchecker in Swift, and as a result, this is what you can expect:
- faster autocorrect
- consistent autocorrect behavior
- consistent spelling suggestions
Search Workspace. Go → Search Workspace... ⇧⌘f should now feel significantly snappier.
Config Files. the workspace config which was in
.nota.ini is now in
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).
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 Preferences → Start 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 Preferences → Rename 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
nota.md 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).