Notesy 1.4 Release Notes
Initial iPad support.
As soon as the developer previews of iOS4.2 for the iPad were release I started working on the iPad support in Notesy. I started with the "usual" split-view, where you see a list of notes down one side in landscape view, and a single note on the right. After a little while I realized it was going to take me longer than I wanted to get it to the point where I was happy with its look and feel though, so I made the decision to get a "Really Big iPhone" version of Notesy out there first. I felt I could get that done more quickly, so that users wouldn't have to suffer the ugly 2x multipler feature of the iPad with the iPhone-only version.
New full-screen mode for notes.
One of my beta testers suggested this and I agreed that it made sense, especially on the limited size screen of the iPhone. I looked at many implementations of full-screen editing and wasn't completely happy with any of them so I went with my own variant. One thing I added that I've not seen elsewhere is the ability to hide the keyboard without having to leave full-screen mode.
New look with new icon and backgrounds.
When I first started working on Notesy back in June I looked into getting a graphic designer to do the icon. I contacted a few and, much as I would have liked to have pursued it, I just couldn't justify the four-figure sums involved. So my wife kindly stepped in and created the "stubby pencil" icon that Notesy has had until now. She drew it by hand with colored pencils. I scanned it in and used Pixelmator to clean up the scan, round off the edges, add the drop-shadow and so on.
I'm still torn about making the switch to a new icon, as I have a definite fondness for the old one. Several people have used the word "horrendous" about the old one in reviews on the App Store, which I think is a bit harsh (but as I've learned, harsh reviews are just a fact of life as an iOS developer), but I've been contacted my many people who love the "stubby pencil" too. I hope they won't be too disappointed at the change.
Craig Erskine very kindly designed and sent me the new logo and splash screens for Notesy. I think he did a fantastic job and I hope you like them too. My thanks again to Craig for his generosity; it's unexpected surprises like that that make working on Notesy so rewarding.
Additional Custom Fonts
Notesy has the ability for the user to designate that a given note should be shown in a fixed-width font instead of a variable-width one. This is very handy for tabular data, code snippets, and so on, where it's important that things line up. However, I've never been happy that iOS only has Courier and Courier New fixed-width fonts, so for 1.4 I added Deja Vu and Anonymous Pro. Anonymous Pro has long been a favorite of mine and to my eye makes looking at fixed-width notes a lot more pleasant.
I added AirPrint support in 1.3.x, but it only showed as an option on the Note action menu if you enabled Debug in Settings. That was because I wasn't able to test it and wouldn't advertise a feature I didn't test. For 1.4 I was able to configure my iMac with the modifications necessary to get AirPrint working. I also purchased the excellent Printopia from ecamm which lets you use AirPrint without doing any hacking and has some other nice touches too, like printing directly to a PDF. If you have any interest in printing your notes and don't happen to have one of the HP printers that supports AirPrint natively, I highly recommend that you give Printopia a try.
Hide the Timestamp
This was suggested by the aforementioned Craig Erskine. Craig didn't to see in the listwhen each note was last edited. Since I had previously added the option to sort by title this made a lot of sense so I added an option so that the timestamp can be hidden. This makes the list view a little cleaner for those that don't need to see the timestamp.
Option to Disable Windows-Compatibility
Settings/Advanced/Windows Friendly, which defaults to ON, can be turned OFF. This allows you to use characters in note titles that Windows doesn't like, such as the period. If you only use Dropbox with Mac and/or Linux you may want to turn this option OFF. I wrote a post about all the rules on characters in note titles if you want the low-down
Removed Option to Disable Dark Interface.
There's lots of customization in Notesy because I think it's important that the user gets to choose how their notes look when they're working with then. But the toggle between the black menubars and toolbars and the blue/gray ones was just a bit too much
- It didn't really change the look all that much anyway.
- The name made it sound like it meant white text on a black background, such as in Instapaper.
- The iPad has gray menubars and toolbars rather than blue/gray, with gray text rather than white text. So it meant recreating the the toolbar icons and adding custom logic to get the fonts right. While I had that pretty much working it wasn't scaling too well so I made the call to take it out. My apologies if you prefer the blue/gray; hopefully you'll grow to love the black in time. After all, black goes with anything, right? :-)