Mental Note 2.5

It’s been quite a while since our last post, as we’ve been spending a lot of time on this next release.

Version 2.5 should appear on the store soon, and it contains some big features.

The much requested links feature is finally making it into this release. This means you’ll be able to type in web links (URLs), phone numbers, addresses, and event dates and times to your notes, and then tap on them. This feature has been in the making for quite some time, and it turned out to be an absolutely huge undertaking to finally get this feature into the product. To everyone that has been waiting for this feature (and we know there are a lot of you based on the requests we’ve received for it), a big thank-you for your patience. It may seem simple, but there is a ton of stuff going on behind the scenes. We have tried our hardest to make links function as you expect them to, and if you’re running iOS4+ you’ll have the best experience with them. Sorry iOS3 users, there is an extra step to make links work for you, (we tried, but believe us, it is very challenging to implement this feature on any version of iOS to date). On iOS3, whenever you open a note the links won’t be enabled, but you can enable them by holding down the text toolbar icon, (the “A” toolbar button) until the links activate

Another much requested feature which has finally made it into this release is reminders. We’ve essentially integrated Mental Note into your device’s built-in Calendar app. When you tap the date area of a note (top right corner), you’ll get the option to create a new event (or edit the event(s) if there are events already associated with this note). Created events will appear on your default Calendar. Any number of events may be associated with a note.

We’ve also added some Dropbox support to Mental Note. Once your Dropbox account is linked you’ll be able to export PDF versions of your note to your Dropbox. You’ll also be able to upload your backup files to Dropbox.

There’s also some enhancements that have been made to deleting a note. We’ve introduced a trash can, (a new Trash tag, actually) so you can restore notes that you may have accidentally deleted.

Current users of Mental Note may find a couple features have moved. One is “Settings”. The gear icon that used to be accessed from a note is now located at the bottom of the list of notes. We felt this made much more sense to move the Settings to a place where all notes are accessed since Settings controls the configuration options for all notes.

The second change you may notice is with the options that appear for the “Export” feature. You may have been used to seeing “Email as photo”, “Send to Twitter”, or others, some of which you rarely, or never used. This list is now configurable from Settings. Turn On the options you use, and Off the options you don’t. With so many export options (we’ve added more in this release!) we decided it was best to let you decide which ones you’d like to see on your Export menu.

Many other smaller features and improvements have also been added, such as the ability to export a note as plain text. We hope you find all of these improvements useful. Keep making Mental Notes, and we’ll continue to keep making Mental Note more and more useful.