Simplenote, the plain-text note-taking service that's at the centre of my holy grail of plain-text capture, released a significant update today (to both their website and iOS app) with new features including tagging, version history, sharing and collaboration and more.
Let's break it all down:
Tagging: The new tagging feature is pretty self-explanatory. You can now tag any note and navigate through tags like folders to see all notes in that tag.
Version history: You can go back in time on any note by clicking the Clock icon and scrolling through a note's version history — great for getting back a lost note, one saved revision at a time.
Sharing: You can either simply email or, more useful, collaborate on any note with someone else (Simplenote user or not) by clicking the Share button in the iOS app. (I'm not currently seeing the Share option in the web app — if you're having better luck, let me know.) When you've shared a note, a little RSS-like icon appears next to it to indicate that it's been shared. If the person you shared with is a Simplenote user, the shared note will appear in both your accounts. You can unshare a note through the same sharing interface. I've only played with note sharing a little bit, and while it's no Google Wave/Etherpad-style live editing, it does update on-the-fly, and it's a promising feature.
Pin notes: Less exciting, but definitely useful, you can now pin particularly important notes to the top of the list so you don't have to hassle with searching to find it.
Restore deleted notes: If you accidentally deleted an important note, you can head into the new trash section (via the tags dropdown — or just search tag:Trash) to recover it — or delete it forever.
As I mentioned, the update applies to both Simplenote's web interface and their iOS application. Simplenote's been in the process of updating the API, though, and third-party Simplenote applications will likely start adding some of the new features in the coming weeks.
Simplenote is a free service that works in any web browser and syncs with almost any device.
Briefly: our big update [Simplenote Blog]