Simplenote has long been my favorite notes app on any platform. I’ve been using it for years now and always recommend it as a hassle-free, no-bullshit app. Three years ago, I wrote:
Simplenote has always kept the focus on content — your content. With a bare minimum chrome in its apps, Simplenote has stayed away from flashy gradients, big UI elements and detailed icons and instead, has offered a minimal, mostly white user interface to its users.
Three years on, Simplenote has evolved to a great extent, but the above still holds true. It is still very much a simple notes app on every platform.
Today, Automattic has released version 4.4 for iOS on the App Store that introduces Markdown support to the app. The info screen for each note now includes the Markdown button and once enabled, it stays enabled for all future notes. You can swipe left on a note to view its Markdown preview.
Earlier this month, Automattic open-sourced the Simplenote iOS, Android and macOS apps and added Markdown support to the Android app just last month. With Q Branch’s Vesper app shutting down in a few weeks, Simplenote has emerged as a great alternative with today’s update.
Simplenote is available for Free on the App Store.