Write.app

Write.app is Getting a Rewrite

Last year I announced that Write.app would not receive any more updates with the only exceptions being major bugs and security upgrades. Today I'm sort of going back on that and announcing big new plans for Write.app.

For the longest time I've been wanting to create a digital confessional. A place where people can anonymously share their secrets without their identities ever being revealed. A place where you can share self-destructing notes (like Snapchats…

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Spammers need to die

There are a ton of spammers who have discovered out post-by-email feature and are sending us spam email once an hour on the hour it seems. The problem has only been getting worse for the past month. So today we've gotten even more aggressive in our spam fighting tactics and have blocked a specific set of TLDs from sending us email. If you try to post a note via email from one of these TLDs (a TLD is the ".com", ".net", etc. portion of your email address' domain name)…

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Stopping Spam

In the past week we've been seeing a ton of spammers try to sell their wares on our free platform. As the sole developer and maintainer of Write.app, I don't want this to become a free affiliate marketer platform but at the same time I also don't want to restrict what my users can or can't post. So today I'm announcing that Write.app is going to take a hard line against spammers.

To take action against spam we first need to define it. Different people will…

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.pw domains are now banned

I'm getting tons of spam alerts these past few days. People with .pw domain names are trying to use Write.app's post by email functionality without an account. These people are wasting their time. They'd be much more successful if they did either one of these two things:

  1. Create a free account then pay $1.99 to access the feature they want to use

  2. Know that when you email the Write.app posting addresses no email is delivered to an inbox.…

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You have backups, right?

These days there's really no good excuse for not having a backup of your most important files if not your entire hard drive. There are solutions like iCloud and Time Machine for Mac users and... well, I'm not really sure what there is for Windows but I know there's a lot. No one thinks a computer disaster is going to happen to them and then one day your MacBook Air doesn't boot up like mine did this afternoon.

The bad news is that the entire source code for…

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Better Markdown Support for your Notes

We're excited to announce that we've upgraded our Markdown parser which means a better writing experience for everyone. If you're a regular Write.app user then you're probably familiar with Markdown. For those of you who don't know what that is, here's a quick explanation:

Markdown is a common plaintext document format that allows you to add formatting and structure to your notes without having to lift your fingers off your keyboard.

We chose to support…

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More Upgrades for Public Notes

During the course of building version 3 of Write.app we've put a lot of focus on the internal, invisible side of things that you, the user, don't really notice - at least you don't think you do. That's why this week we're going to introduce a few changes to your public notes which we know you'll love.

First off, we're redesigning your public notes. The old style was getting pretty stale and never did get updated along with the main website. The new redesign…

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No more free upgrades and a few new upgrades

When you logged in today you may have noticed a small change or two to the homepage. Earlier today I pushed the first major code update to Write.app in almost a year. There are a few small changes and one big change. Let's start with the small stuff.

I'm testing out 5 different background images for the main signup area on the homepage. The one that's been up for the past year or so has gotten kind of stale and was in need of replacing. It's still there but…

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MoonWeather, a new app by Write.app's creator

Last week the developer behind Write.app quietly launched a new iPhone app. It's called MoonWeather and if you like full moons and you check the weather in the morning, you'll definitely want to downoad it.

MoonWeather isn't just another weather…

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Heartbleed Status

Some of you may have noticed that the site has been down for the better part of the past hour or so. That's because I've been hard at work fixing the Heartbleed bug everyone's been talking about the past few days. Here's an update on our Heartbleed status.

On Tuesday, April 8th I was alerted to the existence of the Heartbleed bug. At that point I tested the Write.app server manually and via the really handy Heartbleed…

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