Write.app

No, we are not dead. Yes, version 3 is on it's way.

A while back I announced the introduction of Write.app v3.0. That was back in October 2013. So what's happened since then? Well, work has continued on it but at a far slower pace than originally planned. The new Write.app is being developed currently. I wanted to make sure to update the official Write.app notes so this project didn't look dead. So after all this waiting what can you expect from version 3?

Well, first, here's a brief history of Write.app's versions...

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We're on Firefox's internal HSTS List Now

Remember last Winter when we made a big deal about being on Chrome's internal HSTS list?? Well guess what? Write.app is now on the Firefox internal HSTS list.

Why is this a big deal?

Being on the internal HSTS list means that no matter what, you will always be connected…

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Greetings from Europe

It's been a little while since I last pushed an update to Write.app. One week ago today I took off on a trip to visit some family I have in Greece. For the past week I haven't touched a computer once (not for lack of trying) despite being asked to "hack" into banks by my cousins who think being a programmer is the same as being a hacker (the bad kind). The time away from Write.app has given me new perspective and some new ideas for what is to come in the coming months.…

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Updates: Design, New Features, Premium Going Paid

(Our demo video, soon to be part of the new help docs)

Since Write.app launched last year the design has remained pretty much the same ever since. Because the site's popularity has grown exponentially in the past week we've gotten hundreds of new users and many of…

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The State of Browser Based Text Editors

In a previous post I mentioned rewriting a lot of Write.app's codebase. I could start with authentication or routing or any other current feature but what I chose to do first was rewrite our editor. The state on web-based text editors is abysmal. It has gotten a lot better in recent years but there's still much to be desired. I want to talk about what I'm looking for in a text editor and what we should expect from browser-based text editors if anyone ever hopes to…

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Note Editor Updates

I'm really excited to announce today that the Write.app note editor just got nice little upgrade. When you log into your account you'll now notice a third little button at the bottom of the editor screen, opposite the 'Save' button and next to the original Distraction-free Mode. The new button gives you a second theme option for distraction-free mode: I just call it the "Dark Theme".

The Dark Theme is based off of Solarized Dark, the now very well known text…

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New Publishing Options

When work was started on the new Write.app (the site you're currently on that replaced Write.app Classic), one of the big features that was supposed to be shipped with version 1.0 was multiple publishing and sharing options. Obviously, you can see that hasn't quite happened. One reason was because as I developed the site I saw myself and others put more of an emphasis on writing and organizing their thoughts more than publishing.…

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Added security while using Write.app

As I remind everyone constantly, Write.app is all about privacy. So as the sole developer behind the project I take security seriously. I made sure to use 2048 bit SSL from day 1, encrypt user passwords, and make everything private by default. That said, I know there are still some weaknesses in the system but today we took another step toward even more security for users.

Today I enabled HSTS for the site. HSTS stands for HTTP Strict Transport Security and…

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Refactoring everything

The idea behind Write.app is simple yet it has evolved since its inception over a year ago. At first it was just a distraction-free writing environment. A place to store and organize your private thoughts online. Now, with the addition of the Sublime Text 2 plugin and the upcoming Rubygem, as well as text-to-post, email-to-post, and our mobile web app, Write.app is more. I personally consider it a platform. A platform for writers, thinkers, and creative types to store,…

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Our Beta So Far

Write.app has been in public beta for almost exactly one month. I worked incredibly hard over the summer of 2012 to get Write.app to the point where it was useable for the general public. There's still a lot more work to go and bugs to fix but I must say I'm incredibly happy with the response the app has gotten since it opened. But the reason I'm really writing this today is to remind everyone that Write.app is still very much beta software.

Setting Proper…

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