December Update

From all of us to all of you!

We are very happy to inform you that Ghostnote (Ver. 19.6) packed with tons of new features and a more robust framework, is finally here.

If you don’t know what Ghostnote is, check out this video:

Here is what we added:

GhostNotes Browser
You asked for it, we finally delivered. The ability to view all your notes from one central view. We call it the Ghostnote Browser and it makes managing your notes too much easier. You can browse your notes using the keyboard, search and edit, all from one single view.

Ghostnote Notes Browser


Classic Notes
Contextual notes are great but sometimes you just want to jot down some notes for your free form thinking. So we created a more classic notes taking app as part of Ghostnotes. It works like most other notes apps do.



Classic Tasks
Last but not least of the major new features we created a separate Todo app. It’s very fast to use and everything can be controlled from the keyboard. We are very exited about this app and we expect to do iCloud support and create a web version at some point in the future.

But that’s not all. Besides these major new features we added some other goodies:

Script Browser
Now you can manage, edit and add document detection scripts from one single location. We even threw in an application ID checker to make it easier for you to find the app ID.

Notes detection on files and folders in finder
When using finder you can now see which files or folders are annotated without having to click them first.

On top of that we also added:

  • New Shortcuts
  • Pop-up when note present mode
  • Full RTF support in notes
  • Improved speed

Lots of new things that will make Ghostnote even more powerful.

How to Update
Important! : The new update only work if are updating from 1.9.5 or 1.9.4. if you are coming from an older version than 1.9.4 write us at support@ghostnoteapp.com and we will help you upgrade properly.

  1. Download Ghostnote.zip to your mac
  2. Unzip Ghostnote.zip
  3. Install Ghostnote.pkg
  4. Launch Ghostnote
  5. If you get asked for your activation number add that, if you are a new user just hit trial.


Ghostnote for Teams
Many of you have asked us about teamnotes, i.e. the ability to share notes with other team members around the same assets. This is something we wanted to do for a while now but there are some obvious technical challenges. However we are going to give it a serious look in two ways.

  1. Team Notes for the Mac
    This is basically allowing teams to share notes on files, folders, websites etc. It will require some sort of cloud service (Dropbox, Box, iCloud) and will be mostly centered around the Mac.
  2. Team Notes for the Web
    We are quite far in building a team annotation tool for teams allowing you to select almost any element on a webpage, annotate it and have it shared with the rest of your team. This is going to be useful for editorial teams, Q&A teams for bug-reporting (ex. connected with Github) and students who are studying subjects by reading ex. research papers online. It will also be possible to use it for video annotation. 

    If either of these have your interest please write us at support@ghostnoteapp.com to be signed up as an alpha user or to give us input on what you would like to see in such an app.


Price Change
With some of these new features added we feel we are offering a product with a lot of value. This also means we are going to update the price moving forward to better reflect it’s value. So if you haven’t yet bought Ghostnote, but have been thinking about it, now is a good time to do so. Because we will soon be setting our price point to somewhere around $15-$20USD. Everyone who buys before next upgrade will get it at the current price. If you already bought it you won’t be paying for the new version.

We didn’t get around to re-enable Evernote support this time, but will soon. We love Evernote ourselves but have found a number of issues with the API which we think will be much easier do deal with now we build the notes browser.

If you have any questions, comments or suggestions. Don’t hesitate to write us at support@ghostnoteapp.com, hit us up on twitter or send us a message on Facebook.

Happy Holidays!

Best
Ghostnote HQ

March 2016 Update

Why we are finally building a Notes Browser, why it took so long and why this is the best time to buy Ghostnote.

Ok we give in. You win! We are officially implementing a notes browser which will allow you to find all your notes in a central place. This has been one of the most requested features form way before we even builtGhostnote and you might be wondering why it took us so get to it. We always knew this was something we would have to eventually build so why did it take so long?

The truth is that yes we always knew we would have to implement it, but we wanted to hold it off for as long as possible because Ghostnote was built on the idea ofcontextual notes, not structured notes. The whole idea behind the app was to build something that didn’t require you to structure it. We also held back because we were afraid that people would just consider it a normal notes app like all the others out there. As you might have experienced yourself Ghostnote is not a concept you get from just reading contextual notes. You kind of have to try it out to see whats so unique about it.

Anyway. We feel like we have a big enough users base and enough feedback that it’s time to make Ghostnote a moremature platform. This also means we will be not only creating a notes browser, we will also allow you to create notes that aren’t tied to any app or document or website or folder so you can use Ghostnote as your primary note taking or todo app, not just for contextual notes.

Don’t panic. We will not change anything about how it works today. Instead we are going to build a separate app which will look more like a traditional app. We believe this will make Ghostnote even better than it already is.

This also means we are going to update the price moving forward to better reflect it’s value. So if you haven’t yet bought Ghostnote, but have been thinking about it, now is a good time to do so. Because we will soon be setting our price point to somewhere around $15-$20USD. Everyone who buys before next upgrade will get it at the current price. If you already bought it you won’t be paying for the new version.

As part of the coming update and enhancements we are going to add to Ghostnote we will be temporarily discontinuing our Evernote support. We love Evernote ourselves but have found a number of issues with the API which we think will be much easier do deal with once we build the Notes Browser.

If you don’t know what Ghostnote is you should check out this video:

If you have any questions, comments or suggestions. Don’t hesitate to write us at support@ghostnoteapp.com, hit us up on twitter or send us a message on Facebook.

January 2016 Update

2015 is coming to an end and we would like to wish those of you who celebrate happy holidays.

It’s been a great year and we want to thank our tens of thousands of users for supporting us and keeping us on our toes. We are still working on a number of new features but have had to reprioritize our efforts to fix more urgent issues in relation to El Capitan. Before we end the year we decided to release a new version (1.5) with several updates and bug fixes.

We are always looking for feedback from our users. If you have 2 minutes we would appreciate it if you gave us some here.

Take the 2 minute survey

There is still a lot to do, but we feel it’s a good move forward and we could use your feedback to help us prioritize. The biggest change is that we have migrated the notes to CoreData. This is to ensure more stable storage and futur. You don’t have to do anything as such. Every time you open a note you had before a little ghost icon appears up next to the gear. To sync the old note format with the new simply click the ghost icon and it will migrate automatically. Another change is that we simplified the way Evernote export working. Now it all happens in Preferences under the Export tab.

Release Notes 1.5

  • Fixed checkbox+text size difference
  • Fixed and issue where document script was installed two different places.
  • Text resize now works instantly
  • Fixed some text-formatting bugs
  • Migrated note storage to coreData
  • Simplified Evernote export
  • Removed the need for manually adding document support.

See you all in 2016!

Best
Thomas & Jimmy

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FAQ

I bought a version on the MAS but would like the non MAS version instead. Will I have to pay twice?No. You just send us a screenshot of your app running or a screenshot of the receipt from iTunes and we will send you a coupon allowing you to switch the version.

I already used the 7 day trial but I am still not sure if I want to buy it. Any flexibility there? If you are still considering buying Ghostnote but would like to try it out some more then send us a mail at support@ghostnoteapp.com

And last but not least. We are a small independent developer trying to build a kick ass product. Besides buying our software, one of the best ways to keep us in business, so we can keep support the development of Ghostnote is to share it with your friends and colleagues.

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July & August Update

Happy July & August. A little something on why we started selling Ghostnote directly from our website and whats coming in next major release.

It’s August. The seventh month and according to Buddhist and Taoist tradition also called Ghost Month. In some parts of the world people are coming back from vacation in others they have just started. No matter where in the world you live, being productive is always going to be at the center of your attention.

For us that is no exception and we have been hard at work further developing Ghostnote which among other things means we started selling directly from our website. This has spawned confusion from some of you so I would like to spend a little time mitigating that. The best way I know how to do that is to present it in FAQ format, so here goes.

Why did you start selling directly from your website and not just from the Mac App Store (MAS)? We can offer trial versions. We can offer faster development. We have a better channel to communicate with our customers. We can distribute it more widely and we can offer a version that fixes the gear issue some our our Yosemite users are experiencing with the MAS version.

I bought a version on the MAS but would like the non MAS version instead. Will I have to pay twice? No. You just send us a screenshot of your app running or a screenshot of the receipt from iTunes and we will send you a coupon allowing you to switch the version.

Why do you have two different versions (1.2 & 1.4.1) depending on where you buy it? The short answer is that it is two different versions technically speaking depending on whether we sell outside the MAS or not. The MAS version sits inside Apples Sandbox and is a slightly different beast. Featurewise the differences are minute and will be synced up in the next major version update.

Is it true that you have to rate the app or like it on Facebook before you can use it? No it’s not true and I frankly don’t know why some Mac App Store reviewers claim that and has given us a couple of one star reviews. This hurt our overall rating quite a lot and is frustrating especially since it’s not true. You can simply click anywhere outside the window and it will disappear and not show up again unless you select About Ghostnote. We are working on an update that will completely remove that splash screen to avoid further misunderstandings. In the meantime if you want to help mitigate this and is happy with Ghostnote, please write a review on the app store.

I already used the 7 day trial but I am still not sure if I want to buy it. Any flexibility there? If you are still considering buying Ghostnote but would like to try it out some more then send us a mail at support@ghostnoteapp.com

Will you continue to develop both for MAS and non MAS?We frankly aren’t 100% sure yet. It depends on whether Apple continues to force the Mac to be more like the iPhone which would mean an end to any innovation on the mac. However rest assured that if you bought an app store version and we decide to discontinue it you will be able to transfer to the non-MAS version at no addition cost.

Hope this answers most of the questions. We have also updated the FAQ answering a few more less frequent but still important questions. If you still have unanswered questions don’t hesitate to mail us at support@ghostnoteapp.com.

Availability – Ghostnote is now available directly from our website. We have also made it available for several other distribution channels such as MacUpdate.com and Download.com.

Next release v1.3 (MAS) v1.5 (non-MAS)

As mentioned in previous updates Team Notes are going to be the next major release. Besides that we will also try and squeeze in support for integration with more apps beside Evernote.

Ghostnote for MS Windows. We are still working on making Ghostnote available for Windows and hope to have something ready by Q3. We already started sketching and have started development. If you are a Windows user and want to become a beta tester, mail us at info@ghostnoteapp.com.

And last but not least. We are a small independent developer trying to build a kick ass product. Besides buying our software, one of the best ways to keep us in business, so we can keep support the development of Ghostnote is to give us a review in the app store and share Ghostnote with your social network.

Download Ghostnote with Free 7 Day Trial – Free Trial | Buy
Best
Thomas & Jimmy

May & June Newsletter

Happy May & June! Ghostnote v1.2 the unique note and todo app is now available directly on our site and on the Mac App Store. Trial version now available directly from our website. Evernote integration and much much more.

Ghostnote v1.2 is now available! It took some time but after a lot of hard work we finally managed to ship the new version of Ghostnote. When you read this mail, an update should be available for you in the Mac App Store (4.5 Star Rating) . We can’t wait to get your feedback!

If you still haven’t seen Ghostnote in action go check-out this video.

What features made it into this release?

  • Evernote export – One of the most popular requests have been support for Evernote. We have successfully implemented it and it will part of our next update. Watch Video
  • Customized Shortcut – Another popular request has been the ability to open and close the app via a shortcut. Happy to say we got that in there too.
    Watch Video
  • Switch between document & application notes – Starting from next update, you now have the ability to switch between notes for the application and notes for specific documents. That way you can have general notes for the app while still being able to write notes for specific documents. Watch Video
  • Ghost icon shows if there are notes or tasks Ghost icon indicate whether you have a note or a todo. It even shows you if you have unfinished tasks.
  • Custom scripting i.e. the ability to customize the scripts – If you know your way around Applescript you can actually add your own Document Support already now. Some users have been sharing scripts and we recently wrote a brief tutorial about how to do this yourself. If you end up making your own scripts please don’t hesitate to share them with us we will make sure you get full credit and it will be added to our scripts repository.
  • Real time note export – If you want access to your notes in a readable format we have made a simple note exporter which puts all the notes into a structured folder. We will be adding more advanced support a little further down the road.
  • Preferences – We changed the preferences panel to be more in line with standard Apple GUI and to provide bigger flexibility for adding new features.
  • Faster Performance – A lot of our users said the app felt a little slow at times. With this update that should be solved.

Availability – Ghostnote is now available directly from our website. We have also made it available for several other distribution channels such as MacUpdate.com and Download.com.

Pricing – We have increased the price from $4.99 to $9.99.  We believe this is a fair price-point that reflect the value and allow us to continue to improve and expand the quality. However because we can now sell outside the app store we have also added a 7 Day Free Trial.

Next release v1.3

Already hard at work at the next release. Besides the usual bug fixes and increased document support we are going to add Team Notes. This basically turns Ghostnote into a collaborative notes/todo app and allow you to share notes via dropbox and other cloud services. We are still experimenting with it but are very excited about the potential.

What’s coming a little further down the road.

Ghostnote for MS Windows. We are still working on making Ghostnote availble for Windows and hope to have something ready by Q3. We already started sketching and have started development. If you are a Windows user and want to become a beta tester, mail us at info@ghostnoteapp.com.

Support Ghostnote

And last but not least. We are a small independent developer trying to build a kick ass product. Besides buying our software, one of the best ways to keep us in business, so we can keep support the development of Ghostnote is to give us a good review in the app store and share Ghostnote with your social network.

Download Ghostnote V1.2 with Free 7 Day Trial – Free Trial | Buy
Best
Thomas & Jimmy

 

April Newsletter

Happy April! The journey begins, what you will find in the new app update and why you are lucky if you already bought a copy of Ghostnote.

Only a few weeks ago Jimmy & I were anxiously awaiting Apples approval – Today thousands of users are using Contextual Notes to improve their workflow. The journey started years ago but rest assured, we are only getting started.

The short version

“Why isn’t there a way to just attach notes to a file or a folder” I kept asking until a friend of mine one day said: “Because no one has built a solution for it yet”. And so I started exploring some ideas on how this solution could look like.

We originally started out with the idea of making “ghost-it-notes”. Notes that you can make and forget once you are done with them. Your use of the Mac itself is the notes browser and the notes should just magically appear when you need them. This was the basic principle we build Ghostnote around. Boy were we wrong…

After having launched the app, suggestions started hitting our inbox. Very quickly we realized there were many use-cases we hadn’t even considered. Students using it for Udemy courses. Developers wanting to add individual notes to iTerm windows. Evernote integration, a browser for all your notes.

Some of our customers have told us it literally changed their entire workflow in 5 minutes.

The roadmap

Being a very small team (two people to be exact) we want to strike the balance between doing things properly and still pushing new things to meet some of the suggestions from you we think are valuable. We are not going to say yes to everything but there are several suggestions we feel would make Ghostnote an even stronger tool than it already is:

Whats coming in the next update?

Evernote export. One of the most popular requests have been support for Evernote. We have successfully implemented it and it will part of our next update.

 

Customized Shortcut. Another popular request has been the ability to open and close Ghostnote via a shortcut. Happy to say we got that in there too.

 

Switch between document & application notes. Starting from next update, you now have the ability to switch between notes for the application and notes for specific documents. That way you can have general notes for the app while still being able to write notes for specific documents.

 

Ghost icon shows if there are notes or tasks. Also coming in next update ghost icon will indicate whether you have a note or a todo. It even shows you if you have unfinished tasks.

 

Custom scripting i.e. the ability to customize the scripts. If you know your way around Applescript you can actually add your own Document Support already now. Some users have been sharing scripts and we recently wrote a brief tutorial about how to do this yourself. If you end up making your own scripts please don’t hesitate to share them with us we will make sure you get full credit and will add it to our scripts repository.

Real time note export. If you want access to your notes in a readable format we have made a simple note exporter which puts all the notes into a folder. We will be adding more advanced support a little further down the road.

Preferences. We changed the preferences panel to be more in line with standard Apple GUI and to provide bigger flexibility for adding new features.
What’s coming a little further down the road.

Ghostnote for MS Windows. We want to make Ghostnote available for windows users too. It’s a little trickier to pull of but we believe it’s doable. We already started sketching. If you are a Windows user and want to become a beta tester, mail us at info@ghostnoteapp.com.

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Ghostnote for Chrome. We want to offer some of our users even better granular control of websites and PDFs and we want to them be able to share their notes in teams and in context. Keep and eye on the blog for a more detailed explanation of Ghostnote for your browser.

Team notes. Exactly what you think it is. Notes and todo’s for teams. We are expecting to implement it for Dropbox first and the other cloud services. More on this next month.

And much much more. We literally have several pages filled with things we want to build.

Pricing. After some careful consideration we will be increasing the price after next update from $4.99 to closer to $9.99. We believe this is a more fair price-point compared to the value Ghostnote provide. So if you have any friends, followers or family members you think would benefit from using contextual notes and todos, tell them to buy it here. If they want to understand how Ghostnote works show them this video.

And last but not least. We are a small independent developer trying to build a kick ass product. One of the best ways to keep us in business so we can keep making Ghostnote ever more aweseom. is to give us a good review in the app store and share Ghostnote with your social networks.

Best
Thomas & Jimmy

How to manually add new Document Support to Ghostnote

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A couple of our users have already figured out that one of the most powerful things about Ghostnote is the ability to modify and add scripts for extended application and document support. If you understand a little bit of AppleScript then it’s fairly easy to add new suppport for your apps not yet officially supported by us.

Ghostnote automatically support notes for all applications and websites, meaning that you can add notes to any app your Mac. However if you want to add notes to documents  you need to do more specific scripting. Apple has put some restrictions on what you can do when you distribute your app via the app store. This is understandable from their perspective, but it also means that we have to add support for each app and that its simply not possible for us to manually support for all apps out there.

You can always ask us to add it for an upcoming release. But if you don’t want to wait for that you can add it yourself manually.

As an example Bob Burnham showed us this nifty little hack for iTerm2 users which allow you to add comments to different windows.

And Bo another one of our users put this script up for those who want to use PathFinder.

However If you have an app we don’t support yet and you would like to add Document Support or modify existing scripts, here is a quick guide on how to do it. It wont work for everything but it will work for most apps as long as they have some sort of support for AppleScript.

Step 1 – Bundle Identifier

All apps have something called a Bundle Identifier which is way for your Mac to communicate with the inner logic of the the app. For Ghostnote the bundle identifier looks like this.

com.ghostnoteapp

Each application has it’s own bundle identifier and yes the reverse order starting with com is the way it normally looks. So if you wanted to script for Adobe Photoshop you would use the following identifier.

com.adobe.Photoshop

It’s fairly simple to find the Bundle ID for the application you want to modify but we made it even simpler.

  • Download the Bundle Identfier from our Toolbox
  • Launch it and select the app you want to get the Bundle ID from.Screen Shot 2015-03-27 at 3.35.29 PM
  • Copy the name for later. Screen Shot 2015-03-27 at 3.35.36 PM

This should give you the name of the Bundle ID which you will need to identify the app in AppleScript.

Step 2 – Creating or modifying the script

Now that you have the Bundle ID, open up ScriptEditor or any other editor you are familiar with, add the following code and save it on your desktop or somewhere else you can remember.

tell application id "com.your.Bundle.ID." 
   return the name of the (get front window) 
end tell

The above script is a generic one that will work for apps that display their document name in the window title bar. Ideally the app you are scripting will have scripting terminology for what it considers a document to be, if it does, the support will be more robust. Even more ideally it will have terminology for the url of the current or active document.

You can look in the AppleScript Library window for the terminology dictionary for the app you are working with. If it is not there, you can click the + button and select the application bundle to load its terminology into the library. Then you can double click it in the library to open its dictionary, where you can see what all it can do via scripting.

Now lets say we want to add support for Transmit from Panic so we would launch the Bundle Identifier and select the app we want to get the info for. The identifier will now extract the Bundle ID which you will need to use to create document support for Transmit. Now that you have the ID all you need to do is to open up Script Editor and replace the “com.your.Bundle.ID” with the ID for Transmit. Save it in your user script folder. And you are are done.

tell application id "com.panic.Transmit"
  return the name of the (get front window)
end tell

Now when you use Transmit you can click the ghost icon and you will be able to add notes both to the Application and the sites.

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The above script does not work for all apps, because different apps are build differently. If you know AppleScript well you know how to modify if you are just starting out you can always go to our Github page. There you will find all the scripts in your current version and all the scripts we have added for future versions.

Hope this little walk through gave you an idea about some of the many ways to modify Ghostnote to your personal need. If you have any problems don’t be afraid to ask in the comments and if you end up adding support for new apps or find some genius use of Ghostnote don’t be afraid to share.

Do you have some scripts you want to share with us?