Release Notes

June 13, 2013

The last release created a big performance regression. Typing speed should be much improved by this update.

June 13, 2013

  • Improved HTML tag highlighting.

  • Improved selection drawing around line folds.

Today we are also releasing a companion app call Mango. Mango is a Markdown text editor. It works like Oak, but uses full Markdown syntax. Please try it out and let us know what you think.

June 07, 2013

  • Open links in separate window on non Mac platforms by holding down Control key when clicking link.

  • Fixed loading problems so that Oak works in Firefox browser again.

  • Limit width of text area to 66 characters and center when there’s extra space.

  • Use lighter color for background of navigation link area.

June 06, 2013

  • Line fold’s visual style has been changed to look like folds in paper.

  • Tab indents the current line if text is selected (otherwise it just inserts a tab).

  • Command-clicking on a link will open it in a new window, instead of replacing the Oak window.

  • Fixed positioning of popup menu when near edges of browser window.

May 28, 2013

  • Added Command-K keyboard shortcut for inserting Markdown inline link syntax.

  • Changed selection behavior when inserting bold (Command-B) and italic (Command-I) syntax. Now only the formatted text is made part of the selection, the syntax characters are not included.

  • Fixed problem where Return would move entire line down if the selection wasn’t collapsed.

May 22, 2013

  • When running on a Mac Command-Left and Command-Right now move the cursor to the visual end of the wrapped line, instead of to the end of the paragraph.

  • Fixed problem with hidden syntax characters in Firefox, they were rendering crazy like. Now they look good!

  • The move commands now work better with empty lines. Previously you couldn’t move an item to the right if the previous line was empty. And you couldn’t move an item down in some cases where the next line was empty. Now you can!

  • There’s work in progress trying to make things more logical when you fold and move items around in an outline that’s already been focused. In those cases generally we’d like to expand the focused region so that you can see what you expect, but no more.

May 15, 2013

  • Added “Focus In” to focus on the current line and all text indented under it. The rest of your outline is then folded away. If you select multiple lines and focus then all but the selected will be folded away. This command is similar to the “hoist” command you might be familiar with from other outliners.

  • Added a outline-wide fold indicator in top left corner. It displays any time your outline has folded text. Click it to quickly remove those folds and show all of your outline text.

  • Oak now distinguishes between “Manual” folds that you create yourself and “Automatic” folds that are created for you when you “Focus In” or click on a @tag. The outline fold indicator (top left corner) will first remove automatic folds, and then manual folds.

  • Added syntax hiding for the bold, italic, and link syntaxes. For example to create **bold** text in Oak you surround it with **’s. With syntax hiding those **’s are automatically hidden until you move your text cursor into that text. We do this so you’ll have a clean looking view, not filled with lots of formatting syntax, while keeping the power and simplicity of plain text formatting.

  • Improved the drag and drop process for selected text. The selection no longer flashes gray as you drag, and a drop indicator displays, showing where you’re text will be inserted.

  • Oak now automatically expands folds that contain text affected by undo and redo operations.

May 09, 2013

  • Oak is now better at seeing complex URLs that you type to turn them into clickable links.
  • Folds now have two visual styles. The normal dark style is used when there is text on the same line as the fold. A new lighter style is used along with a dashed line over the entire line when the line is just a fold.
  • You can now add @tags to items in your outline. Click on a tag and your outline will be folded to show just the parts of your outline with that tag.

I’m pretty excited about this release. I’ve wanted to create two fold styles in FoldingText for a long time. I think the lighter style works much better for cases when you are filtering your outline, by tag for example. But the other style is better when you are folding specific headings. Finally we have both!

May 07, 2013

  • Updated context popup menu to be more Mac like.
  • Replace Command keyboard shortcuts with Control when running on a PC.
  • Don’t automatically expand folded lines when inserting new lines at the start.

May 06, 2013

Oak is released! It’s free, doesn’t require an account, and I hope it will become your place to think on the web.