The below package will be kept around and updated in order to support the existing users.
simplenote.el is not developed or endorsed by the
The software is distributed under the GPL license version 2.
This package relies on your system having a program that can establish
secure connections to the Simplenote server, such as
Mac OS X
openssl is pre-installed under Mac OS X.
Under Windows you need to use
gnutls-cli under Cygwin (tested with
Cygwin 1.7.5-1). The Cygwin
bin directory, by default
c:/cygwin/bin, should be in your path. ‘Standalone´ versions of
gnutls-cli do not appear to work under Windows.
You can install it from MELPA:
M-x package-install [RET] simplenote [RET]
Or manually: put the file
simplenote.el in a directory where Emacs
can find it during startup.
Regardlessly of how you install
simplenote, add the following lines
in your config file:
(require 'simplenote) (setq simplenote-email "firstname.lastname@example.org") (setq simplenote-password "yourpassword") (simplenote-setup)
where the email and password are the ones that you use to login to the
Simplenote application. It is also possible to set
nil. In this case you will be asked for the
password when it is required.
simplenote.el keeps a local copy of your notes in a directory
defined in the variable
simplenote-directory. Its default value is
~/.simplenote. You can change the value of
simplenote-setup. The latter checks for the existence
simplenote-directory and some necessary sub-directories and
creates these if they do not exist.
There are two usage modes for
simplenote.el. It can be used as a
browser for your notes (with local caching) or you can synchronize
individual notes to the Simplenote application and later edit them on
the iPhone. These two approaches do not exclude one another. I will
explain these two approaches below.
Give the command M-x simplenote-browse. If this the first time you
will see an almost empty buffer. Click on the [Sync] button to
download your notes from the Simplenote server. If you have not set
simplenote-password you will be
asked interactively for their values.
The rest of the interface should be more or less clear. You have the
option to create new notes, and edit or delete existing notes. Syncing
is not automatic but has to be invoked manually either by clicking the
[Sync] button at the top of the Simplenote browser or by M-x
Deleting a note just marks the note as deleted in order to give you the opportunity to undelete it if you change your mind. After syncing the note gets deleted from the local cache but still exists (marked as deleted) on the Simplenote server. The note will be permanently deleted only after syncing through the iPhone Simplenote application or by using the Simplenote API.
Sync individual files
The idea here is that you have a text file that you want to edit on
your iPhone when you can't use your laptop, for example, during a bus
commute. First, while visiting the text file that you want to sync run
M-x simplenote-create-note-from-buffer. This will create a new note
on the Simplenote server with the contents of your file. Each note is
identified by a key which is saved by
simplenote.el in the
simplenote-key. In order for the key to
persist after you close the file you must save it. For this reason the
simplenote-create-note-from-buffer adds a file-local
variables section at the end of your file. If your file already has
file-local variables you will need to do some editing.
Then you use the functions M-x simplenote-push-buffer and M-x simplenote-pull-buffer to send local changes to the server and get changes from the server respectively.
- Handle gracefully the case where there is no connection to the Simplenote server.
This package has been tested only under Emacs >= 23.1.1. Although I hope it works under older versions of Emacs (at least Emacs 22) I have not tested it. Furthermore, this is pre-alpha quality software and there is a high probability that it will cause irreparable harm to your notes. Use at your own peril and keep a backup of your notes.