Today's a big day: to-dos have finally arrived in Bloks!
Now, it's easier than ever to keep track of all the tasks you need to get done.
Create a new to-do list by clicking on the checkbox icon in the sidebar or adding them in-line to any note.
You can automatically associate to-dos with relevant topics, events, people, or company pages by tagging them. And you can create follow-ups for each task, so you get a visual reminder to complete them before they're due.
All your tasks will get aggregated under the to-dos section in the sidebar, giving you a nice, clean, organized view of what you're working on.
Here's a quick preview:
Give it a try and let us know what you think!
Your notes and calendar should always be at your fingertips.
That's why we've integrated Bloks closely with your MacOS desktop, both in the menu bar (and system shortcut keys), so you can quickly capture notes and manage your entire day without ever having to search for the app or find events in your calendar.
By accessing Bloks from the system tray on your Mac, you can:
- See what's on your agenda and join events from the menu bar
- View who you're meeting with and quickly access their company and people pages
- Create notes, capture screenshots, and add them directly to Bloks
Check out the video below to learn more:
Let us know what you think!
When speed matters, the Quick Action Bar in Bloks has you covered.
It's a simple and powerful way to capture and tag all your content on the go.
Scroll through your notes on mobile to see it in action.
With the Quick Action Bar, you can quickly:
- Create a to-do list
- Take photos and add them to your notes
- Paste links, text, and screenshots from your clipboard
- Record voice memos using speech-to-text
Here's a quick walkthrough of Marc showing how it works on iPhone:
As always, give it a try, and let us know what you think!
Some notes, like a random thought or idea, don't require that much organizing.
Others, like meeting notes, only make sense when you see them in the context of when and where you took them.
To help you think clearly, we're constantly looking for ways to make taking and organizing your notes quick and easy.
That's why we created the calendar events carousel.
With the carousel, you can view all the meetings you have lined up for the day, join a call, and take notes that are immediately linked to a specific event in your calendar. Bloks will also show you any relevant emails, as well as the people and company pages associated with your events, so you can see additional insights at a glance.
Watch Marc quickly explain how it works below:
Give it a spin, and let us know what you think!
Smart Directory - This is probably THE most exciting feature we've built to date. Now, Bloks will automatically build a directory of the companies, contacts, or topics that you find important, which are dynamically updated in real time with relevant notes, calendar events, and insights.
You can access it now in the sidebar. Check out this quick video demo to see more.
Dark Mode by Default - Roughly 4 out of 5 people use dark mode. It extends battery life, prevents eye strain, and, frankly, looks cool. We’re making it the default, so your text pops, and it’s easier to find information.
New Look - Everyone from Banksy to the White Stripes to Coca-Cola plays with a white, black, and red color scheme. It’s minimalist, powerful, and synonymous with strength, clarity, and professionalism. Perfect for both avid and everyday note-takers.
Let us know what you think!
A picture is worth a 1,000 words, so we'll be brief:
You can now choose images from your device, take screenshots, and add them directly to your notes in Bloks.
Use the keyboard shortcut cmd-option-s to see it in action. Or, from the toolbar, click on the camera icon or screenshot icon. Add any text or tags, and you're good to go! 📸
To try it out, make sure you're on version 1.2.17 of our desktop app.
The search is over.
Information about companies, people, events, and emails are now easier than ever to find in Bloks.
Looking for that meeting note? Planning for an upcoming event? Need to find someone's contact info (or something that was said in an email)?
With Company Pages, we automatically bring together all the relevant information on the companies you interact with the most into a single view, so you don't have to go looking for it.
Here's a tease:
Company Pages can be accessed from any Person or Event page.
Check it out for yourself. Everything you need is already linked, ready, and waiting in the app.
The recommendations, associations, and insights in Bloks are always getting better.
Now, we've made it easier for you to help us improve them with a simple 👍 or 👎
Here's how it works:
- Click on an event to see any notes, emails, or people associated with it
- If the emails listed in the Emails tab appear relevant, give them a thumbs up
- If they don't, give them a thumbs down
Based on your feedback, our email recommendations engine will learn which emails are the most relevant and share stronger insights with you in the future.
Check it out, and let us know what you think!
Some people like being able to tag directly in their notes. Inline tagging lets you write naturally while still being able to associate content with people, events, and hashtags—helping give your notes more context.
But sometimes (and, if we're being honest, mostly for aesthetic reasons) you don't want tags to appear directly in your notes.
That's why we're introducing the ability to apply "Meta" tags to all your content.
Simply click on suggested hashtags, people tags, and event tags (or create your own by clicking "Add tag..." at the top of the screen) to apply Meta tags to all your notes.
It really is the best of both worlds.
Check it out, and let us know what you think!
Not too long ago, we added the ability to add checkbox lists to notes.
This week, two new styling and formatting types have found their way into Bloks, giving you even more flexibility when capturing your thoughts.
You can now use tables and highlights in Bloks on mobile, desktop and the Google Chrome extension.
Here's what tables look like:
And here's what highlighting looks like:
We have a few more styling options in the works, so stay tuned. If you have any feedback on what we've been working on, let us know!
You'll notice a new search and discovery menu option appeared in Bloks this week.
As you start to make use of tags (e.g., people, events, and hashtag categories) in your notes, this dynamic interface will give you quick access in search to items that have been front of mind throughout your day, week, or month.
Discover doesn't just highlight tags you recently used, though. It shows you which ones have been receiving a lot of your attention (i.e., tags that appear in notes you've been referencing).
We're trying to be smart about it, so we can take the time you spend looking for information down to zero.
And if you need to dig a little deeper, we've unified search to bring contacts, events, and content from notes together all in one powerful search interface.
On a side note: we had a great week at SaasNorth and appreciate all the amazing conversations we had about Bloks (formerly Nook). Your feedback is what drives us, so thank you!
How much time, exactly? Well, we're still reviewing the numbers.
But it's no secret that keyboard shortcuts can save you a huge amount of time when used correctly.
Want to streamline your workflow in Bloks? Try these keyboard shortcuts (here are a few to get started with):
cmd + n = start a new note
cmd + shift + n = start a new note in a new window
cmd + return = save/exit editor
cmd + t = start a to-do list in a note
esc = dismiss dialogs
delete = delete note
And the ultimate:
cmd + option + n = Create a new note from anywhere on your Mac, regardless of what app you’re currently in
Want more? Let us know what shortcuts you need. This is an ongoing project we plan to update continually.
The Bloks Team
It’s about time.
One of the most common feature requests we get is the ability to add checkboxes to notes in Bloks.
Why? It’s a simple-yet-effective way to capture to-dos and keep track of what needs to get done.
Well, as of today, you can now add a checklist to any of your notes. And there's much more to come 😉
Again, we want your feedback. So help us check that box (see what we did there?) and let us know what functionality you’d like to see next in Bloks.
Here's a bit of science that feels like magic 🪄
Bloks' tag suggestions help keep your note cards organized by automatically suggesting ultra relevant, highly contextual categorizations for all of your notes.
We wanted to make the whole tagging process easy. So, starting today, you'll notice tagging suggestions at the bottom of every note anytime you begin typing.
No heavy lifting required. Just select the suggestions you like as they appear. And, if they're not your cup of tea, you can always create your own. It really is the best of both worlds.
As always, we would love to hear your thoughts and feedback to make sure we're hitting the mark. Let us know what you think!
This week, we're happy to announce that our Slack integration is officially available to ALL existing Bloks users.
Bloks' Slack integration makes it easy to bring all your most important Slack messages right into Bloks. You can push important messages directly into the app, associate them with notes and add tags for easy reference, and view additional insights.
No more searching for what you want to remember. Messages and important information are right there when you need them with added context.
Bloks' Slack integration is accessible from the Integrations tab on desktop and mobile. Give it a try, and let us know what you think!
We're happy to announce the Bloks Chrome extension is now available in the Chrome Web Store.
Our free extension allows you to push any browser-based content you want to remember—like articles and other links—directly into Bloks from Google Chrome.
With synchronized notes and supporting references like @mentions and hashtags, it's easier than ever to keep important information associated and accessible in Bloks.
Give it a try, and let us know what you think.
Hey all, Happy Friday! Here's a present for all the patiently waiting Android users:
You can now download Bloks from the Google Play Store. Check it out and let us know what you think.
It's a fully featured app, so everything you can do on desktop, you can now do on mobile, too.
That means Bloks is now available on three platforms (Mac Desktop, iOS and Android). If you're not already using Bloks, get early access by joining our waitlist.
A quick update on a few improvements you'll notice in the desktop app.
As of today, we've:
- Added the ability to expand note cards directly inline on the main feed and in the page feed
- Updated the navigation menu and note creation controls by placing them closer to the action (i.e., in the upper half of the interface)
- Improved search for calendar events in the @mention modal
We hope you're enjoying Bloks and look forward to hearing what you think of the new changes.
The Bloks Team
We're happy to announce that we've moved Bloks from TestFlight Beta to our public App Store listing.
Nook for iOS has the same great functionality, but makes you jump through less hoops to get up and running on mobile.
A big thanks to everyone who has provided feedback on our mobile experience thus far and helped us get to this point.
If you're looking for Bloks on iOS, you can find it here.
Thanks to all of our first users for their feedback on the Mac Desktop app over the past few weeks. Users should have seen an auto-update available today—hopefully you've all grabbed the latest, which is now 1.2.6.
- The ability to pop-out note editing into its own dedicated window, so you scan other items in Bloks while staying focused on what you're jotting down or editing
- Improvements to text input, mentions, and hashtags to make sure note and page associations are at your fingertips
Let us know if you have any issues getting the update. We'd love confirmation that this is a smooth and easy process for all.
We love getting feedback, so keep it coming.
Consider this your home for all product-related updates from the Bloks team. We move fast, so expect to see updates here at least 1-2 times per week as we continue working on and improving Bloks for all our users.
We can't wait until this entry is buried at the bottom of the Changelog under a pile of impactful updates, so check back frequently to see what we're working on.