Time to work on things people care about!
Note: There will be a maintenance June 12th 2023 during 18:00 - 20:00 UTC, syncing service may be degraded during this time.
- Removing the save button, Better sharing capabilities, better UI workflows and other quality of life improvements are incoming!
- An AI Webpage Summarizer right within the Fleeting Notes browser extension! Using the new plugin slash commands
- Becoming a manager and my first steps in hiring + my feelings this week.
What's new and what's to come
For the past week, I've poured a good portion of my time in developing a new plugin system for Fleeting Notes. Similar to Obsidian, this plugin system will allow the community (and me) to extend the functionality of Fleeting Notes. I'm so excited to add new plugins that I even decided to hire someone out to help me develop new plugins!
That being said, I've neglected a few quality of life features users have been requesting, and now I'll be working hard to address those in the coming weeks.
Released / In the next Release
- Removing the save button: The save button has been around for a while and with features like auto-save it has become redundant and confusing.
- Share notes with other sources: Share text to other apps like how you'd do in other apps
- Font size scaling: If you want to adjust the font size, the text scale slider will help you do so!
- Better title field: The title field is automatically focused when creating a new note & will go to the content field on enter.
- Plus a few bug fixes and small quality of life improvements!
- Global Shortcut Keys: Allows for users to open Fleeting Notes directly from the desktop through shortcut keys
- Text-to-speech to support different languages: Text to speech to support different languages
- Record notes & add attachments from main screen: With this feature it makes it one-tap to record a note or add an attachment to Fleeting Notes!
- Send to... (e.g. Twitter, Facebook, Github, Notion, etc.): Send directly to any service from a simple command all within Fleeting Notes.
For full details, on what I'm working on checkout the roadmap
Have you ever stumbled upon an article while browsing the web and thought, "Man, I wish I could get a summary of this article right into Obsidian!" Well, now you can! With the amazing Fleeting Notes plugin, summarizing web articles and seamlessly integrating them into your notes has never been easier.
Here's how it works: simply open the Fleeting Notes browser extension, setup the plugin, then run the plugin command
summarize-source (adjustable alias). This command fetches the content of the article, condenses it into bite-sized bullet points, and automatically populates your note with the summarized bullet points.
But that's not all! Once you've saved your notes, you can effortlesslyby following the simple setup instructions. Seamlessly transferring your notes from the web has never been this convenient!
Now, I must be honest with you, my friend. While I'm super excited to share this plugin with you, I haven't set up any restrictions just yet. Please don't go overboard and use it excessively. Why, you ask? Well, the ChatGPT API, which powers Fleeting Notes, comes with some costs, and I want to ensure it remains accessible for everyone (i.e. don't hit my spending cap). In the future, I plan to add restrictions to allow this plugin to better serve everyone.
If you're not satisfied with the prompt used to create the summaries, fret not! Fleeting Notes allows you to adjust the prompt according to your preferences. You can fine-tune it using the metadata within the plugin command settings, enabling you to tailor the summaries to your liking. Talk about customization at your fingertips!
So, what are you waiting for? Give Fleeting Notes a whirl and experience the magic of summarizing web articles into your Obsidian notes. It's a tool that saves you time, boosts your productivity, and keeps your notes concise and organized.
Personal Update: Becoming a Manager
I've always loved the thrill of diving headfirst into every nook and cranny of my business. I mean, who doesn't like getting their hands a little dirty, right? But I've had a realization recently - there's a limit to how much one person can do. If I spend all my energy working in my business, I can't spare any to work on growing my business. You see the conundrum here?
So, I've decided to turn the page. I've just brought aboard my very first team member, to take some of the weight off my shoulders. For now, they're part-timing, but who knows? This move could be the key that frees up my time to focus on expanding Fleeting Notes.
Also, I have some personal news. Ever since I left my full-time job to follow my entrepreneurial dreams, things got a bit...lonely. I'd find myself wishing I had someone to talk to about the ups and downs of the startup life. But recently, I've found my tribe - a group of friends who are also navigating the wild world of startups. It's amazing, really. Trading stories, comparing notes, and learning from each other's experiences...it's something special.
Alright, let's talk about Fleeting Notes now. How's it been going, you ask? Well, progress has been steady. I'd love to tell you that we're skyrocketing towards stardom, but let's keep it real - growing a business is tough, especially in the consumer segment. We've chosen the hard mode, and it's living up to its name.
As of now, we have 150 active subscribers (yay!). That's one more than two weeks ago, which might not sound like much, but hey, growth is growth. Still, I can't help but eye that goal of 207 subscribers that I'd set, which leaves us 57 short. Why 207, you ask? Well, that's the stepping stone I've identified towards the ultimate goal of hitting 1,000 subscribers by month's end.
But worry not, we're not just sitting here twiddling our thumbs. We're actively experimenting with a plethora of strategies. New landing pages, optimizing our app store presence, and much more are on the table. Who knows? Maybe one of these experiments will be the secret ingredient we need to kick things up a notch. Fingers crossed!