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· 5 min read
Ilian Sapundshiev

Welcome to the late August release of TagSpaces. There are a number of updates in this version that we hope you will like.

WYSIWYG Markdown editor#

WYSIWYG stays for what you see is what you get and this describes best our new markdown editor, where you do not have to know anything about markdown, but still use its power.

· 3 min read

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TagSpaces v3.9.5, our most advanced version yet, is now available, building upon and further improving the change introduced in previous releases.

User Interface and UX features and improvements#

Version 3.9.5. has seen its share of UI and UX improvements.

Menus have seen some important additions and changes. The option to “open parent folders internally” was added to the File menu, this is most useful for file and folder entries in search results. When in the Default or KanBan perspective, a right-click on an empty area will bring up the directory menu, and the locations context menu gained a “Close all locations” entry.

· 7 min read

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TagSpaces has seen some new releases in the past months, bringing enhancements and upgrades, and many new features. With our latest release, v3.9 becoming available, it’s time we went through some of what came before in versions v3.7 and v3.8, respectively.

User Interface and UX features and improvements#

Version 3.7 has seen some improvements in the UI/UX front. The already extensive and advanced tagging functionality, a key feature of the software, was improved in some small ways. Similarly to other tag groups, the now read-only SmartTag group can now be collapsed in the sidebar. Since TagSpaces can extract macOS tags, an explanation is now provided for Mac users on how the tag extraction works in TagSpaces.

· 10 min read

The article in this blog entry was initially published on 2018-12-07 in artplusmarketing.com. We rediscovered it recently and were under the impression, that the thoughts presented there are more than valid in the current times. So we decided to republish it in our blog (of course with the author's permission). So here the original article:

The problem with Cloud based note-taking apps - and the alternative solution that delivered on its promises#


My quest for a suitable Evernote replacement, after the company decided to restrict access to my own data, proved to be a short one. Soon after publishing Five Evernote alternatives, and how to preserve them in brine (this might not have been the exact title), I have settled on one of the contenders from the same list.

TagSpaces, the application of choice does many things right but surely is unbeatable in one particular: Data access.

· 3 min read
Ilian Sapundshiev

Last week TagSpaces version 3.3 was released. Here you will find the major new features and improvements included in this release.

Reintroducing Perspectives#

One year ago, when we were preparing the major 3.0 release, we decided to postpone the implementation of the perspectives support. Which were a core functionality in version 2.x of TagSpaces. The idea was to migrate one default stable perspective with the two modes for viewing files: grid and list. Now, in this release we reintegrated the perspective support and added on top, two completely new perspectives in the Pro and the Enterprise editions.

· 4 min read
Ilian Sapundshiev

According to a recent announcement from Flickr, the users with the free account may lose some of their photos if they don't update to a paid plan. Luckily Flickr is providing a way to export all of your photos and videos together with some meta data including useful things such as tags and albums. So we decided to write a small script, with the purpose of sorting the files in folders and extracting that meta data in a format, which can be later recognized by TagSpaces. The script iterates through all the media files in the export folder and copies the found files in sub folders. If file is part of album, a folder with the album's name is create and the file is copied there. If this is not the case the script create a folder, which name corresponds to the date when the image was taken, and copies it there. In addition to that it parses the provided JSON file and extract the tags, the description and the comments if available. This information is saved in readable for TagSpaces JSON files, in the .ts sub folder of the folder where the image was copied previously.

· 6 min read
Ivaylo Stanislavov

Our best work to date is based on React.js and features lightning speed, location indexing, dark theme and more#

Screenshot V3 dark and light mode

The great new TagSpaces 3.0 is out now after it has been in the works for the last year. We overhauled the entire concept and remade it from the ground up. But fear not, it is still the smartest way to organize your files and one of the best productivity app out there. The user interface was redesigned to increase the overall usability and speed of the application. We used React.js, which is a JavaScript library for building modern and fast user interfaces.

What’s new:#

· 3 min read

We are done with the re-work of our web clipper browser extension. Yay! We are very excited because now it supports both Chrome and the newest version of Firefox! It is already up, so you can download it now.

TagSpaces Web Clipper is a powerful tool that lets you collect digital artifacts from web pages faster than you can say “Hey, Siri”. It can save whole pages or selected parts. Two clicks and you are done. Everything is safely stored on your computer.

Start TagSpaces Web Clipper and enjoy#

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Click the Tag button on your web browser. Edit file title – Leave the default web page title or create your own

Get playful with Tags#

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Add tags to your day and organize everything. From ‘read later’ to ‘for my mother-in-law’, the sky's the limit.

Choose the saving action#

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  • Save complete page – You can save the whole page in one single MHTML file, preserving the original design. Saving in this format is possible only in Chrome browser.
  • Save editable page – Clicking on this button, will try to extract the main content of the page. If some images are in the extracted content they will be embedded in the HTML file, so you don't have to take care anymore of images saved separately from the main HTML file. In addition to that, the URL of the original website and the date and time when the page was saved is also embedded in the created file. This information can be displayed later in the Desktop version of TagSpaces. Original design of the page will not be preserved by this action, but a screenshot of the visible area of the page can be included in the HTML file. This embedded image will be used the TagSpaces Next for creating a thumbnail of such HTML files.
  • Clip selection – Saves only the selected content as one HTML file. The rest of the functionality is similar to the previous action.
  • Take screenshot – Saves a screenshot of the visible page area as a PNG file. Tags representing the current date and the source URL of the web site are added automatically to make later organizing and finding even easier for you. See the following screenshot for more details.
  • Create bookmark – TagSpaces Web Clipper can create a URL file for the current webpage. Bam! TagSpaces is your new bookmark manager. URL files are supported directly in Windows and Mac OS.
  • Download file - This button appears only if the current browser tab is displaying just an image, a pdf or a video file. As the name suggests clicking on this button will start the download of this file.

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Get TagSpaces Web Clipper:#

Once you have all your content clipped and tagged neatly organize everything on your own terms, on your own devices, free of cloud, login and registration with TagSpaces Desktop.

· 3 min read

WE ARE BACK!#

Great new TagSpaces desktop app and other goodies#

Hello, TagSpaces community,

We have been silent for the last 6 months but we are still here! We haven’t gone under! Au contraire, we are working our bottoms off on an extensive overhaul of the TagSpaces desktop and Android app and the accompanying software of the TagSpaces ecosystem.

Here is where we are:

Thanks to your input and buckets of coffee we are now in beta phase for the TagSpaces App. We have integrated your numerous ideas in a symbiotic state with our own vision of how the product should look like. And we can certainly state that it is turning out to be amazing.

Here is why we are drooling over it. We have completely re-implemented the app using the latest web technologies like React and Webpack. We have re-imagined the user interface with many usability improvements.

We know that customization is your thing and that’s why TagSpaces App will now be able to support user interface themes. We are starting with light and dark, but hey, that is just the beginning. More will be added later.

theming screenshot

Not only is TagSpaces community an organized bunch of people but also a creative one and that is why we added support for TIFF and PSD files. You can now access that summer vacation collage, preview it and please, finish it already.

Since we have churned out large amounts of code, some of it was discarded, some of it held and/or added to the existing product. The results were carefully reviewed and we are now in a special state of mind. We can honestly say that there is a general improvement in speed and performance.

We couldn’t have done this without you, so we are still relying on your input. Here are a couple of questions that you might find interesting:

For the browser extension, we were thinking of adding of a screenshot of the currently active tab when you save a page as HTML. The screenshot then can be used as a thumbnail while organizing your snippets of different pages. Should we go on and add that to the TagSpaces Desktop App and TagSpaces Web Clipper?

By the way have prepared a new version of the TagSpaces Web Clipper, supporting again the Firefox browser. Here is a screenshot of the slightly redesigned user interface:

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We are thinking of adding geo tagging functionality to the web clipper, allowing you to save for example a screenshot of a map together with it's geo information (latitude and longitude).

What do you think of it and how would you use it? Please share your thoughts or comments here, on our dedicated email address: ideas[at]tagspaces.org and our Trello board

Last but not least, we call it TagSpaces Next for now and we are expecting to relaunch it in about 3 months. We will release a testable beta version in 4-6 weeks. In the meantime, you can GET TagSpaces 2.9 to start organizing your files. You will be prompted for an upgrade when the newest version is released.

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