Agenda recently launched the milestone for its first full year in public release, with the Mac version debuting in January and the iOS app a few months later. The team behind Agenda has remained busy ever since, with improvements like Siri shortcuts, dark mode, accent colors, and most recently photos and file attachments. Today's update to version 5.0 on iOS and Mac is relatively small in comparison, but it still offers a few valuable additions. There are new options for your text environment, such as the ability to set a custom line spacing and use an extra small text size, plus you can now perform multiple tags and multi-person searches. However, the standalone enhancement is Agenda's recently expanded support for iPad external keyboards.
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Open Agenda 5 on the iPad with a connected keyboard, and you can immediately start navigating the app with the arrow keys. The primary sidebar – where your screens on diaries and today appear, along with the list of sites, projects, and saved searches – supports up and down arrow entries, and you can move from there to the right to enter note lists. Once you have selected the note you want to edit, press Enter, enable the edit bar on the title bar, by one second Return, press the cursor in the body of the note. When you finish writing, quit ⌘` editing mode and bring you back to navigation mode.
Being able to navigate the Agenda interface, move between the sidebar and notes seamlessly using just the keyboard, is a nice improvement over many other applications, which tend to require at least one button or two on the screen each time you want to switch "modes" in the app, such as moving between an editor and a note list. Apple Notes is another example of keyboard support done well in this area. When Agenda surpasses even a solid app such as Apple Notes, it is in the vast number of hotkeys it provides.
There are so many shortcuts available now, when you learn all of them, you can keep your fingers far Often where they belong in a writing app: on the keyboard.
Despite all the positive ways in which the Agenda keyboard support has expanded, there are still a few sharp overviews in keyboard navigation that allow the app to gain as much experience as things 3. For example, you cannot add pictures or other attachments to a note without touching the screen, nor can you navigate through the search results using the keyboard, a restriction that extends to several other submenus that appear when you do things like creating a new note or navigating the project's table of contents. Agenda has the most basic deck, but it makes it even more painful when running up to an area where the app apparently forgets that the keyboard exists. Hopefully, these sites will be addressed in a future update.
If you haven't yet checked out the 2018's MacStories Selects App Debut of the Year, it's as good a time as possible – especially if you're using an iPad. Agenda is a strong, unique take on the note genre, and there are few modern productivity programs that get the same level of strong development work like this.
Agenda 5 is available on iOS and Mac.