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Álvaro Ramírez

Álvaro Ramírez

12 December 2021 Plain Org v1.1 released 🎄☃️

Plain Org v1.1 is now available on the App Store. The update receives new features and bugfixes.

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Ok, now on to what's included in the v1.1 release…

Compact mode

By default, Plain Org layout uses generous padding. The new option Menu -> View -> Compact mode packs more content into your screen.


Regroup active and inactive tasks

Regrouping tasks now bubbles active ones up. Similarly, inactive tasks drop to the bottom of their node. Changes are persisted to the org file.


Native table rendering

Tables are now rendered natively but also support displaying links and other formatting within cells.


Open local ID links

If your file provider supports granting access to folders, local ID links (ie. id:eb155a82-92b2-4f25-a3c6-0304591af2f9) can now be resolved and opened from Plain Org. Note that for ID links to resolve, other org files must live in either the same directory or a subdirectory.


Fill paragraphs

If your org paragraphs contain newlines optimizing for bigger screens, you can toggle Menu -> View -> Fill paragraph to optimize rendering for your iPhone. This rendering option makes no file modifications.


By the way, the previous screenshot text comes from Org Mode - Organize Your Life In Plain Text, a magnificent org resource.

Show/hide basic scheduling

Use the new Menu -> View -> Scheduling to toggle showing SCHEDULED or DEADLINE dates.


Show/hide tags

Similarly, the new Menu -> View -> Tags option toggles displaying tags.


Native list rendering

Lists are now rendered natively. With the exception of numbered cases, list items now share a common bullet icon. Description lists are also recognized and receive additional formatting when rendered.

- First list item
* Second list item
+ Third list item
1. Numbered list item
+ Term :: Description for term


Numbered checkboxes are now recognized and receive the same formatting and interaction as their non-numbered counterparts.

1. [ ] First checkbox
2. [X] Second checkbox
3. [X] Third checkbox


Reload current file

Plain Org may not be able to automatically reload files for some syncing providers. In those instances, use Menu -> Reload to explicitly request a reload.

Open .txt files

Although .org files are plain text files, they aren't always recognized by other text-editing apps. This release enables opening .txt files, so you can choose to render them in Plain Org, while giving you the option to edit elsewhere.


  • Improve vertical whitespace handling.
  • Fixes rendering edge cases.
  • Fail gracefully when creating new files on unsupported cloud providers.
  • Prevent creating new files with redundant extensions.
  • File access improvements.
  • Replicates property spacing behaviour using Emacs's org-property-format default value.
  • Fixes keyword picker border rendering.
  • Improves rendering performance for large nodes.