Announcing Notes on Firecracker

Posted by Keith Frankel on Feb 2, 2016 9:43:33 AM
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Today, we’re excited to announce the release of a completely revamped and upgraded way for you to take notes in Firecracker MD and Firecracker DO. Up until now, all of your notes were buried at the bottom of the related topic summaries, and didn’t exist at all in the daily review sessions. We’ve fixed both of these issues by introducing an annotation-style editor (a la Google docs or articles on Medium) which can be used to highlight the exact phrases and concepts you want to attach notes to. In addition, this highlighting tool can also be used to give us direct feedback on any concepts you run into that seem unclear or inaccurate.

Here’s how all of the new features work, as well as how you can take your pre-existing notes and attach them to specific concepts or phrases.

Adding a Note

In order to create a new note, all you need to do is highlight the text you want to assign a note to (typically, it’s better to highlight words rather than long phrases), and then click ‘Add Note’ once the adder menu pops up. This will bring up a note editor sidebar, within which you have options for rich text editing, image embedding, direct linking to external resources, and more. Once you click ‘Save’ at the bottom of the note editor sidebar, you’ll see your new note represented in line with the concepts you highlighted.



Attaching Old Notes

Now that we’ve released annotation-style notes, you may want to go through and attach your old notes to specific concepts using this system. In order to do this, scroll down to the bottom of the topic summary and click the blue notes icon. Then, locate your old note in the right sidebar (unattached notes can be identified by the red vertical rule and ‘Detached’ indicator) and click ‘Attach’. Finally, highlight the text you would like to attach the note to and click ‘Reattach Note’ when the adder menu pops up. Boom! Your note is now attached. From time to time, we may edit the content you have a note attached to, which will cause that note to become detached. Don't worry: we won't delete your note. Just follow this same process to reattach it. 


Giving Content Feedback

In addition to allowing you to add new notes, as well as reattach old ones, our new highlighting tool can be used to give our content team direct feedback on any of the topics or questions you may have an issue with. The process is very similar to adding a note. Start by highlighting the text and clicking ‘Feedback’. This will bring up our customer support live-chat window with all of the relevant information we need to locate the problem content (don’t delete this information). All you need to do is type the reason you are reporting the content at the top of that message window. Once sent to us, that feedback gets routed directly to our content team for review.


Notes you save are private and exclusive to your Firecracker account. We hope you'll find this feature improves your experience studying on Firecracker, and we'd love to get your feedback either in the comments below, or email the team at And good luck with your studies!

Topics: How to Use Firecracker, Firecracker MD, Firecracker DO

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