Here you will find all information in relation to the Shelly app. Please expand the sections for details.
Start making notes against your synced calendar events. Click on one of your own calendar events on the timeline and get typing.
Add labels to your note. Labels are a great way to sort your notes into categories to search and retrieve your thoughts when you need them most.
Just making a note on the run? Your notes don't need to be tied to a calendar appointment either. Make an ad-hoc note to jot down your thoughts quickly.
Want more? Need help? Shelly offers a lot more, like filter by people or sharing notes. We hope that you'll find what you need on this help page. If not, you can contact our support team - we are more than happy to help!
Have used Shelly before? Please make sure you clear your web browser's cache and reload Shelly to get the new features loaded.
Shelly is simple and intuitive to use. But if you get lost this help page will provide you with the necessary information to get you back on track.
Once you have logged into Shelly for the first time you will be greeted with a short tour introducing you to the key features of Shelly. To further guide you through the app, Shelly also shows tooltips when you hover over an icon.
Your timeline in the middle of the window is the centrepiece of Shelly. It shows your synced calendar events and notes, past events if you scroll down, future events if you scroll up. If this is your first visit it also has a welcome note for you.
On the bar on top of the window you will find the new note button to create a new ad-hoc note (a note not linked to a calendar event). You also can jump to any date in the timeline using the calendar. With the text search you can retrieve entries and notes that contain your search text. The "?" brings you to this help page and via the avatar you can select accounts, go to settings or sign out.
The left panel is your filter for the timeline, it’s all about finding what you are looking for in a fast and efficient way.
Clicking on the icons for filter by pin, star, note provides you with a quick way of accessing those timeline entries which are most important to you.
The labels section shows you all labels for your entries so you can filter by those.
Underneath you will see the people that are known to your Shelly account. Initially those are the guests on the events that have been synced from your calendar, but as you go the list will be extended with other names. Click on one or more people and your timeline will be filtered with just the entries those people are referenced on.
You can enter a new ad-hoc note by clicking on New note on top of the timeline . This will open a pop-up where you can enter a title and your note including to do items, hyperlinks to related information, and more (more information about the notes editor in the next chapter). Your note will be auto-saved once you made a change, you will see the last time the note was saved in the upper right corner. When you exit the pop-up (just click on the arrow on the top left to Save and exit) the note will be placed on your timeline with the current date and time and the Shelly symbol indicating the origin of this timeline entry.
To add or edit your personal event note, just click on a calendar event on your timeline and a pop-up with the details will come up. Here you will find all important information in relation available at your fingertips: date and time, event title, location, description and who was invited to the event (just hover over the initials and you will see the full name or email). Add your notes to the event, leave the editor and you will find the updated information on your timeline.
You can create labels in the detail pop-up for both, ad-hoc notes and also events (with or without notes), by simply clicking on the Add label (+) and typing in a label term (hit return to confirm). The label will then be added at the bottom of the detail pop-up as well as on the timeline. If you already have created labels before, you can also simply select existing labels from the drop down. Once you return to the timeline you will be able to filter entries by simply clicking on one or more labels. This is tremendously helpful to retrieve all timeline entries in relation to a specific context, like a project, a customer, or a product.
Add some color to your labels! When you are in the detail pop-up, just click on a label and the color selector will come up.
The attachments functionality in version V0.5 and earlier has been replaced with the Upload File capability in the editor with V0.6 (see below), all current attachments have been migrated.
Share your notes. You can click on the meeting guests to add them to the list of people to share the note with, you can search for everybody else known to Shelly and you can also add other people you like to share your note with by entering their name and email address after tabbing on the plus symbol. If the people you share the note with are in Shelly they will have a note created for them on their timeline, if they are not in Shelly they will be getting an email with the note you are sharing. You will see the people you have shared the note with at the end of this pop up.
Delete notes from the detail pop-up. Whereas ad-hoc notes will disappear from the timeline, event notes will be deleted but the event will still appear on your timeline until the event is deleted from your calendar. However, an event that gets deleted in your calendar will not delete the entry in Shelly if it has a note associated with it, it will simply convert it into an ad-hoc note.
You can also print the note and download the note from here (make sure you browser allows pop-ups for Shelly).
Shelly has a powerful notes editor embedded which allows you to format and enrich your notes in an easy and intuitive way. The editor provides all functions on larger screens (tablet, laptop, desktop) and a reduced set of functionality on small devices (phone).
Here all functions of the editor in sequence as shown above (keyboard shortcuts in brackets):
- Bold (Ctrl+B)
- Italic (Ctrl+I)
- Underline (Ctrl+U)
- Strikethrough (Ctrl+S)
- Code (Ctrl-1)
- Monospace (Ctrl-2)
- Font Family - Arial, Georgia, Impact, Monospace, Roboto, Tahoma, Times New Roman, Verdana
- Font Size
- Paragraph Format
- Align Left, Center, Right, Justify
- Ordered List
- Unordered List
- Decrease Indent (Ctrl+[)
- Increase Indent (Ctrl+])
- Quote Increase, Decrease
- Check-box (see chapter To do items for more info)
- Insert Image (Ctrl+P)
- Insert Link (Ctrl+K)
- Insert Image (Ctrl+P)
- Insert Video
- Upload File (replaces the attachment functionality prior to version V0.6, all attachments have been migrated)
- Insert Table
- Insert Horizontal Line
- Special Characters
- Undo (Ctrl+Z)
- Redo (Ctrl+Shift+Z)
- Help (Ctrl+/)
For software engineers the Shelly editor provides a couple of special functions:
- Code (Ctrl+1). Code sets a selected paragraph to paragraph format Code which is defined as Monospace font and a frame around the paragraph.
- Monospace (Ctrl+2). Sets the selected characters to Monospace font and adds a grey background.
There is also a quick insert icon that shows up in the editor when the cursors sits on a new line. It provides direct access to insert images, videos, links and tables as well as creating an unordered or ordered list or inserting a horizontal line.
Inserting links from here also shows a preview of the page, powered by embedly, which is pretty cool.
Here the reduced editor as shown on a device with a small screen, for instance a mobile phone:
Your timeline will show all of your entries from different sources, like calendar events or notes (more to come in the future). All entries are sorted by date and time and show title and location (if available).
To keep things simple, Shelly does not show the event description in the timeline, and it shows just the first few lines of your personal note for an entry. But you are always only one click away to see all details, just click on more to see the full note or click on the entry to open up the detail pop up.
Every entry can have one or more labels, and one or more people that will show at the bottom of the entry.
From here you can also pin and/or star the entry to give it more importance and retrieve it quickly via filter by pin and filter by star.
Use Search to show only the entries on your timeline that contain the search text in the title, description or note. The search text will be highlighted with bright yellow background.
Filter your timeline by pinned entries, starred entries, entries with notes only, labels and people - or all of the above.
Add check-boxes to the to do items in your notes. Unchecked items represent open to dos. Mark it checked when a to do item has been completed.
- You can search open to do items (unchecked) by entering todo-unchecked in the Search.
- You can search completed to do items (checked) by entering todo-checked in the Search.
- You can search for all to do items (checked or unchecked) by entering todo- in the Search.
You can access the settings page by clicking on your avatar and selecting Settings. From here you can:
- Select and deselect calendars to display
- Add and remove accounts
- Change Category names
- Select defaults for the timeline filters
- Switch the introductory Shelly tour on or off
- Download and print notes for an accounts
Select and deselect calendars to display on the Shelly timeline by checking or unchecking the box next to the respective calendar. The primary calendar is always checked and cannot be unchecked.
Use the Add Account button to add accounts and link those to your primary account (the initial account will be your primary account). This allows you to use Shelly with calendars of different Google and/or Outlook accounts simultaneously. When you add an account you will be asked to assign a Category that characterises this account (e.g. Work, University, Family, Golf Committee). You can change the category name later by clicking the pen icon next to the category.
Remove accounts if you do not need those in Shelly anymore by clicking Remove in the account tile. Please note that you cannot remove the primary account and you cannot remove the currently active account. When an account is removed, also all notes you created and labels you added to events and notes of this account will be deleted. Therefore use the Download option to make sure you have a copy of all your notes (output in PDF format).
Set filter preferences for Labels and People according to one of the following 3 options:
- Combine fillers with OR (timeline entries where one of the filter criteria is true)
- Combine fillers with AND (timeline entries where all of the filter criteria are true)
- Show AND/OR selector (you can switch between both options on the home page)
You also can download or print your events for the active account at any point in time using the Download or Print button on the bottom of the screen.
Leave the account settings page (click on the Shelly icon) and you are back on the timeline. By clicking on your avatar you can now switch between your different accounts and see the respective timeline entries and notes for this account. Use the option All Accounts to see the entries and notes for all of your linked accounts.
Tab on Sign out from the drop-down of your avatar to sign out from Shelly.
Auto-start Shelly on your Laptop
Add a link to Shelly to your Windows Start-up folder and Shelly is there for you whenever you get your computer started.
1. Bring up Shelly in your web browser (http://app.shellyapps.com/)
2. Create a shortcut to Shelly on your desktop (in Chrome go to More Tools / Add to Desktop, enter "Shelly", tick Open As Window, and click on Add)
3. Copy the shortcut into your Windows Start-up folder (locate it by opening the Run program via your Windows search and enter "shell:programs"; this will open Explorer and you will see the Start-up folder on the next level down - this is where you want to go and copy the shortcut to)
4. From now on when you start your computer, Shelly will be started, too.
Use Shelly on your mobile phone and other devices
Just add shortcuts to all of your devices and you have quick access to Shelly wherever you are,
Take handwritten notes
One of the coolest features of Shelly is that it supports handwritten notes when you are on a touchscreen device. So in a meeting your colleagues can actually see that you are taking notes rather than surfing the web...
On a Windows laptop or tablet this feature is built into Windows 10’s touch keyboard. To open it, tap the touch keyboard icon next to the clock on your taskbar and you are ready to go. It works really well with a pen, but you can even use a finger.
By the way - Apple and Android devices have the same capabilities. So you can take handwritten notes on any touch device.
I wanted to check out the new Shelly enhancements and user interface (UI), but I don't see any change...
Please make sure you clear your web browser's cache to get the new features loaded. Then refresh your page and sign in.
Can I use the Shelly beta with multiple accounts?
Yes, the new Account Management capabilities allow to link multiple accounts and access Shelly for all accounts with just one login.
How frequently does Shelly update events from Google or Outlook?
The Google and Microsoft APIs push changes to events in calendars to Shelly in real-time, Shelly is always up to date.
Shelly supports login and calendar sync with Google as well as Outlook personal, work and school accounts. It is currently available as a web app which runs on mobile phones, tablets and PCs with any screen size, thanks to it's responsive design. Shelly is also available as a PWA (Progressive Web App) for Android devices.
4 June 2018 (V0.6)
- Ability to add to do items to notes
- Search and filter for to do items
- Sharing notes with Shelly users now also sends email in addition to creating a shared note
15 May 2018 (V0.5)
- Quick tour
- New notes editor with full support for mobile devices, more formatting options, embedded images, and much more.
- User interface enhancements for mobile and desktop
3 March 2018 (V0.4)
As an existing user please clear your cache to take advantage of the new functionality.
- Date selector for timeline
- Pin timeline entries
- Star timeline entries
- Ability to set date for ad-hoc notes
- Add images and other attachments to notes
- Colors for labels
- Auto-completion of labels
- Search now also for parts of words
- Filter timeline to only see posts with notes
- Filter timeline by pinned or starred entries
- Filter timeline by people
- Filter timeline by multiple criteria concatenated with AND or OR
- Print single note or notes within a time range
- Share notes with Shelly users and other people
- User interface enhancements for mobile and desktop
30 January 2018 (V0.3)
- Ability to link multiple accounts (Google or Microsoft) to one primary Shelly account
- Categories for linked accounts (like Private, Work, Uni, etc.)
- Select and deselect calendars to show in Shelly
- Download for single note or all notes
7 January 2018 (V0.2)
- Support of Microsoft Outlook accounts and calendar
- Show location of an event or note
- New notes editor with additional formatting options, spell-checker, ability to embed images, and more
18 September 2017 (V0.1.4)
- Labels for events and notes
- Enhanced notes editor and auto-save
- Deletion of notes
- Design face-lift
18 May 2017 (V0.1)
- Login with Google
- Timeline with Google Calendar events synchronised
- Event editor for notes
- Text search in timeline
Whether you have questions, or you like to provide feedback, or you encounter any problems with Shelly products and services, we are here to help. Send us a quick email to email@example.com and we will take care of it.
As a beta user of Shelly you are also invited to join the Shelly Beta Community Facebook group. We've great new features in the pipeline and would like to get your input on those. Join the beta community today to be the first to find out what's next, and to have your say as a valued early adopter.