Some UI updates

We've made some updates to the interface of middlespot to reduce the amount of buttons and make the focus more on your content.

The following changes have been made:

New Desktop Icon and Create Desktop Moved

The desktop icon has been changed to an actual desk and the create a new desktop has been moved into the desktop folder. This reduced the number of icons on your interface by one. Also, since creating a desktop is not something done all the time, it makes it less distracting by moving it into your desktops menu.

Google Drive Sync Button Moved To Control Panel

We've moved the sync button from under the title and URL of the desktop to the control panel toolbar along the left of the interface. This makes it more integrated with the tools that affect the desktop you have open.

Desktop Background Button Moved To Settings

Since you don't update your desktop background very often, we figured it would be better placed in your settings menu, instead of an additional distraction in your primary desktop control panel.

About Button

We removed the about button from the information buttons in the bottom left corner. It is now found as a secondary button in the help screens. Its just another opportunity to remove another secondary button from the desktop interface.

Search Desktops

You can now search your current desktop, all your desktops, and public desktops made on middlespot. Your keyword search will discover content in files, weblinks, notes, to dos, and text. Here's how it works:

Tap the search icon in the desktop navigation bar along the bottom.

This will open the window for you to enter your search keywords.

Your results will be displayed in a scrolling list down the screen.

You select if you'd like to search your current desktop or all desktops you own and follow.

You can select any search result and view it on the desktop or open the original file directly in your browser.

We hope you find this new feature useful to your productivity.

Log in permissions and a new center for your desktop

We're releasing two new updates:

  1. Graduated permission access to your google account.
  2. A new desktop center marker which will default as your desktop center.

Graduated Permissions

Now, when you first sign into middlespot using your google account, we will only ask for the bare minimum of access to your google services. As you start using more features of middlespot, only when we absolutely need to will we request additional access, and explain to you why its necessary.

Level 1: Signing up

We use google single sign on to create your account on middlespot. We do this so that you can use the email and password you most likely use everyday for accessing your google docs, google drive, gmail, and more from Google. It also means we don't have to worry about passwords and recovering passwords as you do all that from Google.

Level of Access: Basic Account Info

Middlespot has access to basic data from your account, like your name, email, gender, or country. With this level of permission, you can create, manage and share multiple public and private desktops on middlespot. You can also add weblinks, bookmarks (if you have installed the middlespot chrome extension), plugins, stickers, and text. You will need to give us additional permissions if you want to add files, docs, images, videos and create new docs, spreadsheets, or presentations.

Level 2: Google Drive File Access

We use your Google Drive Account to store your images, docs, files, videos, and audio files. We do this because your Google Drive is highly secure and very fast. It means we don't have to store your files on our servers, meaning we can keep offering middlespot at a very low cost. It also means we are less susceptible to hacking since none of your files are on our servers. A hacker would need to hack Google to get your content.

You will be asked to provide this permission when you add a file to your desktop from the add tools or dragging and dropping a file onto your desktop.

Level of Access: View and manage Google Drive files and folders that you have opened or created with this app. View and manage Google Drive files and folders that you have opened or created with middlespot.

Level 3: Google Drive Access

We require full access to your Google Drive Folder when you use the following two features on middlespot: Creating a desktop from an existing Google Drive Folder, and, Syncing files that were added to your Google Drive Folder with your middlespot desktop.

Level of Access: View and manage the files in your entire Google Drive.

Learn more about these new permissions here.

New Center Desktop Marker

Now, when you start a new desktop, you will see a new marker appear in the very center. This marker is a waypoint for you to use to set where your desktop will automatically load when opened. It is also where your desktop will navigate to if you click the center button in the navigation tools along the bottom.

To do this, enter edit mode, select the center marker with your finger or mouse pointer, then drag it to any location on your desktop.

This new location will become the default center of your desktop.

Create New Desktops from your Google Drive Folder

This is a pretty fun update. Now you can make a new desktop and use the files in one of your google drive folders to prepopulate that desktop. So any folder you have will automatically be displayed in your middlespot desktop.

To do this, tap the new desktop button and select Google Drive. Then give it a title and select a privacy setting (choosing public will make that particular google drive folder public as well).

We'll automatically create thumbnails of all your files in this drive folder and lay them out in a grid. You can then rearrange them how best suits you. Also, any sub folders will also be displayed, and when tapped to open, will trigger a new tab and display that folder.

Any content you drop onto this new desktop will automatically be placed in that Google Drive folder as well. This folder will not be moved and will exist outside the middlespot folder found in your Google Drive.

Syncing, Notebook, Notes, and To Dos

We've added some very helpful new features to middlespot that will improve your productivity: sync, notes and todos.


You can now sync your desktop with your middlespot folder on your google drive. Tap the sync button under your desktop title and info box and any files or content you've added to your google desktop folder on drive will automatically be added and displayed on your desktop here. The content will be placed in the middle of your desktop for you to arrange where it makes most sense to you.

Also, if you delete a file from your google drive desktop folder, it will be removed from your middlespot desktop as well.

To sync your desktop with your drive desktop folder, just click the sync button.


I always have a notebook on my desk to jot down stuff as I'm working throughout the day. I really wanted this on my middlespot desktop, somewhere I could have a list of notes and to do task easily accessible. So we built the notebook, a tool dedicated to your desktop.


Notes gives you the ability to create, manage, order, and delete notes to yourself or for those who view your desktop. Only you, the owner, and contributors can add, manage, and delete notes to a desktop.

When you add a new note, it appears at the top of your notes list. You can drag it around to rearrange it.

To Do

To do lists are something that help me accomplish my job. It's another thing I like to have close by on my desk that I usually do with sticky notes. So we built a very simple and effective to do capability right into your middlespot desktop. Add a to do and give it a priority color code. The to do will appear at the top of your list of to dos. You can drag to rearrange it within your list of other to dos to also help manage your priorities.

You can edit existing to dos to change what they say and their priority color and even rearrange the order. The number of to dos will always be indicated on the notebook button.

On shared desktops, both notes and to dos are visible to anyone who has access to the desktop. This allows you to keep others aware of what you are working on and your thoughts around the content on your desktop. If you have added collaborators to your desktop, they can also add, edit, and delete notes and to dos on the desktop.

We hope you enjoy these updates, they've been very fun to make and we use them daily here in the office ourselves.

Visible Folders On Google Drive

We've made a big under the hood update to middlespot which will give you more transparency to your content and improve the performance of your desktop. All of your desktops will now appear in your GDRIVE under the folder middlespot. In that folder, you will see a folder for each of your desktops. All of the content in those folders in google drive are what are displayed on your middlespot desktop.

What this means today.

So for now, you have complete visibility and control over the original and only copy of that file. You can edit it in your GDrive and it will be updated on your middlespot desktop.

What this means in the future.

By making this change, we will now be able to implement GDRIVE sync with your desktop. So, whenever you drop a file into your desktop folder on GDRIVE, it will automatically appear on your middlespot desktop.

You will also soon be able to see your URL links with screenshots on your middlespot desktops now displayed in your GDRIVE as well (a feature that a lot of people seem to be looking for from their Google Cloud Drive).

We hope you enjoy this new update and the features it will allow us to unlock for your middlespot desktop in the future.

On another note...

We did make some minor UI/UX improvements to your desktop as well. Some colors and highlights have been updated to emphasize important information. We also updated the flow for creating a new desktop to hopefully make it more obvious to what you can get. Also, we've improved the help overlays that appear when you click on the help icon in the bottom left toolbar.

As always, we really appreciate the feedback as we continue to improve middlespot desktops.

Another big update

This is a big one. We've released in increments over this last week a significant update to the middlespot user interface and added some significant new features. These include:

  1. Moved the control panel from a floating card to a left side toolbar.
  2. Added search capabilities for your desktops.
  3. Added a clearer indication of what account you are using to sign into simplebooklet.
  4. Reduced the google account connection requirements to a restricted folder on your google drive.
  5. Use edit mode to add and update your desktop from your mobile phone.
  6. New backgrounds - designed to help you organize content on your desktop.
  7. New middlespot desktop providing you quick links and the latest information on what we're up to.
  8. New stickers to add to your desktop.
  9. New homepage and help screens to guide you through all the updates and what you can do with middlespot.
  10. Block followers of your public desktop.
  11. New feedback tool to let us know how we can continue to improve.
  12. New font families to make your notes more engaging and additional font sizes and an HR line break.

As you probably noticed, the biggest update is to the user interface. We've focused on reducing the number of taps it takes to interact with your desktop and move between desktops. We've also worked to increase the visible space of your desktop and make the tools much less intrusive.

Under the hood, we've also made significant progress in improving the flow and movement of your desktop. We've been able to smooth the motion in dragging and zooming when using your mouse. You'll also notice an improvement in the touch actions on your mobile phone.

As always, we really appreciate the feedback and the features you'd like to see as we work towards a tool that you can't live without.

Updated User Interface

We've made some updates to streamline and simplify the middlespot desktop interface. Significant changes include:

  1. new streamlined control panel.
  2. bottom navigation tools are reorganized.
  3. simplified table of contents.
  4. major enhancement to the zoom/magnification UI to improve speed and fluidity.
  5. new commenting tool to leave notes on each item on your desktop.

As always, please leave your comments and feedback in our about section.

New Video

We've created a new video to help introduce you to middlespot and it's possibilities.

Feature Update, May 30th, 2017

New Features and some UI improvements.

New Control Panel

We've reduced the size of the control panel and cleaned up some of the features. You will notice that the sponsor banner has been reduced in size and the desktop and account tools are now on the top of the control panel.

New desktop listing layout

There is a new modal for your desktop folder. Your desktops are categorized based on the ones you own, the ones you contribute to, and the ones you follow.

Upload and Edit DOC, PPT, and XLS Files

When you upload a file to your desktop, you will now be able to edit the file directly on your desktop. Just tap on the file and it will open in a new tab, allowing you to make changes. If you share the desktop with others, they will also be able to edit the file (if you have made them contributors to your desktop).

Image Viewing

All images now can be viewed fullscreen. Tap on any image you have added to your desktop and you'll open a new tab in your browser allowing you to view the image fullscreen.

Access All Desktop Files In Your Google Drive

All the files saved on your desktop are stored in your personal gdrive on google. You can access them by opening your GDrive and navigating to the folder that is titled middlespot.

New Keyboard Shortcuts

Open any content on your desktop by tapping the enter button. You can flip between your content using the arrow keys, then tap enter to open any content you are focused on.

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