Evernote Add Note Stats and Camera Improvements via Update

Evernote Add Note Stats and Camera Improvements via Update

Oct 12, 2016

Popular note-taking utility Evernote got some tweaking today.

The current update adds note stats; now, users can see word counts, as well as the number of characters, lines, and paragraphs there are in a note.

Additionally, the developer made improvements to the camera autofocus.

Finally, there are the ubiquitous big squashing.

Evernote remains free on Google Play; there are premium tiers available to upgrade to in-app.

Evernote to Limit Number of Linked Devices on Free Accounts

Evernote to Limit Number of Linked Devices on Free Accounts

Jul 2, 2016

If you’re using the free tier of Evernote, it might be time to upgrade if you want to use it on more than two devices, as the popular note-taking utility is letting folks know that there will be a hard limit — yes, two — to the number of devices one can link to it if one is using a free account (otherwise known as Evernote Basic).

In condensed form, if one, say, owns three Android devices, and wants to use Evernote on all of them, one has to pick which ones to use it on. The good news is that Evernote on the web does not count against the limit.

To see how many devices are authorized to use Evernote on one’s account, all one has to do is sign into Evernote on the web, and then navigate to “Devices” in the Account tab. From there, one can revoke access to any extraneous devices.

Evernote Gets Better Link Support and More via Update

Evernote Gets Better Link Support and More via Update

Jun 15, 2016

Premier note-taking utility Evernote rarely rests in its laurels, and its current update underscores this.

WHAT’S NEW

* Better support for links in notes
* Improved handwriting support
* View notes in full screen on tablets
* Various bug fixes

Evernote remains free (with in-app purchases).

Google Drive Gets Better Compatibility with Evernote

Google Drive Gets Better Compatibility with Evernote

May 12, 2016

Google Drive is becoming a better tool with better tie-ins to note-taking utility Evernote.

Excerpts from the blog posts detailing the improvements:

Instead of pasting links to files, Drive content added to Evernote will now include thumbnail previews and a rich viewing experience. You can also search Drive from Evernote and any changes to files in Drive will sync automatically with your notes. There’s even a handy icon in the Evernote toolbar to jump right into your Drive.

Evernote product chief Erik Wrobel talks up the enhanced integration. “Evernote is where people capture and nurture ideas,” he says. “This integration with Google Drive helps people cultivate those ideas with rich context.”

The new features are available now; both apps are free on Google Play.

Check out the trailer highlighting the changes below:

[via Google Drive Blog]

Evernote Improves Data Entry Tools via Update

Evernote Improves Data Entry Tools via Update

May 2, 2016

Evernote is getting updated, allowing the well regarded note-taking utility to add in-app features like special text attributes, amongst other things.

New:
– Many enhancements to the editing experience
– Support for strikethrough, subscript, and superscript text styles
– Camera now automatically detects and captures business cards, documents, whiteboards, Post-it ® Notes and receipts
– Ability to mark up images and PDFs
– Select multiple notes at once
– ‘Trash’ can now be emptied

Fixed:
– Fixed many note display and note editing bugs
– Various bug fixes and stability improvements

Evernote remains free, with premium features available for purchase.

Evernote for Android Gets Update

Evernote for Android Gets Update

Sep 23, 2015

Evernote is getting some retouches via an update that is rolling out now; of note is the merging of the standalone widget companion utility back into the “main” app.

Per it’s Google Play page, the changes include:

WHAT’S NEW

Brand new widgets
• Three new widgets: Actions, Action Bar, and List
• Easily create and access notes right from your home screen
• New Simple Note lets you jot down quick text notes without opening the app
• Widgets are now added to your widget menu automatically when you install Evernote, no separate download

Miscellaneous bug fixes

The new build is available now, and Evernote remains free on Google Play.

Evernote Continues to Get Better with Another Update

Evernote Continues to Get Better with Another Update

Feb 28, 2015

Evernote seems to enjoy being one of the best note-taking tools on the market; it is getting yet another update:

Update includes:
– Improved formatting bar
– Ability to re-order reminders
– Improved camera for L devices
– Bug fixes

Evernote remains free (with optional in-app purchases) on the Play Store.

Livescribe Sky Wi-Fi Smartpen Hardware Review

Livescribe Sky Wi-Fi Smartpen Hardware Review

Feb 25, 2015

When I look at adding accessories to my workflow, I try to keep to a few important precepts: portability, functionality and compatibility. Portability is obvious; the ability to use stuff on the go is quite important. With regards to functionality, before adding an addition or substitution to my creative/work process, I’d rather know that it is worth the time to make a change. Lastly, the ability to use a tool with other tools and across platforms is priceless.

On paper, Livescribe’s Sky Wi-Fi Smartpen seems to touch on these elements quite comfortably.

Livescribe has created quite the niche with in the smartpen offerings; it has several products, with one of the most celebrated (Livescribe 3 Smartpen) on its way to full Android compatibility shortly. The Sky Smartpen is more of a cross-platform workhorse that boasts some admirable tricks up its sleeve.

The review unit Livescribe sent us showed the piece in its retail glory: the 4GB pen, micro-USB cable, two covers and a good deal of documentation. Livescribe also cobbled together starter pack of sorts, as we also got a Livescribe starter notebook and a more ostentatious Livescribe Moleskine Lined Dot Paper Notebook.

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The pen itself is interestingly designed, and, at first glance, I suspected it might be a tad unwieldy. It looks a bit like a traditional fountain pen, tapering from the “top” to the exposed pen tip. On the frame, one finds a speaker grill, microphone and monochrome OLED display, while at the very bottom, there is a 3.55mm audio jack and a micro-USB charging port. The unit also has a built-in camera and wi-fi chip.

The smartpen arrived mostly charged, do I was able to get right into using it. The online setup hints at some if the functionality coming up, as one gets it up and running with wi-fi and also connects to Evernote. Holding it in hand allayed in handling concerns I might have had.

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The key is the paper in the notebooks. Using microdot technology and the camera in the pen, it allows the device accept commands from the paper, but also, it takes written data and translates it to Evernote, such that one sees a digitized form of the handwritten note in Evernote just as it appears in the notepad. It’s an interesting concept, and depends on wifi connectivity and, of course, the aforementioned paper.

In practice, the solution is dreamy. The paper incorporates visual commands that can be read by the smartpen camera when an icon is touched by the tip. One can write notes on the microdot paper, or initiate a voice note by visual voice command. When finished, syncing can be attempted (by icon as well), and it appears in a corresponding Evernote notebook. Even the setup is pretty interesting, and is facilitated by the same paper-camera combination.

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The end result, when it works, is a smooth concept. I used it to take training notes while coaching, and having a digital copy that can be shared and otherwise manipulated is invaluable. Evernote functionality itself opens up a a wealth of secondary options (like Skitch) which increase usability. The microphone allows it to be used as a an audio recorder.

Ah, but the key is when it works. Updating the unit was a bit of a drag, and it took me quite some time to fix a sync issue. The notebook is a phenomenal idea, and while the smartpen can be used as, well, a pen, for full functionality, one needs to use the companion paper. Now, Livescribe does provide templates for people to print, but a postscript printer is needed to provide the visuals the smartpen needs to interface with. Also, the Sky Smartpen (at $170 on Amazon) can be a sizable investment.

There are a bunch of accessories, from pen cases to dedicated headphones to replacement ink cartridges that can potentially add even more usability to this device.

Even though it isn’t new on the market, this piece is an excellent cross-platform tool that creates a viable connected solution in the right hands.

It’s hard to put a price on that.

Note-Taking Utility Evernote Receives Update, Gets Visual Refresh and More

Note-Taking Utility Evernote Receives Update, Gets Visual Refresh and More

Feb 23, 2015

In an extremely crowded virtual note-taking market, Evernote users can be comfortable in the knowledge that the app looks to continually get better.

It’s latest update brings more goodness to the popular app:

Visual refresh supporting Google’s Material Design principles, including a flatter look, bolder colors, and improved typography.
Customizable quick notes
– Long press to add or remove quick note options
Revamped navigation
– Simpler navigation drawer with direct access to shortcuts
Improved note editor and note view
– Cleaner layout and controls
Editable tags
– Support for renaming and deleting tags
Numerous bug fixes and enhancements
Tell us how we’re doing by rating the app

Evernote remains free (with optional in-app purchasing) on the Play Store.

[Source: Google Play Page]

Evernote Tacks On Some Nice Premium Features in Latest Update

Evernote Tacks On Some Nice Premium Features in Latest Update

Dec 18, 2014

Evernote, the preeminent cloud-supported cross-platform note-taking application, is getting an update, and it’s an update that should make subscribers to its premium service quite happy.

Premium feature: Context
– Context surfaces notes, people, and articles related to what you’re working on.
– Evernote Premium subscribers get free, relevant content from sources such as The Wall Street Journal.
– Evernote does not share your account information with Context sources.
Business card scanning improvements
– Glare and card edge detection
– Ability to set default notebook
Miscellaneous improvements
Bug fixes

Evernote is free to use, and offers a suite of premium features via in-app purchase.

Evernote Gets New Build that Refines Recent Updates

Evernote Gets New Build that Refines Recent Updates

Nov 19, 2014

Evernote has been hard at work.

With this in mind, it’s easy to see why it’s been such an effective note utility for so many people for so long. Recent updates have added long-awaited features like business card support, as well as the new, interesting work chat collaboration tool.

The latest update streamlines these two features: work chat adds in block support, and the business card scanning now works with onboard contact apps.

It should be noted that business card scanning is a premium feature; the app is available for free (with optional in-app purchasing) on the Play Store.

Evernote Gets Update That Adds Business Card Scanning Support

Evernote Gets Update That Adds Business Card Scanning Support

Nov 13, 2014

Evernote has just received a new update.

The changelog notes some changes, notably improvements to the newly introduced workchat feature. Additionally, there is now the oft-requested business card scanning support and bug fixes.

The business card scanning feature is a premium feature; linking Evernote to one’s LinkedIn accound does give one a year’s worth of premium service.

Evernote remains free (with optional in-app purchasing) on the Play Store.