Can insert multimedia; Toolbar and tags keep you organized; Others can view notes; Premium version grants offline access and lets others edit notes ; Syncs notes across all devices
No handwriting recognition support
Evernote for the iPad organizes all of your thoughts and multimedia into one place, and then syncs it across all your devices.
Evernote has long been an organizational staple for phone and tablet users, enabling them to take and personalize notes with photos, audio and tags, and sync them across devices. Whether you're taking notes on a lecture and simultaneously recording audio or just making a grocery list, Evernote syncs with all your devices, as well as with Skitch, so you never miss a beat.
After we installed Evernote on our iPad, the app prompted us to create a free account by entering our email address, a username and a password. We then received an email asking to download Evernote on our desktop, phone or other mobile device by clicking the given link. That way, all of our notes synced with all of our devices. In addition to iOS, Evernote is available for Android, BlackBerry, Mac OS X, Windows Phone 8, and Windows 8 and 7.
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Beneath are green tabs for Places, Tags, Notebooks and All Notes, which reminded us of hanging folders. Tap one of the tabs to enter that particular folder (which expands to fill the whole screen), and tap the Evernote elephant in the upper-left corner to return home.
The All Notes tab displays all of your notes, which you can arrange by list or grid view, and filter by the date they were updated or created, or by title. The Notebooks tab compiles all of your notebooks into a grid view, so you can group notes however you like and create as many notebooks as you want. In this tab, a + button adds a new notebook, while a Trash button shows what's in your trash. The Edit button on the upper right lets you change the name of a note, delete it or share it.
On the bottom-left part of the interface is a small star that, when tapped, opens a Shortcuts sidebar. Here, you can view notes that you've tagged with a star; it's yet another way of getting to frequently used notes.
We also like that Evernote gives you tips on how to use the app. For instance, it tells you to tap the + button to make a new note and to tap the Info button on any new or existing note to assign tags.
A toolbar between the note and the keyboard contains such functions as italics, linking, bullets and checklists. We really appreciated the toolbar; if we were typing a longer document, the highlighter tool was useful for making a piece of text stand out.
On the lower right are even more features, which allow you to do things like set reminders, add the note to the Shortcuts menu and export the note via text message, Twitter or email. Unlike on Notes Plus, handwriting mode isn't supported in Evernote -- which we really missed -- but a fourth icon on the bottom lets you export the note to Skitch, where you can further annotate the note.
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An Evernote Premium membership costs $4.99 per month or $44.99 per year. The perks of the Premium membership are offline access to notes; a boost in uploads to 1GB per month (the free version is limited to 60MB); and the ability to add a PIN to protect your accounts, view past versions of all notes, search within PDFs and let others edit notebooks. Although this is an expensive service, it's the only note-taking app we've tested that has the capability to let others edit your notes.
We recorded an audio note while typing notes -- a feature we could see coming in handy for students who want to record their professor's entire lecture while simultaneously taking notes. Audio came through clearly, and we saw no stuttering or lag in typing while recording audio. Evernote's recording feature merely inserts an audio clip into a note, but you can use the microphone button on the iOS keyboard for dictation.
We shared one of our notebooks by tapping the Share button within Notebooks. (First, tap the Edit button on the upper right, and then tap on which notebook you want to share.) Then, just select Invite Individuals. When we tried it, the invite emails sent instantly, and when we tapped Open Shared Notebook and entered the login info, it displayed all the notes within that particular notebook. However, users can only edit notes if they have a Premium membership.
When we opened notes on another iPad, they all were pinned to the exact locations where they were created, and zooming in on each flag was quick.
Content synced between devices instantly; we never had to wait for our most recent note to appear.
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