Evernote Updated for iOS Brings Rich Text And Shared Notebooks

Evernote yesterday released a big new upgrade to their iOS App bringing in several new features that users have been asking for.

Rich Text Support

You can now add styled text (bold, italic, underline), highlight existing text, add URLs, create header text, and make lists. You can edit notes created on a desktop with rich text, but if they contains styles outside that allowed within the iOS App (Complex Notes) then you’ll be asked whether to Append or Simplify the note.

Shared Notebooks

You can now view any notebook that other Evernote users have shared with you from both iPhone and iPad. Here’s how to access Shared Notebooks:

  • iPhone and iPod: Tap on Notebooks in the menu bar, then tap on Shared Notebooks. Next, select the notebook you wish to view.
  • iPad: Tap on the Shared tab in the top bar of the application. This will display the list of notebooks that have been shared with you.

There’s no current ability to do anything more than view these shared notebooks (no editing) but Evernote are working on adding this functionality.

Improved Search

Evernote have added to the ability to search across all notes with the ability to search within one specific note.

iPad Redesign

the iPad has had a layout update – All Notes are displayed as thumbnails with readable snippets letting you know more of what the note is about before opening it. You can also increase the size of the thumbnails to display more information. The new design makes batch processing easier – making selecting multiple notes for sharing or deleting a snap.

Finally, if you’re an Evernote Premium user, there is the option to protect your notes with a lock screen, although if this is behind the device lock screen already its of marginal benefit, but I take their point about not having your kids accidentally delete a note while they’re playing on your iPad.

I’d like to see the ability to Passlock individual notes as some of mine contain secure information like access passwords etc. but the overall lockscreen is a start.


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