Teased at the first Evernote Trunk Conference last week, the long-awaited new version of Evernote for iPhone and iPad has been released today on the App Store, bringing much requested features to the iOS platform such as rich text styles, new iPad UI, support for shared notebooks and more. Evernote 4.1 for iOS is available for free here, whilst the Mac version’s publicly available beta still reports “beta 4″ as the latest one.
Evernote’s biggest change on iOS is the possibility of creating and editing notes with rich text styles. Whereas previous versions of the mobile app forced users to always edit notes in plain text — thus breaking styles coming from the desktop app — Evernote 4.1 allows basic creation of numbered and bulleted lists, as well as sections, paragraphs and blockquotes straight from an iPhone or iPad. Obviously, users can now also select text to make it bold, italic or underlined, with more options such as strikethrough and highlight available in a new formatting bar. To create or edit styles, Evernote uses a new tabbed toolbar on the iPhone that enables users to switch between styles (the uppercase A button), attachments (images, audio notes, new photos), and note information such as notebook, tags, and location.
The Evernote team explains some of the limitations of rich text editing on iOS:
This update dramatically increases the creation and editing capabilities of Evernote for iOS. You will be able to edit any note that contains rich text that was created on the device. You will also be able to edit any note that contains styles available on iOS. There are some limitations to be aware of. You won’t be able to make direct changes to notes that contains more complex styles than what can be made in Evernote for iOS. These may include web clips, other typefaces or tables.
If you try to edit a complex note, you’ll be presented with new options: Append or Simplify. Append will add your additions to the end of the note. If you choose Simplify, Evernote will simplify the styles in the note to ones that are editable, which means that some complex styles may disappear. If you want to get back to the original, you can fish it out of the trash.
Evernote updated its iPhone app with a cleaner UI for note creation months ago, but admittedly this new version feels much nicer in comparison thanks to a clever usage of screen space, and elegant design. To edit a note and append rich text styles, users have to tap on the “edit” button when viewing a note, then manually select the text they wish to style — it works similarly to any desktop app in that you select text and then press a button to style it. (more…)