Jason Snell, writing at Six Colors:
Today Microsoft announced a new Evernote importer app that lets you bring your Evernote data into its excellent OneNote application. If you’ve been thinking of leaving Evernote—especially if you’re already paying for Office 365, so you’re paying for OneNote—it’s worth considering.
Unfortunately, the tool currently only runs on Windows. Typical Microsoft. Fortunately, a Mac version is on the way “in the coming months.”
First Apple, now Microsoft. I wonder if Evernote is starting to regret adding the export option.
(I also wonder how much these import solutions are going to impact Evernote, and if they'll decide to turn exporting off eventually.)
Mikey Campbell, writing for AppleInsider, reports on the upcoming update to Notes on OS X 10.11.4, which is set to bring support for native Evernote imports:
The new Evernote compatibility comes as part of Apple's Notes buildout, a project that most recently resulted in substantial feature upgrades on iOS 9 and OS X last year. Adding to a rich in-app note-taking toolset, .enex file support means enhanced flexibility for those invested in Evernote's platform. […]
Apple marketing VP Brian Croll mentioned the forthcoming Mac feature in an interview with Japanese publication PC User, saying Evernote "capture" support would arrive for OS X Notes "soon." The report was spotted Mac Otakara on Monday.
I just tried it on my MacBook Air running the latest beta seed of 10.11.4 released earlier today, and it worked like a charm. I exported a handful of notes from Evernote, each containing rich text formatting (links, lists, fonts with different sizes and colors, inline images, etc.) and, despite it being a beta, the results were very good. The app displays an alert warning the user that notes may not look the same once imported – some formatting will always be lost in the transition from one proprietary platform to another – but, as a start, this should be more than enough to move everything out of Evernote without having to use scripts or other workarounds (you can import multiple .enex files at once, of course).
This is going to be an important addition for those who are thinking about moving from Evernote to Notes. I did last summer, and I continue to be impressed by the simplicity and functionality of Notes on iOS 9.
With a blog post published today, Evernote has announced they'll end support for various versions of Skitch (including iOS), Clearly, and Evernote for Pebble. Skitch for Mac will continue to receive support.
Specifically this means that as of today, we will no longer be making updates to these apps and as of January 22, they’ll no longer be available for download.
If you currently use any of these apps, you’ll find that they may continue to work for some time beyond January. We are not turning these apps “off,” but external changes like updates to your operating system or browser may break features or functionality at any point in the future.
The discontinuation of Skitch for iOS doesn't come as a surprise: Evernote has been discontinuing other apps to put more focus on the main product; many of the dedicated Skitch functionalities are also available in the Evernote app; and, Evernote had left Skitch for iOS languishing anyway. Evernote acquired Skitch in August 2011.
Fortunately, there are plenty of options for quick image annotations on iOS these days. Personally, I recommend Pinpoint and PointOut.
Alternote for the Mac is like Evernote for the Mac, done right. It dumps many of Evernote’s advanced “features,” focusing on note-taking and note-using instead. If you ever get frustrated by Evernote’s bloat, Alternote is your answer.
Best of all, it runs on Evernote’s back end, so you lose nothing by trying it out, and it automatically integrates with all your other Evernote tools.
The new Skitch action extension.
An update to Skitch – Evernote’s image annotation and sharing tool – was released earlier today for iPhone and iPad, quietly adding action and photo editing extensions to edit images in Apple’s Photos and other apps.
Speaking of scanning documents, Evernote released version 7.7 of their iOS app today, bringing a new “Scannable-inspired” camera mode that automatically detects document types. From the Evernote blog:
We learn a lot about what features work well and how people use them when we build products like Skitch and Evernote Scannable.
The successes of our stand-alone products can help quickly deliver improvements within our core apps like with this update to Evernote for iOS.
We’re very excited to debut an all-new, Scannable-inspired camera experience in the latest Evernote for iOS (update 7.7).
That's not exactly reassuring for users of their standalone apps, though – the latest compatibility update to Skitch was in September 2014, and a feature update goes all the way back to June 2014 (version 3.2). I, like others, appreciate the simplicity of standalone utilities that are tightly integrated with Evernote, but the company makes it sound like these apps are more like experiments for features that are eventually added to the main Evernote app.
The new camera mode is nice – it's the Scannable engine, only in the Evernote app. At this point, however, I'm curious to know if Scannable will suffer the same fate of Skitch, or if Evernote has plans to keep it as a standalone app with more functionality. Having the same features available in multiple apps from the same company seems confusing.
I was in the process of finalizing my taxes for the past year last week, and, much to my chagrin, I realized that I had a drawer full of printed invoices for purchases that I hadn't converted to PDF and sent to my accountant. It was the perfect excuse to properly test Evernote's Scannable app in a real-life scenario alongside the iPhone 6 Plus I'm trying for the next couple of weeks.
Popular note-taking service Evernote has launched version 6.0 of its desktop app for Mac today, bringing a visual refresh for OS X Yosemite and easier sharing controls.
At its conference in San Francisco today, Evernote announced a slew of updates for its core iOS and OS X experience as well as a redesigned web app (currently available as public beta), a redesign of Penultimate, a new scanner app, and new Market products.
Harry McCracken has an overview of the announcements at Fast Company. He concludes with a legitimate concern:
As a pretty committed Evernote user–I have more of my digital life stored there than any one other single place–all of these announcements leave me both excited and at least a tad concerned. Profoundly useful though the service is, it's never quite felt like it's nailed the best, simplest, most intuitive interface for what it does. (The fact that it has a habit of radically redoing its user interface on a regular basis is presumably an acknowledgement of that.) Adding more features will only make it tougher to keep Evernote coherent and approachable.
I'm curious to check out the updates to the iOS apps (I use Evernote for work every day) and the redesign of the Mac app for Yosemite looks nice. I'm a fan of the web app: by default, it lets you write a new note with just a few clicks, but it packs most of the features available in other versions of Evernote. It was a much needed change.
I have my doubts about the contextual and messaging features Evernote announced, but they also have potential and I'd rather wait until I can try them. I'm not sure I'd ever benefit from links pulled in from the WSJ or LinkedIn while I'm doing research, but other sources would be welcome. As for messaging, it is going to be hard for Evernote to beat the workplace integration that's being built by Slack, but I imagine it could be a nice plus for businesses that rely heavily on Evernote internally.
I liked the tone and message of the keynote. Phil Libin is a good presenter and he genuinely seems to be invested in Evernote as a product. Evernote is often derided for their frequent redesigns, but they have struck a good balance with iOS 7 in the past year (both Evernote and Skitch are now highly polished and functional apps) and the Yosemite update looks like a moderate refresh rather than a ground-up redesign. Evernote has insanely high goals – software for “your life's work” is the new slogan – and a willingness to adapt to people's ever-changing needs can be a good thing. The partnership with News Corp. seems a little strange, but, overall, the event was solid.
Check out the Evernote blog for details on Context, the new web app, and Work Chat.