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Evernote Has Big Plans for 2009, Where’s The Ink Love?



Evernote Ink Note Support Coming SoonI just got an email from Phil Libin, Evernote’s CEO, detailing their plans for 2009.

It is an interesting list, and good to see them overhauling their UI across all platforms. What would you like to see Evernote concentrate on? Personally, I’d like to see a better ink experience in their Windows version, and, ink notes visible on the Mac client. It is about time we see this all too familiar icon replaced with an actual ink note…Unfortunately, I don’t see that on their list….

Here is Evernote’s plan for 2009:

1. Sharing and Collaboration

The public notebooks functionality that we launched in 2008 was a timid, first step in our ambitious plans for making Evernote a great tool for sharing your memories and collaborating with your friends and coworkers. In 2009, we’re going to greatly expand what you can do with your memories, documents, files, photos and anything else you throw into Evernote. If you’re the social type, we’re going to grow up from being your external brain to being a telepathic-mutant-super-brain, but with good manners. Of course, you’ll always have the option to keep any or all of your info totally private.

2. More Mobile Phones

We’ll be adding new Evernote native clients for a bunch of popular mobile phones. Right now, Evernote works great with iPhone or Windows Mobile devices. All other types of phones can use our mobile web and email interface ( ), which is good for reading notes, but not as slick or full-featured as the native clients. If you’re hankering for the full Evernote experience on your favorite phone, there’s a good chance that you’ll get it in 2009.

3. International Launches

It turns out that not everyone speaks English as their native language! Who knew? Well, actually we’re a pretty multilingual office, so we kinda knew. There are currently Evernote users in over 110 countries, so we’ll start rolling out versions of Evernote in multiple languages. The whole world can soon have a better brain. Today, Silicon Valley, tomorrow [makes world-shaped motions with his hands]!

4. Even Better Desktop Clients

All of our desktop clients: Web, Mac and especially Windows are coming in for a major UI and functionality overhaul. The result will be a smoother, more powerful and more consistent Evernote experience no matter what computer you use. Our web clipper ( ) is going to get a nice boost as well, making it even easier to capture and organize exactly what you want from the web.

5. Third-Party Apps

We’ve got a lot of people working on great applications using our recently-released external APIs and a couple of really spiffy ones have already launched ( ). In 2009, you will see many interesting third-party releases and we’re cooking up big plans to partner with API developers and help promote and sell their work. If you’ve got a great idea for an app or feature that could work great with everyone’s external brain, make sure you let us know.

6. More Premium Features

We’re going to make it easier for you to give us money next year, with expanded and enhanced payment options. Not excited by that? We’ll also make it lot easier for you to decide to upgrade to Evernote Premium by rolling out great new premium features. Universal File Sync ( ), our new premium feature launched earlier this month has already been a big success and more are on the way. Free users don’t have to worry about being left in the dust; much of our new functionality will continue to be available to everyone!



  1. A Hewitt

    01/01/2009 at 7:42 am

    Evernote needs the capability to insert spacing and ink/type over notes brought in from other applications. It can’t be used effectively by students until this functionality is implemented. This is why OneNote, a slower and crash-prone product, still has the education market, with cross-loyalty developed among students to MSOffice. Teachers all over the country distribute .docs or .pdf’s to their students for lecture backbones- students need the ability to modify/annotate these in class during lectures.

    Wide adoption of netbooks is currently occurring on campuses; there is a market opportunity here for an Evernote with student-friendly functionality, combined with faster office software, like Softmaker’s excellent products.

  2. Mark H

    01/01/2009 at 7:53 am

    This is a comment on the existing version – they might have these issues resolved in 2009. Having an application that works across mobile device, tablet/laptop and web is a great idea but you can’t edit ‘remote’ notes on the mobile version which kind of kills the idea. While I know here is a very usable fee version, the premium version at $45/year is a bit steep for personal use. I’m not sure how they are going to encourage people to upgrade from the free version. Universal file sync looks interesting – syncing will be an alternative to working completely in the cloud. Microsoft with LiveMesh are doing something similar but a mobile client isn’t available yet.

  3. erin

    01/01/2009 at 4:31 pm

    Better performance – still a system hog.
    Update the pocket pc version – big time!

    I waited 4yrs for Evernote to finally release a ppc version (v1.00.0.90 tech preview) only to see them dump it for the supposedly new and improved cloud version. I’m glad Evernote finally added ink support for mobile devices, but its a bare minimum implementation.

    Can’t edit ink notes.
    Can’t review any notes without an internet connection.

    Until Evernote allows for local database on mobile devices and the ability to do more with inking, I will continue using v1.0 tech preview.

  4. bluespapa

    01/02/2009 at 2:56 am

    I’m with Rob that the inking experience has to be improved. The “game changer” idea of having it all sync online was dramatic, but to have inking be so clumsy and limited was a frustration that kept me on OneNote, and syncing my notebooks from a thumb drive, which is a minor irritation compared with the inking limitations on Evernote.


  5. kerem

    01/05/2009 at 1:33 pm

    I really think that they need better inking and ink page implementation. Inking in EN feels like a totally seperate application. There is no way to paste anything into an ink note.

  6. thegeniusfiles

    01/16/2009 at 5:53 am

    Needs improvement to a clumsy UI. Needs to improve memory usage. Needs to improve Web clipper asap: should be able to create a new notebook with it. Needs a Find feature for when note is maximized. Needs some more word processing functions such as indent and paragraph and page break. Needs a more streamlined way to place a file into a note.

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