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Inking coming to Evernote for the iPad



The lack of an active digitizer for inking on the iPad has everyone (okay, maybe primarily me) down. The folks at Evernote aren’t letting that stop them from adding it to a future version of their iPad app, which is already live and ready for download in universal iPhone/iPad format.

The Evernote Blogcast offers an in-depth look at the thought process that went into making their iPad app, including its humble beginnings with a cardboard mock-up. Note viewing on the iPad looks very slick. I especially like the new map view for searching by location, which I use quite frequently. The hot news for me though is this tidbit about the future.

What’s not in the new version (yet)?

There are a bunch of things that we wanted to get into this version but couldn’t. These will be coming soon:


We think that making a quick sketch or jotting down a phone number with your finger will be a great experience on the iPad, but we didn’t want to try to put in this functionality until we’d actually spent some quality time with the hardware. Handwriting is just too much of a tactile-based experience to develop purely on a simulator.

Sounds eminently logical to me, especially given the sensitivity of the iPad touchscreen. Given their experience with inking and handwriting recognition, I expect great things from this.



  1. Mike Reilly

    04/04/2010 at 8:23 am

    I’m with you, Sumocat; I want it to have a wacom digitizer for taking notes in meetings, classrooms, job sites, etc. I also want it to remote use my home computer, and its Win7 handwriting recognition.

    In the meantime, can you see if the Pogo stick or similar stick works acceptably, without vectoring? If so, maybe Evernote can provide an interim stopgap update for Pogo until we get the wacom we need(want).

    Does the iPad have a control for reducing the sensitivity when you’re taking notes (with Pogo) and typing?

    • Sumocat

      04/04/2010 at 10:01 am

      Though delayed for the time being, testing with a couple of different styluses is on the agenda.

  2. Brett Gilbertson

    04/04/2010 at 7:01 pm

    I’m still underwhelmed by the inking experience in evernote for PC, let alone iPad… Love the cloud / multi-platform sync, but here we are two years after Rob Bushway wrote about why he switched back to OneNote and inking is still incredibly basic in Evernote.

    As much as I’d love to support the little guy, this will just give people another poor impression of inking… Hopefully the adoption of iPad and inking makes Evernote improve the ink experience.

    Mixing ink, text and images is the most basic requirement for me.

  3. lsbeller

    04/05/2010 at 11:19 am

    Like Fujitsu has successfully done with resistive touch screens, it would be great to see a sort of palm rejection technology for capacitive touch screens. That would, of course, help with inking on the iPad.


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