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I’m Leaving Evernote and Headed Back to OneNote



image Ok, I have to get this off my chest — I’ve had it with inking in Evernote — it is laggy, recognition is poor, it doesn’t support mixing ink and text, and the pen icons are very aggravating to the eye while writing a note. There, I said it. I feel much better now.

I honestly believed that the fantastic syncing, mac / pc support, and mobility features of Evernote would allow me look past the inking struggles, but I was wrong. For the past several weeks, whenever I’ve had to ink a note, I’d start off in Evernote and then, frustrated,   start up Journal, OneNote, or InkSeine to get it done. The inking in Evernote has been such an irritant to me, the interface and recognition results feels like I stepped back in time three to five years. Yes, OneNote is that much better in terms of inking, recognition, and mixed notetaking support, that I’m willing to sacrifice the mobile and seamless sync features in order to keep all of my ink and text notes in one place — OneNote.

I’ve made numerous pleas with Evernote to address the inking issue in their otherwise fine notetaking application, but their focus is set elsewhere: syncing, mobile, and multiple client support. Evernote — if you decide to make ink a higher priority in your superb notetaking application, let me know. I’d love to start using it again. OneNote Team: get going on some Evernote-type-of-sync, k?

Anyone else struggling with the ink in Evernote?

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  1. VictorE

    10/13/2008 at 12:47 am

    rob, i made the decision a few months ago to go back to onenote for this very reason ( i love evernote’s seamless syncing feature, but its lack of support for text and ink in the same notes forced me to switch back. i have my onenote notebooks on my live mesh account, so as long as i have a pc with onenote and connected to my mesh, all of my data is sync’d up.

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