Finally, Evernote for the iPad has been de-fuglified. Images Evernote
Evernote, the love-it-or-hate-it note-taking app, has received a big update on the iPad and the Mac. The Mac version brings Lion-friendly features like full-screen mode and hard-to-distinguish monochrome icons along with a neat new All Notes view, but it’s users of the iPad app that will be happiest: Evernote for the iPad finally doesn’t suck.
The supposed headline feature in v4.1 of the capture-everything app is rich-text editing, which lets you both create styled text notes (previously you were limited to plain text) and also means you don’t destroy the formatting when you edit already styled notes created elsewhere. But as rich-text support will be coming to iOS 5 anyway, this seems less exciting.
Much more interesting is the improved interface. The new view is called “All Notes,” and shows you just that: resizable (pinch ‘em) thumbnails of all your notes. These can be grouped by almost any criterion, including notebook, date and even the city they were created in. This new layout is way easier (and faster) to navigate, and is a lot prettier, too. It feels like an iPad app, not some crap ported from Android.
This new view is standard across the whole app, whether viewing by notebook, tags, location or shared notebooks. That’s right, Evernote for iPad now has support for shared notebooks. This lets groups share between themselves, or for subscribing to publicly shared books. Note: Food blog *Serious Eats* should really consider posting its recipes into a shared Evernote notebook.
The other big change is slideshows. Tap an image and you are entered into slideshow mode, where you can pinch, zoom and swipe your way through multiple images (note with one image don’t do this).
There are also a few tweaks to the iPhone version (the app is universal), including rich text support, but the iPhone got a big update recently anyway.
The double-whammy of new iPad and Mac versions of Evernote mean I can finally stop not quite getting around to canceling my paid, pro account. Evernote, in all its forms, is free. Available now.