Monday, May 21, 2012

My Evernote versions - Part 3/3

In this part of my Evernote series I write about the editing functions in the different Evernote apps and conclude my impressions. Please go to part 1 and part 2 to read what I have reported up to now.

Edit notes

As it is almost impossible to compare each detail, I will concentrate on a few key points of editing notes.

The content of tables created in the desktop version, can be edited on all versions except for the Android version. Unfortunately on the mobile devices and in the web version there is no possibility to create tables or to edit the table structure itself.

Images can be edited in the iPhone and the iPad version, i.e. moved around by copy/paste. The Android version shows the images in an extra bar to open them. There is also a quick link to Skitch. Once edited in Skitch, the image can be saved back to Evernote by one touch.

Android enables you to add files directly from your device's file system. This
function is not available on iOS due to system restrictions.

Nevertheless the iOS platform offers the most functions to edit your text. Additionally to the format functions from the Android platform (e.g. bold), the text can be marked or a link can be created. There are also given default formats for sections and subsections. This is a function I could also imagine for the desktop version, so that you can format your text in a standardized format very quickly.

In my opinion, the main task for Evernote is to align the edit functions for the different systems. For now I create/edit most of the notes in the desktop version. On all other systems, I use Evernote mostly for quick check of a certain information.

The solution on iOS/Android could be to offer template sets. A good example for this is Springpad, which lets you choose between several templates (like tasks, check lists etc.).

I do not want an additional app for all of this (like Evernote Food for meals and Evernote Hello for contacts) but this is the direction I would go. Sometimes the solution is even brought by third party apps. So I was able to create checklists with Egretlist (which I have already described here), long before I was able to do this in the Evernote iPhone app.


The desktop version is the center of my work with Evernote. It is by far the most responsive version and offers the most extensive range of functions. Mainly the use of shortcuts makes it easy to have a quick access to the most often used functions.

The Android version has some unique functions for creating and opening notes and is therefore my device of choice, if I want to look at my notes very quickly.

The iPhone and iPad versions have strengths in editing notes. The iPad with its large screen is therefore particularly useful to process notes on the go.

The web version is for me the perfect solution, if I have no access to the desktop version, as it is a very powerful web application. If I have the choice though, I would always opt for the desktop verision.

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