Evernote Updates Android Version with Handwriting Capability

The popular note-taking application Evernote is out with enhancements for its Android version, including a handwriting capability. The updates, announced Wednesday, follow new features added earlier this week to its Windows version.

Handwriting functionality had been available in the iOS version. Android users can now employ their finger or a stylus to write free-form, a capability which enlarges the application's appeal. The feature had been introduced in January in a beta version of the Android app.

"Whether a graph from a meeting, an equation from class or an inspiration while traveling," Evernote's Andrew Sinkov posted Wednesday on the corporate blog, "handwriting can be the most direct way to express what you're thinking or seeing."

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A user taps a paperclip icon in a note, then taps on the pen. Tapping on the checkmark indicates you're done, and other note-taking -- typing, an attachment, audio, an image -- can accompany the handwritten note.

In mid-2012, Evernote bought Penultimate, which made a handwriting app for the iPad that, at the time of the sale, was the fourth best-selling app ever for that tablet.

Other improvements in the Android version include enhancement of the note editor to better handle notes created on other platforms. There is also a new highlighting option, as well as an ability to duplicate notes and more easily create note links. The camera has also been improved in speed, focus and autofocus, and the company said a previously reported lag in performance has been removed.

Earlier this week, Evernote announced an annotation tool for its Windows version. The tools allows a user to mark up a photo or a graphic in notes. The capability, which had been available in the iOS version, was based on technology the company acquired when it bought annotation tool Skitch in 2011.

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