Hot damn. I knew the folks at Evernote were pretty smart – but this is really an incredibly clever new app. It’s a study aid that uses the iPad 2 Smart Cover to reveal first a question and then an answer. Perfect for cramming for an exam. I could’ve made superb use of this when prepping for Cisco and other tech certification exams.
I’ve been trying the app out after seeing the demo video, and honestly it’s big fun even if you don’t have an exam to study for. It works just as easily and smoothly as in the demo. You just close the smart cover, then open it just to the first fold and the app reveals a question. Open it another fold and the answer is shown.
The first set of questions loaded is about how to use the app itself. Once you view those (or skip them if you’re a no reading the manual type), you can start adding noteboooks with more question sets. The app comes with a range of Published Notebooks to get started with, including: Collective Nouns, Econ 101, Music Terms, Periodic Table Quiz, State Nicknames, Cocktail Recipes, US History Mastery Vocab, Word Quiz, and World Capitals.
The super cool part is that once you login to your Evernote account, you can add any of your own notebooks. It uses the note title to form the question and the note body as the answer. So you can easily create notebooks divided by topics and use the notes in them as prep quiz material.
As you move through the questions you can tap boxes to indicate whether you got each one correct or incorrect and the app keeps a running tally of your score.
The iPad 2 smart cover is a brilliant piece of accessory technology in its own right. The more you use it, the more it feels like an essential part of the iPad 2. It’s awesome to see that this was the inspiration for the guys at Evernote to create this app.
It didn’t seem like an accessory so much as an extension of the device. As we sat there opening and closing the cover, a question struck us: could we use the cover to control an app that would make Evernote even more useful?
This is definitely a ‘Wow Factor’ app for iPad 2 owners. Great job by the Evernote team.
Oh, and it’s a free app too. Here’s an App Store link for Evernote Peek.