Evernote is one of my most-used apps, on the iPhone and on my laptop. It’s one of the few apps that gets use just about every day on both iPhone and desktop. So I’m very happy to hear that they’re very enthusiastic about the iPad and bringing a modified / optimized version of Evernote to it.
I was also very interested to learn – via an interesting blog post at the Evernote Blogcast site – that Evernote has a long standing history of involvement with tablet devices, and even with the much-revered Apple Newton.
Here’s some more detail from the Evernote blog post on their relationship with tablets:
Evernote loves tablets. We’ve got a long and storied history with tablets of all kinds. Got an old tablet lying around somewhere? Chances are we either developed technology for it, had applications that ran on it, or both. Usually both.
Remember the awesome Apple Newton? Evernote’s current R&D engineers developed the handwriting recognition technology that made it so notable (and ahead of its time). Remember those Doonesbury strips making fun of the Newton? You know who cried when those came out? We did. Well, not me personally, I was in college and the Newton was at the top of my unattainable gadget drool-list, but the guys sitting next to me right now clutching their Newton prototypes while watching the Apple liveblogs did. I’ve got those Donnesbury strips in my Evernote account now.
We’ve also been on just about every other form of tablet known to man. The original version of Evernote was written to run on Tablet PCs and the digital ink technology in the current version of Evernote for Windows is still the best in the industry. I even use an old Hitachi slate as a drink tray at home. Tablets are our roots, man. Our roots.
And more on their plans for the iPad:
Anyway, now that the iPad has officially gone from “imminent!!” to “just announced!!” we can officially spill the beans on our official plans for Evernote on it. Here’s we go:
Evernote is going to support the Apple iPad. Oh Yeah. We’re gonna support the hell out of it. We’re glad to see that the current Evernote iPhone app will run on the iPad without modification, but we’ll be modifying it anyway to optimize the experience on the larger device. Oh how we’ll be modifying it! Expect rapid improvements to our iPhone app which will benefit all of our iPhone, iPod Touch and, now, iPad users in the near future.
Great stuff. I’m really looking forward to seeing Evernote on the iPad, and hoping it will offer nicer text note input than the iPhone app does – and that, as they suggest above, it will lead to improvements to the iPhone app as well.
For more details, see the Evernote Blogcast post here: