The last time I wrote about Apple Notes was in early July. I wrote that post to try and balance out all of the very strongly-worded posts about dumping Evernote and jumping to Apple Notes, the newest free note-taking solution that synced across all Apple devices.
I can see why most people don’t want to have to pay for a Notes solution, so moving from Evernote to Apple Notes seems like a very easy switch. However, I was wary of fully committing to Apple’s service because there doesn’t seem to be any easy way of getting your data out of the service in a meaningful way. You can get plain text notes to export from Apple Notes…but that’s about it. All the pictures, rich URLs, media, and any files you’ve attached to your notes…those can’t be exported en masse or imported into any other service at this time.
Despite all of that, I decided to give Apple Notes another solid try for the past month and a half.
We all make mistakes, it’s inevitable, especially when it come to our reliance on electronic devices to store and retrieve important documents and data in the Cloud. So what happens after you have spent a whole afternoon taking notes at a convention, for example, only to discover the next day, that all your information is now missing from your iPad? This can be a paralyzing feeling that will probably generate a physical response in the form of anxiety or worse.
Before we progress any further, I’m assuming that you hadn’t backed up your iPad shortly after the Notes were created? If you had, the answer to retrieving them may be as simple as restoring your iPad to the last saved version. This can be done with both iCloud and iTunes, depending on how you back-up your device. If you hadn’t backed-up your iPad after creating the missing Notes, not all is lost–at least not all of the time. Unfortunately in my experiments, the methods for retrieving the information was not completely consistent, though. However, there is hope if you follow these steps to retrieve lost or missing Notes on your iPad.
Evernote’s latest update to hit the App Store brings two great features to the iPad: drawing and multitasking. iPad Pro and Apple Pencil support were also added, but I couldn’t quite test that yet, for lack of all the necessary hardware. I’ll just have to take their word for it.
Evernote now plays nicely with other split-screen apps on iOS 9, so I can have it loaded alongside Safari or Mail for taking notes. This is a very big deal and is really changing the way I use the app across my iPad. I like keeping Evernote as my active Slide Over app, so that I can swipe left from any screen and quickly access or search my notes. This feels comparable to having a desktop-level widget on iOS, and I can only imagine how cool it would be to have Evernote open full-time on an iPad Pro.