Sketching in Notes Arrives on iPad and iPhone


Sketching in Notes Arrives on iPad and iPhone

Posted by on 04 Nov 2015

Posted by on 04 Nov 2015

The note is a super flexible creation and collection space. You can write, snap photos, record audio, clip web pages, and add files to it. Today, we’re expanding that functionality on iPhone and iPad to include one of our most-requested features: sketching inside the note.

Update to the latest version »

Sketching is great for a quick drawing or a handwritten note-to-self. It works with your finger, our Jot Script, and the Apple Pencil. If your device supports 3D Touch, you can change the line weight just by adjusting your writing pressure.


Sync. Edit. Search.
As with most things Evernote, the sketches sync across platforms and continue to be editable. Create a sketch on your iPad then edit it on your iPhone. You can even sync to an Android device and edit your sketch from there, and vice versa. Plus, our handwriting recognition means that you can search and find text inside your scribbles.

How It Works
After updating to the latest version, you’ll see a new pen icon when in a note. Tap it to transform the note area into a canvas. A bar along the top shows your available tools: a pen, highlighter, eraser, and selection tool. Tap twice on the pen or highlighter to choose among five line thicknesses and ten color options.


When you’re done, the image resizes to fit perfectly inside the note body. You can then continue working inside the note as normal. If you ever want to add something to your sketch just tap on it.

Split screen on iPad

In addition to sketching, Evernote now supports split screen on iPad Pro, iPad Air 2, and iPad Mini 4. Swipe your finger from the side and choose another app to run alongside Evernote. This a great way to quickly copy and paste content from one place into another without going back and forth.


And more

It’s not all about new features. This update also includes numerous fixes and stability enhancements. Let us know what you think of the new features in the comments.


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  • Giacomo Lawrance

    Finally! Does the Jot Script 2 work with this?

    • Nick

      Perfect. You say that it works with the Jot Script, but I don’t see a way to connect it?

  • Oletros

    Shocking, features started on other platfroms arrive to iOS promptly.

    We are still waiting a lot of programs and features available only to iOS.

    Still second class citizens.

  • Tony

    Can you zoom in and out?

    • Gan Sharma

      Tony, I can’t see a way to zoom. I’d agree that without it, the feature is of limited use.

  • Adam

    this is really awesome. I can imagine you are porting across the penultimate stuff, so hopefully we will see the hand sensing stuff, but this really is great. Thank you Evernote.
    I really hope that Apple will open up the Apple Pencil to the other iPads too.

  • Werner

    Thanks. This is going to be game changer for me

  • Zu

    Love this new feature. However without palm protection, it is still difficult to write properly. Is this feature coming any time soon? Can Evernote search words written in the sketch? Thank you

  • meeting new people

    I love this article thank you 🙂

  • André

    This is a nice new feature! BUT WHY OOOOHHHH WHY is it incompatible with the same feature on Android? Or Penultimate? Or the Windows app’s Ink Notes? Or Skitch? WHY isn’t there a single cross-platform ink note in Evernote????? It could be so simple and useful, but it’s not! A missed opportunity imho.

  • Aaron

    The sync is a quite interesting feature when it comes to an android device. Also, the split screen on iPad Pro, iPad Air and iPad Mini is the best thing we can expect from Evernote.

  • Heather

    As an architectural grad student, I need this to use with my Galaxy Note (android) ASAP!

  • Sharir

    As an artist and an Evernote Premium subscriber, I’ve been waiting and waiting and waiting for Evernote to add a sketching/handwriting feature so I can sketch out ideas on the fly on my mobile device instead of carrying around paper and pencil …except I prefer Android to Apple, like a lot of other Evernote Premium users, I imagine. I pay the same amount for my premium subscription as owners of Apple devices, don’t I? Very disappointing!

  • Bart

    geometry recognition with the last update: It recognises a wobbly line and turns it into a perfectly straight one. Generally a very useful option for diagrams etc. If you’re into handwriting or doodles/sketches, which rely on wobbly lines, that function ruins everything. HOW DO I TURN IT OFF?

  • Cole Morgan

    The auto-complete line feature that makes shapes and lines “straighter” is amazing at first look, but for handwriting, it’s a NIGHTMARE.

    Please just add a way to turn this feature on and off!!

  • Peter

    Will there be any improvements on the responsiveness to the Apple Pencil? Apple notes is amazingly near instantaneous, but there is still a delay while sketching in Everynote. Recently 53’s Paper improved their responsiveness significantly which helps a lot for example. thank you

  • George

    Can’t change the size of the eraser. This is a big problem.
    Also keeps zooming in when I’m writing with Apple Pencil. Very irritating.

  • Njmatch3

    This is much needed, but years behind GoodNotes, Notability, and others with good palm protection. Without palm protection I’m tsill forced to use other apps and then send my handwitter notes as PDFs, which makes them un-editable. Sigh.

  • Brian

    Evernote handwriting or jotting notes on PDFs is very very poor, and way behind other note taking applications. I love the program, and with almost 2000 notes, I’m stuck, but not happy about it.

  • Adam

    Waiting for this on the Mac