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Evernote for BlackBerry Update: Offline Notes, Better Sync and Much More

Posted by Andrew Sinkov on 18 Oct 2011

Posted by Andrew Sinkov on 18 Oct 2011

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It’s been a while since Evernote for BlackBerry received some much-deserved polishing, which is why we’re so excited about today’s 3.3 release. Now, BlackBerry owners (OS 5+) have a truly first class Evernote application. Here’s why:

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Offline notes

This update adds a number of features that make the application much faster and allow you to use it no matter where you find yourself.

First launch
The first thing that happens when you launch the updated app is a Sync. This sync pulls down thumbnails and some information about your notes: titles, tags, etc. Doing this allows you to browse through your note list, even when you’re offline.

Faster loading
Now that more note content is stored on the device, browsing and opening your notes is much faster. The BlackBerry app no longer constantly requests information from the service because much of what it needs is sitting right there. What used to take minutes, now takes seconds.

Create notes without a network connection
No network connection? No problem. The new Evernote for BlackBerry lets you create new notes with text, audio and photos, whenever you like. These notes are pinned to the top of your note list in a Pending state until you get onto a network, at which point they will sync into your account. You can even edit the pending notes, if you need to.

View notes offline
Whenever you create a note, or view the note, it will be stored locally on your device. This means that you won’t need a network connection in order to view the note later. If the note has an attached file, say a PDF, you’ll first need to view the file while you have a network connection before it will be available offline.

Lots of improvements

In addition to the offline capabilities, we’ve also made numerous enhancements to the app.

  • Better Sync: Exiting the application during sync will pause the sync. It will pick up where it left off when you return.
  • Attach any file type: Free and Premium users can add any file stored on the device or SD card (as long as it falls under the size restrictions) to a note.
  • Better use of the SD card: Evernote makes better use of the SD card so that you can store more and retrieve things faster.

Tip: Browse by notebooks and tags

You can now easily browse by notebooks and tags. To do this, go to the Search screen, then type in a notebook or tag. It will show up in the drop down. Tap on it, and you’re all set. You can do the same for Saved Searches.

More to come

There are many more updates and enhancements coming to Evernote for BlackBerry. Stay tuned.

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  • TriniCSi

    What version number does this take us too because my App World on my BB is not showing any updates?

    • Andrew Sinkov

      It’s version 3.3.

      • David E Y Sarna

        please be in touch soonest

    • xavier.delplanque

      We are creating additional packages to address every OS7 phones. It should be available soon.
      The full list is available here

    • Pamela

      So true! Drives me crazy. I second the motion!

    • xavier.delplanque

      I have just submitted a new update of Evernote for Blackberry, it should be available soon.
      We support now additional devices including:
      Pearl 9100
      Torch 9810, 9850, 9860
      Curve 9350, 9360, 9370

  • Evernote User

    Thanks for this update. I’d like to point out another aspect of Evernote for BlackBerry that desperately needs improvement. Take a look at the picture above, showing the home screen. Can you tell which of the six icons is highlighted? I sure can’t. The change is so subtle, it’s impossible to tell at a glance. How about a real highlight — i.e., changing the background color of the area around the highlighted icon? Thanks for listening.

    • Andrew Sinkov

      Thanks. That’s great feedback.

      • James

        Hi,

        Just wanted to second the feedback about highlighting of icons.

        It would also be useful to have an indication of what network you are connected to (WiFi or 3G) within the Evernote BB app.

    • xavier.delplanque

      We’ll be working on improving the UI and the UX.

  • Buffaloe

    Where the heck is the version for the Torch 9810?

    • xavier.delplanque

      We are working on the packages to address every OS7 phone. Should be available soon.

    • xavier.delplanque

      I have just submitted a new update of Evernote for Blackberry, it should be available soon.
      We support now additional devices including:
      Pearl 9100
      Torch 9810, 9850, 9860
      Curve 9350, 9360, 9370

  • Lloyd D.

    How is it that Evernote created something so brilliant, but it appears that on the mac application of Evernote there is no way to log out in order to log in another account? That really makes no sense at all. Please correct me if i am wrong. Thanks ahead of time.

    • Andrew Sinkov

      You are correct, at this time it isn’t possible to log out of Evernote on Mac. We suggest either using Evernote Web or creating a separate account on your Mac.

  • Jared Pratt

    Are there any plans to make an app for the Playbook? I’m currently shopping around for tablets and really like the Playbook and a few Android tablets but the only thing keeping me skeptical on the Playbook is the lack of an Evernote app.

    • Andrew Sinkov

      Evernote is available for the PlayBook. Here’s our post announcing it: http://blog.evernote.com/2011/09/08/evernote-for-blackberry-playbook-is-here/

  • Aly Balagamwala (@discomaulvi)

    Great to see the offline feature as it was sorely needed. A quick question: is there a link to download the app w/out App World as App World is not available where i am.

    -Aly

    • xavier.delplanque

      You can download the latest Beta on the forum. It should be available here still for a few minutes before we migrate to the new one:
      http://forum.evernote.com/phpbb/viewtopic.php?f=46&t=30926

    • xavier.delplanque

      Here is the link to the new forum http://discussion.evernote.com/forum/64-evernote-for-blackberry/

    • Erik

      Well he did that by dicthing his Blackberry, I managed that by doing the following things:- No sound for new mail- Mobile phone set to silent- Work phone set to a very low but noticeable levelI discovered that ring tone of my mobile and the ringing of my work phone irritated me a lot when I was coding. So, silencing the former (actually to just one beep) and lowering the level of the later, gave me my keyboard back plus some KLOCs to my employer.

    • Sara

      Thanks, Joel, for rnpertiog this – we managed to repeat the problem and are looking into this now. Will update when I know more!

  • Kevin

    Do we have encryption working yet on the BB?

    • xavier.delplanque

      This is not supported yet but on our list.

  • Karan

    Hi Andrew!

    Thanks for the updates! Is there anyway I can download most or all notes to my SD card (I have a 32gb card) this would be very useful.

    My Best,

    Karan

    • xavier.delplanque

      Not for the moment. The notes will be downloaded when you open them on your device.

  • Alina Nikol

    This is very good information about how syncing facility helps us in managing data,calender and lots more.Keep providing such information.This is really useful.

  • s121

    I was really waiting for offline option..Thank you so much Evernote!

    one little note:

    “Make all the notes offline” option would be great.
    So we don’t have to open all the notes one by one to make them offline..

  • Roonny

    This version same like old version, verry slow anda i think for my blackberry use evernote mobile version is better then blackberry apps.

  • dmi

    In my country not work appworld, where I can download Evernote? give plz work link

    • xavier.delplanque

      You can download our beta on the forum here:
      http://discussion.evernote.com/forum/64-evernote-for-blackberry/

      for instance:
      http://discussion.evernote.com/topic/20935-evernote-for-blackberry-33-beta-4-revision-342/

  • s121

    Sorry but it’s still very heavy, slow..

    • xavier.delplanque

      Main reason of slow performance is an incorrect configuration of the connexion parameters.
      I would suggest to go to setting and make sure BIS is not selected as access point.

  • Jim

    Thanks so much for the offline viewing! Often I am in a location where cell service is not available. I use my Evernote mostly in a “Notes” fashion. On my iPod Touch and PC’s, I can sort by “Title”. It would be great to be able to sort notes by “Title” on my Blackberry as well.

    • xavier.delplanque

      Thanks for the suggestion, we are investigating more sorting option.

  • Macy

    The update isn’t showing up in my App World. I have a BB Curve 9300 with OS 5 and the Evernote release version listed is only 3.2

    • xavier.delplanque

      It was available for BB Curve 9300 OS6. I have added OS5 for you.

  • Ann

    Since you appear to be taking feature requests, can I add one: ZOOM! The titles of the notes are written in such small type, I can’t always tell what they say. Once the note is open, it’s fine – the text is what I consider “normal” sized. But the titles … oy!

    Thanks!

    • xavier.delplanque

      Thanks Ann,
      This is a known issue and we are already working on it. Should be available soon.

  • mug48

    Just downloaded latest Blackberry update (3.3.356). First glance – significant improvement.
    Thanks

  • Jessica Cohen

    Hi,

    [Blackberry Bold, Evernote 3.3.3356]

    1- The notes that I’ve opened online before going offline are indeed accessible. However, they take a very long time to launch. My settings are: network automatic/APN Custom – any suggestion?

    2- Is there another way to make notes available offline than opening them each one by one?

    3- Do you plan on making the software available for older versions of Mac? My OS is just a couple years old and it’s not accepted so I can’t install the software.

    Thank you!

    • xavier.delplanque

      Hi Jessica,

      1- thanks for reporting this issue. If the note is complexe (large web clip) and your phone is not very powerful, the rendering may take a bit of time. If that’s not your case, it may be a performance issue.

      2- not for the moment. I would like to support offline notebooks in the future, that would answer the problem.

      3 – please let me know a bit more about your device and OS. We support OS5, 6 and 7 so if your phone is 2 years old, it should be supported.

  • Allan Bly

    I use five notebooks on my laptop. Each notebook is for a different project. The current BB version allows the user to see all the notes from each of the notebooks.
    This can get confusing if there are many notes in each notebook.

    Is there a way for me to access each notebook independtly on the BB?

  • Jan

    Great update! Been a premium user for a long time now and I have a lot of Evernote versions (Android, iOS, windows, Mac, and of course, BB).. I should say that the BB version lags a bit compared to the others.

    I’m looking forward to the day we can finally make multimedia notes, i.e. notes with rich text, audio, and pictures.

    Also, it would be great if we can view notes by notebooks. It seems weird when all notes are dumped in a single page (“All Notes”).

    Thanks for this wonderful system, Evernote!

  • brandy

    Hi can you migrate your memos on the blackberry over to evernote with out copy and pasting or retyping and how if so?