They grow up so fast… Just a little over a month ago, we launched Evernote Hello for iPhone, the app that’s designed to help you remember people the way your brain does—visually, chronologically and contextually. Today, we’re releasing the app’s first major update (1.1)!
We’ve been listening closely to the community, learning what they like and what they don’t about our initial release. For this update, we focused on one very big thing:
- Making every action and interaction in the app faster, easier and more natural
We’re excited about the result. There are over 10 major improvements in this update. Plus, we have a new app icon. Let’s take a look.
Evernote Hello 1.1
We put a lot of work into making our first update to Evernote Hello a major evolution of the app. The most visible change of all is our new app icon. We hope you like our happy little pushpin. The story of the icon’s evolution will be a blog post for another day.
Adding new people with ease
When you tap on the plus (+), you’ll notice that we now offer you three options for capturing information. You can either pass the phone to the person you are meeting, create their profile yourself or pull from the phone’s address book (more on that, below). We’ve streamlined the process based on the option that you select.
Choose contacts from your address book
Continuing in the spirit of making the app faster and easier to use, you can now add people into Evernote Hello right from your address book. When you tap the big plus button, choose the Add from Contacts option. Tapping this option brings up your address book. Select a name and all the information that’s associated with the contact will fill in a new profile. If something is missing, such as a photo, you can quickly snap one.
On the top of the home screen, there is a new magnifying glass button. Tap it to search through your Evernote Hello history by names of people, the places your were, calendar events, email, and more. And that’s not all. The search also looks for matches in your address book, so that you can easily add a person as described above, right from the search list. Just tap on a name and a new profile appears.
We’ve now explained how to get someone from your contacts into Evernote Hello. The other way works, too. Go to a profile and tap on the green “i” next to the person’s name. Then, tap on the address book icon. You’ll be able to either create a new contact or add the information to an existing contact. In either case, Evernote Hello will add a field to the contact information called a Contact Link. The Contact Link connects your address book to the Evernote Hello profile, allowing you to tap on the link and jump from your contact list directly into Evernote Hello. Please note: Contact Links are only created when a contact is added from Evernote Hello to the address book.
Intelligent name detection
Name order differs depending on country, culture and language. In English, the given name comes first, followed by the family name. In many Asian countries, it’s the other way around. Evernote Hello now uses your location and the input language to figure out how the name should be laid out. This is particularly useful if you’re importing an individual from Evernote Hello into your phone’s address book.
To make it easier to visually scan the mosaic, we’ve added Calendar Tiles throughout the mosaic to designate chronological breaks. This way, you can swipe through and easily identify when encounters occurred.
There are also a bunch of other improvements worth noting…
- Full-screen photos: Tap on any profile photo to view it in full-screen mode.
- Choose from Camera Roll: When adding your profile photo, you can either take a new one, or choose an image from your Camera Roll.
- Phone number smarts: As you type a phone number, the app will figure out the appropriate formatting based on your location.
- New settings layout: We’ve completely redesigned the Settings that appear when you swipe down on any screen of the app.
- Log out of the app: There’s a new Logout button under the gear option in Settings.
- New language support: Evernote Hello is now available in 17 additional languages.
We’re really excited to bring you this major update. These changes make the app a pleasure to use whether you’re at work or meeting someone new at a coffee shop. Give it a shot and let us know what you think.