The new iOS 7 is exactly the sort of thing that makes being an app developer so thrilling. We’ve spent months getting to know every minute detail, design and interaction of the new operating system. The experience has been eye-opening, inspiring and freeing. IOS 7 is so new that it allowed us to let go, restart and build in a way that we haven’t been able to do in years. The result: a completely, unbelievably, unexpectedly new Evernote.
Clean and Green
For iOS 7, we started paring away everything that felt unnecessary. What we ended up with was an interface that was both beautiful and exceedingly functional.
The Home Screen
This is the smartest and most space-efficient home screen we’ve ever had. By eliminating the tabs and shadows of our previous versions, we’re able to show you everything on one screen: Personal and Business notes, notebooks, and tags, plus Shortcuts and Announcements!
In the Notes section, we display your two most recent notes to let you quickly jump back to them. The same is true for Evernote Business notes, Tags and Notebooks sections. To save even more space, the home screen dynamically shows or removes sections that you don’t need. For example, if you have no tags, then you won’t see a tag section. It’s these little touches that make the app easier to navigate for new and existing users alike.
The new Evernote is all about speed. At the bottom of the home screen you’ll find a new set of Quicknote features. Here you can quickly start a New Note, snap a photo, create a Reminder, and make a task list. With the Quicknote Bar, you can launch the app and start jotting your note with one tap.
We also implemented a much-requested feature: as soon as the note editor opens, the cursor moves into the note body with the keyboard in view. No extra taps required to get your idea down.
Image and PDF Markup
We’ve been looking forward to this one for a while. The amazingly fast markup and annotation functionality of our Skitch app is now part of Evernote, and it too got a complete redesign. Now you can overlay shapes, arrows or text onto any image in your notes. Tap on the image, then tap on the markup icon to bring your new set of markup tools. The tools and colors pop out, letting you slide your thumb to choose what you need.
Premium feature: PDF Markup
If you’re an Evernote Premium user, then you can also mark up any attached PDFs that you have in your account. When you’re reading a PDF in Evernote and you see something that you want to draw attention to, tap the markup icon and the tools slide out. Free users can get in on the PDF markup fun for 30 days, so go ahead and open up a scanned document or invoice to see how it works.
We love these features for sharing design feedback on-the-go, quickly marking up a contract or simply pointing out an important element in a snapshot.
Notebooks and Tags
We’ve also made some great improvements to the Notebooks and Tags screens. Check them out!
When you tap on the Notebooks section from the home screen, a nicely laid out list opens that combines Personal and Business notebooks, showing you the number of notes contained in each. When you tap the Edit button, you’re able to choose whether to subscribe to Reminders in any of the notebooks, and whether to receive Reminder emails. These are both great options if you need to stay updated on work or personal projects.
The Tag section also has a nice new feature. As you scroll through your tag list, you’ll find that more popular tags are darker. It’s an easy way to differentiate and quickly jump to the tag you want.
Sharing Notes with AirDrop
AirDrop lets you share things with people near you, and now you can use it to share notes with others. In any note, tap the share icon and choose AirDrop. You’ll see the people near you who have AirDrop enabled. Choose one or more of them, and share away. It couldn’t be easier.
Keep Everything In Sync
This is an example of a super important, super hidden feature. For the first time on iOS, Evernote is able to keep your account updated when the app isn’t active. So, whenever you open the app, your Personal notes are all right there. No more waiting. This feature is also important in the following frequently-occurring situations:
- Offline Notebooks for Premium users
- When you use Evernote on multiple platforms and devices
In all these scenarios, your note list will now be up-to-date at all times. For Premium users, we’ll also make sure that your notes in your offline notebooks are downloaded and available when you don’t have a network connection.
All Shiny and New
Change can be challenging, but in this instance, it’s well worth it. We expect that just like with the rest of iOS 7, you’ll need a bit of time to get to know the new Evernote. It may be jarring at first, but we’re confident that you’ll grow to love it the same way that we have. Please let us know what you think. For more on the new features, check out our Getting Started Guide.
Go Behind the Scenes
If you’re interested in hearing every detail about this redesign from the people that made it happen, then you need to come to the Evernote Conference next week in San Francisco.