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Evernote Gives Iconic Post-it® Notes a Digital Life

Evernote Gives Iconic Post-it® Notes a Digital Life

Posted by Andrew Sinkov on 26 Sep 2013

Posted by Andrew Sinkov on 26 Sep 2013

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Some products are so perfect, so essential and so important that they become part of the fabric of our daily experience. There are few examples more iconic than the Post-it® Note. They’re so easy to understand that the objects themselves have become symbolic of simplicity. While Post-it® Notes do not need a manual, there seem to be an almost infinite number of applications and uses that span industries, ages and cultures.

For us at Evernote, Post-it® Notes are a Hero Product. We strive for the sort of flexible, instantly-understandable usefulness that draws hundreds of millions of people to purchase Post-it® Brand products. There is one drawback. As ubiquitous as they are, they’re also, well, attached to stuff. That’s where Evernote comes in.

Evernote is giving Post-it® Notes a digital life and whole new set of tricks.

The Post-it® Note Camera in Evernote for iOS 7

Our latest update to Evernote for iPhone and iPad introduces the new Post-it® Note camera. What it does looks simple, but is actually powered by a bunch of engineering magic.

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The camera lets you take multiple photos of Post-it® Notes in a single session. Evernote then recognizes the color, extracts the handwriting, enhances it and finally places it onto a digital representation of the paper inside a note.

What you’ll see inside of Evernote are beautiful Post-it® Notes that are saved, easy to find and accessible from anywhere.

Colors with Meaning

Making Post-it® Notes digital is already pretty amazing, but that’s not all. In the app settings, you can assign automatic actions to four popular paper colors: electric yellow, limeade, neon pink, and electric blue. Available actions include filing the note into a specific notebook, assigning a tag or adding a Reminder. Any of these happen simply by snapping a picture of the Post-it® Note. Here are a couple of ideas for things to try:

Make a notebook called Brainstorms and tie neon pink notes to that notebook. Whenever an idea strikes, jot it on a neon pink note and snap a photo to save it forever.

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Put your shopping lists on electric blue Post-it® Notes and set blue to create a Reminder, so those notes always pop up at the top of your note list.

Desktop Dispensers co-designed by Evernote and Post-it® Brand

Together with the team at 3M, we’re not only making the notes digital, but we’re also adding a level of intention to your use of them that never existed before. In the past, you likely reached for the nearest Post-it® Note without much care about the specific color you were using. Now, those decisions have the added meaning of organization within Evernote.

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This thinking inspired us to create a holder for the Post-it® Notes that was not only beautifully designed, but also let you easily choose the color that was appropriate for the moment.

The Evernote Post-it® Note Holders come in two sizes: one that holds four Post-it® Note pads and another that holds a single pad. Whichever you choose, you’ll love how great they look at home or at the office.

Available Starting Today

Look for the Post-it® Notes packs with the green Evernote stripe at select Staples retails stores and online through Staples.com, Officemax.com, Officedepot.com, and Quill.com. These branded packs also come with one month of Evernote Premium. This offer is available on four different colors and on the limeade-colored Post-it® Big Pad.

The Evernote Note Holders are available now for pre-order through the Evernote Market. They will be shipping by late October.

More to Come

We’re incredibly excited to kick off this partnership with a company and product that has been such an inspiration for us. This is only the beginning. Go out and pick yours up today.

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  • Deborah

    GREAT idea !!! Keep up the awesome work. Looking forward to using this feature in the desktop Evernote, too!

  • Robert Greenwood

    This is a great idea. Can’t wait to try it out.

  • bobfinn

    Very interesting, but one thing unclear: Must you use the Evernote branded Post-it notes to use this feature, or will regular Post-it notes work?

    • Zach Oglesby

      Just did it with a post-it I had on my desk, so it seems to work with the default yellow ones at least.

  • Richard Gregory

    ok….I’ll be the first to say it. When is this coming to Android?

  • Richard Gregory

    ok….I’ll be the first to say it. When is this coming to Android?

    • Todd

      Yet again Evernote shows favoritism toward iOS, despite there being far more Android devices in the world. Doesn’t it make more economic sense to introduce new features in the predominant OS?

      • Peter Park

        Yes. The ROI on those platforms differ GREATLY, in favor to iOS:

        http://visual.ly/ios-vs-android-revenue-wars

        It makes business sense to go for iOS before Android.

        • missakins

          The flaw in that argument is that Android users and Windows users are now paying the same for an inferior product.

          • Peter Park

            Can you back that up with app purchase/IAP data on those platforms?

        • missakins

          The flaw in that argument is that Android users and Windows users are now paying the same for an inferior product.

      • JamesonTaylor

        Doesn’t matter, iPhone usage > Android usage. The vast majority of Android devices are horrible sub-$99 phones that don’t barely even use data (in the third world they use no data). iPhone users browse the web more, buy more, and use more services in general than Android users despite having smaller marketshare.

        • Will Steffen

          In the 3rd world they use no data – did you really just say this?

      • efforting

        The predominant OS is iOS.
        There may be more Android devices in the world, but they are so fragmented that updating and supporting an app for so many versions and platforms is difficult which in the end doesn’t make economic sense. Thats why favoritism is shown to iOS.
        I am not fond of the locked in system of iOS but I can see its usefulness to developers.

        • netizen24601

          Actually I am willing to bet it is more of a logistics issues.

          They probably have different teams working on the iOS version and the Android version and thus have different release cycles. Evernote has already said they prefer to ship when a product is ready.

        • Michael Stirrat

          It reeks of laziness. The core of Android is not so different or so many other developers wouldn’t be developing for Android. My absolute favorite apps ever, Trello and Simplenote somehow are written for Android and IOS.

        • Michael Stirrat

          It reeks of laziness. The core of Android is not so different or so many other developers wouldn’t be developing for Android. My absolute favorite apps ever, Trello and Simplenote somehow are written for Android and IOS.

      • Matthew Dance

        It does NOT make more sense to publish for Android first. There may be more Android devices over all, but iOS use is FAR AND AWAY higher than Android. Not to mention, that number of Android handsets includes low-end budget phones… the kind where people are most likely NOT going to be using an app like Evernote. Time and time again, iOS has proven to be a much more profitable OS for developers. There is a lot more to successful business than simply number of devices.

      • Richard Gregory

        To be fair, I less worried that they rolled this out on iOS first. It’s much easier for them to do that. I’d just like to know when it will hit Android.

    • Behinder

      I hope never :D

    • John Długosz

      Let me throw in my 2 cents worth: iOS and Mac share the same development tools and programming language. Unless the code is already done in Java, Android is different and can’t just reuse the core library code of the desktop app.

    • John Długosz

      Let me throw in my 2 cents worth: iOS and Mac share the same development tools and programming language. Unless the code is already done in Java, Android is different and can’t just reuse the core library code of the desktop app.

    • Alan Houser

      oh here we go

  • Joseph R. Jones

    GREAT idea… now do the same with 3×5 notecards and my delicate dance between paper and digital capture and processing will be complete.

    • Dave Astels

      Capturing index/note cards would be a killer feature for me as well.

    • Dave Astels

      Capturing index/note cards would be a killer feature for me as well.

  • Todd Ogasawara

    Do all Post-It notes work with this feature? Or, do you have to use the special co-branded notes with the green Evernote stripe?

    • Martin Packer

      No need for co-branded or even actual post-it notes. White square would work – as white rectangle did.

  • DeepSpin

    The more ways to add workflow between the real world, online world and people the better. Build the networks!

  • Javed Mohammad

    Don’t understand why does Evernote prefer such apps for ios over android. Android is the natural platform for Evernote products. Look at Samsung Note line of phones & tablets. That’s the real home for Evernote. Open your eyes and don’t miss out on your real customers, Android users.

    • Matthew Dance

      I wrote a response to this, in an above post. You are wrong. iOS brings much more business profitability.

    • netizen24601

      Please leave your inner fanboy at the door.

  • Julien Rath

    What about the post-it camera for Android users?

  • Julio Ra

    Yes, works with regular Post-It Notes.

  • benschel

    This is a awesome idea! However the update didn’t address the fact that I have to sign in every time I open the app. Am I missing the remember me checkbox or something? Super annoying.

  • Mitch

    Evernote start bringing all the formats (ios – android) out at the same time so we can all enjoy it. Please don’t make us wait like you did Evernote food.

  • Mitch

    Evernote start bringing all the formats (ios – android) out at the same time so we can all enjoy it. Please don’t make us wait like you did Evernote food.

  • Doug Hopkins

    OK, maybe I’m a little slow but why would I take the time to write it on a post it note, take a picture and file it when I can just record it in a quick note in Evernote? What am I missing here?

    • Martin Packer

      I guess the idea is you happen to be in a situation where Post-It notes are being used anyway and you want to capture them.

      By the way I tried it on a small rectangular piece of white paper against a faux-wood desktop and it used the shortest dimension side to make a square. So I guess it would work with any square piece of paper.

    • Internetallstar

      I can only speak for myself but I’m much more comfortable writing than I am typing. I tend to write a lot of notes and then scan them into Evernote for tagging and searching through later. This seems like a helpful tweak but I’m willing to bet that most folks that tend to write more than type already have a work around.

    • Internetallstar

      I can only speak for myself but I’m much more comfortable writing than I am typing. I tend to write a lot of notes and then scan them into Evernote for tagging and searching through later. This seems like a helpful tweak but I’m willing to bet that most folks that tend to write more than type already have a work around.

    • Jacqui

      As an avid “drop it all in Evernote” type person and as a writer, my first thought was “Oh, now I can finally do like all of my writer friends do and write it out and sort things like characters in blue and scenes in yellow!” This has always been something I’ve been interested in trying, since they are able to quickly see what is where, plus I’d be able to see it in Evernote the same way.

    • Robin Markowitz

      Even though I have a Galaxy Note II, and wouldn’t theoretically “need” paper, I jot stuff all the time, and use paper notebooks for longhand writing. I have a fountain pen collection, and use a glass dip pen at work. Post-it notes are always near a telephone, and I use Levenger’s Circa system. With Evernote, it all ends up in the same place! Tagged, organized, and usable. So, YES I want the Post-it’s for Android! I don’t take pictures with a tablet (IPad, which came free with another purchase).

    • netizen24601

      Perhaps you are capturing someone else’s post it note?

    • The_Repentant_Curmudgeon

      I’m with you, and Internetallstar’s is the only response that makes any sense to me. Either that, or for those instances when you don’t have your ipad, computer, or phone, but you do have your post-it notes….you know, THOSE instances.

      We’re probably missing something, but I’d like to see stories about how people use this. I can’t come up with a use myself at the moment.

  • Behinder

    This is great idea but unfortunately on online retailers these products are not marked with Evernote logo or keyword so I am not able to find them :/

    • Jacqui

      I found them on Staples.com by searching Post It Evernote and it came up fine. They are running $6.99 for a 4 pack, which includes the free month of Premium.

      • Behinder

        Staples.com send only to US….:/

  • Yeraze

    I just tried this here at my desk using 4 different color post it’s (an off brand) of similar colors, and it works beautifully! The resulting notes in evernote are automagically cropped to the extents of the post-it, and then a nice little “curl” effect is added to give them a little 3D effect. My notebook and tag associations all came through too …. AWESOME.

  • Florence Hulihee

    Yes, Android please!!!!!!!

    • Hugh O'Donnell

      Hi, Florence!

  • Bernardo Alfaro Solis

    I have some issues with my iPad… the app close as soon as it opens

  • Kelvin Crocker

    Android version soon please!

  • olivier lourdel

    You forgot Android once again !

    • Dave Astels

      One doesn’t simple forget Android. It’s something that devs (myself included) intentionally ignore.

      • olivier lourdel

        needless to say I disagree, as a loyal Evernote Premium customer for 2 years. I actually do not care about what devs like or not. I kust want to get the full features.

  • ThatGuyKC

    Woohoo!! So excited for these. Already ordered Post-it Notes via Staples.

    I don’t see the note holders available for pre-order..?

    • Jacqui

      That’s my question too…the Market doesn’t seem to have it yet for pre-order? Or am I missing something, since all I can see is featured products

      • KaseyFHickey

        You can find them here: https://www.evernote.com/market/feature/3m

  • olivier lourdel

    still awaiting Moleskin for Android too.

  • Deb Lee

    Two of my favorite things together. Can’t wait to give this a try. =)

  • Simon France

    Seriously awesome. Evernote keeps getting better and better.

  • Simon France

    Seriously awesome. Evernote keeps getting better and better.

  • Martin Packer

    In the responses to other comments below / above I failed to mention the value add of using colour coding. It could be quite good.

  • Chris Amirault

    Great! And, uh… Android please. Really.

  • Hans Schröder

    This looks super to me!

  • Hans Schröder

    This looks super to me!

  • Matt Renwick

    This. is. awesome.

  • Alice Keeler

    I need this. Will it be available on Amazon?

  • Pete Paxton

    I usually don’t vent but I have to say I am getting tired of the second class treatment but still having to pay the first class premium price. It took Windows users forever to get reminders, now there’s presentation mode, and this new post it note features but Android and Windows users always have to wait and yet we pay the same premium price that Apple and IOS users pay. So to sum it up, these are premium features, I have a premium account, but I can’t use the new features strictly because I don’t use Apple products. Please at least consider offering the same features near the same time you offer them to Apple users.

    • Brian Jarvis

      I’m feeling a little edgy this morning, but maybe this is the answer – I would gladly welcome a second-class-citizen discount rate for my premium subscription. Reading the comments above, Pete and I must be the only Android users on the planet not too cheap to buy a premium subscription. :)

      • TheOriginalLiz

        No, you’re not the only ones. And add to the android issue, I also have the temerity to run Linux on my PC. Evernote does make me feel a bit like the proverbial red-headed step child.

      • droidluvr

        Nope: not the only ones — I always feel disappointed when I read about a great new feature for Evernote, and then find out it isn’t available for Windows or Android…

        If you look at the DevCup winners this year, I can’t find any that I can use on my platforms,yet I also pay the premium features price…

  • Gaurav Kheterpal

    Sounds exciting, when does this become available in other countries?

  • Gaurav Kheterpal

    Sounds exciting, when does this become available in other countries?

  • John Schneyer

    This is not working well for me. I don’t know if it’s because I updated to ios 7.02 last night or not. I can take a picture, it does get uploaded to Evernote in the cloud and back down to my desktop but the phone app then freezes requiring me to reboot the phone to clear it. The iPad doesn’t freeze but is very slow to respond when dealing with the Post-it notes. When the notes make it to the desktop, searching for words in the note does not result in the note showing up in the search results (maybe my printing is poor). Anyone else having a similar problem?

  • cjstanley

    Awesome! I’ll be waiting for the Android version…

  • Dan

    I tried this with 4 postits. It seems to work with the colors Evernote expects. I tried it with normal yellow and it worked. I tried it with light blue and it doesn’t work. I just get a picture of 4 postits. I tried the blue ones on different backgrounds, but no dice. So it does seem to be the 4 Evernote colors.

    Awesome feature, just limited.

    • Kendra Morris Bork

      There’s a darker blue that is a part of the “brights” Post-It color selection (the one with the neon pink and lime green) that worked for me.

    • Kendra Morris Bork

      There’s a darker blue that is a part of the “brights” Post-It color selection (the one with the neon pink and lime green) that worked for me.

  • Rodrigo Salazar Jeldres

    I downloaded the actualization of Evernote in my IPAD 2, and now Evernote do not open at all

  • Rodrigo Salazar Jeldres

    I downloaded the actualization of Evernote in my IPAD 2, and now Evernote do not open at all

  • Rodrigo Salazar Jeldres

    I downloaded the actualization of Evernote in my IPAD 2, and now Evernote do not open at all

  • Dan

    (I guess the system ate my post… sorry if this shows as a duplicate)

    So this works with the Evernote colors. I tried it with pale blue and no dice. It just captures a picture.

    It also only captures the postits one at a time. It won’t dice up a picture full of postits. Because of this, I find the utility of this rather limited.

  • Jeffrey

    This works well, on my iPad. Oddly, there are no settings for this on the iPhone version. And I know I have the latest, since the iPhone version keeps locking up, and I had to delete and re-download.
    I’m having a hard time seeing the use cases, though. When I used to be a facilitator, we created “brainstorm maps” with Post-Its and this would have been an excellent way to capture things. However, outside of that, I’m a little stuck to see how to take advantage this in a non-time-wasting way.
    I understand those people that prefer to write, and this is a way to get handwritten notes into Evernote easily (although you could do this before on any piece of paper) with all the Evernote benefits (such as OCR, tagging, etc.). But, it seems a lot slower to write on a Post-It and then photo it. Handwritten notes inside of Evernote (BTW: when IS Penultimate going to be built into Evernote?) would seem an quicker way to go.
    Any other ideas? I think, maybe, I’m not using Post-Its up to their potential. For me, they are for quick temporary notes (i.e., a scratch pad) or they are things that I want to physically stick somewhere. Rarely would I have one that needed Evernote.
    How else might I use Post-Its to improve my life, such that scanning them into Evernote was actually a boost?
    Not picking… just want to be able to work smarter. Thanks!

  • Terri Torrez

    I got it to work with a regular pink Post-It. But it keeps cutting off the right edge. On the note I wrote close to but not right up to the edge and now matter how I try to center it on my iPad camera it cuts off the right side.

  • Terri Torrez

    I got it to work with a regular pink Post-It. But it keeps cutting off the right edge. On the note I wrote close to but not right up to the edge and now matter how I try to center it on my iPad camera it cuts off the right side.

    • Martin Packer

      Square or rectangular? I tried a rectangular piece of white paper and it took part of it, making a square out of it. The size of the square was the shorter dimension – in my case the height as I was in landscape mode.

  • George Defenbaugh

    just tried it and did NOT work for me with generic yellow post-its. camera settings for post-it specify main notebook for yellow notes. would appreciate any suggestion on how to make this work

  • Greg

    There are no sources on the internet, everything we read is factual. /s

  • Behinder

    I still trying to find them eg. Quill.com geez why these companies have so bad search engines “Post-It Evernote” results in 374 products….

  • Laura Schmalgemeier

    I am adding my voices to the android and desk top users, want me to spend the money? Put it on the 2 os’s I use. Looking forward to using it as it looks. The Mack refugee

  • Abigail Wilson

    Just wondering when this is coming to New Zealand?

  • Dan Demedeiros

    There seems to be much gnashing of teeth when it comes to release cycles of enhancements for the Evernote product line. Please keep it all in perspective — is the newly introduced feature making your current workflow meaningless and obsolete? Probably not. Is Evernote a cabal of Apple elitists that feverishly rub their hands, maniacally laughing at those who made “an embarassing choice for their desired platform”? Again, no.

    At the end of the day, this is a just a piece of software. Bits and bites that can make life a little easier. Rhetoric in regards to how one platform is being slapped in the face due to a staggered release schedule is at best, shows impatience, and at worst, comes off as being petulant.

    Oh, and if you pay for the service and not satisfied with it, there is always Microsoft OneNote. Have fun. I’m sure they are most happy to support every platform possible with their products. Or you can just chose with your wallets.

    I’m sorry if I am coming across sounding harsh, but I am getting tired of platform religion wars, and this discussion just touched a nerve.

  • Dan Demedeiros

    There seems to be much gnashing of teeth when it comes to release cycles of enhancements for the Evernote product line. Please keep it all in perspective — is the newly introduced feature making your current workflow meaningless and obsolete? Probably not. Is Evernote a cabal of Apple elitists that feverishly rub their hands, maniacally laughing at those who made “an embarassing choice for their desired platform”? Again, no.

    At the end of the day, this is a just a piece of software. Bits and bites that can make life a little easier. Rhetoric in regards to how one platform is being slapped in the face due to a staggered release schedule is at best, shows impatience, and at worst, comes off as being petulant.

    Oh, and if you pay for the service and not satisfied with it, there is always Microsoft OneNote. Have fun. I’m sure they are most happy to support every platform possible with their products. Or you can just chose with your wallets.

    I’m sorry if I am coming across sounding harsh, but I am getting tired of platform religion wars, and this discussion just touched a nerve.

  • Susan McHugh

    Need more colors! My life can’t be organized into 4 boxes. How about 16+?

  • Susan McHugh

    Need more colors! My life can’t be organized into 4 boxes. How about 16+?

  • Susan McHugh

    Or – skip the Post It extra expense and make the notes in Evernote color-optioned? Still like the stickies though…

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  • Cynthia

    Is this post-it feature available in the desktop version?

    • Taylor Pipes

      Cynthia, you can capture the Post-it Notes using your Android, iPhone, or Windows Phone devices and then you are able to search and view these notes on any device, including your desktop. Hope that helps. For further information, please reference our Knowledge Base article here: http://evernote.com/partner/postitbrand/guide/#1