We could not be more pleased to announce the winners of the 2013 Evernote Devcup competition for the best new apps on the Evernote platform.
Each year, we challenge developers to build new ways to extend apps with Evernote. This year, there were almost 200 qualifying submissions. We awarded twelve category prizes, then narrowed the field down to six finalists, and today we selected, with the help an audience vote at the Evernote Conference, the three best apps in the Devcup: The Gold, Silver, and Bronze winners.
The Gold Award: Postach.io
The Canadian team of Shawn Adrian and Gavin Vickery was working on documentation for a product they had built, Quote Robot, when, Adrian says, they became frustrated with the existing tools for publishing.
So they decided to write their own.
Since they were doing their documentation in Evernote, as so many people do, they thought the best thing they could have was a tool that took that writing and quickly and easily published it, with zero intermediate steps between Evernote and the Web.
This pet project became Postach.io. Today, Postach.io won the Evernote Devcup 2013 Gold Award, a $20,000 prize and a wicked-cool trophy. The award was granted to Postach.io based upon a careful examination of the app by a panel from Evernote, as well as user voting after the team’s presentation here at the Evernote Conference.
If you’re a writer and an Evernote user, you’re going to want to check out this service. Here’s how it works: You write in Evernote. Then, you tag your note with the word, “published.” It will then appear on your blog. That’s it. Change your note in Evernote and the blog post based on it will update immediately, too.
Of course, there’s a lot more to blogging than throwing words up on the Web. Postach.io supports several gorgeous themes, a discussion system, and integration with several other services like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. More integrations are coming.
Other people have worked on blog-to-Evernote integrations, but Postach.io’s product is in a different class. Use it and you’ll see what we mean. It’s a great Evernote integration built by a team of people who love their work and love using Evernote. Congratulations to the Postach.io team!
The Silver Award: Context Booster
This app will make you smarter. Even smarter than Evernote will by itself. Context Booster processes the content of Evernote notes that you tag “contextboost” and then goes out to the Web to find related information for those notes. If you mention public people in a note, for example, Context Booster will create notes in your account about those people, and link to those new notes from the original note you created.
The app will also work on images. Flag a picture of a building, for example, and Context booster will identify the building.
See a tweet that piques your interest? Just favorite it, and Context Booster will save the tweet as an Evernote note, and then go out and find related information.
It’s a very, very cool app, and Sebastian Kuepers from the company gave a great pitch at the Evernote Conference. Sign up for early access at: Contextbooster.com
The Bronze Award: Biscuit
Biscuit is an iPhone app that helps you learn the vocabulary of a foreign language. With this app running, anytime you copy a word in a foreign language into your clipboard, Biscuit will show you the definition of the word in your language, as well as save the word and the definition into a learning list in the Biscuit app.
The app itself gives you a gorgeous list of the words you’re trying to learn, and helps you quiz and drill on them. It will use spaced repetition if you like, sending you pop-up vocabulary reminders during your day. As a bonus, it also integrates with Evernote Peek on the iPad.
Biscuit is on the App Store already, and in a short period of time it’s won a devoted user base. It’s a free app. It can make you smarter in another language. Get it now.
Congratulations to all our Devcup winners!