Evernote for Windows Gets Image Annotation and Faster Sync

Posted by on 04 Mar 2014

Posted by on 04 Mar 2014

Evernote for Windows gets two significant enhancements today. First, you can now annotate images inside of your notes. Second, you’ll notice that sync is way faster. Let’s take a look at both.

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Image Annotation

If you’re like many Evernote users, then you have lots of images in your account including web pages you clipped and photos snapped using Evernote on your phone. Now, you can make these images more useful.


Mouse over an image, and you’ll see an Annotation button appear in the top right corner. Click it to open the Annotation Tool. From there, point something out using arrows and stamps, add text and shapes, or crop and resize. Close the window and your note updates with the annotated image.

We love this feature for identifying key parts of a data visualization or calling out important information on maps and seating charts. Give it a shot.


Fast Sync

Evernote Business users and those with sizable Evernote accounts will notice a major improvement in sync performance. In fact, in some cases, sync is so fast that you won’t notice it at all.

And more

In addition to these improvements, we’ve improved stability, made Evernote better for new users and much more. Let us know what you think.


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22 Comments RSS

  • Ray Gonsalves

    Built in image Annotation!!!….. and the people REJOICED

  • Eric

    Please allow us to resize (compress) images in our notes. Every time you rotate an image in EV, it doubles the file size :/

    • Arailym

      Great news!!! Thank you very much!!!

  • Hans

    Is there a way to remove the automatic annotation mark on the photos in the notes?
    I would prefer to have the choice to annotate in a menu – As I only will to use this feature a few times a year – and it destroys the look at my photos!

  • Brian

    I would love to see this added directly to the Evernote Apps for iOS and Android

  • Bob E

    Terrific news! Thanks for this happy news.

  • Suselew

    As nice as image annotation is, it’s not enough. I can do PDF annotation on my iPad and Android phone but still not in Windows. That was what I was hoping for!

    • Bill

      Agreed… very helpful, but please, PDF image annotation is very much needed within Windows. Thanks.

  • Tony

    It is really great that new features have been introduced. However, can’t understand the logic in the current versions where deleting a note in list view always takes you back to the top of the list. It is like the logic is designed to discourage you from cleaning up your notes. It is really annoying.

  • Andi Lo

    Thank you for this great update! Being built in makes it much more usable than skitch. Does this mean skitch is dead? I cannot see any advantage to having it, other than the fact that it is a standalone app.

    Perhaps Evernote can bring skitch to its former glory, now that its essential features has been integrated in evernote?

  • Clint

    Does this new version still require Skitch to be installed, or is Skitch now “built-in” to Evernote.

  • annalisa king

    Sooo excited! thanks Evernote!!! a great addition.

  • Janak Kumar Yadav

    That’s a good news for Evernote on Windows PC users.

  • Carmella

    Way awesome! Just noticed it today…loving it.

  • Sherman

    The image annotation feature is really cool!
    However, I just found that the text is not searchable. I think it is very important to make text annotation searchable.

    • HarryPutnam

      Oh, shoot. That kind of sucks . . (about being searchable). I was hoping to use the tool to make annotations to other stuff too, but haven’t heard back if that is even possible.

  • Alison

    The annotation button appears but no box or tools – on a dell desktop computer. Tried web version and desktop version of Evernote and neither will work

    • CB

      @Alison I experience the same issue with the annotation button doing nothing using Evernote on Windows (version However, I discovered a trick to get it to work. After adding an image, switch to a different note and then come back to your original note. Now the annotation button will work.

  • HarryPutnam

    Can this annotation tool be used to add an annotation to a regular note… not necessarily an image?
    I guess, often when a webpage is grabbed into en there would like be images but I’m looking for a way to add notes similar to the way you can add tags.

  • Tobias

    This is nice, but I wish you had retained the ability to edit (and re-edit) images in Skitch. Skitch is much faster and more responsive, especially for large images. The annotate feature really lags, and scrolling is very slow, for large images.

  • David Mandel

    One more thing to click through. I’d rather have it after the save (if I want to do it at all) rather than before. I will probably annotate 1% of all captures.

  • Shawn

    ANNO-BUG. Annotate delay!? I paste an image (screen grab) into Evernote and the Annotate ‘hover button’ does NOT show up. I right click to choose Annotate but nothing happens.

    I just found out I must switch to another note, then back to the first note to be able to annotate the pasted image.

    (Win7 Desktop version