Last night, Apple approved the latest version of Evernote for iPhone, iPad and iPod (v 3.4) This update includes some exciting new features and take advantage of the capabilities of the upcoming iOS 4.2. The new operating system adds support for multi-tasking on iPad, which works great in Evernote. You can go back and forth between Evernote and other apps without losing your place. Really handy. But iOS 4.2 features are only one aspect of this release. Here’s a list of the new features that are available right now:
I take a lot of photos with my iPhone, then selectively bring the best into Evernote. That process used to be a bit of pain, but not anymore. Now, you can choose as many photos as you like at one time and either create a single photo-packed note (5 images max) or have Evernote automatically spread them across multiple notes. To do this, tap on Camera Roll, then tap the Send To icon in the lower left corner of the screen. Now, choose your photos. Note: In order for this to work you need to enable geolocation services for Evernote (you probably already have). To do this, go to iPhone Settings > General > Location Services > Evernote.
Tip: If you tap and hold on an image it will turn white, then you can swipe your finger to choose your photos instead of tapping individually.
When you finish selecting your photos, choose either Single Note or Multiple Notes along the bottom of the screen. Image multi-select is also great for choosing among the photos created by the iPhone’s HDR mode.
Advanced Tip: Tap on Camera Roll with two fingers to access your camera roll folders, making it easier to find the photo you’re looking for.
Audio note improvements
90-minute audio notes
Audio notes are supersized in this release to a whopping 90-minute max. This turns Evernote into the perfect recorder for everything from long meetings to conference keynotes to media interviews.
Improved audio playback control
Controlling audio playback is better than ever. Not only can you play and pause right from within a note (no more launching Quicktime), but you can also control Evernote audio from the dock player, as well as peripherals such as headphones and car audio kits.
Easily send files into Evernote from other apps (iOS 4.2)
iOS 4.2 allows apps to register themselves as destinations for certain file types. Evernote is now registered for PDF, TXT, WAV, MP3, HTML, and several others. This means that you’ll be able to send files into Evernote directly from other applications.
In Safari and Mail
Certain file types (PDF, TXT) now have an Open in button at the top right corner when they’re viewed. Tapping on the button will show Evernote as an option. Opening the file in Evernote will create a new note in Evernote with that file as an attachment. To send an audio file into Evernote, tap and hold on the file.
Third party apps
Developers can now enable the same functionality in their applications. There are already many applications that can send files into Evernote. Look for many more to add the Open in feature, which will allow you send files into Evernote from anywhere.
Printing from Evernote (iOS 4.2 required)
Making a hardcopy of a note no longer requires your desktop. When you see a note that you like, tap on the Send to button in the note and choose Print. In order for this feature to work, you need to have the latest version of OS X with AirPrint configured, and there needs to be a printer on the network that supports Apple’s AirPrint.
No Evernote release is complete without a whole bunch of behind-the-scenes bug fixes that make using Evernote all the more enjoyable. This one’s no different. And there’s lots more to come. Stay tuned.