Today, Evernote for Android (4.3) gets a bunch of nice new features, including an improved toolbar in the Note Editor, Offline Notebook multi-select for Premium users and redesigned Action Bars for Android tablets. We also added a stretchable widget to our widget app. Let’s take a look at what’s new.
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Premium feature: Easier Offline Notebooks
Offline Notebooks is one of our most popular Premium features. It lets you download as many notebooks as you like directly to your phone or tablet, allowing you to access your notes and any attachments quickly, whether you’re on safari or in a submarine. With this update, we took all the hassle out of taking notebooks offline by letting you select multiple notebooks at once.
To do this, go to your notebook list and tap on one of the following:
- Android phone: tap the download icon in the bottom Action Bar
- Android tablet: tap the three dots in the top right corner, then tap Offline Notebooks
You’ll now be taken to the multi-select view. Tap the notebooks that you’d like to keep for offline access. Once you’re done, tap the check mark in the top left of the screen. Your notebooks will begin downloading in the background.
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Simplified Note Editor Toolbar
The Note Editor toolbar on Android got a lot cleaner with this update. We took out everything that wasn’t actually related to editing and put it into the Action Bars along the top of the note. Use the toolbar to style your text and to organize it with bullets, lists and checkboxes. You can even hide the toolbar by tapping on the arrow.
We moved things like adding attachments and audio recordings into the big “+” in the Action Bar. If you’d like to add tags or choose a notebook, simply tap on the three dots.
Android Tablets: Smarter Action Bars
Android Tablet users now get context aware Action Bar options. You’ll notice that the actions in the bar change depending on which panel is currently open. For example, if you’re in the Notebook List, an arrow will appear beneath Notebooks. Tap the Action Bar label to show a menu of sorting and grouping options. The same is true for Tags and All Notes views.
The New Grid Widget
Evernote has a separate widget app available from Google Play that lets you create new notes right from your device’s desktop. The new Grid Widget is designed to fit perfectly on any sized screen.
After downloading the widget app, tap and hold on your device’s desktop. Next, choose the Evernote Grid Widget. Select the note types and functions that you’d like the widget to display. The widget will now appear on your screen. To re-size the widget, tap and hold it until you see a frame appear. Drag the frame to match the dimensions you want.
More to come
As always, there are lots of additional improvements under the hood that make the app faster and more reliable. We hope you like the newest Evernote for Android. We have lots more to come.
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