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Evernote for iPhone 2.0: Now More Finger-Friendly

Evernote, the free-form web based bookmarking and note-taking service, has pushed out a 2.0 release of their popular free iPhone app. It adds a number of new features such as landscape keyboard support, thumbnail views of saved items, hooks to mobile Safari, speedier load times and more. We aren’t sure why Evernote chose April 1 to release this new version, but after downloading and giving it a brief test-run, we can assure you it is legitimate.

Other enhancements in the 2.0 version of the Evernote iPhone client are:

  • Ability to sort favorites
  • Faster note attachment to a photo
  • Geo-tagging precision improvement
  • Improved ‘favorites’ support
  • Small user interface tweaks

The big improvement in our book is the landscape mode. iPhone applications from the start have had a rocky relationship with the on-screen keyboard, many apps chose to emulate the built-in iPhone functionality and offer a keyboard only in portrait mode, sacrificing typing comfort for screen real-estate. But more often now (and especially with the upcoming iPhone 3.0 OS update) apps are offering the superior landscape mode and making due with the minuscule amount of screen that is available above the keyboard. That means that note-taking in Evernote on the iPhone just got a lot more finger-friendly.

If you haven’t used Evernote before, it’s one of those apps that you might need convincing to start using, and then wonder how you ever lived without it. I like to think of it as a personal Moleskine notebook that can expand to allow scrap-booking anything you might find online, from a scanned photo, to text clippings, bookmarks or entire web pages, even audio notes to yourself. The strength Evernote brings to the ‘digital scrapbook’ concept is universal access – you can literally add to or access your account online, via a desktop app (which works great with scanner software by the way), a browser bookmarklet or toolbar, the aforementioned iPhone app and other mobile phones, and even email. We have previous coverage on it as well.

The Evernote service starts out free and you can purchase additional online storage and a digitally encrypted connection to your account for $5/month or $45/year. The iPhone app is also free, so what are you waiting for, download it and give it a try!

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