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Evernote for Android Update: Handwriting Support and More

Evernote for Android Update: Handwriting Support and More
Evernote for Android no longer limits you to typed notes. / Credit: Evernote

Evernote is a great tool for storing and managing all your business ideas, plans and notes. And now the Android app no longer limits you to typed notes. A new update adds handwriting support so you can write something down or draw a quick sketch, then save it for later alongside all your other notes. For business users, that means you can quickly and easily save a chart from a business meeting, or a jot down a flash of inspiration while traveling.

To start writing in Evernote, just tap the paperclip icon, then tap the pen. Once you're writing, you can drag and drop to resize the writing area, and use two fingers to move around. Then tap the checkmark when you're done writing or drawing — this saves your note. You can also finish your note by adding typed text or dropping in an image. Users can even track down handwritten notes later using Evernote's powerful built-in search tool.

You can draw and write using your finger, but business users with a stylus-equipped tablet will probably get the most use from this feature. Capacitive styluses are compatible with most tablets, but some Android tablets ship with a stylus included, and have a built-in space to hold the pen so it's always at hand. The best tablets ship with special software to help you take advantage of the stylus' capabilities. And if you own a stylus-equipped smartphone, such as Samsung's Galaxy Note 3, you're all set to write wherever you are.

In addition to handwriting support, the Evernote update adds new highlighting options so you can add emphasis to your notes; it also gives you a way to create links for easy jumping between one note and another.

Brett Nuckles

Brett Nuckles has been a working journalist since 2009. He got his start in local newspapers covering community news, local government, education and more before he joined the Business News Daily staff in 2013. He graduated from Ohio University, where he studied Journalism and English. Follow him on Twitter @BrettNuckles.