Evernote gains mature Post-it note support with impressive recognition

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Evernote, that other favourite cloud-synced note taker, has been updated on Windows Phone in a big way in recent months, with v4.3 brand new and with the Post-it integration (introduced in v4.2) now fully mature, including recognition of searchable text in notes.

Here's the changelog from v4.0, covered here last year, to the new v4.3:

- Post-it® Note Camera: 

  • Snap a photo of a Post-it® Note to digitize and enhance your handwritten to-dos and ideas
  • Automatically assign notebooks, tags and Reminders to different colors of Post-it® Notes
  • Add multiple Post-it® Note snapshots to a single note
  • Search through handwritten text in images
  • Post-it specific bug fixes

- General Bug fixes

The system works remarkably well in practice, with clear imaging and surprisingly good recognition of text, all optimised for Post-it notes (and, ultimately, designed to sell more Post-its, an option within the Settings section, but you can't blame either company for a little profiteering on the side!):

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'Post-it Note' is a pane/option available within the standard Evernote Photo/camera module. Of note is that there's no auto-focus - instead, tapping both tries for a focus and also takes the shot, so be careful on the Lumia 1020, as focussing isn't guaranteed at this distance.

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Filters here are less about art and more about making the text as clear and as high-contrast as possible; (right) snapping a second note, the experience is pleasant and quite intuitive...

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Multiple Post-its can be snapped into a single note if required, depending on what you're doing (e.g. archiving a productive meeting)

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Within Settings, there's a new section devoted to Post-its, with the handy option to auto-recognise specific colours and auto-assign such notes to a specific Evernote notebook....

Searching my new Post-it Evernote notes proved surprisingly fruitful, with most words recognised and searchable and with the only failures due to excessive slanting or - simply - my terrible handwriting. Presumably the OCR is helped enormously by the guaranteed consistent background of the Post-its.

Highly recommended - and you can do a lot with Evernote without needing to investigate the 'premium' subscription option - you can download this for free in the Windows Phone Store.

PS. See also Microsoft's own Office Lens, which integrates into OneNote for similar effect.

Source / Credit: Windows Phone Store