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I posted a few hours ago about what I thought would turn Evernote into THE productivity app for the iPhone and iPod Touch. Well… seems like I didn’t have to wait
very long at all. Turns out tonight’s Evernote update is a huge update.
First, the ability to edit notes is huge. No longer is Evernote for iPhone just a passive way to access data. So long as the notes were either created in Evernote or came into Evernote in plain text you can now edit at a later date. It works great! Now you can use Evernote to update lists, edit text and do basic word processing.
By: BlackBook Media Corp.
Two of the better productivity apps saw updates tonight.
-fixes a few issues to improve stability and reliability under certain network conditions.
-Improved resolution of snapshot notes
-Fixed text note zoom level
-Improved hndling of various tasks
-"Untitled Note" filler is cleared when tapped
Both of these are great apps (I love Evernote and keep going back and forth between Jott and reQall again) and I am happy to see these incremental updates that improve stability and usability. But these are the REAL updates I’m hoping to see from these two amazing service-
1. Evernote needs iPhone/iPod Touch resident notes so that information is always available. Both Jott and reQall have it. I would love it for Evernote.
2. Both reQall and Evernote need the ability to edit notes. Jott does it and it would be awesome on reQall and Evernote.
Give me those updates and the iPhone is truly becomes a mobile office.
UPDATE- My friend Wayne Schulz from Gear Diary pointed out that Evernote now allows you to edit non-formatted text. A BIG step in the right direction. Thanks Wayne!
One of the things I am appreciating most about the creative developers filling the App Store’s shelves is how responsive to questions and feedback so many of them are. Case in point-
As I posted yesterday I was more than a little disappointed that MiGhtyDocs, the new app for viewing and caching Google Docs, gets the viewing part down but totally fails on the caching.
I wrote a post and, right after posting, sent the link to the developer. Earlier today I got a response.
The response achnowledged the issue and offered the following:
I often use Google documents as my word processor, especially when I’m working in collaboration with someone else. It’s a great way for us to be able to access the same documents and also to see what revisions have been made over time.
One of the things that would make the iPhone or the iPod touch a far better productivity device would be the ability to have my Google documents resident on my device and editable. This morning I saw a new app- MiGhtyDocs– on the App Store that promised to at least achieve part of us. The developers know to read as follows —
With this application you can view your documents from Google talks on your iPhone. You can have your important documents always in your pocket even when you haven’t an Internet connection. Just open your document once on your iPhone then it is cached. It’s a simple and small application they will improve over time.
Okay, so we don’t have the option to edit documents, at least we now have the option to store global documents on our iPod or iPod touch. It is a step in the right direction.
I tend to do a lot of my writing using voice recognition software. When I used Windows Dragon NaturallySpeaking was my software of choice. It is amazingly accurate and fast. (The last version that I used was version 9.5 and word is that the new version 10 is even faster and more accurate.)
When I made the jump over to Mac the only real choice was iListen. On the whole it was okay, but it definitely wasn’t up to the level of Dragon NaturallySpeaking. This past spring MacSpeech replaced iListen with MacSpeech Dictate- an entirely new software package that licensed the speech recognition engine used by Dragon NaturallySpeaking. The new software remains far behind Dragon NaturallySpeaking in terms of flexibility and capabilities, (for instance Dragon does a far better job of using voice commands to edit text and has more options for input devices such as using a Windows mobile handheld), but for basic voice recognition Dictate works quite well — especially when you use a high quality, noise canceling microphone. (In fact his entire post is being dictated using MacSpeech Dictate.) As a result, I use MacSpeech Dictate very often and find it to be quite good for basic text input.
The Holy Grail of speech recognition, however, is to be able to be on the road and use my handheld as a speech transcription device.
As I am working on the third installment of my "What’s On (My) iPhone" series I have had the opportunity to step back and think about the wide range of applications now available for the iPhone and iPod Touch. It has led to three conclusions.
a. There are a number of applications available that are tremendously useful, superbly executed, and well priced.
b. There are a number of glaring holes in the type and function of available apps that will (hopefully) get filled sooner rather than later. (More on that in the wrap-up post for the series.)
c. There is some absolute garbage in the App Store. Some is free (bad) and some actually cost real money (worse)
And so it is that we welcome you to the first of what will be a regular feature here on WOiP– "What’s In The crApp Store?"
Considering the abundance of, and intense focus on, third-party iPhone applications, it’s easy to lose sight of the programs that actually ship with the device (and how fantastic they are).
Two of particular value to me over the last few days have been:
the iTunes store application
and the iPhone mapping feature.
An update for AOL Radio to version 1.1 brings optimization so that users can access all radio stations over Edge.
I’m still a Pandora fan but it is nice to see that iPhone users who didn’t upgrade and/or who live in areas that have yet to see 3G speeds aren’t forgotten!