Evernote handwriting to text: the options

The Evernote handwriting to text features are the perfect tools to connect old-school handwriting with the modern style of typing things down. Typing for countless hours on your computer and swiping across the virtual keyboard on your iPad is convenient. However, there is nothing that even comes close to the satisfaction of writing things down with hand.

Evernote handwriting to text

Evernote supports handwriting notes across all platforms

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While writing by hand may have scientific benefits behind it, going paperless is the best way to keep your written work safe and portable. Since Evernote is in the business of helping users write down and manage their work, Evernote handwriting to text features is no surprise.

Evernote takes the centuries-old concept of writing things down with hand and adds the beauty of modern technology to it. Whether it is converting handwritten content to text, designed Stylus pen, or specialized Moleskine notebooks. Evernote has everything you need to stay tech savvy without giving up the classic pen and paper.

Sketching and handwriting notes on iPad

When you open the Evernote app on your iPhone/iPad, you will be able to view a pen icon, which gives you access to a panel of writing tools. The ability to sketch and handwrite in Evernote is especially useful on the large display of the iPad, and the perfect companion for the iPad Pro.

Evernote handwriting to text - A personal canvas on the iPad

Your personal canvas on the iPad

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You can use a pen, highlighter, eraser, and a selection tool to either create a new handwritten note or edit a previously saved note. While the writing and highlight feature is common among note-taking apps, what makes Evernote stand out is the ability to use the selection tool to move around parts of the note and even resize them.

The entire experience is phenomenal when it comes to using the Evernote handwriting to text features on the iPad Pro with the Apple Pencil. Since the iPad Pro comes with the pressure-sensitive 3D Touch, creating handwritten notes seems a lot more “realistic” and immersive.

A personal canvas on the iPad - Optical Character Recognition in Evernote

There are plenty other popular sketching apps compared to Evernote, so why would you choose it over the others? The simple reason is that since you are able to create and save notes directly in the Evernote app, you can make use of its OCR technology right away. Optical Character Recognition enables the user to search for notes, even if they are saved as handwritten text in the Evernote app.

Using Evernote Notebooks by Moleskine

Evernote has partnered with Moleskine to take Evernote handwriting to text above and beyond other alternatives. Moleskine has designed notebooks in multiple sizes and paper patterns which double up as the perfect business notebooks, sketchbooks, and journals.

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A personal canvas on the iPad - Moleskine Evernote Notebooks

Apart from the digitally optimized paper, these Evernote Notebooks come with Smart Stickers for adding a specific tag to the notes when saving with the Evernote app. The Evernote camera, which can also be used to capture handwritten notes on ordinary paper, works exceptionally well with Moleskine’s Evernote Notebooks.

A personal canvas on the iPad - Evernote Moleskine

There is a special feature in Evernote Business Notebook for iPad, which allows you to share only a selected portion of the handwritten note. By checking the box on the top-right corner of the notebook, you can automatically set reminders to share the note later. You can find more information in the official guide for Evernote Notebooks by Moleskine.

Penultimate and Evernote Jot Script (My Personal Favourite)

Penultimate was the biggest competitor to Evernote handwriting to text features before it was acquired by the latter. Evernote has also joined hands with Adonit, the manufacturer of specialized handwriting styluses to create Jot Script Evernote Edition stylus.

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A personal canvas on the iPad - Penultimate for iPad

The combination of these two gives you the power to go paperless, without losing the pure authentic pleasure of handwritten notes. Simply download the Penultimate app for iPad, pop out the Jot Script stylus and enjoy creating handwritten notes and beautiful sketches.

A personal canvas on the iPad - Jot Script Evernote Edition

With different typographical variants, detailed editing options, and seamless paper feel with the Jot Script brings traditional handwriting experience to the iPad. Since Penultimate is owned by Evernote, you get the same OCR technology to browse through all your handwritten documents with ease.

Evernote handwriting to text with WritePad

WritePad is the ultimate handwriting to text recognition app, which has existed for almost as long as Evernote has. Although this app is a product of Phatware, it comes with seamless Evernote syncing and stylus compatibility.

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You can start off writing on a new document page or an existing one, and soon as you lift your finger or the stylus from the screen, the app will convert your handwriting into digital text. Although you need to write horizontally for the OCR technology to work, you don’t even have to write in the same line for WritePad to recognize your handwriting.

A personal canvas on the iPad - WritePad

Handwriting to text and so much more with WritePad

WritePad comes with a built-in spell check and dictionary to crosscheck the converted words, and will also suggest spelling corrections and synonyms. Moreover, the app comes with a set of finger gestures to perform actions like spell check, keyboard, scroll up and down, undo and copy. There is a whole lot more to WritePad, with automatic syncing, enhanced handwriting recognition and shorthand toolbar.

To help you know more about the Penultimate app by Evernote, check out this video tutorial down below:

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About the author

    Dean Duke

    Dean is a father of 2, working full time as an IT consultant. He is an experienced tablet user spending many years honing his skills and learning to be more productive while using his iPad. After meeting the founder of TabletProductive.com, Chris J. Lee in 2015, he has been a main contributor to the blog ever since.

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