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Drawing on iPad Pro in OneNote vs. Evernote

The OneNote and Evernote note-taking apps are both useful, but one is thoughtfully designed for use with the iPad Pro and Apple's Pencil stylus, while the other ... isn't.

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Dear Evernote,

We’ve been together for years. It’s been great. You’ve done an amazing job of organizing all my notes.

I respect you.

But. I want to break up. And in case you’re wondering, it’s not me. It’s you.

<> The thing is, I bought this expensive iPad Pro and Apple Pencil. I want to get my money’s worth. And I love using them. But while Evernote supports both, Microsoft OneNote takes that support further.

Let me give you an example. I take lots of pictures of slides during conference sessions. I like organizing the best ones into a single note and then using my Apple Pencil to annotate those slides. Evernote and OneNote both let me do that.

But OneNote lets me use my Apple Pencil to draw not just inside an image, but around it, too. OneNote gives me much more freedom to handwrite notes wherever I want. It just feels more natural.

Here’s another example. I like to type conference notes into a Word file on my iPad Pro. OneNote’s integration with other Microsoft iPad apps lets me easily embed that Word document into the same OneNote file that has all my conference slides. I feel so organized!

I can then use my Apple Pencil to mark up the Word document. Evernote on the iPad doesn’t let me embed a Word file in a note. I can do that with Evernote on my desktop —but where’s the fun in that?

Evernote just raised its prices and added new restrictions to its free service. OneNote is free. And OneNote recently added an Evernote import tool, so it’s now super easy to switch.

<> Evernote, you’re still an awesome app. And you do some things better than OneNote, like clipping web content. But you just don’t care enough about my iPad Pro and Apple Pencil. So until you do, all I can say is...