Evernote, the note organizer on desktops and mobile devices got a major Windows Phone update. The new version is 2.1 and with the update comes note pinning, language support and more. Pinning notes to the homescreen lets you access notes, notebooks and features quicker. To access pinning, go to Evernote Settings > General > Pin to Start Page. Here you can choose to pin specific new note options, such as a new text note, snapshot note and new audio note. Tapping these options from the home screen will launch them into the note. To pin a notebook or tag, swipe to the relevant screen, then tap the Pin button at the bottom of the screen. On the home screen the tile will include a number showing how many notes are related to the notebook or tag. To pin a note, open the note and tap the dots in the menu and choose Pin this Note.

Major Mango update

Major Mango update

If you frequently create the same types of notes, rather than putting in identical information every time, Evernote now lets you create a template. Template notes can take a number of different forms. You can create simple text-only templates, or you can make templates that simplify a complex workflow. For example, you can make a template that launches the camera and then attaches the snapshot to a note that contains some pre-filled text, which can be used for capturing business cards and making expense reports. To create a template, make a new note, then tap on the three dots in the menu. Choose “Pin as Template.” You will then be asked to identify the type of template that you wish to create. The resulting template will be pinned to your home screen.

The update also changes text editing in the application. The experience of editing a plain text note is now the same as creating the note. If your note contains rich content, then the experience hasn’t changed – you tap into the specific regions of the note that you wish to edit. This update also adds support for a number of languages, including Japanese, Korean, Brazilian Portuguese, Russian, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Dutch and Polish.

Other updates include background syncing where the app will complete a sync when the device is on a Wi-Fi connection, even if the phone is locked, search integration, where if you swipe across on a search result, you will see notes in Evernote related to that search, and social capabilities where you can share a note to Facebook, Twitter and Windows Live.

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