Evernote for Windows Desktop builds in annotation tools, improves sync performance

Evernote Corporation has released Evernote 5.2 for Windows Desktop, the latest build of its cloud-based note-taking tool that’s also available on Mac and other platforms.

There are two improvements of note in version 5.2: image annotation, whereby users can now annotate images from within Evernote itself, while Evernote for Business users show now enjoy vastly improved sync performance.

The new annotation tools basically incorporate functionality previously found in the companion Skitch application into Evernote itself. Users will see an Annotate prompt appear whenever they roll the mouse over an uploaded image, and clicking this launches a separate window that will be familiar to Skitch users.

Evernote’s Annotation window makes it possible for users to highlight elements using arrows, stamps, pen tools and shapes, add text to the image and also crop and resize it. Users can then either discard their changes or save them into the updated note.

Annotations are saved on a separate layer to the image itself, which means users can remove them at any time via the convenient Clear Annotations option under the Edit menu.

The Skitch application itself remains separate, allowing users to create annotated-based images from existing images, via a built-in screen capture tool or using a scanner before uploading them if required to their Evernote account.

Evernote Business users as well as those with what Evernote terms as "sizable" accounts should also detect a significant performance improvement when syncing data, which should now no longer be so noticeable.

The update is rounded off with the usual unspecified stability improvements as well as the promise that Evernote is now much friendlier to new users. Evernote 5.2 For Windows Desktop is available as a free download for Windows XP or later. Also available are Evernote for Mac 5.5, Evernote Touch 2.0 for Windows 8, Evernote for iPhone & iPad 7.3, and Evernote for Android 5.7.

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