Evernote drops dead weight with demise of Clearly, Pebble app, and most Skitch …

23 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Evernote Kills Off Skitch For Windows, Android And iOS — But Retains Mac App.

Most notable is Skitch, a popular tool for annotating images that Evernote acquired in 2011. Evernote bought popular annotation app Skitch back in 2011 and, after incurring the wrath of loyal users for a series of unpopular updates, it is finally saying goodbye to it for good after announcing that it will end support for almost all versions of the service. “As part of our promise to focus on improving the core Evernote experience, we are ending support for several… standalone apps,” Evernote said in a statement.Evernote has today announced that they will be closing down development of the Evernote Skitch app for iOS, Windows and Android and now further updates will be released, although the Mac version of the sketching and annotation app will live on. The company has announced that early next year, it’ll be discontinuing Evernote for Pebble, every version of Skitch except for the OS X app, and its Clearly web extension. “Today, you can find the most popular features from these two apps in many versions of Evernote and Web Clipper,” wrote Jack Hirsch, VP of Evernote’s desktop apps, in a blog post. “We realize fans of Clearly and Skitch may be disappointed and we don’t take these decisions lightly.

We’ve learned a lot from your feedback and are using it to improve Evernote every day.” Updates for these apps have ceased as of today, and as of January 22nd, you’ll no longer be able to download any of them from Evernote. Evernote is also discontinuing Clearly, a Chrome browser extension that removed clutter from online articles and saved them for later reading on other devices. It was a lot like other reader services such as Pocket and Instapaper, and is similar to reader views that are now built into some browsers, including Microsoft Edge and Apple’s Safari.

Each version will continue to work for existing users but, because there is no longer a team or resources dedicated to each product, “external changes like updates to your operating system or browser may break features or functionality at any point in the future,” Evernote admitted. People with Pebble watches can find similar Evernote features with the Powernoter app.” Customers don’t just get irritated when you screw up cross-channel personalization.

As an alternative, Evernote points to the third-party Powernoter app, which is actually more useful than Evernote’s own app with the inclusion of voice notes, voice search, and Pebble Timeline support. And for everyone who actually had a use for an Evernote app on Pebble’s smartwatch, the company is steering those users towards another app called Powernoter. “We’ve got big plans for 2016 and beyond, and our goal is very straightforward: make Evernote better than ever,” said Hirsch.

The story behind the story: The shutdowns come during tough times for Evernote, which has laid off 18 percent of its workforce this year, shut down three of its 10 global offices, and replaced its CEO. That’s not to say the move is without controversy; Evernote’s announcement post is already filled with angry comments from distraught users, who must now alter significant parts of their workflow. Since Evernote is not switching off these apps, you’ll have to be wary about making external changes as these could break the apps’ functionality. If you are using any of these apps and you still want to continue using them, Evernote states that they have incorporated their much loved features onto their core applications.

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