How to Create an Ink Note in Evernote

By David E. Y. Sarna

Evernote for Windows lets you create an ink note — a note written on a graphic tablet — right inside Evernote. Click the InkNote option and then start scribbling with your Wacom or other supported tablet. After you’re done, that ink note syncs to all other versions of Evernote that you use.

You can also use the ink technology built into Mac OS X. For detailed instructions, see the article “Ink: Your Mac’s Keyboard Alternative” on the Mac Observer website.

This applies to Windows 7 and Mac OS X; use the third-party InkNote app for Android. To download InkNote, go to the Google Play Store and search for InkNote in the top search bar.

If you have an app for taking handwritten notes, a graphics tablet connected to a PC or a Mac, or a tablet supporting Windows 7, you can scribble the note right into Evernote — no camera necessary.

To create an ink note on a Mac, follow these steps:

  1. If you haven’t done so already, connect your tablet to Evernote.

  2. Start writing on your tablet to teach Evernote your handwriting.

  3. Create a doodle.

    This step is mostly for practice, but sketching something helps Evernote differentiate your writing from your drawing.

  4. In System Preferences, click the Ink icon.

  5. Make sure that Handwriting Recognition is set to On.

  6. Select Open Ink Help.

    You’re ready to start showing Evernote what all your chicken scratching or flowing lettering really says.

Other than as described here, Ink isn’t supported on the Mac on iOS devices. Some support is provided by third-party applications such as Awesome Note, but that app doesn’t sync directly with Evernote. Another option is Evernote’s Skitch application to create a note or drawing and then drag it into Evernote (Mac and iOS only).

If you use an Android device, you’re in luck. Handwriting is now supported (see the “Handwriting Arrives in Evernote for Android” article on the Evernote blog.