Apple’s Notes app in OS X 10.11.4 El Capitan can import files from Evernote

By , Feb 9, 2016

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The forthcoming OS X 10.11.4 El Capitan software update, currently in testing, will bring out the ability to import Evernote content into the stock Notes application, Apple’s Vice President of Marketing, Brian Croll, has confirmed in an interview with Japanese publication PC User, as relayed yesterday by the Japanese blog Mac Otakara.

Through a new Import Notes menu command, Mac owners will be able to import Evernote files into Notes, which in OS X 10.11.4 supports Evernote’s proprietary .enex file format.

Given that Evernote is the most popular third-party note-taking solution, the adoption of its file format in Notes is a pretty big deal. The upcoming Evernote import feature originally surfaced in OS X 10.11.4 betas last month. Subsequent betas implemented additional extension support for Evernote imports.

The new feature suggests that Apple isn’t done perfecting the Notes application. iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan introduced a much improved Notes app with support for rich formatting, interactive checklists and drawing sketches with a finger or Apple Pencil.

OS X 10.11.4 El Capitan Notes import Mac screenshot 001
Screenshot via AppleInsider.

The new Notes app now does full iCloud sync (rather than unreliable IMAP sync from prior Notes versions) and users have the ability to add photos, maps, URLs and other content types to their notes from other apps’ Share menus.

In iOS 9.3 and OS X 10.11.4 El Capitan, notes can be protected with an optional passcode or fingerprint-based Touch ID authentication.

Source: PC Mag (Google Translate) via Mac Otakara (Google Translate)

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  • codylem

    Sounds like the next iOS exploit to me?

    • I think you need to elaborate. How is text-import in an existing iOS app going to provide an iOS exploit?

      • codylem

        Perhaps someone could create a note on the Mac that contains malicious source and sync that note to iOS. — if there’s any way to gain root acces through that protocol, I do not know. However, I do know that an old PDF exploit was used to jailbreak in the past.

      • But that isn’t new. iOS and OS X has had synced notes for 5 years, and attachments since OS X 10.11 last year. The only new thing here is the import function.

      • codylem

        You’re right, and I’m sure file would import as plain text anyway