I appreciate the imaginativeness of it but it isn't really an enjoyable interface for long term use.
I myself migrated to simplenote. It's more lightweight and text-only, but I can live with that. iPhone client is quite decent and for Windows there is ResophNotes, or one can just use the online version. Everything is stored in text files, which is another advantage.
As a Premium subscriber to EverNote, this news about a very bad flash card app indicates to me that they aren't serious about improving their core product and instead want to capitalize on the brand with gimmicky spinoffs.
Basically I just lost a lot of confidence in the EverNote brand.
I'm still using Evernote for collecting receipts, though. The combination of some smart Gmail filters (Amazon/iTunes/Steam/etc receipts all auto-forward to my Evernote email address) and the automatic PDF OCR (I've got a document feeder scanner) still make it simpler than anything else for that. I reference my receipts so rarely that I can put up with the painful UI once every few months.
Its cleverness relies on having an iPad 2 and a smart-cover, which segments it. Then, from a usability standpoint, I feel it would be more annoying to continue to lift up a cover than to tap the screen to reveal the answer.
there are other flash card apps that already do this way better and i dont see evernote catching up anytime soon
the peek thing looks cool but it's not a useful gimmick because
1. you want the ability to use longer questions as well as images and video in your flashcards
2. you want to be able to move on to the next question quickly without the carpel-tunnel implications of physically unfolding this cover
3. proper flashcard learning requires more complex interaction than this. Each time a card is finished one needs to indicate how well they learned the card (among other things) In order to do this people would have to use 2 hands here.
The evernote marketing team is at the top of their game, as are the UI designers. But this is just brand cannibalization -- leveraging the evernote brand to get sales in an unrelated market with an inferior product based on a gimmick.
I use Evernote every day and it doesn't annoy me as a diversion from their core product. The smart Smart Cover integration is cool, at least.
Also, is right/wrong reporting really that important? I don't have a way to do it with paper flashcards...
One might not be able to keep score easily with paper flashcards, but that doesn't mean it's not useful. I'm not that familiar with handheld flash card app space, but I could see an app providing score tracking and more frequent interweaving of previously missed answers, and an overview of immediate feedback can be helpful.
Statistics are pretty much the only advantage I can see for using an iPad here instead of physical notecards, unless you have so many notecards that it would be a pain to carry them around which seems like a very obscure use case to me.
Most people separate paper flashcards into two piles as they go, one for those they got right and one for those they got wrong.
2. If you aren't using spaced repetition statistics with your flash cards... you're doing it wrong.
Which got me thinking...what sort of really clever apps/accessories can one make that utilises these magnets?
I.e. Perhaps a puzzle game that uses "magnetic chopsticks" to interact with it. Or maybe an organizer app with "magnetic labels" where when you cover different parts of the screen, it pulls up a different functionality.
Try tap the home button and re-open the app.
You can read the following API documentation for more info:
My guess is they do the switch of question when applicationWillResignActive is being called. Simple as that.
iPad 2: 500$+
Smart Cover: 40$
Evernote Peek: 0$.
Pack of index cards: 2$
How is creating a useful application for an expensive device that replaces an inferior took an example of excess? It's not really like people buy iPads simply to replace a pack of notecards and nothing else.
Also doesn't force you to lift up a magnet in meat space to use it.
If you do it every day you'll get amazing results, however I'm not that dedicated, but do it multiple times per week anyway.
Basically it makes my life a lot easier to have certain things memorized, and Anki makes memorizing stuff easier.
A lot of people (esp nerds) believe it is a sign of weakness to use flash cards. It's their loss.