Add Drawing Tools to Keep, Issues Updates for other Android Apps

BY GreenBot Staff

Published 30 Oct 2015

Google Keep’s note-taking app behaves like a traditional notepad: You can scratch out a quick thought or mark up a photo, thanks to its latest update.From the drop-down menu, you’ll see a new option, Add drawing, which launches a blank canvas with three different pen types, an eraser, and a box tool that lets you grab and move your illustrations around the page.
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You can now add a drawing to any note in Keep for Android.

Once you finish your drawing, it saves as a note. You can add additional pictures to that same note, which could be handy for classroom lectures, interviews, or other situations. Where you can keep all your thoughts in one place. You can also draw on top of an image you imported into Keep. There doesn’t appear to be any image recognition in Keep’s search function, as you might find in other note-taking apps. For example, Evernote will search your hand-written notes when trying to find a particular word or phrase in your notebooks. Keep wasn’t the only productivity app to get updates. Sheets also display more content on the screen by hiding toolbars and headers when you scroll down. They re-appear when you scroll back up. New to Slides is the option to hyperlink text shapes; Docs and Slides now let you create superscript text.

DocsSheetsSlidesand Keep updates are rolled out through the Play Store.

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Why this matters: Keep is becoming a more critical part of the company’s productivity suite. A powerful note-taking app was Google’s missing piece when comparing tools to Microsoft Office, which has the well-regarded OneNote. The stronger Keep gets, the more attractive the app is for business and education purposes. Those trying to weigh their options pick a group-wide productivity platform like Google Keep.