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Evernote is killing its Pebble app and all versions of Skitch except for Mac

Dec 18, 2015 07:42 AM EST

Evernote is doing some thinning on its software offerings as the company announced that early next year the company is going to discontinue Evernote for Pebble, every version of Skitch except for the OS X app and its Clearly web extension. Each version will continue 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 said it is ending support for Skitch for Windows, Windows Touch, iOS, and Android on January 22. If you currently use any of these apps, you'll find that they may continue to work for some time beyond January. It is not turning these apps "off," but external changes like updates to your operating system or browser may break features or functionality at any point in the future. Company said it will continue to offer Skitch for Mac for download and also provide support, too. (Presumably that's down to its sheer popularity, but it remains to be seen how long it will live on for).

"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.

The Verge reports that, if you liked the "article simplification" feature of Clearly, that's now part of Web Clipper. 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. Jack Hirsch, VP of Evernote's desktop app said 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."

The move is sure to further anger any Skitch users who are left using the product. Improving the core experience is one argument for shutting down these apps, but another is that is that Evernote - a company that is in crisis following the departure of long-time CEO Phil Libin and exit of other execs like COO Linda Kozlowski this year - is cutting its costs in the wake of faltering subscription numbers and giving its core app, which has barely advanced in terms of features in recent times, a much needed boost.

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