Nebo in 2020: The Year in Review

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We made a lot of progress despite a difficult year…

2020 was tough for everyone, not least because the pandemic prevented us from spending meaningful time working and being together, in person. But at MyScript we decided to combat separation with motivation.

Unified by a common purpose, we collaborated remotely, working harder than ever to make 2020 a banner year for our app. Our aim? To evolve Nebo from a pioneering write-to-text tool to a powerful and versatile note-taking solution.

This, then, is the story of our year.


Nebo’s core strength at the start of 2020 lay in its handwriting recognition engine. The accuracy of this engine across 66 languages allowed us to offer users the most reliable write-to-text conversion on the market. It also enabled us to treat handwriting as the equal of typed text: responsive and endlessly editable via intuitive pen gestures. A great starting point — but what next?


February brought our first release of the year: Nebo 2.5. We added the lasso tool and introduced the personal dictionary, letting users ‘train’ Nebo to recognize custom words.

In a sign of things to come, we also launched the draft section, the forerunner of today’s freeform section. Designed for situations where rapid data capture and creative freedom were more important than structure and polish, draft sections proved a hit with users.

At the same time, we evolved our business model for users on iPad. Up to this point, Nebo had been a paid app. But as of version 2.5, users on iPad could download and enjoy a limited version of Nebo for free. The power of Nebo’s Interactive Ink (iink) was now accessible to more people than ever.


The start of summer marked the launch of Nebo 2.6. This update sought to optimize productivity through a series of targeted enhancements.

We introduced new gestures for adding or adjusting space within notes. We enabled drag-and-drop repositioning of text blocks. We made it possible to customize font sizes and line heights. And we added the option for users to quickly and conveniently back up their entire Nebo library.

Best of all, we launched smart indentation and automatic detection of multi-level lists. Now you could add bulleted or numbered lists with your pen and Nebo would recognize and format them for you.


With three months of the year remaining, we started to shift our focus. Nebo’s regular page now offered a richer, more refined experience than ever. We had significantly reduced the gap between handwritten notes and professional digital documents. But to lead in a crowded marketplace, we needed to go further. We believed that Nebo could and should answer a far wider range of note-taking needs. So we embarked on our boldest series of updates yet.

The first was September’s Nebo 2.7, which introduced the freeform page.

A boundless, zoomable canvas ideal for freeform note-taking of any kind, the freeform page opened new horizons for Nebo.

The page gives users complete freedom over the positioning of their notes. They can write and draw anywhere, and even reuse content in the regular page (where text and diagrams remain editable and convertible). From brainstorming to project mapping to random doodling, the freeform page made Nebo a go-to app for a whole new set of note-taking scenarios. And we weren’t finished yet…


November ushered in a new era for Nebo once again, as we

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