reMarkable continue their cycle of releasing underwhelming firmware updates on a monthly basis for the reMarkable 2 with the launch of version 3.9.
The highlights of this update include:
- Improved palm rejection for left-handed users
- A new serif font
- A clean-up/streamline of the Settings menu
- The Mac desktop app is now available from the Apple Store (Connect subscribers only)
- A slight improvement to the lasso-select tool in the desktop app (Connect subscribers only)
Whilst this does sort of show that reMarkable are committed to continuously improving their software, it is not what I (personally) would call much of an update. Particularly as the second-most important feature that they highlight is the fact that they have provided a new font. Wow! And the third most important new feature is a rearrangement of the Settings menu. Impressed?
One could be forgiven for thinking that reMarkable are just adding any old shite into their software updates so that they can proudly proclaim in their marketing materials that they release more software improvements than any other e-ink tablet manufacturer.
Or am I being too cynical?
Don’t get me wrong – they are nice little changes. But nothing really to shout from the rooftops about. And I don’t think that it will make all that noticeable a difference to the majority of users.
Other than the fact that reMarkable are the only manufacturer to offer a desktop app for editing text – not handwriting – in notebooks (with the caveat that this is only available to Connect subscribers that pay out $3 per month), I feel that reMarkable are getting left behind in the sophistication of their note-taking software.
The only decent features that I can remember them releasing this year are the ability to draw straight lines (in release 3.8) and perhaps the ability to type text with the keyboard folio.
Am I being too harsh? Let me know in the comments below…
About the author
Dan Dutton is passionate about E-ink writing tablets, which bring together the pleasure of writing on paper with the power of digital technology. When he bought his first tablet, he realised that there wasn't a lot of unbiased information available for people that were considering buying an E-ink tablet, and so he built eWritable.