I am without a doubt a huge Evernote fan. I’ve been a member since 2008 and have paid for Premium access since 2009. While I don’t really need the upload capacity offered by Premium, I started paying because it is product I want to see succeed and stick around. Because I like gadgets I’ve seen different iterations of the product too, from the earliest Android releases to the current Evernote 5 for Mac. I even tried to use the web interface on my old pink Palm Centro. Crazy.
So, what about the new release? The iOS versions for iPad and iPhone came out last week and the Mac version came out (for me) last night. This is a major change for Evernote not so much in the functionality of the notes, but in the presentation of your notebooks. I’m not a technology reviewer but I can give you a few of my impressions on both products. I’m sure there are tons of reviews available out there.
iOS version (mostly for iPhone)
1) The iOS version seems to be a LOT faster than previous versions. I had started using SimpleNote on my iPhone for quick notes because it took so long for Evernote to load. It just wasn’t functional for quick note-taking. With the new release they seem to have sped things up a bit. Even navigating between folders and searching is faster than in the old versions.
2) They’ve prominently displayed buttons for quick note-taking and image-capturing. Yet another reason I am more likely now to use the iPhone version for on-the-go captures. The page camera is the third icon. It is for taking images of pieces of paper as it has a cropping function. I honestly don’t use this feature within Evernote because I’d prefer my documents be in PDF rather than images. I use CamScanner and then import into Evenote and that works fine. Do you have a work around for this that you like?
3) They’ve added the Places tab which allows you to see your notes on a “beautiful map” (their words). While that may be fabulous for people who travel a lot, I really don’t know that I see the point. I would love to hear how others use the mapping aspect.
Even with several features I’m less inclined to use, overall it is a nice interface and seems much more accessible. Both the iPhone and iPad versions work great.
I just downloaded the Mac version last night, so I am still getting to know it. These are my general impressions.
1) I think the shortcuts section might be the game changer for me. This is a great feature. It allows you to drag and drop your most used notes into a prominently displayed area. I had been using my Inbox notebook that way, but I had to change the notebook associated with individual notes to do that. With the shortcuts box, I can keep those notes in the right notebook and then just make a shortcut to it.
I wish the mobile versions had this feature. The iOS has the favorites star but I can’t really figure out how best to then access my “favorites”. I would love some help on that guys!
2) The one thing I’m going to have to relearn is how to deal without my notebooks on the left navigation. Because that was the Evenote model for so long it will take some adjustment to get used them being a click away. BUT! You can put notebooks in the Shortcuts area. And tags! Really the Shortcuts feature is getting the two thumbs up.
3) I love the new display of notebooks. Maybe more so in the iOS, but they seem to be playing off that Moleskine partnership with the look. Having the ability to collapse the nested notebooks is very nice. I like anything that keeps my workspace clean, so kudos Evernote.
Beyond those main features everything else seems about the same. I’m still not sure about the mapping feature, but maybe if I take more conference notes in Evernote this year I’ll change my tune.
Have you tried the new releases? Thoughts? Usage ideas? Did Evernote forget to add a particular feature?