Evernote 5.0 Combines Smoother Navigation With Dashing Looks
Dec 11, 2012 5:00 AM PT
Evernote is the perfect program for a paranoiac like me.
As the owner of a desktop computer in its golden years, I never know if its next reboot will be its last. With Evernote, I have some insurance in the cloud that I'll be able to continue working should disaster strike.
By squirreling away my contacts, invoices, stories, audio notes, Facetime camera notes -- just about anything and everything I need to conduct business -- in Evernote, when my old warhorse wigs out, I can pick up from my crash point with my MacBook Air or other notebook because everything performed on one device is synchronized with all other devices running Evernote.
That's not the reason the good folks at Evernote birthed their free, versatile, cross-platform software. They set out to create a central place in cyberspace to stash the bits and pieces of our digital lives and where we can access them regardless of what device we may be working on at the moment. They've succeeded magnificently, especially with this latest version.
Evernote's developers aren't resting on their laurels. They have rolled out a new release of their software for the Mac, version 5.0, that contains more than 100 new features.
Organizing notes and notebooks is easier with new drag-and-drop features. Any note or notebook can be dragged to a sidebar on the left side of the program's main window to create a shortcut to it. In addition, a new Recent Notes category in the sidebar gives you quick access to items you've recently opened.
Dragging and dropping also makes it easier to create stacks of notebooks. Evernote doesn't support unlimited nesting of notebooks, but you can stack an unlimited number of notebooks under a single one. So in notebook view, you can simply drag one notebook onto to another to create a stack. To add to the stack, you simply drag another notebook to it.
Also added to the sidebar are new notebook and tag sections. They give you fast graphic views of notebooks and tags you've created.
Another interesting addition to the left sidebar is an Atlas view. It will display your Evernote content based on where is was created. Location information is added to items automatically, but you can modify it by accessing a note's information screen.
The information screen can be displayed by clicking the "i" icon on each note. In addition to location info, the screen also contains data on when a note was created, modified and last synced, as well as its size in bytes, words and characters.
One drawback to creating longer compositions in Evernote is working within its dual-panel structure. There's a list of notes in one panel and below it, a panel for composing or editing notes. With this latest edition of the program, there's a full window view. When you double click a note, it will appear in a pop out window that can be easily resized for comfortable composition.
Flashy design wasn't a hallmark of past versions of Evernote for the Mac, but that's changed with this latest edition. For example, there's a new attractive expanded card view that combines visual and textual information on virtual cards.
A similar expanded card view is available in notebook view. There your notebooks appear in a grid as thumbnails of their real world analogs. Notebooks in any view can be swiftly sorted by name, count (number of notes in the notebook) or update.
Evernote's developers have also polished the application's search features. predictive typing has been implemented -- as you type in a query, Evernote will make suggestions about it based on information in your notebooks.
In addition, you can now search across your entire Evernote account from inside the program. Searches can also be filtered by notebook, content, tag, source, date created and date modified.
Sharing has improved with this version of the software, too. All notebooks -- shared and unshared -- are listed in a single place. In notebook view, when your cursor hovers over a notebook, two icons will appear. One opens a box for configuring the notebook -- naming it, making it your default notebook, determining whether to localize it or synchronize it.
Individual notes can be shared, too, by clicking the arrow icon at the top of each one. This pops up a menu for sharing the note through Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, email or URL.
The other icon pops up a window for sharing a notebook. From it, you can invite others to share the notebook or create a public link to the notebook.
The developers bave built new hooks into the OS X notification center so Evernote notifications will appear there.
Evernote also has improved the software's stability and made synchronization faster and more reliable. Synchronization by default is set for every 30 minutes, but that time can be customized.
With this latest release, Evernote's developers have made it more powerful and improved its ease of use while at the same time giving it some visual dash. For anyone creating and managing an information potpourri on a variety of devices, Evernote is a must-have app.