When the Internet becomes part of your day-to-day workflow, resources for storing and managing mountains of data become absolutely necessary. And that’s been the goal and purpose of the free and popular cross-platform notebook service, Evernote. Since it was launched back in 2008, Evernote has become a leading online and software service for writing and collecting notes and notebooks, creating voice memos, clipping full webpage and webpage excerpts, and filing away photographs and other images.
Evernote supports a number of operating system platforms, including Windows, Mac, Chrome OS, Android, iOS, and Windows Phone. Opening an Evernote account means being able to synchronize and backup all your data and access it from anywhere with an Internet or cellular connection.
Recently, Evernote has launched a near total redesign of its Mac OS and iOS platforms (a review of the previous version can be read here). The user interface is now more graphic oriented with several options for accessing, displaying and managing notes, notebooks, tags and other items.
Most of us notebook users mainly access notes and other data for projects we’re currently working on. Stuff we added to Evernote three months or three years ago may rarely get looked at. So this is where Evernote’s new Shortcuts feature comes in. It is a place in the sidebar, to add frequently used notes and notebooks so you don’t have to go hunting for them. Simply drag content in the sidebar, and drag it out when no longer needed.
Right under Shortcuts are the list of your most recently open notes, and under that are the main sections of Evernote – Notes, Notebooks, Tax, Atlas, and Trunk, which I will talk about later. Default keyboard shortcuts are available for each of the sections, as well as shortcuts for jumping between notes and notebooks.
There are a few ways to add notes to the desktop version of Evernote, including a global keyboard shortcut that opens a notes editor for typing. You can also open this window from the menu bar. Unfortunately, these methods require Evernote to be launched. I find this a little annoying because I don’t want to launch an application just to add a quick note.
On the other hand, the mobile Evernote apps, as well as supporting third-party apps, allow you to add notes from anywhere. All your notes get synced to Evernote’s server where they are in turn pushed to your computer and other devices.
One of the significant changes to the Mac version of the UI is how you can view all your notes. The Expanded Cards View displays all your notes Pinterest-style according, starting with the most recently opened. For me, browsing my collection of notes this way is far more preferable than the traditional linear list view.
Notebooks are displayed in a similar fashion, but I wish there was a option for the notebook icons to consists of image previews (like the note cards) of their content, in addition to the title of each notebook.
iOS Evernote 5
The iOS version of Evernote also got a UI makeover, with a cool looking multiple green tab display of the Notes, Notebooks, Tags and Places section. This arrangement makes for a quicker, cleaner access. In addition, the three buttons for adding notes, taking a photo or adding one from your Photo library, and new feature for capturing pages from Evernote’s paper Smart Notebooks are displayed front and center in the app, again for quick access.
Your notes in the app are presented Snippet style, so you get a preview of the content, plus the title and date of each note.
Evernote Trunk & Other Features
Once you get on board with Evernote, and if you use devices other than your computer, you will want to check out the Evernote Trunk pages, which can be accessed both online and in the side bar of the Evernote desktop app. The Trunk presents dozens of supporting mobile apps and services that can connect with your Evernote account. Steve reviewed a sample collection of apps for doing more with Evernote.
The Trunk also features instructional resources, including the MUO Evernote Manual, as well as a graphic listing of hardware items, such as printers, tablets, and other devices that directly support Evernote.
Evernote is also set up for users to share your notebooks and subscribe to public offerings. And the premium subscription for $5 per month or $45 per year includes lots more storage space, access to past versions of your notes, the ability to access your notebooks offline, and searchable printed or handwritten text notes imported into your Evernote account, and a PIN lock for your Evernote apps.
If you decide to download the new versions of Evernote, let us know what you think of the redesigns, and what features you like the most. And for other Evernote related articles, check our directory here.