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evernote notesWhen 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.

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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.

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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.

Adding Notes

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.

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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.

Note Views

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.

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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.

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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.

using evernote file storage

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 5 Simple Apps That Let You Do More With Evernote 5 Simple Apps That Let You Do More With Evernote Did you ever notice how the most popular apps & platforms have lots of additional add-ons and extensions that were created for them? Evernote is no different - check out the Evernote Trunk and you'll... Read More of apps for doing more with Evernote.

using evernote file storage

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 notes

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.

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  1. Vic
    January 5, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    I love the app and syncing "just works" to coin a fraise. I have a question around locking. The app seams to get the importance of locking individual notebooks however that feature hasn't made it's way to my MBP or better OS X. Is there any plans to allow for individual locking of Notebooks?

    • Bakari Chavanu
      January 20, 2013 at 7:32 am

      Vic, I believe the OS X version updates for Evernote are still in the beta stage. So the features you are requesting make it added in future versions.

  2. Sashritha Peiris
    December 10, 2012 at 3:54 am


  3. yarasa GR67
    December 1, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    What about windows vercion?? we are many pc users that we like it and use it, so....?

    • Bakari Chavanu
      December 3, 2012 at 5:55 pm

      Hmmm, yarasa, I'm not if they released the Windows beta version yet.

  4. Carolingk
    November 23, 2012 at 11:51 am

    If you want to try a new task manager, clear & simply to use, you'll have the chance. will be available on the market later this year. This tool will not only enable full synchronization with personalized content of Evernote, but will also allow the user to create personal tasks and to do list independently.

    • Bakari Chavanu
      November 25, 2012 at 5:48 pm

      Cool, Carolingk, let us know know more about EverDo when it's released to the market. Is it a mobile or desktop app?

      • Carolingk
        November 26, 2012 at 10:26 am is a mobile app :) You can sign on our newsletter.
        We will inform you about launching, of course I will let you know here :)

        • annnie
          November 28, 2012 at 10:24 pm

          This is not the input you asked for - but, since you provided me with the means:

          Isn't a computer, an apple in my case, supposed to contain a way to do exactly what this new ap provides? I haven't figured out how to use my apple pro (10.7) ...after almost 2 years so, I guess I'm not 'smart' enough to know - but, really???

          Wouldn't this feature have been easy enough for apple to provide as a basic? Even I might have been able to figure out how to use it.

          A very dissapointed great grandma.

        • Bakari Chavanu
          November 30, 2012 at 2:30 am

          Annnie, I understand what you mean. I think if you're looking for a similar app in Mountain Lion, Notes is it. Apple will probably never making near as advance as Evernotes. Apple mainly focuses now on hardware. Thanks for your feedback.

  5. CM Conseil
    November 22, 2012 at 9:03 am

    Thanks Bacari for this article, i use Evernote to host all my notes from my iPad and particularly the one from Beesy that syncs perfectly with Evernote.

    • Bakari Chavanu
      November 25, 2012 at 5:47 pm

      CM, thanks for the link and tip. I'll take a look at that site. One of the best things about Evernote is that it works with so many other supporting sites and apps.

  6. Gustavo Costa
    November 20, 2012 at 10:23 pm

    Evernote and Skitch are the best apps that I've already used for since I switched to Mac. They're very elegant and beautiful.

    • Bakari Chavanu
      November 21, 2012 at 4:35 am

      Gustavo, thanks for the feedback.

  7. Anonymous
    November 20, 2012 at 9:41 pm

    used it for a long time - its very ok

    • Bakari Chavanu
      November 21, 2012 at 4:35 am

      Birger, thanks for the feedback.

  8. Mac Witty
    November 20, 2012 at 9:00 am

    To much of "design" I want it cleaner. Do not like that they have taken away search with more than one tag. Or do I miss something. Since they destroyed Skitch for Mac my feelings for Evernote has faded

    • Bakari Chavanu
      November 21, 2012 at 4:34 am

      Mac Witty, I use Evernote, but not enough to really form a definite opinion about it. I think the new design is okay, but sometimes I just need a quick way to post notes without opening app folders and such.

  9. Adam Campbell
    November 20, 2012 at 2:51 am

    I actually downloaded Evernote from the MAS a few weeks ago and promptly got rid of it because of its UI, but maybe I'll take another look.

    • Bakari Chavanu
      November 21, 2012 at 4:33 am

      Yeah, it may just take getting used to.

  10. AndyA
    November 19, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    Looks just like Springpad now!

    • Bakari Chavanu
      November 19, 2012 at 10:45 pm

      Lol, Andy you're absolutely right. But hey, it's great to have a few sites and services to choose from.