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Evernote 5 is a major rewrite

15 November 2012 1,020 views One Comment

It's the Evernote Evernote always wanted to make and much is new. Get the Evernote 5 bullet points and video demo inside.

It’s the Evernote Evernote always wanted to make and much is much new, different and, we’re all hoping, better in this major rewrite of the popular note taking, clipping and document/file syntonization app. Get the Evernote 5 bullet points and video demo inside.

Evernote has announced the immediate availability of Evernote 5 (blog), which is much more than a garden variety whole number bump.

“We’ve spent the past year identifying the needs of new and advanced users to craft an environment that beautifully caters to both,” writes Evernote’s Andrew Sinkov. “We re-imagined the look of the app to make everything more accessible.”

For the folks who prefer to read, here are the bullet points (video below the fold):

• Shortcuts: Drag notebooks, notes, and tags to the left pane for quick access
• Recent notes: Lets you quickly get back to notes from anywhere in Evernote
• Notebooks and Tags view: Organize your Evernote more efficiently
• Atlas: Browse your notes visually by geographic location
• Card and Snippet views: A better way to browse notes
• Scalable note editor: A more elegant way to create notes, both big and small
• Full-screen single note view: Excellent for composing notes without distractions
• Change a note’s location: Type a place manually or click the compass arrow in note info
• Lots of keyboard shortcuts: Learn more on our What’s New page
• Shared banner: Indicates how many people have access to content in shared notebooks
• Better simple and plain text handling: Simplify notes to remove complex formatting or convert them to plain text
• Indent text: Evernote for Mac now supports text indentation
• Notes created on the Mac are now tagged with location information for Atlas
• Type ahead search: Completes your thoughts with suggestions from your account
• Search Personal and Joined notebooks: Search your entire account from one place
• Search options: Powerful new feature that lets you easily filter your search
• Better sharing: Notebooks and shared notebooks are all in one place
• Mountain Lion notifications: See Evernote activity in Notification Center
• Joined notebooks can be added to stacks
• Lots of stability improvements
• Sync improvements: Faster, more reliable sync
• Explore Evernote: First launch experience that helps you get the most out of Evernote

All of that said, yes, Evernote 5 is visually more pleasing and somewhat busier. This high quality real wood veneer extends from noticeably greener logo to a re-imagined UI, which puts more functionality right up front.

There is a slight hint of skeuomorphism in that the logos in the left pane have been styled to express their function, which isn’t a bad thing per se.

Evernote 5 is available on the Mac App Store (free).

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