Updates to Evernote

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That members of the team here at ProfHacker are fans of Evernote is hardly a secret; we’ve mentioned it on numerous occasions. It’s very useful for storing and searching whatever information you want to keep track of, and it syncs across platforms, so all your notes are available to you, no matter what device you’re using.

Within the last few weeks, Evernote has released updates to the Mac and iOS versions of its client software. I won’t bore you with a list of the features; the posts linked in this paragraph (with their accompanying videos) provide a good overview for those who want it.

What I’d like to do instead is point out two of the new features that I find useful for my own work:

  • The new sidebar in the Mac version. I have a lot of notebooks, and a lot of tags, but there are only a few that I use with any great frequency. The ability to add them to the sidebar as shortcuts makes it very easy to get to them very quickly—even more quickly than using the search function. Being able to show or hide the Notebooks list, and otherwise customize the sidebar, is a nice touch. (An aside: the Atlas view available from the sidebar is interesting. I don’t expect I’ll use it much, but I can see it being very useful for someone who travels a lot.)
  • The tabbed view in the iOS version. This way of viewing one’s content makes it easy to find things quickly by notebook, tag, or place. That’s good, because while the search function is there in the iOS app, it isn’t particularly easy to find (you have to pull down on the grey bar between the green header and the notes list—but it’s not obvious, nor, I suspect, all that easy for someone with large thumbs). The app functions quickly and smoothly, even on an aging iPhone 3GS.

The Mac version runs on 10.6.6 and above; for the mobile version, you’ll need to be running at least iOS 5.0.

Have you given either of these new versions a try? If so, let us know what you think of them in the comments.

[Creative Commons licensed Flickr photo by sabotrax]

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