A Look at the New Evernote 4 App

A Look at the New Evernote 4 App

Mike Tyson
Mar 4, 2011

Our note-taking app of choice has been exclusively Evernote for a while now due to its powerful feature set, ability to effortlessly sync across devices, and how it drastically increases our productivity. What we were always dissatisfied with, however, was their iPhone app which we believed to a bit lacking in its design. Thankfully, early this week Evernote released a massive overhaul of their popular software (as a free update, of course) and we're going to pick apart its new features which we believe are a great improvement over its predecessor.

The first thing we noticed is the move away from the green-centric color scheme which was a welcomed changed to us. The new scheme is more reserved and fits more effortlessly in Apple's UI-ecosystem of blue, black, and white.

The home screen got a complete revision which is now much more intuitive and easily navigable. There are unique snippet views for each type of note. An all text note shows a clip of the text within the note; a photograph has a cropped image of the photograph itself; a website clipping shows a combination of images and text from the website. This new view has greatly improved our ability to quickly browse through our notes to find the exact one we're looking for.

The add note is probably our favorite update. It has a very smooth, navigable quality to its interface. You can quickly assign new notebooks, tags, locations, photos, or even voice memos to your note.

The last main feature we wanted to highlight was the new resource view. You can browse your notes using thumbnail clippings of the images, attachments, or, our favorite, using the geotagged locations of the notes. For instance, if you knew you wrote an amazing note at the coffee shop down the block but can't remember anything about it, you can go to this view, and locate the coffee shop to find that exact note you wanted to recall.

Overall, we're impressed by the sleek new UI and more importantly, the improved ability to create and browse notes within your notebooks. If you've been holding out on Evernote, now might be a good time to give it a try. If you'd like more information on the update, check out Evernote's informative blog.

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