Evernote Web App Gets a Makeover–Adds Social Sharing

Evernote Web App Gets a Makeover–Adds Social Sharing | 40Tech

Normally I try to avoid doing Evernote posts every week, but this latest update is too big to pass up! It marks an end to Evernote’s stoic insistence that its service is strictly for capturing information, not sharing it — and if that wasn’t huge enough, the overhaul to the web app makes Evernote a pleasure to use on machines and OS’s without a desktop version. Excited yet? If you’re an Evernote fan, you know you are! See below for details.

UPDATE: The recent pre-release version of Evernote Desktop for Windows (4.3.0.4293) has added social sharing features, including Twitter, which is not yet included in the web app. Word and character counts have also been added, along with a few other niceties and bug fixes.

The first thing you will notice when you log into the web app is that the new interface refreshingly familiar, adopting a three-panel approach that is very much like the desktop version. Notebook stacks are also included, as well as snippet view — which provides a preview of the note’s content to speed up browsing — and the ability to CTRL/CMD + click multiple notes and drag them to notebooks, tags, or trash. The easy to use updated interface also includes a handy toggle to control auto-save — a handy feature when writing in shared notebooks.

Evernote Web App Makeover | Evernote Blog

While the update is impressive, it’s not perfect yet. For example, some of the more advanced functionality, like filtering, printing, attaching files, viewing note history, and creating saved searches, is still only available in the older version of the web app. If you want or need any of these features, you will need to switch back to the archaic mode for the time being.

I love the work that Evernote put into the new version of the web app, but am absolutely thrilled by their decision to include some social sharing capability! Until now, I honestly thought that the only way to share notes I collected would be using tools like Springpad and Shelfster, but Evernote’s inclusion of Facebook sharing, with plans to add Twitter in the near future, gives users the added freedom they need in today’s social web. It would be nice to see them open up sharing to the same extent that Springpad has, but baby-steps, yes? Sharing to Facebook, (soon) Twitter, via email, or by adding a link into your social platform of choice will have to be enough for now. You can also revoke shares at your discretion, which is handy. The Evernote blog promises that the new sharing features will find their way into their other apps in future updates.

So how excited are you about Evernote’s foray into the modern web — and its revitalized web app too, of course?

Bobby Travis

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8 Comments:

  1. Had no idea they revamped it so much. I’m loving the new Evernote web app so far. I actually stumbled upon the new version while on the road. Can’t wait to see what’s next.

    • Yeah, it’s a pretty impressive update! I’m hoping they add keyboard shortcuts soon, so that I can move my workflow over to platforms like Google ChromeOS more effectively.

  2. I like the sleek new look of the web interface, but I miss the advanced features that were available in the old version, e.g. saved searches and list view showing tags and to-do tick boxes. I’m not too keen on social sharing; quite the opposite: I usually set my stuff to ‘friends only’ and review privacy settings regularly in case the provider(s) *cough* FB *cough* tries to sneak in new blanket sharing options, as has happened a couple of times. So in summary, I’m afraid the update is more a step backwards than an improvement for me and I hope that EN will focus on making the missing advanced features available in the new web app before introducing more sharing features, or at least not let us wait too long.

    I love the updated iPhone app though – much faster and much more functional than before!

    • The advanced features will be in the new version soon. It was very smart of them to leave a choice of interface for the time being.

      For me, the social sharing options are a benefit. They can help a lot with open collaborations and easily sharing thoughts and ideas that I’ve added to Evernote. The bulk of my notes will always remain private, however.

  3. Don’t stop blogging about evernote. I’m starting to get hooked.

  4. Post updated! Evernote Windows Pre-release now has social sharing (including Twitter), word and character counts (thank you!), and more! :D

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