- Improved note editor. More control over headings and a standardized font selection means your notes will look the same everywhere.
- New note button. Click the button to create a new text note, or click the arrow to quickly access templates.
- Faster search. See real-time suggestions as you type and narrow your search results with filters.
- Reimagined sketch. Use your mouse to draw and take handwritten notes.
- Dark mode. Dark mode makes reading and writing easier on your eyes.
Nothing there is particularly earth-shattering, but wow, a new, larger add note button. Revolutionary stuff!
- App preferences
- Export options other than ENEX
- Audio note recording and playback
- Quickswitcher (Ctrl+Q)
- Published notebooks (Evernote Business)
Back in the day, Evernote pushed the audio note and playback option as one of its key options. If I was a user with a stack of audio notes and I was no longer able to play these back, I would be more that a tad miffed.
For me, the key issue is the second in the list. One of the most important things for me is to securely backup or export my notes, a task I carried out once a week religiously for years. This was a simple matter of choosing export all notes and it would churn away putting years of notes into the Evernote EXEX format. This is no longer available and can only be applied one note at a time.
When I raised this on Twitter I got this response: “We haven’t built this feature into the new Evernote app. This is one of a handful of features we are still considering. Thanks for letting us know this feature is important to you. I will share this information with our product team.”
As beta tester, when I raised this with a tech support chap, he just didn’t get what I was talking about. Furthermore, when I posted the same query on the closed beta forum, I got no response at all.
My premium subscription is due to be renewed in April. I will not be renewing it. For the past few months I have been experimenting with Nimbus notes and I am impressed. Ironically, I am writing this death knell article on Nimbus Note and I wrote about the early days here. Nimbus imported all my Evernote data, not exactly in order, but a couple of hours in lockdown was constructively put to resolving that.
It is difficult to put a finger on exactly when the rot started, but this latest version will not halt the decay and recline of a once-great service. As a great Chinese philosopher probably once said, Shit Happens.