Despite some competition, Evernote still owns the space where we save stuff we might need for ourselves. But is it up to the task of our increasingly collaborative world? I’ve gotten a bit confused about what can and can’t be synced and shared and with whom so I asked them. This is what I think I learned: (some corrections made after checking with Evernote)
Syncing between devices
- If you’re a free user, anything you add on any device can be viewed (and edited) on any other device.
- If you’re a premium user then you’ll be able to download and store offline all notes to your Android or iPhone.
Notes can be emailed to other users.
As of today it’s possible to share a note with anyone via the web app (desktop apps soon) via the share button:
which allows you to share via Facebook (and later Twitter etc) as well as via a link which can be pasted elsewhere. Others will not be able to edit this shared link, but any changes you make to the original note will update the shared page.
(this is where I might be off the mark. Expect corrections)
- Any notebook can be shared with any other user via any app.
- One of you needs to be a premium user for others to be able to add to the notebook.
- If you’re on the web app (just redesigned; very nice) and/or a Mac, any additions or edits any shared user makes will sync to the others’ devices. (Other platforms coming soon; the pre-release version of Windows includes this feature already.)
- Any imported files or watched folders will also be synced between users if one of the users is premium. (Free users are limited to to text, audio, images, and PDFs. If the contents of the shared notebook/watched folders are limited to those file types, then any user can share them. If the file types go beyond that, or if the sharer wants recipients to edit the content, then the individual that’s sharing the notebook must be Premium.)
Three things I asked Evernote if they might work on:
- Drag and drop doesn’t seem to work for copied text and images. Just copy some text from a page and drag it over into Evernote. It used to. Evernote answer: fair point. We’ll look into it.
- I feel Evernote has fallen behind on the ability to extract the relevant content from a web page and copy that, without all the extraneous stuff. Readability and Thinkery.me do this very well (the latter, brilliantly; a Chrome plugin lets you merely right click a link for Thinkery to rush off and grab the salient text and save it.) Evernote answer: fair point. We’ll look into it.
- Revive the timeband. I loved that thing. Evernote answer: any 3rd party developers interested in doing it?