Evernote 2.0 for Mac is now available!

Posted by on 15 Dec 2010

Posted by on 15 Dec 2010

Evernote 2.0 for Mac is officially out of Beta and available for download. Now, all of our Mac users get in-app sharing, Notebook Stacks and lots more!

To get it, check for updates or download from our site.

Notebook sharing

The days of going to the Web in order to share your notebooks are over. Now, share notebooks with friends and co-workers, as well as view notebooks that have been shared with you, without ever leaving Evernote for Mac.

The left panel is now split into two tabs. There’s an Account tab, which refers to your own notes, and a Shared tab, which allows you to access all of Evernote’s sharing functions. Click the Shared tab to get started.

Sharing your notebooks

Click on Manage Sharing at the top of the Sharing Panel. This will display a list of your notebooks. Next, click the Start Sharing button near a notebook to share it. You have two sharing options, either you can make your notebook completely public or you can share it with a select group of individuals.

Public notebooks
When you choose to Share with the world, the notebook will have a URL that you can share with anyone. These notebooks also have RSS feeds associated with them and they may be crawled by search engines if anyone publishes the URL.

Sharing with individuals and groups
You can also share notebooks with individuals and groups. This type of sharing is done by entering in email addresses of those you wish to invite to the notebook. You can also choose whether those you invite are required to sign into Evernote in order to view the notebook.

Premium feature: Editing shared notebooks
If you are an Evernote Premium user, then you can allow others to edit the contents of your shared notebook. This is a great option for group collaboration. And since it’s all inside of Evernote for Mac, it feels just like working on your own notes.

Premium feature: Note history
In addition, Evernote’s Premium Note History feature works for shared notebooks, allowing Premium subscribers to see previous versions of notes, which is useful when multiple people are editing the same notebook.

Sharing and Sponsored Accounts

We recently launched Sponsored Accounts, which is an easy way for a organizations to get Evernote Premium accounts for everyone on their teams. If you’re a school or business that wants to take full advantage of the sharing capabilities of Evernote, including the Premium-only features, then Sponsored Accounts may be for you. Take a look at our Sponsored Accounts page for more information.

Linking notebooks

Notebooks can be linked into your account in two ways. Either you receive a sharing invitation from someone via email or you visit a public shared notebook. In both cases, click the Link to my account button at the top of the page.

Once you link a notebook to your account, hit Sync and it will show up in the Shared Notebook panel. The first time you view the notebook, the notes will Sync down to your desktop. You will be asked to configure how frequently you want Evernote to check for updates in these linked notebooks. To change the frequency, Control+click on the notebook and choose Notebook Settings.

Notebooks Stacks

One of the biggest requests that we’ve received has been for ways to organize notebooks. Whether you use Evernote for your work and personal lives, or simply love to create lots of notebooks, keeping things tidy can be tough. We’ve come up with a great solution for keeping your notebooks neat and organized: Notebooks Stacks. Stacks are a visual grouping for notebooks. Drop all your related notebooks into their own stacks, then view or collapse them as needed.

Create a Notebook Stack
Creating Notebook Stacks is easy. Either drag and drop one notebook onto another to create a stack or CMD+click on a notebook and choose Add to Stack. Stacks are synced to your account, so as soon as they’re available in the other versions of Evernote, you’ll be able to see them everywhere. For now, stacks will only show up in this Mac.

Tip: Your local computer remembers which stacks you’ve left opened or closed, so you can leave a stack called “Work” open on your work machine and a stack called “Home” open… you see where this is going.

Redesigned left panel

In addition to Stacks and Sharing, the left panel also got a redesign. This update is meant to improve the experience of users with lots of notebooks, tags and saved searches. You can now resize and minimize sections within the left panel. To resize them, drag the headers up and down. You can also scroll within each section. Click on the gear icon at the bottom of the left panel to add or remove elements from the left panel. If you never use the Attributes panel, for instance, just get rid of it and reclaim some vertical space.

More great features

Easy file attachment

There’s a new Attachment button in the note toolbar that lets you attach a file to the note. Click the paperclip and locate you file. Drag and drop still works, but sometimes it’s just easier to navigate to the file.

More notebooks

You can now have up to 250 notebooks in your accounts. One group that might find this notebook increase useful are teachers. If you’re a teacher looking to organize student work by notebook, you can now do that for a lot more students.

Getting Started Guide

We have a great new Getting Started Guide. Be sure to take a look through it to find some really useful tips and suggestions. There’s a link to the Getting Started Guide right in the Help menu of Evernote for Mac.

When is this coming to other versions of Evernote

We know that you can’t wait to see these features on Evernote for Windows and other versions of Evernote. Short answer: they’re coming. We’re working on it. Stay tuned.


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  • Eric

    AWESOME! Any chance we’ll see parity with the windows client as well? Will the “Shared Notebook” features find their way to the Android and iPhone clients?

    • Andrew Sinkov

      Yes. We’re working on bringing the sharing functionality to Windows and other clients.

  • Vagelis_tj

    Lovely ! Great Job getting those updates to this version, it’s a whole new Evernote ! Well done and thank you.

  • Rebecca

    Great! The upgrades you did to Windows and Mac Evernote are fantastic. Now if only there were an official Linux client as well… 🙂

    • Michael

      I run the Windows client on my Ubuntu via WINE. It installs and works flawlessly from my experience. The new, rewritten version that is (v 4.x?) The previous version – not so good.

  • Chris

    Glad to see the new features, but was hoping that this version would include the much cleaner and compact top UI in the Windows version. Will those changes be coming to the Mac version?

  • Russ Goerend

    How do I move a note from an “account” folder to a “shared” folder?

    • Andrew Sinkov

      Russ, you can’t move notes from Shared notebooks into your notebooks. You can always copy all the content and paste it into a new note.

      • vincent

        is this feature planned for the near future? I really would like to be able to use evernote cross houshold

      • Giles Hoover

        Agreed with this — I’d LOVE a “duplicate note” option. While copy-and-paste works, a one-button solution would be fantastic.

        That said, Evernote is fantastic. Thanks for the efforts to date, and your continued work. Many of us really appreciate it!

  • Carl

    Ink Notes? Please, please pretty please?

  • Scott Smith

    Hi there… This is a great update, but I wonder if there will be any attention paid to text formatting in the future. It can be a little wonky in Evernote. Also, is there anything in the hopper about exportability? It would be great to be able to export pdfs or word docs….

  • Nerd Stalker

    iPad ready?

  • Sandra Fan

    I tried to upgrade using the Update feature within the Evernote Mac app.

    I got to the point where it restarts, and asks if I want to upgrade the database.

    The “Upgrading database…” progress bar gets about halfway through, and then I get the following error:

    “Database upgrade failed. If the problem persists please contact Evernote support.” and then a “Quit” button.

    I’ve hit “Quit” and tried to start up Evernote again multiple times, but the same thing happens every time.

    Anyone else experiencing this also?

    • Andrew Sinkov

      Sandra, sorry to hear that you’re having issues updating. Would you please contact our support team:

      • Troy D. White

        Andrew, thanks for the help — problem solved! Everything is working great now, 2.0 is fantastic!

  • fjpoblam

    Superb as always, folks. Evernote is my favorite app, rock solid, even Zen. May it ever be so. Live long and prosper.

  • Tom

    I upgraded and now can’t see all my tags in the left-hand column. Only P through S tags are shown.

    • Andrew Sinkov

      One of the new features in this Mac update is a scrollbar in each section of the left panel. You can also increase the size of the tag section by dragging on the tag section header.

  • didaquis

    when can I edit my notes with format on iPhone??

    (Excuse my english, I’m spanish).

  • Dave

    Stacks are great, but I really want to be able to have stacks of stacks! Maybe next release?

  • Junex

    Stacks <- it's a beautiful thing 🙂 Awesome work guys !!!!

  • Pete

    I hate to sound negative after all the praising, but I really hoped, you would rethink the dual tab left panel GUI in the beta (the drawbacks have been discussed in the forum already) before you release the V2 client.

    For those who didn’t realize:
    • You can’t do a global search within all notebooks, whether shared or not.
    • You can’t move notes between shared/non-shared notebooks.
    • You can’t stack shared notebooks.

    To just name the biggest drawbacks with this implementation.

    Thinking of what a great value for Evernote a seamless integration of shared notebooks into the exiting GUI could have been, this kind of add-on integration wastes a lot of potential. And now, that the first native client is released with this GUI, I fear, we have to live with it for quite a while at least. 🙁

    • Irene

      I am sorry to fully join Pete disappointment. You really loose potentials. I would like my colleagues to easily add their web-clips into notebooks I’ve shared with them, and they can’t do it smoothly. It really hampers our capability to share ideas and ispirations, which is one of the basic uses of evernote ever.
      Hope this will be solved soon, Merry Christmas!

      • Andrew Sinkov

        Thank you for the suggestions.

    • Brig

      I would like to see these modifications too! If you want to collaborate with people, these features would greatly enhance Evernote’s usability.

      I hope theses features will come with the Windows version!

    • Thouwlin

      Not being able to drag a note that I already have into a shared notebook is a real DRAG

  • Jason Dunne

    Is it just me, or has the Evernote toolbar disappeared in version 2.0? Not even View > Show Toolbar brings it back.

  • Jason Dunne

    One other thing – I love Evernote, but I would love it even more if it had an *option* to strip out all formatting when pasting in text, so that I just end up with the body text (in the same font throughout) rather than bits of tables, banner ads etc.

    • Lancelot Fletcher

      See “paste without formatting” in the Edit menu. On the Mac version there is also the keyboard shortcut, Shift-Command-V.

  • Anita

    I upgraded today and it’s going fine except for one issue: it keeps hanging when I type and especially when I’m deleting words. It hangs almost every 10 seconds for about 10 seconds which is annoying to say in the least…

    But in case someone else is having this issue – I seem to have fixed it by setting my Sync frequency preferences to “Manual”. Now I just have to remember to sync :o)

  • Salvatore

    Ok, great update.. But I need rich text formatting on iPad/iPhone and a “sketch” type/handwritten note functionality, as soon as possible.

    • Chris Smith

      Amen to these two requests. They are TOP of the list of requested features—so please try to do them next 😉 especially the first one.

  • mlm tips

    Awesome, guys. Some of my folders were getting really big, and this makes it so much better to organize them.


  • Tomas

    Love the newer version both on Mac and PC, one question…any plans to allow backgrounds on the notes, like set a backround colour or use a picture as a backgrond on the note?

  • Antonio

    What are those two types of icons in the screenshot. I recognise the standard EN notebook, but is the other gray/blue-ish icon?

  • Mark K.

    Love, love, love Evernote! Thank you.

    2 things:

    1. Is there a reason why Evernote is ALWAYS the program will not close out when I try to log out of my user account on Mac OS 10.6.5?

    2. On a notebook I share with a group, is there a way to be automatically be informed of a new posting or comment that does not entail manually sending out email notices? If not, can you build one?

    Keep up the good work!

  • Andy

    Please please please build sticky note functionality. So we can assign a note to a sticky on our desktop. Sticky as in post it note. That way we could have things like to do lists on our desktop without having to open the ever note app. And it would automatically update if I ticked a to do from my iPhone for example. You know it’s a good idea!

  • Graham

    Stacks are incredible. I could never get used to nested tags. Please, please implement stacks on iPad soon!

  • jordan retro 6 package

    . Sticky as in post it note. That way we could have things like to do lists on our desktop without havi

  • Cheri

    Looks like a great update! And you are getting lots of good ideas for the next one. The only suggestion I have for future upgrades would be is to be able to edit rich text on my iPhone & iPad. It is important to me to be able to work with notes across all platforms.
    Thanks for your wonderful products.

  • Espree

    Woooo hooo!!!!!!! I have been patiently waiting for “stacks” to be created. So so excited. When I saw the update I was crossing my fingers I’d be able to better condense my long list of notebooks when the install was done.

    Much appreciation.


    a premium evernote advocate 🙂

  • Sudhir Warrier

    My Windows update went well. MAC update failed. Perform Upgrade failed. Anyone? I have my evernote folder on a sparsedrive (encrypted). I tried renaming Evernote folder, but it did not create a new one and updated the cache. Do I have to uninstall and reinstall it?

    I was excited about notebook stacks but now I am not sure if it was a good idea at all. If someone knows the answer, kindly help.

  • EdB

    Hi there folks,

    I tried the beta together with the evernote account switcher. That didn’t work well. Syncing was not possible anymore. I deleted the evernote account switcher, and removed evernote and installed the last stable version. Syncing worked again. Now I installed the new update v2.0 and again syncing is failing… What to do?


  • Mike Sweeney

    All I want for Xmas is a simple clip button for Chrome just like Safari has 🙂

  • Michael Yardney

    Thanks for the upgrade. I write a lot of articles and have found Evernote indispensable for my research.
    Keep up the great work

  • swill

    Fantastic update…kudos! I use Evernote just about every day. For work & for home.

    Couple feature requests that would take the money I spend on OmniFocus and give it to you:

    * Better way to create ‘to do’ lists. That little box you have to click every time you want a check box blows. Big time.
    * Visual charting tied to my ‘to do’s’. This is a more nice to have feature. Hate Gantt charts but, they have their uses.
    * Sign in on launch. When I launch Evernote I want to be prompted to sign in before any of my notes show up. Critical on my work machines, not so much at home.
    * More ‘security / encryption’. Most all of us who use it at work do it w/o the consent, and knowledge, of our companies. Little more promo of these enterprise features would help.

    Thanks! Keep up the great work.


    • Andrew Sinkov

      Regarding your first point, the CMD+SHIFT+T shortcut is a lifesaver. Thanks for the other suggestions.

      • Hero

        It would really be a lifesaver if you could:

        1. Type out a multi-line list
        2. Select your multi-line list
        3. Execute the shortcut or click the toolbar icon

        to convert the list into a TO-DO list.

        If you try those steps now in Evernote Versión 2.0 (116546) on OSX 10.6.5, your list is deleted and replaced w/a single checkbox…

    • Sudhir Warrier

      Reg. encryption, in MAC Evernote can be loaded to a Sparsebundle (virtual drive), which can be encrypted. Evernote will not even come up if Sparsedrive is not mounted. In Windows, I use Truecrypt to create an encrypted drive on which I load Evernote cache. But regardless, Evernote doing it natively will be cool!

  • George

    The stacks feature got me to upgrade to premium. This is the one this I thought was always lacking. Thank you for adding it.

    I second the request for the ability to password protect individual notes or stacks. Or even a more secure login on product launch would be very helpful.

  • jonathan

    Hey, is there a way in which I can create tags to a shared folder. I am asking because the only way that I can tag things from a shared folder is if those tags have already been created. I would like to be able to create new tags across folders.

  • Malcolm Brown

    Evernote 2 problem. On my macbook pro (running OS 10.6.5) Evernote 2.0 always quits unexpectedly when launching. I restarted the OS but the problem persists. Anyone else seeing this?

  • Burton Chatelain

    I second Ink notes!

  • Hero

    Now that we have notebook stacks, it would really be a nice feature to allow multiple notebook selection vs added to existing stacks one-at-a-time…

  • Sterling Okura

    Love the update. Great that Premium subscription allows modifying shared notes. But I don’t see a way to add a note to a shared folder. I think that would be very important for collaboration.

  • Jeroen

    I like Evernote 2.0 but I think the new tag pane with all the yellow icons is too cluttered. In the previous version you only had one icon which was sufficient in my view. It would be great if this is restored in a next update.

  • Gary

    I love Evernote but can’t drag myself away from Yojimbo until you get the password protection for notes and stacks covered in the Mac version. I would then gladly upgrade to Pro and finally use just one app for managing this stuff. Also, ink notes and annotations for iPad app would be great.

  • Mr. Peter M. Fine

    Still hoping one day to see alarm function added to notes. Another request would be more “To Do” functionality, aside from offering check box template.

    That would allow Evernote to replace a number of products and become much more useful.

  • Michael T

    That’s a good news! Thanks for your work guys!

    In the past year you talked about upgrade for Web Interface for Evernote. What’s happening with this? Is there any progress?

    Additional question is if you have plans to support right-to-left languages in Evernote in future? The current situation is deplorable. Is there any chance to see some fixes and right formating for this languages?

  • Kashi

    User interface is not very good. Why are the two tabs (account and shared) separated? I cannot even drag one note to the other tab. Like conflicting notes, I wish these two tabs will be merged into one.

  • Stephen White

    In general I like the Mac 2.0 update. The only “bug” I have found is in the left panel when I open up the Tags list. Occasionally it won’t scroll; if I close it and then reopen, it seems to work again.

    Two features I would like to suggest:

    1. When I set the target notebook for webclips it just changes the default notebook for everything. Since webclips buildup so quickly it would be nice if they went to a folder of their own and then everything else went to the default folder.

    2. A button or command to duplicate a note. Frequently I have a note where it would be easier to duplicate an existing note and then make the changes.

    Thanks for a great product!

  • DW

    Does sharing a folder mean the OTHERS can also POST notes into the shared folder?

    Or can only the OWNER/creator of the folder still do that?

    • Andrew Sinkov

      All users (free and premium) can share their notebooks in a read-only state with others. Optionally, premium users get the added ability to allow other to edit/create/delete notes contained within the shared notebook.

  • Sarath

    Good new features. Really worth using evernote. now this is an indispensable software in any platform I use. Waiting for Windows version 🙂

  • Jacob

    Thanks guys – your work makes my work much easier! To make Evernote even better, have you considered to make ‘Evernote sticky notes’ on the desktop that subsequently can be converted as an Evernote? Just a suggestion.

  • zik

    that a good news for user using mac… this can give my teamwork (rarely user mac)…. to shared each other..

  • Heather C

    I need some help – I am collaborating on a project with 3 other people. Today, we all signed up for Evernote Premium so that we could share folders and edit each others’ notes. I seem to be able to use all the premium features, but I am not able to delete any notes in the shared folder we created. (The other 2 collaborators are able to do this). Anyone know what is going on? Sucks to pay for it and not to be able to use it the same way as the other two group members.

    • Andrew Sinkov

      Heather, the person that shared the notebook with you needs to give you “Modify” privileges, then you’ll be able to edit the notes.

  • Dan K.

    Can you share entire notebook stacks?