Today’s Evernote for Android update is, in a word, HUGE. This is the first time that we have crammed this many great features into a single release of any Evernote product. We’ve added sharing, organizational features, improved text editing, security options, new views, a revamped widget, and tons more. Take a look at what’s new in version 3.
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Browse and edit shared notebooks
Whenever someone shares a notebook with you, you can choose to link it to your account. Now, Evernote for Android lets you browse through any of these shared notebooks.
Not only can you view shared notebooks, but you can also edit notebook contents if the individual sharing with you is a Premium subscriber. This feature turns Evernote into a great mobile collaboration tool.
To access shared notebooks, tap on the new Shared icon on the Evernote home screen. You’ll see a list of shared notebooks that you have linked to your account. Tap on a notebook to view it. If you’d like the notebook to sync whenever Evernote syncs, then choose the Sync option.
Premium feature: If you’re a Premium subscriber, then when you tap on a linked notebooks, you’ll be presented with the option to take the notebook offline, allowing you to access it when you don’t have a network connection. Keep in mind, it’s possible that the owner (or someone else) will edit the linked notebook while you’re offline. Those changes will show up the next time you sync.
Sharing to Facebook and other apps
You can now quickly and easily post any single note to Facebook or share the note with other apps (including Twitter), right from your phone. As soon as you have a brilliant idea or spot your favorite bottle of wine, save it forever into Evernote and instantly share it with the people that matter to you.
Posting to Facebook
To share a note on Facebook, open the note, tap on the menu button and choose Post. You’ll be asked to sign into your Facebook account and then you’ll be able to share the note. That’s all there is to it.
Sharing to other apps
You can also share a single note with other apps that you use, like Gmail or Twitter. To do this, tap the Menu button, then tap More and choose Share.
Search and create notes within notebooks
You can now search within any notebook that you’re viewing. This way, instead of getting search results from all of your notes, you can browse through a significantly shorter list. To do this, tap on a specific notebook in your Notebooks list. Then, tap on the Search magnifying glass. The second option that you’ll see below the Search bar will allow you to search within the selected notebook.
Also, whenever you’re in a notebook and create a note, the note will be placed into that notebook.
Create and edit notebooks, plus better support for Notebook Stacks
Notebook creation is no longer a desktop-only process. Now, Evernote for Android lets you create a notebook whenever you like. To make a new notebook, tap on the Notebook icon on the app’s home screen. Next, tap on the Menu button and choose the New Notebook option. If you’d like to rename a notebook tap and hold on the notebook name in your list.
This update also includes improved support for Notebook Stacks. When viewing your notebook list, you can collapse stacks to hide notebooks you don’t need. Tap and hold on a notebooks to either move it into an existing stack or to create a new one.
Maps and location
If you have GPS-enabled on your device, then Evernote will capture your location whenever you create a note–that’s been the case for some time. Now, you can see all of those notes on a map. Whenever you’re browsing through a list of notes, you’ll find a Map option when you tap the Menu button. Zoom into the map to see exactly where you created your notes. Tap on a pin at any time to view a group of notes. You can also center the map on your current location by tapping the compass and view all notes visible on the map but tapping the number bubble on the top right of the screen.
Add location to notes: Great for trip planning
In addition to mapping your notes, you can also add location data to existing notes. To do this, edit the note, then tap the Menu button. Tap on the Set Location option and drop a map pin wherever you’d like the note to be. This is a great feature to use when you’re planning a trip. Set the location of your itinerary to be the place where you’re going, then when you get there, use the Notes Near Here option (the map pin icon in the top right corner of the Search screen) to find all the notes associated with your travel destination.
New Premium feature: PIN Lock
You asked for it, and here it is: you can now lock the Evernote app with a PIN. Whenever you return to the app, you’ll be asked to enter your code. This is a great option if you share your phone or tablet with others and want to keep others from accessing your notes. One of the cool things about this feature is that you can still create quick notes via the widget, even when the app is locked–you just won’t be able to view or search your notes until you enter your PIN.
PIN Lock setup is located in the application settings. To change or disable the PIN, return to the PIN Lock screen and re-enter the PIN. If you mistype your PIN three times, you will be asked to enter your password. This feature is available to Premium subscribers.
The Evernote widget got a complete visual makeover. The widget lets you quickly jump into the app to create text, audio and snapshot notes, as well as to perform searches. To install the widget, tap and hold on the Android home screen. Then, tap on Widgets in the popup menu.
We’ve also made a couple of useful interface improvements:
- More info on the home screen: A new progress bar shows you exactly what the app is syncing.
- Tag hierarchies: Nested tags created on the desktop will now appear in your tag list.
Besides the many, many new features and capabilities, there are a lot of performance improvements and bug fixes. As always, we’re hard at work to bring you even more goodness in the future. Stay tuned.