Like many Apple fans, we were excited about the release of the latest Mac operating system, OS X Lion. Not only is it a major update with lots of new concepts and functionality, but it also represents an interesting move by Apple to bring its mobile and desktop operating systems closer together.
In many ways, Apple’s direction inspired today’s Evernote for Mac update.
The Lion-ification of Evernote
We’ve made a number of interesting changes designed specifically for the new operating system. If you’re on an older version of Mac OS, then you will get some under-the-hood improvements, but not any of the visual or functional updates mentioned below.
A Whole New Look
When you update, the first thing you’ll notice is that Evernote has a significantly redesigned interface. We’ve embraced the new look and feel of Lion, giving the app a much more polished appearance.
Full Screen Mode
Tap on the Full Screen button in the top right corner of the app and Evernote will take over your entire screen. This will launch our completely new Full Screen Mode. If you updated Evernote on your iPad today, this may look familiar. Just as Apple is unifying their Mac and iOS operating systems, we are making our applications more alike. The Full Screen Mode on Mac is nearly identical to the new All Notes View on iPad. Scroll vertically through your Snippets, just as you would on your tablet.
We’re always looking for ways to bring good ideas from one version of Evernote into another. Thanks to the Lion changes, we’re even able to reuse parts of our iOS codebase, so you’ll be seeing lots of concept-exchange between our apps in the future.
Simplify Your Display
Many of our users have told us they would like to de-clutter the Evernote display. Now you can. You can hide the left panel by clicking on the Hide Button. When used together with the Favorites Bar, discussed below, this gives you the best way to customize the layout to your liking.
The new Favorites Bar, located just beneath the Menu Bar, allows you to quickly jump to categories of notes or to specific notebooks and tags. When you hide the left panel, use the Favorites Bar options to sort through your notes.
We’ve added a few interesting options into the Favorites Bar. With one click, you can now find all your web clips, all notes that you created using a mobile device and all notes containing files. That last one in particular is a major timesaver.
In addition, you can drag individual notes, notebooks, tags, and Saved Searches directly onto the Favorites Bar for quick access to those items at any time.
The Future of Evernote for Mac
We’re very excited about what Lion has to offer. If you want to get all of the latest and greatest features that Evernote has to offer, we highly recommend updating to the latest Mac operating system. We have lots of new stuff planned. Stay tuned.