Update 9/17/2012: You don’t need a client update to see the sharing improvements described in this post.
Today, Evernote Web, Evernote for Mac and Evernote for Windows got a number of much-requested sharing improvements. You can now easily update sharing permissions for individuals, and, if you’re a Premium user, you can allow others to re-share your notebooks. In addition, the whole sharing interface got a nice redesign. Let’s take a look.
Changing notebook permissions used to be a hassle. Not anymore. If you decide to change someone’s permission from read-only to modify and back again, simply open the sharing options for that notebook. You’ll now see a drop down menu near the names of everyone who has access. Click on the drop down and change the permissions. Then click done. That’s it.
I Share, You Share
Premium users now have a new sharing option that lets them grant others the ability to re-share a notebook. For example, let’s say you’re working with another department at your company. You share a notebook with the head of that department. With the new functionality, she can share that notebook with individuals within her group. In order to do this, the notebook owner must be a Premium user.
To re-share a notebook, select “Modify and Invite Others” from the permission menu. If at some point you would like to revoke or change that permission, you can do so by following the instructions above.
All of the notebooks that aren’t yours, but that you have permission to re-share, are listed in the sharing screen below your own notebooks.
View Notes and Activity
We’ve created a new read-only permission level called View Notes and Activity that pushes notebook updates into the recipient’s Activity Stream in the desktop versions of Evernote. This is great if you want to keep people aware of changes to your notebook without granting them access to edit your notes.
A new look
Our sharing interface was getting a little long in the tooth. We made all of the buttons and labels clearer, and significantly improved usability of the menus and screens. We hope you like it.
More to come
Sharing notes and notebooks with your friends or your team is an incredibly useful way to share ideas and keep your projects on track. There are many more enhancements to come. Stay tuned.