Imagine walking up to a bookshelf in your home. If you know where your desired book is, you see it and grab it. If you don’t know where the book sits, then you’ll try to recall the color of its spine, neighboring books, chronological placement, or any number of other attributes of the book until you find what you need.
Evernote’s search has always been great at providing the first part. If you know what you’re looking for, type in some keywords and the notes appear. Today, as part of our drive to create great experiences for users with a lot of notes, we’re introducing a new approach called Descriptive Search, which will let you find those notes, even if your memory of them is fuzzy and contextual.
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Descriptive Search works by allowing you to describe what you’re looking for using common terms, which makes creating a complex search incredibly straightforward.
Here are some example searches. Just type them into the Evernote for Mac search bar:
“Images from Prague since 2012″
This search will bring up all of your notes since 2012 that contain images that have Prague as the location.
“Recipes with photos tagged vegetarian”
This search will show any notes that Evernote classifies as a recipe that contain an image and have the tag ‘vegetarian.’
“Powerpoint from last week”
This search will return all notes with attached Powerpoint presentations since last week.
Half the fun is discovering all the ways that you can now surface content in your account, the other half is actually finding what you need faster than ever before.
Descriptive Search is available first for English in Evernote for Mac, and will be making its way into other languages and versions of Evernote soon.
In addition to the new search features, Evernote can now add business cards scanned with the ScanSnap Evernote Edition scanner to your address book, along with numerous other fixes and improvements to the app. Let us know what you think in the comments.