You know what’s better than adding a new feature? Making a bunch of existing ones a million times better. That’s what today’s Evernote for Mac update is all about.
For months, our Mac team has been quietly rebuilding every underlying aspect of the app. This allowed us to tackle speed, sync, and editing in a holistic way rather than piecemeal improvements. On the surface, things look more or less the same. Hidden beneath is an entirely new Evernote, designed to put a smile on millions of faces.
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One of the areas that we focused on was rebuilding our note editor. The goal was to give you more options when creating and editing notes, make that experience equally great on all of our platforms, and set the stage for really cool features in the future.
This one’s a biggie. Any images that you have in a note can be resized by clicking on them and dragging the corner. No more scrolling through enormous images. Just drag them to whatever size works for you. The beauty of this feature is that it’s meant to visually improve your note without changing the original image. If you ever drag the image out, you get it at its original size.
We redesigned our checkboxes inside notes to make them look larger and cleaner. Now, they’re easier to see and select.
Spreadsheets are great for finance and formulas, but not if you’re making a list or a project plan. For the majority of your table-making, Evernote is the way to go. With our new table editor you’ll be able to do all the things you expect from a table: delete a row or column, change the color, and drag to resize cells. If you’ve ever struggled with tables in Evernote, this update will make you very happy.
Evernote for Mac now syncs many times faster than before. Evernote Business users and those with a large number of shared notebooks will notice the biggest improvements.
More relevant searches
Our Augmented Intelligence team has been hard at work rethinking how search results are displayed. The date a note was created may be valuable, but in many cases that isn’t the best indicator that the top note is the one you’re looking for. We’re now displaying notes in order of relevance. The notes that we believe are most relevant to your search, based on a variety of parameters, will appear first.
You can always switch to the classic search ordering, if you want.
Tons of fixes
When you rebuild as much as we did, you also get to fix a lot of things in the process. We fixed more than 500 bugs and 200 different crashes that users were experiencing. This is a major stability improvement over previous versions. It’s the sort of thing that makes us really happy.
Search notes with Spotlight
For those of us who prefer keyboard shortcuts to grabbing the mouse, Spotlight is a godsend. With this update, you’re able to use Spotlight to search inside your Evernote account. This is particularly useful when Evernote isn’t in the foreground. Use the keyboard shortcut, CMD+Space and begin typing. Your fingers never leave the keyboard and notes from Evernote will show up in your results. Spotlight is also available by clicking the magnifying glass in the top right corner of your Mac screen, but where’s the fun in that.
- The new notebook selector in the note view remembers your recently used notebooks
- The app launches more quickly
- Significantly reduced energy consumption for the app
We’ve been working on this update for quite a while. It may not look very different, but it’s full of the things that our users have been requesting for a very long time. We hope you like it. Please let us know what you think.
This update is available to anyone that downloaded Evernote directly from our site. If you use a version of Evernote that you downloaded though the Mac AppStore, then your update is coming very soon.