For the better part of the last two years, we’ve been undertaking a massive infrastructure project in Evernote. The fruits of this work will open up the path to some of your most frequently requested features, and we’re genuinely excited about that. Now that we’re on the road with progress to demonstrate, it’s a good time to tell you more and invite the curious to try it out.
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Evernote’s core text editing experience was designed around a framework that was optimized for the platform you were typing on; the Windows editor was purpose-built for Windows, the Mac editor for the Mac platform, and so on.
We had an early vision of mobile’s implications on productivity, and highly platform-specific development was the fastest way to address that mobile future, which arrived quicker than we’d even imagined. In the face of rapidly interconnected devices, this framework generally held together well, but it wasn’t completely seamless.
Sometimes notes written on one platform viewed and edited on another would format strangely. Bullets and numbered lists would be slightly off. By and large though, it was fine.
But at Evernote, we don’t strive for fine. We craft our service not just to be great on any single platform, but to be stellar across many. As fluidly as you switch between your devices throughout the day, so too should Evernote.
That’s why we decided to tear out the old pipes and rebuild them entirely.
What it’s entailed—the many months and technical intricacies required to build one common Evernote editing experience—is beyond the scope of this blog, but what’s important is what this will mean for the Evernote experience to come.
It gives our engineers the ability to address your most popular note editing suggestions. Bulleted lists and pasted content will become sharper. Image and table handling will be amazing. Basic markdown will be a reality. Beyond the fundamentals, it’ll open up new possibilities for what a note is and how you use and share it.
With each iteration, we’ll improve the note editing experience and won’t rest until we are the best way to type words into a computer or phone. That’s our mission.
And even though it represents major steps for the product, if we’ve done our job right, you’ll barely notice anything’s changed.
Except, that is, if you look for it. Starting this week, the early morsels of progress will be built into our desktop betas. We’ll provide you with more details soon, but in the meantime we’d like to invite you to join our Mac and Windows beta programs and contribute the feedback that will make the note editing experience great.
Now that the infrastructure to support it is beginning to be put in place, tell us what note editing magic you’d like to see from Evernote. The future of the note is upon us. Join us in making it real.
A word on Beta software
Beta software is not final, which means that using it comes with some risks. These can range from unpredictable behavior to crashing. If you’re not comfortable using beta software, we recommend waiting a bit for the general update to go live.