When it comes to Evernote I can't pretend to be completely unbiased -- I am a long-time user of the service and I love it. But don't get me wrong, if the company does something wrong, I will still be the first to point it out. With that disclaimer out of the way, Evernote has rolled out a big update to its Web Clipper for Chrome app.
Version 6 bring along new features and a revamped UI that the service hopes will make grabbing information while surfing around the web even easier than it previously was.
Those who already have Web Clipper for Chrome installed should now notice a red arrow over the icon in the Chrome tool bar. Click it and a tab opens and offers to give you the grand tour of what all is new. This is optional, of course, and you will only be prompted this one time. After that a click of the icon produces the menu, which has a completely redesigned look.
Not only has the look of the service changed, there are also several new features that have been added. Bookmarks, for instance, is now part of the app and allows you to create a note containing, not only a snippet of the page, but also the URL for easy future reference.
Also added is an option called Simplified. This brings in features from the Clearly extension to strip the page of all distractions for easy reading and cleaner clipping.
Aside from the Clearly integration, the company also has added elements of its Skitch app. Skitch lets you overlay shapes, arrows and text on top of the page you’re viewing.
Finally, there are new sharing features, and Evernote promises that the service is faster and smoother because of the redesign, a promise that will take time and usage to prove.
Its early still, but my first impression is that the new design is much more functional thanks to the way it cascades down the right side of the screen. New features are generally always welcome, providing they don't lead to bloat, which the company promises will not happen. So, the early impression is that this update is a winner.