Evernote for the web gets an update with new Beta design

Alan Buckingham
Oct 4, 2014

While there are alternatives, most people fall into one of two categories when it comes to technology-based note taking. It's generally either Evernote, or Microsoft's OneNote. Both work on multiple platforms, both computer and mobile.

Now Evernote is testing a new layout. If you visit the service on the web you may receive a pop-up message inquiring if you wish to try out the new Beta version. You're free to ignore it and stick with what you already know, but you can opt in if you're feeling adventurous.

The new design is quite a departure from the old also, though most users should have no trouble understanding it and getting around.

First, the look is much cleaner and more modern. It differs quite a bit from more cluttered appearance we have grown used to. By default, it also opens to a new note, which differs from the previous model.evernote-web-beta

There's a nice looking left column that's simple to understand and contains options for new note, search, shortcuts, notes, notebooks, tags, market and settings. That last contains an option to revert from the Beta back to the last version, so if you're not happy don't feel obligated to stick with it -- you can get out.

When Notes is clicked you find the default is now to sort them by date, whereas before it was alphabetical. This can be changed if you so choose. There's a dropdown menu at the top right that lets you choose a sorting method.

Once you enter into an option, you will find the left column narrows to provide you with more space. The words become icons, but hovering over each will tell you what it is and most are pretty self-explanatory.


The new changes seem to improve the user experience and the more modern and less cluttered look certainly is more appealing. However there are always some people who fear change or may, for whatever reason, not like it. Thankfully those folks aren't obligated to stick with it, though it would seem likely that will eventually become the default.


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  1. Smitty said on October 6, 2014 at 3:08 pm

    Evernote is a great product. Being retired I take a great number of notes on projects I am or want to do, shopping lists, places to go, things to see., ect. I just don’t store sensitive data in it or any other cloud service. Using the internet is kind of like safe sex – take precautions and use common sense and you will be fine.

  2. Ray said on October 5, 2014 at 11:21 pm

    I wish Evernote offered encryption for their web client.

  3. michel said on October 5, 2014 at 4:48 pm

    I’m so, so tired of adopting a web service only to have changes forced on me. I realize it isn’t being forced yet, but I’m sure it will be. I’m pretty close to abandoning all web services because of this. It’s bait and switch. I really, really don’t want to change my work habits when someone else feels I should.

  4. burnr said on October 5, 2014 at 2:22 am

    Even if they do delete your data, they can’t delete my exported back up :)

  5. burnr said on October 4, 2014 at 9:36 pm

    I use Evernote extensively and have for quite some time. I have no worry that the cloud side is not super secure. Of course anybody can access anything you have with the right credentials, so don’t keep anything sensitive in the cloud. Duh! For what it’s meant for, Evernote is exceptional. I have all my notes accessible from all of my devices. It’s a good product that I highly recommend. Just use some common sense when using it.

    1. Zeus said on October 5, 2014 at 12:05 am

      This guy’s got it. Evernote is great as a backup folder for your chili recipes. But considering the company has the right to delete random notes at any time they see fit, why would you use Evernote to store sensitive data?

  6. Blue said on October 4, 2014 at 5:55 pm

    Cloud-based storage services like Evernote are not really secure as you would think. The data is simply off-shored to a remote computer and accessible to anyone who obtains the username and password. The more accessible the data is to you, the more accessible it is to would-be attackers. Off-shored, cloud-based storage is a convenience, but recognize that the convenience does carry risk and is probably not the best storage choice for sensitive information.

    1. JohnMWhite said on October 4, 2014 at 7:03 pm

      I’m not sure what the purpose of this PSA was. We know that cloud storage involves data being stored on a remote computer that can be accessed with your credentials.

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