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Hands-on: Evernote 5 for Windows packs new features and a fresh coat of paint

Ian Paul | Sept. 6, 2013
Change is a-comin' for Evernote users, but it's change for the better.

The new Evernote also takes a page from search engines with type-ahead search. The new feature is exactly what it sounds like: As you type in a search query, Evernote suggests keywords based on the contents of your notes. Evernote's revamped search capability also covers shared notebooks, and you can save searches in the new shortcuts section. Pretty cool stuff.

Evernote 5 hums along a bit faster than its predecessor and adds a new card view navigation to quickly scan images. There's also a new pop-out editor if you prefer to update a note without all the distractions of the main Evernote window.

A step forward
Overall, Evernote 5 is a big shift from its predecessor and is a welcome change after three years of looking at the same old Windows 7-styled interface. If exploring new software isn't your thing, however, you should brace yourself for the significant update headed your way.

You can soften the blow by attending one of Evernote's two scheduled online seminars that will take you on a tour of the new software—details are on Evernote's blog.


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