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Posted by WSP
Sep 17, 2020 at 08:48 PM

 

A lively interview with Ian Small about Evernote’s “long, tricky journey to fix itself.”

https://www.protocol.com/evernote-reboot-ian-small

 


Posted by Paul Korm
Sep 18, 2020 at 11:28 AM

 

From what I’ve seen of the latest release on iOS/iPadOS there is a dumbing down of features occurring in Evernote.  Or simplification, whatever one’s point of view might be.  Other than access to my large repository of Evernote notes, the new software coming of from them is not much different than what others provide at a lower cost.

 


Posted by Hugh
Sep 19, 2020 at 09:23 AM

 

In the interview, Ian Small seems to be selling the future, rather than the present or the past. The key question has to be whether the installed base provides enough revenue and the current team provides enough ideas for the software to be able to rapidly catch up and overtake its now quite numerous rivals.

 


Posted by Luhmann
Sep 19, 2020 at 10:06 AM

 

This is similar to what happened with Apple Pages and Keynote when they refactored the code to make it work more consistently across all platforms on a new code base. At first they did dumb it down and strip away features, but after the initial release new features came quickly and it soon caught up and surpassed the original app. I assume that Evernote is following the same playbook. First get the new code on all platforms, iron out any bugs, and then start updating all platforms at the same time in a consistent way. I think it is the right strategy, but also feel that they are somewhat late to the game with so many innovative apps out there like Roam, Notion, Paper, etc. Still, I mostly use Evernote for two things: saving web pages and storing PDFs of scanned documents. It is still the best option out there for me, as none of the other new apps seem really interested in these features. Only Devon seems to compete in this area…

 


Posted by jaslar
Sep 19, 2020 at 03:42 PM

 

Did that happen with Pages? I recall that it once had Appleworks style outlining, but that outlining disappeared in the app. Did it return?

 


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