I am a self-admitted “Evernote evangelist”. I love the service/software/system and live by it. I use it for all aspects of my life, I have my work colleagues using it, we use it here on Gear Diary and I tell everyone I can about it.
No, I don’t work for Evernote. I’m not an investor in Evernote. I’m not even related to anyone who works for them. I just love it and think it is one of, if not the, most important pieces of hybrid-web-based productivity tech available today.
BUT… and this is a huge but… it is far from perfect. When Evernote was first released the iPhone app lacked the ability to edit notes or store them locally. They were HUGE holes in Evernote’s usefulness that were, thankfully, filled with an update some time ago.
A continuing issue with the service as a whole, however, was the inability to share notebooks with anyone else. Either you gave someone full access to your account or none at all. As a result, I use four different Evernote accounts with each shared with a different group of people from one aspect of my life.
Well, all that changed today with what Evernote calls- Notebook Sharing and Collaboration: Phase 1.
This is just the first step toward sharing and, as they explain it…
For the past year, we’ve had a single goal: becoming your second brain. We made it easy to capture and find all of your ideas and inspirations using (almost) all the devices you own. We’ve even been called “the anti-social app“, for our unconventional determination to focus on what’s on your mind, not just the mind of your friends. Ok, maybe we call ourselves that. Today, we’re broadening our view.
Now begins Phase 1 of our major effort to help you share (and collaborate on) the stuff you’ve collected with individuals, groups, and the world. Introducing, Evernote Shared Notebooks.
It is worth noting that the full usefulness of this new sharing system is only available to Premium users. Others can share notebooks as “View only”. At under $50 a year, however, becoming a premium users is more than reasonable considering the added benefits it brings.
Here’s a quick video to explain how it works. More information is available on Evernote’s site.
Evernote tends to be careful rolling out new aspects of the service. They do so only when they know it will work well. For those of us who live by Evernote it can feel far too slow but, in truth, the improvements in it since it came out of Beta last year are remarkable. And as this update proves, they have no intention of slowing down.