Closed Evernote beta is open for all, today only


LogoBig news from the Evernote folks: they’ve passed over one meeeeehhlion notes with the new product. Quite amazing when you consider it’s only been around for two months. So to celebrate, they’re having a one-day special. The closed beta is now open to all, but for today only. That means you’ll have to hit their most recent blog post for the super-secret URL that gets you in today. It’s back to a closed beta after 9pm, PDT today, so if you miss this window of opportunity, just register the normal way, cross your fingers and hope. Trust me: after using this product for only five minutes, I think you’ll want to jump on this.(via David Chartier)



I agree that a server-based notebook is a poor choice for confidential information. To be clear, one should NEVER post material covered by an NDA to a server-based solution; any NDA worth the paper it’s printed on will prohibit that unless the information is encrypted and you (not the service) are the only one in possession of a high-quality encryption key.

As I am a film producer, server-based services like this and Google’s solutions are worse than useless to me; they are actually highly detrimental to my business.

That’s why it’s good that we have multiple solutions out there. I use OneNote, and for someone else who wants Evernote’s style and isn’t worried about confidentiality, they can use it instead.


I’m not sure that it’s actually a dealbreaker. You can mark your notebooks public or private. A public notebook might be useful to share stuff with the world. A private notebook seems to imply that it is private and won’t be aggregated. I may check their forums to see what they say.

As with any SaaS type app, you may still want to be careful, but it doesn’t seem like they are out to aggregate anything in a non-public notebook.


I just read JimAtLaws posting. That is a deal breaker for me.


On a brief glance, it appears that EverNote’s Terms of Service give them the right to use your content for whatever they want in connection with the service.

This effectively means that if you, for example, post content to your account which is covered by an NDA (e.g., take notes on something which is governed by the terms of an NDA with a third party), you may be breaching that NDA. It also means that if you take notes on something which is owned by your employer, you may be breaching your agreement with your employer by giving EverNote rights to that material. Likewise, if it’s your own business, you are giving up some of your proprietary rights by posting your info here.

In case you are interested in the details, or doubt what I am suggesting, they go out of their way in the terms of service to say that you retain the copyrights to what you post, but also say in Section 5 that “You agree that Evernote has the rights (i) to aggregate and syndicate Content submitted, posted or displayed by you on or through Services through Evernote public notebooks and use that Content in connection with any of the Services”

Perhaps I am too quick to judge or have not thought this through fully (I may need more coffee), but I strongly suggest that you think very carefully before posting anything related to your employer or business or anyone else’s IP to a service like this.

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