Evernote Gets an Upgrade: Versioning and Bigger Notes


Evernote is an example of the way the cloud can be leveraged to best advantage. Users capture notes of all kinds — text, images, photos and audio clips — and have them available on every computer and mobile device. Make a note in Evernote and see it on your phone, or on any computer with web access. It is one of the first apps I install on every device I use. Users of the Evernote premium service have gotten an upgrade that adds two improvements that are big — note history (versioning) and larger note limits.

Evernote notes have been limited to 25 MB, a good size but sometimes not enough for those big media files or presentations. This has now been supersized to 50 MB. Note history is something that heavy Evernote users will appreciate. Several times a day Evernote will take a snapshot of all notes in the premium user’s account. This will enable the ability to roll back to earlier versions should an undesirable change be made by the user. Older versions of notes are stored on the Evernote servers, not the local user’s device. It doesn’t impact the local storage at all.

Note history also applies to shared notebooks, where it offers the most benefit. Collaboration efforts often have those working in a shared notebook needing to get back to an earlier version of a team effort. Note history now makes that possible. It is the perfect example of how the cloud should work (for those interested in cloud computing or data centers, check out our Structure 10 conference in June).

The new Evernote features are free to premium users, the best kind of upgrade. It is wonderful to see the Evernote folks looking to improve the service and provide the most benefit to users.

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Inking works ok on Evernote PC if you have a tablet. I did it for a while. It’s not OneNote by any means, and Evernote really hasn’t fully embraced inking on all platforms (I’m bummed they didn’t on iPad out of the gate)…but what they have built into the PC app works OK. I actually ended up inking in OneNote, and doing an occasional import OneNote from inside the Evernote desktop app (only brings in ink).

Dennis James

I tried importing into evernote and it does important. I wonder if there’s any way to just continue to sync a particular onenote page or if you have to delete the old page and reimport again. when i tried to resync or import it created a notes2 page – it didn’t just update the notes page…if you get my drift.

What a bummer. Either use slates that have no inking but you can keep onenotes created on a tablet (in a convoluted way) and you get good Web sync OR use onenote but no real Web way of automating backup or making it available on multiple devices and Web sync without Evernote…

Wild sentence but you probably get my meaning.

Dennis James

Are either of you two using it to ink? If so how does it work for you?


I thought the same think when I started using Evernote when they first launched. I’m sure I’m not telling you anything you don’t know if you’ve been using it for a while, but you can use a Notebook as main container, then as Gavin mentioned Tags from there as further organization. I actually like that you can assign multiple tags to a single item, as opposed to in a folder (it can only be in one place). I’d doubt they would ever go to a folder based hierarchical structure. It took me a while to give up my anal organizational tendencies also to trust that when I searched, it was powerful enough to find anything. Including my scribble.


All of this is good, but they need to do nothing else until they add folders (or sub-notebooks). If you use Evernote a lot (and I do) it gets unwieldy quickly without the ability to organize into folders or folder equivalents.

Gavin Miller

Do tags not work for you? Anything I save or clip for a certain project I just tag and that allows me to view the files as if they were in folders.


Love the note history. I’ve needed that on several occasions.

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