Note-taking app maker Evernote released the beta of the next major version of its client for Mac Wednesday. It includes a couple of great new features: in-app notebook sharing and notebook stacks.
Notebook sharing is an incredibly useful collaborative feature that has been available in the Evernote web app for a while now, but it wasn’t available through the desktop client. In the Evernote 2.0 beta, you get “in-app sharing,” which means that you can share notebooks, as well as view notebooks that have been shared with you, right from within the Evernote for Mac interface (shared notebooks are available through the “Shared” tab in the left-hand panel). Note that while most of the notebook sharing features are available to everyone, you can only elect to allow other users to edit your shared notebooks if you’re a Premium user.
Notebook stacks are a new way to keep notebooks organized, providing a way to visually group notebooks; they work a little like folders. You can now drop related notebooks into their own stacks (so I could have a stack for WebWorkerDaily-related notebooks, for example), then view or collapse them as needed. Stacks are synced with the rest of your notes, so once this feature is supported in clients for other platforms, your stacks will also appear there.
To get the beta, you need to click on the “Update to Beta versions” checkbox in the “Software Update” tab in Evernote’s preferences and then check for updates. Today’s release may still be unstable or buggy; you certainly shouldn’t rely on it for critical work. There’s no timeframe for when the Windows version of Evernote will get these features, although Evernote says it’s in the works.
Let us know what you think of Evernote 2.0 Beta for Mac in the comments.
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