Lipstick on a pig

Published on Nov 21, 2020

Since 2012, I have been a big fan of Evernote. However, as much as Ian Small has been spouting the benefits of the new version in his "Behind the Scenes" series of videos, I for one have been left disappointed.

I use Evernote as a digital filing cabinet. I can store files, receipts and a plethora of other documents easily. It saves me a lot of printing, and with some sensible tagging, everything is easy to find. Though the Evernote content is persistent across all of my devices, it is the Windows desktop version that I use the most.

This new desktop interface has a similar feel to the old one. Folder navigation on the left, list view of notes in the middle, display of the selected notes to the right of the screen. 

I am flexible and can get used to changes to functionality, such as tagging moving to the bottom of the page, and the new search. But there are two things I cannot accept, and they are a degradation in performance and a loss of functionality.

The new desktop version is terribly slow. Not only do I have to wait for the list of notes to load, I then have to wait for a selected note to load. I don't have time. 

Then there is the file import. Evernote built its reputation on being able to swallow notes by any means. I built a personal workflow on the ability of Evernote to scan a folder and then digest the file. In the new version, this feature is gone, and I can't work out another way to get files from a folder into Evernote. It is so frustrating to lose any functionality, and this is a big issue for me.

It does not matter how good Ian thinks the new version is, if Evernote can't get some of the fundamentals right, I am going to have to look elsewhere for a solution. They might as well have put lipstick on a pig.

My only saving grace is that I can still use the legacy desktop version. Until they can get some these fundamentals right, I am not upgrading.