I was so impressed with the new Evernote 5 for windows that I wrote this on my Blog.
The core message is in colour
I'm not going to babble on too much about Evernote, those that use it, swear by it.
When I read about the "new Evernote flat interface" I just smiled and thought "Here we go - everyone is jumping onto the 'flat design interface' and Evernote is no exception"
I downloaded it any way because I was hooked by the new feature which automatically brings up related document as you type (in fact it's happening right now while I type this.)
It will also bring up related documents during search.
Simple enough, but this addition can too easily be underestimated.
This function is a massive leap forward because the biggest change is not in the software, but in your brain.
For the first time, software is now beginning to work like the human brain (by association) and the constant stream of associated / related snippets of information that present themselves to you as you work is going to turbo charge your own association ... and memory links. This is going to jog your memory, create cross connection, enhance creativity, and enhance intuition.
When you start to see connections between things that you didn't realize before - that's an effective IQ boost.
It's difficult to explain intuition and gestalt moments in words, but in a few months, I'm sure people will be talking about it.
But I digress ..
So I installed it under wine on my 6 year old Lubuntu desktop and when it loaded, at first there were no files.
I thought that it was a linux-wine compatibility issue, but then I saw that Evernote was re-indexing my database for optimal performance - nice.
And then I saw the interface - and after a bad week, this just made me feel so much better.
Clean, nay more than clean, Zen-like - this interface is the very essence of sublime and understated elegance.
Just pure simple off white and dark grey text with minimal dark grey icons.
This, by coincidence is the exact them I use when setting up vim or any text editor to be used for long typing session.
Well done Evernote, this is more than just a cosmetic change.