Level 5* GrumpyMonkey 4,314 Posted January 10, 2013 Level 5* Share Posted January 10, 2013 In general, I think the learning curve is too steep for shared notebooks, and I would like to see changes that make it possible for people unfamiliar with Evernote to use them. I like the shared notebooks a lot as a concept, but the current implementation makes them rather difficult to use. Again, I am not talking about technologically savvy folks, or Evernoters here, but people who get an email with a link to a shared note or notebook in it and click on it to see Evernote for the first time. What does it mean to "join" a notebook or "view" it? Why do PDFs take ages to download? These sorts of things become immediate barriers to use. Here are a few things that would probably have the biggest impact on usability.(1) Sort OrderThe ability to designate a sort order would enable us to arrange the notes in a logical order. Unfortunately, we no longer have control over this, so when we share a notebook, we have no idea what the other person will see (here is what it ought to look like http://blog.evernote.com/files/2011/06/web_fb.png). If the other person is not familiar with Evernote already, it just looks like a jumble of notes, and depending on their patience or technological proficiency, they may just give up on it. I don't think it is immediately obvious to users on the Web, for example, that they need to go to the bottom of the screen and change something called a "sort." Honestly, I'd like to see the ability to attach sort orders to notebooks in my own account as well, so this is something that would benefit everyone.(2) StacksI am not a big fan of stacks, and rarely use notebooks myself, but unless people are intimately familiar with Evernote and its tags, there is really no other way to convey structure to others. Even if we get the sort order (#1), we have to use note links to create some sort of hierarchy for others, and these pose their own problems. Users unfamiliar with the program don't know to click on them (they are green, not blue), they don't know how to make them, and they don't know how to edit them.(3) UpdatesThe ability to have a notification that notes have been updated. Yes, we have the satellite dish on a few clients, but not on mobile, and only if you are logged in. Yes, we have the sort by updated, but see #1. Collaborative work with users who are unfamiliar with Evernote is difficult with the current implementation.(4) Parity and ConsistencyThe clients lack parity, and seemingly simple tasks become very difficult to explain or even attempt on some platforms. For example, if someone wants to change the color of text, this is a simple matter on the desktop, but impossible on mobile. If someone wants to create note links, this is relatively easy on the desktop, though not especially intuitive, but impossible on mobile. If someone wants to highlight, this is possible on iOS, but impossible everywhere else. And, then there is the terminology, which is inconsistent across clients. It isn't even clear to users if they should call these notebooks joined or shared, if they should delete them or leave them, etc.(5) Pinned NotesThere is something to be said for a note that appears at the top no matter how someone has their account set up. There have been lots of discussions about this. In my own account, I can live without it, but when sharing, this kind of basic feature (you already have it with the pop up tutorial thing in Mac) would help a lot. Link to comment
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