UPDATE: My bad. I thought Evernote had made a wrong move in the implementation of Stage 1 of notebook sharing.  My understanding when first trying to test the sharing was that not only did the person sharing a notebook have to be a premium user, but that even the person being ‘shared to ‘ had […]
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Evernote Puts A Foot Wrong – Updated: No They Didn’t

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UPDATE: My bad. I thought Evernote had made a wrong move in the implementation of Stage 1 of notebook sharing.  My understanding when first trying to test the sharing was that not only did the person sharing a notebook have to be a premium user, but that even the person being ‘shared to ‘ had to be a premium user as well.

My understanding was wrong.  Andrew from Evernote contacted me to point out that things are as I originally hoped “ only the person doing the sharing needs to be a premium user, not the person on the ‘receiving ‘ end.

I ‘m very sorry for getting that wrong, and for causing confusion with this post, in its original form.  Here ‘s the reason I got confused: when I tested this last week with Thomas, I got to where I could add him as a ‘recipient ‘ to share a notebook to, and saw what the screencap after the break shows

Notebook Sharing

Because the heading is ‘Recipients may ‘ and the text next to the radio button to grant modify access has ‘available to Premium users only ‘ alongside it, I thought that was a roadblock for testing with a non-Premium user.

Anyway, that is not the case.  It is only saying that I need to be a Premium user to grant someone modify access.  I ‘ve mentioned to Andrew that I think this is misleading and has potential to confuse others as it did me, and he has said that Evernote is looking at this and trying to find a good solution.

Despite being a bit embarrassed to be wrong on this,  I am very glad Evernote contacted me so quickly and corrected me on my misunderstanding.  I ‘m also glad to learn that where I thought they had put a foot wrong, they have not. 

So, you can read my original thoughts below for pure curiosity sake if you like, but they are now not relevant as this was a misunderstanding.  Original post text is below.

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Evernote is one of my favorite, and most heavily used, apps “ across my Mac, iPhone, and in web browsers.  In their first year and a bit of being around, I think they never put a foot wrong “ they gained over a million subscribers in that first year, continually updated and improved the service, and seem to be on everyone ‘s list of go-to apps.

Last week I think they did make a wrong move though “ in the course of adding a new feature that allows sharing of notebooks.

I was very happy to see their announcement saying that sharing was now being built into the app, and was excited to try it out.  I knew that initially you can only share via the web interface, and that to share out a notebook you had to be a user of the Premium service ($45/year).  Neither of those criterion struck me as my ideal world scenario, but I was already a Premium service user and had recently re-upped the year subscription for it, so I wasn ‘t too fussed.

The big blow came when I tried to test it out with Thomas (ragart) last week.  I had understood that the sharer had to be a Premium service user, but thought the ‘sharee ‘ “ the person I wanted to share with “ did not have to be.  Well, he doesn ‘t, but as a basic user, I cannot give him any more than viewing rights to a notebook.  I cannot let him edit or delete notes.

Honestly, that went down like a lead balloon for me.  I told Thomas at the time, it brought two words to mind: Google Docs.

I ‘m all in favor of Evernote ‘monetizing ‘ and making some money for an excellent service.  I was happy to pay the Premium fee for a little bit of extra security and a greater monthly upload limit.  Those seem like legitimate choices that fit well for the cutoff between basic and premium service. Sharing does not.  And view-only is not real sharing in my (note) book.

I use both Google Docs and Evernote quite a lot, but this move will drive me more towards Google Docs.  I hope it is a policy that Evernote are still looking at, and that they may choose to revise it sometime soon.

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