Talk about revamping. The new Evernote 4.0 for Windows is a total rebuild of the note-taking and Web-clipping software, featuring a polished interface, less memory usage and increase speed. 

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Philip Constantinou of the Evernote Corporation claims Evernote 4.0 is " major departure from Evernote 3.5 in every way." This was reportedly achieved by starting over from scratch with native C++. As a result, Evernote 4 starts five times faster, and uses half the memory of Evernote 3.5.

Other perks include:

  • Improved clipping:  When clipping from IE, Outlook and Firefox, users will now see a New Clip popup that allows the addition of tags and assignment of notebooks without leaving the current application. 
  • Better editing: This includes improved support for tables and bulleted and numbered lists; Better copy and paste support from IE and Office; A nicer looking toolbar
  • Smarter titles: Evernote will now guess at titles based on the type of information contained within a note. Like Google Docs, it may use the first line of a note or the title of a web clip (and can also be edited, of course). 


The interface has also been completely overhauled. The central navigation as been reduced from two rows to one, as well as the side bar which contains notebook lists, tags, attributes and saved searches:

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The editing interface has also been groomed, and several elements are now hidden until you  need them:

  • Note info: Click the chevron near your note title to display note info.
  • Search description: Click the chevron near the search bar to view and edit your search description.
  • Zoom level: To adjust the size of thumbnails in Thumbnail view, bring your mouse near the bottom of the Note List. This displays the zoom control.
  • Sync status: Whenever Evernote 4 synchronizes changes, a sync dialog appears along the lower right edge of the window.

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Further, Evernote 4 offers Windows 7 users support for Windows Jump Lists and automatic geolocation detection. Rather than manually plugging in coordinates, users can simply click a button and Evernote does the dirty work itself. And Jump List support means clipping a screenshot, or start a new note is that much easier.

Installing Evernote 4 will completely replace an existing Evernote 3.5 installation, though we can't imagine why that would be a problem. Interested parties can do so here, or point your browser to Evernote's official blog post  for more deets.