Those of you who weathered the “death of Evernote” rumors a couple of years back know that the company has been engaged in an intensive codebase restructuring that at times has been painful for users. It reminds me of the “tear it all down” approach that Apple took with Final Cut after spending years educating users and marketing the superiority of its earlier interface paradigm. Eventually, features were reimagined and brought back into the new Final Cut Pro, albeit in a new way and sometimes with different nomenclature.
One characteristic Evernote’s Mac app (v 10.11.5) has taken on is not so welcome.
When the developers push out an update, the app interrupts whatever work the user is doing, comes to the front, and puts up a modal dialog box. You can dismiss the dialog box (but ONLY with the red-dot Close button), but it will come again at another time.
When I say “whatever work,” I mean during a video editing session, during a Zoom session, during audio recording—whatever, the updater does not care. You must know about this update NOW.
There is no obvious function that the Evernote client provides that would call for this kind of mission-critical notification that even Apple avoids with MacOS update notifications.
Obviously, I wouldn’t be posting about this if I did not find it unnecessary, distasteful, and un-Mac-like. I do wonder what others have experienced with apps and updater behaviors, and whether my feelings about this are, let’s say, a bit harsh. Since my experience with Evernote goes back to 2009, and I am closing in on 10,000 notes in my database, this question is not about switching from Evernote, but more about what behavior should we expect from apps in 2021?