Evernote is an app that many people are very passionate about. The free\u00a0notetaking app, which is available for iOS, Android, BlackBerry and Windows Phone, has a strong following among those who depend on it as an "external brain" to help collect and organize scraps of information and then sync that info across multiple devices. An entire ecosystem of apps and software work with Evernote, too.\n\tLate last week, a brand-new version of Evernote was released for iOS (but not yet for the other mobile platforms). The new Evernote version 5.0 sports a redesigned home screen meant to make finding and creating notes quicker and easier. The home screen is divided between "Quick Note" buttons for quickly adding new text, photos or scanned documents, and a folder-like view for fast navigation to "All Notes," "Notebooks," "Tags" and "Places." iPad users also get a "Recent Notes" view that lets you easily jump to a note you\u2019ve reviewed, created or updated.\n\tI\u2019ve never been a regular Evernote user; I rely more on\u00a0Springpad and Catch, two similar apps. Both of these apps offer some form of notebook sharing for collaboration at no charge, while that feature is limited to Evernote\u2019s premium edition ($5 a month or $45 a year). Even so, the new Evernote home screen feels more inviting and better organized than in past versions, so I\u2019m willing to give this update another try.\n\tA quick look at Evernote version 5\u2019s reviews in the Apple iTunes store might give devoted Evernote users pause, however. One reviewer rated Evernote 5 only one star and wrote: \u201cThis new version is a total mess. The horrible card interface on the main screen makes it harder to switch between views and tries to upsell the premium account I already have. The 'favorite' notes don't sync between my devices like literally everything else does.\u201d\n\tAnother user who gave the new version one star wrote: \u201cI am not a big fan of the redesign. It now takes more time to do what I want to do. For example, it takes 3 taps now to switch between notes where it only took one before. Why does Evernote keep taking great software and making it worse?\u201d\n\tI don\u2019t agree with those two reviewers. Then again, I\u2019ve not been a devoted Evernote user. And as I mentioned, people are passionate\u2014positively and negatively\u2014about Evernote.