When comparing Evolution vs Evince, the Slant community recommends Evolution for most people. In the question“What are the best Microsoft Office alternatives?” Evolution is ranked 13th while Evince is ranked 15th.
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Pro Great integration with Gnome environment
Pro Manages contacts, tasks, calendar and memos as well
Pro Clean interface with 2 layout variants
Going to View > Preview has the option of switching between "Classical View" and "Vertical View".
Pro Good support for Google's services
Pro Supports exchange servers
Evolution is one of the few Linux desktop e-mail clients that's supports exchange servers.
Pro HTML rendering is great
Of the many email clients available on GNU/Linux, Evolution has the best HTML renderer. It renders HTML and the entire email content exactly like it would appear on a full blown web browser. Not many email clients are capable of doing that.
Pro Excellent GPG support
The integration with GPG is excellent. You can sign, encrypt, decrypt, authenticate and verify GPG signatures and GPG signed/encrypted email messages. All of that is just a setting away.
Pro Free and open source software
Pro Can find a word in a pdf
Pro Good integration with Gnome desktop
Pro Can annotate a pdf
It isn't immediately obvious how to do this, but the instructions are here.
As of 13 June 2018, the icons/screenshots on that page look different than what can be seen under Evince v3.18.2, but the devs have been alerted to this discrepancy, and there are requests they make the finding/using of annotations more intuitive than they are now.
Pro Supports touchpad gestures
Pro Supports touch interaction
Supports touch, including drag and pinch to zoom.
Con Can't choose different settings for each mail account
Settings have to applied to all mail accounts.
Con RAM heavy
Very heavy on RAM usage.
Con Tied to Gnome
Pulls in Gnome.
Con Only available on Linux
If you have to switch to another platform for whatever reason, you will need to search for a different email client.
Con Scrolling is not smooth
Con Thumbs not working
Scroll once, and all thumbs in the side panel are gone...
Con Window can't be resized
You can only read in a small box or fullscreen, no way to manually size window.
Con Keyboard shortcuts cannot be rebound
Con Adding annotations isn't as intuitive as it should be
Instructions can be found here. Specifically, a user should be able to select a word or block of text, then right-click and see highlight/add note options in the drop-down menu. Currently, this option isn't available (as of Evince v3.18.2 / 13th June 2018).