Evernote

There are many note-taking apps and services out there and there’s Evernote. It’s by far the single best such app/service launched to date, the fact that earned it a place in New York Times’ “Top 10 Must-Have App” list and even the Webbys award. The reason for its popularity is simple – it’s easy to use and it works across platforms, allowing users to access and manage their notes from their phone, PC or web. Moreover, it’s not just about text – Evernote can handle images, video as well as various types of documents; while at the same time allowing for tagging and organization of content across multiple notebooks.

Evernote’s mobile client is available for BlackBerry, Android, iOS, webOS and Windows Phone 7 devices.

The Good
  • It's straightforward and super-easy to use. Everyone will fall in love.
  • You can access your notes from your computer, smartphone or web.
  • Finally someone figured out how to make a note-taking service, which we'll actually use.
The Bad
  • I wish there's a sticky notes-like feature for the Android homescreen widget for "quick" notes.
  • Not everything is free, but's somehow expected. If you want to attach and search documents, you'll have to buy a Premium subscription.

Features & Functionality

People use Evernote for different kind of notes. You can store business cards and wine labels in Evernote and easily find them later on. The software on Evernote's servers detects the text on images, making images indexable and the text on them - searchable.

Evernote can be used in a number of ways:

  • For research - put text, documents and images in a single notebook for quick access at a later point.
  • Meeting and class notes - snap photos of whiteboards and books.
  • Trip planning - have your itinerary and other related information in a single place.
  • For recipes, grocery and shopping lists.
  • Team work - notebooks can be shared with other members of the team.
  • File storage and sharing - Evernote offers tons of storage so why not use it to share stuff with co-workers.
  • Personal finances - save receipts, bills and contracts.
  • For capturing ideas and inspiration on the go with Evernote's mobile app.

Evernote screenshots

Features:

  • Syncing across multiple platforms, including PC, web and mobile.
  • Attachments support - Evernote can handle basic text as well as various type of documents, images and videos.
  • Goes beyond text - take a snapshot or record an audio note while on the go.
  • GPS support - allowing for location-based notes.
  • Ability to organize notes by tags and notebooks.
  • It's open - and there's a growing number of apps and services that integrate Evernote's API.
  • Share notes with friends and colleagues via Facebook and Twitter.

 

Conclusion

Evernote is the mother of all note taking services. It's a note-taking service done right - easy to use while at the same time bringing powerful features to the mix.

Evernote is free to use, though there's also a Premium subscription which is available for $5 a month or $45 a year. It's worth every penny, offering 1GB of monthly uploads, along with the ability to add, sync, access and share files (PDF, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and more). Moreover, accessing and modifying shared notebooks from a mobile phone is also a Premium feature, only.

 

Recommend

Damn right I recommend it. And I'm not the only one - Evernote for Android and Evernote for iOS both have 4.5 out of 5 stars rating. At the moment of this writing, more than 10 million people have registered for Evernote. The numbers say it all...

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