Post Published on March 29, 2011.
Last Updated on April 24, 2016 by davemackey.
Evernote is an application for “remembering everything.” It allows one to “capture anything” (e.g. text, websites, images, video, audio) anywhere (computer, phone, mobile devices). I use it to jot or record quick notes to myself when out and about, to keep sketches on various topics or notes on various books. I mainly use the windows application – and it just seems quicker to create a new note in Evernote than to launch Google Docs (or, Office).
- Price is free.
- Accessible via the web, Windows, Mac OS X, iPhone/iPod/iPad, Android, Blackberry, Palm Pre/Pixi, and Windows Mobile (basically everything). There is even a third party Linux client (Nevernote).
- Syncs information between devices – see the same notes through the web interface, on a windows desktop or a mobile device, and so on.
- Create notebooks in which you can place notes to organize them. Also offers tagging and advanced searching capabilities.
- You have to upgrade to Premium to get versioning. In other words – accidentally overwrite a note? Ohh well – its gone! I did this today (luckily I had a copy elsewhere). This is a real killer for me as I’ve become accustomed to my autosave versioning provided by Google Docs and also via SugarSync.
- Syncs happen fairly infrequently (fastest one can set is every fifteen minutes!).
- If you want the Premium features you’ll pay a hefty penny – $45/yr. or $5/mo.1I know, I know…its not that much…but I feel like I get a lot more bang for my buck with $5/mo. for SugarSync’s 30 GB, Grooveshark’s $3/mo. for unlimited music, and even Toodledo‘s $24.95/yr. for a todo list!
I’ve looked around at other options – most of those listed over at alternative.to but wasn’t really happy with any of them. Specifically, I’m looking for:
- Support for Windows client software.
- Support for the iPhone and Android.
- Automatic syncing between devices.
- Automatic versioning.
- A reasonable price.
The ideal way for this to happen would be for SugarSync to throw a small lite version onto their current application…but we’ll see. 🙂