Review: Evernote.

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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).

Great Features:

  • 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.

Cons:

  • 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.[1]

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. 🙂

  1. [1]I 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!

One Reply to “Review: Evernote.”

  1. Nevernote!
    Are you really going to buy a notes software that in 5 years will cost you more than the actual ipad?
    Well, maybe, but this one is a real disaster.
    You will not be able to access your notes offline, YES, again, if you write notes, and you want to access them when you are not connected to the internet, it will be IMPOSSIBLE.
    They don’t tell you this, and why? because they want you to write many notes, and then when you realize the problem, you will have to buy this thing, for 5$ a month!!
    I was searching google for days of :”Why are my evernotes dissapearing”, many did, and the answer you reach in the end is, that your notes are not dissapearing, its actually intentional, so you will have to buy it later.
    And here comes the best part, I bought it.
    I bought it because I needed the notes, and then, again, they have a bug, that you can still cant access it unless you are online, it is widespread, and many people have this bug.
    So they send you a ridicolous template, just check it out, a computer wiz will probably have problems with doing what they want, instead of saving my time, this unethical program has taken hours, and much frustration.
    Check their reply, and BEWARE, those guys are unethical, stay away.
    Are you creating notes while offline, then attempting to edit them (before going online again) and finding the contents blank? Or are you attempting to access notes that exist in your account, clicking into them to edit them, and finding *those* contents blank. If the former, that is a bug, that should be corrected with the instructions we sent you previously. If the latter, it can be corrected by setting up your offline notebooks.

    Once you set up your Offline Notebooks, you need to sync them completely before they will be available to read offline. To do so:

    On the iPhone/iPod click Settings
    On the iPad click the “Satellite” icon and go to Settings

    Then select Notebooks and set the slider to “On” for any notebooks you wish to download.

    Depending on the size of your notebooks, this can take hours, or possibly up to a day. We suggest doing this over wifi for the fastest sync time.

    Until you have completed this synchronization step, you will not be able to read your notes offline, as they have not been stored on your device.

    Also, any notes that contain links to files, as opposed to the actual file attachments, will be able to be viewed offline, but the linked web pages are not stored, so when you click the link, you will receive a Page-Not-Found error.

    Evernote Support

    Hahaha, yeah, right…

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