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. 🙂