It’s been over two years since my last write-up on Evernote when Inc magazine named them the company of the year in their December 2012 issue. I have since then been faithfully using it as my go-to note app. In fact I cringe every time I see someone opening the Notes app on their iPhone and beg them to consider Evernote.
For those of you unfamiliar with Evernote, let me refresh you with words from my previous post. Think of it as your digital memory. We use everything imaginable to keep track of the things we want to remember. I still stand by three of my favorite features to pitch it. First is the number of platforms which it runs on. If you can think of it, Evernote is probably available… Android, iPhone, Mac, PC, and any web browser just to name a few. Your account is synced on every platform. Which is indeed my second point, it’s synced. Your scan, note, voice memo is instantly backed up with no worries of it being lost in a hard drive crash or phone upgrade. Thirdly, once you create a note, Evernote indexes it with tags, titles, and even text recognition in pictures you’ve taken. It makes for easy navigation and searching for something you need on the spot.
I took the plunge and even upgraded to their premium version. The premium version offers a number of great features not available to the free version at a reasonable price of $45/yr. Some features that I love about the paid version is the ability to have offline notebooks, smart searching within pdfs and photos, and increased storage.
So how can you put it to use and in what context? It’s great for anything you need to remember. Here are just a few of the ways I’ve used it personally and at work:
- Took a picture of my furnace filter. Quick searching allows me to look up the size while I’m in the store.
- Keeping track of funny quotes and stories from our two boys as they grow up
- Using the voice memo feature for recording melodies and rough song ideas
- Scanning articles from magazines. We then throw away recent magazines we’ve already read
- Clipping web articles
- Pasting book highlights from our Kindle
- Taking meeting notes
- Creating daily logs of phone calls at work
- Developing video concepts
- Logging website coding changes
- Task Managment
I recommend this most definitely for anyone for personal use and it comes in very handy for work as well. Teachers, administrators, and creatives could benefit from it well. Check it out at evernote.com.