Evernote

by Volker Weber

Evernote is one of the tools I use daily but have not told you about. Which I should have. Better do it now.

What is Evernote? It's a tool that lets you capture information and later find it. It has clients for Windows, Mac, iPhone, Windows Mobile, BlackBerry, it even runs directly off a Sandisk U3. And it syncs your data between all those devices. On top of that you can access the information from any web browser.

Take a picture with your mobile, drop it into Evernote, and then find it at home on your Mac. Make an audio recording, bookmark or save a website, jot down some notes. They all get passed around.

Today I found out that Evernote even has a web client customized for Android. Your information, everywhere. Highly recommended.

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I'm not very happy with the iPhone client. Unless you're in a WiFi network it takes ages to load even simple text notes. Hardly usable to quickly take a simple note.

Though it has the capability to store selected notes locally, it only uses them when the network connection is turned off (flight mode or no connection at all). When it "thinks" it has a network it will try to use it first.

Oliver Regelmann, 2009-05-16

No support for Symbian phones ? It's a pity

Ludwig Deruyck, 2009-05-16

Just checked Evernote Mobile (same address as for Android) for you on the E75. And it works rather well:

Volker Weber, 2009-05-16

Thanks for the tip, seems like a very reasonable tool! I have used the Notes/ActiveNotes app on Symbian and Google Notebook in the browser so far, but being able to sync the information is definitely adding value!

Ragnar Schierholz, 2009-05-16

Shame the Blackberry software cannot see/retrieve existing Evernote entries. Use this application daily on my Mac and like it a lot.

Klaus Hoefsloot, 2009-05-16

Another one of the great features of Evernote is its OCR capability (runs on the server only): you take a picture of a business card (e.g., using Mac's built-in web cam), sync Evernote with the server and a few minutes later (depending on the size of the picture) after you sync again, the text on that business card is searchable.

The only reason I have switched to Journler is the fact that Evernote does a very poor job at importing web pages, whereas Journler is very good at that.

Since Journler is Mac only and since a few weeks I work on several platforms again, I might still go back to Evernote...

Wonder when they integrate something like Jott.com so that my voice notes come back as clear text in an Ever-note...

Stefan Heinz, 2009-05-17

Another one of the great features of Evernote is its OCR capability ... after you sync again, the text on that business card is searchable

This actually confused me when I checked it out. It is SEARCHABLE, but you don't get real OCR. You cannot copy and paste the scanned text.

Here is an explanation.

Ole Saalmann, 2009-05-17

I was hoping to use Evernote to clip all sorts of snippets for a trip abroad, sync them to an iPhone (and iPod Touch) and access stuff without roaming data charges. No such luck, apparently only the headlines are synced to the device and text in some cases, where there was nothing but a little text on the note.

That's what I thought "sync" would do. Oh well. And I haven't been able to find any option to store notes locally.

Joerg Michael, 2009-05-18

OK, I see. Mark notes as favorites and they will be stored locally. Good enough for now.

Joerg Michael, 2009-05-18

I use another notetaking applicaion called MoleSkine :-)

Transportable anywhere I go, allows pen input, drawings, anything I write (no audioclips though).

Alex Boschmans, 2009-05-18

And no backup.

Volker Weber, 2009-05-18

Not true! You can back up the Moleskine at any copy machine. ;-)

Bruce Perry, 2009-05-21

Android app is out now btw. That's what got me to sign up.

Kevin Pettitt, 2010-08-20

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