Like most applications and services I decided to use this as I saw more and more websites talking about it. I gave it a shot and after a week or so of the free version, I paid for the full service and went all in on it’s abilities. For me that’s huge. I rarely pay for services on the Internet, mainly because where one site charges for it, there is another that does not. But Evernote has flexibility and capabilities that others do not all in one spot. It’s best to think about Evernote as a service. Even though it’s a website, you will find yourself using other avenues to load and work with Evernote than the website it self.
- Direct from the Evernote website – http://www.evernote.com
- From a Desktop Application you install. More robust than the website, local backup of all your notes away from Evernote, really nice editor built into it.
- From your phone. Evernote has an iPhone App, iPad, Andriod. These applications allow you to see your notes already loaded, load new ones, send photos, and load voice notes from your phone.
- Browser plugins for clipping. If you are on a site that you want to save but dont want to print, the browser plugins allow you to Clip the website. Basically it copies the website and loads it as a note. Great for tutorials for later reference.
- Link your Twitter account for backup of Twits. Each twit sent to @myEN, after you link your accounts, will be sent to Evernote for backup.
- Forward emails to your own Evernote email address to save emails into Evernote.
- Many more accessibility options from many other applications and services which can be seen here – http://www.evernote.com/about/integration/
- Random notes – The obvious use. Random notes, thoughts, lists, etc… You have a thought, write it down.
- Lists – I share a Grocery Notebook with the family and as we need things, run out of things, think of something we need, add it to the list. So when the weekly grocery shopping comes around we have a central list.
- Web Collections – I use the Clip features quite a bit. In addition to using bookmarking sites like Delicious or Chromes bookmark synch capability, I want to save sites locally without printing them out. This is where the clipping feature is very useful. Even though it’s not a Recipe, I put in a Clipped article about photography in my shared notebook. http://www.evernote.com/pub/joenobody1877/recipes
- Elimination of Bulky Paper – This is my main use right now. I recently built a new home and with that came tons of manuals, documents, books, etc… I had a drawer wasted stuffed with these bulks manuals. So I went around, wrote down all the model numbers of my appliances, equipment, gadgets and went to each manufacturers website and downloaded PDFs of the manuals and loaded them into Evernote. With the Premium Service’s 500 MB monthly allowance transfer is more than enough to load them all in one shot. Now I have all my manuals in one place and down have to hunt if I need to service, clean, upgrade, get parts for something.
- Backup – Twitter, work orders, contracts, bills, receipts, warranties, or any paper document scan and load into Evernote for digital storage and centralized access.
In short, Evernote is a fantastic service for keeping information, any information, central and easily accessible from pretty much any current-gen device you have. What happened with my use, the more I used it, the more I love it and the more expansive my use is getting.
I would recommend this to anyone who has a file management issue, paper or digital, and want to get a hold of the organization. Anyone who has lost data from a single device crash would respect this service more. Evernote has a free mode, which has limited options, but more than enough to hook you.
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The items in this post are purely the thoughts and opinions of the author. All facts and data are gathered across various sources and the author’s conclusions are based that information. Techie Pro
Binary Blogger has spent 20 years in the Information Security space currently providing security solutions and evangelism to clients. From early web application programming, system administration, senior management to enterprise consulting I provide practical security analysis and solutions to help companies and individuals figure out HOW to be secure every day.