Not only am I finally getting around to Evernote, but this will be my first “mobile” application review.
Evernote has been around for a while, but I never got around to trying it out. Now that they have: web-based access; browser plug-ins; downloadable software for Windows and Mac; AND apps for mobile phones; I really don’t have an excuse for not trying it out.
Basic functionality: Evernote takes notes. (Yah, no kidding.) But it really takes notes: text via all the various software applications, or via Twitter; audio via the software and phones; images like photos from your phone (like a photo of that napkin you were scribbling on), screenshots, uploaded images. Evernote organizes notes. I’m using the active voice here for a reason, because Evernote will actually do some basic organization on it’s own, plus you can add your own folders, tags, etc. If Evernote can process the note for searching (indexing keywords, etc.), it will do so.
Impressions: the thing that appeals to me most is the multiple access points. I can take a picture of something or write a quick text note on my phone, and find it in the web account. I can install the browser plug-in in IE, Firefox, or Chrome to capture links and screenshots.
I also like the fact that this is private. I have a bunch of ways of saving things publicly (Flickr, Delicious, etc.) but my private stuff is all in my email.
I can definitely see myself using this for organizational purposes for saving pictures, links, and notes for posting on the library Facebook page, and collecting websites, images, articles, and ideas for a presentation I’m putting together. I’m definitely going to be using the Twitter integration to save tweets I want to follow up on. I could even use it to save services I want to try out for this blog. If I were a student, I’d be adding websites and online articles for papers, snapping pictures of the chalk/white board in class, and taking notes.
Like many of the free services I’ve reviewed here, Evernote has a premium, for-fee version. For the reasonable price of $5/month or $45/year (as of this writing), you get a much larger upload allowance, expanded file type viewing, collaboration abilities, increased support and security, and ad-free service. Some of the partner services that Evernote works with require their own premium services, like Reqall Pro which can extract Evernote notes to add to your reminders. (Tempting!)
I’ve just started to explore Evernote, so I may post an update once I’ve used it for a while.