I first found Evernote while looking for a comparable Android app for Microsoft’s OneNote. Up till that point, I had multiple applications that I used for taking quick notes, meeting notes, various types of lists, reminders, you name it. I hadn’t found one application that seemed to fit all of my needs in a neat little package. That is, until I found Evernote.
Evernote is, at it’s core, a notebook type app. Obviously, you can use it to create basic documents for whatever you want. Meeting notes, grocery lists, ideas that pop into your head, or letters to Mom. Basically, anything you could do with your basic text editor software. You can add tables, check boxes, lists, etc.
However, Evernote goes far beyond just this basic task. Each note can be separated into it’s own group, or Notebook, to help organize your thoughts. Each note can also be given a specific “tag” to further categorize your documents. You can then sort your notes by any of these different indicators to make finding your information easier.
What I really love about Evernote is it’s ability to put your notes at your fingertips where ever you might be. All of your notes are synced back to Evernote and available anywhere you have a client installed. So you can make a note on your laptop, sync it to Evernote, and then have access to it on your phone, your tablet, or your other computer. You can even share it out to another person, even if they don’t have Evernote.
Evernote also has several plugins and add-on’s for other software. For example, there is an add-on for Microsoft Outlook that allows you to take an email and create it as an Evernote document with one click of a button. There seems to be new items coming out all the time for Evernote to make it tie into your day easier. I’ve been using Evernote for over a year now and there’s still new features that I’m discovering that I didn’t know was available.
Evernote is another one of those apps that I have to recommend to anyone who asks me what they should be installing on their devices. I use this software every day on multiple platforms. It’s installed on my phone, my tablet, my work laptop, and my home laptop. It’s an ever-evolving product with great support that, once you start using, may have a hard time living without.
Price: Free (Pro Version available, provides more storage space)
Application Link: Evernote