Evernote is one of the most versatile programs that I have ever used and I have tried quite a few. The program is Web-based but can be used on Mac or Windows computers, iPads, Android phones, and BlackBerries. You can also clip items from the Web into Evernote.
The program allows you to create any number of notebooks for your notes. You can add tags or explanatory text to your notes or Web clips. You can record voice notes, sketches and hand written notes created with LiveScribe pens and Wacom Bamboo pen tablets. Other common Evernote activities include creating lists, copying recipes, taking notes for business or home activities, and clipping articles from the Web. Categorize all of them as you wish.
The program is easy to install and use on any hardware. Unlike programs like Microsoft’s OneNote, Evernote easily moves to your new computer without having to purchase a new copy. When my computer crashed, I purchased new Microsoft programs. Although I had backed up my OneNote notebooks, reinstalling all of the information has been problematic at best.
Everything that I had put into Evernote was easily accessible when I got my computer back up and running. The information stored in the cloud was all still there and easy to access. I could connect to it using my Android phone while my computer was down.
When I switched from my former BlackBerry to a new Android phone, Evernote went with me and so did the ability to store notes and pictures directly from my phone and access all of my notes as well. Any notes that you want to get rid of can be easily deleted.
There are a number of different applications that interface with Evernote. For example, Egretlist for iPhone is a to-do app that syncs with Evernote. SAP Streamwork allows you to share your work with others and brainstorm. Seesmic allows you to save tweets and Facebook streams to Evernote. If you use Olive Tree’s Bible Reader you can take notes on what you read.
You can get a premium subscription that allows you to upload 500MB per month for either $5 per month or $45 for the year. The premium membership also allows you to collaborate with others and adds another layer of SSL encryption security.
The program has been a great help for keeping up with information. I highly recommend this program to anyone who wants an easy to use program that syncs with their computer and phone letting them keep up with to-lists, grocery lists, office documents, and family pictures all in one easy to access place.