Some of you must have used this application in the past or heard about while the rest are already using it because of its ease of use. Today i am going to talk about a beautiful application called Evernote.
I used to use textedit (notepad on mac), sticky notes and Microsoft’s Word for keeping notes, important information during my client visit, write-ups for my blog and organizing other text contents. Every application comes up with their native features
by keeping the users in mind. On mac, Stickies (sticky notes) app is a lightweight to write quick notes, you can even change the color of each note, format the text and so on. But the only problem I had with the Stickies, it was difficult to find a particular note, associated tags when you have more than 15 notes on screen (desktop).
Secondly, managing ‘multiple note files’ was the problem in this scenario. For instance, saving them under your documents with different file names or even opening them by their file names was quite annoying. I never touched or relied upon programs like Microsoft word and similar apps which are good enough but heavy application to load.
I was majorly looking for an application that should have 2 features by default such as:
- Easy enough to manage & organize all my notes
- I can access the same notes on my smart phone while traveling
However, for the testing and reviewing I have downloaded Evernote on my mac and guess what…I am more than happy to see the build-in-features. Here I am sharing with you a couple of screenshots with feature list.
Evernote Download Page:
This is available for both desktop and mobile devices as shown in the screenshot.
The following screenshots are taken from Mac.
Since this is a cloud base app, you have to login from anywhere to access your document files. Make sure your Internet connection is up and running because Evernote needs this while syncing your notes with your account.
The main interface has 3 main views such as list view, snippet view (in the screenshot) and Card view. The major tools are placed on the top which are quite minimal by default and which can be customized by going to Evernote > Preference from the menu. Basically the interface is divided into 3 sections; Filter sections with notebooks (left), Name of the notes (middle) and the compose window (right).
If you are into blog writing or article writing where the character / word count is crucial, then this is a nice feature initiated by Evernote as shown in the screenshot below.
You can switch to ‘List View’ (view > list view) for a simpler navigation.
You can also switch to ‘Card View” (view>card view) for a thumbnail/card style notes in the middle panel.
Evernote is not only for writing notes but also for sharing the notes via facebook, twitter, email or link url to your friends or colleagues.
By clicking on the ‘Shared’ tab (next to Account Tab on the top left) you can see your note books and it’s sharing status as shown in the screenshot.
You can also customize the top toolbar, this is applicable on mac but you have to check if this is available on PC.
You can also download the Evernote Web Clipper to grab images and links from the web.
Currently, there is a limitation for the account space that is limited to 60mb for free version, but this is more than enough to carry thousand of text notes on the go. If you have a better budget, you can try the Premium version with more features as shown the screenshot since $5 p/m is nothing if you are working for a lot of clients.
- Adding Tags
- Note views
- Sync notes from desktop to device
- Note sharing
- Record Audio
- Text Formatting
- Attach picture with notes
- Sorting notes by dates, title, size etc
- Word/Character counts
I hope you can try this application if you never used this before and believe me, this would increase your productivity for sure. You can also try a similar (it’s competitor) application springpad as well. Let me know if you have any better product like this, you can put them in the comment section.
Thank you so much for reading.