Evernote – a go-anywhere synchronizing note app
March 30, 2008
I’ve gone through a bunch of note management applications over the past few years. I always like the idea, but most of them require that you adapt yourself to their workflow in order to get the most out of them, or are difficult to access from multiple devices, which usually results in them being more trouble than they’re worth to me.
For the last week, however, I’ve been playing with Evernote, and the more I use it, the more I’m inclined to use it as my go-to organization app.
The first thing that’s different about Evernote is that your data actually lives on the Evernote servers — they have client programs for Mac and Windows, and support for many mobile platforms, but all of these sync to the web data store.
This means I can take notes on my desktop, access them on my iPhone while I’m on my way to see a client, and update them on my notebook at the client offices, all automatically. Synchronization requires no manual intervention — there’s a sync button in the client, but it automatically syncs all by itself every few minutes (user configurable).
Notes can be typed in, clipped from a web page, tagged, and re-arranged between notebooks, and anything is searchable. Evernote also supports images, and will even try to read read text off of the images, so that you can include them in your searches.
You can use the Mac or Windows client or the web client interchangeably — you can even access your Evernote account as an iMap mail account from your iPhone or Windows Mobile device, and you can post to Evernote from any mail client (or even from another web service, such as Jott).
The price is hard to beat as well — free. They say that they will offer a premium version down the line, but the current functionality is due to remain free.
Evernote is currently in a closed beta. You can sign up for invitations on the Evernote Site.