There’s always an app that excels and represents all the programs in its niche. In the case of note-taking software, Evernote fills that position perfectly. It can be used to organize files, take notes, save audio, text, images, drawing, and even web clippings. These files can be categorized in folders called notebooks, which can be assigned customized tags, and found within seconds through the app’s powerful search tool.
Evernote has been around since 2004 and after its beta launch in 2008, it has its fair share of loyal users. It is a cross-platform app and has made organizing everything, from big projects to personal moments, easy and fast. You can use it to manage ideas, projects, and to-do lists in a single place. It is very easy to use and has zero to a little learning curve. It offers plenty of great features and when used, accordingly, can also be used as a project management tool.
It is accessible on all major platforms, such as Android, Windows, and macOS. Every activity on a single Evernote account syncs to the cloud automatically and can be accessed on other devices. This makes collaborative work with friends or co-workers with the click of a button. It is more of a digital filing cabinet where its ability of word processing, storage, and searching information is as central as making a written note.
Marketed as a productivity app, Evernote has lived up to its expectations. It is available in four subscription tiers now: Free, Personal ($7.99/month), Professional ($9.99/month), and Team ($14.99 per user/month). The high prices may not appeal to many people, but the features provided are worthwhile. However, the Free version is more like a free trial of the app. It is very limited with 60MB monthly upload capacity which is not enough for business users. Many features are also missing for the non-paying users, such as they cannot personalize their homepages or even use reminders for folders or the Calendar tool. It also limits the synchronization of data to up to 2 devices only. Nevertheless, the paid versions do provide unlimited facilities and make up for these restrictions.
Some of its features include Sync and Organize, Web Clipper, Document Scanning, Calendar, Search, Tasks, Templates, and App Integrations. Web Clipper is used to capturing screens on the web and directly save on Evernote. Work chat provides you with the option to chat with your team members while using the app, which makes project collaboration effortless.
The search functionality in Evernote is highly impressive and one of its greatest strengths. It possesses very strong Optical Character Recognition (OCR) and can search through scanned pictures, multiple document formats, images, and PDFs. Unfortunately, most of it is restricted to Premium versions. It also prioritizes the protection of your data and provides complete user support. Two-step verification for added data security is done even in the free version.
Evernote was among the initial note-taking apps in the market and has since done a lot of work to stay relevant. It’s a flexible software with all the required features to take and store notes in a quick and convenient way. It is an ideal working space for writing and organizing files.