Evernote, as you might guess from the name, is a note-taking system but with many more powerful features added. You create a note which if you wish can store in a notebook that you create. It works on and offline. You can download to Mac or PC, and it has an excellent smartphone app. Evernote is currently doing a lot of work to make all the features work on the app as well as on computers. They are also working to make the user experience the same across all platforms.
|Evernote as seen in Google Chrome|
Each note can be tagged with words that you would like to use to search for the note in the future and also you can search through the notes with a word or phrase search. If you store .pdf files then very cleverly Evernote can search the text in these as well.
Within a note, you can store photos, pdf files, create an audio file, and you can scan documents directly to a note. You can also use a Gmail plugin to add an email to a note or forward an email to a note using the email address that Evernote gives you. There is still more than this though!
Evernote lets you use a tool, Web Clipper in your Google browser to clip web pages to a note. This can appear as it is or simplified to text only, bookmarked, in article form or a screenshot. There is so much versatility that this blog post will never do it justice.
Some other features worthy of note is the ability to use templates for notes, either to create your own or one that someone else has done so that you can have things such as tables already laid out for each new note. When you have a note that you would like to work on a set time, you can set a reminder to let you know when you need to give attention to it.
Here's a neat trick or two you can use on the app. You can set up a post-it notes scan. When you scan a post-it note of a certain colour, it will be stored in a particular notebook of your choice. Attach a notebook to each of the colours and each scan will be automatically stored in the correct notebook.
When someone gives you a business card, open the Evernote app, scan it and it will not only keep a copy of the card but extract the details from it such as the person's name, job title, business, phone number and address.
Something I haven't used is Presentation Mode where you can project notes to a screen, perfect for those of you that have to do such presentations. Notes can also be worked on with those who you share them with either just to view or edit. You can also share a note online creating a mini-website, although if you want to create a blog/website with Evernote do take a look at Postach.io.
I use Evernote for many things, storing receipts, invoices and statements for both home and business.
I store emails that I would like to keep away from my Inbox and work on later, photos of plants that I have bought with instructions on how to care for them. I write notes to prepare for podcasts and blog posts. It's easy to store researched items in a note for use later on including as mentioned earlier web pages. My list could go on and on, but I won't overburden you with ideas. You can use Evernote however you like.
Evernote comes in 3 options:
FREE - very basic features and notes
PREMIUM - all the features an individual will need - click the link below for a free trial.
BUSINESS - for those larger businesses that want teams to use all the features.
Disclaimer: I did not write this post to make any money from Evernote. If you would like to try Evernote here is a link to give you a free trial. If you purchase Evernote, I will receive a small payment. Try Evernote today!