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Evernote has had their online note-taking, storing, clipping, OCRing, productivity-enhancing service in beta for some time and have used that beta time for constantly improving the service.  They are now out of beta and are making the full version available for use for subscribers.  Free accounts […]

Evernote_logoEvernote has had their online note-taking, storing, clipping, OCRing, productivity-enhancing service in beta for some time and have used that beta time for constantly improving the service.  They are now out of beta and are making the full version available for use for subscribers.  Free accounts will get 40 MB of storage but paid subscriptions ($5 per month) will provide 500 MB of storage and additional features for the note-taking public.  Evernote provides a complete note-taking solution with clients for Windows Mobile, Windows and the Mac and since notes are stored online they are thus available from the web or any device the subscriber may be using.  Evernote allows uploading images that are OCRed making any text in the image searchable so you can take a photo of a business card for example and search for the text on the card.

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  1. Hey James! I’ve been using Evernote for a while now, and it’s great! $5 a month isn’t all that much really, especially not for the service they provide.

    One small misunderstanding on your end: it’s a 40mb per month limit, not 40mb of total space. So you actually basically have a virtually endless amount of space to store your stuff, both in the free and paid versions.

    Did the windows client get any better yet? I really didn’t like the ‘everything is one big scroll’ thingy. The OSX version was much much better to me.

  2. I’ve experimented with the Evernote computer application a couple of times by installing it in tablet PCs, and abandoned it because I found the handwriting recognition didn’t seem all that great.

    I’m now experimenting with the web service because I need a common place to store notes, which I typically take on any one of about four or five computers.

    I do find the interface a bit confusing, but no doubt it just needs practice.

  3. Is it just me or does anyone else feel that they don’t want to be coerced into ‘subscription based cloud computing’???

    I think it’s fine if that’s what you want or need, but I want the choice to have my apps and data on my own device, Thank You!

    States Rights!

    ;-)

  4. @ArchiMark – Evernote will let you create a local notebook that is not synchronized with the “cloud” – the application and the database stay on your local machine.

    Their current free program is pretty generous. I have been using Evernote for a number of months and have never come close to maxing out against the 40MB you get.

  5. Yes, it’s a 40 MB upload limit per month, not a 40 MB (total) storage limit.

    ArchiMark, from what I see in my (so far limited trials), the data is stored locally on your machine(s) if you use the Windows/Mac clients. It uses the cloud to provide you with web access and synchronization between devices.

    That said, I am not sure what happens when the cloud is down. It’s prompting me to log into my EverNote account and won’t let me see/access any local/non-synch’ed notebooks until that’s happened. Time to cut WiFi and see what happens if it can’t go out to the EverNote site to authenticate.

  6. Thank goodness they have updated the Web Interface, it is more user friendly now, their implementation of the multi-note select was not well thought out, far too easy to select the note to view (thus losing all your selections) rather than ticking the tick box.

    Although I manage to crash it fairly regularly, setting new tags being the current problem, still says it is beta so musn’t grumble.

    Compared to OneNote and syncing that over Hamachi … dunno.

    As note taking app, Evernote leaves a little to be desired. Perhaps more than a little. Clearly the paucity of ink support will put a few off. I like inking screen grabs with little comments. Yes, you can use tags, but it isn’t the same. You can tag photos on Flickr or Picasa and could always export notes as jpegs to there, you lose the text searching but that doesn’t seem like it would be that difficult to implement on either of those. Competion ?

    The web app is the “killer” for me. Having a “blog” of my OneNote notes on the web would be great. I have tried exporting MHTML to TypePad, but it doesn’t work (more likely to be my lack of abilty though).

    There is a bit of Maciness about Evernote though, which isn’t a bad thing, without the iPhone they probably would not even have thought of something like a web interface. But the Windows client lags behind the Mac one, and doesn’t really look that great. Evernote need to make sure they don’t overlook the majority of potential users. Remember The Milk (RTM) have been very good at catering for as wide an audience as possible. It is very very cool on the iPhone, but it doesn’t make itself out to be anything other than agnostic.

    One of the great things about OneNote is the range of PowerToys and the integration into other (admittedly MS) products. I have often thought a plugin to OneNote that would create an RTM todo action, or pull down all of your RTM Todos into OneNote would be really nice, whilst the Outlook route is OK, it does need Exchange or a Smartphone to sync. p.s. if you want to build this I was going to call it OneMilk !

    Now we have our big list of “stuff” in Evernote, what do we do with it ? Would be nice to have “Blog This” or “Remind me About this on Monday” etc.

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