Get Organized with Evernote

Alright, let’s face it. Not everyone has time to use every feature in those GTD applications you see everywhere. Some people don’t even have time to use the basic features! And that’s where Evernote comes in.

So What Exactly is Evernote?

Evernote is a note-taking application that organizes and syncs your notes between numerous devices including your PC, Mac and Mobile Phone. Your notes are not only stored on your devices, but also up in the Evernote server ‘cloud’ for safe keeping.

Multi-platform Support

Evernote has native applications for Mac OS X, Windows 2000/XP/Vista, Windows Mobile 5/6 and the iPhone. For those using other platforms like Linux or Solaris, the web version will do just fine as it has just about all the features of the native applications, and you don’t have to store anything on your computer!

Capture, Sync, Find…

Evernote’s motto is Capture, Sync, Find, and it’s right on the ball. In other words, it does exactly what it says. Your Evernote account allows you to have multiple notebooks, so you can sort your notes into categories. Once you start adding and tagging notes, you can use the great built-in search function to search for keywords, images, and other things stored in your notes. This includes the text inside your images.

The Web Clipper

To clip text, images, and entire websites into Evernote is easy with the web clipper. Evernote provide native plugins for Firefox and Flock, but for other browsers like Internet Explorer or Opera, you can easily use the Web Clipper bookmarklet.

So How Much Does It Cost?

Evernote is free, but they do provide ‘Premium’ accounts that provide extra storage. With a free account, they provide you with 40MB per month whilst if you sign up to a Premium account, you’ll receive 500MB per month which can store around 250,000 notes. More than enough. Premium accounts cost $5.00USD per month or $45.00USD per year.

Conclusion

Personally, I use both Evernote and the basic note-taking functions in Apple Mail to organize myself. Evernote is great for clipping text, images and entire websites from the Internet using the web clipper bookmark, and is great for syncing information between devices.

For more information on Evernote, or to sign up for an account, visit http://www.evernote.com/.

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