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Evernote is a powerful note taking application that makes it easy to capture ideas, images, contacts, and anything else you need to remember. Bring your life's work together in one digital workspace—available on all major mobile platforms and devices.

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Evernote Features

  • Capture notes, pictures, locations, and more into flexible notebooks
  • Save anything from the web into your notebook
  • Highlight, annotate, and add visual callouts to your notes
  • Organize notes with tags, notebooks, and stacks
  • Search inside notes, files, and locations to find information
  • Share notes and notebooks for collaboration
  • iOS, Android, Mac, and Windows apps available

Evernote Pricing

  • Free Basic plan for standard features and up to 60MB uploads per month
  • $2.99/month Plus plan for offline notebook access, email integration, mobile passcode, and up to 1GB uploads per month
  • $4.99/month Premium plan for search inside PDF and Office files, note revision history, presentations, related content, and up to 10GB uploads per month
  • $12/month per user Business plan for everything in Premium, plus team workspaces and administrative functions

Last updated September 16, 2015. Please visit the official site for the most up-to-date information.

Evernote Review

Each day, most of us take notes, make lists, read content online, and email our coworkers. You could one app for each of these tasks—or, you could use Evernote to do all of these things and more in one place.

Evernote is one of the most popular notebook apps, designed for keeping your most important information organized. Type up notes, copy info from websites, attach important images and documents, and then organize them all into notebooks. Evernote gather extra info about your notes, including the location you wrote the note or the website you copied info from, to make sure you'll always be able to find the notes you need.

Evernote’s simple note taking feature is perfect for anything from detailed meeting notes to a brainstorming idea dump. Notes are essentially blank documents, where you can format text with tools similar to those in any other word processing software. The difference is, once your note is written, it doesn’t get lost in a random New Document1275.doc file hidden away in an email somewhere. Use Evernote to write down everything you need to remember, and you'll always be able to find your most important content.

Need to remember something you found online? Evernote's Web Clipper extension turns it into one of the best bookmarking tools. Add it to your favorite browser, then when you find an article you want to save online, you can save the entire page, just the stripped-down article text or image, or a screenshot of the page complete with annotations so you'll remember what you liked about the page. The Web Clipper saves the site's address, so you can easily revisit the page later—but you likely won't have to since the important data is saved to your notebooks.

You'll still need to organize your notes, though, or finding the correct note among thousands can be tough even for Evernote's built-in search. For that, Evernote offers tags, notebooks, and stacks. Tags are similar to the tags you'd add to pictures in Flickr or emails in Gmail—they let you add as many topics as you want to a note, and see all notes with the same tags together. Then, Notebooks are a bit more like folders—you'll add a note to a notebook, and see it with all other notes in that notebook. There's also stacks, which let you group multiple notebooks together. That way, say, you could have a Stack about travel, a notebook about each country, and tags on notes for restaurant, hotel, attraction and other things you'd like to remember.

Finding a note when you need it is one thing—remembering to followup is another. Evernote's reminders can help there. Add a reminder to a note, and Evernote will notify you on that date. It's a simple to-do list built into your notebook, one that can remind you about entire notes—a great way to jump right into your projects to finish them off.

Not only can you review and edit your notes, but you can also highlight, annotate, or add visual callouts to your content—as can anyone you share the notes with, making it an excellent tool for collaboration. You can share individual notes or notebooks, to make collaboration easy. You can also use the Work Chat feature to work with your team—instead of moving a discussion into email or a chat app, you can chat within Evernote and tie the conversations to specific notes, so no communication is ever lost.

All text in your notes is fully searchable, so it’s easy to find the content you’re looking for and can drill down your searches by notebook, location, and more. If you've installed the Web Clipper extension, you'll also see Evernote search results along with Google, Bing, and Yahoo web searches. Search for "lasagna recipes," for instance, and you'll see Google search results along with recipes you've saved to Evernote previously. With the Premium and Business subscriptions, Evernote can also discover "Related Notes" for you automatically. Write a note about your business earnings for this quarter, say, and Evernote will show similar notes you've added in the past along with online articles or people in Work Chat you've talked to about these notes previously.

The Plus and Premium versions also allow you to save emails, Office docs, PDFs and more to your notebooks, another way to bringing everything into one workspace. You could use email filters to forward important emails to Evernote automatically, or use the address to email yourself a quick note. Then, you can annotate PDF files right inside Evernote, with a Premium subscription, and search through their contents right from Evernote's main search. And if you need to turn those notes into a presentation, just tap the Present button and Evernote will make your notes ready for the big screen.

Organizations who want a simpler way to manage their Evernote accounts can sign up for Evernote Business, which has all the same features as the Premium version plus team workspaces and a way to centralize user administration. You can make shared notebooks automatically, and your team can easily switch between your company notes and their own personal notes. It might not replace Microsoft Office or email, but if you keep all your documentation and chat in it, you might get by with just Evernote most of the time.

If you need to add additional functionality to your Evernote account, you can likely find what you’re looking for in the Evernote App Center. Evernote connects to hundreds of services from handwriting tools to flashcard apps. Whether in extra apps from the Evernote team, tools in the App Center, or Zapier-powered Evernote integrations, you can do just about anything right from this versitle notebook app.

Evernote works everywhere you do, too. You can view your notes from the Evernote web app, or install its apps for Windows, OS X, iOS, and Android to see your notes anywhere and search through them when you're offline with a paid subscription. There's even 3rd party apps for Evernote—from Alternote, a simple Evernote app for Mac, to Everpad for Linux—so you're likely to find an Evernote tool you love.

If you're looking for a tool to keep all your writing, bookmarks, documents, and much more in one place, Evernote is a great tool to consider. Instead of jumping between apps, you can do it all in one place—and be sure you never forget anything.


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Vicky

Reviewed by Vicky Cassidy, Zapier. Last updated September 16, 2015.

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