April 7th in Mac Software, iPhone & iPad Apps, Web, Free software by .

Evernote Review – Remember everything. . .

Evernotes software lets you save your ideas, remember things you see, and make useful notes. Then lets you access them on any of your mobile devices whilst on the move. Read our review and see what we thought.

Ask anyone who knows me and they’ll tell you that I’m renowned for my bad memory. So as soon as I bought an iPhone, I began searching for an application to help me keep track of all sorts of information. I wanted something though, that would automatically sync back with my desktop machine, so I could access my notes on various different platforms. Thankfully it wasn’t long before I stumbled across Evernote.

What does it do?

Evernote running on Mac OSX

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Put simply, Evernote lets you make notes in several different ways, and syncs them across your different devices. Then gives you plenty of ways to search your notes when trying to remember something important.
Evernote works on windows, mac os X, iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, Android, Blackberry and a few more for good measure, so whatever devices you have, there’s a good chance you can get Evernote to work with it.
There are many different ways of taking notes. You can simply type a text note, maybe you want to clip a useful webpage, snap a photo from your mobile device, or from your laptop webcam, grab a screenshot, or make a voice recording. Evernote can handle them all, and once your note is entered, it is automatically processed, indexed and made searchable. You can add your own tags for easier searching and even set up multiple notebooks within the application.

Finding a certain note

Once you have built up your collection of notes, you then need to find that particular one you have in mind quickly and easily. No problem. You can search using keywords, titles and tags, and even search for text inside photos and screenshots. If there is a particular search you perform regularly, you can save your search parameters for easy use next time.

Is it easy to use?

Evernote running on iPhone

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No matter whether you are using the desktop version or one of the many mobile versions, you will find that Evernote is very simple to use. Making notes is a breeze no matter what kind of note you decide to make. I found a particularly useful feature when I made my first note using the iSight camera on my macbook. After taking the photo, the image was immediately mirrored for me so that any text etc. was the correct way round for reading. What’s more, that text is then recognised and made searchable. Useful for so many things. Perhaps you need to make a photo note of your printer ink cartridges, or maybe that good bottle of wine you just tried. Once it’s been stored in your Evernote account, you can easily access it later on any of your other devices. If you are out and about with your mobile device but don’t have access to a network, then don’t worry. You can flag your notes as favourites, which then allows an offline to version to be viewed without network access.

What will it cost me?

Browsing notes on the iPhone

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That’s where the news gets even better. If you are only going to be a light user, then the free version will be great for you. In the free version you get an upload allowance of 40mb / month with only a small area set aside for advertising. If this is not quite enough for you, then you can upgrade to a premium account. For only $45 / year you get 500mb / month and additional benefits.

Screen cast

So, if Evernote sounds like something you might be interested in, take a look at our screen cast below, so you can see just how easy it is to use.

View our screencast



[Evernote screencast by TodaysTopTech.com]
Evernote screencast from www.todaystoptech.com

Today’s Top Tech Review Our overall rating:   5/5

What we liked…

  • So many different way to make a note
  • Effortless syncing across multiple devices
  • Multiple ways of searching notes
What we weren’t so keen on…
  • No option to make a voice recording on the mac os x version, yet there is on the iPhone version? I get around this by recording a voice memo using other mac software, then dragging the .wav file into a new note on Evernote

Vital info

Software: Evernote
Supplier: Evernote Corporation
Website:www.evernote.com
Price: FREE! (40mb upload limit per month), $45/year (500mb per month)

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