This week’s App of the Week will help you keep everything in your life organised and lets you take notes that are accessible on any device.
I have a lot of apps on both my phone and tablet, but the one that I use more than any of the others is Evernote. Since a recommendation recommended it to me, my life, both at home and work, has become more organised but with less effort.
Evernote – What is it?
Evernote is a free or paid-for app that can be downloaded to your smartphone, tablet and computer. It lets you to store notes electronically – including photos, audio clips and Office documents – putting them all at your fingertips whenever you need them.
I’m currently using the free version, but I’m likely to update to the paid-for version soon, which brings with it a 1GB monthly upload capacity, offline access to notebooks and the ability for multiple users to access and edit selected notes.
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5 reasons to try Evernote
- All your notes available everywhere
I find this most useful in meetings, where I can find notes from earlier meetings without having to carry reams of paper around. You can even take photos of documents and store them in Evernote, where it uses optical character recognition (OCR) so you can search the text inside the photo.
- It’s paperless
Over the years, notes can build up and, while there’s always a recycling bin nearby, a digital archive strikes me as a more environmentally sound option. You also never regret throwing out notes you later need.
- You can share selected notebooks
Within Evernote you can create a number of notebooks. Most of these will be private, but if you choose to, they can be shared with friends, colleagues or publicly – useful when planning a holiday or working on a joint project. It’s worth noting, however, that you’ll need the premium version should you want your friends to be able to edit your notes.
- It supports multiple devices
This means you don’t always have to access your notes through your tablet or smartphone. I’ve also downloaded the app to my desktop at work and my laptop at home. What’s more, I can log into my account through a web browser on any other computer. Apps are available for Android phones and tablets, as well as the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.
- It’s easy to use
I think the best apps are often the simplest. But while Evernote is easy to use (searching for old notes is a doddle) that doesn’t detract from its versatility.
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Ben’s first impressions of Evernote
I was first recommended Evernote by a colleague as a solution to the rustling paper problem that always used to occur back in the days when I recorded the Which? Tech podcast. Not only did it remove the rustling issue, but it also meant that I would have access to all the notes I’d need during the recording, without having to spend 15 minutes printing them out beforehand.
I now, however, use Evernote out of work almost as much as I use it at work. I’ve always been a fan of lists, whether they’re shopping lists or to-do lists, and Evernote is great for checklists. One feature that I’d like to see it include that it currently doesn’t, is the ability to mark checklists with completion dates. At present you can see when notes were created or last updated, but not when they were completed.
One other great feature that it offers when taking notes in meetings, is its automatic adding of the title of the meeting in your calendar to the title of the new note. In short, it predicts that you’re taking notes at the meeting that’s scheduled in your calendar. Overall, it’s an app – and a service – that makes organising your thoughts and activities much easier. I can’t live without it now.
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