Evernote is a universal note-taking tool which can store phone numbers and shopping lists as easily as grabbing photographs or taking detailed minutes of a meeting. Notes can be collected and stored in Notebooks.

Works on a PC, laptop, tablet and smart phone.

Free version allows you to make notes and synchronise them across devices
A paid account gives more memory, off line access and sharing of notebooks with other users for collaborative working.

Evernote is a cross-platform app that serves many purposes—it can be your digital file cabinet, note-taking tool, daily journal, task or project management system, recipe-keeper, and more. Because it has so many uses and different features, Evernote can both appeal to a lot of people and feel like overkill to others.
It's a Universal Inbox: Store Anything You Can Imagine in One Place
Evernote integrates with just about everything. It has browser extensions that allow you to save a web page—in its entirety—in one click for future reference. A dedicated Evernote email address lets you forward emails, tweets, or any other type of content to any of your Evernote notebooks. Also, IFTTT (If This Then That) support means you can automatically send content from other services (e.g., Gmail or Google Reader or Pocket) to your Evernote account. If nothing else, you could use Evernote to archive your digital life.
Evernote can thus serve are your "everything" inbox. Thanks to its cross-platform support (desktop apps, web apps, mobile apps) you really can offload all of your reference materials, ideas, to do tasks, or other digital items to Evernote and never worry about where you've collected all those random bits of information. It's one container to store them all. Evernote's search is good enough that you can retrieve all those docs quickly, but it also has great notebook and tagging organization (more on that in a bit) that really make it stand out.
Jay G. says:
I use Evernote for EVERYTHING. I use it for my daily journal. I use it with IFTTT to save all starred items in Google Reader to save interesting articles for future reference. I scan all donation and other important receipts by scanning and emailing. I use it to organize projects with quotes, ideas, snippets from the web, and typed notes. I use it to store all digital manuals and instructions for various electronics around the home. I also use it to save favorite tweets (again with IFTTT). I use it to store teaching notes, discussion ideas, etc. I use it to reference personal documents, contracts, medical documents, etc.
Chris K. writes:
I use Evernote every day. I'm a consultant and often meet with clients to discuss designs. It may be weeks or months in between meetings. Evernote makes it easy to catch right back up where we left off. By synching between my MAC and my Droid I can even get caught up while I'm waiting in the lobby 5 minutes before a meeting. And I can share the notes with my peers.
you can dump everything in there—from written or typed notes to photo snapshots or videos to voice recordings—and count on retrieving them later either with the reliable search or your own tagging/notebook organization.
It's Digitizes Your Physical Notes and Backs Them Up in The Cloud
Because of its multi-platform support and OCR feature, Evernote also helps people who just want to go paperless. Mike U. says:
I can answer it simply that it helps the unorganized get organized.

Being an Evernote premium subscriber, I use the additional upload capacity to scan receipts, bills and letters, share household notebooks with my spouse, scan children’s artwork and tag it with date/event/grade. Additionally, I use it as a repository for documentation (read:work) in searchable PDF format.

It is totally the one tool I use every day multiple times a day.
There have been numerous times I've been on a call and needed something like insurance information, and it was easily retrieved, because everything goes into Evernote.
Evernote can quickly turn photos and scanned pics into notes—and also decipher the text in those photos. (The Evernote Smart Notebook by Moleskine is a nice marriage of the analog and digital.)
It's Great for Task/GTD Management
Productivity consultant Daniel Gold says he uses Evernote as a "life management tool":
It allows me to leverage it as a document management tool to incubate all my reference related materials (both scanned papers and electronic) with my action items. With note linking, I can connect the dots between tasks and reference items. Add in saved searches and I can quickly filter through projects and tasks to focus on what must absolutely go right in order for me to be more productive & successful.
Even though Evernote lacks the typical trappings of a to-do list manager (e.g. reminders and checkboxes), it can be a worthy replacement if you set up a system for using it.

Nancy Messieh

Save Classified Listings Before They Expire
How many times have you bookmarked a TradeMe listing only to find that the post has expired next time you go to check it out? With Evernote, you can save the entire listing, with all of the information, contact information and photos by using Evernote's Web Clipper. This feature can come in handy on sites like eBay, TradeMe, or just about any online classified site you can think of.
Take Notes While Reading a Book
If you've already made the switch to eBooks, making digital notes while you're reading is nothing new, but if you're still attached to reading books, and don't want to put your notes in the margin, why not use Evernote? Create an individual notebook for each book, take photos of the page you want to jot a note down about with your phone, and type in the note with the image.
By using Evernote, you have a digitized and easy to search database of your notes - just make sure to include the page number in your typed up notes.
Keep Measurements, Sizes, etc. Handy When Shopping
Whether it's measurements for your furniture, clothes sizes or even your printer's ink type, you can take that kind of information with you everywhere you go. That way, next time you're at the store, you'll always have that information handy if you happen to find something that you want to buy.
Create Lists Of Everything From Goals To Groceries
Because Evernote allows you to create checklists, there's no end to the kinds of lists you can create using the app. Whether it's for day-to-day tasks like groceries, to life-long goals that are on your bucket list, or even just a list of movies you want to watch, you can take your checklists with you everywhere using the mobile Evernote app.
Record Your Prescriptions
If you have a lot of prescriptions, you can keep them organized using Evernote. Take photos of the doctor's prescription, of the pill box or bottle, and even how each individual pill looks. Keep track of how often you take them, and how often you need to refill the prescription.
Save Important Documents: Warranties, Contracts, Birth Certificates, etc.
Any kind of important document that you want to keep track of, you can simply save in Evernote. Whether it's an important contract, your birth or marriage certificate, or any other important papers, take photos of them, or save them as PDFs and save them to Evernote. That way you have important information handy with you no matter where you go.
Create a Virtual Library Of Your CD, DVD.
If you have a large collection of DVDs, video games, books, or anything else, you can take photos of each item, add notes about them, and even make a note of when you lend them out and who you've lent them to, and you can keep track of your personal belongings. Nothing is more annoying than lending a book to a friend and forgetting who you gave it to, so why not let Evernote help you remember?
Use Evernote As a Rolodex
While there are a lot of great apps that make it easy to exchange contact information simply by touching phones, the traditional business card is far from dead. Rather than keep a messy box of business cards, take photos of the individual business cards and save the note with the contact's name.


Jessica Cam Wong

Jessica is interested in anything that enhances personal productivity and that is open-source. Find her on Twitter (@jecw). +


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Evernote tutorials on YouTube



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