If you’re looking for a way to organize your life, or for a powerful note app, or for a way to access your content across multiple devices, check out Evernote. Evernote is available as an app for your computer, smartphone and tablet; as a website; and as an extension for your browser. No matter what device you’re reading this article on, Evernote is probably available on it. Evernote will help you organize your notes, favorite websites, photos, audio recordings, video clips, shopping lists and, well, your life. Using Evernote you can save these items in different notebooks which you can sync between all of your devices.
Here’s a video from Evernote showing what it can do:
Adding Evernote to Your Computer
You can add Evernote to your Windows computer by downloading an application from the Evernote website or, on a Mac, getting the Evernote App from the Mac OS App Store. When you right-click on a highlighted term, adding to Evernote will appear as a selection.
After you add the extension, you can save text, images and links from a website and have them handy across all platforms. Your clips are saved even if the web page expires.
Here’s a video from Evernote showing how web clipping works on Chrome (this also applies to other browsers as well as to Chrome):
You can add photos to your notes, either by taking a photo from within the app or adding a photo from your photo library.
You can use Evernote as a voice recording app to help you organize your audio files.
Searching with Tags
Evernote lets you tag your notebooks so you can search for items easily.
When you add a picture to a notebook, Evernote can scan the image to read the text shown in that image. You can then search your notebooks for terms used in the image.
Emailing a Note
When you sign up for Evernote, you get an email address for sending information to your notebooks. Send an email to that address and add the content of your email to your Evernote notebook automatically.
Evernote lets you share your Notebooks with other Evernote users.
Syncing with IFTTT
By using IFTTT with Evernote, you can have emails, Twitter favorites, Instagram posts, Flickr favorites, Facebook status updates and Foursquare checkins saved to an Evernote notebook automatically. Check out sample IFTTT recipes here: IFTTT Evernote recipes. You can even archive your IFTTT recipes in Evernote.
Syncing with Other Apps
Evernote syncs with lots of other apps to help make your creative works available wherever you are. Apps that sync with Evernote include Notability, Instapaper, AP Mobile, Pocket, Quick Office Pro HD, and lots of other desktop and mobile apps.
Geotagging with Evernote
You can use Evernote to geotag your notes, keeping a record of where you were when you created the note. On your mobile device, allow location services for the Evernote app, either when you set up the app, or in Settings.
Evernote + Moleskine
If you’re a fan of taking notes with pen and paper, Evernote can be a useful tool. Evernote is partnering with Moleskine to bring you Smart Notebooks. You can write notes in your Smart Notebook, take a picture of them with your Evernote Camera app and have the notes appear digitally in your Evernote online notebook. This feature is scheduled to be launched later this month. You can find out more and pre-order your Smart Notebook from the website: Moleskine Smart Notebook.
Getting Started with Evernote
With all the different platforms and ways to use Evernote, explaining each here would be a challenge. Instead, I suggest you head to Evernote’s Getting Started web page.
Ideas for Using Evernote
Organize your photos in tagged notebooks so you can have them with you wherever you are and can share and search for them easily. If you’re on the hunt for the perfect dress, keep a notebook of photos of your favorites and share them with your friends to get their opinions. If you’re house hunting, keep a notebook of photos, floor plans and specs of your favorite homes for handy reference.
Create a notebook of your favorite recipes into Evernote and tag them so you can search them and have them handy wherever you are. At the grocery store and can’t remember the ingredients for your favorite recipe? Open your Evernote app and search for the recipes. Share your recipe notebooks easily with friends and family.
Use web clips, photos and notes to keep track of gift ideas for the holidays, birthdays, weddings or other events.
Make grocery lists from your computer and have them available on your smartphone when you shop. Add pictures to make sure you get the right brand or size. Share your notebook with your significant other easily.
Keep track of your purchases by taking pictures of them and storing them in a notebook. The images are searchable for text and tags so you can find your receipts easily later. You can also save online receipts to your Evernote notebook for online purchases.
If you’ve ever struggled to find an instruction manual long after you’ve purchased a product, use Evernote to keep them handy whenever you need them. Scan or take pictures of your manuals for a notebook and toss the paper ones away. After you get rid of the product, you can delete the manual notebook from Evernote.
Keep itineraries, conference schedules, travel receipts, confirmations, reservation information, sightseeing ideas, addresses and packing lists in Evernote. If you travel on business, keep a record of your travel plans, people you met with, restaurants where you ate and other helpful information. Next time you visit that location, check your notebook to remember the details of your trip.
Whether you travel a lot or rarely, it can be handy to keep a packing list handy. You can have different packing lists for business, personal and family travel.
Keep notes from a meeting handy to refer back to or have accessible if you’re called into a last-minute meeting on the same subject.
Evernote is free, but power users may want to upgrade to Evernote Premium, which gets rid of ads and gives you more storage space, ability to password lock your iOS and Android apps, access to offline notebooks (Android and iOS), edit shared notebooks with other Evernote users, and more. Evernote Premium is available for $5/month or $45/year from Evernote.
You can sign up for Evernote at their website. The Evernote app is available free for:
- iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch from the iTunes App Store
- Android devices from Google Play
- BlackBerry phones from App World
- Windows phones from the Windows Phone Store
- Kindle Fire and other Android devices from the Amazon Appstore
Check out Evernote for a powerful organization and note taking tool. Are you looking for a versatile organizational tool to keep your content available anywhere? Have you used Evernote? What are the ways you use Evernote? Let us know in the Comments section below!
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