Ever­note 6

We find out if a dig­i­tal note-tak­ing so­lu­tion in­crease your cre­ativ­ity and stream­line your in­spi­ra­tions

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Price Free/£4 per month pre­mium ver­note is a way of or­gan­is­ing and keep­ing track of, well, any­thing. On first glance the cloudsync­ing suite of apps and browser add-ons may con­vey a business-like de­meanour in its note-tak­ing em­pha­sis, but the flex­i­bil­ity of its Ever-notes, tag­ging sys­tem and note­book struc­ture makes it ver­sa­tile and a use­ful boost to cre­ativ­ity.

The in­ter­face dif­fers slightly de­pend­ing on the de­vice and method you use to ac­cess your free or pre­mium ac­count (the lat­ter of­fer­ing at­tached doc­u­ment search and ex­tra an­no­ta­tion tools), but all ev­i­dence of Ever­note’s ear­lier skeuo­mor­phic ten­den­cies has been hap­pily re­moved.

On the min­i­mal­ist iOS and An­droid apps you can cre­ate new notes with a tap by in­putting styled text and past­ing in images or fil­ing pho­tos taken

ECom­pany Ever­note

Web www.ever­note.com with the de­vice’s cam­era. Th­ese can be ar­ranged in vir­tual note­books, com­plete with key­word tags and geo­data. Notes can be searched for ei­ther on a mo­bile de­vice or from the desk­top app, mak­ing the archival of pen­cil sketches by project or in­spi­ra­tion an easy task.

Cat­a­logu­ing the steps you took to cre­ate an il­lus­tra­tion or record­ing the think­ing be­hind a the­matic con­cept are what Ever­note also works well at. The tag­ging sys­tem can be used to col­late themed vir­tual mood boards on the fly. The browser ex­ten­sion, mean­while, is use­ful for sav­ing web clip­pings, URLs or whole pages for ref­er­ence, which can then be an­no­tated us­ing the built-in SketchUp tools. The col­lab­o­ra­tion tools bring shared note­books into the mix and the desk­top clients en­able you to chat with col­lab­o­ra­tors in-app.

Per­haps one of the best re­cent ad­di­tions is – or was – Ever­note’s in­te­gra­tion with Penul­ti­mate, the dig­i­tal hand­writ­ing and sketch­ing app, which made or­gan­is­ing sketches ex­tremely sim­ple. The lat­est ver­sion of Ever­note has been se­verely crit­i­cised by users for tak­ing away many of Penul­ti­mate’s best in­te­gra­tion fea­tures. Over­all, it’s a doozy, but lovers of Penul­ti­mate should pro­ceed with cau­tion.

March 2015

You can com­bine words with images

us­ing Ever­note 6.

You can choose how you or­gan­ise your fold­ers, us­ing any ba­sis or theme that you pre­fer.

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