Evernote is a mainstay of most ‘best of productivity app’ lists. It’s not hard to see why: Evernote is really easy to get into and has lasted longer than most of its competitors. Moleskine even has an Evernote notebook, ensuring that your digital leanings don’t mean you have to give up on pricey hipster notebooks.
The premise of Evernote is simple. Create an Evernote account and once logged in, you will then be able to create virtual ‘notebooks’ to store your notes.
It is a very simple premise that makes one wonder just why the application has become so popular. Was it just because the app has been around so long that people just gravitated towards something familiar? Why should an app that doesn’t do anything particularly groundbreaking be so recommended?
Evernote is popular because it works. The interface is easy to navigate, with clearly marked icons that let you know just what you can or cannot do. No shiny bells and whistles, and no difficult-to-decipher commands.
Besides text, you can add pictures or, as the ‘killer’ feature of the app, clippings from the
“EVERNOTE’S STRENGTH IS ITS EASE OF USE AND SEAMLESS USAGE ACROSS PLATFORMS.”
internet. What makes Evernote an easy addition to your life is how easily it integrates into things you do on a regular basis.
See a webpage you like? Use a browser extension and ‘send’ it to Evernote. Add pictures. Make Evernote reminder notes or send your notes to Evernote via email. The last feature is especially useful considering how the average working stiff is always stuck checking email anyhow. The only shortcoming of Evernote is a 60MB usage limit, at least for free accounts. If the most you do with it is jot down the odd note or keep records, then you can probably stick to the Free version. But adding photos, web clippings or using Evernote as a daily journal will soon see you exceeding the quota post-haste once you get used to integrating Evernote in your daily activities. Being able to sync Evernote to the web and your various devices, and its cross-platform nature as well as being able to share notebooks with other people makes it an app that is pretty easy to recommend.
Evernote’s primary strengths are its ease of use and its seamless usage across various platforms: perfect for someone who works on the go. With Premium, you get additional benefits including text-to-speech, unlimited business card scanning and PDF annotation.
Its slick, well-designed UI is one of Evernote’s selling points.
Capturing details from your to-do lists and web surfing is easy and intuitive.