Remember Everything with Evernote

Evernote LogoHow frustrating is it to type up a few notes for a presentation or course, only to discover that you need them while you’re at another computer and they aren’t available!? I used to e-mail myself anything that I knew I wanted to have access to, but I often forgot to do it, or didn’t realise what I would want until I already wanted it (if you see what I mean). What if there were a way to take your notes with you? Well, I’m a big Google fan, and Google Documents and Google Notepad are both pretty good – but about a month ago I got an invite to Evernote, and I’m hooked.

Evernote allows you to easily capture information in any environment using whatever device or platform you find most convenient, and makes this information accessible and searchable at anytime, from anywhere. Evernote’s “About” Blurb

So what’s to like about Evernote then?

  • Being able to access notes across platforms and multiple computers: When I write a note on my Mac, using the desktop note-taking program, it is automatically synced with my Evernote account on the net. I can pick up those notes on my PC at work, in an internet cafe, or another computer using the desktop program. I will eventually be able to access (and write) notes on my mobile phone too, but at the moment my particular make of mobile is not supported.
  • Advanced image recognition: I had to check very carefully to make sure Evernote was entirely automatic. Why? Because when you add an image to any of your notes, Evernote attempts to recognise any text contained in the image. The thing is, it’s very good at this, and I was suspicious that the text recognition was actually being carried out by a human. Turns out it’s just a very clever system, though.
  • E-mailing images: One way I can use my mobile is to e-mail images that I snap with the camera to Evernote. This almost turns my mobile into an ultra-portable scanner, as I can snap a pic of a poster or document, mail it in, and Evernote will carry out text recognition on it. The only limitation I have found with this is that you don’t get a plain text version of your image – you can search the text, but not just read it back.
  • Easy note-taking: The desktop client and website are pretty much WYSIWYG – add images and text all you like and it’ll be synched across all platforms just as you typed it. There aren’t masses of options available – it’s not quite Microsoft Publisher or Apple Pages, but it’s good enough to make your notes look decent while still remaining easy to use.

Sounds wonderful, but is there anything not to like? Not much, really:

  • There isn’t a mobile client for my phone yet, but I would imagine that will come eventually. That’s what happens when you play with a Beta version, isn’t it?
  • Some text in images isn’t recognised. Given that I’m snapping random stuff and actually trying to break the text recognition that’s perfectly acceptable, but it is a bit frustrating when you discover that your snap was a little shaky and you just can’t get that recipe for croissants you’d hoped for ;)

Evernote is currently in closed beta, but I have 10 invites if anyone wants them. Just leave a comment asking for an invite, and don’t forget to fill in your e-mail address so that I know who to invite :)

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  1. I’ll take an invite if there still around…no big thing.

  2. On its way :) Let me know what you think of it.

    I’ve just received an extra load of invites too, so I have 18 left if anyone else wants one.

  3. headphonaught says:

    I’ll take one… although I prefer an analog means of notetaking… MOLESKINE!!!

  4. Moleskine forever! :) And in the meantime, your invite is on its way.

  5. John Ager says:

    Yes please! Thanks, John.

  6. No problem John – invite sent.

  7. Preston says:

    I’d like an Evernote Invite if you have any left. Thanks

  8. Invite sent – enjoy

  9. if there are still some invites left, it would be great if you could send me one

  10. @hugh – sent you an invite.

  11. Preston says:

    I'd like an Evernote Invite if you have any left. Thanks

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