Last week, I reviewed a cool file sharing web application in private beta – DropBox. I have had a chance to get a sneak peek at another cool web application, Evernote, in the last few weeks. It’s quickly replacing my need for Google Notebook and I find it worth the hassle to login to yet another web application.
Evernote, currently in private beta, is definitely Google Notebook done better. Way better.
I have used and liked Google Notebook for a long time. It is very easy to use and is very handy to store things I come across on the web. It helps me store information in different notebooks, with titles and labels so I can easily find what I need at a later time. The Google Notebook Firefox extension made it super easy to add notes without opening up a webpage right from my browser.
Recently, I read about Evernote and signed up for their private beta and have been using it for a few weeks and I am ready to share my findings with you.
Yes, I like being the guinea pig with these new web applications so you can sit back and read my posts and see if you want to try it yourself.
Lets look at what Evernote has to offer:
- Evernote is a note taking application with a motto of making your notes available anywhere.
- Evernote is available as a web application, a Windows application, a Mac application as well as a Windows Mobile application. Can you see the common thread with DropBox?
- All your notes in Evernote are always synchronized across all your devices!
- You can create new notes with desktop/web or mobile versions of Evernote
- Create snaphots using camera phone or webcam
- Clip whole webpages, screenshots or portions of web pages – I like the ability to tag and file a clip as I am clipping.
- Desktop clients for Mac & Windows even allow drag and drop
- With the account, you get an ultra-personalized (read: obsure looking) email address that you could use to send notes to Evernote by email!
- You are supposed to be able to record audio as well and listen to it whenever you want. Haven’t tried this one yet.
- You get to save your searches and this is a great feature that’ll come handy as your notes volume increases.
In fact, on my linux machine this makes a great web application for Mozilla Prism and it works great as a standalone app! See how the green matches so well with my desktop background.
I have tried everything except the audio part and they all work great. So far, I can hardly tell that it’s a beta product. Either it’s really good or I have been lucky to avoid the bugs. I am thinking it’s just that good.
Evernote is a Freemium product which means it is free while in beta and will stay so after going stable. But, there will be a paid subscription level in the future and the exact feature split is unknown at this time. I hope it will something like Remember the Milk where you get all the features in the free account but you pay for support and out of good will.
Take the Tour
If you’d like to see some of these features in action, take the tour and see it in video.
My private beta account has 10 invitations in it and as always I would like to share it with my readers. Just leave a comment and the first 10 of you to leave a comment will receive it in their email.
I do have a request to those receiving invites. Since your account will probably come with 10 invites, if each of you could a spare a couple for our readers requesting invites after you, that’ll make it 20 more invites available.
If you’d like to share the good will, mention that in the comment (with number of invites you’d like to share) and I will send you the emails you can share your invites.
In fact, if you have any DropBox invites and would like to share, there are a lot of folks looking for one as I’ve exhausted mine, please visit this post or contact me and I’ll hook you up with folks who want one.
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