Yesterday was a sad day for a lot of Google Notebook users and there are a lot of them. Google announced that they are stopping development with Google Notebook yesterday.
If you have been using Google Notebook for any length of time, chances are you probably have amassed a whole lot of information that you have gathered meticulously. Atleast, Google Notebook isn’t getting shut down immediately and it is still going to be maintained.
It just means they are stopping active development and there will be no new features or offer it to new users. Also, the Notebook Firefox extension is losing support as well.
How to move your Google Notebooks?
That’s probably the question in your mind. Google suggests trying out a few of their related products as an alternative like
- Google Docs
- Tasks in Gmail
- Google Bookmarks
I think the best Google Notebook alternative out there is Evernote. I even called it Google Notebook done better, way better back in April 2008. And Evernote has added tons of new features since then and it still remains my online notebook of choice.
I’ll jot down a few quick features of Evernote here and you can read a full review in the above link
- Capture anything you want as Notes – Tasks/todos, notes/research, web pages, white pages, pictures of receipts, scribbles on paper, snapshots, business cards, etc.
- Search text from even images as well as your notes
- Your images/notes can have location attached to it and you can search by location
- Has a web clip tool that lets you clip any web page as notes
- You get a desktop version that syncs with your online account
- You can get a iPhone app and that again syncs with your online account
The way Evernote lets you save anything by creating notes, pictures, scan, email, drag n drop, clip, record is just simply amazing.
But, transferring your Google Notebook to Evernote is going to be a manual task. You can opt to save your individual Google Note as a html page and then add it to Evernote.
If you haven’t tried it, I highly recommend giving Evernote a whirl to see if you like it.
Amit of Digital Inspiration lists a few more useful choices:
- export notes as Google Documents
- download all your Google Notebooks in one go with a Greasemonkey script as Atom or HTML format
- Use this Firefox extension to send your note to Microsoft OneNote
Along with Google Notebook there are a few more products that are biting the dust in Google. Jaiku, Google Video, Dodgeball, Google Catalogs, Google Mashup Editor are also being shutdown.
If you are a Google Notebook user, what do you think of this development or the lack of it?