Apps

Evernote App

Phone AppThere are tons of phone apps out there that will help you keep track of your life but one of my favorites is Evernote. At its core it is essentially an app that will let you quickly jot down a note about something you are thinking about and don’t want to forget about. It happens to me all the time, I’m thinking and come up with what I think is a really great idea. If I don’t write it down then I know I’ll never remember it. That’s when I bring up Evernote on my Droid phone.

So while the core function of Evernote is to jot down ideas so you don’t forget them, it’s has been expanded to be so much more then that! To start with it’s much larger then an average app that just runs on your smart phone. It can be accessed on a web browser on your laptop or on your tablet, including the Ipad. So where ever you are and whatever you are doing to can take down your note, or access the notes you’ve taken once you now have the free time to act on your great idea.

Just to be clean though Evernote is not at all just a text based note taker. You can clip out parts of web pages (how often do you come up with a great idea while you are surfing?). You can attach pictures to your notes as well. You can even attach files as well.

Another cool aspect of Evernote is that you can organize all these ideas and notes is a really smooth way. You can have your notes be grouped under notebooks so that you can keep notes about certain subjects all together.

I really like that on my Droid I can snap a quick picture and then make it an Evernote and add some text to remind me what I think was so important about that picture and how it relates to what I was thinking about. Evernote also offers a built in picture to text reader. In other words if there is text in a picture you take and make a note, Evernote will convert that to searchable text. To me if you think visually and use the picture functionality this is invaluable! The example I saw showed a pictured of someone wearing an “I heart NY” tee shirt. They then entered the search term “NY”, and Evernote was able to find that picture and include that note in the search results. Awesome stuff!

Overall I think Evernote is really getting very popular and powerful. I got an email the other day which was an overall Evernote update. They have user groups run by power users whose goal is to show how Evernote can be used in new and expanded ways to make you life easier!