What is Evernote
Evernote’s slogan is “The workspace for your life’s work”.
Evernote is a “on the go” reminder and note taking application that includes picture, sharing, voice and attachment possibilities.
Recently at the Norwegian Digit al Conference in Kristiansand, we were asked to use this app to record a “walkshop project” in its entirety. The project involved locating various businesses and tourist attractions around the city of Kristiansand and documenting this with the Evernote app.
The idea was that once we had completed the project, our notes and pictures would sync automatically to everyone in that group so that the notes could be presented later on the supervisor’s computer. (You can only sync your Evernote files with others if you have the Premium paid for edition!)
The download process is simple and it is not large file. The start up instructions are also very easy to follow.
On the home screen there is a menu at the top and a green plus sign at the bottom right. This is where to start. From that plus sign you can use the most common tasks;
This is the menu you see from the green plus button. The screen behind it is blank because there are no current notes.
• Handwriting (use a mobile phone pen or your finger to write some text)
• Audio (record an audio file)
• Create a reminder
• Add an attachment
• Use your phone camera which will save files within Evernote
• Write a note with you mobile phone keyboard
I used this button to create a new note associated for the workshop. Typing notes is like typing a text message and can take some time, that is why it also has the hand writing option.
Here you can see both version with and without the pen. Quality is similar (for me anyway). I would suggest only using this for long text if you have a mobile phone pen!
Ease of use
Adding pictures or documents to each note is very easy. When taking a picture, the in-built picture display your phone has will change to an Evernote picture display screen which automatically keeps the image within your Evernote files.
Part of the project involved taking screenshots of error messages we found on various apps and websites. These were easily integrated with the Evernote app.
Once we completed the task and got back to the meeting area, my notes were already synced with the others on the project and it was ready to be presented on a computer that also had it installed. Great and very easy.
Previously I had used different apps for various tasks
Before using this app, I would normally use a standard note taking app installed on my Samsung Galaxy mobile phone. This is handy to have and was previously enough for me for simple reminders, but I also travel quite a lot to different locations where I interview people and take pictures.
In this regard, Evernote is the better alternative. I can record all of the audio interviews, create reminders for meetings, attach screen grabs of maps etc for location I need to visit and most importantly, take notes associated with these tasks.
It is a cheap and easy tool to use for small businesses that need to sync their info on the go and a great tool for people like me that need to remind themselves of tasks on the road.
Here are some of the different versions available: (info from Evernote website)
Write notes of all types, from short lists to lengthy research, and access them on any device.
Collect web articles, handwritten notes, and photos to keep all the details in one place.
Find your work quickly with Evernote’s powerful search.
Move projects forward with Evernote:
– Take notes: write in a clean, distraction-free workspace.
– Get organized: create notebooks and add tags to wrangle projects.
– Access anywhere: keep your work in sync across devices.
– Find anything fast: text in notes, photos, and PDFs is searchable.
– Share ideas and resources: create a workspace for collaboration with shared notebooks.
– Keep up with to-do’s: make to-do lists and check items off as you go.
– Harness creativity: capture ideas while they’re fresh, wherever you are.
– Prepare for meetings: draft agendas and to-do’s for next time.
– Manage expenses: organize receipts, bills, and invoices to keep expense reports in check.
– Plan business travel: save reservations and tickets for simple trip planning.
2. Evernote Premium
Cost: NOK42 per month
All of Evernote Free
Enhanced search features
Offline access to notes on mobile
3. Evernote Business
Cost: NOK70 per month
All of Evernote Premium
Collaborate with coworkers
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Cheers and skål,
Adam @ Visit Sørlandet