Evernote is a cross platform, suite of software designed for archiving and note taking. The note could be a piece of text which could be formatted, a full webpage or webpage excerpt, a photograph, a voice memo or a handwritten ink note. It is available as a paid version or a more restricted free version. Online service is free up to a certain monthly usage limit with additional monthly use reserved for plus subscribers and unlimited monthly use for premium customers. It is compatible with a number of operating system platforms including iOS, OS X, Android, Microsoft Windows, Windows Phone, Blackberry 10 and web OS. It also offers online synchronization and back up services.
Evernote duly supports touch and tablet screens with handwritten recognition. Web clipping plug ins are available for the most popular internet browsers that allows marked section of web pages to be captured and clipped to Evernote. Besides, the application also supports the ability to e-mail notes to the service allowing for automated note entry via email rules or filters. With suitable hardware, Evernote can automatically add geo location tags to notes. The online service enables selected files to be shared for viewing and editing by other users and allows integration with for storing or forwarding tweets. Normal user can add notes remotely through twitter by sending tweets from any Twitter capable device.
One can store and edit notes on the local machine through Evernote. It is possible to automatically synchronize the notes with a master copy held on Evernote’s server. Such a approach let a user access and edit data across multiple machines and operating system platform. On the con side, notes stored on Evernote servers are not encrypted. In case Evernote client software is not available, online account holders can access the note archive via a web interface or through a media device. The software can be downloaded and used as “stand alone” software without using the online portion of an online account.
Use of Evernote for email is one of the greatest advantages. Most often the conversation that takes place over email are part of a wider web of tasks or information. Having a digital archive can really help in such a case. User can forward all correspondence to Evernote, upload the writer’s first draft and screenshots and maintain an archive. The great thing about emailing into Evernote is that one can chuck forwarded messages into different notebooks and assign different tags to them, all by playing with the subject line. There are also portable versions of Evernote available for flash drives and U3 drives. There are wide variations in supported features on different platforms such as editing rich text format and sketches on Windows. With Mac, it is possible to edit rich text but only view sketches, while on the iPad only plain text could be edited prior to version 4.1.0. Web clipping support is installed by default on the Internet Explorer and Safari when the Evernote software is installed under Windows or Operating System X.