What is it?
Evernote is a cloud service for organising notes. A note can consist of a web clipping, recorded audio, a photo, video, text and combinations of all. You get free space online of and free downloadable apps for your desktop, laptop, tablet and phone as well as a clever web clipper that will guess which notebook you want to clip too – check out this wee video:
Evernote is a really usefull tool, I use it every single day without fail, I have loads of notebooks for personal stuff like a kitchen renovation I just did containing web clippings of interesting or well designed kitchens, different appliances and bore off price comparisons for tiles as well as shopping lists for the various ghastly trips to ikea, wickes, B&Q etc. also photos I took on my phone of the furniture in situ so I could see where to go pick it up in the warehouse bit or easily look it up online to check stock availability. Oh ~ accidentally I am going on about personal, everyday use but you get the idea about how easy and useful it is to group audio, photo, text, web clippings all in one place – and those notes being available and synchronised on your phone, tablet, laptop…
AH in fact – a better example is that I am typing this right now on the old iPad as I travel the London overground from Dalston to White Fuse Towers in Willesden ~ at lunchtime I will just cut and paste this text from Evernote on my desktop there (where it will be synced automatically) straight into the blog ~ or maybe I will cut and paste from Evernote on my laptop at home this evening.
With an Evernote premium account you can share notebooks, view past versions of notes, search uploaded pdfs and store files offline ~ as well as getting a larger monthly data allowance and the facility to upload bigger files.
At white fuse we have several shared notebooks. Some are general like shared bookmarks for interesting articles or blog posts we find on the web and our scrapbook of innovative user interface design, information architecture or slick coding; some are project specific containing photos of whiteboard brainstorming, notes from meetings, wireframes etc.
The premium account costs £4 a month or £35 a year – and the important thing to note for the shared notebooks functionality (most useful IMO) is only one person in your organisation needs to have the premium account – everyone else could just have the free one and stioll be able to collaborate in the shared notebooks you create.
Great tool – dead cheap.
If you already use Evernote please drop me a comments to let me and other readers know how you use it in your organisation.