Evernote is a relatively new application that has been made public for the consumption of the general population of technology users. This new application is multifaceted in all the potential capabilities it can deliver to the hands of the consumer, it easy to navigate and use, as well as allows for users to easily synchronize data across several devices in order to bring about effortless accessibility regardless of where the user might be located at any given time. The best aspect of this new application is the number of people worldwide it can have a daily impact among. Evernote has the technological dexterity in addition to the potential to be a valuable resource tool for anyone. This includes users who are enrolled in any level of schooling to professionals who work anywhere from Main Street to Wall Street. Evernote does not necessarily have to be limited to being used solely by students or working professionals. Private users who simply wish to be productive and organized in their daily lives will benefit immensely from the advantages Evernote offers.
I downloaded Evernote several months ago and have spent a considerable amount of time becoming familiar with what this application has to offer. There are a few drawbacks to using this resource, but when all is said and done, the positives greatly outweigh the drawbacks of utilizing Evernote. Across the spectrum of users, whether they be casual users who have Evernote for personal usage or more frequent users who use the application for professional purposes, this tool is equipped to deliver the more basic functions as simply creating ‘To Do’ lists or pre-programming reminders to alert you of something on a specified date and time. I have used both these features in order to remind myself of important appointments or due dates of professional work that needs to be completed. The ‘To Do’ lists I have assembled have been particularly useful in establishing goals and working towards following through on them.
The various discernible appearances in which the mobile app for Evernote can be set to is helpful since some background appearances are more pleasing to view than others. Users are able to customize the display of Evernote on their mobile phones in order to meet their personal tastes. The best aspects to Evernote though lie in its ability to save compiled information and its versatility. In conducting research for several blog posts I was able to collect information for further review by using an Evernote feature that I downloaded called ‘Web Clipper.’ This feature allows the user to save a copy of an entire webpage, the article on a webpage, or simply the URL link to Evernote for future reference. The benefit is that if the user does not have access to the internet at a later period of time the user can still access and read the desired material. Prior to a recent flight I loaded up Evernote with articles I wished to read. Then while 30,000 feet above ground I was able to read the articles at my leisure despite the lack of an internet connection. Additionally, information that is saved to Evernote, whether it is through Web Clipper or a ‘To Do’ list the user typed up on his or her own, is automatically synchronized to a user’s other electronic devices upon which Evernote is installed. This eliminates the pesky business of always manually ensuring the information between devices is up-to-date to a user’s specifications. Finally, another great feature is how Evernote provides your account with an e-mail address. This way users are able to e-mail information to their Evernote account which will then be saved and synchronized across the devices.
Despite these great advantages that Evernote offers, there can be a few drawbacks. A user is limited to uploading 60 MB of data each month without a paid subscription to use the application. With only a free subscription I have been forced to keep an eye on how much storage space is available. Of course this problem is eliminated if you upgrade to a paid subscription for $5 per month or $45 a year. A more lasting problem with Evernote is the simple organization platform for information. Users have the option of saving information within separate folders. However, if you desire a more in-depth structure to storing notes, articles, or photos, there is no option to create a more detailed folder structure.
I chose to organize my compiled data into several folders. The folders were sorted based on the general use each folder’s contents. For information pertaining to blogs, along with my completed blog entries, I saved the information to a ‘Blog’ folder. For information pertaining to additional projects, I saved the data to appropriately named folders. This resource tool has allowed me to more effectively conduct my research and organize information. The user’s ability to easily type up information (‘To Do’ list, grocery shopping list, notes on an article, etc.) is fairly simple. The most revolutionary feature though is the ability to save multitudes of articles while you have an internet connection. Then when travelling and perhaps not having an internet connection you can read through articles and other sources at your leisure on any device due to the synchronization capability. Evernote is a great tool for personal or professional use. Updates come periodically which so far has only enhanced the usefulness of this application.