Evernote (EN), a cross-platform note capturing app, was soundly booed. Why? Because it upped the annual price for the all-features-in premium version and it reduced the available features of the free version.
I am not cheering, but I am not leaving. I have been a premium user since 2008. Let me tell you three reasons I am holding pat.
Versatile Web Clipping
Like a ferret down a hole, I love a good web search. But what to do with what I find? EN is my go-to answer.
The web clipping tool is the best out there. I have choices regarding how I will save what I have found (e.g., full web page, a selection, simplified version, URL only). Some choices allow me to annotate what I am saving. Best of all I can tag the clipping (more on tagging later), give it a keyword-rich title and make a comment if I want. That functionality doesn’t exist with OneNote.
Powerful Search Capabilities
An Evernote premium account enables me to search through whatever I have squirrelled away. Not just web clippings, but also Office documents, Pdf files and OCR files. OneNote does the same. However, EN has a more robust advance search syntax. The benefit to me is that my ability to retrieve a note is not dependent on how well I saved it. EN let’s me search on creation date, title, tag, content, and more. The end result is that EN provides me with more than enough ways to find the ’needle in the haystack’.
Tagging is what really seals the deal. I know, I know OneNote also does tagging. Let me restate that, EN philosophy is tag-centric, whereas OneNote is more notebook-centric. Here is how that difference plays out. When I find something on-line, or create something, I don’t think about what notebook or section to file it under. It all goes into my EN General notebook. I do ask myself if I need to tag it. I use tags to designate tasks by priority, meetings, work projects, writing projects, sermons, and books being annotated.
Many times material has more than one ‘context’ of usefulness. For example, an excerpt from a book I am annotating, could be material that would be great to bring up at our team meeting, and content for a sermon I am working on. With tag-centric filing I don’t have to worry about where to file it, I just tag it appropriately. I have a syntax I use for these various contexts. For example, book annotations start with ‘=‘, meetings with a ‘@‘ and sermons with a ‘+’.
For now I am staying with EN, but I would love to hear what you’re using.by