By Riasat Raihan
When it comes to taking all manner of notes and using them to get work done, a note-taking app that syncs across many devices is indispensable. Evernote has long been a leader in this space, though the company has taken its fair share of criticism in recent years for adding excessive features without polishing core ones, and most recently, changing its pricing and tiers of service. The new plans gut the value proposition of the free service and hike the price on power users. In terms of functionality, Evernote remains one of the best note-taking and syncing services, which is the reason it remains PCMag’s Editors’ Choice despite these complaints (and despite a half-star drop in its rating). You can bend it to your will and use it for practically anything, from recording and sharing meetings, to searching for text inside PDFs, to keeping a daily diary. But you have to pay for the highest tier of service to get all those features.
Evernote has apps for just about every platform on the market: Android, iPhone, iPad, Windows Phone, Windows touch devices, Windows desktops, Macs, and the Web. Apps for all of these platforms are free to download, and each requires an account to use. A free account will let you use Evernote locally on only two devices, plus in any browser. It’s by far the biggest limitation of using the free account, and it seems all the more severe for longtime users, give that Evernote historically always gave free members unfettered access across all their devices. This change took effect for all new users in late June of 2016. The company says that existing users may or may not see their rates change; the service plans to give users “some time to adjust to adjust before the changes take place” and will inform them via email of any changes. Evernote is one of those applications that you either get or struggle to understand. It’s so flexible and open that when you first start using it, you can easily get blank-page syndrome. On the company’s blog, you can find tips and use cases about Evernote, which can help you understand the service’s value. In brief, Evernote is a place to record and save all your thoughts, notes, photos — whatever you upload—in the cloud so that you can get to all of it from your computer, smartphone, tablet, or anywhere you have an Internet connection and a browser . An excellent search tool lets you find anything you’ve uploaded to your account. Geo-tags, manually added tags, notebooks, and stacks of notebooks for organizing notes (similar to folders and parent folders) give you more ways to keep a handle on all your notes, no matter how organized or disorganized you are.
If you’re a fan of staying organized, you’ll love the Evernote app. It’s one of the best productivity apps on the mobile web today, and you can use it to do all sorts of things like create text, photo and audio notes from anywhere — and then share them easily between your other devices like your tablet or laptop/desktop computer. The interface is absolutely gorgeous, and you can get for both Android and iOS.