What it is
Evernote is a note-taking application that allows you to take notes, clip items from a website, store PDFs and make checklists. You can organize your notes in virtual "notebooks" and create as many notes as you need or want.
The program is similar in function to Microsoft OneNote with one big difference: it stores your data in the cloud and lets you synchronize across multiple devices.
How it works
Install Evernote on your PC, mobile phone, iPad or other devices (get the free software here). You'll want to create an account at Evernote so you can synchronize your data to the cloud, allowing you to access your notes on any PC or device to which you've installed Evernote.
Open the program, then create a new Note or Notebook under File in the top menu. Be sure to read the Getting Started information under Help to learn about the various features and how to use the program.
How to use it
- Instead of hauling a paper tablet everywhere, use Evernote with an iPad or other mobile device to easily take notes in meetings or during classes.
- Use the checklist box feature to create task lists.
- Insert photos or files and organize your work. Use tags and keywords to make your content highly searchable.
- Save your ideas, thing you like hear or see - you can copy/paste things from the web or install the Web Clipper add-on for your Internet browser to quickly add web page content to Evernote. You can also use the dictation feature and a computer microphone to record audio notes.
- Drag PDFs into the Evernote window to save them for later reading.
- Find out more about how other people use Evernote on the Evernote blog.
How much it costs
Evernote is free! There's a Premium account available if you have really big data storage needs, want constant offline access to your notes or want to collaborate on projects between multiple users.
Where to get it