Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Tech Tuesday: Evernote (@evernote)

Friends, I have technology pollution. It's not a terrible thing, and yes it is a First World problem but we have to deal with what we have to deal with. Right? I have started using Evernote to curb some of my issues. Here is my breakdown.

I have a Windows Netbook, an iPad, a BlackBerry Torch, and a work PC that will not allow thumb drives. I use the netbook for blog posts, the iPad for surfing, the BlackBerry for Twitter, and avoid the naughtiness on my work PC. Fortunately I can share between these devices with Evernote. If fact, I have written this post so far on my phone, as my work computer sucks ass and is rebooting. I will stop now, as my thumbs hurt.

That's better.

So, what I did there was type the first two paragraphs of text as a note on my BlackBerry's Evernote application, and when I saved it the note went to their website. There I can see all the notes I have created on all my devices, and when they connect they will access the list of notes individually. So, when I go home and can get on the wifi I can see that text on my iPad.

One thing I like on the surface is that the basic application is free, and it is on multiple phone platforms. They have an application for the iPhone, BlackBerry, Android, Windows, and even Palm. The iPad application is a more robust version of the phone applications. Through your computer you use the website, or install their application (Windows or Mac... Linux?). A real issue I have been having with internet and mobile device development is that it is very clique-y. Being multi-platform is easy if you want it to be, and this is the kind of product that might start more universality among developers.

Now, I am a novice user, and from the looks of things there are many services and applications that can feed or be fed by Evernote. I primarily use it to save links from Twitter that are not phone friendly, remember things people have recommended to me, and to do basic blog post ideas. Another useful thing is that here on Blogger you cannot create posts from the iPad (at least not in the new dashboard), but sometimes I want to type on the iPad. I used to type in the word processor, then mail that to myself, then open it in Google Docs on the netbook, then convert to plain text then post to blogger. For this post, I did not have to run around like that.

So, check Evernote out if you are a smart phone user, or just have too many computers, like me. It is a useful tool, and is ranked as one of Apple's Top 10 Applications.


The Vicar of VHS said...

Awesome! This is just what I need. Thanks for the tip. :)

Darius Whiteplume said...

NP. I am finding it pretty useful so far, even at what I assume is its most basic functionality.

Unknown said...

Hmmm, thanks for the suggestion. I definitely agree that the internet-mobile device gets clique-y.

Darius Whiteplume said...

I would like to see more things web-based, but there are some good arguments for applications that do not need internet access all the time.

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