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Evernote (Productivity Tools for Writers and Editors)

March 2, 2013

Tags: productivity tools, timesavers, footnotes, endnotes, archives, organizing notes

"Once you get it, they say, you live and die by Evernote, the five-year-old, everything-in-one-place personal organization application that is hyped by its creators as your 'external brain.'" So writes Rob Walker on Bloomberg BusinessWeek (As Evernote's Cult Grows, the Business Market Beckons , 2-28-13).

Do not confuse Evernote with EndNote, a widely used software tool for publishing and managing bibliographies, citations and references (on both Windows and Macintosh computers). Academic writers in particular swear by EndNote, for collating references (off to one side, while they work on the meat of what they're writing up).

Evernote has broader life applications. C/NET's editors rate Evernote "spectacular." "Functional and useful," says their reviewer, Evernote is "a true three-platform play: it works very well, and somewhat differently, on desktop computers, mobile phones, and over the Web. Evernote is a good note-taking application. If you have the Evernote application running on your camera phone, it will automatically upload your snapshots to the Evernote server, creating a useful archive of them. But the killer feature is that it also does OCR on your images so you can find them later by searching for text in them. Use this tool to snap pictures of products you see in stores and want to remember, to grab whiteboards in meetings, and to take pictures of people with name tags at conferences. It's one of those utilities that might just change your life."

You can search for notes on your digital devices by keyword, tag or even printed and handwritten text inside images--in what Evernote calls a synchronized productivity system. My friend Artie uses it for his to-do system, which is explained here on videos for The Secret Weapon, GTD (getting things done) combined with Evernote in a synchronized productivity system. See Lifehacker's review: The Secret Weapon Combines GTD and Evernote into One Synchronized Productivity System .

Michael Hyatt offers suggestions on How to Organize Evernote for Maximum Efficiency

See also:
How to Automatically Archive Your Life with IFTTT and Evernote (Melanie Pinola, Lifehacker, 8-17-12, in the category Journaling)
A beginner's guide to If This Then That (ifttt) (Becca Caddy)
Going Paperless: Automating the Creation of Meeting Minutes Using IFTTT and Evernote (science fiction writer Jamie Todd Rubin, who also posted My Shared Templates Notebook).
Download Evernote (and read review by C/Net). "But the killer feature is that it also does OCR on your images so you can find them later by searching for text in them. Use this tool to snap pictures of products you see in stores and want to remember, to grab whiteboards in meetings, and to take pictures of people with name tags at conferences. It's one of those utilities that might just change your life."
If those don't answer your questions, try this Evernote Forum
And see Wikipedia on Evernote.