I’ve been using Microsoft OneNote as my digital notebook at work for more than two years now and I like it a lot. It’s great for organizing project notes, linking to documents, collecting urls, etc. Recently, I started looking for a mac-based digital notebook and discovered Evernote. I’ve only been using Evernote for a short time, but I’ve already discovered several features that I love about it:
- cross-platform support: web, desktop, mobile (including iPhone and iPad) — awesome!
- auto-sync: write once, read anywhere
- iPhone goodies — click to dial, click to map (though mapping could be more automated)
So what’s the big deal? What’s really great (to me) is that I can do research on the web, take some notes, type in info from a regular keyboard and then access it all when I need it from my mobile. Here are a couple of sample scenarios:
- Save recipes, make grocery shopping easier: ever get to the grocery store and can’t remember what ingredients you need to try a new recipe? Type the recipe (or copy from a webpage) into Evernote, and you can easily access it from your mobile while you’re at the grocery store!
- Save retail store info, make it easier to visit a store on-the-go: during our remodel, I would do lots of research on the web and then drive around to look at different stores. E.g., find good tile places in my area and then go visit them. By saving them all in Evernote, I can access them on my phone, click to dial, check out their website, or just drop by a store if I happen to be in the area. No more paging through a physical notebook or printed pages — I always have my cell phone with me!