The premise is that notes are at the execution and daily rote tasks of your productivity cycle, part of short term and long term goal execution.
I have been forced to rethink the effectiveness of Notes.
I was souping up a new laptop, and asked @gbatosai to give me his list of software must haves for PC.
And in there I find a baby the size of an elephant.
The Elephant in the room is Evernote.
They describe themselves thus:
“Use Evernote to save your ideas, things you see, and things you like. Then find them all on any computer or device you use.”
Their logo is a grey elephant enveloped in mint, with the fitting byline, “Remember Everything”.
Seriously, these guys worked with someone with serious UI,GUI and UX skills.
The first attribute it trumps the other platforms with is Familiarity.
It has the look and feel of most modern email providers, with the tab with notes, notebooks,trash, attributes, saved searches,et al on the left of the screen, your “inbox” or list of notes in the middle, and a note on the left of the screen, which you can pin and unpin.
The mint green and high chrome finish on the GUI gives it a polished look.
* Click New Note and take down an idea or task.
* Clip and save a webpage using a Web Clipper.
* Use Evernote on your phone to snap a photo of a whiteboard, business card, or wine label.
*Evernote automatically makes text in your snapshots searchable!
*Take notes, save images, create to-dos, view PDFs, and more
* Access your Evernote notes from any computer or phone you use
*Search and find everything, even printed or handwritten text in images
It goes a step further by challenging the existence of Delicious by letting you create tags of websites you like.
Copy and paste the URL, it allows for a thumbnail view and plain hyperlink. On the bottom right of the interface on the screen are mint green and grey Evernote adverts, so unobstrusive they do not disturb you, you actually do not mind the adverts…*Oh my, there goes a cute one with very cool Evernote T-Shirts.*
The File drop down menu has the standard options, but includes the option to import from Microsoft Onenote.
You can export notes in Evernote *.Enex format or as html. One can also attach and save file attachments, Email the note, and guess what, create a WebCam note!
The Edit and View tabs are standard. Format offers the cool options of encrypting selected text,inserting tables, a stripped down onenote with the enhancements in all the right places.
Of course it works seamlessly with your online Evernote account, thats why there is a Sync button.
Another cool feature is the Evernote Trunk, a catalog of Evernote addons which you choose to add.
Unlike Onenote, Producteev and RTM which literally bombard you with other possible collection points online and offline,(which Evernote have too) Evernote lets you go into the trunk and pick your add-ons.
Other tabs are a quicklink to email a note, which sends it from your Evernote account.
On the top left is a monthly upload limit of 60MB which of course makes you more productive by not having a mass of notes, this limit is aimed at ensuring you are productive.
I know. You are a Producteev user and you want to tell me that I just listed all the features that Producteev has. Its not in what you have; its how you present your features. I ts in the execution. What more can I say. This is the best and most practical note application I have experienced so far!
NB: I used Evernote to write this blog post. The imaging is not as crisp as Windows Live Writer, which I use for blogging, proving my point, notes are for notes, and execution of productivity plans, and should not take the functionality of premium productivity tools.
- GTD, Producteev, Evernote – Bridged! (40tech.com)
- Evernote Tips Tricks and Resources (ismckenzie.com)
- Producteev Versus Remember the Milk (produsoul.wordpress.com)
- Keep it Forever Using Evernote’s Web Clipper (techie-buzz.com)
- Goal and Objective tracking in Evernote Pt. 2 – Capture | Monetize Your Life (monetizeblog.info)
- Innovative NFC Application Finalist in International Developer Competition (prweb.com)