I literally use Evernote daily to collect my thoughts and ideas, for my speaking notes, blogging, writing, research, and so much more. This is one app that is always open on both my MacBook Pro, iPad Mini, and my iPhone. For those of you who are not Mac lovers, have no fear—it is available on Windows, Android, and via the web.
What I like about Evernote
- It replaces every notebook and piece of note paper I’ve ever had. I take a photo of a handwritten note with my iPhone, and Evernote automatically identifies the text, making it a searchable document.
- Using the nifty browser extension, Web Clipper, I add a webpage to my research folder, or I can save only the text and pics that I have highlighted.
- It has lightning fast searching.
- Evernote syncs my data across all my devices automatically, making all my notes accessible to me anywhere I go. All notes are saved locally and synced when internet is available, which means that I always have them available when I need them.
- Evernote integrates with some other apps I rely on like Olive Tree BibleReader, which synchronizes my Bible notes in my Evernote account (making them searchable as well).
What I would like to see improved in Evernote
- While it does allow you to create basic lists, I am hoping to see full outlining features added, similar to workflowy.com.
- While you can change the font family and size, as well as other basic styling, I would like full style formatting capabilities. I want to be able to simply click on text and select “Title” or “Heading 2” to update the formatting.
- I want to see options added that make it more useful as notes for public speaking. For instance, I want to be able increase the size of the text by switching to a “speaking notes” mode, for lack of a better term.