Evernote is a “cloudware” application that you use to store notes, web clips, web pages, links, reminders, phone numbers, snapshots, To Do lists, research content, labels, business cards; just about anything you can think of. Evernote is available in a variety of platforms (Windows, Mac, Web, iPhone); all which can be synchronized with each other. After you setup a “FREE” account (premium account also available), you can configure the Evernote software on your computer (and/or USB flash drive) to synchronize with the web based version and vice versa.
I have worked with other (database) hierarchy note keeping programs, but the “cloud computing (web based)” version of Evernote really caught my attention. After setting up my account with Evernote, it did not take long to learn how to create and manage notes. I really like the idea that I can get to my notes from any PC that is connected to the internet. To help organize and categorize notes, you can assign tags to each note and create separate notebooks. As a blogger, this has become an invaluable tool for research and the gathering of web clips. Once you start using this, you will get hooked. I subsequently installed Evernote on my PC and on my USB flash drive.
There is also a Web clipper bookmarklet available (for IE, Firefox, Safari, Chrome, and others). The bookmarklet allows you to capture web page content right into your account —text, images, links, and all. Another neat feature with the web based account is that you get an Evernote email address where you can email notes and content that will directly and automatically be placed in your collection of notes. You can email notes, photos, and audio clips from your computer or phone right into an Evernote notebook. Evernote also has handwriting recognition and the ability to recognize text in pictures. If you were a Google Notebook fan, Evernote has a an import tool to bring all of your notes over to Evernote. Evernote also has a great Delicious bookmark import tool.
Below is a comparison of the monthly upload allowances between the free and premium accounts. The free account is limited to what file types you can upload; however, for everyday (normal) use of gathering or inputting text notes and pics, I have found the upload allowance to be sufficient. Evernote has a built in meter to let you know the status of your current monthly usage. I can see this web based (cloudware app) to only get better.