The grandfather of all note-taking apps, Evernote is probably the most popular of its kind out there. We have analyzed your features, pros and cons in this review of Evernote Premium and help you decide if it is the best option for you.
When it comes to tools for taking notes in the cloud, no name resonates more with scribes, academics and others … people with words … more than Evernote, and it’s not just the elephant’s cool logo. If you are not yet among the 200 million users who have joined the wave since 2007, this Evernote review will help you decide whether you want to make the leap.
Although based on the cloud and capable of storing file attachments, Evernote does not replace the best cloud storage services. However, with tons of built-in features designed to produce notes, crop sites and organize ideas, we have no problem stating that Evernote is at the top of the digital notebook class.
In fact, for some of us, Evernote is an obsession, even if your subscription options are not as economical as they used to be. Stay with us while we look at the reasons why Evernote governs, in addition to pointing out some areas where service is insufficient.
Strengths and weaknesses
- Unlimited storage (more or less)
- Unlimited synchronization (non-free plan)
- Notebooks and note labels
- Accessible subscriptions
- Web clipper
- Optical character recognition.
- Monthly bandwidth limit
- No embedded video annotation
- 250 notebooks maximum
- There is no conversion of ink to text.
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Evernote Premium features
Evernote is a cloud-based tool that allows you to take notes on your computer or smartphone, offering several advantages over the traditional pen and paper approach or a word processor.
On the one hand, as notes are hidden in the cloud, you don’t have to worry about spilled coffee, hard drive crashes and other setbacks that erase your recorded thoughts. Unfortunately, there is a limit on how much data you can upload to the Evernote cloud per month, which we cover in “prices” below. However, this will only affect the most prolific note-takers.
Another advantage of cloud-based notes is that they can be synchronized between devices: type a note on your laptop and you can access it almost in real time on your smartphone. Evernote clients are available for Windows, Mac, Android and iOS. Notes can be accessed offline, although for smartphones that require a paid subscription.
If you need to access your notes on a computer that is not yours, and you don’t want to install the Evernote client for security reasons (and with problems), you can also take notes using the Evernote online tool, although it doesn’t have all the features of desktop client.
The ability to take notes and store them in the cloud isn’t what makes Evernote a favorite among the record-keeping crowd, however. It is the additional resources that do this, especially the organizational ones.
Far beyond the ability to group annotations into notebooks, these organizational features include marking notes for sorting, reticulation of annotations, saving attachments in annotations and inserting checklists and tables.
The text in the notes can be searched, of course, but also the text in the images, thanks to optical character recognition (OCR). This includes scans of handwritten notes and pictures of whiteboards on the camera. Evernote Premium subscribers can also search for text in Microsoft Office documents and .pdfs, in addition to annotating .pdfs.
To collect surveys, Evernote has a handy web clipper for Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Opera. Before cutting out notes, you can highlight the text and add visual callouts to remember why you later cut out the page.
Plus and Premium subscribers can also save up to 200 emails daily to their Evernote account, forwarding them to a special Evernote email address, although this is only available to paying users.
In the desktop client, you can create special “ink notes”, which are handwritten notes.
Although useful for tablet users, Evernote does not have a built-in feature for converting handwriting to text, such as OneNote. If necessary, a way around this is to use a smartpen like Livescribe, which can be converted to text and have automatic Evernote forwarding.
For those who prefer voice notes, Evernote has an audio recording feature available for desktop and mobile.
Video annotations are not supported, even if you can take pictures with your webcam and embed them directly in the Evernote client. You can, however, record videos using other tools and add them to Evernote as attachments.
If you want to automate certain note collection tasks to save time, Evernote works with IFTTT and Zapier. These tools, used to link different apps to cause and effect behaviors, allow you to do things like automatically save new contacts added to the phone on a notebook, compile your Facebook status, or save emails from specific individuals.
(For those who want to better understand how to use IFTTT, by the way, we have a practical guide on backup recipes that should help.)
These are the highlights of Evernote, although we are the first to admit that we are skipping some good ones. This is unfortunately inevitable: there is enough to fill a notebook or two.
Let’s take a look at the desktop client and the general annotation process when we discuss the user experience, below. First, let’s talk about how much Evernote is going to cost.
Evernote Premium pricing
Evernote has three different plan options. This includes Evernote Basic, which is free and includes most of the features of Evernote Plus and Evernote Premium. (Premium here is free!)
The limitations of Evernote Basic are that you can sync only two devices, it is limited to 60 MB of uploads per month and notes cannot be larger than 25 MB.
Evernote Plus allows you to sync unlimited devices, while increasing your monthly upload limit to 1 GB and the note size limit to 200 MB. Plus also allows you to send notes via email to your Evernote account and provides access to email support.
With Evernote Premium, you get 10 GB of uploads per month, which should be enough for even the most demanding notetaker (also known as the teacher’s pet). Live chat with customer support is also unlocked, in addition to some advanced features such as Office document searches, annotations in .pdf and scanning business cards.
Although Evernote increased the costs of Plus and Premium considerably in 2016, much to the disappointment of its legions of fans, the value is still overall good for what you are getting.
While it offers an incredible range of features on a generally friendly client, Evernote seems a little overwhelming at first. It certainly doesn’t look as clean as some of the other cloud annotation tools available, including Google Keep.
Overall, Evernote is not a collaboration tool as good as an EFSS solution like Egnyte Connect (read our review of Egnyte Connect) or even Dropbox, Google Drive or OneDrive. We highly prefer Evernote for personal projects, such as academic research, diaries and belligerent manifestos. For these purposes, however, we cannot think of a better tool.
The ability to organize your thoughts into notepads, identify them, add attachments and voice notes and have them available on any device makes it the perfect tool to gather your random ideas and turn them into a searchable library for you.
While we don’t care much about the two device limit and the 60MB upload limit per month on the free account, Evernote Plus solves this problem and costs no more than the cost of one cup of coffee per month. With unlimited storage space, Evernote is the best cloud notebook we’ve reviewed, surpassing OneDrive, Google Keep and the rest of the field.
Are you a super fan of Evernote or do you think we made a mistake? Leave us a note in the comments below and thanks for reading.
This publication was last modified on September 6, 2020 1:08 PM