Evernote ~ Power App?

Screen Shot 2014-08-23 at 9.42.51 PM I’ve been an Evernote user for over a year now.  What I particularly like about it is the search ability.  Over the last few months I’ve been spending quite a lot of time discussing Apps for Executive Functioning with a variety of people.  Stay tuned for a great workshop series I’ll be providing – but I digress.  🙂  When you search for information about apps for executive functioning, Evernote is sure to appear.  I’m surprised at the amount of people who aren’t familiar with it yet.

First an overview of my favorite features of Evernote (in no particular order):

  • Searchable
  • A unique email address to send email to Evernote
  • Notebook organization
  • Integrates with a large variety of other apps
  • Can be used and synced across platforms
  • Clip to Evernote

If you aren’t an Evernote user yet, you should definitely download this FREE app and give it a try.  You can download Evernote for Android, Windows, Web Apps, iPhone, iPad and Mac.  Here is the link for the iOS Evernote app.  I use Evernote in my web browser, as a Mac app, on my iPad and on my iPhone.  I love that when I am out and about I can search Evernote for any information I might need.  Let’s say I need to share with someone the four topics we discussed at a recent meeting.  Most likely, off the top of my head, I can only remember two or three.  With Evernote, I simply search for something I remember about the meeting, maybe the date or someone in attendance.  Evernote will pull up all the notes that contain those words.  It will even highlight the words in the text.  I can’t begin to tell you how often I use this.  Think about all the papers you have around your desk.  Could some of these be scanned into Evernote for later retrieval?

Evernote is organized by notes.  Every time you make a new entry into Evernote, it’s called a note.  You can title notes and tag notes as you see fit.  You can also combine notes into notebooks and notebooks can be combined into notebook stacks.  Pretty handy organization, but, I will say the organization factor doesn’t effect the search factor.  🙂  When you first sign up with Evernote (yes, you need a free account), you will be assigned a unique email address.  This can also be found in the settings if you already have an account.  I use this email address to forward emails into Evernote.  I receive quite a bit of daily email from list-serves having to do with assistive technology. There is a lot of information I want to keep handy and search able for quick retrieval.

I also use the Clip to Evernote tool when I’m reading a blog or following an article from Facebook or Twitter.  When I clip the article I’m asked which notebook I want to store it in.  I have a notebook named AT Blogs and Evernote knows to pick that notebook unless I change it.  Depending on what I’m clipping, Evernote will suggest a notebook to place it in.  I can also tag the article or website while clipping it.

Evernote has a host of apps that integrate with it.  We all know many apps that integrate with Dropbox and Google Drive; Evernote is catching up.  There are also many apps in the Evernote Market – App Center that are endorsed by Evernote.

I recently upgraded to the Premium version.  So far, and I haven’t spent a ton of time with it, the only two advantages I’m using are the handwriting recognition and the ability to annotate.  I’m struggling somewhat with the annotation tools in that they don’t always work on what I think they should.  I love the handwriting recognition.  I was a left handed child who was taught handwriting during the mid 70s.  Enough said!!  Evernote can read my writing and is able to pull out notes from a one word search.

One thing I want to point out about Evernote.  I mentioned that it is available on multiple platforms.  This is great, except, when you move from one platform to another things don’t necessarily look the same.  This can be tricky for some people.  All your information will be there but the buttons are going to be in slightly different places.  Be patient as you move from one to the other.  I know if you give it some time you will be quite satisfied with all you can keep and retrieve in Evernote.  Please add a comment about how you use Evernote.

Evernote is one of the apps I’ll be discussing during my iPad Apps to Supplement Executive Functioning Workshop Series.  I will be elaborating on Evernote during, iPad Apps to Supplement Planning & Organization and Organization of Materials on October 2, 2014

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