Note Taking and Organization: Evernote and OneNote

evernote-logo-design-centerI’ll go out on a very safe limb here and say that Evernote is the king of note-taking and information organization apps. Since its release in 2008, it has grown exponentially and ubiquitously, gaining millions of loyal followers and creating integrations into dozens and dozens of other apps and programs.

In a nutshell, Evernote is the thick pile of manila folders that sits on the corner of your desk with all the projects you’re working on. These are the folders that have the paperclips, scraps of paper, sticky notes and handwritten notes all related to your important projects.

Evernote is that folder in digital format, available anywhere and everywhere, instantly synchronized and easily shared. You can store pictures, documents, notes, webpages, snippets of text, handwritten napkins, emails and anything else you can possibly imagine. The search engine even combs text in pictures (and in PDFs for Premium subscribers).

You can add your information to Evernote in every possible way as well – through browser plug-ins, email, web apps, desktop apps and mobile apps. When you have the information you want, you can tag it, organize it into folders, share it and search for it. Evernote competes directly with Microsoft’s OneNote, which costs about $80 if you buy it alone, or free if you use the web app.

Evernote made Beth’s Top Organization Tools list!

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