Evernote Thoughts

On Evernote alternatives

A while back I wrote a post on how I use Evernote.

A few days ago, Evernote announced a pretty significant price/plan change. To overly simplify the changes, you’re basically encouraged to upgrade to a paid plan, which now costs more as well.

I don’t have any objection to paid plans, after all, they need revenue in order to stay in business, but the product itself hasn’t changed or improved much over the years. Colin posted some good thoughts on this.

A while back, it deteriorated significantly that I started to switch away, but say what you will about Evernote, but depending on your use case, it’s hard to find a decent competitor.

Key features of Evernote I need (without taking into account stability etc) are:

  • Web clipping
  • Note links
  • Offline notes
  • Rich content notes

While the alternatives out there like Apple Notes, Microsoft OneNote do a great job, they’re all lacking a little in specific areas, which really makes it hard to leave Evernote.

Looking forward, I’m hoping Evernote continues to improve its product and service (which does seem to be happening) to justify the new price tag. Though at the same time, I hope some decent alternatives start to crop up. Competition is always good.

Side note: On the basis of pure text notes, Simplenote is the undisputed king for me.


On Evernote’s recent troubles

I’ve used and loved Evernote for a long time. However over the past year, I’ve been making many attempts to migrate away from it. It’s not exactly one specific reason/issue that is causing me to move away, but many little quirks that give you the feeling of death by a thousand cuts. Sadly they’ve also killed Evernote Food which I quite liked, but that’s understandable, as it always felt like some kind of a side project.

Nowadays I seldom use Skitch or Penultimate, as they now feel clunky and troublesome. It’s not entirely Evernote’s fault, as there are other factors that count against it, such as the current version of OS X offering pretty good annotation fools, and a solid Notes app. However, Evernote’s feature set is still powerful enough that they should be able to get through this tough period.

via Thoughts on Evernote’s recent troubles – BakingPixel

Some of my latest views on Evernote.


How To Renovate Your House With Evernote – Part 1

evernote-renovationMy fiancée and I recently purchased a house, so we’re about to embark on the project of renovating it and getting it ready to ensure that we have something to move in to when we get married next year.

I previously did a post on how I use Evernote in my daily life, but I figured I’d take advantage of this situation to see how I could use Evernote to help me organise this project.

The objectives for trying this out would be:

  1. I’d like to see how useful Evernote will be in this project. I’m a pretty heavy Evernote user, but it’s always nice to measure and see how will things are going
  2. If it works out fine, it’s probably a good use case for others out there
  3. I get to journal the renovation project and have some fun along the way
  4. Hopefully I’ll be able to compile a summary post once everything is done and dusted
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Speaking for Evernote at DiGi

The prizes: T-Shirts and Evernote Premium membership cards
The prizes: T-Shirts and Evernote Premium membership cards

I was pleasantly surprised when I was contacted by Tiang from Evernote Singapore to be one of three people to give a brief presentation on how we use Evernote for different aspects of our life. I was quite to happy to do a topic on productivity with Evernote as that’s mainly what I use Evernote for.

I was fortunate enough to share the stage with David from BlogJunkie, as well as Sara from JewelPie, and I learnt quite a few things from them.

I’d post my presentation here, but I tend to keep my presentations pretty blank, basically with one line and one image per slide and elaborate from there, so it wouldn’t make much sense. I guess the next best would be a link to a previous post I did on how I use Evernote. I hope it helps.

In case anybody is curious enough, here are some of the pictures from the event:

Evernote Tech

How To: Unable to send to Evernote from Pocket after a password reset

If you’re reading this, there’s a high chance that you already know of the recent situation where Evernote required all users to reset their passwords.

While it was a minor inconvenience to change my password and reconnect all my Evernote services, I soon discovered a more irritating side effect: All my third-party apps that accessed Evernote would no longer be able to interact with Evernote.

The cause of this is pretty obvious, as a new password means that these services that were originally able to authenticate with Evernote weren’t able to do so anymore. For some reason, I didn’t find the process of de-linking and re-linking Evernote from my Pocket account as easy as I would have liked. I did find the official response from Pocket, but I think it should be a little simpler, so I’ve posted a few steps here to help whoever who prefers a visual answer.