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Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Evernote - App Review


You're looking at a website and find an interesting article but haven't got the time to read it at the moment.  You quickly mark and save it in 'Reader' in Safari. So far, so good, and then the problems start… you don’t have Internet access so you can’t access the page (Reader in Safari is no more than a bookmark) or you have Internet access but the page is no longer current. Does this strike any chords with you? All these issues, and very many more, are solved with Evernote.

This is, however, just the very beginning of what you can achieve with Evernote.

Evernote keeps this information in sync, whether it’s on your iPad, iPhone, PC, or any other device. It is very easy to use and enables you to save information from the Internet with extreme ease. This makes research, travel planning and just remembering things so much easier. You can also choose to share information with others (or not, of course).

You can also save information from other sources, including photos. So you could photograph an interesting article (or a recipe, or anything else) in a newspaper and then retrieve it for later reading. There is also the ability to email anything directly to your Evernote account. By being able to add tags, you can easily find information and also arrange it in folders. As far as finding your most recent clippings is concerned, the ability do display by ‘date updated’ makes it simplicity personified.

Evernote is an absolute lifesaver (I guess that my cards are on the table now).


Now for the ACIDS test:

Aesthetics
The iPad Version of the App handles both landscape and portrait orientation beautifully. Clippings look like individual pages and can easily be moved around the screen or opened. If the clipping includes a photo or graphic, this is included in the thumbnail; beautiful. The PC App includes the ability to automatically synchronise at set intervals; unfortunately this feature is lacking in the iOS version.


Cost
The App is entirely free, whether for iOS, PC, or as an Internet page. The first 60 MB of uploads per month are also free. Let me assure you that this represents a lot of notes and clippings. The stored information stays in your account ‘forever’, so the total amount is unlimited. You can increase the monthly upload limit to 1 GB per month by purchasing a monthly or annual premium account


Indispensability
The fact that there is a version for just about every phone, tablet, or PC makes it indispensable, especially as the amount of storage is not really an issue.


Dependability
I have been using Dropbox since November 2008 (initially just as a Web App and gradually on many devices); it has never let me down. It's not possible to ask for more.


Security
Evernote state “As a consumer Internet service, we don't pursue enterprise certifications such as FISMA, HIPAA, etc. We manage our own servers at a Tier 3 data centre (Quality Tech) in Santa Clara, which is itself SAS70 certified. All software and data is managed by Evernote's internal IT/Operations staff”. I interpret this as data being secure to the casual observer but, a fairly determined effort could well lead to data being compromised. I personally use Evernote to share mainly clippings so, the information is freely available over the Internet anyway.


ACIDS Test Rating:
 You've just got to have it!


To find out how the ACIDS Test works, click here.

You can get Evernote here and the iPad App here.

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  4. The developer advises that there has been an update to version 5.3 of the App.

    This includes the following enhancements and alterations:

    Reminders: Never forget important and in-progress notes
    • Adding a reminder pins the note to the top of your note list
    • Add a due date to receive in-app and email notifications
    • Mark notes as Done when you complete them

    Enhanced security with XAuth
    • View all applications that access your account from Evernote Web Settings

    Business: toggle between personal and business tags in the tag view

    Numerous bug fixes, including:
    • Fix for an issue causing certain large notes to duplicate on sync
    • Fix for several offline search issues

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  5. The developer advises that there has been an update to version 5.3.1 of the App.

    This includes the following enhancements and alterations:

    Bug Fixes

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  6. The developer advises that there has been an update to version 5.3.2 of the App.

    This includes the following enhancements and alterations:

    Bug fixes

    ReplyDelete
  7. The developer advises that there has been an update to version 5.4 of the App.

    This includes the following enhancements and alterations:

    - Add Shortcuts on your iOS device; sync to access them anywhere
    - Mark up images, PDFs, and entire notes with Skitch integration
    - See notes you recently viewed along the bottom of any note
    - Premium users: view Related Notes at the bottom of their notes
    - Get the latest news and updates from Evernote in the Announcements section
    - Submit a support request from directly within the app

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  8. The developer advises that there has been an update to version 5.4.1 of the App.

    This includes the following enhancements and alterations:

    Bug Fixes

    ReplyDelete
  9. The developer advises that there has been an update to version 5.4.2 of the App.

    This includes the following enhancements and alterations:

    Bug fixes

    ReplyDelete
  10. The developer advises that there has been an update to version 5.4.3 of the App.

    This includes the following enhancements and alterations:

    Numerous bug fixes

    ReplyDelete
  11. The developer advises that there has been an update to version 7.0 of the App.

    This includes the following enhancements and alterations:

    The completely redesigned Evernote

    Beautiful new look inspired by the clean, simplicity of iOS 7
    • Smart layout shows only the features you need
    • Quickly jump to your most recent notes from the home screen
    • New audio recorder gives you space to type while you listen

    Fast access to the app's most used features
    • New: Take a note immediately with Quicknote
    • New: Create a Reminder right from the home screen
    • New: Snap a quick photo note with one tap
    • New: Redesigned note editor for faster and easier notes

    Markup: Add arrows, shapes and text to images and PDFs
    Background sync: Notes are always kept up-to-date
    AirDrop: Share notes with people around you through AirDrop

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  12. The developer advises that there has been an update to version 7.0.1 of the App.

    This includes the following enhancements and alterations:

    Post-it® Note Camera
    - Snap a photo of a Post-it® Note to digitize and enhance your handwritten to-dos and ideas
    - Automatically assign notebooks, tags and Reminders to different colors of Post-it® Notes
    - Add multiple Post-it® Note snapshots to a single note
    - Search through handwritten text in images

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  13. The developer advises that there has been an update to version 7.0.2 of the App.

    This includes the following enhancements and alterations:

    Bug fixes

    ReplyDelete
  14. The developer advises that there has been an update to version 7.0.3 of the App.

    This includes the following enhancements and alterations:

    Bug fixes

    ReplyDelete
  15. The developer advises that there has been an update to version 7.1.1 of the App.

    This includes the following enhancements and alterations:

    Bug fixes

    ReplyDelete
  16. The developer advises that there has been an update to version 7.1.2 of the App.

    This includes the following enhancements and alterations:

    Bug fixes

    ReplyDelete
  17. The developer advises that there has been an update to version 7.2.1 of the App.

    This includes the following enhancements and alterations:

    - Note list should now reload properly after duplicating a note
    - Fix for a crash on upgrade related to contact data import
    - Fixes an intermittent crash while editing contact notes
    - Several search bug fixes

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  18. The developer advises that there has been an update to version 7.3.1 of the App.

    This includes the following enhancements and alterations:

    - Move notes more easily with recently used notebooks now displayed at top of your list
    - Evernote now remembers your most recently used camera mode

    Bug fixes
    - Note editor should no longer flash when downloading new content
    - App should no longer get stuck with image or attachment view open after a search
    - Improved auto title and calendar interactions
    - Several fixes for issues with swipe navigation
    - Several crash fixes

    ReplyDelete
  19. The developer advises that there has been an update to version 7.3.4 of the App.

    This includes the following enhancements and alterations:

    Business card scanning improvements:
    - No-tap camera mode with automatic business card detection: just point the camera at the card
    - Easier to save scanned business cards to your contacts and address book

    Better with LinkedIn
    - Send LinkedIn connect requests to the people whose business cards you scan

    Numerous performance improvements and bug fixes

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  20. The developer advises that there has been an update to version 7.3.5 of the App.

    This includes the following enhancements and alterations:

    Numerous performance improvements and bug fixes

    ReplyDelete
  21. The developer advises that there has been an update to version 7.5.0 of the App.

    This includes the following enhancements and alterations:

    Clip content to Evernote from anywhere on your phone from the share menu
    - Save photos, documents, and web pages as notes
    - File them in any business or personal notebook

    Create different kinds of notes from your Notification Center with the new widget

    Premium
    - Use Touch ID to unlock your passcode-protected account with your finger
    - Rediscover useful content from your account in the Related Notes section
    - Automatically keep business notebooks up to date with push notifications

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  22. The developer advises that there has been an update to version 7.5.1 of the App.

    This includes the following enhancements and alterations:

    Bug fixes

    ReplyDelete

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