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Evernote App

Evernote – Free App for Bloggers on the Go

Great bloggers have great ideas. In fact I would say a blogger’s real value is their ideas because even if you are simply reporting the news your insight and understanding can help your readers. So if ideas are your greatest asset, what are you doing to manage them so as to maximize their effectiveness?

There are many note keeping apps available to do this, and I’ve tried most of them. I find that Evernote stands head and shoulders above the rest.  When I’m not at my desk but I want to get some work done I use Evernote to record my thoughts and ideas to be used later in my posts.

Evernote for Bloggers

When bloggers think of apps they can use to help them ply their trade they’re often thinking of WordPress or Blogger.

These of course are great apps for managing your blog from a mobile device but since I’ve started using Evernote I rarely open these on my phone.  This app is an advanced note keeping and organizational tool.

For the blogger this is a great way to organize ideas at your desk and to make sure that the great ideas that you have while on the go are saved until you have the opportunity to use them. This is more than just a notepad you can scribble on and the more time you put into learning the app the more you are going to be able to get out of it.  You can keep all of your ideas in one place using notes, documents, images, as well as audio and video recordings.

Very Customizable and easy to use App

Evernote is very customizable and you can change icons and swap out buttons to access the features you want and hide the features you don’t think you will use. The app also has a widget that can be placed directly on your home screen so you can access certain aspects of the app without having to open it and cycle through menus. This is very convenient when you want to use the dictate function while driving to make a quick note.  Push a button and speak your mind and you’re done. This is also great for lists that you need to access or modify frequently because you can place them directly on your home screen.

Evernote App

Evernote has a browser interface so if you want to access your ideas from your desktop it is fast and easy.  Since the Evernote app syncs up with your online account anything you have changed or added will immediately be available from anywhere.

Any note or checklists can be recorded via dictation. This is basically speech to text and while initially I thought this would be superfluous because my phone already had a native speech to text function, I found that dictation is the aspect of the app I use most frequently. Once I hit the dictate button I don’t have to keep activating the mic every time I say something. The record function simply remains active until I turn it off.  Punctuation can become an issue but it does take certain voice commands similar to other voice to text software offerings such as Dragon. Even with poor punctuation it’s a fantastic way to record a meeting or a quick thought while on the road without having to type anything.

Evernote Skitch

Evernote also offers a “skitch” function.  You can use this to draw on images directly as opposed to taking notes that go along with a picture.  While I use this function the least, other bloggers may find it useful.

List management

List management is a big part of Evernote. I now use it to keep track of my daily project lists, and the Checklist feature lets me keep track of what I’ve completed.  This means I don’t need to make a completely new list each day, just reset the checkmarks and get working.

Blogging, especially if you are publishing on multiple sites, can become difficult to manage. There is a great deal of research that goes into any post as well as remembering from day-to-day where your posting or what you’re posting about. A weekly checklist such as this can keep an author on track.

Image capture

Image capture is called Visual Memories and allows you to take snapshots of whatever you’re interested in from business cards to products or print media. The app uses the native camera to take a picture and stores it as a snapshot. You may then make any notes or comments that you like. You can access the snapshot from the notes section of the dashboard on the app and make any changes that you like. You can tag names and dates and places or any random information and store it with the picture.

Evernote is a free app with a premium option

The premium account comes with:

  • No ads
  • More upload capacity
  • PDF search option
  • Note history access
  • More sharing options
  • Faster image recognition

Payment options are $5.00 per month or $45.00 per year.  In my opinion the premium upgrade is well worth the price but if you are not sure buy a month for $5.00.  I’m confident you will buy a year after you try the app.

You can create an Evernote account here, and download the Android or iOS app.  Evernote for Android is ranked at 4.7 stars out of 5 with 489,000 votes.  The iOS app is ranked 4+ but according to the Evernote discussion forum users are having issues with the latest version.  Having only used the Android app I must refer users to the forum for more information on this topic.

Jon Norwood served as the Director of Marketing for FlashNet, Inc., one of the earliest successful dialup providers and Jon has been a part of the broadband industry since the very beginning. Read more from Jon at Mobile Informers.

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  • Philip March 8, 2013, 10:13 am

    Hi Jon,
    I’ve been using Evernote for a couple of months now and it is and awesome tool. Almost every day I find a new post that has some great information and that’s when Evernote really helps me keep track of all the information resources I stumble upon.
    And what I like most about it is that I can use it on all my devices, my phone, my laptop…
    I get a lot of ideas on topics I can write about on my blog when I’m at work, I can easily start writing in Evernote on my phone and when I am home I pop up Evernote on my laptop and can continue from there.

    It’s something I’ve got used to and I don’t think I could manage without it now.

    Thanks for putting up such a detailed review.Cheers.

    ~Philip

  • Ken January 27, 2013, 8:39 am

    Thanks for a great post! I’m also among those who never bothered to learn Evernote, even though I have it available. After reading this information I’m ready to convert. Thanks for a well-written article.

  • Gautam January 21, 2013, 12:13 pm

    Today i was Surfing Google Play Store and Suddenly i saw Evernote.. it was looking great so i downloaded it and when I Used It .. it seemed great To me… It’s Simple and esy to use.Thnks

  • Mikolaj Rutkowski January 12, 2013, 6:07 am

    I’ve been a long-time Evernote user however I must say I used it to collect and organize my work resources not some stuff for my blog even though it is work related.
    The only thing I miss (or I’m not aware of) is making internal links between stored notes – this is something I would really really recommend to add to Evenote’s functionality.

  • Reuben Stark January 2, 2013, 2:27 am

    Evernote is helpful for bloggers for keeping tracks of notes. This organizational tool is free and if you blog regularly it can surely help you to manage better. I really likes this post as it gave me a way to utilize and organize my notes while writing. Thank you very much…am sure it will pick up fast.

  • Servando Silva December 26, 2012, 4:01 pm

    I downloaded Evernote a year ago but have been using different note Apps on Android and iOS.
    The last 6 months, I used my iOS notes app to sync directly with my Macbook Air, but now that I’ve moved to Android (again!) I’ll consider Evernote as it seems to be better than other simple note apps.

    Thanks!

    • Servando Silva January 7, 2013, 11:28 pm

      I’ve been using Evernote since my last comment and totally loving it. Since I recently changed my iPhone for a Nexus device, it has replaced good enough my old notes app.
      However, I’ve got a wide ecosystem at home, including OS X, Windows 8, Windows 7 and Android. And I’ve found that I can’t edit my Evernote notes on the Windows 8 app (only on the browser edition).
      That’s really a shame. I mean.. an apps note that won’t allow you edit apps? You’ve got to be kidding me!

  • Dennis Marshall December 26, 2012, 8:27 am

    Great review Jon. Weird thing is I have evernote on my laptop, ipad and iPhone and never use it.

    That check list feature along with being able to draw on pictures is definitely something that got my attention. I have a feeling i’m going to be using Evernote a lot more in the future.

  • Jane December 23, 2012, 12:24 pm

    Hey Jon, thanks for the wonderful review. I use Evernote heavily every day – Blog post ideas, drafts etc. I’ve never used it as a task manager as of now. I’ve used the dictate option a couple of times and have found it work really great! I also have the app on my tab and capture every idea on the go. Evernote is a serious item in my blogger tool box!

  • Dev December 21, 2012, 6:06 pm

    Evernote is a great app, been using it for months. I have only tried android version and it works really well. It’s perfect app for capturing ideas and creating to-do lists.

  • Jacko December 21, 2012, 10:08 am

    Sounds interesting Jon,

    I’ll have to test this out. I am always out and about and sometimes I have an Idea. I usually send myself an email this may be a better way, thanks for sharing.

    • Jon Norwood December 21, 2012, 3:57 pm

      Thanks for reading. I used to email myself as well and that gets messy. I hope Evernote helps!

  • Sarah Park December 20, 2012, 9:51 pm

    Hi Jon,

    Thanks for sharing this information. I actually heard a lot of good things about Evernote though I haven’t used this yet. I guess I might try with the $5 and see if this app really fits me.

    • Jon Norwood December 26, 2012, 4:21 pm

      The free version sells it well. It should be enough for you decide if you like it.

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