Changes to the Evernote Basic account

I’ve been an Evernote user for years.  I used to have the Premium account for the offline notebooks feature, but since they’ve enabled that on the Basic account too, I stopped paying.  It looks like the times are changing once again.   Here’s an excerpt from the email I received today:

In the coming weeks, Evernote Basic accounts will be limited to two devices, such as a computer and phone, two computers, or a phone and a tablet. You are currently over this limit, but will have at least 30 days to adjust. Plus and Premium accounts will continue to support access from an unlimited number of devices.

There’s also a link to this blog post.

So.  Here are my options:

  1. Limit the use of the account to two devices.  This is not very realistic, as I access it from my mobile, tablet, and laptop, and often an additional computer here or there.
  2. Pay for the Evernote Plus or Premium account.  That’s a possibility.
  3. Move away from Evernote to something else.  I’ve been thinking about this for a while actually.  Evernote solved my note taking problem back in the day, but now it seems too heavy for what I need.  There are quite a few lightweight alternatives now, such as Simplenote and Google Keep, which might just do the job.

Transpose – structured notes alternative to Evernote

Evernote is an excellent note-taking service.  But it lacks any kind of templating, which is a pretty much required feature once you have more than a few hundred notes.  It’s nice to see that some people realize this enough to create alternative services.  Transpose is one such attempt.

I haven’t tried it yet, but judging by the video, the interface is not the friendliest ever.  Flexibility is a hard problem to solve when it comes to the UI.  And at $15/month it’s a bit pricey.  But it’s still nice to see that someone is trying.

Evernote Hello vs. Facebook Hello


facebook hello

Facebook is launching a new app – Hello:

Billions of calls are made everyday on mobile phones and people often have very little information about who’s calling them. Today we are starting to test Hello, a new app built by the Messenger team. Hello connects with Facebook so you can see who’s calling, block unwanted calls and search for people and places.

I seem to remember another app with the same name and somewhat related functionality – Hello from Evernote.  Apparently, this one was discontinued earlier this year.  Surprising, given that some people called it the best business card scanner app.

evernote hello

The functionality of the two apps is not exactly the same but similar enough.  Given how little time passed between the “death” of one and “birth” of another, I wonder if this is a coincidence or part of a greater plan.

Evernote hits 100,000,000 users

Evernote, the note-taking web service that I’ve praised several times, has hit a rather substantial milestone – 100 million users.  Since there are actually multiple applications and services with a significant user overlap, there are a few ways to look at the numbers.  Check out their blog post that provides a few details.

Evernote 100M users

I use it for all kinds of things – meeting notes, technical specs storage, bookmarking and website clipping, and even as a searchable archive for this blog.  It is vital for me at work, at home, and on the move (specifically, offline folders for the mobile devices are godsent when traveling abroad).

To the Evernote team: thank you guys! You are amazing and your service is truly awesome.  Keep it up and make it even better.

Major upgrade to Evernote Clipper for Google Chrome

I am a huge fan of Evernote for a few years now, and one of the reasons behind my support is the Clipper.  Instead of just saving the bookmarks the old (Delicious?) way, Evernote allows to save full or partial pages.  With this, even if the original site removes content or disappears completely, you’d still have the clip in your notes.

A couple of days ago Evernote announced that they are releasing an updated version of the Clipper for Google Chrome.  Here is the quick video with some new features.

It looks like they’ve merged in some of the functionality of their other applications and browser extensions, such as Clearly – a browser extension that can cleanup noisy pages leaving just the content of the article to read, and Skitch – a simple annotations and graphical editing tool.  While it sounds complicated, the functionality actually makes sense.

There are also some other new features, such as setting reminder on the note directly from the Clipper (rather than from the Evernote), and a Share button.  When all is combined, it makes Evernote into a really powerful too.  For example, emailing someone an annotated screenshot is now a quick task of just a few clicks.

Very, very handy tool!

Happy birthday, Evernote!

Evernote is one of the most useful web services out there.  I am using it daily for two and half years, and I’m also a subscriber to their Premium service, which makes it possible to have off-line notebooks on mobile.  Today, Evernote celebrates its fifth birthday.

evernote 5 years old

Huge thanks and congratulations to the whole team on this huge milestone. I hope you guys will continue doing what you are doing and bring us more handy features.  Keep it up and happy birthday!

RSS + IFTTT + Evernote = Backup

This post is just a test.   I’ve created a new personal recipe using IFTTT service, which will pull the RSS feed of this blog, and create a new note in a specific notebook of my Evernote account.  This is not recommended as a backup solution of course (you should do a proper filesystem and database backups), but if it works as good as I imagine, then I can use it for part of my RSS aggregation.  For example, I follow some blogs that I’d like to save most of the posts, but not all, and then search through those.  With a similar recipe, RSS feeds can be pushed into my Evernote account, and I can then just delete those notes that I don’t need.

Anyways, if you haven’t tried out IFTTT or Evernote, I strongly recommend both.  Those services are magical.