One of the very best note-taking and organization apps for desktops, notebooks, and mobile devices is available for Chrome as well. if you haven’t tried Evernote, you’re missing out on a great app that can bring a lot of convenience into your life. Best of all, as with most other Chromebook apps, it’s free.
Evernote is a streamlined note-taker that can be used to… well, take down notes, ideas, links, photos — almost anything you can think of. You can then access everything from any other computer or mobile device that has the Evernote app installed (you can also access your saved items from anywhere using Evernote’s website).
Evernote is not your average note-taking app, however. Evernote incorporates some pretty amazing technology into its standard features as well. For example, let’s say you see a business card when you’re out somewhere away from home. Rather than putting the card in your wallet or a pocket and losing it, or adding to a stack of crinkled business cards you’ll never look through, you can take a picture of the card with your mobile phone or Chromebook, and select to “save to Evernote.”
That’s just the beginning. Evernote is able to recognize text in photos, so if you search for a word that appears printed on the business card, the app will show the card in the search results. Pretty neat, eh? Of course this works with any words inside photos, not just business cards. My friend (ahem) uses it to take snaps of the menus at various cafes and restaurants, because (ahem) she’s weird like that.
You can also, optionally, “geotag” notes with location information. That way if you only remember something abstract about a note you jotted down or a photo you took — like that you saved it when you were on the 300 block of Laugarvegar Street in Reykjavik, Iceland, you can search for notes by a range of geographical criteria as well.
Evernote also incorporates several ways to organize your notes. You can “tag” notes with different keywords, store notes together inside “notebooks,” and so on. It’s honestly probably the easiest, most straightforward note app I’ve ever used (although SpringPad for Chrome is very handy as well) without being over-simplified.
Free vs Premium
The free version of the app contains a very unobtrusive ad space in the lower corner (see photos) that seems to just occasionally advertise things people (like business owners and fashion designers) use Evernote for, and Evernote T-shirts. There is a premium version that removes this tiny ad box and allows you to add more file types as notes. It also increases the amount of storage you have to keep notes. At the time of this writing, the premium version costs $5 a month, or $45 for a year. Currently, I can’t see myself needing the premium features (the free verison estimates I have room for approximately 30000 typed notes remaining) but it’s such a low price that you may want to consider it depending on your needs.
The word recognition capability in photos and images is a huge plus — one that’ll be a fun gimmick for some and an indispensable tool for others — and other high-tech conveniences like searching for notes by geolocation make Evernote one of the best Chrome apps I’ve reviewed so far. The fact that it discreetly, automatically keeps your things synchronized and available on your Chromebook, your phone, and anywhere else you like is invaluable for an app whose focus is keeping you organized.
If you want to use your Chromebook to help you get organized as well as surf the web, make sure you install the Evernote Web app. It takes (literally) a second to install and is available for free in the Chrome web store.