Some of you have been using Evernote for quite some time, and some of you are just getting started. Most everyone can agree, however, that Evernote is changing the way we do business. Evernote is an effective and streamlined way to manage your business or life in a very “paperless” way by digitizing your physical notes and backing them up in the cloud. Evernote captures your life or business experiences and saves that information seamlessly across all your devices. This information is also easily searchable and accessible anywhere, anytime.
Note: A single item stored in Evernote. Notes can be used to create everything from grocery lists, text notes, photos, audio notes, links to web pages, your business to-do lists…whatever you want or need to keep track of.
Notebook: A file for related notes.
Stack: For everything you want to manage you need to create a “stack” or heading.
Sync: The process by which your Evernote notes are kept up to date across all of your computers, phones, devices and the Web.
Account: A username and password that allows Evernote to identify your notes and make them available to you anywhere.
Users of Evernote can create text-based notes, take stored documents and clip them into Evernote for reference and house collaborative information that can be shared with everyone on your team. Here’s an example; in your online travels you found a great article or business idea you want to share with your team or add to your own personal files. Simply highlight the area of the article, click the green elephant icon on your task bar and Evernote syncs your article right into the notebook you choose. Premium account users can take it one step further by then emailing this information to team members right from within Evernote’s mainframe.
Another perk is the ability to capture, create and share audio files. Have you ever engaged in an impromptu brainstorming session and then after the call, wished someone had recorded everyone’s thoughts? Evernote’s record audio feature allows for recording of conversations (even Skype conversations) for later review and distribution. Audio files, along with photo and images, can be neatly filed into themed notebooks for quick reference and review.
Tagging is another beneficial feature on Evernote that allows users to be able to quickly and easily search and locate information. Tagging your notes will create a viewable and sortable list of all tags currently used in your Evernote account, plus helps keep everything organized.
Evernote was founded in 2002 by Stepan Pachikov, and the Windows-based desktop version was released in 2005. Evernote now boasts over 6 million users and is offered as free version or as premium version for as little as $5 a month. From iPhones and Android, to laptops and iPads or desk-tops, all your files and projects can be synced to perfection.