My App Addiction: Evernote

My App Addiction: Evernote

Feb 26, 2018

Like this needs any clarification…

Long, long ago, when I first got into mobile computing — styli devices were the rage — I really made an effort to do without physical paper. Every major platform at the time (including Palm, WinMo, etc.) had some sort of proprietary note taking utility, which was great… until you needed/wanted to leave the platform for another for whatever reason.

Nothing hurts more than losing collated inspiration to a computer crash or a hotsync failure.

It got better, and with the advent of true smartphones and cloud-computing, great cross-platform apps became more prevalent. This is how I originally found Evernote.

Why did it work for me? Well, on its own, it was a really well-designed app, and continued to get better. More importantly, the Evernote mobile app became my go-to almost anywhere I needed it: on my smartphone, on the web, in the cloud. As long as I had access to a portal, I was golden.

Still am.

Typically, I’ll write a note, snap a photo or make a sketch within the app on the go. If it needs more work, as in the first part of a complex project, I can then pull up the rudimentary entry and add detail, or convert it to something else as needed.

I also am somewhat beholden to the cottage industry of compatible hardware, like Moleskine notebooks that work with Evernote. On any given day, I can revert to handwriting and still save up my notes that way. There are a few apps that have native compatibility, and on Android, the app is almost always one of the top choices in the share menu.

Yes, there are other alternatives, and I can see where the developer may very well limit more of the free features to drive users to get a premium subscription; such is the world of mobile app monetization these days. That’s the thing: it pays to be early, and it pays to be good early.

Tre Lawrence
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