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  • Microsoft OneNote icon

    Microsoft OneNote

    A digital notebook application that gives people one place to gather notes and information. .

    Freemium Mac Windows Android iPhone Windows RT ... Windows Phone iPad Apple Watch Android Wear Kindle Fire

    • Easy to use, strong support backed by Microsoft, also got plenty of plugins and apps. Guest • Jan 2017 Disagree   Agree
    • The clipper has to simple experience. The search is impossible. The interface has to be more usable danantferrariFeb 2017 Disagree   Agree
    • Can Note ! Can Draw ! Can make To Do List ! Can Add pictures. Can Add Formules. What's more ? Check it out it is also free. ugurozturk14 days ago Disagree   Agree
  • Google Keep icon

    Google Keep

    Google Keep has several features including color coding notes, inserting images, creating lists, geo-fencing, shareable notes, and search by color.

    Free Windows Web / Cloud Android iPhone Chrome OS ... Android Tablet iPad Chrome Android Wear

    • Google Keep is more like a sticky note where as Evernote is a digital filing system where everything is better organized. Guest • Jul 2016 Disagree   Agree
    • Google Keep doesn't support text formating, only simple plain text. Evernote is more for MSWord-like notes. Guest • May 2016 Disagree   Agree
    • Very good note searching. Good integration between desktop and mobile. Use google docs for rich formatting and large texts. Guest • Sep 2016 Disagree   Agree
    • It's more for personal than professional use, but easy and fast to use. DrianmollerJan 2017 Disagree   Agree
    • It has barely any of the features. Could work if you only need to store simple text and photos but much more than that and it just gets hard to organise. Guest • 6 days ago Disagree   Agree
    • The main reason I don't use Google Keep is that it doesn't have a Firefox plugin. Guest • Jul 2016 Disagree   Agree
  • Laverna icon

    Laverna

    Laverna is a web application written on JavaScript. It's built to be an open source alternative to Evernote. Laverna stores notes in indexedDB and personal...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Web / Cloud Self-Hosted

    • It is open-source, encrypted storage that allows you to host your own data. It also provides desktop apps for all platforms (unlike Evernote) Guest • Oct 2016 Disagree   Agree
    • Main reasons why I believe this is a best alternative to Evernote, OneNote and Google Keep: - Markdown - Open-source Guest • Dec 2016 Disagree   Agree
    • Laverna is awesome, works on Linux and gives you options to secure your data. Oh and unlike Microsoft and Google, they don't leech all your data on a continuous telemetry stream Guest • Jan 2017 Disagree   Agree
    • Laverna has the following advantages over Evernote: 1. Encryption (and therefore privacy/security); 2. It's open source (trustworthy); 3. Self-hosted (you control your data); 4. Supports Windows, Mac & Linux (Evernote has no Linux version). JohnFastmanDec 2016 Disagree   Agree
    • Only requires a html5 compatible web browser and can use it offline. Works very well with firefox and google chrome. Easy to install on personal web server. To sync data between devices can use a remote storage server. Guest • 3 days ago Disagree   Agree
    • This is a web application. With Evernote I can take note without any connection and it takes care of my synchronization later on... Guest • Jul 2016 Disagree   Agree
  • Notezilla icon

    Notezilla

    Colorful & powerful sticky notes app for Windows & Phones. Set reminder alarms, attach them to any website or document, organize them using folders/tags, sync...

    Commercial Windows Web / Cloud Android iPhone Android Tablet ... iPad

    • Completely different application. Great for quick notes to stick to the desktop or an application, but not good for storing web pages, photos, etc. Guest • Jul 2016 Disagree   Agree
    • Notezilla is far more convenient, simple & easier then evernote. Love notezilla, worth trying Guest • Aug 2016 Disagree   Agree
    • I love the Windows desktop sticky feature. Super handy! Guest • Jul 2016 Disagree   Agree
  • Zim icon

    Zim

    Zim brings the concept of a wiki to your desktop. Store information, link pages and edit with WYSISYG markup or directly typing some lightweight markup syntax and see it...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD

    • Great to store and organize notes, possibility ton includes pictures. You can synchronize your notes with your favorite cloud plateform, notes are saved in the .txt format. The problem is : you need to install an app (not available on android) to use effectively AND it uses a markdown different than other apps. Guest • Jan 2017 Disagree   Agree
    • Includes nested notes, Wiki-like linking, and conversion to HTML samuelhunterJan 2017 Disagree   Agree
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    Simplenote

    Made by the company behind WordPress , Simplenote is an easy way to keep notes, lists, ideas, and more. Your notes stay updated across all your devices. No buttons to...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Web / Cloud Android ... iPhone Android Tablet iPad Kindle Fire

    • Very quick sync, responsive UI, works good across Windows, Linux and Android, although missing support for graphical notes and more text formatting options Guest • Nov 2016 Disagree   Agree
    • Simplenote is a cross-platform app that allows you to take simple (as the name implies) text-based notes and sync them across your devices. There is markdown support, but little else. It's Evernote with almost everything but the note taking feature taken out. If that appeals to you, it's great. Also, thumbs up for open source and Linux support! JohnFastmanDec 2016 Disagree   Agree
    • No import/export, requires use of "markups" instead of keystrokes for style changes Guest • Jul 2016 Disagree   Agree
    • Simplenote is just about making simple text notes Guest • Oct 2016 Disagree   Agree
  • CintaNotes icon

    CintaNotes

    CintaNotes is an ultra-ergonomic, productivity-boosting notetaking app for Windows. It will help you collect, organize, and find any information.

    Freemium Windows PortableApps.com

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    • It also grabs text from other sources with a keyboard shortcut and stores it as a note. Text from web pages is also stored with it's source URL. astral_cyborgNov 2016 Disagree   Agree
  • Google Tasks icon

    Google Tasks

    Tasks adds a to-do list to Gmail. After adding the lab, click the Tasks link above the chat box on the left-hand-side of the page. Your task list will appear on the...

    Free Web / Cloud Chrome OS Gmail

    No features added Add a feature
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    wikidPad

    wikidPad is a Wiki-like notebook for storing your thoughts, ideas, todo lists, contacts, or anything else you can think of to write down. What makes wikidPad different...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD

    No features added Add a feature
    • If you like hierarchical ("logical") organization and still want to cross reference. Wikidpad is the number 1 choice for you. iwanaandersonDec 2016 Disagree   Agree
  • Flamory icon

    Flamory

    Flamory remembers things, so you don't have to. Make snapshots of web pages, files and desktop apps. You can find snapshots later using full-text search and...

    Free Personal Windows Internet Explorer Chrome Microsoft Office Powerpoint Microsoft Office Word ... Adobe Reader Notepad++ Firefox Adobe Acrobat

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    NixNote

    NixNote, formerly Nevernote, is an open source client for Evernote . It is written in Java so it will also run on Windows & OS-X, but the primary focus has been...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

    No features added Add a feature
    • Amazing alternative to Evernote for Linux, it works great! Evernote on web sucks, so this is a great solution for Linux users. ShaikailashAug 2016 Disagree   Agree
    • Just for clarity: NixNote is an alternative CLIENT software that allows Linux users to access the Evernote SERVICE. It has been developed because Evernote do not provide a client for Linux users. JohnFastmanJan 2017 Disagree   Agree
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    Alternote

    Gorgeous note-taking app for Mac with Evernote integration. Alternote has pixel-perfect interface, robust search, distraction-free...

    Commercial Mac

    • I'm a Mac user and even I can't see the point of this. It's typical commercial eye-candy. Evernote already has a Mac-native client. So are you really going to pay for this to get a choice of 6 backgrounds (tomatoes?) and "distraction free" writing? Do you feel that distracted when you write in Evernote's normal client? JohnFastmanJan 2017 Disagree   Agree
  • ResophNotes icon

    ResophNotes

    Very similar to Notational Velocity but for Windows. Features •Simple and fast notes on Windows •Sync online with Simplenote Support proxy...

    Free Windows

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Evernote Comments

Not recommended

Negative Comment by Shojimeguro
about Evernote Feb 2017

• It is far and away lacking many features of onenote, most noticeably the ability to have sections and subsections of notes in binders. Making it not good for keeping ORGANIZED notes.
• Doesn’t support table colour and sorting
• Evernote can't be used to draw with the stylus
Evernote Free Version cannot add file more than 25MB

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A good alternative - Dropbox plus "Save as file"

Comment by maxrempel
about Evernote Feb 2017

"Save as file" is a good alternative - you can take screenshots and save them as JPGs in dropbox or you can copy text and paste it as text or html in dropbox.

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A good alternative - Dropbox plus "Save as file"

Comment by maxrempel
about Evernote Feb 2017

"Save as file" is a good alternative - you can take screenshots and save them as JPGs in dropbox or you can copy text and paste it as text or html in dropbox.

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Really became bloatware

Negative Comment by johnny_to
about Evernote and Google Keep Jan 2017

Hope google adds markdown support to Google Keep soon

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Evernote's lack of encryption should make you think twice about giving them your data. 5 Helpful

Comment by JohnFastman
about Evernote and Facebook, Dropbox, SpiderOak Jan 2017
THE PROBLEM WITH EVERNOTE-TYPE CLOUD SERVICES

Bookmarks, notes, pictures, scanned documents and other data placed in Evernote are analyzed and indexed to help you organize and search through them later. Evernote even applies hand-writing recognition algorithms, e.g. to scanned notes, so the text can be indexed and searched.

This is possible because the data you send to Evernote is not encryped. It's perfectly readable to anyone with access. This has awful security and privacy implications most people don't worry nearly enough about.

For example, it makes you vulnerable in these ways:

  • Hackers & Security: If hackers gain access to your Evernote stuff (they've been hacked before, even recently), they can obtain all of it in a form readable to them. Which means they know just about everything about you that you shared with Evernote. Moreover, companies make mistakes with security (one very popular company managed to accidentally disable the requirement for any password protection on people's accounts at one point.)

  • Mass Surveillance: If the NSA ask Evernote for your data using a National Security Letter, Evernote can be compelled to give them your data and can even be prevented from telling you that they did this. The Snowden leaks show the NSA have targeted data hosted by many other companies, including Google, Microsoft (inc. Skype), Facebook, Yahoo and Dropbox. Each of these companies also store their users' data in a readable form. By the way, we're not talking here about the NSA targeting criminal suspects. We're talking about mass surveillance. (Trump's incoming administration includes strong supporters of indiscriminate surveillance of this type.) National Security Letters mean the NSA can gain access to your data and the company, e.g. Evernote, Google, whatever, can be banned from telling you about it. (If you're one of the "I have nothing to hide" people, "read this". The bottom line is you have the right to privacy, which you should be interested in protecting, and you don't know who will have your data in 5, 10 or 20 years time, how they might use it to incriminate you or other people it might refer to or implicate, or even in what legal jurisdiction that might be happening.)

  • Rogue employees: Not much stops company employees behaving unethically if they access to your data. You can't predict what this would lead to. The employees of other companies have done unethical things with people's data before.

Evernote's privacy policy doesn't protect you against any of the above. It's just a policy, which is - at best - upheld when everything is going well. But even that's not something to rely on. Recently, Evernote wanted to change its privacy policy in a way that would have given employees routine access to users' data. They backed out of the change due to the consequent public uproar. However, it shows just how easy it would have been to do: there is no obstacle; your data is there to be read - it's just a question of policy. In a month, or a year from now, they could try something like that again. Who knows.

All these considerations also apply to Evernote's largest competitors, OneNote (by Microsoft) and Google Keep. And 95% of other companies that offer you cloud storage, including Dropbox, Box.com, SugarSync, Facebook, Twitter, Slack and Skype. I've singled out Evernote here because they have a service that collects not "just" your chat or contacts, or "just" your shared documents... but, in principle, everything.


YOUR ONLY FRIEND IS ENCRYPTION

Your only friend in this context, to protect your data in the cloud, is end-to-end encryption. Tried and tested algorithms which encrypt your data with a password only you keep. That way, data is encrypted on your computer before being stored online. If you have that setup, the company storing the data cannot interpret what the content is. With a strong enough algorithm (e.g. AES-256) and a complex enough password, your data should be safe from all of the eventualities I described above.
It's worth being aware that many companies claim to be a) secure and even b) use encryption. But it needs to be specifically end-to-end encryption, or "zero-knowledge". If it's not encrypted, encrypted "server-side" or "at rest" only, and if they don't say they don't keep the keys for themselves, then you're not protected and others can read your data.

For reference, here is a list of apps and services that do use end-to-end encryption (or zero-knowledge):
- Email: Tutanota, Protonmail and Startmail.
- Online Video calls: Jitsi Meet or the Jitsi client configured via an XMPP (Jabber) server.
- Mobile text messages: Signal (for Android and iPhone)
- File Backup/Sync: Spideroak, Tresorit and Backblaze. Duplicati will create encrypted backups of your files and let you decide how to upload them. Cryptomator does the same but aims at sync, not backup.


SO WHAT'S THE BEST PRIVACY-FRIENDLY EVERNOTE ALTERNATIVE?

Sadly, this area is lagging behind.

Option 1: Something that does what Evernote does and includes encryption

If you only need simple notes and don't need mobile, try Laverna. It's open source, supports simple text notes and html and uses markdown for formating. (It's also free.)

If you need something closer to Evernote functionality, there's Turtl. I think this is an excellent potential Evernote killer. Still in beta (so don't expect everything to be perfect), but it already does the following:

  • End-to-end encryption, hosted in Germany.
  • Windows, Mac and Linux compatible (Evernote doesn't have a Linux client; you need the slightly inferior NixNotes for that)
  • Has an Android app (iOS on the way).
  • Can store and sync bookmarks, files (pdf, images, etc.) and simple notes.
  • You can share what you store with other users and still do it encrypted.
  • You can use markdown to have formating in your notes.
  • Good seach and tagging functionality.
  • Has a web browser extension that allows you to clip content.
  • It's open source and free! It's VERY worthy of financial support, though.

Option 2: Store & organize your data on your computer, encrypt it on your computer and sync however you wish

For this, probably the best option is Tagspaces to organize your notes and files. Supports note taking, markdown, tagging, search and has browser plugins. There's a free version which is very functional and it works on Linux, Mac and Windows. The idea is you would use it on your computer to organize your notes, files and tags, etc. The folder(s) in which the data is sitting could easily be encrypted with Cryptomator. The encrypted version can be sent to the cloud without (too many) privacy worries. This doesn't solve everything, like taking notes on a mobile, but it is a good solution and I use this for my work files.

For mobile: take your notes on a mobile and sync with and end-to-end encrypted service (see "File Backup/Sync" suggestions above, or with the excellent service from Seafile.de, which has the option of encrypting file contents, even if not the file name.

If you need an encrypted note-taking app but you don't need the integration of uploaded pdf files, for example, try - in a manner similar to my TagSpaces suggestion - an app called Zim, which quite a lot of people seem to like (for my purposes TagSpaces and Turtl serve me better).

[Edited by JohnFastman, January 04]

[Edited by JohnFastman, January 04]

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Sucks. 3 Helpful

Negative Comment by mateddy
about Evernote Dec 2016

Evernote will read all your notes and limit to two clients.

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helpful 1 Helpful

Positive Comment by elainecharles
about Evernote Nov 2016

helps me make notes, to-dos, voice memos and much more. very handy. 10/10 from me.

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markup issues 2 Helpful

Negative Comment by andrewbell
about Evernote Oct 2016

Can easily screw up the notes, if the markup is pretty complicated. Happened many times with me, so I had to switch to other solutions.
Hard to export your data, only some enux format, which is proprietary.
Recent update limit number of connected devices, which is another downside...

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great app

Positive Comment by micapresser94
about Evernote Sep 2016

really helps with tasks and its really easy to learn. one of the best apps ever made

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Changes to plans and pricing 5 Helpful

Negative Comment by babomancer
about Evernote Jun 2016

https://blog.evernote.com/blog/2016/06/28/changes-to-evernotes-pricing-plans/

Importantly for free/basic users: "Beginning today, the prices for our Plus and Premium tiers will change for new subscriptions, and access from Evernote Basic accounts will be limited to two devices."

Evernote have also announced higher prices for paid plans.

Evernote Basic
Free

The easiest way to get started with Evernote, Basic has been and will remain free of charge. Evernote Basic supports web clipping and note sharing, so you can capture memories, ideas, and inspiration and save them forever.

On Basic, you can access notes on up to two devices, such as a computer and phone, two computers, or a phone and a tablet, as well as on the web, so you can continue to take your notes with you throughout your day. Passcode lock on the mobile app, formerly a paid feature, is now available on Basic as well.

Evernote Plus
$3.99/month or $34.99/year (save 27%)

To stay in sync across all your devices, consider Evernote Plus. You’ll also enjoy the ability to take notebooks offline on a mobile device, so your notes will be with you wherever you go, even when there’s no Internet connection. You can forward emails into Evernote and keep them alongside related notes, complete with attachments, and 1 GB of upload space each month means you can keep all your projects together.

Evernote Premium
$7.99/month or $69.99/year (save 27%)

Get the full power of Evernote with Evernote Premium, a set of tools designed to help you go paperless and take ideas into action across all your devices. Find text buried inside Office docs. Annotate PDFs. Discover connections between notes, turn business cards into phone contacts, or present your work with one click. Premium includes 10 GB of monthly upload space, and you have all the benefits of Plus and Basic, too.

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Life helper

Positive Comment by lillymilligan76
about Evernote Apr 2016

App - reminder. It helps when there is no time for everything. Great design .

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Great app!

Comment by JamesJoyce
about Evernote Jan 2016

What I like most is the constant improvement, rapid correction of minor errors and great custom support! From my point of view, one of the best apps in productivity segment!

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like it but..

Comment by robertmu
about Evernote Jan 2016

i like it but i definitely think it needs to some improvements.

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I prefer OneNote hands-down.

Negative Comment by menace97
about Evernote and Microsoft OneNote Dec 2015

I have tried both Evernote and OneNote, both of which are free now, over the years and I still find OneNote to be much easier to use, collect, share, find information, etc.

Using OneNote with Onetastic fills in some of the gaps that were lacking in OneNote.

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