Evernote Reviews

Once The Best, Now So-So

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My company started using Evernote in the early 2010's or so and at the time it was great for note taking and keeping. Slowly though I saw they weren't really innovating, and what they were doing to innovate wasn't in line with what we were looking for. So we've made the switch to Google Keep. I really wish Evernote was a better program!


Stop Evernote

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


There's a news about this: Evernote will no longer change its privacy policy in January.
Just added in our news archive ;)

Evernote originally stated that its new privacy policy will give humans access to read your Evernote contents. Due to customer concerns, they have backtracked on this. However, it remains true that Evernote's contents are not end-to-end encrypted and therefore they are accessible by Evernote, three letter agencies and any hackers who gain access to Evernote's servers.
More privacy-oriented options I suggest:

  1. For cross-platform file organization with tagging, searching, etc. try the excellent open source TagSpaces, which organizes files locally (no cloud upload). However, you can sync the organized files, tags and everything, using your favourite cloud service. Moreover, you can integrate that easily with Cryptomator if you want to have the benefit of easy end-to-end encryption. It's an excellent solution. TagSpaces also works on Linux, which Evernote does not and it also has a browser plugin.

  2. If you use Evernote primarily for syncing bookmarks, try the end-to-end encrypted Turtl, which stores and syncs simple notes, files and bookmarks. Also works on Linux, Mac and Windows.

Stop Evernote. Period.

Changes to plans and pricing

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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

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.


Not willing to add a much-needed tier in between Basic and Plus for which it seems like a large portion who have been quite vocal on the forums, is disappointing to say the least. I would maybe, come back, but like others, have found great alternatives as Evernote has become perhaps a bit too greedy while also not improving much along the way.

Implementing the new polarizing structure has already damaged their reputation beyond repair perhaps; given the fact that services have rarely improved, some arguing they have been getting worse (take a look at how wonderful the Evernote Web Clipper was at its height, and now it is slow, finicky issues with browsers that weren't occurring before, plus now annoying ALL customers often with reminders about how "this would be a good item to clip" that don't seem to go away. Not a very nice way to treat paying customers, let alone pickup some new customers... bye Evernote - too little, too late!

The interface rottens with time

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It was best for a long time, now they mess it up more and more. - I wish the old interface back.
Now the web interface doesn't allow to see many notes at once - so finding a note becomes problematic. There needs to be an obvious way to swtich back to the compact tab view in the web interface so maximum number of notes can be fit on the screen. Also - an easy 1 click access to the filter - to filter by date and type( screenshot, text etc)
The local version is very slow synchronizing - you need to find something and instead waiting for the sync. Need non0invasive background sync by default and need an indicator whether it is synked.
The search function becomes more and more unusable. Give us back the advanced search
The whole idea of accessing the notes from multiple devices now is paid and the price is too high for a private user - 35$ per year is too much, especially when there are many free alternatives.
THe chrome extension is very good for taking notes, but it misses a link to access notes. It looks like the developers are so concerned about taking and not concerned about ever accessing notes.

Good developments: "add remark" - is a great option, it doesn't mess up the tags and allows to label the note with good keywords. Document photo on android app is exceptionally good - it is first that takes perfect doc photos and removes uneven background - the only suggestion - to add a manual option to select the document and force it too shoot - often it can not decide which part of the image is the document - say if the background has straight lines - so let user show it where it is or let the user force shoot when the right selection is shown.


Not bad, but I'm leaving

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I need history. I need to be able to see differences between changes. Markdown + Git looks better and today I found Laverna.

The only next features holding me there:

  • Not a bad search
  • Tag search
  • Convenient interface

I was evernote user for many years. But lately I started to think stop using it.
The main problem is a history. I need a history of my notes. I also considered paid version, but
there're 3 main issues there.

  1. I would like to see Diff, like normal tools(Beyond Compare, Tortoise Git, VS 2015) do
  2. Evernote format doesn't look like format possible to see DIFF, it is not something like markdown
  3. Money.

More then a year I'm thinking to stop using and start using GIT + Markdown.
For editing Markdown I was considering

  • VS 2015
  • Remarkable
  • VS Code

The first one I was using a little. I did not like work with images when I stored them in a local folder.
You need to save image and then create a reference. The time spend for naming and creating
reference is quite consuming, compare to Evernote.
Remarkable & VS Code looks interesting as they're cross platform, but Remarkable doesn't have
ability to edit multiple notes at a time. I have not tried VS Code for markdown,
but was not impressed by it when tried to work with Nodejs/Typescript project.

I need next functionality for my notes in order of importance.

  • History
  • Easy readable format to be able to see changes/DIFF
  • Effective Search
  • Multiple notes editing at the same time
  • Note Tags
  • Ability to see/edit notes on any Android device
  • Search for a text in the images. Evernote search sometimes really helps(nice to have, but least important).

The first 3 functionality are the core functionalities for me.
Effective search: It is highly critical to have effective search otherwise the whole idea is useless.
I remember from time to time I caught myself that I was thinking that It is likely I had faced
with that problem in the past and I might have a note, but I was thinking that for that case
Google would help me faster. As a result I just googled as Evernote search is not ideal. I actively used tags in Evernote.
They really helped me in 80% of the cases to narrow down search results, but in 20% I actually had
to remove tag from search and start searching again using just keywords.
I must admit that in 80% of the cases tags were helpful to narrow down search results, but to be able to use them
it is required to select tags to avoid typing tag name just to avoid typo.

Most important questions for now are:

  • Any pitfalls of using markdown/text files compare to Evernote?
  • How to organise/do effective search in thousands of markdown files?

Frustratingly slow, impossible to use because of that.

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I wanted to be able to use this, it appears to be The Go-To service of this nature and it sounds powerful when utilized properly. But I just can't use it. Literally. It is far too slow. Not even because it was chock full and had to parse through too much stuff, just right out the gate completely empty it was so slow.

I kept trying it off and on over a span of several months, but using it was so frustrating, I finally just deleted my account.
I had a max total of 33 short notes before I called it quits and deleted.

I tried looking up if other people had this issue, and if there was a fix, but it oddly didn't seem that common a complaint. (I was using the web version on Firefox, don't know if that has anything to do with it.)

Also, Evernote doesn't have an export option (via web, at least), which is ridiculous for a service of this nature. If I had known Evernote didn't have an export option like that, I wouldn't have even bothered in the first place. And I couldn't seem to find the desktop application that apparently had the export option on their site (which has far too many nested webpages of their applications, way too much clicking just to try and find what I needed... which wasn't even there, apparently). I am so glad I didn't have too much on this service before I decided to bail.

I am currently trying out Thinkery, as a direct Evernote alternative. It looks good, feels snappy. We'll see how it works out further down the line.
(I really don't need that much from this sort of service, just something to act as an archive for references of sorts than an active note-taking and idea/project development application. Evernote couldn't even give me that much.)


try goalton.com. Its much faster and has a lot of usefull features

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Very usefull tool, as for me it is really easy to use and you don't have to waste a lot of time to understand what to do - just open and type)

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Clean interface to gather your thoughts. Perfect to pick up from where you leave. Great work guys!


Really became bloatware

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Hope google adds markdown support to Google Keep soon


Evernote Alternative

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Couldn't stand how Evernote shut down with poor internet connection and has added too many features - distracts from the main point: organization

Their negative press lately has especially made me glad I looked into alternatives. My favorite so far has been Centrallo. Life centralization, organization, reliable, and multi-faceted yet simple to use.

Give it a shot. Would love to hear other's thoughts. Link here https://centrallo.com/


For me the best is http://alternoteapp.com with cool design and usability

Used it in the past, but has its shortcomings

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Evernote. It’s a well-built service (not just one application) that will pretty much work on whatever device you want to access your notes on. It’s pretty solid and does what you tell it to. I used it quite a bit until a few years ago.
Keep in mind that I do not actually disapprove of Evernote; I simply cannot use it because the company has its own mindset and I won’t blame them for it.

I always like to start with the elephant in the room. (Yes, that pun was intentional.)

Thing #1

Your data is not private. While they do allow you to “encrypt” certain things like text, this data is never completely secure. Attachments are processed on their servers (to offer you more functionality). Before you go and put your sensitive information in any company’s hands, consider the ramifications. Evernote is cloud-based, and does not function without you signing up to their service so they can monitor your usage and save your data on their servers.

“But they have to save my data so it will work properly!”

Yes and no. There are various usable schemes so that your data is never actually exposed to non-users in a service such as this. Simply put, Evernote was not built with data encryption as a central focus because people generally don’t care who can see their grocery lists or bookmarks.
People who want the convenience of Evernote to write their personal thoughts or save a snapshot of a medical document should think twice before doing so.

In other words, find another way to save your sensitive info because Evernote’s been hacked before.

Thing #2

The cloud and the coin…

Evernote is a service. A service is always running. A service that always runs needs money to work. The money needs to be a stream and not a sack of cash because a sack of cash will run out. A stream is constant and allows for things like employee salaries.

Why this matters: It’s a service. You are limited in what you can do unless you pay the subscription each month. Is this fair? You have to decide that for yourself. You are given 60 megabytes max of note uploads per month, and you cannot access your notes when you’re offline. You can create new ones, sure. Your archive of stuff? Well if you’re not connected, too bad.

In my case, I’m not fond of paying repeatedly for an application I might use sporadically.

I could go on, but these are the two main points to think about. I don’t consider Evernote to be perfect, but it is probably one of the best services out there if you’re not a technical user.


Web Version has a Poor Interface

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I tried to run this on my wife's chromebook. It was pretty pathetic.
Right click doesn't exist so there is no way to create links to other notes except via hyperlinks.

Speaking of hyperlinks, it's absolutely pathetic. You can paste a link but it's just a stupid blob of text. You have to highlight it and then click the little link that shows up.

There is a link icon in the web interface but that allows you to attach a file, an operation that's next to useless on a chromebook.

Why can't you just copy and paste freakin hyperlinks? This is so fundamental to making notes on your computer that I'm speechless.

By the way how would you add latex equations (or any equations)?
Create a note hierarchy with header notes and linked subnotes?
Turn your notebooks into a website? (or even export to html)

I wish zim ran on chromebook. You can run zim on a MAC but there is no IOS support unfortunately. Zim is my preferred tool, and it's completely free.


Evernote web loses your data

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On a flakey internet connection, Evernote web drops changes sometimes without warning, and randomly duplicates notes. It's buggy, in other words. Use Google Docs instead!

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I couldn't go back to life before Evernote. It keeps all that "stuff" out of my head so I can have a "mind like water". The best parts are how easy to retrieve what you've put int, thanks to tags, and how ubiquitous Evernote is. I've got it on my desktop, netbook, Android phone and any computer with a web browser. OCR is where some of the real muscle and magic lies in this app. Those who complain or are over or underwhelmed, have probably not figured out how to use it correctly or seen the potential for it's many creative uses.