Evernote users seem to be firmly divided in two camps: those who prefer notebooks, and those who prefer tags. I’m in the former camp, partly because I can never remember which tags I’ve made, and partly because I like to browse the information I’ve collected (and maybe forgotten).
I’ve been really impressed by how many sewing and knitting enthusiasts have been creating free projects and sharing their techniques, which has helped me improve my skills considerably. As a casual crafter, I collect rough tutorials, patterns, and technique articles, sort them into notebooks by type of project, and tag with techniques used by the author.
The most obvious benefit of upgrading an Evernote account is a massive increase in monthly uploads. Once you start taking full advantage of Evernote, the size limits quickly become noticeable – when I had a free account, I’d often find that four or five PDF files alone would max out my size limit. Under the old 4GB Premium limit, I never came close to reaching the limit – to the extent that I was just uploading files to get the most use out of the feature. (I usually topped out at around 1GB per month.)
I’m really excited that Evernote created a new premium tier for us in the middle – those of us who use the app to organize our lives, but don’t require the amount of space necessary for storing lots of voice notes or business presentations.
Evernote’s document scanning tool takes such effective photos on iOS devices that they are indistinguishable from traditional scanners. Create a new note, wait ten seconds for a green highlighted box to surround the information you are capturing, and tag and sort as usual. I use this feature for medical receipts, pay stubs, utility receipts, and tax documents.
PDF files are fantastic for sharing information, but keeping them organized is a hassle. Even worse, due to their size, it’s often difficult to find the exact information I’m looking for. Premium users can actually search PDF documents in the same way as they would search for tags. For now, Evernote is keeping annotating and searching PDF documents as a Premium and Evernote Business feature.
I’ve saved my favorite feature for last, and the one that ensures I continue my Premium account. I use my iPad for nearly everything, but it’s a hassle when I’m without a wifi connection and need to access some of my notes. Using offline notebooks, I can set specific notebooks to be viewable offline, allowing me to use my commute and laundromat time to catch up on longreads, make notes for writing ideas, and organize tags when I’m bored. (I’m actually writing this in an offline notebook right now while waiting for my laundry to dry.)
Keeping Notes for Writing Fiction
When I started writing a fantasy novel for fun in January, Evernote was the best for collecting history tidbits and making lists of plots, character ideas, and world building brainstorming. One of the most basic pieces of advice for writing fiction is to observe people and notice how they interact with their surroundings, and I found myself creating notes for physical characteristics, mannerisms, and voice patterns. For a fiction writer, it’s invaluable as a central place for brainstorming ideas.
Evernote has raised the price of Premium by $1, and is starting out Plus at $2.99 per month. Next month, I’ll be trying out Plus to see how it works for the casual user. For more information about the new premium options, visit the post outlining included features for each tier at Evernote’s Knowledge Base
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