Notes are everywhere. Mac or PC user, I don’t know anyone who doesn’t keep notes, take notes, or use a note-taking app. Formally, or informally, we all have something to jot down so we don’t forget.
How many Mac apps do that? A few dozen. Which one is best? It is Best of Free Mac Apps Week, right? The best one depends on your needs, but this app is difficult to top.
Flexible, Capable, Convenient
Because every Mac or PC user has different requirements for note taking, I’ll use mine as the baseline. What I need may be different than some, but similar to many.
First, I’m not using Stickies to take notes. It’s handy, but sophomoric.
Second, I’m not using TextEdit to take notes. It’s handy, but requires organization, and it’s not easily transportable between devices (my criteria begins to rear an ugly head).
Finally, I want a notes app that also syncs between my Mac and iPhone. After all, my iPhone is with me more than any other device, Mac or husband or children.
That leaves Evernote. The cat’s meow of notes apps.
Free, Easy, Syncs
To get the basics out of the way, Evernote is free. It’s like a small word processor that works on your Mac, in your browser window, in your iPhone (or Android phone), and on PCs.
Evernote can be organized into categories (think folders) of your choosing. Create a note, drop it into a notebook category. Photos and graphics? Evernote does those, too.
A Familiar, Friendly, Free Face
Evernote is instantly familiar, Mac or PC or browser version, which means you have access to your notes even if you don’t have your Mac or PC or phone with you.
The iPhone version is a little short on features, but instantly usable, and quickly syncs notes with the Evernote server.
Evernote keeps your notes on each device, and they’re simply synchronized between devices, so there’s always a backup somewhere.
What’s not to like about that? Search your files on Mac or PC or online for specific notes. Capture and store notes, graphics, photos, links and more on any device.
Dig Into The Trunk
Evernote also has a thing called the Trunk. It’s a bunch of devices and services that work with Evernote. Like the Livescribe smartpen that records everything you hear and write and keeps it in Evernote.
I did mention that Evernote is free, right? It is. To a point. Store up to 40 megabytes of notes a month for free. After that, various Premium prices set in, but so do additional services and features.
This is truly the bargain note taking app and service for the discriminating Mac and iPhone user (and the less discriminating PC and Android phone user).