Taking notes used to be easy. Paper. Pencil. Done. Alright, up the ante to a notebook. PCs and Macs brought us word processors. Then along came notes apps—mini-word processors.
Then along came small and light notebooks. Apps were mobile. Then along came ultra-mobile devices to screw up the Mac note taking nirvana. Is there such a thing as an ultimate portable remote note-taking app?
Send In The Cloud Notes
Our Macs are powerful beasts that for us more than we ever expected just a computer generation ago. Word processors create documents, note taking apps take notes.
Somewhere in between is the need to have notes and documents everywhere, all the time.
Finally, there’s a way to keep notes and documents everywhere, all at once, all the time, and on nearly any device, mobile or desktop bound.
Two words: Evernote.
OK, that’s just one word, but it sounds like two words. I’ve been using Evernote on my Mac as a primary word processor. And using it on my iPhone and iPad, and it’s delicious. It’s the cloud that makes it tasty.
Notes vs. Words, Processed
Don’t get me wrong, the word processor that Evernote’s Mac app has become isn’t competitive with Microsoft Word or Apple’s Pages or any of the twenty eleven apps we covered recently in our Official Mac360 Writer’s Tools Week.
Mac or PC or iPhone or iPad or Android mobile device, Evernote is a little bitty mini word processor wannabe that may have the note-taking, document processing features you want and need and need to have everywhere all at once.
See what it looks like? A word processor note taking app of sorts.
Not bad, huh?
Don’t get excited. It’s not competing with Word or Pages for features. What it’s doing is what Word and Pages and all the other word wranglers don’t do. Go everywhere.
Evernote is a cloud-based service that stores your notes and documents online. The Mac app (and the PC app, and iPhone app, and iPad app, and Android app) get synchronized by Evernote so what you write is accessible anywhere and everywhere.
Evernote is free. Store up to 40 megabytes of notes online and it’s free.
Store more and there’s a price tag of $5 a month or $45 a year plus options for PDFs, notebook sharing, larger documents and more.
Caveats? A few. Evernote notes look better on the Mac than on the iPhone. Documents are not fun on the iPhone, funner on the iPad, downright word processy-like on the Mac.
Evernote gets it. The future is synchronization and collaboration across all devices.