Evernote on offer for a limited time

Evernote's welcome page

There’s an odd spe­cial offer on Evernote for a lim­ited time. You can buy 15 months of the Premium ser­vice for $29. The usual price is $45 for 12 months. The offer is through the MacHeist bundle. This is a col­lec­tion of Mac OsX soft­ware being sold together. The soft­ware is nearly all Mac licences only, but the Evernote licence can be activ­ated without a Mac.

Why would you want to do this (even if you have Mac)?

Evernote is a note-storing applic­a­tion. You upload text, images or files, and Evernote keeps them avail­able online. This means you can access your notes from the com­puter you uploaded them from or from any other internet-connected com­puter. This works all ways so that the Evernote app on your mobile phone will auto­mat­ic­ally upload notes to your home com­puter. This sounds fairly trivial, the power of Evernote is in its OCR.

Evernote can read images. This means pho­tos of book cov­ers are search­able. It reads PDFs too. For any­one doing research this makes the col­lec­tion of PDFs on your hard drive man­age­able. If you have pho­to­cop­ies of old papers then scanned images com­bined into a PDF become search­able too. Uploads can be tagged, improv­ing the search-power.

To a large extent Google Docs already has OCR, so why bother with Evernote?

One is stor­age size. Even with a free account, you have unlim­ited stor­age. What you pay for with Evernote is the upload quota. Google has a limit of 5GB, though you can pay to upgrade this too.

Another is the mobile integ­ra­tion. A decent cam­era on a smart­phone can now pho­to­graph journal pages and com­bine them into one PDF. Share to Evernote is a com­mon fea­ture for many apps on smart­phones, so you could cap­ture and store papers in one go. There is a ques­tion about how happy you’d be to read papers cap­tured by a phone though. There are 41 Megapixel cam­er­a­phones, but most phones are equipped with much lower-resolution sensors.

To a large extent the use­ful­ness depends on you find­ing Evernote fit­ting into your own work­flow. The free ver­sion is a handy way of find­ing that if that will hap­pen or not. Macheist closes in a couple of days, so it will have to be a quick decision. Mac own­ers might be swayed by the fact the excel­lent Scrivener is included in the bundle too.

Alun Salt. ORCID 0000-0002-1261-4283

When he's not the web developer for AoB Blog, Alun Salt researches something that could be mistaken for the archaeology of science. His current research is about whether there's such a thing as scientific heritage and if there is how would you recognise it?