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Most of you probably know what Evernote is. Many of you have probably even used it. However, the beauty of Evernote is that it has so many uses and works with so many productivity systems. Whether you’re an Evernote newbie or veteran user, there’s bound to be a use or organizational strategy that you haven’t come across.
What Is Evernote?
Just in case someone who’s reading this was born after 2005, allow me to introduce Evernote. Evernote is a whole combination of services designed for note taking and archiving. With Evernote, you can document a note through any medium (text, image, voice, video), save it to the Evernote cloud, and then access it from any computer or smartphone.
Beyond that basic premise, Evernote does a number of things to ensure that note-taking and archiving is as efficient a process as possible. One recent smart feature involves voice notes. With Voice2Note, Evernote not only records your voice to review the message later, it also transcribes your note to text for you!
Scan And Index Images To Text
Not only can you save images into Evernote, Evernote will even find text in the image and index it. This makes finding important documents extremely easy. Not to mention, this also turns your smartphone into an incredibly useful scanner. This feature is great for organizing business cards or receipts.
There are a number of web-clipping application out there, but you might as well use the one that also translates your voice notes and images of documents into text. Enabling a good system for webclipping (that works as an extension for most browsers including Google Chrome and Firefox) is just icing on the cake; you are pretty much able to keep everything you need to know and remember in one place: Evernote.
Evernote lets you add tags or organize notes into different notebooks. Of course, you don’t even need to go through all that trouble because everything you capture is automatically processed, indexed, and made searchable.
Now that I’ve detailed the cool features of Evernote, let’s go through some hypothetical situations that would prove the glory that is Evernote.
I most commonly use Evernote to record voice notes when both of my hands are tied up (say, if I’m driving and just need to record a quick idea before it leaves my head). Before Evernote, I had a voice recorder that would save my notes, but then I would have a huge list of voice notes to listen through, transcribe, and organize. Since Evernote transcribes these for me, I now have immediate access to all my voice notes and can sort through them quickly with the search function.
My second most common Evernote feature is for saving images. This is useful for any situation. Let’s say I get in a car accident. Normally, you have to find a piece of paper and a pen and write down the other driver’s license information, license plate, etc. With Evernote, I don’t have to write anything at all; I simply take photos of both cars to document damage and take a photo of the other driver’s license plate and driver’s license. I may tag it so I can find it easily later.
The best part of Evernote is you don’t have to change your current workload system to accommodate to its features. Evernote is so flexible, it will accommodate to you. Like writing things down on paper? Great! You can still use Evernote to scan your notes and save them in case you ever lose your notebook.