How to Use Evernote Everywhere - dummies

By David E. Y. Sarna

If you’ve been playing with computers since you were growing up, you might think you’ve seen it all. Remarkably, Evernote is the first piece of software many people have ever seen, much less used, that pulls off a credible balance among contradictory attributes:

  • It runs nearly the same way on very different devices, each of which has its own user interface and natural ways of working.

  • It manages to look native on each device and takes advantage of the unique features of each, letting you use it on each device to the best advantage.

  • It keeps everything securely in one place.

  • It lets you clip things from the web and find them easily.

  • It has powerful search capability.

  • It lets you easily save worthwhile information from social media and send things to social media, too.

  • It lets you work locally (offline).

That’s a tall order, and Evernote pulls it off with aplomb.

Evernote supports PCs and Macs; the Google Chrome, Apple Safari, Dolphin, Mozilla Firefox, and Internet Explorer web browsers; iPads, Android devices, and Chrome OS tablets; iPhones and iPod touches; BlackBerry phones and tablets; Palm Pre and Pixi devices; and Windows Phone smartphones. Whew! The good news is that you need one — and only one — Evernote account to access all your information from any of your devices.

When you work with Evernote on a laptop or desktop computer or on a mobile device, you can have your cake and eat it too. You have all the benefits of fast, local storage for your notes and the comfort that comes from knowing you always have an up-to-date backup in the cloud. You can use the backed-up version everywhere you have connectivity.

Like anything else, Evernote also has a down side:

  • There are some inconsistencies among versions, and a few of your favorite features on one device may not work exactly the same way — or even be implemented at all — on another.

  • Not all devices are created equal, not all web browsers are created equal, and not all Evernote versions are equally polished. Not surprisingly, the most popular, hottest devices and browsers sport the best Evernote implementations, but even the weakest is completely serviceable.