What Can You Save with Evernote?

By David E. Y. Sarna

With Evernote, you can save, or capture, just about anything: your ideas, things you like, things you hear, and things you see. You can save web pages or portions of them, photographs, scanned documents, and music almost without limit.

You can also set up machines (such as electronic cameras and scanners) so that the information on them (such as photos and faxes) is transferred like magic directly to Evernote, where it’s stored forever (or until you erase it) and is accessible from all your devices. With a little experimentation, you’ll be able to capture video, too.

Task and to-do lists

A popular use of Evernote is to maintain task and to-do lists. Sure, lots of dedicated tools are available to do these jobs, but who needs another tool when you already have Evernote?

Part III covers many of the basics on synchronizing and working across many platforms and devices to make your information more portable.

Snapshots and photographs

There’s more to life than text. Most people want to keep and find their favorite photographic memories. Once again, myriad programs and websites offer this service. Evernote, however, does them all one better — and maybe two or three better.

You can go directly from a suitably equipped scanner, digital camera, webcam, or other capturing device directly into Evernote — passing Go not required. You can save your photographs right alongside clipped pages, audio, notes, and all your other related memories. Finally, as you can with any note, you can access the photos from all your devices.

Audio capture

Many popular devices, such as smartphones, make recording sound a snap. Evernote supports these features and turns them into notes. Then, if you use one of the add-ons, you can convert your voice notes to searchable, taggable text.

Printed and handwritten text

Evernote includes a powerful image-recognition engine. It tries to understand the information in images and to turn what it has read into searchable text that you can use to find things later. Evernote looks at things like a photograph of Times Square and sees text that it tries to use to index the note.

For the most part, handwritten notes are included with the other visual media because you’ll often scan notes after jotting them down.

You can use Evernote to do things like manage your business card collection and share content on LinkedIn.