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Evernote
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Stable release 3.5.1.1410 / February 5, 2010; 33 day(s) ago (2010-02-05)
Preview release 3.5 Beta / December 16, 2009; 2 month(s) ago (2009-12-16)
Operating system Android, BlackBerry OS, iPhone OS, Mac OS X, WebOS, Microsoft Windows, Windows Mobile
Website www.evernote.com

Evernote is a collection of software and services that allows users to collect, sort, tag and annotate notes and other miscellaneous information.

On supported operating systems, Evernote can store and edit the user's notes on their local machine. On unsupported systems, the Evernote service can be accessed online via a web interface, and user information stored on Evernote's server. A typical configuration involves both methods, with a downloaded application allowing data to be locally edited and stored, but periodically backed up and synchronised with a master copy stored on the server. This approach lets a user access and edit their data across multiple machines and operating system platforms, but still view, input and edit data when an internet connection is not available.

As well as text entry, Evernote supports image capture from cameras on supported devices, and the recording of voice notes. In some situations, text that appears in captured images can be recognised and annotated. Evernote also supports touch and tablet screens with handwriting recognition. Evernote plugins are available for some major internet browsers that allow webpages to be captured and clipped, either as simple bookmarks (with annotations) or as full pages. A user's collection of notes can be sorted into folders, and/or tagged or given attached comments, and displayed as a collection of thumbnail views.

The Evernote web service launched into open beta on June 24, 2008.[1]

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Features requiring online access

Evernote is free to use at a basic level, but the "web access" and sychronisation features require users to create a free online account with Evernote to store and synchronise a master copy of their data. The online service also allows selected files to be shared for viewing and editing by other users, and allows integration with Twitter for storing or forwarding "tweets".

"Free" and "Premium" accounts

The free online service has monthly usage limitations, and displays a "usage" meter. A premium service is also available that currently costs $5 per month or $45 per year.

The premium service features faster word recognition in images, greater security, and a larger per-month upload limit to Evernote's online servers (currently 500MB rather than 40MB). It also supports text searching within PDF files, and removes restrictions on the range of file formats that can be synchronised.

The free service is supported by advertising, on both the web interface and in the application. The premium service allows the user to turn off this advertising.

The Evernote software can be downloaded and used as "stand-alone" software without setting up an online account, but will not be able to upload files to the Evernote server, or use the server to synchronise or share files between different Evernote installations.

Supported platforms

Evernote clients are available for Windows and Mac OS X, and for the Windows Mobile, WebOS, Maemo, Android, BlackBerry and iPhone OS mobile platforms.

Webclipping support is installed by default on the Internet Explorer and Safari browsers when the Evernote software is installed under Windows or OS X. Evernote web-clipping plugins are also available for the Firefox and Google Chrome browsers, but need to be downloaded and installed separately.

Similar Products and Services

Evernote's competitors include Microsoft OneNote on Windows; Zotero for Firefox; Barebones Software's Yojimbo; Journler; Circus Ponies NoteBook on Macintosh; and Lognoter PIM version on Windows, Macintosh and Linux. A free and open source note-taking application gnote is available for GNOME and Linux.

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