It's only THE best all-in-one note taking, keeping, organizing and development app ever made. It allowed for sharing contents and easy collaboration with other users. It even has a chat feature.
Instead of a bunch of apps and tools for individual processes, I used Evernote. Once upon a time, I kept blog posts in it, even entire book chapters and all the notes that went with them. I used it during interviews, to mark up images used in tutorials, articles and blog posts. I used it for reminders, to do lists ... just alllll sorts of stuff.
All the years I used it, Evernote had a free version that was perfect for personal use, school and small businesses, even if folks wanted to collaborate on projects, chat, message and share documents in the process.
To my disappointment, last year (2016), the tide turned. Evernote began implementing changes which included charging for several program aspects that had always been free before. Their price tier didn't provide an option I could manage but their free plan was still very helpful so, I continued to work with it.
With a heavy heart I emailed my friend and colleague, Vicki Warner of WarnerWords, to advise her that whatever notes and other content we've been collaborating on via Evernote, would have to be migrated to Google Drive and Google Keep. We, and other colleagues, are already using both but now we'll be using them for additional tasks and processes.
The block that tumbled the tower was when I opened Evernote last week on my Android tablet (which is one of only two devices I'm not allowed to use Evernote on, without purchasing their pro plan) and saw a notice that my Evernote content was no longer available offline.
That’s a problem. I write from all sorts of places and often make notes or set reminders when I don’t have access to the internet, so it wasn't something I could work around.
All’s not lost--not even a little bit!
Both OneNote and Evernote are now charging monthly fees for use and storage. Google users get 15 GB of free storage, as well as use of all the Google Suite tools, Google Photos unlimited storage and tools at no cost.
As for synchronizing content across multiple devices, Google sets no limits. My content syncs across all of my devices I need it to, regardless of how many there are. So, I can make a note in Google Keep from my smart phone, either of my two tablets and my laptop, on or offline. Soon as the device I used is back on the net...whoop! There it is.
Add to that, any documents kept in Google Drive that are in Google format (such as a Google doc, slide, sheet or other types of Google documenting tools) don’t count against the 15GB limit. This allows any of us to keep vast amounts of content in Google and collaborate with other users at no cost.
I'd have no issue with a one-time purchase of these programs, but with only a monthly fee option, if ever it's not kept up with, poof! There goes the data.
So, Google's option works for me and I can easily manage with unlimited storage using Google suite's tools.
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