crazylegsmurphy 27 Posted June 6, 2014 Share Posted June 6, 2014 Hello,I am going to be very candid in this post, so please forgive me if I come across as a bit cranky.About a year ago my girlfriend and I started looking for a note taking/checklist solution. We realized we had a lot of information that we wanted to share and collaborate on, as well, we wanted to share grocery lists to avoid purchasing multiple items. My dad, being a very loyal Evernote user had been sending me Evernote stories and articles for quite some time, and my girlfriend had already dabbled in Evernote as well, so I decided to give it a try. I downloaded the apps, installed the software and got to work. I spent some time creating recipes, and shopping lists, and adding in personal notes. It wasn't visually that appealing to me, but it was working. That is, until it actually tried using it in the real world. I remember that day very vividly. I walked to the grocery store with the intention of picking up special items for a special dinner I was making for my girlfriend. I opened the app to find my list and was hit with the, "Only premium users can view offline content, enroll today!"I was livid. Standing there in the store, not being able to access my note made me so upset. Having to go back later because if forgot some items was the icing on the cake. It was when I saw the $45/year price tag that I lost my mind. $45... a year....a year...just to view my notes in the grocery store?It was then that I set out on a mission to find any alternative. That is when I came across Springpad. It took some convincing, but my girlfriend accepted the alternative, and we started integrating it into our lives. Sure, it had its problems, but for the most part it worked great. Unfortunately, as many of you may know, Springpad has closed down, and they've sent many users over to Evernote. So, here I am...again.The problem is now, aside for perhaps OneNote, I am very limited in my options. My girlfriend, fully committed to EverNote after the great Springpad closure of 2014, has purchased a premium subscription. In addition, she also received 120 points from her carrier as a promo, and 30 from Evernote for some technical issue. All the while I'm sitting here trying to justify the cost.So, here is why I am writing today. I currently pay for Office 365, which gives me the premium version of OneNote. For that reason I would probably go with that solution, but I am now fighting my girlfriends choice. Based on the premium options available, it seems like the only feature I would find useful is the offline viewing. I can't figure out what the additional collaboration does, or how it would help me. The additional space would be nice, but the likelihood of me using up the space I have now is pretty low (OneNote offers 5Gigs from what I understand), And don't care about most of the other features.I'm hoping perhaps you guys can convince me why spending $45/y (the price of OS X, 1/2 of the entire office 365 suite, $37 more than Netflix, and the price of and new AAA game on steam) is worth it for me.All that said, here is how I wished it worked. I wish Evernote would allow me to choose feature I wanted/needed. Making me pay $45/year reminds me of how cable companies package a bunch of channels you don't want, in a bundle that costs way more than anyone really wants to pay. If should be able to just add on the offline feature, add some extra space, or upgrade the collaboration features (whatever that means). I should also not have to pay yearly to view my content offline. I mean, it's not like that uses resources to save the data locally on my iPhone. If I could choose to pay like $10/year for the features I need/want, this would be a no brainer. Well, I hope someone can give me some perspective. Maybe I'm just not understanding the features, or maybe they don't even benefit me?Here is what I want to be able to do.1. Create notes and share them with my girlfriend 2. Edit her notes, and have her edit mine3. Use checklists for shopping lists that are updated on her devices and mine4. View my notes/information offline when traveling, or in bad service areaThanks,CLM Link to comment
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