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  1. I've just been listening to the interview with Phil Libin, CEO of EverNote, on the IT Conversations podcast network. I don't suppose it will necessarily convert everyone to the model they are working on with 3.0 but it does at least explain where they are coming from and where they're trying to get to. I though it was very interesting: http://itc.conversationsnetwork.org/sho ... 3600.html/
  2. Now I've had a chance to actually play with the 3.0 beta I'm actually feeling a bit happier - though I still would need some features returned for it to fully meet my needs. I'll do a full post - probably under a new thread, when I've had a chance to consider my thoughts. btw - I see that Evernote are now following users on Twitter!
  3. Hi Wbroek. I got from Personal Brain to OneNote and from OneNote to Evernote. I needed something a bit more free-form than PersonalBrain where I could just jot down things I was thinking of or had found, and organise them visually. Specifically, I wanted to be able to jot down some thoughts I was having about a project, link them together visually and move them about to help crystallise my thoughts. PersonalBrain is fantastic, but it has a fairly rigid tree structure which was not what I wanted at that moment. I had recently installed Office 2007 on my work PC (I'm in IT so get to put what I like on it) and came across the 'send to OneNote' icon in Outlook. I didn't know what that was so clicked it, and the rest is history. OneNote allows you to type anywhere on a page - which is just what I needed - without fiddling about with formatting. You just click where you like and type (you can do this with an Ink Note in Evernote, of course). It has a more structured organisation of notes than Evernote - you are encouraged to place things in in notebooks which you name. But you can still search anywhere. It also accepts images and the clipper is great - I find universal clipper somewhat unreliable in Evernote 2.2. Actually, my main use for OneNote is in capturing custom screenshots for emails or documents I am working on. You can also password protect some or all of your OneNote notebooks which is a real asset. One thing that I discovered recently in OneNote is that, not only can you search text in a clip (as with Evernote) but you can copy that text and paste it elsewhere - instant OCR! Fantastic. Its far from foolproof at the moment but what a feature! I'd really like to see that in Evernote. If it can recognise text, you'd think it would be easy enough for it to take a copy of it. OneNote also has some very clever sound recording capabilities where you can link documents to certain parts of the audio clip. I think it will also search within audio clips. Downsides to OneNote are that it seems to eat up system resources sometimes. The text boxes it uses to allow freeform typing can get fiddly to work with if you want to edit and tidy up your doodlings. Finally, as it comes as part of Office, its quite expensive. This final point is what led me to Evernote. Google brought me to it and it does pretty much everything I need. I must admit, I'm probably a bit more comfortable with the OneNote system of named Notebooks to store individual notes. You can still search everything but they are already arranged logically. With the ribbon approach, you basically have to search (or filter) to find anything. I see that the Mac version of 3.0 beta is different. Maybe this will be a best of all worlds. Evernote 2.2 also has a rather old fashioned GUI, to my mind. The 3.0 beta is much nicer though. Advantages of Evernote - well its free or very cheap, depending which you use. It allows you to filter and categorise, and it is very easy to use. It also has a strong and vocal user community providing help and advice through its forums! I'm not an expert of OneNote or Evernote. These are just the things that I have found in casual use of them. I'd hate to live without them. Andy PS: I have been toying with using the second PersonalBrain license at home but I feel a bit guilty using work licenses at home. Also, I would need two more - one for the PC, one for the Mac. I'll probably buy it eventually, though its very expensive.
  4. I think that the biggest surprise for me was the website. I called up the home page as I do regularly and everything except the beta had gone! Where was all the 2.2 stuff, the how to's, the useful videos, the forums - had they simply abandoned their whole commercial product and changed their public face to that of a start up with only a beta product? Once I'd calmed down and found the forums I was able to read a bit more I can now see that there could certainly be uses for being able to upload things to the web. However, I would want to be able to pick and choose which things these were. I don't want personal/confidential/commercial information wandering around the cloud. Plus I'm not always connected. It needs a check box and only notes with the checkbox checked get uploaded. What I really want is to be able to use EN2.2 on my Mac and PC with a single database. This is what I do with PersonalBrain (see my post elsewhere on the forums). The database lives on my Mac laptop and I either open it locally on that or over the network on my PC. Fantastic. What we have here isn't really the same. Plus, everyone and their dog does an on-line data repository/office tool, etc. You're not going to beat Google. Concentrate on the uniqueness of EverNote I say - you have a niche there with only really OneNote (that no one knows about) as serious competition. As far as the beta actually goes, I can't seem to get clipping working on the Mac. The video shows an icon on the menu bar but I don't get that. Plus, if I use the web clipper, it sticks it on the on-line account and I have to download it. I want it the other way round (synchronizing to the web would be an exception for me). Early days I guess. I'll persevere with it on the Mac but I'm not jeopardizing 2.2 on my PC. That stays as it is. Best wishes anyway Andy
  5. I've been using PersonalBrain for a while now. I have the Pro version at work and the free version at home and I love it. However, it is quite a different beast from Evernote. I use PersonalBrain to organise and visualise complex issues - for project management etc. I sort of use it for mind mapping but not so much. I came across Evernote when trying to find a cheaper option for the excellent OneNote. I use OneNote at work and Evernote at home and find them both indispensable. I use them as dumping grounds for bits of information that I need to keep - just like clever post-it notes really - but very clever ones! Evernote 2.2 is fantastic. I panicked when they changed the home page of the site to the 3.0 Beta as its web based and I hate these unreliable things. Now I've read a bit more I can see that there could certainly be uses for being able to upload things to the web - though I would want to be able to pick and choose which things these were. I don't want personal/confidential/commercial information wandering around the cloud. It needs a check box and only notes with the checkbox checked get uploaded. What I really want is to be able to use EN2.2 on my Mac and PC with a single database. This is what I do with PersonalBrain. The database lives on my Mac laptop and I either open it locally on that or over the network on my PC. Fantastic. What we have here isn't quite the same I don't think. Plus, I can't seem to get clipping working on the Mac. Early days I think. I'll be staying with 2.2 for now Andy
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