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Sunday
May122013

Starting with Evernote - Find your first use case!

If you really want to get the value of Evernote you need to fill it with stuff.

I had a number of false starts with Evernote when I first investigated it for storing all my stuff.  Recently came across this article on Lifehacker where the author had some of the same challenges as me. The number one thing to do to start seeing the value is to start adding notes.  

The game changer for me as a fairly frequent air traveller was capturing all my e-tickets and having these available on my mobile.  This proved useful on a number of occasions. Once I  started adding copies of passports, visa confirmations, hotel reservations it became even more useful.

What was your initial use case?

Just started using Evernote? Then I strongly recommend that you get Evernote Essentials. Brett Kelly’s excellent ebook is a great way to get started, and will save you a lot of time. It will quickly get you to the point where you can get the most out of Evernote

 

Thursday
Sep222011

Evernote - All file types for all users

Evernote have recently announced that they have lifted the file type restrictions for free accounts. Previously free users had been limited to putting only text, image, audio and PDF files into their notes. If you wanted to store Microsoft Office files in Evernote for instance you needed to upgrade to a Premium account. That restriction is now gone, so both free and premium service users can attach any type of file they like to a note!

Just started using Evernote? Then I strongly recommend that you get Evernote Essentials. Brett Kelly’s excellent ebook is a great way to get started, and will save you a lot of time. It will quickly get you to the point where you can get the most out of Evernote

 

Significant Additional Value

In my opinion this is a significant increase to the value of the free account.  To me it is critical given that as I am choosing Evernote to be my Knowledge/Information/Reference store that I can add productivity application documents that I generate or collect.  So to add this capability to the free account really improves tha capability of the Evernote platform for those users.

There is no additional increase in the upload allowance for free users however.  Attaching a lot of documents to notes will quickly use up the free allowance so be careful.  One tip is to initially store files in a local notebook (one that doesn't get synced with the cloud) unless you are sure you will need access to a document from anywhere.  You can always move a file to a synced notebook later. 

Use Live Update to maintain documents

One really nice Evernote feature, that removing the file restrictions really opens up for free account users, is Live Update!  Using Live Update means that you can reflect any changes made to a file that is attached to a note.  So for instance you might store a draft presentation in Powerpoint, and whenever you do some more work on the presentation, Evernote will always have the latest updated version.  

To use the Live Update feature, all you need to do is right-click on a file within a note and choose "Open With", then choose the application you want to use to view or modify that file. Once you've made the desired changes to the file, just save it using the application's "Save" option and Evernote will automatically be updated with the latest version of the file.

This works for images, PDFs, PowerPoint presentations, Excel spreadsheets - the works - great huh!

What file types do you store in Evernote?

Wednesday
Sep212011

Apple opens UAE online store

Apple has just opened their online store in the UAE.  This is great news for me as I have been recently been thinking hard about buying an iMac for the home.  But as a resident in Dubai I have always worried about buying apple products locally through resellers, as often it would be old models available and I was also not very confident about their service capability.  

So maybe I should go ahead and get that iMac! What do you think?

 

Tuesday
Sep202011

Google+ - Now into open Beta

Google+ the social network that is Google's latest attempt at creating a serious rival to Facebook has just moved to an open Beta. For the past few months it has been an "by invitation only beta"  but is now open to everyone who wants to sign up.

Anyone using Google+?

 

Tuesday
Sep202011

Evernote - Well positioned for the Future?

Is Evernote well postioned for the future?

I know that this blog seems to be turning into a bit of Evernote specific blog at the moment.  This isn't the intention, but this reality is a result of my growing understanding of the potential of the product to help transform the how we use and percieve the digital cloud in the future. Hence my current interest. 

We are now at a time in history were we are able as individuals to start recording significant portions of our lives into a digital store. Why would we want to? That is a seperate, but very important question that is worthy of lots of thought and discussion. However Evernote has the potential to become that digital store.

thenextweb.com has a very interesting article on the future of Evernote, which provides an overview of the product, its history, its current very rapid growth and where it is going in the near future.  Evernote in my opnion is really beginning to get there as a store, but the challenge will be in eventually providing effective and innovative tools for finding and displaying the captured content.  This is an area that if Evernote is ever going to become the 100 year company that it aspires to be, will need significant investment. 

The good news is that with an effective and profitable business model, partnership model and significant capital it looks well placed to manage this!  What do you think?

 

Just started using Evernote? Then I strongly recommend that you get Evernote Essentials. Brett Kelly’s excellent ebook is a great way to get started, and will save you a lot of time. It will quickly get you to the point where you can really start getting the most out of Evernote