Appearing on the Android OS in January 2010, Evernote right from the get go caught alot of people’s attention. Before its release there were already Notepad apps on the market that gave users the opportunity to save notes, tasks or shopping lists. But the release of Evernote breathed new life into Notepad apps in general opening the door to the future of Notepad apps on smartphones.
As announced on our website not long ago Evernote recieved an update. The developer themselves called the update “a huge step forward”. It was quickly evident after recieving the update that they had significantly increased performance, but whether the application itself is heading down the right road for the future, is what we’ll have a look at now.
Design & Functions
When first starting up the application the user will be prompted to register with Evernote. Once done the homescreen will appear where you will find six different icons. The top two “New Note” and “Snapshot” are used for creating new notes. When clicking on New Note the user will be prompted to give the note a title then write whatever they like in the note. Which of course they can come back and edit whenever they choose.
The “Snapshot” feature is much the same process as before except it allows a user to take a picture or a video then attach it to a note. And thanks to cameras being a standard feature in smartphones and tablets these days its a great way to take a picture and attach a note to it, so you can look back at it later. A great added bonus is that all notes can be saved online, on the Evernote servers, which is a great little feature to help you save space on your Android device.
The remaining four icons on the homescreen “All notes”, “Tags”, “Notebooks” and “Search” are all features used to navigate easily through your notes. “All notes” is rather self explanatory, with it listing all of the notes the user has written. The notes are by default ordered by the last date they were updated, but if the user chooses he can change this to alphabetical order or by date the note was created. Also through the display options the user can change how the notes are viewed (much like a PC), list view, mixed view or thumbnail view.
The “Search” feature also comes with an advanced search, allowing the user to use different filters to help make his search that much easier. Anyone who is familiar with Facebook or one of the many other social networking sites will now how the “Tags” feature works. After creating a note the user can go back and tag the note, which can help keep your notes organized making it easier to find the ones you want.
One great feature of Evernote is that the user is able to create multiple accounts, seperating your work notes from your personal notes into their own seperate notebooks makes life alot easier. Thus this is were the button “Notebooks” from the home page comes in.
Meanwhile, Evernote can also be used in conjuction with a number of other apps: for instance users can save bookmarks directly from their browser into a note on Evernote. The number of opportunities will increase as time goes on. While the app and the sync feature can be used free of charge, there is however, an optional, fee-based premium account. Which features more storage space, more file formats and the ability to search through PDF files.
With more than 5 million registered users, Evernote is one of the most successful Android apps on the Market. The numbers speak for themselves, this really is a great app to have, not only is it a great note application but it also helps you by saving space on your Android device by saving your data online. And it such a simple and intuitive application to use, to help you keep on top of all the things you need to do.
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