Evernote


Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
4.1
out of 165 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
5.1.2.2387
File Size:
56.56MB
Date Added:
February 05, 2014
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows XP/Vista/7
Total Downloads:
183,840
Downloads Last Week:
601
Product ranking:
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

Evernote is one of a handful of true PC essentials. Designed to sync to a cloud account from any device imaginable, the PC version is a powerful and quick tool that allows you to create, update, and sync notes and clips from your desktop. With a range of formatting, organization, and upgrade options, this free tool is a must for any serious PC user.

Pros

Sleek and customizable organization tools: The Evernote interface has been duplicated hundreds of times, but still remains one of the most streamlined and easy to utilize on the market. With multiple display options, favorites bars, and shortcuts, combined with notebook organization, tagging, and folder search, it's effective for small and large accounts, alike.

Extremely fast and lightweight in the background: Evernote doesn't eat a lot of resources in the background. It syncs frequently enough to capture everything you write, but not so often to slow down your machine; and with shortcut keys, it's fast and easy to create new notes.

Cons

Formatting options can be limited: In the free tool, the formatting options can be limited, and if you copy/paste from a more robust tool like Word, there can be issues with bullets and fonts. It's a small issue if you always paste to text, and other options like checkboxes and templates more than make up for it.

Load times can slow because of syncing: When first booting Evernote, it can slow down slightly. If you prefer not to leave it open in the background due to privacy, this can be frustrating as you wait for it to open each time. Again, it's a very small issue that only affects those who frequently open and close the software.

Bottom Line

The cons, however, are almost nitpicks for a piece of software that should be on any serious PC desktop. It's a fantastic productivity tool, whether you are organizing recipes, clipping notes from websites, or outlining notes for your next conference call -- and it's free.

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  • All Versions:

    4.1

    out of 165 votes

    • 5 star: 89
    • 4 star: 46
    • 3 star: 8
    • 2 star: 9
    • 1 star: 13
  • Current Version:

    4.4

    out of 8 votes

    • 5 star: 4
    • 4 star: 3
    • 3 star: 1
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 0
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  • 3 stars

    "Free version darn good for personal use, but..."

    August 08, 2014   |   By Abter1

    Version: Evernote 5.1.2.2387

    Pros

    multi platform access and syncing is great; my work and home desktops, laptop and Android phone all access the same files. Easy to create long files on a desktop or laptop using cut-and-paste or typing with all 10 fingers (soooo much better than thumbs on the phone), and access your files from everywhere

    Cons

    A big but: the free version does cannot provide any password protection to accessing your files. Evernote itself leaves your files open to anyone getting your phone (except any password security you run on your phone itself). This is a major drawback (e.g., cannot be used at all as an all platform password locker). On the Windows desktop and laptop versions you can log off the account; which requries the account Id and pwd to get back on; you can't do that on the Android version. You can force a stop via the Android app manager (no exit from within the program itself), but when you launch Evernote it opens right back up. The premium version is $5/month....forever. that is a steep price hike for password protection. Premium gives you some other features (their website is pretty vague on exactly what you get that with premium...is there anything more than file PIN lock and offline storage of files???)

    Summary

    So close to being great.

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  • 5 stars

    "Best in a line"

    August 08, 2014   |   By Hornyhorns

    Version: Evernote 5.1.2.2387

    Pros

    Fast sync, many options, easy to attach files.

    Cons

    Requires Premium for full power.

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  • 4 stars

    "Rather great"

    August 07, 2014   |   By PacManKills

    Version: Evernote 5.1.2.2387

    Pros

    web app and extensions
    fast
    reliable

    Cons

    not that many

    Summary

    Probably the best of its kind, but it it's been a long time since some radical improvements or new features were introduced. Web Clipper has bugs sometimes, but in general, I don't know a better tool.

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  • 5 stars

    "Definitely the best of its kind"

    August 06, 2014   |   By Leslie-Cachious

    Version: Evernote 5.1.2.2387

    Pros

    Fantastic full set of features for task management and collaboration

    Cons

    Inability to customize some of the keyboard shortcuts

    Summary

    One of the most useful apps to organizing your life. Highly recommended

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  • 4 stars

    "Fav note-taking app"

    August 04, 2014   |   By John4217D

    Version: Evernote 5.1.2.2387

    Pros

    Available everywhere.
    Fast sync.
    Good for attaching files.

    Cons

    I prefer web-version. Don't like how the desktop one looks like. Modern UI version for Windows 8 looks better than the desktop version

    Summary

    Look no more for a better note-taking app. Tried MS OneNote and it way worse than Evernote. Here the sync is much faster. Don't forget to add a web-clipper for Chome.

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  • 4 stars

    "Easy to use, worth a look."

    May 01, 2014   |   By jeh37

    Version: Evernote 5.1.2.2387

    Pros

    Easy to add to.
    Simple to group things together for immediate use.
    Fairly quick to update.

    Cons

    Some illustrations end up with a pop up box in the middle of the screen.
    About a dozen items have taken up 1/3 of available space (60mB) for this month - my first.

    Summary

    Very handy but appears to be designed to push you into buying on line space.

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  • 5 stars

    "EverNote for Windows version 5.3.1.3363 is available."

    April 16, 2014   |   By djreed09

    Version: Evernote 5.1.2.2387

    Pros

    EverNote for Windows version 5.3.1.3363 is available (~ 14 April 2014)

    Cons

    EverNote for Windows version 5.3.1.3363 is available (~ 14 April 2014)

    Summary

    EverNote for Windows version 5.3.1.3363 is available (~ 14 April 2014) I submitted update info to CNET.

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  • 5 stars

    "A wonderful tool for my life I use on a daily basis."

    April 03, 2014   |   By QuickTrainAcademy

    Version: Evernote 5.1.2.2387

    Pros

    One of my favorite features on Evernote is that if I create a list on my desktop or my I-Pad, it can be synchronized to my phone so I can check off things, using the check box tool, as I find them. It was great to use at Christmas so I could see at a glance if I'd found something I'd been looking for.

    I also use Evernote Clipper on my desktop and IPad in my office and at home or on the road to clip articles I have seen on the internet for future reference. If I see an e-mail article from one of my networking groups, I can clip that, too, to share in our next meeting.

    I recently had a reason to contact Evernote support.for assistance in combining my two Evernote accounts. The people I contacted made the task so easy and it only took a matter of minutes to combine my duplicated accounts into one account so that I don't have to switch back and forth to see my work notebooks and my personal notebooks. They are merged together for easy access.

    Cons

    Evernote on a desk top is relatively easy to navigate compared to the mobile versions. The mobile versions are not as user friendly and sometimes I have to hunt around to find the function I need, such as deleting a note I no longer want.

    Summary

    Evernote Premium has even more great features for personal or business use. With the premium version, I am able to work with my mobile notebooks even if I have no internet connection. I am able to lock my account on my cell phone and IPad if I am on the road to keep prying eyes out. At work, I can share notes with the people in my office and allow them to edit the notes. Premium also gives you a lot more storage space allowing 100MB per note rather than the free capacity of 1GB per month.

    Excellent tool for business and home use and the price for a Premium subscription is well worth the expense to just be able to share with coworkers and family or friends.

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