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Evernote for Mac

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Evernote for Mac is just one part of an excellent, access-from-anywhere note-taking system. In addition to the Evernote desktop client, you can create and get to your notes from a variety of mobile devices (including apps for the iPhone and iPad) and any Web browser on any computer. A free Evernote account links all your notes together.

Evernote is a mature and popular application, with an impressively streamlined interface that shares similarities across its multiple platforms and gives you many different ways to create notes and collections of notes called notebooks. Your notes can be text, images, or Web clippings, but with a premium account you can save other file types, too.

In addition to typing in notes via Evernote for Mac's three-paned interface (using word-processor-style formatting tools), you can drag and drop text and images, click on buttons to record audio or iSight notes, and drag files directly to the Evernote icon in the Dock. You can also access note-taking options through a menu bar icon, hot keys, and contextual menus, and an optional Web Clipper tool puts a button for saving Web content right in your Safari or Firefox toolbar.

You can tag and search all your notes from anywhere (with fairly amazing character recognition in images), see word and character counts, and export notes in a variety of ways (including Facebook sharing and the option to save all attachments from a note or notes), and Evernote automatically syncs up your info as often as you want. You can scroll through all your notes in a thumbnail-style Card View, which quickly shows you the title, creation date and time, and a preview of each note -- although, unfortunately, this view completely replaced the app's previous (and in some ways more flexible) Thumbnail View, which was often better suited for quickly scanning image-based notes.

There's a lot to like in Evernote, and the fact that it's free makes this app easy to try out. If you're looking for a note-taking app -- or just an easy way to keep track of your digital odds and ends -- Evernote is a worthwhile download.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Beware if you switch to Mac Maverick OS"

    March 10, 2014  |   By pe0m

    Version: Evernote 5.5

    Pros

    Generally speaking this is a useful app

    Cons

    Twice since updating my Mac to the Maverick OS this app has turned up showing a "blank state." Not a single note that I had created was visible. I don't remember how I got my data back the first time. I thought it was a fluke that the data appeared to have been deleted. The second time it happened I couldn't find the notes from within Evernote. I couldn't find any data files with the lost info anywhere on my hard drive. Finally I shut down the computer and restarted it. The data was back, so I exported all of it to HTML files.

    Summary

    May not be suitable to use with Mac OS "Maverick."

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Good but unstable"

    February 6, 2014  |   By particleman137

    Version: Evernote 5.5

    Pros

    Beautiful, full featured, and effective note database. It's able to lots of handle complex notes, all for free. It's available on every imaginable platform and with seamless synchronization of notes. Most importantly, it's easy to backup your evernote data and as easy as possible to migrate away from evernote. Sharing notes is a beautiful dream.

    Cons

    Evernote on mac is pretty unstable. Many of it's features spontaneously stop working--especially search and opening notes in their own window. These can be easily fixed by restarting Evernote, but I'm disappointed that these bugs have persisted through several generations of software updates.
    Finding your notes can be a trying experience. The search box is pretty dumb. There are some advanced search features in it, but using those are more likely to make evernote crash than to find your notes.
    The Evernote help forum is full of questions that are never answered.

    Summary

    I use evernote on a daily basis and it has become an essential part of my brain/workflow. I'm satisfied with most aspects but very annoyed by it's instability and troubled that it's issues seem to never get addressed in software patches. Evernote search is not google! Finding your notes can be hard and using advanced search options often just makes Evernote blow up. It's the best note taking tool in 2014, but it probably own't be in a few years.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Put off signing up- they have been hacked!"

    March 9, 2013  |   By joana1493

    Version: Evernote 5.0.6

    Pros

    abcdefghij

    Cons

    Evernote posted an advisory telling its 50000 users that it suffered a serious security breach. Hackers stole user names, e-mail addresses and encrypted passwords.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Hijacks the NVIDIA GPU kills battery life by half"

    February 1, 2012  |   By summerstormpictures

    Version: Evernote 3.0.6

    Pros

    An inspired but rather confused interface.

    Cons

    My 5-plus hours of battery life drops to 2.5 or less if I leave this application open.

    Summary

    The developers must not ever go mobile because they seem to be uninspired to economize. My 5-plus hours of battery life drops to 2.5 or less if I leave this application open. Why is it necessary for this to use the NVIDIA GPU? This is the same fail the developers at Mozilla have. Their web browser, while smart enough not to use the NVIDIA GPU, once it is spun off into a process, it is not smart enough to give it back (switch back to the Intel onboard chipset. It's really high time developers stop this practice. Unless you are working with multimedia, there's no reason to use the NVIDIA chipset. None.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Indispensable"

    December 17, 2011  |   By maxrobinson

    Version: Evernote 3.0.5

    Pros

    I could no longer function efficiently without this

    Cons

    I have found none

    Summary

    Very strongly recommended

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  • 4.0 stars

    "easy to use the basics"

    October 4, 2011  |   By TravelerT

    Version: Evernote 3.0.2

    Pros

    cross platform syncing

    Cons

    need more sophisticated sorting and phone log

    Summary

    sloppier than Things, but ultimately more useful

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  • 3.0 stars

    "MacOSX ver 10.5.8 would not allow installation"

    September 4, 2011  |   By LyudaB

    Version: Evernote 3.0.1

    Pros

    don't know

    Cons

    Won't install as advertised

    Summary

    Not a good sign if it won't install

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Great Program!"

    August 2, 2011  |   By RamoUP

    Version: Evernote 2.2.2

    Pros

    Save anything instantly.

    Cons

    None at all.

    Summary

    Must try.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Excellent!!"

    July 21, 2011  |   By cmooreatl

    Version: Evernote 2.2.2

    Pros

    I can capture absolutely everything in one simple step. User friendly and great design. Easy to organize, find and manage all of your information. I really don't know how I did anything without it.

    Cons

    I haven't found one.

    Summary

    Best tool I've every found!

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  • 4.0 stars

    "One of the best programs out there."

    July 13, 2011  |   By Bill Word

    Version: Evernote 2.2.2

    Pros

    This is a great program

    Cons

    I cannot think of any thing bad about Evernote

    Summary

    Everyone needs this program and you cannot beat the cost

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