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Evernote for Mac

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Evernote for Mac makes it possible to write yourself reminders and notes, and keep them stored and organized in the cloud for safekeeping. By installing additional apps for your other devices you can also access your notes on the go from an iPad or iPhone.

We installed Evernote for Mac via the App Store, and were brought directly to a screen for creating an account. Once inside the app, we poked around, appreciating its attractive and functional interface. On our test machine, we wrote a quick note and attached a file to it. Switching over to an iPhone, we fired up Evernote, and our note was there, already waiting. Only the text of the note was downloaded; the file attachment sat in the note as an icon, and we had to click on it again and wait for it to download before we could view it. This could be a problem for offline viewing, as an attractive feature of the app is the ability to look at files, Web pages, etc. at a more convenient time. We did like that this application supports multiple "notebooks," as a way to keep things organized: business in one, personal in another, to-do lists, and recipes, you name it. The shared notebooks feature facilitates collaboration and could be incredibly useful for colleagues working on, or just brainstorming, projects together.

Evernote for Mac offers plenty of useful features in an attractive user interface. It is like having a writer's diary at your disposal, and users looking for ways to stay organized will find it helpful.

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  • All versions:

    4.1 stars

    out of 27 votes

    • 5 star: 13
    • 4 star: 9
    • 3 star: 2
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 3
  • Current version:

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