Your Second Brain Brought to you by Evernote
Winner of the 2008 Open Web Blogger’s and People’s Choice Awards, Evernote definitely deserves all the hype it’s been getting. The application is innovative and is helpful for more than taking notes in class.
Evernote gives you photographic and searchable memory. As long as you have a camera, iPhone or a phone with Windows Mobile, you can take a picture of that bar sign and tag it. Even if you don’t remember what the name of that place was in the morning. You can search for its tags and the picture will be there for you when you want to go there again.
Web clips help out also. All it does is take the important stuff from a webpage (e.g. a link to buy something, an address or other important information regarding an event). Photo recognition allows you to find stuff you saved to buy. Highlight the item and everything around it. Copy it and paste the info In to Evernote. When you want to buy the item, anything that was on the page and it will be right there for you.
The note-taking application integrates with Tarpipe, a Webapp that creates work flows with all of the other Web 2.0 applications you use, such as Facebook, Twitter and Flickr just to name a few. This can allow your public notes to be displayed as your next tweet or Facebook status. This is extremely efficient because you could post a webclip instead of a whole webpage, to show your friends exactly what you want.
Let’s say you take a lot of pictures everyday because you want to remember everything. That would also require you to take time at the end of the day, if you are using your camera, sync you computer with your pictures. Now, that isn’t a problem, as long as there is an Eye-Fi SD memory card in your camera and a wireless network.
If you have an iPhone then you can download the application from the App Store. The streamlined interface allows you to create notes and upload them to the cloud just like you would on a computer. When you are offline, you can still create notes and have them uploaded as soon as you get connected.
There is one downside to Evernote. The size of the upload capacity the application gives to store larger notes that include pictures is limited. There is an upgrade option. You can go premium for five dollars a month allow “nearly unlimited storage”. The amount of storage you really get is 500 MB uploadage a month and you can upload any file.
When you have the free account, you can only upload images, audio, ink and PDF files. With the Premium you can save Office Docs or any other obscure program you might be working in.
Despite the fact there are many more features on the premium version of Evernote, the free version can help college students a lot, regardless of what platform you download it for or what hardware you have.