How to replace Evernote: the alternatives for taking notes

A few weeks ago the founder of the blogging platform Syrah Josh Dixon published an article in which spoke of the imminent death of the Evernote service. His arguments convincing. Employees feel that the company does not allow them to develop, and users dont like the direction of service development — new features are increasing, but many of them are simply not needed. If the average user still thinks Evernote service for writing notes and saving information from the Internet, the company is positioning it as a mixture of “gametocyte”, working messenger and for.

Evernote peak of popularity was in 2011. From the moment of the publication has published hundreds of materials whose sole purpose is to find alternative service for taking notes. But if a few years ago, Evernote was the leader, now, in comparison with many services, it lags behind.

Resolve the situation third-party apps that change the UI of Evernote, but allow you to work with notes. For example, Alternote for OS X. Paying $5, you get rid of many minuses of an official client. The slowness, the extra functions and overloaded interface.

Informal clients — a good choice if the accumulated database does not allow you to leave with Evernote. If it is not a barrier, you should consider alternatives. A week ago, Google Keep was released on iOS. As it was previously available only on Android and in the web version, it cannot be called a full-fledged replacement for Evernote.

Now that can use the service on all the major platforms, the situation has changed. The role of notebooks in Google Keep perform paint marks — each note can be assigned a specific color. In this approach, there is a disadvantage. Since colors cannot be assigned names, to remember that red is, for example, work, and the blue — shopping list, have.

However, to a note you can attach tags, it makes it easier sorting. If Evernote can be accused of unnecessary complexity, then Google Keep is too simple, but comfortable. Pros.

Cons. Download. App Store, Google Play, browser-based version (free).

OneNote is restarted in 2014, the service became a worthy alternative to Evernote. Both services have a web clipper extension that allows you to save information from your browser. And if the first version of OneNote Clipper was bad, the second is not inferior to the web clipper from Evernote. All the features in OneNote are available for free, the only thing you will have to pay a cloud storage.

As the service stores your notes in OneDrive, at the expiration of 15 GB of free storage you need to buy a paid plan. OneNote is tightly integrated with the Windows products. For example, the hotkey Win+N creates a new note, Word or Excel documents can be saved and edited directly in the “gametocyte”.

Pros. Cons. Download.

App Store, Google Play, Mac App Store, Windows (free). The essence Simplenote is hidden in its name — the application is aimed at ease of use. Both the desktop and the mobile version of the application interface consists of a list of notes and boxes with text. Here everything is done to ensure that the user is not distracted from work — a minimum of functions, interface elements and bright colors.

Despite the ease and simplicity of (the free trial version for OS X is 30 times less space than Evernote), Simplenote is the ability to collaborate on notes. Here this feature is called “Partners”, and add a new partner can, make a email address. All changes are stored on the servers, so any version can be restored. Important notes are fixed at the top of the list.

Pros. Cons.

Download. App Store, Google Play, Mac App Store (free). In Fetchnotes notes are divided into three groups. Tape, reminder and archive. In the ribbon includes all notes, reminders — those that have a due date, but in the archive sent unnecessary.

This sort would have been sufficient if not for the tags. You can add tags directly to the title of the note — the app automatically recognizes them. Unfortunately, Fetchnotes is not quite working correctly on iOS. A few notes that were created a few months ago, an application to display failed.

The search icon is overlaid on top of the iOS status bar. Neither rebooting nor reinstalling the app has not solved these problems. Joint work in the application is organized differently. The user does not share notes, and invites people to work on certain tags.

For example, to the tag “shopping list” you can invite family members and to the tag “ideas” — staff. Pros. Cons.

Download. App Store, Google Play, browser-based version (free). As with many apps available only for the Apple ecosystem, the emphasis in Letterspace placed on the exterior. Letterspace version for OS X are structurally similar to Evernote.

The application interface consists of three panels. Tags (alternative to Notepad), list of notes and the note body. The monetization occurs through the sale of skins. They cost from $2.99 to $4.99 for a.

However, the app itself costs $4.99 on iOS and $9.99 in versions for OS X. In Letterspace, you can change the font and font size — formatting text end. Even lists have to be created manually. But after you add the first item in the list, the rest are filled automatically.

The app syncs the data on iCloud, which can be attributed to the minuses — sometimes, the notes are synchronized for 10-15 minutes. Pros. Cons.

Download. App Store (279 rubles), the Mac App Store (599 rubles).


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