Wednesday, February 23, 2005

OneNote vs. EverNote

Let the productivity battle begin!


CNET has two recent reviews of both One Note and EverNote(beta). I'm recent convert to One Note simply because it enhances and extends my Toshiba Portege M205 Tablet PC. I can copy screen clippings, drag pics, pull URL's, whatever. The possibilities are nearly limitless. In addition, you can organize your thoughts with a tabbed notebook interface that doesn't exist in any other Office product. One Note also fully supports digital ink making it a must-have for any Tablet PC owner. So why even look at Evernote (or anything else for that matter)? Simple: cost. OneNote retails for $99, while Evernote retails for $0. That's right: free!

Over the next few weeks in my spare time (yeah right!), I'll take a look at EverNote and see if it can replace OneNote for me. In the meantime, if you are either a OneNote or EverNote user, chime in with a comment and let me know which you use and why.

For the CNET reviews, click the respective product image above.

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At 2/25/2005 4:13 AM, Anonymous Michael said...

Kevin, I’m writing from EverNote Corp., so I’m clearly biased. I thought, though, that you might like to know how we view the differences between the two products here at our company.

We see Microsoft OneNote 2003 and EverNote as two entirely different types of products. Specifically, OneNote seems ideal for full note-taking and research projects. EverNote, on the other hand, shines best in the area of quick note-capturing and instant note retrieval. In fact, one can imagine an office worker electing to use both products, depending on what they want to accomplish at a given time.

Like EverNote, Microsoft’s OneNote can hold rich content (RTF, HTML, graphics, electronic ink, etc.); but OneNote also boasts advanced features like note flags, voice recordings, video inserts, etc. that are not available in EverNote yet (although they’re slated for implementation later).

Microsoft’s OneNote is a full-featured but heavy application, somewhat expensive ($100-$200), slower to load, uses a folder rather than a category approach, and is positioned more as a content-composing “3-ring binder for your notes” than as a convenient, easy-to-use note capture and quick retrieval program. And of course, OneNote will never be platform independent.

Here are ten important features of EverNote:1. The Endless Tape Metaphor: All EverNote notes are placed on an endless, virtual roll of paper. This method lets you scan through your notes quickly and find notes just by their look – without having to open each note individually, close it, open the next, and so on.

2. Categories, Not Folders: No need to limit your notes to one folder and be stumped when it’s time to find it. With EverNote, you can assign multiple categories to a single note for easy organization and retrieval. Categories are assigned automatically (based on note type or content) or manually using a simple drag-n-drop. Users can also find their notes by their intersection between two or more categories.

3. Notes organized by time: EverNote notes are arranged on a Time Band, so you can instantly jump to any date in the endless tape with a single click of your mouse.

4. Powerful SmartSearch: With EverNote, you can find notes with any combination of the following methods: visually (using the Accelerator Scrollbar), by time, by categories, by automatic labeling, and by keywords -- complete with matching note count. The EverNote SmartSearch feature displays found notes with keywords highlighted in yellow as you type, also recognizing and searching through handwritten notes in several languages.

5. Automatic Links: When you highlight and copy text from other sources, EverNote automatically posts a link in your EverNote note that links back to the original content that you’ve excerpted – whether it’s from a web site or from a Microsoft Office document like MS Word, Excel or PowerPoint.

6. Templates: EverNote provides users with handy templates for easy entering and monitoring of to do lists, expenses and other common forms using intelligent auto-categories.

7. Shape Correction Technology: EverNote comes with a built-in advanced shape recognition technology that automatically perfects freehand shapes and charts. It intelligently adjusts, aligns, resizes, corrects gridlines, connects arrows and adjacent shapes, and fine-tunes concentric shapes.

8. History Notes: EverNote keeps a history of all note changes, saving edited and deleted notes for later retrieval and viewing.

9. Platform Independent: EverNote’s goal is to be available for every major computer and mobile device platform. It is already available for Windows 2000/XP/XP Tablet PC Edition; and development is underway for Palm OS 4 and higher, Windows Mobile (Pocket PC and Smartphones) and additional platforms, including Linux, Symbian and Mac.

10. Camera Phone as a Memorizer: With EverNote, you will be able to use your data-enabled camera phone to capture handwritten and printed notes, audio, visual, etc. and sync it immediately with EverNote on PCs and other devices over the Internet.

That's about it. Hope this is helpful info!

At 2/25/2005 5:43 AM, Blogger Kevin C. Tofel said...


I appreciate the time you took to comment for the readers here and especially for disclosing your "bias"! ;)

This is great info and puts the comparison between the products into a different perspective. Having not downloaded EverNote yet, this is all useful info. I especially like the platform independent approach and I've also heard positive comments on the Timeband function.

I'll give it a go on my Tablet PC for sure!



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