I’ve been using Evernote since 2008 to collect and sort notes. I use it for sermon research, for my prayer journal, and even for saving recipes. It works well since it syncs across multiple devices. However, they have recently announced some big changes to their service. Basically, the free account will be limited to only sync on 2 devices, and the premium options have received a large price increase.
For me, I really like the ability to use the same note taking app on my computer, my iPhone, and my iPad. But I am hesitant to pay for a service if there is a free alternative. If you are currently using Evernote, then paying $34.99 or $69.99 per year might be worth it to you. For me, I’ve decided to try some alternatives. Here are two big ones.
OneNote by Microsoft
While Evernote is moving to paid subscriptions, OneNote has been changing its service to be completely free. It is feature rich, and is available across all your devices. They have even developed a free import utility to move your notes from Evernote to OneNote. OneNote is very similar in power to Evernote, but the interface is a little different. In some ways, I think it is more intuitive than Evernote.
Notes by Apple
Last year, Apple made a huge upgrade to its Notes app in iOS 9. It is now a powerful tool for collecting thoughts. It also syncs to the Notes app on my MacBook Air and is accessible through iCloud.com. Apple Notes also can easily import Evernote notebooks. Since I use Apple computers and devices, I have decided to try this for a while. It does what I need to do, it’s quick, and it’s simple. The ability to bring in my notes from Evernote has worked great. So far, I like the simplicity. Both Evernote and OneNote have grown complex through the years. I want the app to get out of the way so I can get my thoughts collected quickly. Searching also seems faster using the Notes apps.
Don’t be afraid to try new solutions. Find a tool that matches how you work, and use it to stay organized.