Does anyone have a favorite notes program? All purpose note-taker, note-organizer thingamabob? I tried for the fourth time to upgrade to Evernote 3 and I still can’t get my mind around it. I don’t know what they’re imagining over there for the future but the way the recent past has been going it’s not looking good.
First of all, I don’t like the grayed-out menu that I can barely see with my aging eyes. A category only turns black when you click on it. Problem is I have to be able to see it first. I could also do without the “0 of” in the numbers. Is that supposed to be helpful? Some programmers don’t know when to quit.
Generally speaking, I don’t like the visuals. I mentioned that before. The colors, the lines. My beloved EverNote 2 looks like a roll of toilet paper with the perforated edges and maybe I’m just quirky but it suits me to a T. This Evernote 3 thing with the dark gray background between the carefully separated notes is … I don’t know … It leaves me wondering Why? It was so good the way it was before.
But the part that does me in entirely is that, although they said that EverNote would be free forever, and they do supposedly have a free version of Evernote 3, they’ve set things up so that it’s impossible to carry on without paying them $45 USD every single year until you die, or until computers become obsolete. Which do you think will come first?
The main reason, as it was originally presented, for this recurring fee is so that you can keep all your notes online and send things to yourself and your friends from all over. And I can see that would suit some people. Me, I have no use for it. I don’t have a PDA. I don’t have a cell-phone. I don’t need to be text-messaging myself from the grocery store or emailing photos from a pocket-gadget. I’m too old for this stuff. Facebook scares me. But if that’s all there was to it, that would be fine. Either you want to pay for it or you don’t.
But, no, they threw in a couple of other pay-only features. First of all, there’s the ever-present large advertisement in the bottom of the categories column, prime real estate, and you don’t get to turn it off unless you pay them forever. For some reason that doesn’t inspire me to fork over my money. Nope, it just pisses me right off.
Even worse than that, and it takes some doing, is that when I imported 1300 notes from EverNote 2, it missed 79 of them. Which 79 I wonder because if you don’t pay them they skip notes of a certain format. I can’t remember exactly what that means. There’s a little box that came up during the import telling me about the Free Version limitations. What it should really be saying is, “Why you are being forced to upgrade to the Premium version of Evernote 3“. This isn’t an upgrade; it’s evil incarnate or, at the very least, unbelievable arrogance.