I’ve been dragging my feet about upgrading to Evernote 3. EverNote 2 is still available for download but they’ve dropped it on its head and someday it will be gone. Life without Evernote of some kind is unfathomable.
I started using EverNote back when it was barely out of the womb and for awhile I was a beta-tester. Since then they have been adding features and leaping on ahead of what I’ve learned so far, and so fast I can’t keep up.
Now they’re off on Version 3 (out in beta) where you’ll be able to store your notes and clips on the web so you can have access to them anywhere. On your mobile phone too, if you have one, the database synchronized between all devices and your desktop, with the ability to email your ‘notebooks’ to whom you please. Now that they mention it, I can see a few thousand uses for that.
My mind ticks away on dozens of different plans, problems, ideas and possible solutions. If yet another useful thought whizzes by I have to snatch it in a nano-second or it’s gone. If this sounds familiar, enter lowly post-it notes.
PDF editors can be used for adding notes, text boxes, links, highlights, shapes, watermarks, images and more.
Before there was Passage Express I couldn’t imagine organizing so many files and types of files for presentation.
Then, in the middle of the night it came to me. I would create Descendants Book reports in PDF and attach other files in the margin. This way a reader could take a side-trip to look at maps, photos, slideshows, related stories, or even listen to me talk, and then come back to the main body of work without getting lost.
When I found EverNote and got with the program, as they say, most of my digital chaos ended.
Most of us have random collections of this, that and everything on our computers. And when I started doing genealogy research my chaos increased exponentially. I spent days and weeks inventing and re-inventing and re-organizing my “notes from everywhere” around myriad systems.