Some people, such as myself, are not entirely and completed wedded to a single content and device ecosystem in that I have the Samsung Galaxy S as my mobile phone (an Android device for those unfamiliar with it), a Windows 7 custom built desktop at home, a Windows 7 MSI Wind netbook and an Apple iPad as my intermediate device.
Putting aside the larger conundrum of automatic content synchronisation (i.e. music, video, podcasts, etc) something as simple as notes has been a bit of a challenge. I would have notes on my iPad that would only show up on my computer when I synced via iTunes (and vice-versa) and notes on my Android phone were stranded. I wasn’t keen on installing yet another piece of software on my computer to sync content so I went about looking for a cloud-based solution.
Luckily, I came across Evernote.
Evernote is a cross-platform solution that allows you to keep notes and notebooks up in the cloud which means that you can do away with cables and syncing software. Client software is available for a stack of devices, including:
- Android devices,
- Apple iPad / iPhone / iPod Touch,
- Palm WebOS devices,
- Windows Mobile devices (but not Windows Phone 7).
Software is also available for Windows (XP and later) and MacOS X (10.5.8 and later) computers or you can use it from within a web browser. There is also a Firefox extension to capture those interesting things you come across on the web and, in a similar fashion, if your mobile device has a camera in it you can also capture photos directly into Evernote.
One concern that people may have is that using a cloud-based solution may be affected when no connection to the Internet is available. The great thing about Evernote is that you can also use your notes offline on your devices from the point it was last synced (apart from the web browser instance which does not cache notes).
If you’re interested in giving it a try you can do so for free which will give you give you the ability to create unlimited notes but with a restriction of 60MB of uploads per month, read only sharing and a limit on the what files can be synced whilst the premium version for US$5 a month (or $45 a year) either removes the restrictions or ups the limit. You can check out the plan comparison here. All plans include SSL encryption so that your notes are kept secure.
(Note: Evernote is in the midst of implementing full SSL security for free users in their latest client software over the last couple of months whilst usage of Evernote in your web browser will be protected by SSL).
As always, I recommend that you try before you buy where possible and, for the free plan, the price is right to give it a right go without risk.