Evernote vs. Onenote
I am a huge note taker. I have to be because everyone at the office is always adding things to my to-do list throughout the day. I have been using Microsoft’s Onenote for years and I would say the upcoming 2010 version is going to be great. The one issue I have is Onenote can only work on a desktop/notebook computer or a windows mobile device. I carry a Blackberry, use a iTouch and will soon have a iPad so this does not work for me. Someone mentioned Evernote as a good alternative.
I used Onenote to keep track of my daily to do list. I am able to copy links and create a checklist of task needing my attention. There are quick key combinations that can add to do check boxes, the date, date and time and a few more dozen options. One nice feature is to turn a note into an Outlook task entry. Some of these features are not available in Evernote. More on that later.
I have been using Evernote for few days and it has been a good experience so far. I have successfully installed it on my office production Windows 7 computer, my Blackberry Bold 9700 and my 2nd generation iTouch. It installed without any issues on all my devices.
One thing I have to get use to is creating a separate note for each day. In Onenote a categorize my notes by month and keep a running list separated by the date. In Evernote I have been creating a note for each day. Either way seems to work fine. I can create a to do check box in Evernote but lose the ability to link to my Outlook task. Evernote also does not have all the quick keys options that Onenote does.
The Blackberry and iTouch application allows me to create a new note or amend an existing note. You can not edit or modify an existing note text created on a workstation. You can place a check in a to do check box of an existing item but you can not create new check boxes. This seems to work ok but it would be nice to keep the for mating the same through all devices.
The web version allows you to do the same functions as the desktop version which does help. All together I am pleased with the product but it has only been a few days. As I use the product more I will blog again once I master the features. So far it is nice being able to take my notes where ever I go!