Best Productivity Tools | Evernote | Arancia
Although recent missteps such as a disastrous upgrade left us looking for an exit path, everything-but-the-kitchen-sink note-taking service Evernote has since rectified the problems, with the search for a replacement making us realize once again that it has no competitors. Since Evernote synchronizes all of our notebooks across our iDevices, computers of various types, tablets, and the web, we reward it by dumping absolutely everything into it: receipts, client information, articles, sound clips, photos, etc. We even bought a companion scanner, the Fujitsu SnapScan ix500. It’s sometimes hard to pull the plug on a $400 item, but this scanner enabled us to reduce a four drawer file cabinet down to a few file folders, and we couldn’t live without it. Although this Boing Boing review of the scanner is a little dated, this is the review that put us over the edge, after exhaustive research.
While Evernote’s standard service allows unlimited data storage, a Premium membership gives you increased bandwidth, allowing much larger monthly data uploads, while also allowing larger single file sizes. This is not something we always need, but when doing lots of scanning in pursuit of a paperless lifestyle and worflow, it comes in handy. A Premium service that we do use constantly is offline notebooks; you get a more robust synching service that makes sure that your notes are always updated and available even without an internet connection.