Replacing Evernote?



  • I have been using Evernote free for a few years now. I keep General notes, IT notes and how too's, recipes, etc on it. For the most part it is all text. Over the last couple years they have been getting more and more pushy about me switching to their paid version. I am fine living with the free version, then a month ago they cut me down to 2 devices. This kinda sucks, but I just cut down to my work laptop, and my phone. Last night, I logged in on my Chromebook, forgetting that I removed it. Evernote just converted my account to the most expensive plan, and offered the first month free. It is getting a little too pushy for my liking. So I am thinking about replacing it, but what is out there what do you guys use?

    Here are my requirements:

    • Preferably free
    • Multi-Platform (Mac, iPhone, Web, Chromebook, Pebble would be nice)
    • Secure and Trustworthy
    • Can save mainly text notes and cross notebook search
    • ability to share would be nice as well

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    Turtl?


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  • @scottalanmiller

    I thought you were a OneNote fan?



  • @scottalanmiller said in Replacing Evernote?:

    Turtl?

    I like where they are going, but no iOS app is kind of a buzz kill at this point. I do more than half my note taking on my phone.



  • What about OneNote?



  • @BRRABill said in Replacing Evernote?:

    What about OneNote?

    Never used it, I am not a Microsoft fan, but it is looking like it may be a good alternative. I am also looking at Apple iCloud notes, but I wish I could share and collaborate with it. Does one note offer sharing?



  • I'd like to find one that supports handwritten notes like Evernote used to.



  • @s.hackleman said in Replacing Evernote?:

    @BRRABill said in Replacing Evernote?:

    What about OneNote?

    Never used it, I am not a Microsoft fan, but it is looking like it may be a good alternative. I am also looking at Apple iCloud notes, but I wish I could share and collaborate with it. Does one note offer sharing?

    I don't use it, but can't imagine it doesn't.



  • @s.hackleman said in Replacing Evernote?:

    @BRRABill said in Replacing Evernote?:

    What about OneNote?

    Never used it, I am not a Microsoft fan, but it is looking like it may be a good alternative. I am also looking at Apple iCloud notes, but I wish I could share and collaborate with it. Does one note offer sharing?

    Yes. OneNote is great for sharing and collaborative editing simultaneously.



  • @dafyre said in Replacing Evernote?:

    I'd like to find one that supports handwritten notes like Evernote used to.

    From the MS website...

    "Think with ink
    Ready. Set. Draw. A stylus or fingertip is the only tool you need. Take handwritten notes and convert them to typed text later. Highlight what's important and express ideas with colors or shapes."



  • It's been a long time since I've tested one note, so I just installed it on my Remix tablet (Android). I could draw and what-not with my finger, and insert pictures and everything. It seems like I might try this out for a while!



  • I just read that collaboration is coming in next version of iCould notes. With the fact that I am using a Macbook and iPhone for work, and where most of my note taking is happening, I think this may be my best bet. I like Turtl, but I don't think they are there yet, and it is kinda a killer with out having an iOS app. iCloud also has web access for my Chromebook. I think I am going to switch over to Apple, then all my junk will be in 1 place, and I can still say I am Microsoft free.



  • If you don't mind something browser-based (as a Chrome browser plugin/add-on) then try Google Keep (??)



  • @Veet said in Replacing Evernote?:

    If you don't mind something browser-based (as a Chrome browser plugin/add-on) then try Google Keep (??)

    I tried it, but I don't know what it is, it just isn't for me. I don't like the feel.



  • Sounds like OneNote is the best option then. Has an iOS app and it integrates with Sharepoint, OneDrive and other stuff well.



  • I wonder how hard it is to convert from Evernote (what I use) to OneNote.



  • @BRRABill said in Replacing Evernote?:

    I wonder how hard it is to convert from Evernote (what I use) to OneNote.

    Ooooh, they have a program that does it for you. Interesting.



  • okay... there's another FOSS based alternative called Nixnote/nevernote, which I had come across ... It touts to be an Evernote clone ... However, I've only seen nix based clients for it .. Not too sure if they have a Windows client ..



  • Just an FYI at this point. You can select all notes in a Evernote Notebook, right click from the desktop client and it will dump all of the notes to an XML file. Looks like most note taking apps can read and import them. Makes switching easy.



  • @s.hackleman said in Replacing Evernote?:

    Just an FYI at this point. You can select all notes in a Evernote Notebook, right click from the desktop client and it will dump all of the notes to an XML file. Looks like most note taking apps can read and import them. Makes switching easy.

    They also have a program (MS that is) that does it all automatically for you.

    https://www.onenote.com/import-evernote-to-onenote


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    @BRRABill said in Replacing Evernote?:

    @s.hackleman said in Replacing Evernote?:

    Just an FYI at this point. You can select all notes in a Evernote Notebook, right click from the desktop client and it will dump all of the notes to an XML file. Looks like most note taking apps can read and import them. Makes switching easy.

    They also have a program (MS that is) that does it all automatically for you.

    https://www.onenote.com/import-evernote-to-onenote

    Nice, did not know about that.


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    @s.hackleman said in Replacing Evernote?:

    Just an FYI at this point. You can select all notes in a Evernote Notebook, right click from the desktop client and it will dump all of the notes to an XML file. Looks like most note taking apps can read and import them. Makes switching easy.

    Cool.


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    @s.hackleman Agreed, tried turtl earlier this week. I was overly excited to say the least. :|


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    @zuphzuph said in Replacing Evernote?:

    @s.hackleman Agreed, tried turtl earlier this week. I was overly excited to say the least. :|

    You WERE, but are not now?



  • I also switched to OneNote recently for much of the same reasons.

    There are some quirks to feel out but so far it's coming along.

    Keep in mind that each Evernote section/book/folder becomes an entire OneNote notebook. OneNote does not automatically show all notebooks so the feel of it won't be the same as Evernote. You don't see everything all at once, you only see the current notebook you have open.

    For example in EN you see a tree-list on the left of all your sections. In ON each section is now a separate notebook, which is physically just a file on OneDrive. You can't see them all at once, you have to open one notebook at a time.

    That said, I used the MS tool to convert EN and it worked fine, but now I'm actually having to combine notebooks together because I don't want like 150 different notebooks!

    In EN one section contains a bunch of note cards. In ON you get an extra set of sections, the notebook has tabs for sections and then pages within each tab. I'm having to re-organize my notebooks to combine them where they could just be tabs within the same notebook, then pages within the tabs.

    As for sharing, you can share the entire notebook right now but that's it. MS will have the feature to be able to share individual tabs as well as individual pages very soon. They've had a feature release just in recent weeks preparing for this sharing ability.

    As an example I have one notebook for a certain type of client. All my tabs are actually just alphabet so "A, B, C, D, E, etc) then within each letter I'll put individuals' pages (with sub-pages!) for each client.

    CLIENT
    --> G
    --> --> Bill Gates
    --> --> --> Subpages (info1, todo, info2, invoices, etc)

    As of now I could only share the whole "CLIENT" notebook, but very soon I'll be able to share just the info2 page directly with Bill, or the entire Bill Gates page with subpages.

    So far OneNote is working fine on all devices (Windows, Android, iPad) but I'm having to do a lot or re-organizing of notes into the different way ON stores them. However, some notebooks completely fail to open in the web interface, I'm hoping this will be fixed after I reorganize my notebooks.

    Also, you don't need Office to get ON, it can be used as a standalone app.


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    @guyinpv we use one OneNote per client. That way the data is portable per client. If a client wants a copy, they can have it. If a client leaves, we can archive their documents.



  • @scottalanmiller said in Replacing Evernote?:

    @guyinpv we use one OneNote per client. That way the data is portable per client. If a client wants a copy, they can have it. If a client leaves, we can archive their documents.

    That's a lot of notebooks!

    I figured my Rolodex-style tab system would work much the same once I can share the tabs, the client can get into the tab and all the pages within.

    But I can see the benefit of one notebook per client. Just need an easy way to navigate them. The way ON lets me browse notebooks is annoying. Doesn't lend itself well to having dozens or even hundreds of notebooks.


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    @guyinpv said in Replacing Evernote?:

    @scottalanmiller said in Replacing Evernote?:

    @guyinpv we use one OneNote per client. That way the data is portable per client. If a client wants a copy, they can have it. If a client leaves, we can archive their documents.

    That's a lot of notebooks!

    I figured my Rolodex-style tab system would work much the same once I can share the tabs, the client can get into the tab and all the pages within.

    But I can see the benefit of one notebook per client. Just need an easy way to navigate them. The way ON lets me browse notebooks is annoying. Doesn't lend itself well to having dozens or even hundreds of notebooks.

    Yup, but it makes it much easier to have different security per client. It's all in Sharepoint, so very easy to manage.


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