EVERNOTEEVERNOTE is very powerful, provided you think long and hard at the outset about the storage categories you want to use. Another key, is to understand the difference in notebooks and tags. I have set up notebooks for the different organisations I am involved in as well as separate notebooks for bigger projects. Tags are then used as subheadings to attach to the notebooks. For example I have a notebook called “CEF”, then I have separate tags such as “meeting” and “NW Advisory Group” which can then be added to an individual entry. Both EVERNOTE and DAYONE have powerful search and display capacities, providing you take time to assign the correct labels when creating your entry. Both Apps automatically record the location the note was created and can attractively display these on a world map.
There’s not much EVERNOTE cannot do and I will not try to mention all its features here, however the importing of handwritten notes using the camera on a smartphone/iPad is worthy of particularly mention. This feature works extremely well and with the premium option, a search will also turn up handwritten words. I found it quite impressive.
What do I do with EVERNOTE?
- sermon notes (my own "ready to speak" manuscripts)
- meeting notes (my own notes. Later I import the official minutes from Word files)
- research cut and paste (store quotes from articles)
- clipping webpages (using the one-click clip function available as an extension for most browsers)
- songs and sheet music (for when I have the guitar but don't know what to play)
- store all my highlights in Kindle books
- receipts, bills, costs, documents (can all be photographed, scanned in or imported
Free with 60 MB/month of new notes, unlimited total storage, and sync across all devices. For the past year I have been using a complementary 12-month subscription to "EVERNOTE Premium" which gives you some additional search features, presenting tools and 1GB/month. However most people will find the EUR5/month to be too pricy and will be very happy with the free version.
DAYONE JournalThe DAYONE journal is a really nice, clean, clutter-free interface that is designed to inspire you to write creatively with the minimum of distraction. It won an Apple Design Award in 2014 and won the Mac App Store "App of the Year" in 2012.
This is a great outlet for journaling down those thoughts that, let’s be honest, shouldn't really appear on Facebook or Twitter. If you later decide to share your thoughts, simply clicking on publish will create a link to your post that is not restricted to the 140 twitter characters.
Each entry automatically records the date and time, weather at that moment at your location (which it also records), the title of the music track in the background, your motion activity and you can add one photograph per entry (Evernote allows multiple photographs).
There are many things that DAYONE doesn't do but it's the simple interface that is so pleasing to the eye that invites you to write. Even this blog post started out as a draft on DAYONE.