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Evernote Updated to Version 3.0: More Sharing, Map Fun, and New Widget Added

So Evernote just received a giant update today, bringing it up to version 3.0.  In it, you’ll find everything you see listed above.  I’d say more, but instead I need to ask a few questions to all of the Evernote users in the building that I’ve been dying to find answers to.

What exactly do you all use this app for?  It seems to have this cult following of tech geeks, but I’m just not getting it.  What are you all taking notes of?  I used it for X-mas gift lists last year and have used it for grocery trips at times, but other than that, I’m struggling to find reasons for this to be in my life.  Is there an underground note-taking society that I need to join?  Are you all sharing pr0n collection lists?  I’d love to hear what I’m missing out on.

Oh, and new feature video after the jump.  

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  • http://www.linkedin.com/in/PhilHamlin Phil Hamlin

    One thing I’ve always found these types of apps very useful for is for tracking expenses on a business trip.

    Go to lunch and need to persist your receipt for reimbursement? I used to shove it in my pocket, which had about a 30% chance of making it into my expense reporting system after going to NYC and back in one of my pairs of jeans… Now, I take a picture of the receipt, tag it as “NYC-trip-expenses”, add a description of what it was, who was in attendance, what the amount was, etc.

    Now, when I get home, I already have all my receipts imaged with all the expense detail I need to quickly enter my travel expenses into our reporting system. No more receipt scanning, mailing, etc.

    Makes this formerly annoying process a breeze.

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  • Tom

    Between Evernote and my scan snap, I have reduced 99 percent of my paper files. I’ve been scanning medical and utility bills all year. Taxes were a breeze, and I probably got $2000 more back because I had all this. It is nice to have all your utility account numbers on your phone when you need them. Pictures of my car VIN numbers are there. Work notes, personal shopping lists, pictures of white boards, movies to rent, everything. I admit I had evernote for a year earlier and almost never used it until I got the scanner. The Android app gets better and better, but was buggy and barely worked for a long time. With the scan snap, you can put in a stack of paper, hit one button and it is in Evernote. I am an engineer and have machines with huge manuals I use all the time. I scanned those to evernote, so I can search for G-codes with my phone at the machine instead of going back to my office to look it up. I suck at keeping files. Do you have a receipt for a tv or something you must have in order to use the warranty? Hold that receipt in you hand and think to yourself if you will be able to find it in three years. Evernote changed my life.

  • http://twitter.com/wademitchell WadeMitchell Realtor

    I’m a Realtor and this is perfect for keeping notes about my listings and Buyers I am working with. It’s great when I’m out in the field.

    Personally recipes are great with this, my customized cookbook in the kitchen. I also use it for guitar tabs, home improvement projects, personal goals…

    I do also use Catch for quick notes I don’t need to file and Springpad for entertaiment like music I need to get, movies I want to see, and recommended books and 360 games.

  • http://twitter.com/Dirtball_Rotten Dirtball Rotten

    “Catch” is much better.. its pretty much like evernote but catch lets you set passwords to the app and notes for free.. Evernote cost 5.00 if you want to set a password to your app. so if you have the free version anyone who gets on your phone can see all of your notes…. Catch is Evernote but with free security

  • PattyOMalley

    As a high school journalist I use it to save websites that have information on a story I’m currently writing, but are blocked on my school’s network. That way I can view them at school while I’m writing in class. Works like a charm!

  • Anonymous

    Requirements gathering meetings with clients. Take notes on how the proposed application should work, photos of report printouts, etc. Then organize, share with team members, store online as a central repository that is easy to search, etc. Awesome.

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  • CopierITGuy

    I do IT for a Savin copier dealer. Savin/Ricoh/Lanier multifunction devices (copiers) (MFD) have a free built-in software called App2Me. (app2me.com) It is essentially a Google Desktop plugin that integrates with your copier. There is a Scan-to-Evernote App which allows you to scan documents from your MFD directly to your Evernote account. I have customers that use it to scan anything/everything to their mobile devices. I also use it in our office for document sharing, at home for organization of personal files like receipts, grocery lists, wish lists, etc. Basically, anything that you want to share and/or organize, Evernote is a great app to do it with. Highly recommended! – [email protected]

  • Sp4rxx

    I use it for note-taking:
    • for work, when there’s new tasks or criteria to do or pay attention to when doing my job,
    • for personal, when there’s something I need to remember or access later, whether from my PC or phone that I can use for the future; also for funny phrases and jokes I want to remember and refer to later :-)

    Although I haven’t fully taken advantage of the features of previous versions, I probably will start looking in to some of the more advanced options now after this update

    I used to do the grocery/shopping list thing with it (in its earlier form), but I switched to OurGroceries that has live updating. However, depending on the newer features of Evernote, I may switch back.

  • http://www.linkedin.com/in/PhilHamlin Phil Hamlin

    Have there been any noticeable improvements in performance? I like evernote’s ui and capabilities, but I got so tired of waiting on mobile app and web app lag that I gave up and instead ran over to springpad (springpadit.com). That app is great, never had any performance issues, and it gives some fantastic ways to add things to notebooks, etc. I highly recommend Spring Pad, but I’m not totally averse to trying evernote again if the performance issues have been addressed.

    In fact, I’ve checked back every now and then, and the reviews still seem to contain a smattering of performance concerns every time I’ve looked. Anyone else have these issues?

    • Anonymous

      +1. I have used EverNote, Catch.com and SpringPad, and SpringPad was far and away better (and faster) than the others.

      • Anonymous

        The only thing I want in a note taking app is the ability to use the freaking “Tab” key. Has anyone else encountered this frustration? On the Xoom, the tab button barely works anywhere, including office suite apps like quickoffice and Docs to Go (actually, tab works on Docs2go but backspace won’t remove the identation, you have to go through the menu).

        Why is this difficult? Does anyone know a note taking app that can use tab? Will this Evernote version do it? Springpad’s web app doesn’t even do it. It is an eternal frustration for me. Maybe I should just live with it.

        Am I the only person driven crazy by this? Maybe…

        Addendum: I use google docs on my Cr-48 for notes, so an alternative would be a well-implemented android client for GDocs, which I’m surprised doesn’t really exist. Except for the office suites I guess.

  • http://twitter.com/mickmel mickmel

    I use it for a ton of things. Here’s a pretty full list:
    http://www.mickmel.com/blog/201102/what-i-put-in-evernote/

  • Erica Johansson

    I used it on my tablet while walking through the data center after a minor fire/major power outage to make notes and assess. The only way this combo would have been more awesome would have been with swype. I could go back to my desk and get the notes very easily and send them off to my boss who is in another site.

    I’ve also started using this for taking wine tasting notes (started wine blogging, but hate the blogger app)…so this makes it easier to take notes, etc and put them into the blog later.

    And then there’s the lists of things to do….in some ways, it’s kind of the electronic version of a moleskine.

  • Anonymous

    My use case is similar to the others except my differentiator is that I like and take full advantage of the syncing. Depending on when and where I am, I add to or modify the same notes on different devices (xoom, iPad, bolt, x, ns, or several older androids. And the work and home pcs of course)

  • Trubber

    I wrote a 50,000 word novel using evernote on my phone and computer in less than one month.

  • Trubber

    I wrote a 50,000 word novel using evernote on my phone and computer in less than one month.

    • Tom

      Looks like you probably wrote 25,000 words x2. ;-)

      • Gottgen

        Lol…good catch, sir.

  • Doctagadget

    I work in medicine and I use it to create a new topic for every new disease is learn abouy. That way when I see another patient with the same condition i can quickly to back to my write up on the topic including attached research papers

  • MsCarolM

    I use it in my quest for less paper clutter. Instead of clipping a recipe or article out of a magazine, I scan and save it to a notebook in Evernote. I also use it as a central storing place to keep items accessible, like copies of my Team in Training donation forms so I can print them out anywhere, e-mails I need to refer back to, ideas I have while in transit, etc. It’s also good for my fundraising efforts, because I can snap a picture of a business I might want to ask for a donation, and save it to Evernote so I don’t forget.

    • MsCarolM

      And one other thing I thought of just after I hit the button – contact/address information. Instead of saving an envelope or business card, I take a picture of it and save it in Evernote.

  • http://twitter.com/OreWaZero Christopher Zoellner

    I don’t get it, I mean I have AK notepad the most I use it for is marking down box sets/blu rays to look up on amazon after pay day.

    • http://twitter.com/Dirtball_Rotten Dirtball Rotten

      i have ak notepad as well and i think that is sweet.. i use it to keep things i will forget like passwords to things.. and i like it bc u can set it so you have to use a password… is evernote kinda like that?

  • http://twitter.com/mattdemers Matt Demers

    All my class study notes are on it, so I can study on the bus.

  • Soccerburn55

    I use it for something that I need multiple times and don’t want to lose. Like the account number for my land lord, to pay rent.

  • Soccerburn55

    I use it for something that I need multiple times and don’t want to lose. Like the account number for my land lord, to pay rent.

  • http://profiles.google.com/gdwarner Greg Warner

    I downloaded it and was using it to take notes in a conference. Tried to save the first note and it crashed. Maybe it’s my particular phone or something with my internet connection. :-(

  • Greg

    KELLEX…Would you mind making a “What’s your Favorite Note Taking” app? Obviously us with Thunderbolts, HTC phones have a NOTES Widget…but I wonder which are the best apps, that also sync with your google account… Me personally.. I have an 80gb google account.. and instead of having 3-4 frivulous notes apps.. I just want ONE that syncs with google docs…

  • Greg

    KELLEX…Would you mind making a “What’s your Favorite Note Taking” app? Obviously us with Thunderbolts, HTC phones have a NOTES Widget…but I wonder which are the best apps, that also sync with your google account… Me personally.. I have an 80gb google account.. and instead of having 3-4 frivulous notes apps.. I just want ONE that syncs with google docs…

  • http://twitter.com/erickMoore erickMoore

    OK, so here is how I use it. I’m in Enterprise IT so I use it keep track of things I need to do. If an important email comes in I tag it for follow-up in my work notebook, and then I can continue what I was doing and circle back later. I use shared notebooks with team members for things that we need to get done. Maybe we need to find a better infrastructure monitoring solution, so all the team goes out, clips web pages, articles, etc. and puts them in that shared notebook. That way everyone can see the same stuff at the same time. I also have a business card notebook. Everyone I meet that hands me their card I photo it, and add it to the notebook. Evernote does OCR so all the cards are text searchable.

    My wife and I also use it for shopping. We can share our grocery list. If she thinks of something we need, she adds it, and then I can see it too. We use it for my son. We keep track of all the medications he has been on, clip info about the meds from website (side-effects dosages, etc). We put everything for him or related to him in the notebook. Pictures of our Zoo membership cards for example, his insurance info, dr office hours, school schedule, toys we think he might like, etc.

    The bottom line is it is a great way to keep organized. I hope that helps explain it!

  • http://twitter.com/erickMoore erickMoore

    OK, so here is how I use it. I’m in Enterprise IT so I use it keep track of things I need to do. If an important email comes in I tag it for follow-up in my work notebook, and then I can continue what I was doing and circle back later. I use shared notebooks with team members for things that we need to get done. Maybe we need to find a better infrastructure monitoring solution, so all the team goes out, clips web pages, articles, etc. and puts them in that shared notebook. That way everyone can see the same stuff at the same time. I also have a business card notebook. Everyone I meet that hands me their card I photo it, and add it to the notebook. Evernote does OCR so all the cards are text searchable.

    My wife and I also use it for shopping. We can share our grocery list. If she thinks of something we need, she adds it, and then I can see it too. We use it for my son. We keep track of all the medications he has been on, clip info about the meds from website (side-effects dosages, etc). We put everything for him or related to him in the notebook. Pictures of our Zoo membership cards for example, his insurance info, dr office hours, school schedule, toys we think he might like, etc.

    The bottom line is it is a great way to keep organized. I hope that helps explain it!

    • Anonymous

      Wow, the business card idea is fantastic. I’ve got a wallet full of them and I just scanned them all. thanks, that helps a lot.

    • Anonymous

      Wow, the business card idea is fantastic. I’ve got a wallet full of them and I just scanned them all. thanks, that helps a lot.

  • DigitalEnforcer

    I actually use it to record musical melodies that come to me throughout the day or new stuff I’ve written on the piano. It makes it easy to record those “Ideas” quickly so I can come back to it later when I really have the time to be writing music and recording it.

  • Muddy B00ts

    side note: one note that doesn’t get as much love as it deserves is our groceries. It’s just a grocery list but it has clients for most smartphone OSs and a browser version. My wife and I keep our grocery lists synced constantly and you can put “todo” lists on there too if you want to share those. just fyi.

  • http://profiles.google.com/robert.macri Robert Macri

    I just dl’d this for the first time… seems like it might be good for recipes as I’m always searching for those everywhere.

    • Bmurph83

      Recipes is exactly what my wife and I use it for. Sharing is great too.
      My Brother in Law have a shared folder that we use to plan vacations.

  • http://geekwarrior.net/ trackerk

    I use it to take notes of all sorts of things. Since I am also a teacher, I use it to work on lesson plans. I can work on lesson plans at my desk and they are automagically synced to my phone and now even better my Xoom. If I update the plan and then go back to my computer —> poof it is updated there too. Since my lesson plans are for Kickboxing and Krav Maga that makes them extra special kick-a**.

    Another thing I use it for: Descriptions of drills to run when I am out at the gun range. I find some cool drill on the interwebs, copy it to Evernote, and when I get to the range just pull it up on my phone.

    I used to use Evernote to keep track of training times and scores, but now I use Memento for that.

    • Anonymous

      All make sense too. Thanks.

  • Mont Pelier

    Scanning of all my paper documents, pictures, etc. combined with the automatic OCR and speedy search. As well as automatic syncing between my Windows, Linux and Mac boxen.

    Android app has been too sluggish for me to use it in the past, but the last couple of updates have made it more worthwhile.

    • Anonymous

      More good stuff. Thanks!

  • Anonymous

    College.

    • Anonymous

      Now this I totally get.

      Taking notes in class on laptop, then having them available to you on your phone from anywhere.

      • Anonymous

        onenote > evernote

        if only it would come to android i could finally get rid of this POS fujitsu tablet pc and use it on an android tablet + stylus

        its crazy that iphone/ipad both have onenote but android can’t get any love…i would so pay $20 for this app

        • Tom

          No table support in the IOS version so it is basically worthless to me. Not that I carry my iPhone anymore…

        • Anonymous

          Check out an app called “MobileNoter” or something to that effect. It’s an app that is specifically for OneNote syncing and seems to work pretty well, with handwriting support. I’ve been meaning to give it a go on the Xoom, but I don’t have a capacitive stylus.

          • Anonymous

            hm maybe this could be a DROID LIFE app review, i don’t want to throw the money down and it turns out to be useless or hard to operate. and you can get a good feel for it in 15 min

          • Anonymous

            Ohh I forgot it was a paid app. Sorry about that. Yeah, that 15 minute return window is no fun at all.

        • Anonymous

          Check out an app called “MobileNoter” or something to that effect. It’s an app that is specifically for OneNote syncing and seems to work pretty well, with handwriting support. I’ve been meaning to give it a go on the Xoom, but I don’t have a capacitive stylus.

  • http://twitter.com/ElijahIsMe Elijah Ketchum

    I’m with you Kellex, I have no idea why this app is such a huge deal. I mean, yeah it’s a great app. But there has to be something I am missing.

    • Anonymous

      Well hopefully someone can fill us in!

      • http://twitter.com/Super_Six_Two ss2

        I use it a lot on my computer, way less on my phone. I like that it syncs my notes, but I really just use it as an advanced version of notepad.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=55712305 Lee Sandy

          same here

    • Anonymous

      I don’t get it either…

    • Anonymous

      college + engineering = taking notes on tablet

  • http://profiles.google.com/toddlower Todd Lower

    first