I’m sure I’m going to catch all kinds of hell in here for this, but constructive debates among nerds are always entertaining, so I know you won’t take me too far into the alley before beating me up.
Here it is – I like Evernote.
I’ve been using their app for at least 7 or 8 years, maybe longer. In fact, I even have a t-shirt of theirs from back in my blogging days, but that’s neither here nor there. Like most of you, I began to get really nervous in the lead-up to version 10. The company had stagnated for years, and their apps were completely different on each platform resulting in a less than seamless experience moving from device to device. When v10 did drop, it was a website wrapped in an Electron app, it was slow, and half the features we grew to love were gone.
It was around this time I started seriously shopping around for a replacement. I settled on Apple Notes for my personal notes and OneNote for work, since we are in the Office 365 environment anyway. I had used OneNote a lot in the past for work, so I was quite familiar with it. This solution worked okay for a few months, but it became more tedious than my previous workflow using Evernote. Clipping articles or web pages was tricky with Apple Notes, I didn’t like how it just saved a URL to the page. What if the page moves or is taken down in the future?
Similar issues cropped up at work. I’d need to annotate a screenshot for a document (I work as an Analyst) and my annotations in OneNote weren’t part of the image, but rather a new layer created on top, causing things to move around all the time.
I gave Obsidian a long hard look over the past few weeks too… It’s certainly a very powerful app, but I don’t have a huge need to backlink notes, and I like to take screen clippings and code snippets – it just seemed “easier” with Evernote.
They’re now dropping regular v10 updates and the performance has improved greatly over the past few weeks/months. I have no issue using it daily now, and their new “Home” feature is really helpful.
I understand note-taking apps are person specific. If you’re a researcher with primarily text notes, Obsidian is probably a godsend. There are other use cases for Notion, Roam, Craft, Apple Notes etc.
I also know that David and Stephen say it’s really hard to get your data out of Evernote, but it isn’t too bad in my experience. Since I’ve “left” a few times, I have very few issues exporting the .enex files to OneNote, Apple Notes etc.
So yah - for my use, it’s been working great lately. The web clipper is handy, the mobile app is much faster than it’s ever been (granted, I hear Android is a little – not great – at the moment), and I find it aligns really well to how I work and how I capture information. I know they get run over a lot, so I thought I’d be an example of someone who still finds their app useful, and I wanted to let the community know that depending on your use-case, it might be worth another look. I think they’re taking a lot of steps in the right direction.