I tried out Evernote over the weekend.    From the site, it is described as: “Evernote allows you to easily capture information in any environment using whatever device or platform you find most convenient, and makes this information accessible and searchable at any time, from anywhere.”

Basically it is a web app that allows you to submit content (documents or pictures for example) via your phone or your pc, that is then searched for text and indexed so that it is easily retrieved later via a keyword search.  We have tried many different things that have some functionality like this.  The difference with this is that even text in pictures is recognized.  I’ve seen this claim before, but never have seen it work well.

To test it, I took a few pictures with my phone of things that I thought it would have a difficult time with.  I went so far as to have a friend crinkle up his shirt so that the writing would be messed up a bit, and then took a picture of him with my phone.  Amazingly, after uploading the picture to Evernote, I searched for various words on the shirt and accuracy was 100%.

I’m only using the free account for now, but I could easily see paying the $45.00 per year to have 500mb space to save any type of file.

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