The most useful application of Evernote is as a document research library when focusing on a domain. Such an investigation requires lots of information, documents and references to sites. Evernote is useful as a business memory as you can store material and links easily but also comment on it.
Evernote is great for pouring out thoughts, mind-dumping, you can tag an item and file it away for a rainy day.
Filing, tagging and linking notes help to compose posts by bringing together initially disparate data into writing.
Links between notes
We are used to URLs now on the internet, but Evernote provides that function on your desktop. You can refer to a piece of work or a document by a URL within Evernote. Indeed it is even shareable publicly. So this is a great boon. You can only do that in Windows Explorer by creating file:// links.
So there is a power from being able to link documents together and therefore build value from the references. Your files are no longer in isolation.
Different types of link
1 – Add an “In link” to say that the current note is referred to by another.
2 – Use a reference link to include a useful source of background information.
3 -The standard inline link, referring to another note as part of a text.
Tags – the horizontal dimension
What makes Evernote interesting is the tags since that gives you an additional dimension with which to work. A vertical one from notebooks (like windows folders) and a horizontal one, which you don’t have with files.
Google desktop was a fantastic product that indexed the local machine and then provided a search box on a navigator to search by keyword just as we now do on the web. But they stopped it – why o why? Perhaps to incite people to put documents on the internet.
But having discovered that and having it so cruelly taken away, I searched for a replacement that would allow me to index my stored documents in a library and I found … Evernote. It’s something Microsoft should build into their OS!
On all platforms
Evernote is on all platforms – phone, tablet, desktop and Mac.
Evernote combined with other services
There have been a few connectors to Evernote which have died, notably Carddesk, moh.io, excellent offerings, not sure why they were not able to find a stable business model. Organisation tool Droptask survives in its own right and connects to Evernote, Nozbe too.
My experience of Gneo, organising tasks as an Eisenhower grid is of great potential but unfortunately not sufficiently stable technically.
A publishing platform with postach.io
There are two ways to publish with Evernote.
One is with postach.io, a blogging platform which allows you to create a blog direct from Evernote
Second is the shareable link. Once you share a note, it has a public URL to which you can refer anywhere on the web.
With moh.io – moh.io is dead 🙁
Evernote was much more when moh.io was around; it allowed you to connect notes visually and tag notes by dragging. Extremely useful to quickly combine notes into domains, organise notes, collect subjects together. Evernote should buy it themselves.
Combined with Kanbanote
Kanbanote turns Evernote into a kanban presentation
And then open a note directly from there