Is everyone leaving Evernote? Seriously. I have to ask.
I’ve noticed a slightly disturbing trend in the tech news: the growing number of destinations available for exported Evernote content.
First, there was Apple – you can import Evernote content into the Apple Notes app. Next came Microsoft, with a (PC-only) importer for their OneNote app. And this morning, I read on Twitter that DayOne are considering an importer too!
So what does this all mean?
It could mean that software companies are keen that you move from Evernote to their note-taking apps? Makes absolute sense. Evernote has been the runaway market leader in this space for some time. The other guys want a piece of this pie, obviously.
But this relatively sudden glut of options for importing Evernote content. A coincidence? Could these companies know something we mere mortals don’t? Could they be aware that Evernote isn’t going to be around for much longer?
I really don’t think so. Sure, they’re in the middle of a difficult turnaround and a refocussing on their activities. So long, marketplace and distracting non-note related apps and products. All of this is absolutely fine with me. I’m here for the notes and not the socks. Or notebooks. Or desk accessories.
Are they attractive alternatives?
But in my experience – aware that I really don’t speak for other Evernote users – it’s still the best of the note-taking apps, based on my needs. Sure, you can create checklists in the Notes app. And you can easily add images into OneNote. But Evernote has all that and so much more.
- Tagging of content
- Powerful search
- Emailing in notes
- Sharing notes with others
- Capturing content from the web
- Optical character recognition (OCR)
- Fool-proof interface with my ScanSnap desktop scanner… I could go on.
I’ve personally found OneNote to be a little clunky, but I know this is an opinion, not a robust review of the app. For me, Notes.app is simply too lacking in functionality. It looks nice, it’s fast, but I just couldn’t accomplish everything I do in Evernote if I tried to rely on Notes.app.
So I’m sticking with Evernote
You can criticise Evernote for bloat. It’s definitely not as fast as it once was. But I can critique the alternatives for simply missing the functionality I’d like in a note-taking app. Evernote acts as my external brain, containing travel checklists, notes for articles, scanned documents, shopping lists, reading lists, personal goals, receipts, tickets and all the other assorted digital detritus that passing in front of my retinas each day.
Evernote helps me organise it – simply – into a searchable database of… stuff. I really don’t think that Apple’s Notes.app is going to come close to Evernote’s functionality in the near future. And if it does, good for them. I’m bought into Evernote in a big way and don’t want to spread my ‘stuff’ over multiple systems.
I’ve decided to interpret all this as a positive thing. If the note-taking alternatives up their game, then maybe Evernote will too.
They don’t want to bleed users to Apple or Microsoft. So, let’s see how they turn Evernote back into the lean, mean, note-taking machine it used to be. Some updates on progress would be nice, though. People won’t hang around forever on a promise…