Monday, October 3, 2011

Have I Mentioned How Much I love Evernote, Lately?

Seriously, I love this program. I know I did a brief review of it some time back and I loved it then. At that time I was using a Windows machine and now I have converted whole heartily over to Apple.

With regard to my change over to Apple, I resisted for years despite friends singing the praises of Mac's because well, frankly I didn't understand and Windows was working for me so why change. Then I got the iPad, well I know that is not the same as a desktop or even a laptop, but I love my iPad, I don't leave the house without it so if something like that can be so awesome, how cool must a full fledged desktop be right? Right! We took baby steps though, my hubby bought a Macbook pro and I played with it. Nice, but I wasn't yet sold. And I was working from my Windows laptop just fine at the time. But then I started using Pages on my iPad and I don't care what they say, going from Windows to the Macbook pro and back isn't easy. It can be done sure, but it isn't easy. So when I started having a few issues with the laptop and doing more creative things on the computer I decided to try the iMac. I visited one in the store numerous times and then finally took the plunge. After a few weeks, I am so completely sold on any and everything Apple that I have visions reliving the scene in "Office Space" with the fax machine, with my laptop in the back yard. But, I digress, this post is really about Evernote.

I still in all honesty haven't used all the cool features of Evernote, of course they keep adding stuff all the time. But I loved it when I used Windows and I totally love using it on my Mac. For example, you can have the Evernote icon on your tool bar so that you can clip webpages into your Evernote for future reference, this knitters is really handy when you are searching Ravelry for a pattern.  Say you find that perfect lace pattern, its free, (bonus) and it directs you to a blog where the pattern is laid out. There is no "download" button, so you would normally have to go through some sort of right click gyration and copy and paste it. Unless of course you have Evernote, then you simply click the icon in your tool bar, it asks if you want to clip the whole page or a portion and like magic there it is in your Evernote account! I then have it available on my iPad to take with me everywhere. No printing out patterns and wasting ink for the pictures when you just need the text. No printed patterns to get crumpled, creased, ripped or lost in your knitting bag, or left at the coffee shop when you were meeting your knitting friends for a little caffeine in take. And it is in color with the pictures.

Now in fairness this works if you have a windows desktop or laptop and and iPad. Just clip or download your pattern, drag it into the Evernote account, if you download it to your laptop or desktop and sync the account. Make sure you have the Evernote App on your iPad and your all set!

I use Evernote more than any other shared program out there, like dropbox or sugarsync. I totally cannot live without my Evernote, to me it is a must for carrying around my knitting patterns.

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Knit on!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Shame on you! I had manage to avoid falling for the iPad, now I'm dying for one. Your praise has convinced me.