Back to School..Two Awesome Note organizers
We live in an age of information overload and there is no shortage of apps that claim to help you manage this flood of information. As far as I am concerned Evernote and Springpad are by far the kings of the hill in this area.
I have used both apps for a long time on my PC, iPad and Android phone and both do the job of managing my information in sorted notebooks..a virtual and searchable file cabinet. You can create notes on the fly which can be pictures, audio, web pages or just plain text. Both are cross-platform so there are versions for Windows, Mac OS X, and pretty much every smartphone and tablet known to man. Below is the Android version.
Evernote is a hybrid cloud and local app. Your notes are stored on the device you happen to be using at the time and synchronize with the Cloud when you are connected to the internet so the data becomes available to all your devices. I like the Trunk feature which is a bunch of add-on apps that provide features such as document scanning with Optical Character Recognition (OCR) great for handwritten notes..my only complaint is that most of the really interesting add-ons are only for the iPhone.
Springpad is also a Hybrid cloud and local app. On the PC it prefers Google Chrome to Internet Explorer. Either one though is a good browsing experience. It has an alerts feature that I love..for example it will let me know when books I have saved for future reading have changed in price. And still on books, I use an eReader but prefer to browse for books in the bookstore. So, I love the bar code feature in Springpad..when I see a book I want to read I simply scan the bar code and it is entered into Springpad..I use this feature a lot.
Don’t expect me to declare a winner here. Both these apps do a terrific job..it just depends on what extras you would like..try them both..PC and Mac OS X versions are here for Springpad and here for Evernote. Mobile apps are available at the relevant app store. They are both free although, Evernote does offer a premium version for $5 per month or $45 per year.