onenote vs evernote, winner announced

EVERNOTE WINS

Why?

It works with mac and windows; you can save webclips and screenshots; 40mb/month free or 500mb/month for 5 bux a month; accessible over the INTERNET(!), obviously; I can search text in pictures(!) – that feature is in the pay/per version; I can click a checkbox for “local storage” that will not be available online or synced with their online service – this is important because I need just a tad bit of privacy for talking mess about everyone else in my handwritten journal entries; works on your ricer telephone (iphone, blackberry, ipaq); has a bar on the right hand side of the desktop application that lists the dates everything was added to a notebook – it’s like a timeline!

Onenote doesn’t do that (see above). Plus, onenote costs like 60 bux or so and has so many friggin caveats. For instance, onenote 2007 doesn’t have handwriting recognition under winxp. That feature only works if onenote 2007 is on vista or xp tablet edition, and as you know, I don’t want to fork out 700 dollars for a new computer. You could get onenote 2003 and it would work with some workarounds. Still, no online capability, can’t have it everywhere, etc.

Evernote is the CLEAR winner here for me. In fact, if I get it crunk enough, I might just purchase the $45/yr subscription to their online service – but I don’t think I will exceed 40mb a month at all. The only things I’d like to upload to their sharing service are my book notes that will be either a scanned image of my notes (convert pdf to jpg) or a straight up inking from the faux tablet pc like a cyberpad.

But, I have not yet decided to purchase the cyberpad. I’m kind of on edge as to whether or not 150 bux is worth it seeing as how evernote handles pictures just fine – I’ll have to sleep on that one.

Finally, what is are my big plans for this note managing application? Well, I’ve purchased over 200 dollars worth of books in the past two weeks to get ready for my big reading/studying extravaganza. And I will definitely be taking a LOT of notes, but I don’t want to have to store all that paper, blah. So, that’s where evernote will come in. I’ll stick all my notes in there and sort (tag) them by book – the timeline will take care of the part of when I took the note and blah blah.

And that’s all I want out of this. That’s it. Thank you. Of course… I think I’ll probably get more use out of it, but ‘organizing my book notes’ will be my baseline to say that this service functioned well for me.

Oh, when you upload stuff to their servers, you get a neat little blog share page for people with feed readers (you do use google reader don’t you?). Here’s an example I googled up real quick: http://preview.evernote.com/pub/erick/notes/

Now, my next order of business is to verify that the cyberpad widgets/programs/things are compatible with xp 64 bit. I use 64-bit because I made a very deliberate effort to acquire 8gb of ram all in the name of speed and awesomeness. And, well, I can never go back to less than that on my desktop. There will be no settling here.

Oh, did I mention that, out of all of the cheap tablets, the cyberpad is the winner? Well, it’s the winner because of compatibility: works with reg. paper, ink from a few dif brands of pens, onenote software, and evernote software.

Do I have any room to complain? Of course. But seeing as how that would do me no good at the moment, I’ll try to keep that to a minimum. Maybe later I’ll list out some “critiques” and a few “standing words” about all this stuff. In the meantime, I hope to decide whether or not to use a cyberpad or a regular scanner so that I can bust these books open already. My WoW account expires [because I cancelled it] on Sep 5th, so I’m getting anxious to bust open these books – actually, I’m already cheating but am holding back my notes and full dedication so far.

ps: yes I tried google chrome web browser, and no I will not be using that until it graduates from it’s baby stages – even still, I need my foxmarks synchronized bookmarks .. so unless the plan on implimenting something similar, I’ll probably never actually use it even after it graduates.

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