I signed up for EverNote online yesterday and installed the beta for Windows today.
At least when sitting behind a PC, this beats writing notes in Notepad, which has been my practice until now. One thing I like is that all my notes are available in one chronological view within the same application. It is much easier to switch between notes than this way than between Notepad files in a Windows file directory.
The synchronization between the PC client and the online tool seems to work nicely. While staying logged in through Firefox, I’ve been switching between the browser and the PC client without problems so far.
In terms of features, as mentioned in the Web Tick (Wired?) article, an RSS feed could be really neat. That way, my public online persona, by way of my blog entries, could be captured by EverNote automatically.
Reversely, I’d very much like to blog straight from EverNote. Let’s say that EverNote would publish /synchronize all notes tagged “www.josschuurmans.com” as blog entries through the TypePad API. Have to find out if something like this is possible.
Perhaps equally urgently, I’d really like a Symbian client, which would then compete rather heads-on with Nokia Lifeblog.
I wonder about compatibility. Can today’s exports be read by next releases of EverNote? By other applications? Will there be an open source, more future-proof alternative?
I wonder about privacy. Is the CIA going to read my notes? Or rather Supo, who according to Sitemeter dropped in on my blog after I posted about the Jokela drama. Or my neighbor? Can it be hacked? Leaked?
I wonder about data security. Can EverNote guarantee sufficient physical backup? Should I do as Crhistian, and keep physical backups in several countries. (the answer is yes, of course)
I also wonder if the competition will be more reliable. Nokia is part of this value chain through the device input, Lifeblog and Ovi. Google can be. My email provider is.
Further, Flock comes to mind. Haven’t heard much about the “social browser” lately. Sounded so nice, in particular – and most relevant to EverNote – the capturing functionalities.
Okay, so far so good: this works quite nicely as a blog post drafter/editor. So I think I won’t spend too much time on Qumana.