What is Evernote?

Evernote is a Web Service that helps users manage all the digital information most relevant to them. The Service can be accessed through free, user-friendly Evernote software running on a personal computer or mobile device, or any Web browser.
If you’re like many people in the world today who are trying to keep up with an ever increasing onslaught of information, whether personal or business, it’s getting harder and harder to keep track of all the information that you care about - and to find it when and where you need it.
Evernote can help. Our services and software are so simple, easy to use, and valuable that you’ll wonder how you ever got by without them. You’ll always have access to your information, even as the devices and applications that you use to access them changes over time. Imagine, no more manually reentering or copying information, no more digging through pieces of paper and software applications to find photos, that favorite restaurant review, a research report, scanned documents, web clipping, and much more.
Evernote automatically saves your information in a secure and reliable data center and lets you access it from any supported device so that it’s always ready to go whenever and wherever you need it. Keep it to yourself, or open any part of it for the world to see! Some of its most important benefits are:
  • Fast, easy, and free sign-up
  • Free Evernote applications with advanced features and local data storage on a Windows or Macintosh PC and selected mobile devices
  • Automatic synchronization between your Evernote applications and the Evernote Web Service
  • Accessible through any Web browser even if you choose not to install our software
  • Organize your information as a series of notes in any number of notebooks
  • Search the notes based on your tags, text in the notes, or text and handwriting inside photos in your notes
  • Effortlessly restore your information and access it from new or replacement computers or mobile devices
  • Assurance that your data is safe and secure in world class data center

How to get stuff into Evernote

Memorable stuff is always happening, so we’ve created lots of ways for you to get that stuff into Evernote:
  • Create

Create new notes using desktop, web, and mobile versions of Evernote
  • Snap

Take a snapshot using your camera phone or webcam. We'll even recognize the text in the image.
  • Clip

Clip entire webpages, screenshots, and just about anything else you can copy
  • Drag-n-drop

Drag and drop content into the desktop clients for Mac and Windows
  • Email

Email notes directly into your account using your personalized email address
  • Scan

Scan receipts, recipes, tags, brochures, and anything else into Evernote
  • Record

Record audio wherever you are and listen to it whenever you want

How do I remember and organize stuff in Evernote?

Once you have registered your personal account, you can start capturing your memories and organizing them to help yourself remember them later.
Every single captured item, or idea is called a note. You can have as many notes as you like. Those notes can contain embedded images, audio, attached files, they can contain formatting and colors.
Notes are grouped into notebooks. Each note always belongs to some notebook, and can't belong to several notebooks at the same time (you can imagine notebooks as boxes in which you physically put your notes). We suggest using multiple notebooks for top-level topics only (like Work, Travel, Cooking and so on). Having multiple notebooks is optional — some people prefer keeping all their notes in a single notebook (which is created for you by default) and use tags.
Tags is another powerful way to organize your notes. Tags are keywords, or labels which you put on the note. You can have virtually unlimied number of tags, and up to 100 tags assigned to each note. Once you assign a tag to a set of notes, you can quickly find those notes by highlighting the tag in the alphabetical list, or just by entering the tag name into a serach box.
While tags are assigned by you manually, attributes, i.e. note properties, are assigned automatically. Examples of note attributes are: time a note was created or updated; geographical coordinates where the note was taken; presence of images or audio in the note, and so on. Like tags, attributes can be used to quickly find your notes. For example, you can find notes created this week and containing audio by choosing both 'Created > this week' and 'Contains > audio' attributes in Evernote.
And finally, you can create saved searches, i.e. save your current search criterias into a named entity, which you can then select with a single click.

Useful Links:
*Online Handout
Evernote's YouTube Channel
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