Ask DN: What's your use case for Evernote?

6 years ago from , kreativgebiet.com

Hey folks, I have an Evernote account for years now, but I am always getting into the mac app for a second leaving a note, but then never look at it again. So my question for today is: What is your use case for it?

Just taking notes or really using it for something "special"?


  • Daniel SieradskiDaniel Sieradski, 6 years ago (edited 6 years ago )

    I actually just deleted my Evernote account after 8 years because of the new Context feature which is a privacy nightmare. Evernote is now actively scanning the content of your notes and suggesting promoted content alongside it. I also saw in their privacy policy that their staff are capable of examining your notes for Terms of Service violations. The fact that that data isn't encrypted end-to-end with keys only the user possesses terrifies me.

    5 points
    • Elliott ReganElliott Regan, 6 years ago


      I've been using it to store a few passwords for relatively unimportant accounts (HBOGO, bank account info, etc.). I should probably stop doing that...

      1 point
      • Amazing RandoAmazing Rando, 6 years ago

        I highly recommend 1Password for storing and using your passwords. It is available in all the platforms that you might need and has a great user interface.

        0 points
        • Daniel SieradskiDaniel Sieradski, 6 years ago

          I use Dashlane for the same purpose, which is also crossplatform.

          0 points
        • Elliott ReganElliott Regan, 6 years ago

          Yea...I used it years ago, but now that iCloud stores all that stuff automatically, I find it hard to want to spend $35+ on what is basically just a better interface.

          0 points
  • Mark Michon, 6 years ago (edited 6 years ago )

    I have two main use cases, neither of which involve note-taking.

    • Cold storage for paper documents / important documents. I store eyeglass rx scans, important receipts, bills, etc.

    • Research for projects via the web clipper. If I'm building material for a course, or researching for a client project, I send pages in via the web clipper. It is remarkable at guessing the notebook I want to put things in based on the content of the page.

    5 points
  • Alex CornellAlex Cornell, 6 years ago

    I use it as a staging place for all projects and ideas I have. Every project I undertake gets its own note. In it, I write a combination of loose ideas, lists, plans, gear -- basically everything relevant to that particular project, organized with the most recent info on top.

    When the project is ready, I take the note in conjunction with Clear and Google Calendar. A typical project has its own Note, Clear List -- which each get parsed into Gcal.

    Evernote ---> Clear ----> Gcal.

    Everything starts in Evernote as big ideas and longform thinking. Then moves to Clear where it's parsed into actionable tasks. Then eventually to Gcal where I actually start planning timing and schedule.

    I love Evernote with all my heart.

    3 points
  • Jeff ShinJeff Shin, 6 years ago

    I used to use Evernote with premium quite a bit but it's most been replaced by other services, so I cancelled it.

    • storing important notes like SIN and account numbers: 1Password, backed up to Dropbox

    • sharing a few documents with my girlfriend: Google Drive

    • clipping things from the internet: Pinterest, private boards

    • general notes, writing, etc: on Ulysses on OS X and Byword on iOS synced with Dropbox

    It's kinda sad, because I always thought Evernote was well made (their new beta web app is pretty neat), but it was just had so many features that it was somewhat overwhelming to use.

    2 points
  • Account deleted 6 years ago (edited 6 years ago )

    I used Evernote for several years, but always looking for more simple tool. We build minimalistic note app for creative people — Enotus with support Unsplash.com, Zen mode, GTD system, share notes and much more

    1 point
  • Bowen LiBowen Li, 6 years ago

    I take text-only notes, grouped by topic, as well as todo items and research items for my current projects. I also need to share these between computers and on mobile.

    I was quite happy with Evernote maybe 3-4 releases ago, but it seems like every new feature they add is something that I don't care about. I don't need to present, share, chat (??), or embed files.

    1 point
  • David BarkerDavid Barker, 6 years ago

    When I had access to a scanner, I would scan all of the letters I received in the mail. With the premium upgrade, I could then search the text in them.

    I mainly use it to keep basic notes on ideas I have, now. I'd use the built-in iOS/Mac 'Notes' app, but a few times it completely deleted a note I was working on, so I switched to Evernote.

    1 point
  • Tevi HirschhornTevi Hirschhorn, 6 years ago

    I use Evernote to organize everything - I have folders for designer stuff, inspiration and tutorials; developer stuff; and every client gets their own folder. Notes for every meeting is stored chronologically, and sub folders for various phases of design/development for each client.

    I also use it to store UX patterns! I use the email feature to collect data, such as analytics, and send snippets. It all gets saved in a special ux folder. I also store flattened ux templates in there, with dropbox link to the PSD.. Then it's a shared folder for everyone in the team.

    0 points
  • Felix FeierabendFelix Feierabend, 6 years ago (edited 6 years ago )

    I use it for everthing. That is everything unimportant. * Bought a ScanSnap and i am not looking back. Since then i scan everything and just throw it. * Logging while doing development work. * Saving articles off the web with evernote cleary * taking photos of stuff i need to remember * Keeping Business Cards. * Screenshots of Inspiration * Reminders about specific topics * One notebook for every project i am working on

    no tags, i just put everything in the title or content, search gets it most of the time.

    it's not really useful for collaboration, we use google drive (docs) to do that, but evernote is a great encyclopedia and very messy-friendly.

    i am concerned about the newest moves they made. I haven't really been missing Context and/or WorkChat and would love them to focus on the basic functionality. When they expand further, someone will be stepping in to take that place.

    0 points
  • Benjamin KowalskiBenjamin Kowalski, 6 years ago

    I use it to clip and save hundreds of articles around the web. I don't like reading on my desktop so I strip out the text with the clipper and read on the bus-ride home.

    I also use it to save quotes from the books (real, printed ones) that I'm reading.

    Occasionally storing the random ideas for products and features I imagine.

    I use google docs for everything else pretty much.

    0 points
  • Chris Howard, 6 years ago

    I use it as a replacement for web bookmarks, for web clipping, for lists, for snapshots of design ideas, and for saving email.

    The snapshots are great because I can quickly build a collection of possibilities when, say working on a logo and I want to see different tweaks.

    With email, I have IFTT rules that automatically file emails to Evernote when I label them in email.

    I'm only a recent convert and follow the mantra to "put everything" in Evernote. Before that revelation, I didn't see the point of it.

    0 points
  • Angel ColbergAngel Colberg, 6 years ago

    I have the same issue as you. I even got the moleskine to see if it would help, but I would always just leave it aside. Eventually I ended up using evernote as an ifttt repository for mail/links/research, and I still only check it like once or twice a year...

    Same issue with my team, we started using it a few times but quickly dropped it for quicker/simpler tools.

    0 points
  • Andy MerskinAndy Merskin, 6 years ago

    Our team uses it to catalog UI screenshots from our clients' older software to be able title, tag, and search within these images for specific bits of data to be used in our redesign of said software. It has helped us tremendously in our research processes.

    0 points
  • Ren WalkerRen Walker, 6 years ago

    For work, I use Evernote for writing my unpolished blog articles, taking notes at conferences, jotting down ideas for UX or design, and personal notes on managing my team. I find that Google docs, Word, and my markdown app are either too slow or have poor usability on my iPhone.

    For personal things, I use it for planning vacations, dinner parties, and storing account info (although I keep intending to get 1Password).

    I've never used it for bookmarks. The articles I save require a mixture of collections, tags, media type, and should work for both highly-visual and content-heavy items. So I use a combo of feedly, Pocket, IFTTT, and Raindrop.io.

    0 points
  • Liam VLiam V, 6 years ago

    We use it for group storage of design inspiration with the clipper. The content built over time is awesome, broken out by footers, nav designs, fonts, colours etc

    I couldn't get into it for making notes though, too locked into the apple notes ecosystem :)

    0 points
  • Bardan Gauchan, 6 years ago (edited 6 years ago )

    My usecase for Evernote is similar to others here. I use SwiftKey Note to take quick notes that sync to Evernote where I flush it later. But the most common use of Evernote for me is the web clipping feature to save my favourite articles, recipes, guides, etc. that I might need to come back to later. I worry that those web pages might not always be there so if I save it in Evernote, I will always have a copy (in comparison to simply bookmarking).

    It's a giant box to throw everything I might need or ever need.

    0 points
  • Visnja Zeljeznjak, 6 years ago

    I use it as a faster alternative to Google Drive / Docs, which became too slow on my smartphone.

    I write morning thoughts in Evernote, anything that crosses my mind and needs to get noted right away.

    0 points
  • Jason M, 6 years ago

    I use google drive

    0 points