Evernote – The Killer Information App!

by on Dec.04, 2011, under Apple, Featured, iPad, iPhone, Top Apps, Windows

There are many productivity programs on the market today that work for Apple, PC, Linux, Blackberry, iPad, iPhone, and Android devices but only a handful work on just about everything out there.  You can even access your information online in an “app” like interface.


So, what is the killer app that syncs between all the devices listed above andmore…. Evernote

Evernote is more than just a note taking app.  You can take or attach images, create isight notes, (Apple) or capture voice recordings which comes in handy for recording those meetings where everyone just talks too fast.  Take advantage of rich text editing for your notes in addition to the use of bullet points and checkboxes to help your text to flow in your note.



The company has developed browser add-ins for Safari, Firefox, and local memory resident programs that can be installed on your computers enable thou to clip text, images, music, and files that can be attached to notes.  The clipping feature for the browser is handy when you run across information while surfing the net if you choose to just clip some data or take the complete page of information into a note.  Use “Tags” to help search and locate information quickly as your database begins to grow with information.

All of your notes are stored and can be placed in categories or referred to as “Notebooks” in Evernote.  You can create sub-notebooks to group like categories easily. Most mobile devices offer a PIN lock to add an extra level of protection.  Evernote can be configured to parse through PDFs for searchable text so you can find it anytime.


To sync notebooks for offline use to your mobile device, you need to purchase a premium subscription.  The premium subscription for a mere $45 (year) adds some of the functionality described above in addition to the ability to sync 1 GB a month, faster image recognition, larger files (attachments) and the ability to share folders with others.

The Evernote team is very responsive and just about every month there is a new feature or enhancement that has been added to the program.

To download Evernote for your computer: or click the link below to download the i version from the Apple store.  Apple users can also download the app from the App store and Android users – Well you know where to get it, the Google App store!


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Category: Productivity

Updated: Nov 23, 2011

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2 Weeks and Counting with my iPhone 4

by on Jul.22, 2010, under Apple, Blog, Featured, iPhone

Hey is that the new iPhone?  Common question that is still asked today.  My reply, yes it is.  Do you have the dropped call problem that they are talking about on the news?  My reply, no not in mine, they actually sent me a phone that did not have that problem.  I am only one out of the 1.7 million users that does not drop calls, has a constant 5 bars of signal at all times, and oh yeah my proximity sensor works so I do not hang up on people when I put my phone to my ear.  I have pull you know, Steve (Jobs) and I go way back.

The conversation continues, really you know Steve Jobs to which my reply is yes.  He and I are in the same telephone book and even live in the same state.  By this time they know I may not be totally up front with them and somehow discount the fact that my phone doesn’t drop calls.  Well in all honesty, my iPhone 4 drops as many calls as my iPhone 3Gs.  It is said to say that is why I am happy with it.  There I said it,  I am happy with my iPhone 4.

I am happy with my iPhone 4 for a number of reasons.  The screen is beautiful, it is faster than the previous 3Gs and coupled with the new IOS 4, well I really like it.  Do I like the Droid phone.  Yes I do, but I will have to say that it appears that Apple did do a good job with multitasking.  When I had my Motorola Droid and ran multiple apps it was reminiscent of the HP iPaq days.  It began to move slower and slower until I unloaded all the apps.  With my iPhone 4 I actually move to check and fine I have 15 apps running.  I realize that not all are running at the same time, or are they?  There are some residual tags that do draw battery, memory and I am sure some CPU cycles.

Every day more and more of my apps are available with IOS 4 compatibility and take advantage of the multitasking capability. I don’t know how much longer I can continue to shell out $200 a year for a new phone, but I have to say as long as I can do it, I will.

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iPad App – Reeder, Google RSS Reader

by on Jul.03, 2010, under iPad, iPhone

One might expect to find a number of RSS feed readers for the iPhone and iPad at the app store and you would be right.  Over the last two years I have purchased a number of readers looking for the one that has everything I am looking for in a reader.  As of today the est one I have found so far to meet all my needs is Silvio Rizzi’s Reeder app.

Previous to making the move over to Reeder, I was using and happy with Early Edition by Glasshouse Apps. Early Edition offered me just about everything but one key item which is, caching the images and articles.  I travel and when I do, I can’t always rely on being in a connected state to retrieve and view my feeds. While I prefer the Early Edition’s user interface (UI), the feature set that Reeder offers convinced me to make the move.

Reeder provides

– Syncs with Google Reader
– Browse by feed or folders
– Manage starred items, notes
– Support for shared items and friends’ shared items
– Mark as unread
– Image caching
– State saving
– Slider control for list entries:
> slide to right to toggle read/unread
< slide to left to toggle starred/unstarred


– Send to Instapaper or ReadItLater
– Save to Delicious* or Pinbard
– Post to Twitter
– In-app email for sharing articles
– Instapaper and Google Mobilizer
– Open with Safari
– Copy Link

An additional feature that I like is the ability to email the article to friends or store it to Instapaper.  Once feature I would like to see added is the ability to save to my Evernote notebook.  I save the information today via the email process to Evernote.

The Reeder app is well worth the $4.99 and as I wait for my iPhone 4, I will purchase the iPhone version.

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iPhone 4 Released This Week

by on Jun.25, 2010, under iPhone

Were you one of the many that got up early Monday morning to place an order for the new iPhone 4? I had one on reserve because of the server overload fiasco that locked many out of their rightful place to receive an iPhone on launch day delivered right to their door.  I like the iPhone, but not sure I wanted to wait in the line to be one of the first to say I got it.

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