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Writers – Get Organized With Evernote!

Updated on August 8, 2013
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What Is Evernote?

Evernote is a great piece of software for all writers, but it is an invaluable aid to Internet writers. Evernote is a suite of software that allows you to easily organize all of your notes, web pages or clippings, files, images, and even sound clips. The product is available for mobile devices, tablets and computers, which means that you can easily access your saved content from any of your devices. Just thought of an idea for a story while you're out and about? Get on your phone, fire up your Evernote app, and take a few notes before you forget. Browsing the Internet and saw a page that you could use as a reference for an article that you're writing? Just clip it! Want to organize all of your reference material along with your writing? Evernote makes it easy!

Evernote on my Computer, Tablet and Droid Razor
Evernote on my Computer, Tablet and Droid Razor | Source

Evernote Got Me Organized

As an Internet writer, this product seemed ideal for me. I installed the Windows desktop version of Evernote on my Windows 8 computer along with the companion product Evernote Web Clipper. Evernote Web Clipper is available as a browser extension (in my case Chrome). What's the difference between the two products? Evernote Web Clipper allows you to capture and store Web content into your Evernote database. You can either select portions of content, or store entire Web pages.The desktop version of Evernote allows you to access and manipulate this content off-line. I also installed the appication on my android tablet and my Droid Razor phone.

I love to write research articles for the Internet. When I ran across an interesting Web article that I wanted to use as a reference for a future research article, I would bookmark it. Although I carefully organized my bookmarks into folders, things quickly got ugly and unmanageable. Then I found Evernote.

I went from this...

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To This!

Evernote notebooks
Evernote notebooks | Source

Getting Started With Evernote

I started out by making notebook names according to the topics that I wanted to write about. Then I browsed the web, and whenever I came across an article of interest, I used the Web Clipper to put it into a chosen notebook.

Below is an example of using the clipper to put an article about Asperger's Syndrome into my Aspergers notebook. When you click on the Clipper button on your browser bar, a box appears in which you can select what notebook you want to place the Web page in, along with tags and comments.

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Clipping a Web Page With Evernote
Clipping a Web Page With Evernote | Source
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Once you save the article, it's available to you on all of the other versions of the application - Windows desktop, tablet and phone. However, in order to see the article in the other versions, you need to sync them up first by clicking the sync button. Since the database is stored on the cloud, you need to keep all of your Evernote versions in sync in order to view the updated database.

Here's my newly saved article as it appears in the Windows version of Evernote

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Using Evernote as an Editor

It's easy to use Evernote to write your articles, since it's a fully functional editor. Because all of your reference materials are also in Evernote, it's a snap to go back and forth between the article that you are writing and articles that you are using for reference. This is a huge time saver.

The Evernote Editor
The Evernote Editor | Source

Using Evernote to Collaborate

Evernote makes It very easy to work in collaboration with other writers or to get feedback on your writing. Using the share feature, you can allow others to view your notebooks. An invitation will be sent to their mailbox, and they can then access the notebook that you are sharing.

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Download Evernote

Here's the link to the Evernote site where you can get your download.

The Best Part is It's FREE

As you can see, I'm extremely enthusiastic about this product, and the best part of it is it's free. There's a limit to how much data you can download in the free version - 60 MB a month. With the paid version you can download 1 GB each month. An upgrade to the paid version costs $45.00 annually. So far, I haven't even come close to the 60 MB limit, and haven't had to upgrade.

In conclusion, I give Evernote an enthusiastic 5 stars!

5 stars for Evernote

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© 2013 Margaret Perrottet

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      Margaret Perrottet 4 years ago from Pennsauken, NJ

      Thanks Leslie - glad you stopped by. You should absolutely check Evernote out. It's a great time save for me, and I think you'll like it. Thanks for the vote!

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      Leslie 4 years ago from South Carolina

      Voted up! I think you did an awesome job showing the benefits of using Evernote. It looks like a great tool. I think I'll have to check it out :)

      Thanks for sharing.

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      Margaret Perrottet 4 years ago from Pennsauken, NJ

      midget38 - hope when you revisit Evernote you'll find it as useful as I do. Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to comment.

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Had downloaded this before but never fully utilized its functions! Thanks for sharing,mperrottet! Will certainly do so now!

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      Margaret Perrottet 4 years ago from Pennsauken, NJ

      Kathryn - I have Evernote on my browser, the desktop version, my tablet and my phone. It's come in really handy for me. Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment!

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      I have Evernote on my other browser. I'll have to look into the other versions of it, including the mobile version. It was handy when I used it.

      Thanks for sharing this with us, and reminding me of this useful tool.

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      Margaret Perrottet 4 years ago from Pennsauken, NJ

      tillsontitan - You're so right - rarely do we really take the time to use the computer for organization. I've really found this product to save me lots of time, and I hope you'll find it useful as well. Thanks so much for taking the time to read, comment and vote. Hope you enjoy your weekend as well!

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      What a wonderful idea, organization ;) Seriously we use the computer for everything but still keep notebooks to be organized. This is the perfect solution and you've given us lots of information to guide us. Thank you.

      Voted up, useful, interesting and shared. Have a great weekend.

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      Margaret Perrottet 4 years ago from Pennsauken, NJ

      Sharkye11 - It's great, isn't it? So glad this helped you out, and again - thanks for reading and commenting.

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      Jayme Kinsey 4 years ago from Oklahoma

      Downloaded it. I love it! It is really easy to learn and use. I've been happily clipping information and writing notes. Thanks so much for this article!

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      Margaret Perrottet 4 years ago from Pennsauken, NJ

      ytenoh - Hope you like the product, and thanks so much for stopping by and for the supportive comments.

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      Cathy 4 years ago from Louisiana, Idaho, Kauai, Nebraska, South Dakota, Missouri

      I really like your news here! I love the idea. In fact, I've already downloaded it to give it a try. Thanks very much! You did a great job presenting the idea too!

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      Sounds great I love software anything new I have to check it out. Voted up and shared.

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      Margaret Perrottet 4 years ago from Pennsauken, NJ

      Sharkye11 - It sounds like you're in the same situation as I was in before I started to use this product. I hope you like it as much as I do. Thanks so much for reading and commenting - it's greatly appreciated.

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      Margaret Perrottet 4 years ago from Pennsauken, NJ

      Au fait - I'm glad you found this useful, and hope that if you decide to try Evernote out, that you find it as helpful as I do. I really appreciate your support - thanks so much for sharing!

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      Jayme Kinsey 4 years ago from Oklahoma

      Thanks for this hub! I had never heard of Evernote before, but it sounds like just what I need. My bookmarks and wordpad documents are a mess! I waste a lot of time hunting for bookmarks or sites that I forgot to bookmark. I am downloading this right away!

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      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      This sounds pretty interesting and useful. Takes me ages to actually do what I decide to do and longer to decide what I'm going to do, because there simply isn't enough time in the day.

      Any time I decide to do something I know I have to take into consideration that it will require finding the time to do whatever it is. So this is something I'll consider for a while. I have a pretty good means of organizing my writing already, but I always like to keep up with what's new. It may be better! This does sound very interesting and I think a lot of people would like it if they knew about it, so I'm going to share this hub.

      Great information and advice, and so useful for people who are trying to get organized.

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      Margaret Perrottet 4 years ago from Pennsauken, NJ

      skear - glad I could introduce you to some new features. Thanks so much for reading and commenting!

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      Sam Kear 4 years ago from Kansas City

      I've been using Evernote for a while but I've been missing out on some of the best features. Thanks for sharing the great tips!

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      Margaret Perrottet 4 years ago from Pennsauken, NJ

      MizBejabbers - I saved one picture just to try it out. Since I'm using this primarily as an aid for writing on HubPages and other on-line documents, it's great to be able to put an image into the notebook I'm working on. This way, I can tag the image for future reference, and then find it and upload it onto the site I'm uploading my content to. You can store as many images you want to in any particular notebook. Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to comment - greatly appreciated!

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      MizBejabbers 4 years ago

      I have used Evernote for several years, but not to this extent. It worked OK for documents and notes for me, but I think maybe I haven't learned to use it efficiently for photos. Can you save more than one photo per file? I wasn't able to, at least not then. Thanks for jogging my memory. I'll try it again.

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      Margaret Perrottet 4 years ago from Pennsauken, NJ

      CZCZCZ - Thanks for reading this. I appreciate your feedback!

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      CZCZCZ 4 years ago from Oregon

      I agree evernote is an excellent application for organizing your personal or business life. This is an excellent hub and very descriptive.

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      Margaret Perrottet 4 years ago from Pennsauken, NJ

      rajan jolly - Definitely check it out. It's a great piece of software. Thanks so much for stopping by, commenting and sharing!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      This is really useful and will be of great help to me. I'll be checking it out. Thanks for sharing this info.

      Voted up and useful. Shared too.

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      Margaret Perrottet 4 years ago from Pennsauken, NJ

      Bill - I really love this product, and I find it very helpful. You should definitely try it out. Glad you found this easy reading. Thanks for stopping by!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I really appreciate this hub. I am a pretty organized human being but even I could use some help. Thank you for this and the easy to understand instructions.