Review: Evernote Essentials By Brett Kelly

Review: Evernote Essentials By Brett Kelly

Evernote EssentialsAs anyone who has read DocumentSnap for any length of time knows, I’m a bit of a fan of Evernote.

Recently Brett Kelly at Bridging The Nerd Gap has released an 80+ page guide to Evernote called Evernote Essentials.

At first you might think that Evernote is a pretty simple application (you put stuff in, and search when you want to find something), but Brett does a good job of shining light on little known corners of the application and taking the reader through some use-cases.

I like to think of myself as somewhat of an Evernote ninja, but I was a bit ashamed at some of the stuff I didn’t know or had long forgotten. I’ll be implementing some of the tips (cough, global keystrokes, cough) into my workflow immediately.

It has some good points on how to use tagging effectively, setting up email filters (brilliant!), and using Evernote as a task management system.

Also, I wholeheartedly approve of any writing style that encompasses the use of the phrase “here’s your huckleberry”.

One minor nitpick I have is that when describing Evernote’s auto-import folder, it could have mentioned that that feature is Windows only so that Mac users don’t go hunting for it. That’s the only gap I could find however.

If you’re an advanced user that has been using Evernote for quite some time, there is a good chapter called “Regaining Control of Your Evernote Database”, something I personally could benefit from.

The price of Evernote Essentials is $25. For some that will be reasonable, for some it might seem high. Only you can make that determination.

One funny point. When Brett was 95% done writing the guide, he was actually hired by Evernote. In the Evernote Podcast, the guys were joking that in order to get a job at the company, you have to write a book about it first.

If Evernote Essentials is something that seems right for you, you can pick it up here. I’m off to re-factor my tags.

About the Author

Brooks Duncan helps individuals and small businesses go paperless. He's been an accountant, a software developer, a manager in a very large corporation, and has run DocumentSnap since 2008. You can find Brooks on Twitter at @documentsnap or @brooksduncan. Thanks for stopping by.

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Bojan - October 26, 2011 Reply

To be honest I completely disagree about it being valuable book. It can provide value only to begginers who are getting to know Evernote for the first time. I feel kinda ripped of for 25$, as I wanted to find a couple of easter eggs in it.

mike012003 - February 23, 2011 Reply

I recently started using Evernote and its "free" storage space is severely limited. I have over 4000 pics on my iphone and have used only half the iphone capacity. I uploaded 166 pics from the iphone to Evernote, used 99% of Evernote upload capacity and recieved a warning notice that Evernote utilization would be restricted until the next cycle. From a practical standpoint Evernotes data restriction allows only 2% utilization of my iphones capacity per month. With this strict data limitation, it is more functional to use my iphone, ipad, and laptops and "Forget Evernote".

    Guest - March 8, 2011 Reply

    Then honestly, you are missing the point of evernote or similar services. It is not just a flickr… it is a store everything medium, from your phone, browser, or desktop. You could store lower res pics if your workflow requires it. If just a back up, buy pro for a month and cancel. It will expire and then go back to free but in the meantime you get to upload all your pics (1GB worth at least).

    Free is great for me 90% of the time (web sites, snippets of web sites, and the occasional white board drawing)

      Brooks Duncan
      Brooks Duncan - March 8, 2011 Reply

      Good point about buying pro and downgrading it. They even (somewhat) encourage people to do that on the Evernote podcast.

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