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    Evernote vs. OneNote: Two excellent note-takers




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    Evernote vs. OneNote: Two excellent note-takers


    By Patrick Marshall
    Note-taking applications are extremely valuable tools for saving and recalling random bits of information.
    Two of the best are Evernote and OneNote; both are powerful, flexible applications with some significant differences.

    The full text of this column is posted at windowssecrets.com/best-software/evernote-vs-onenote-two-excellent-note-takers (opens in a new window/tab).

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    Hi

    At the end of this article you mention that the Free version of Evernote is web-only. That's incorrect. Both the free and premium versions can be installed on a number of platforms including desktop/ laptops and will maintain a local copy of the server database. Good article otherwise!

    Gaz

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    Actually a couple of months ago OneNote added an extension for Chrome and Chrome OS. In Chrome go to http://www.onenote.com/clipper. Not nearly as functional as Evernote's Chrome clipper, but actually seems to handle graphics and webpage formatting better if you don't mind getting the whole page

    Charles.

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    Interesting article.
    For myself, I've found other hassles with both apps. OneNote for example, adds the extra code junk like Word that has to be removed if you plan to post to the web and such. Evernote web clipping is interesting but requires you adapt to their style.

    Myself, I've used a text app for years. I cut and paste the content and URL.
    Currently I use Notepad++ as it includes the necessary spellcheck. It never adds garbage.

    If I want to save an entire article, I save as a web archive. The MAFF plugin also includes the source URL in the save. And I organize the notes and saves using folders. Nothing proprietary and i'll be able to access the notes long into the future. (I've been bitten by that before)

    All very manual but it's effective, works fine off-line, is easy to find and I organize it like I want it.

    I also use the GetPlainText program to clean what I've copied to the clipboard of junk formatting. Just pasting it into Notepad++ does the same thing but if I'm using it somewhere else...

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    Free Evernote *not* limited to web interface

    Quote Originally Posted by gazumped View Post
    Hi

    At the end of this article you mention that the Free version of Evernote is web-only. That's incorrect. Both the free and premium versions can be installed on a number of platforms including desktop/ laptops and will maintain a local copy of the server database. Good article otherwise!

    Gaz
    Not only is the Evernote Windows application available as a free download, it can be used with note storage on a local disk even if you do not have an Evernote account. That was how i first started using it several years ago, downloading the install file to a USB memory and installing it on hardware that is kept isolated from the Internet for security reasons. I think the OSX version can also be used this way.

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    One word on an easy way removing empty space in OneNote you seemed to be missing:

    Did you notice the Insert Space function (resides in the ribbon's Insert and Draw section (at least in OneNote 2010))? It not only lets you insert, but remove empty space as well - horizontally or vertically - by dragging over the dispensable area.

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    Thumbs up Excellent & timely! Question about OneNote web clips

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    BEST SOFTWARE


    Evernote vs. OneNote: Two excellent note-takers


    By Patrick Marshall
    Note-taking applications are extremely valuable tools for saving and recalling random bits of information.
    Two of the best are Evernote and OneNote; both are powerful, flexible applications with some significant differences.

    The full text of this column is posted at windowssecrets.com/best-software/evernote-vs-onenote-two-excellent-note-takers (opens in a new window/tab).

    Columnists typically cannot reply to comments here, but do incorporate the best tips into future columns.
    Hi Patrick. Thanks for this excellent and timely article. I had abandoned OneNote because its web clipping feature did not preserve formatting. Paragraphs were merged together, etc. I was wondering if OneNote has now solved that issue and, for that matter, whether Evernote does a better job with preserving formatting? Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gazumped View Post
    At the end of this article you mention that the Free version of Evernote is web-only. That's incorrect. Both the free and premium versions can be installed on a number of platforms including desktop/ laptops and will maintain a local copy of the server database. Good article otherwise!
    Gaz
    This a major flaw in the article and deserves to have a correction posted in another newsletter edition. I use local storage on several devices and my notes are always synced without my intervention.

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