In an earlier post about Evernote I wrote about the advantages of scanning and uploading to Evernote for Mac and Windows. In this post I want to focus more specifically on the storage of files at Evernote.
Obviously text notes are simply text, but there are many other ways to save documents to Evernote. The most basic means of storing a document at Evernote is via a file attachment function. If you are accessing Evernote via a browser, the file upload function works much like any other file upload via http.
If you use the Windows client for Evernote or Mac, you will find the file attachment shortcut readily apparent on the interface. While I no longer use Linux (Ubuntu or Linux Mint were my favorites), undoubtedly there is a similar function on the user interface. There are not files that you cannot store, but there are advantages to storing PDFs in particular.
On iOS devices like the iPad or iPhone the file upload to Evernote is a little more intuitive in one sense, but is limited by the OS itself. Because there is no file manager in iOS (think Finder in Mac or Folders in Windows), you cannot select specific files from the iOS Evernote client. Your choices include uploading pictures from the camera roll on your iPhone or iPad (you can also take a picture from within the Evernote interface), or recording voice notes that are automatically attached to the note you create in Evernote.
The use case I find most compelling is that Evernote indexes every note, including PDFs that are sent to a premium account ($45 per year for up to 1 GB of transfers per month, or $5 per month). This provides the ability to scan or upload file attachments without the need to identify the file contents in the file name. If you are like me, you digitize much of the information sent to you for future retrieval. Evernote allows you to simply scan, upload, and search later when you need the document.
Getting your files up to Evernote is super simple. Every Evernote account includes an email address for the user. Simply email a file as an attachment and you have a new note with an attachment on Evernote. Very easy.
Do you use Evernote? How are you using it to hang on to information or cultivate ideas?