- Editor's Rating
- It's a nifty organizer
- Basic service free
- Works nice with touch and Windows 8 tiled UI
- Security concerns
- Mouse and keyboard users might be happier with desktop client
Quick TakeSecurity and privacy concerns aside, Evernote itself is a nifty organizer. If you're one of those folks who's still inundated with paper even in our digital age, it's definitely worth a long, serious look.
The new Evernote app for Windows 8 offers a simple and clean appearance thanks to its “Modern UI” design. While the program isn’t meant to replace the Evernote Windows desktop client, it does offer a downloadable option for users purchasing Windows 8 convertibles, ultrabooks or tablets.
As with its other versions, Evernote supports a broad section of media, including typed notes, handwritten memos, photos, documents, web pages, audio clips and more. Users can organize everything into notebooks, keeping a virtual folder for all of their clippings. With support for up to 250 individual notebooks, Evernote provides a ton of flexibility for organization and makes searching for documents easy thanks to its tags.
The new Evernote for Windows 8 is operable across RT tablets as well as Windows 8 PCs, and supports pinch-to-zoom, allowing for larger lists of notes. Unfortunately, those without touchscreen devices are stuck sorting through long lists, as fewer elements are displayed on the screen. Notebook Review found the app to be well designed, but not nearly as robust as the desktop client, as the app doesn’t yet support editing of rich text notes, notes with embedded images or text styles. The company did state that plans for such features are in the works.
With components for storing data on the cloud and on the app itself, Evernote allows for both offline storing on a local computer and support for synchronization across multiple devices thanks to its cloud service. Yet, users should note that data on Evernote’s servers is not encrypted. This could be a turnoff for some security-minded folks.
While the app is free, Evernote comes in two flavors; a free one that allows uploads of 60MB per month and a premium version that lets users upload up to 1GB of notes per month. The premium account costs $5 a month or $45 per year.
Overall, Notebook Review found the Evernote app for Windows 8 worked well, offering users a “nifty organizer.” Users should think twice though before uploading sensitive information, such as financial data, as a result of Evernote’s security concerns.