Moving away from Evernote and alternative options


Why I am leaving Evernote

Being a fan of SaaS systems, I use quite a bit of them that intricate into my life with managing my daily activities and notes. Evernote (pro) has been a top 5 app of mine the past 2 years, and Evernote free another 2 years before that. For most of that time, I have sworn by its ability to manage notes and information. Especially their business card feature to snap a photo and auto propagate the data. 

However, as time has passed the reliability and the functionality of Evernote has decreased. It seems to be a common symptom in the tech world. Earlier this year, Evernote announced its subscriptions were going to be more expensive. It would be one thing if they were increasing value to the service, but that wasn’t really the case. And now recently, Evernote announced changes in their Privacy Policy, that essentially gives employees (under certain conditions) to access or read user’s notes, with no way to opt-out.  They have sinced updated there privacy policy in a press release here (still switching). These issues merged with the buggy-ness of the app I’ve been experiencing lately (like the business card photo feature) – its time to say adios.

What notebook app will I use now?

Now, we all know for the most part that mostly nothing in your life is hidden anymore. However, there are steps and options you can take to protect your private information (especially content, personal journals, passwords) from the most common mishaps. Because of that, I like to find and support softwares that take a stronger principle stance on privacy.

There are a few options I will be trying out to see which one I like the most. Although admittedly I am still undecided. I figure I will list some options and give an update when I’ve made a choice and see if I get any feedback from others.


  1. Microsoft Onenote

Probably the next best alternative for Evernote is Microsoft OneNote. There are couple extra features OneNote has that Evernote does not.  Beyond that, it’s fast, integrated, collaborative, and private. They also already have a downloadable software available to import all of your Evernote data directly into OneNote.This will most likely be the main one I use in coordination with Google Docs (more below).

Price: Free

Supported Platforms: Windows, Mac OSX, Windows Phone, Android, iOS, Amazon, Web

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  1.  Google Docs/Drive

Yes, thats right, Google Docs. I actually find the Google apps to be extremely useful and well put together. It would be very easy to create a Note folder within your Google Drive and have subfolders within there for notes and information. Beyond that, Google apps can also create spreadsheets, presentations, and a lot more. We already use it in my company to help manage client project information.

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Price: Free (up to 15gbs) | $5 & $10 options per email as well

Support Platforms: Web based, iOS, Android


  1. TurtlApp

This is a free open source alternative for a digital notebook. Because it is open source, it usually means that updates can be a longer process, however they are launching a premium option soon. Turtl App already packed with quite a few useful features to compete with the other options. What’s nice about Tutrl is that their focus IS privacy, with high level encryption. They also take a step further and provide options for you to host all of the data yourself on your own servers. This is one I’ll be experimenting with and following to see how well it improves. Its nowhere near the capability as the previous options, but could still be a reliable choice.

Price: Free (paid option soon)

Supported Platforms: Windows, Mac OSX, Andriod, Linux, (iOS coming soon)

  1. Simplenote

This is a really popular alternative for Evernote that many peers have used. Simplenote has a really easy user interface, tt does include syncing, sharing, and backup abilities. However, it doesn’t have notebook capability and only supports text based notes. It’s a little too practical for me but still a viable option for many.

Price: Free

Supported Platforms: Windows, Mac OSX, iOS, Android, Linux

  1. Nevernote

If you really care about your privacy, and only need notes when accessing your computer, then Nevernote is your best bet! It was developed by an open source community since an official Linux version of Evernote was not available. It has all of the essential tagging and meta features, and can also link to your Evernote to share notebooks. Probably won’t be my choice, but I love the open source community and the work they do.

Price: Free (Donations welcome!)

Supported Platforms: Linux, Windows, Mac


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