With over 100 million users, Evernote is one of the most popular note taking and organization apps in the world.
Although I’m a strong advocate for actually writing things down, I must admit to being an Evernote fan myself.
Evernote’s sleek interfaces enable you to create and manage to-do lists, produce documents, and organize a range of file types across a number of devices. By all means, Evernote is pretty darn sweet.
But there’s a catch; not all Evernote features are free.
That means, if you want to be able to do things like sync more than two devices, or have more than 60MB worth of storage space, you’ll have to fork out some cash – which is not exactly ideal.
But what would be ideal, is a list of free Evernote alternatives that boast similar functionality with equally awesome user interfaces. Good thing I happen to have such a list handy.
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Zoho is a software company that’s responsible for quality platforms like Zoho CRM, Zoho Mail, and more appropriately, Zoho Notebook.
Zoho Notebook lets you take notes, add images, make checklists, and record audio clips to help organise your day. It then elegantly presents your content in either a grid or landscape view.
Interestingly, Zoho Notebook displays actual notebooks on screen for you to label and work from, mimicking the real life experience of filling up notepads, diaries, and journals.
SimpleNote is all about minimalism in terms of design. You can use it to take notes, make lists, share content with your team, tag content, and find documents using its powerful search feature.
All content versions are backed up automatically, so you can easily revert to older versions of a document if you ever need to.
On top of working across all traditional operating systems, SimpleNote is available for both Fire OS and Linux.
3. Google Keep
Google’s answer to Evernote is Google Keep, which lets you take notes, record audio, add images, and share content with friends and family.
It employs a number of different tile interfaces to organise content, using plenty of color in the process. Google Keep also lets you set location-based reminders, so you’ll never forget the milk again.
Although it’s still in beta, Dropbox Paper is available for iOS and Android – and it looks super slick.
It was primarily built to optimize the collaboration process between team members, but with functionality that includes note taking, media embedding, and code editing, it’s definitely worth exploring as an alternative to Evernote.
When it comes to software, Microsoft’s hands are usually safe – and that’s true when it comes to OneNote.
Microsoft’s app boasts a sublimely simple yet feature-rich interface, allowing you to organize your content and collaborate with others. It also lets you add doodles and handwritten notes via Microsoft Surface.
Plus, OneNote integrates well with OneDrive and Outlook, and can be downloaded on the Apple iWatch.
As much as I love Evernote, a big part of me feels that my organization and productivity shouldn’t have to come at a cost.
So if you too feel the need to access Evernote’s premium features, I strongly suggest checking out the five free Evernote alternatives listed above.
Got another free alternative to Evernote? Tell us about it in the comments section below!
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