We’re fashionably late to the Evernote party. The note-taking suite of apps and services has been around since 2008, and we’ve used it – on and off – since then, but we’re only now beginning to fully understand its potential for workers on the go.

We think it’s the – ahem! – second best app for mobile workers out there, and here’s why…

  1. It’s everywhere. Because Evernote is supported by so many devices, platforms, browsers and third-party apps, it’s always with you – and just a click away when you want to capture something. So, whether you work for an organisation with a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) policy or not, you can find Evernote on whatever platform you use or are supposed to use.
  2. It makes your devices more useful. Evernote’s mobile and desktop apps use more than just your keyboard to take notes. When at your desk, you can use your webcam to quickly scan handwritten notes (and recognise text), or your mobile device’s camera and microphone to take pictures and audio notes on the move.
  3. It helps you travel light. Empty your rucksack of paper notes and business cards, scan them to Evernote and they’re always on you – in the cloud, rather than on your shoulders. Evernote can also ease the load on your inbox: just forward important email that you’ll need to reference again to your Evernote email address – out of your inbox and into an Evernote notebook.
  4. It’s collaborative. We wrote about our favourite collaboration apps for virtual teams, but shamelessly left off one of Evernote’s unsung features – and that’s its shared notebook feature. You can create notebooks that are shared with one user, the entire world or somewhere in between, and give others rights to create, edit and delete notes. Its great for idea-forming stages of projects, especially when team members can’t be in the same place at the same time.
  5. It makes working anywhere easier. Ever emailed a document to yourself to work on when you got home or at another computer? Email it to Evernote instead, avoid your inbox and focus on the task at hand. It’s secure too, so the IT department won’t have to worry: both the Windows and Mac desktop clients let you encrypt text in notes.

What are your favourites apps for working on the move? Let us know in the comments

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