True: Evernote Is It’s Own Best Alternative (Here’s How/Why)

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People are beginning to think Evernote sucks because, frankly, it kind of does. And it pains me a bit to say that because I’ve been a HUGE Evernote fan for the better part of a decade. But over the last few years the elephant has lost it’s edge. It looks and feels outdated, it’s gotten bloated and the interface has become somewhat clunky. Still, it’s my goto app for remembering things, but it’s now just one of many productivity apps I rely on (not to say I haven’t looked for alternatives — I have and that list will be coming soon, though I do mention several below). But yesterday I did something that made using Evernote a LOT better. I simplified it.

I mentioned that Evernote has felt bloated lately. What I mean is that it’s trying to do too much — both as an app and as a company — and it’s harming the user experience. Evernote isn’t just about notes anymore: it tries to be about reminders, about annotations, about chatting and business functionality (which I get because the service needs to make money), about context, about sharing, about presenting and, strangely (as I mentioned in a quote in Bloomberg Business week a year or two ago), it’s about selling accessories like backpacks and scanners.

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