When Google announced the termination of the development of Google notebook, I posted on this blog asking for possible alternatives. I got several replies suggesting alternatives. @DrShock and @laikas pointed at the lifehacker blog.
Thank you all. I have been quite busy, so it took me a while to evaluate them all. My first impression was that every tool suggested did solve some of my problems really well.
I finally settled for Evernote. It was a hard decision and Zotero, Ubernote, and Snipd did come quite close. Important issues for me to be considered were:
- Information is collected on the web. Important for me since I am using several computers not all under my responsibility
- Import function for Google notebook
- Support for several notebooks that can be either public or private
- Local application that can be used to capture notes while offline. Since I travel a lot without internet access this is quite a useful function. The notes are synchronized with the web storage.
- Notes can be added by email and by sending tweets to Twitter. It even works with Twitpic.
- Notes can also be several media types like audio. But most important for me is the possibility to add hand scribbled notes using a tablet PC. Great for quick sketches, drawings, etc.
- I can make a notebook public and you get a URL to publish it.
- Evernote is a free application with an allowance of 40 MB of monthly storage. If that is exceeded there is a premium plan available. That Evernote has a clearly visible business plan give some hope for longevity
There is only one item on my wish list, I could not find: This is the possibility to publish a notebook as a RSS-feed. At least I have not found any way to do so yet. So far Evernote looks like a very good follow up to Google notebook. There is some overlap between Evernote and Diigo that I am using for bookmarks and highlighting of sections of a web page, so I have to develop a routine to decide which tool to use under what circumstances.