Note-taking apps (Evernote vs OneNote)Apps

By Maduranga Jayasinghe | 2016, October 21  Views : 186

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I use iMac  PC, MacBook Pro, iPhone and android table for my personal use and Windows PC at the office. So, I was finding a note-taking app for synchronizing all my notes among these devices. I could find Evernote, which is widely regarded as the market leader and had taken a monopoly on the note-taking app market at that time. There were three plans and I selected free plan. Because allowing monthly bandwidth 60MB is enough for me. It's a pretty tool and caught my heart. There's no complain about its synchronization and UI features. But 2, 3 months ago, Evernote decided to limit synchronizing devices up to two for the free plan. I had only two options. Either changes the plan and get paid service or find out another app. I concern about Microsoft OneNote. With Microsoft's release of OneNote for the Mac and iOS , and its announcement that the Windows application is now free as well, the company has taken dead aim at the popular program Evernote.

I downloaded OneNote and got a touch and looked what's new in it. Amazing !! OneNote, for its part, has been ramping up in the last couple of years to be a better free cross-platform note-taking app. It’s still best on Windows in the desktop app, but Microsoft has been paying more attention to the web-based version of OneNote and the Mac, iOS, and Android apps as well, so non-Windows users can make better use of the note-taking tool regardless of their platform preference.

Previously, you needed to buy the Microsoft Office suite to get the full version of OneNote. That's why I'd moved to the Evernote. But, That included password protection, the ability to see previous versions of your notes, audio and video recording, audio search, and file attachments and insertion in your notebooks. Microsoft removed those restrictions last February so OneNote is now completely free.

Besides, On the web, you can now hide notebooks and crop images, but the biggest recent addition is the ability to insert audio, video, and other files into your notes. That’s great for recording meetings or lectures. The web clipper is also now available for Safari and Firefox browsers.

Mac users got improved shapes insertion (the app will convert your messy drawn-on shapes to more standard, straighter shapes), and better search, including search through Spotlight. Meanwhile, OneNote for iOS added audio notes, split view, support for Force Touch, and support for Apple Pencil.

OneNote’s most useful new update arrived in its Android app: the OneNote badge. Like Facebook Messenger’s “chat heads,” the badge hovers over your screen so you can create a new note in one tap.

The biggest things that differentiate Evernote and OneNote are still the same. If you’ve tried both Evernote and OneNote before (or read our previous comparison), you already know the major differences between them.

  • User interface: OneNote looks and feels like a digital version of a paper notebook, complete with tags and notebook sections. Evernote is more like a filing cabinet, with a simpler notes interface yet powerful tagging capabilities.

  • Note formatting : Evernote offers great options for rich-text notes, including highlighting, checklists, and another formatting. OneNote is even more robust, however, since you can use and create page templates and place elements anywhere you want on the page (side-by-side checklists, for example, alongside images and text). It’s got a lot of menu items crammed into the Ribbon, though, so if you want a more streamlined and basic notes editor, you’ll probably prefer Evernote.

  • Mobile apps : Evernote’s mobile interface and features are still better by far than OneNote’s, even though OneNote for mobile has been making some strides. In Evernote, you have more notes formatting tools, reminders, and a quick link to share your notes. On the other hand, on mobile, you can access your OneNote notebooks even without a data connection, something you can’t do with Evernote unless you’re a paid subscriber. Both OneNote and Evernote have apps for Windows, Mac, Android, and iOS, however.

  • Web clipping and browser integration : Evernote’s clipping tool are still the best, and your Google searches can include your Evernote notes. This makes Evernote the better option for quickly capturing web pages and retrieving your information, like a personal database.

  • Windows and Office integration : OneNote, on the other hand, plays nicely with other Office apps, as you’d expect, and you can use special Windows keyboard shortcuts to quickly create a note in OneNote or send a screenshot to the app.

As similar in purpose as these two apps are, they’re distinct enough that you can use both in tandem, or one will speak more to you. Evernote is better for collecting and organizing information and mobile note-taking (though you’ll need to pay to access your notes offline). OneNote is better for creative note-taking and includes many of the features of Evernote Premium for free, such as offline access to notes on mobile, searching within attachments, and annotating PDFs. You also get more storage space (15GB free storage, shared with other Office apps) compared to Evernote’s free 60MB a month.

Are you an Evernote user who’s thinking of making the switch to OneNote? Microsoft introduced a new Evernote import tool for OneNote just this week. Maybe Evernote will introduce a OneNote importer one day. :p