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Evernote logo.svg
Developer(s)Evernote Corporation
Stable release5.7.2.5753 / 20 November 2014; 2 days ago (2014-11-20)
Development statusActive
Written inC++[1]
Operating system
Size93.9 MB
TypeNotetaking software
LicenseFreemium, subscription
Alexa rank391 (August 2014)[2]
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Evernote logo.svg
Developer(s)Evernote Corporation
Stable release5.7.2.5753 / 20 November 2014; 2 days ago (2014-11-20)
Development statusActive
Written inC++[1]
Operating system
Size93.9 MB
TypeNotetaking software
LicenseFreemium, subscription
Alexa rank391 (August 2014)[2]
Phil Libin, Evernote CEO, at LeWeb

Evernote is a suite of software and services, designed for notetaking and archiving. A "note" can be a piece of formatted text, a full webpage or webpage excerpt, a photograph, a voice memo, or a handwritten "ink" note. Notes can also have file attachments. Notes can be sorted into folders, then tagged, annotated, edited, given comments, searched and exported as part of a notebook.

Evernote supports a number of operating system platforms (including OS X, iOS, Chrome OS, Android, Microsoft Windows, Windows Phone, BlackBerry, and webOS) and also offers online synchronisation and backup services.

Founded by Stepan Pachikov, the Evernote web service launched into open beta on June 24, 2008[3] and reached 11 million users in July 2011.[4] In October 2010, under the present CEO Phil Libin, the company raised a US$ 20 million funding round led by DoCoMo Capital with participation from Morgenthaler Ventures and Sequoia Capital.[5] Since then, the company has raised an additional US$50 million in funding led by Sequoia Capital and Morgenthaler Ventures,[6] and another US$70 million in funding led by Meritech Capital and CBC Capital.[7] On November 30, 2012, Evernote raised another US$85 million, in funding led by AGC Equity Partners/m8 Capital and Valiant Capital Partners.[8] Cumulative Financing by all above fundings is US$225 million.

Evernote is available in a paid version or a more restricted free version. Use of the online service is free up to a certain monthly usage limit, with additional monthly use reserved for paying subscribers.

Data storage and access[edit]

On supported operating systems, Evernote stores and edits the user's notes on their local machine.

Users with Internet access and an Evernote account can also have their notes automatically synchronized with a master copy held on Evernote's servers. This approach lets a user access and edit their data across multiple machines and operating system platforms, but still view, input and edit data when an Internet connection is not available. However, notes stored on Evernote servers are not encrypted.

Where Evernote client software is not available, online account-holders can access their note archive via a web interface or through a media device.

The Evernote software can be downloaded and used as "stand-alone" software without using the online portion of an Evernote account (online registration is required for initial setup, however), but it will not be able to upload files to the Evernote server, or use the server to synchronize or share files between different Evernote installations. Also, no image or Image-PDF (Premium only) recognition and indexing will take place if the software is used entirely offline.

Data entry[edit]

As well as the keyboard entry of typed notes, Evernote supports image capture from cameras on supported devices, and the recording of voice notes. In some situations, text that appears in captured images can be recognized using OCR and annotated. Evernote also supports touch and tablet screens with handwriting recognition. Evernote web clipping plugins are available for the most popular Internet browsers that allow marked sections of webpages to be captured and clipped to Evernote. If no section of a webpage has been highlighted, Evernote can clip the full page. Evernote also supports the ability to e-mail notes to the service, allowing for automated note entry via e-mail rules or filters.[9]

Where suitable hardware is available, Evernote can automatically add geolocation tags to notes.

The online service also allows selected files to be shared for viewing and editing by other users, and allows integration with Twitter for storing or forwarding "tweets". Users can also use Twitter to add notes to Evernote remotely, by sending tweets from any Twitter-capable device.[10]

"Free" and "Premium" accounts[edit]

Evernote is a free online service that allows users to upgrade to a premium paid service for US$5 per month or $45 per year for 4096 MB/month accumulative quota (the equivalent of 4 gigabytes) as of 2014.[11] All Evernote accounts, both free and premium, have a maximum limit of 100,000 notes and 250 notebooks.[12]

Premium subscribers are granted a higher monthly upload limit, faster word recognition in images, heightened security, and the ability to search text within PDF documents. They also receive additional options for notebook sharing. Both free and premium account types allow notebook sharing with other Evernote users, however the accounts are distinguished by editing capabilities. In regards to shared notebooks, editing permissions to non-paid account holders may only be granted to premium Evernote subscribers. [13][14] The free service does not make files available offline on iOS and Android devices; while sometimes they are available from cache, editing these files can cause conflicts when synchronizing.

Supported platforms[edit]

Evernote for iOS icon
Evernote on an iPad and on a MacBook

Evernote clients are available for Microsoft Windows, OS X, Android, iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch), Windows Mobile, Windows Phone,[15] WebOS, Maemo, BlackBerry (including BlackBerry Playbook), and Google Wave platforms as well as a beta for Symbian S60 5th Edition. There are portable versions of Evernote available for flash drives and U3 drives. There is currently no officially supported native client for Linux or BSD (see below for unofficial clients).

There is substantial variation in supported features on different platforms: for example it is possible to edit Rich Text Format and sketches on Windows; on Mac it is possible to edit rich text, but only view sketches; and on the iPad only plain text could be edited prior to version 4.1.0 (August 2011).

Web clipping support is installed by default on the Internet Explorer and Safari browsers when the Evernote software is installed under Windows or OS X. Evernote web-clipping plugins are also available for the Yandex Browser, Firefox, Opera, and Google Chrome browsers, and need to be downloaded and installed separately from the respective browser.

The Evernote email-clipper is automatically installed in Microsoft Office Outlook if the desktop version is installed on the same computer. There is a Thunderbird email plugin, which must be installed separately from the Thunderbird client.

Unofficial clients[edit]

There are some third-party clients for Evernote:


Skitch is a free screenshot editing and sharing utility for OS X, iOS, Windows 8, and Android. The app permits the user to add shapes and text to an image, and then share it online. Images can also be exported to various image formats. Originally developed by Plasq, Skitch was acquired by Evernote on August 18, 2011. [23]

Security breach[edit]

On March 2, 2013, Evernote revealed that hackers had gained access to their network and been able to access user information, including usernames, email addresses, and hashed passwords. All users were asked to reset their passwords.[24][25] Following the password reset, Evernote accelerated plans to implement an optional two-factor authentication option for all users.[26][27][28]

Partnership with Telefónica Digital[edit]

On August 13, 2013, The New York Times reported that Telefónica Digital and Evernote entered into a global partnership agreement. The partnership will give Brazilian customers of Telefónica Digital free access to Evernote Premium for one year.[29] Under this global deal Telefónica users in Costa Rica, Guatemala, Panama, the UK and Spain were also offered the promotion.[30]

Yinxiang Biji Business[edit]

On May 7, 2013, "TechCrunch" reported that Evernote launched Yinxiang Biji Business into the Chinese market at the Global Mobile Internet Conference. [31]

Denial of service attacks[edit]

On June 11, 2014, Evernote suffered a crippling distributed Denial-of-service attack that prevented customers from accessing their information. The attackers demanded ransom from Evernote, which Evernote refused to pay.[32]

A Denial of Service Attack on August 8, 2014 resulted in a brief period of downtime for evernote.com. Evernote refused to pay the ransom and service was quickly restored. [33]

See also[edit]


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