I’m using Evernote software on multiple platforms since the early start a little more than a year ago, because one of the limitations of Microsoft Exchange Activesync is the ability to synchronize notes directly over the air to your Windows Phone.
“Evernote allows you to easily capture information in any environment using whatever device or platform you find most convenient, and makes this information accessible and searchable at any time, from anywhere.”
The summary above already describes I can take, edit and share notes, as well as embedding voiceclips, pictures or other files depending on your type of subscription. Yesterday on the Evernote blog an new premium feature was announced: Evernote PDF Search.
This is very clever and helpful feature for people who read, write and work a lot with pdf-files in their daily life. A good example -also applicable to myself- is students, researchers and practitioners, who share scientific knowledge, papers and articles in databases using pdf-files as the primary medium.
Therefore I’m really excited about this new feature, since I already was uploading pdf-files to my Evernote-account to store them safely in the cloud.
What is new ?
“There are two types of PDFs in the world: those that are searchable and those that aren’t. Most scanners produce PDFs that are essentially digitized images of a physical page. In the past, these PDFs would not appear in your search results. Starting now, Evernote will run these PDFs through our updated recognition servers, allowing our Premium subscribers to find them when they search. In addition, our desktop versions will allow premium users to export the searchable PDFs by right clicking on them in the note.”
Wrap-up and thoughts
Concluding I think this is a great feature, which certainly will make people switch to a premium account of Evernote if they work a lot with pdf-files. In the business- and academic world pdf-files are a very common format of sharing information and reports. However I would like to know how the text recognition will be implemented accross different languages.
If you didn’t test the Evernote service before, you should certainly head over to the download page, install the Evernote on te platform you are using, and sign-up for the free service! Seeing is believing, and for additional information you can check out the video’s and tutorials.
If you like it the upgrade for the premium service is highly recommended, and the price $45,- is certainly fair for the amount of premium functionality you get.
Finally Evernote is continuously developing and improving the service, and even adding new (mobile) platforms like the recent Evernote for Palm Pre. It simply is one of these clever applications that makes daily life and work so much easier.