If you have been reading my blog for any length of time, you know how much I love Evernote.
It’s a wonderful app that lets you store information, pictures, notes just about anything. It’s one big digital filing cabinet that you can take with you wherever you go. If you get the web clipper, you can save web articles you read, recipes that you want to make, directions for DIY projects, maps, you name it. And it’s free!
Recently, Evernote changed their pricing structure, and you should have heard the squawking across the interweb. I have two words for all of you complainers. Quit it!
Nobody has an excuse to complain about Evernote changing their prices or their features. Period.
We live in a free market country and a company can do what they want as long as they obey the laws. That’s the beauty of capitalism.
Anyone complaining about changes to the free version probably fit into one of two groups: forty-year olds still living at home and yelling at their moms to bring them more Hot Pockets or people who think it’s okay for only Apple to charge what they want.
If you were using the free Basic version you now can sync only two devices. It used to be unlimited devices. Having my Kindle as part of the plan was nice, but then I remembered I was getting all this for free. My computer and phone will be just fine. And when I really thought about it, I was hardly using Evernote on my Kindle.
I didn’t really need to save a picture of level 1013 of Candy Crush.
The basic plan also changed the data size. 25 mb for a single upload and 60 mb total for the month. Last month I used 5.2 mb which consisted of five website articles. So far, I haven’t needed any more than the 60 mb. If you’re saving websites, recipes, things with light graphics then you’ll be fine. If you want to save pictures or infographics use One Drive or Pinterest because that’s where you’ll eat up your data.
Remember, all this storage is free, and there is no advertising. I use Microsoft Outlook for my email and I have to put up with advertising in my email window because it’s a free service. Do you realize how annoying that is?
If I ever feel the need for more data storage, or more features, I’ll have no problem paying $3.99 a month for the Plus Plan. I can’t get a large cappuccino at Starbucks for that.
With the Plus Plan, storage capacity goes up to 1 GB, you can sync across all devices, you can access notes offline and you can forward emails into Evernote. Anyone who is freelancing, or self-employed, would consider this a small price to pay for all the benefits that Evernote offers.
The Premium Plan is $69.99/year which is the plan with all the bells and whistles and would be the plan for a business. Heck, I pay my cable company twice that for only a month to be entertained while I sit and knit.
Before you start complaining, step back and put everything into perspective.
Look at the charges, evaluate the benefits and then decide if it’s worth it. If it’s not, DON’T PAY IT!
You are the consumer and you are in charge. Save your complaining for the tax bill where your only option is to move to Alaska and live in the wilderness.
If you decide that you want to leave Evernote, there are plenty of alternatives, but none come close to offering the features that Evernote does. PC Magazine reviews a number of them, including Google Keep and One Note.
As a company Evernote had to make changes so they could continue to stay in business. A business stays in business by making money so they can pay their employees. When they make more money, they can hire more people and grow their company. Companies don’t make money giving away everything. This is called capitalism. This is why we have so many choices.
Evernote still is a great product. For now the free version still works for me, but when the time comes, I’ll have no problem sending them coffee money once a month for even better benefits.
Are you an Evernote user? Tell me what you use it for and what’s your favorite feature?