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OneNote for Mac is very different from OneNote for Windows. Tutorials and other forms of documentation available online generally apply only to the Windows version, which implies non-Windows versions are undocumented. Even worse, because the documentation rarely, if ever, indicates it only applies to Windows, it's easy to waste hours trying to make non-existent features work. As such, the documentation is "negative documentation" (i.e. worse than no documentation at all). See More
If you are keeping notes from various parts of you day in OneNote and keep writing list of things that you need to do - e.g., list of grocery items, homework assignments, books or movies to check out and errands to run, these are scattered across different pages. Even if these are tagged with different tags there is no way to filter all the actions (in one notebook section or entire notebook or across notebooks) that have a certain tag. See More
Every user receives 5GB of cloud storage through OneDrive (it used to be 15GB). This can be limiting, especially if OneDrive is being used to store other files as well. Add a few videos into the mix inside of a note and it will be easy to max out this storage quickly. More storage of course can be purchased, but may be too costly for some. See More
OneNote pages are semi-infinite (like excel) and great for taking notes in the application, however there is no Page Break view (unlike excel), or any other good way to export your note to someone not using OneNote (ie. teachers, colleagues, supervisors, etc). Neutral file formats exist for a very good reason, and OneNote does not have a professional way to do this (because it comes out as an uncontrollable garbled mess). See More
Unlike most other apps, you can selectively password protect, and fully encrypt, individual documents or entire folders. This is especially important to many people with data stored in the cloud. As of early this year, even the free version supports encryption. Microsoft has also enhanced their internal security methods for storing data on OneDrive (where OneNote performs sync), which makes it more secure than most of their competitors (including Evernote). See More
Evernote is designed to make it easy to keep your notes well organized, which aids in quickly finding/browsing old information. You can put notes into a single notebook and use search to access old notes, or if you're so inclined, organize notes extensively with hierarchical notebooks and tags. See More
With one click you can clip part or all of any webpage, including text, images, and links. Especially for those who use Google Chrome, this web clipper is a very rich add-on. The “simplified article” mode strips all graphical overhead from the page before adding the information to Evernote. It's also possible to add highlighting, tags, etc. before storing the note. The web clipper is also available on Android. See More
The free version of Evernote is highly limited. You have to pay if you want to access your notes without internet connection, search your notes or documents, or upload large amounts of data. The free version allows you to upload 60 MB of data per month, which is about 20 to 30 iPhone camera pictures. At a certain point, they started charging you for "advanced" capability, which includes searching your own attachments. See More
Evernote had their entire database hacked and compromised including customer user passwords. They responded by locking valid users out of accounts and forcing password changes but are still vague about their own security policies. They do not have a good track record for data security. They also do not offer local personal encryption of entire Notebooks as Microsoft OneNote does. See More
Evernote is too big, has too many features. Note taking apps need absolutely clean interface to allow unobtrusive note taking and not a struggle to search for which buttons to click. It focuses on the search feature so much that it doesn't encourage or make it immediately easy to organize your notes and thoughts. It's essentially a sophisticated notes dump with good search. See More
One of the note types is a "reminder," which can act as a to-do list. You can add all the usual formatting to reminders, including audio. Evernote will provide alerts when they are due and house them in a special location within the app. See More
With many utility tools being constantly shut down by their creators, it's really important to consider the long-term risks of picking a home for all your notes. Evernote is a $1 billion company with a track record of exceptional security and goals of becoming a "100 year old" company. See More
Evernote has apps for Windows 7 and 8, Windows 10, Mac, Android, iOS (both iPhone and iPad), Blackberry, and Windows Phone. It also has a fully functional web app and chrome plug-in. No matter what device or platform you're on, you will pretty much always be able to access Evernote. See More
I suppose if you had a hammer, you could nail a screw into a block of wood. But it just isn't the right tool for the job. Almost everything you would want in a to-do list app needs to be manually organized and managed in Evernote. There are no features for sorting, reviewing, scheduling, assigning priority, etc.. In effect, it isn't much better than keeping a to-do list in a Microsoft Word or OpenOffice text document. Evernote is a great note-taking app. However it isn't really designed to be a calendaring/scheduling/to-do list app – even though you could use it that way if you tried. See More
Evernote is designed to store a lot of different types of information from a lot of different sources in one place. Using the Web Clipper, native integrations, or a service such as IFTTT (If This Then That) you can use Evernote to store all your ideas, notes (both handwritten and typed), tasks, reading lists, receipts, and more. See More
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