I’m so irritated right now I could spit nails.
I use Evernote. And by that I mean I use Evernote for EVERYTHING… over the past decade the Evernote platform has become the de facto operating system of my life.
I scan receipts into it. Every statement from every service I use gets received & organized there. It contains my TODOs, my FYIs, my research, my scripts, my ideas… almost EVERYTHING I do, more or less, winds up in Evernote.
Which is why for the past year I’ve watched with mounting horror as the Evernote team has systematically fouled up their platform from one end to the other.
Evernote used to be tight, small, fast, and bulletproof. It synced immediately, flawlessly, everywhere. These days, the iOS app in particular is a nightmare. It is slow. It has serious sync problems. The search function just doesn’t work any more.
And just in the last hour, the final straw…
I spent an hour after lunch writing a post on my iPad for the Tribify blog. It was long, detailed, and sort of time critical as we are throwing an event tomorrow. As usual, I was drafting the article in Evernote.
I’d worked my way through 90% of the first draft when the phone rang. I spent 20 minutes on the phone, popped back to the iPad, and… the freaking article was GONE. It had rolled itself back to the first paragraph, the note history had never updated, and nothing I could think of could bring back the thousand-odd words of missing prose.
Abandoning Evernote would NOT be trivial for me. Undoing my dependency on it would be nearly as onerous as it was ESTABLISHING that dependency in the first place, over the course of a decade! But I’m getting started.
Case in point: I’m drafting THIS article on my iPad in Apple Notes. The app is lightweight, fast, and by all accounts NOT prone to losing stuff.
And I find I care a lot more about that right now than I do about having to deal with a second app.
Have you recently dumped Evernote? Got any advice for me? Please share it in the comments!