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Meet the future of Evernote: Hands on with Work Chat, Context and more

Liane Cassavoy | Dec. 12, 2014
Evernote's Android and iOS apps get even more useful with some cool collaboration and Web features.

I have a secret to share: I've always been a little intimidated by Evernote. So when I heard that this note-taking and Web clipping app was adding even more features, like Work Chat and Context, which displays content related to your current selection, I was a little worried. Evernote already does so much--would these new feature overwhelm me even more? 

As it turns out, no. Evernote's newest features make this app even more useful, especially in the mobile version, though they do require you to invest a bit of time learning how to use them. 

The same is true of Evernote in general. This note-taking and all-around organizing app is packed with features, allowing you to create and save voice and text notes, photos, and Web clips in notebooks to help you stay organized. All of your notes can be annotated and shared, which makes Evernote a useful collaboration tool. 

Web clipping goes mobile 
Evernote's mobile app is just as useful as its desktop companion, albeit in a different way. It allows you to snap photos while on the go and jot notes as you commute. It includes excellent search tools that make it easy to find what you're looking for. But the mobile app has never succeeded at one of Evernote's key features--Web clipping--until now. 

To take advantage of mobile clipping, you'll need an Android or iOS 8 device. With Evernote installed, you can save Web pages, photos, documents, PDFs, and more to Evernote using the share option. Tap the icon, and Evernote will appear as one of the options (you may have to enable it if it's not already).

Web clipping on mobile isn't quite as refined as you'll experience on your desktop, where you can opt to save all of a Web page, or certain parts of it. Using the iOS app, it's all or nothing when it comes to clipping Web pages and documents. You can select which notebook to save the item to, but you can't add tags or remarks when saving it, as you can when using the desktop version. 

You can annotate your notes using the mobile app, much the same way you can using Evernote on your desktop. Doing so on the small screen of a smartphone feels very restrictive. Still, it's a useful feature when you're on the go, and you want to jot a note on a photo you've snapped, for instance. Evernote Mobile syncs immediately with the desktop version and vice versa, so you can always find your notes, no matter which version you're using. 

Collaboration on the go
Evernote has always allowed you to share notes and notebooks via email, but the app has taken collaboration a step further with its new Work Chat feature. Available on desktop and mobile versions of Evernote, Work Chat allows you to share notes and notebooks, or simply exchange text-based messages with single users or groups.


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