thinkery

thinkery.me is not yet widely known service that somewhat combines the versatility of Evernote and the ease of Simplenote.

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Thinkery was created by compuccino + kirk in 2011 as a web service. Only recently an Android App was added.

The focus of thinkery seems to be in storing web pages: they download the content of the page you add through their extension which can then be searched in full text.

But you can also create simple notes which have the same qualities as extracted web pages, you can tag them, and by using a feature they call special tags, you can add color or checkboxes.

Using a #hashtag notation you can quickly add tags to things, and you can always see the list of tags on the left of your things.

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Simplenote

As their name says, Simplenote is not very versatile. You have a list of notes, which are just plain text (you can get a preview of Markdown formatted text, though), just tags as meta-data.

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Simperium, the company behind Simplenote, was founded according to Crunchbase in 2010 by Fred Cheng and acquired by the company behind WordPress, Automattic.

Simplenote started out with a very easy to use iPhone app that synced with their website. Syncing seems to be said to be one of the things that they do really well.

Evernote

This is the elephant in the room, which they demonstrate, coincidence or not, by having an elephant as their logo.

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Evernote was founded by Stepan Pachikov in 2002.

It has its origin in Windows software and is built around the concept of notebooks, so you separate your notes depending on the field of life they are in.

A note consists of a title and text and various meta-data. If you want to store a web page you need to use the Evernote Web Clipper, through which you can (clumsily, if you ask me) take certain parts of the current page and store it to Evernote.

A big focus of Evernote has become the upload of files, partly because this is where they earn their money: as a user you have a certain amount of “upload capacity” (free users 60MB, premium users 1GB). They encourage you to store photos (for example of food) or upload PDFs. If you do so this will quickly push you close to the upload limit which in return will make you consider the premium plan.

The Evernote Web Clipper also goes in these steps. Every image in the page is also uploaded to your account, adding to your monthly volume.

The size of the Evernote imperium is clearly visible when you look at the amounts of apps they have: Evernote, Evernote Food, Evernote Hello, Evernote Peek, Evernote Clearly, Skitch, Penultimate. For a newbie it is very hard to decide where to start.

Recently Evernote has been in unfortunate news with a hack of their user database which lead them to make all users of Evernote change their password.

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I am very interested in useful internet productivity tools. On this newly founded blog I want to document my journey through trying out all the different tools.

I hope that this will help other people as I didn’t find anyone who seriously checked multiple services on the web so far.

So I hope you’ll enjoy my future posts and comment a lot! Thanks and read you soon!