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Some help, especially if you are new to Evernote
on May 15, 2012
I have been using Evernote for a little over a year now, and have been doing so without a Dummies Guide or any other guide. So, I asked for this book to see if it would strengthen my Evernote skills beyond what I have come up with so far. Of course, if you have no use for Evernote, you won't like this book--although reading the first chapter will help you see why you might have a use for Evernote after all.
However, I'm not selling Evernote here-- I'm talking about the Evernote for Dummies book.
On to that book: Evernote for Dummies fits pretty well alongside other for Dummies books that I have seen: it starts extremely basic. As in, the first couple of chapters really are just about justifying even having Evernote. After that, it is the very basics of usage: how to sign up, how to create a note, how to install on more than one device. Most users either figure these things out or don't bother with the software.
The next several chapters give the intermediate type of information that some users will have figured out on their own or with the Evernote help system. It's plainly presented and easy to apply, just like the instructions on device-specific usage.
The closing chapters give a brief look towards advanced use, but not a lot of detail is present.
Summary run down: if you are new to Evernote, it's useful. I wish I had used this a year ago before I fought through learning these basics of the system. The drawback is that software moves pretty quickly, especially when you are dealing with a multi-platform program like Evernote and some of the features/screenshots are going to be different soon, if not already.
It's a good cheap guide if you want that in print, but you can gather most of this info on the web through Evernote's own tutorials. The biggest benefit is the shared notebook on Evernote from the author, but that's accessible to anyone who searches for the Evernote for Dummies Notebook--you don't need the book for that.
3 stars: not indispensable, but helpful.