Sunday, May 11, 2008

The End of Paper?

Imagine if there were a way to capture every piece of paper, every article you ever read, every scrap of information, online or offline, and be able to dump it all into a single program, that would index it, store it, and make it available to you, wherever you were. Now imagine that program worked with your PC, Mac, or cellphone. Imagine if the program was smart enough to be able to look at the every scanned image and interpret the text it sees there, so you could search on the text in the image. And imagine it's constantly getting better, learning as it goes, being automatically updated.

Now imagine its free.

Ladies and gentlemen, I humbly direct you to Evernote. I've been playing with it in private beta for a week or so now, and I have to say...I'm impressed. I've written previously about my hatred of all things paper, but Evernote takes it to a new level, with online storage, built in automatic optical character recognition (OCR) of text, and so much more. Some people use it exclusively as a note taking application, allowing you to clip images and text from the web into a handy program for future use, but to me, this is the first step in the end of paper.

I highly recommend it. Please let me know if you are in need of an invite.

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