On November 16, it was announced that Evernote, a popular note-taking cloud-based platform, will be sold to Italian mobile app company Bending Spoons. This is the end of the 14-year run as an independent company for Evernote.
Evernote was once a favorite for busy tech aficionados, but it has since lost its luster in recent years. In 2016, the company made a major blunder when it attempted to roll out an AI system that would review user notes. There was a massive outcry from the public, and Evernote was forced to reverse its AI plans.
Beyond the public outcry, other note taking apps have been gaining ground, such as:
- Apple Notes
- Microsoft’s Onenote
- Google Keep
Though it doesn’t look like they’re funded despite their impressive 2 MILLION+ monthly visitors and 70,000 Discord community.
Their team also looks very small, but this is an interesting company to watch because their strong community ensures that they care more about their product offering.
Notion offers both personal notation and collaborative note sharing / project management in order to give itself a solid differentiating factor.
- Roam Search
This app has a great feature which allows you to see related pages at the bottom of each note. This makes it easier to discover new pages and link them together.
Like Notion, this app connects to the community for idea sharing, but lacks any project management features.
Throughout Evernote’s history, its headlines have mainly consisted of a slew of constant (and unfortunate) data breaches on the once-dominant platform. Evernote CEO, Ian Small said the decision to sell the company was a strategic step forward.
“Our commitment to keeping your data safe and secure remains as steadfast as ever, and the Evernote you know and love will continue to thrive,” Small said.
It is unclear what changes in terms of pricing and features may come out of the sale. Evernote users will have to wait until 2023 when the sale closes to find out.
How to Export Evernote Notes
While the above acquisition sorts itself out, you can (and should) backup your Evernote Notes. Here’s an easy way to do it:
- Visit cloudHQ’s Evernote backup wizard
- Sign in or create an account if you don’t already have one with cloudHQ
- Authorize cloudHQ to access your Evernote notes
- Select where you want your notes to export to (OneNote, Google Drive, etc)
- Authorize that account
- Sit back and relax knowing that a copy of your Evernote notes are being copied over to another cloud platform
- We hate to say this, but you might want to consider deleting your Evernote account for good now that someone else owns the data.