@Evernote vs @Dropbox: why choose?

@Evernote vs @Dropbox: why choose?

Hello,

Very often I see people on Twitter asking if they should use Evernote or Dropbox which is a weird question for me as I think they really complement each other really well. Let me explain.

  • Dropbox is great to store documents and to have them available anywhere as well as having many people accessing them. It’s your hardrive in the cloud.
  • Evernote is great at storing and sharing information you can access from anywhere with very powerful tools to search this information (via notebooks, tagging or using the internal search engine). Evernote is your memory in the cloud.
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Dropbox stores documents when Evernote stores information. They complement each other very well

Practical examples:

  • To store all your business cards pictures, Evernote is going to shine because of its OCR feature.
  • To store a big 150Mb Powerpoint file and access it and share with other people, Dropbox is your best option.

Remember that a note in Evernote is 50Mb max when Premium (25 Mb when Free).

So why choose! Use both at what they are best.

Until the next time, happy evernoting!

Pierre.

9 Comments

  1. “Dropbox is your hard drive in the Cloud; Evernote is your memory in the Cloud.” Brilliant! Thanks so much for this excellent comparison.

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    • Thanks for the nice comment. Glad you liked this episode.

      Pierre.

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  2. Didn’t see your blog earlier! Subscribed to your RSS feed! Writing on Evernote quite a bunch as well!

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    • Bojan,
      I will subscribe to your blog as well.
      I am also on Twitter @elephantchannel.
      Cheers,
      Pierre.

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  3. I fully agree; Dropbox and Evernote serve very different purposes and work well together. My question is: Evernote or OneNote. Both do pretty much the same thing but in different ways. I end up using OneNote for work, keeping track of clients, and Evernote for personal stuff, mostly keeping track of stuff on the Internet. Now that I have a Kindle Fire, Evernote is playing an even bigger role, but still not so much for work.

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    • I will do in the future a OneNote vs Evernote review. I played a little bit with OneNote, it’s a pretty cool tool but obviously very geared toward Microsoft so we can’t really expect the same kind of multi-platform drive we see from Evernote.

      For me, as a GTD advocate, I have to have all my reference material in one place (understand in Evernote) so it would be very difficult to maintain two information repositories as you do. I guess your strategy work if your work stuff is completly separated from your personnal stuff. And even so, aren’t you sometimes wondering on which system to create and maintain a piece of information?

      Pierre.

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  4. Slightly differ on them being complimentary… actually, I haven’t used Dropbox for last one year… and here are my thoughts before that…

    Meta data is key to evernote, that’s where they excel.

    http://jpm.cc/evernote-vs-dropbox

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    • Jose,

      Thanks for your comment. I agree with you Evernote shines with its meta data management.

      Very good post you wrote on Evernote vs Dropbox (I have just tweeted it https://twitter.com/ElephantChannel/statuses/240061971486089216).

      I am not a big Dropbox user myself as I prefer to use Evernote as much as possible even for files because it’s easier to manage but still, you have to use Dropbox to store big files and to share them with others.

      Pierre.

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  5. 150MB files are very uncommon. Most documents will be 10MB tops. Which is why Evernote serves well for files.

    Additionally, Evernote searches inside the office documents.

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