Today marks the day that Evernote emerges out of an invitation-only private beta and into the public. We’ve been fans of the service for quite a while because it allows you to easily capture all kinds of information. Because of their text recognition capabilities, the information you capture whether it’s a receipt or a business card, for example, is searchable at any time. Evernote allows you to capture pretty much anything no matter if you’re on the web, on your desktop, or on your phone. Another big draw is that it’s available for both Mac OS X Leopard, Windows XP and Vista, Windows Mobile, or the Web (with Web Clippers).
Starting today, anybody is able to sign-up. There are both free and premium accounts available. A free account will give a user 40 MB worth of new notes per month while a premium paid account for $5 per months will give users 500 MB worth of new notes per month along with a few extra features. Some people have been confused thinking users were capped at 40 MB and 500 MB for the various accounts, and that you didn’t get more storage each month.
We mentioned that premium account users get a few extra features/benefits. One of them is that they get priority image recognition, and the Evernote team says this means even turing peak times when they’re busy. If you decide you want a premium account, you can either pay $5 each month or pay $45 for the whole year (a savings of $15). If once you have a premium account, you decide you want to go back, you’ll still be able to keep all of your notes, you’ll just go back to the 40 MB per month limit.
Some of you are already using Evernote, so to you, do you plan on getting a premium account, or do you intend to just stick with the free account? There have been some complaints in the past that the service just isn’t able to recognize text as well as it should, so hopefully they’ve improved that aspect of it.