The Future of Evernote with Steve Dotto

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Evernote taking a few hits recently. Steve Dotto and I sit down and discuss the future of Evernote, what’s coming and a little about Notion’s impact on the space. Steve Dotto runs the legendary channel DottoTech which breaks down complex tech conversations and software into easily consumable chunks. Steve is the king of productivity software on YouTube and offline too.

Evernote is one the most advanced note-taking applications in the space. For all productivity software users out there, many of them will be long time Evernote users. The…

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29 thoughts on “The Future of Evernote with Steve Dotto

    Keep Productive

    (October 13, 2018 - 5:05 am)

    Guys, I loved chatting with Steve about the future of Evernote and Notion.
    Please remmeber to subscribe to DottoTech after this:

    He is AWESOME and I was very nervous to interview him as I've watched his chnanel since I was 16/17 years old!

    Abe Peters

    (October 13, 2018 - 5:05 am)

    The nice about Notion is it all exports to .md files so it's really easy to migrate it to other platforms. I don't know if I'll use it yet either, I'm still figuring it out how to transfer todos from one page to the next.

    Chris S Haines

    (October 13, 2018 - 5:05 am)

    it seems clear to me that Evernote needs capital and therefore needs to be acquired by a company with deep pockets to allow it to invest in the improvements that will keep it around and make it relevant and growing.

    KT T

    (October 13, 2018 - 5:05 am)

    Just found your channel & Notion yesterday– I'm giddy with this app and appreciate your helpful videos! Steve is a wonderful instructor, he has helped me teach my mom how to use technology. Subscribed to you both- thanks for all you do!!

    James Duff

    (October 13, 2018 - 5:05 am)

    If Evernote is a legacy app (and I agree, though I dropped it when their pricing increased a couple of years ago), then what is the best alternative?

    Hatef Yamini

    (October 13, 2018 - 5:05 am)

    Spot on Steve. I totally agree with your “legacy app” definition. That’s exactly what Evernote has become for me.

    Purgatori Sakkara

    (October 13, 2018 - 5:05 am)

    Is this where we make-pretend it has one? 😛

    Nicholas Pinn

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    (October 13, 2018 - 5:05 am)

    I couldn't find the link for Notion, so:

    Bill A

    (October 13, 2018 - 5:05 am)

    IMO, the only feature that Evernote is missing is direct handwriting within the Mac OS platform. If Evernote and Notability were combined and available across Mac OS, iOS, Windows, and Android…they would own the market!!

    Eric Prouzet

    (October 13, 2018 - 5:05 am)

    I found this interview of « guru » Steve. There was a great interaction between both of you. Made me subscribe to your channel to discover more…

    David Tumusiime

    (October 13, 2018 - 5:05 am)

    Wow! This is one of the best chat interviews I have ever seen on YouTube between creators. The chemistry between the two of you was great. Hope you can come up with other topics to have another one soon.

    David B

    (October 13, 2018 - 5:05 am)

    Google should buy Evernote

    Brian Durfee

    (October 13, 2018 - 5:05 am)

    You’re comparing Evernote and Notion brings up an interesting question. Notability is gaining some notoriety because of features in their new version. What do you think are the differences between Evernote, Notion, and Notability that would make them suitable for a particular situation? For example, which is best for a person solely interested in productivity for work and life versus the college student who just wants to take notes?


    (October 13, 2018 - 5:05 am)

    1. Google Drive to store information.
    2. Evernote to process information.
    3. Dokuwiki to store knowledge.

    I want Evernote to add the ability to create alphanumeric outlines.

    John Marsden

    (October 13, 2018 - 5:05 am)

    Always good to hear Steve Dotto

    Glenn Miller

    (October 13, 2018 - 5:05 am)

    I got a new survey from Evernote today (with an NDA, of course). They're still figuring out who they are. Again.

    Ken DV

    (October 13, 2018 - 5:05 am)

    Where do you store your payment information in case you need someone to send you a wire transfer f.i.?

    Chris Fischer

    (October 13, 2018 - 5:05 am)

    Great video! Two of my favorites in one, like a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup!!

    James Bonnington

    (October 13, 2018 - 5:05 am)

    Oh my word – I've just received a "tell us what you think" survey from Evernote. It a) smacks of desperation b) seems to suggest that they're going to move forward by committee. Worst of all: it's a terribly designed survey and takes AGES to fill in. I very much doubt they'll get decent response. They won't be pleased by how little I'm prepared to pay for Evernote either…

    John Dean

    (October 13, 2018 - 5:05 am)

    Futur of Evernote, "it's so disappointing" so well said and exactly what's on my mind. I hope they will wake up soon. Template feature they is just anoying to me.

    Oscar I. Gutiérrez Hernández

    (October 13, 2018 - 5:05 am)

    Guys, thanks I love it.

    John Marshall

    (October 13, 2018 - 5:05 am)

    For aver a year, users have been asking Evernote to make their Mac desktop app more like the Evernote web browser version. Clean, simple, and easy to use. Today (Thursday October 4th, 2018), Evernote updates their web version to look just like their Mac desktop app. I'm some ways, I'm happy that the web and desktop app are now visually consistent branding wise, however, it was a step in the wrong direction. This is clear sign that Evernote completely disregards user's suggestions. And we still don't have the old square notebooks view as an option. Remember when we could view notebooks as a list or as a grid of big rounded-squares? Users were very disappointed when Evernote removed that option and users begged Evernote to bring it back. It's been over a year and nothing from Evernote.

    Another here is another sign that Evernote is a mess right now… no tag view on iOS. None. If you have a great tags system sat up within Evernote, you are outta luck on iOS. Sure, you can add all that tags as "Shortcuts", however, that is a ton of work that is going to make the Shortcuts panel a complete mess. And if you use nested tags (aka tags within tags categories), you are sh*t outta luck on iOS. I am still completely baffled that someone at Evernote decided that tags were not important on iOS. Absolutely baffled.

    With all that said… I am still a massive fan of Evernote. I don't mind not having the big square notebook view option, and I've never been a fan of tags, therefore, not having those options doesn't effect my Evernote use. For me, there is not another tool out there that compares to Evernote. I need an app that can integrate with an email app like Spark so that I send emails into Evernote without having to forward emails (which adds another person in the email thread and could lead to problems) and that includes attachments from those emails and I need an app with a great web clipper. OneNote is a bloody slow disaster when it comes to syncing on a Mac, Bear is way too simplistic, and Notion is missing too many features.

    Get your sh*t together, Evernote.

    Christian De Vos

    (October 13, 2018 - 5:05 am)

    I received an email about the app Path that is closing down in the next days. Nobody takes over. Look at
    I hope that this is not going to happen with Evernote.

    María Camila

    (October 13, 2018 - 5:05 am)

    Oh, I used to use Evernote for everything, then I bullet journaled for two years, I went completely analogue, and maybe that’s why when I found Notion back in February, I was a clean canvas, so I don’t struggle with it like Steve. Now my whole life is in Notion and I keep adding to it (I get so excited when you make a new Notion video!)

    Cyrus Murphy

    (October 13, 2018 - 5:05 am)

    I'm loving the easily created user templates and Template button on new note creation. It's changed my workflow.

    Wallace Brown

    (October 13, 2018 - 5:05 am)

    Great watching this video of my 2 favorite productivity experts. I have been gradually switching from Evernote to OneNote and have found that once you wrap your head around the concept of how OneNote works, it's actually a superior solution. I guess it helps that I am firmly embedded in Office 365, but I think it's work a look for everyone.

    Scott Skibell

    (October 13, 2018 - 5:05 am)

    Loved the interview and the provoking thoughts. I took a look at Notion and perhaps I'm missing something but there don't appear to be tags and the search seems pretty limited. I've got over 11k notes in Evernote. Without a good search function, I'd be dead in the water. Notion looks promising but it's not there yet. I freak'n love the embeddable videos though!

    Carlos Benjamin

    (October 13, 2018 - 5:05 am)

    That’s the same problem I have with Notion…. too scattered. I can’t decide what it is because it’s trying to be everything.

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