Evernote is one of my favorite freeware apps. Do you spend a lot of time searching for that business card someone gave you, hunting down login information for your website, shuffling through papers to find those meeting notes from two weeks ago, rummaging around your desk to find an important number you wrote on the back of an envelope, or scouring the web to find a site that you forgot to bookmark? Then you need Evernote.

Advertised as “Your External Brain,” Evernote is the best way to keep up with all the details that tend to get misplaced in our overloaded world.

Think of it as a free-form, never ending roll of paper than you just keep adding to, with an instantaneous search and excellent category tagging features.

You can type, scribble ink notes with a stylus or mouse. You can send a web page directly to Evernote from your browser with the click of a button.

You can add photos to it. You can snap photos of business cards, and it will search for the text inside the image (yes, you heard me!). If you put it in Evernote, you’ll always be able to find it later.

The newest version of Evernote also has a web client, which means that your Evernote database on your computer is always in sync with the one on the web. So if you’re away from your computer, you can access your database on the web to see all your notes!

You can even see all your notes from your phone, or snap a photo with your phone and email it to your Evernote database. When you get back to your computer, you’ll see your photo there too. Be still, my beating heart!

I have been using Evernote for several years. I have two different Evernote databases in constant use: the first one is my Daily Journal. I use it just like a paper journal to write about projects I am working on, random observations, my workouts, blog ideas, etc. It is also full of photos, doodles, scribbles, email clips, web clips and brainstorms.

My second Evernote database is used primarily for work. I use it to jot down phone numbers, temporary passwords, write down notes during a meeting, web clips, voicemail notes, etc.– anything that doesn’t warrant going to a more permanent location like Outlook, but is something I might need to refer to again. Instead of bookmarking websites the old fashioned way,

I will often clip them to Evernote instead– that way, they’re available off-line, and I can also make comments on them. I can’t tell you how much I love and rely on this program. If you live in the 21st busy century tech life, then you need to use Evernote.