Evernote Cuts Down Free Plan (Here is The New One)

Evernote has recently announced changes to its free plan that are causing quite a stir among its users. Starting December 4, the free plan will be limited to just 50 notes and only one notebook per account.

This is a significant change from the current allowance of up to 100,000 notes and 250 notebooks. For someone like me who has used Evernote for over a decade, this change is quite impactful.

Evernote’s decision to limit its free plan is seen as a push towards its paid subscriptions. While the company states that the majority of its free users fall below the new limit of 50 notes and one notebook.

This change will undoubtedly affect users who rely on the app for more extensive note-taking needs.

For existing users with more than 50 notes, Evernote assures that they will still be able to export, view, edit, share, edit, and delete their existing notes and notebooks. Thenew restrictions make the free tier almost unusable for anyone looking to use the service.

As a long-time user, I’ve witnessed Evernote’s evolution from a fluid and feature-rich service to what many consider a bloated application.

The service’s performance has degraded over time, with issues such as slow launch times and syncing problems becoming more prevalent.

Given these changes and the increasing cost of the premium plan (now $129 a year in the U.S.), many users, including myself, are considering switching to alternative note-taking services. There are several options available that cater to different needs.

Simplenote, for instance, is a great choice for those who need a basic note-taking service. It’s free, available on all platforms, and does a good job of syncing notes between devices.

UpNote is another service similar to Evernote, offering an extensive feature set and a modern design for a one-time fee of $29. However, it lacks a web interface.

Obsidian and Joplin are also good alternatives. Obsidian is known for its unique linking system between notes and is free to use, with a paid option for cross-platform syncing.

Joplin, an open-source client, offers a lot of features and requires a small monthly fee for syncing across platforms.

Notion and Microsoft OneNote are often mentioned as alternatives, but they have their own set of issues, such as buggy apps or a lack of integration with other tools.

As the changes to Evernote’s free plan take effect, it’s clear that users will need to reassess their note-taking needs and consider these alternatives. My goal is to transition to one of these other services by my next billing cycle in March.

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