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Evernote vs. Notion

For writers/bloggers looking to 1) save discovered content (ex. different articles, links to podcasts, etc.) and 2) save writing (drafts, notes, edits, etc.) in one place, any suggestions?

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maguay's avatar
2 years ago

The biggest difference between Evernote and Notion is if you want to collaborate on notes. If so, Notion is by far the better option to build a shared database of notes that anyone in your team can open and edit. Evernote has team plans, but Notion is more built around sharing and it feels more natural there.

Evernote’s best advantage in my opinion is its web parser. You can save anything you find online to Evernote, markup a screenshot or extract just the text from recipes and articles. Evernote’s browser extension can then show your notes alongside Google search results so you find the thing you’d already saved the next time you search. That alone is almost enough reason to use Evernote to save discovered content since it both simplifies saving and re-discovery later.

Notion, on the other hand, is better for organizing notes (with nested notes to build detailed hierarchies, and how it lets you drag and drop any section of a note to reorder it, outline-style), and for adding extra data into your notes with embedded databases, kanban boards, to-do lists, and more. Evernote is just a collection of notes; Notion can be an entire productivity system with all of your data and notes and tasks and more together.

For writing, if you prefer to write with Markdown formatting, Notion can convert Markdown into rich text automatically, and can export any note as Markdown text, HTML, or a PDF. Evernote on the other hand is built around rich text, which is great for pasting into a word processor, not as great for publishing online. Both let you publish a note online, but Notion’s nested pages let you essentially build a full site around in a few clicks, where shared Evernote notes always feel like you’re just seeing an Evernote branded snippet.

One other big plus for Evernote right now is its API—so you could use tools like Zapier to automatically save new blog posts from RSS feeds to Evernote, say. Notion’s API is still “coming soon”.

All that to say: I prefer Notion, and got our team to use it for notes early on, but still keep Evernote around for bookmarking and searching through old things I’ve saved. Each has its bright spots, enough that there’s almost an argument for using them both for separate tasks.

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@warmoth (replying to @maguay )
2 years ago

As an Evernote user since it first debuted on iOS (and recent Notion adopter), I totally agree with this. Evernote is still very good for sucking up and organizing individual pieces of information from other sources and maintaining stacks of self-composed notes for a single person. For sharing and collaboration, though, Notion is far better.

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@maguay (replying to @warmoth )
2 years ago

Do you use both Evernote and Notion in tandem?

2 points
caglar's avatar
2 years ago

I've been using Evernote between 2012 to 2019, and I loved it due to its amazing features like voice recording, web clipper, its high performing mobile app, et cetera.

Then in 2019, I've jumped into the Notion train just to test it out. Notion had a one-click migration landing page, so it was super easy to move everything from Evernote to Notion - which I did. Then, I've started using Notion, and to be honest, in the first 4-5 months, I was almost going back to Evernote.

The thing I hated in Notion was that it's mobile and native Mac apps were not native and had performance issues. I know that it's not just Notion's failure since I've been using a 2013 Macbook Pro, but hey, if the software is solely built for high performing devices, then it's not something to be supportive about it.

Then, they've updated the app, and the performance improved. I never returned to Evernote and removed it from my computer after a while due to Notion's outperforming performance. What are these elements?

  • It's very flexible. You can create different elements like todos or spreadsheets in it within a single page, which makes documentation or other use cases more fun and bearable.
  • The different views allow you to approach to different things differently. Having your notes, TODO list, and file cloud in the same folder is very useful.
  • It's very customizable in the document properties, which is super helpful because you can set up your workspace based on your unique needs for the project you're working on.

I like feeling like I'm in control of everything within that platform, and this is one of the points Evernote fails. Its UX is not terrible, but it doesn't fulfill this emotional desire. Notion, on the other hand, successfully does it.

I miss Evernote though. I hope they can make a comeback.

5 points
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@jradamsjr (replying to @caglar )
2 years ago

Notion. Made the switch last year after several years with Evernote. They recently went to $0 subscription fee for an individual account. It's a no brainer if it is just for you...

5 points
chowdhuryrahul's avatar
2 years ago

I would suggest Notion because it's so much more flexible than Evernote. You can create a doc for storing content/idea clips. Make one for writing your drafts, add attributes to each doc like a date and then add a calendar view to it (posting schedule).

Notion's native apps aren't useful, but the web app is lovely.

I've been using Notion for everything, from blog posts to budgeting, etc. and I love it.

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@adamdlurie (replying to @chowdhuryrahul )
2 years ago

Awesome, appreciate it. Reading more about the two online it looks like Evernote's just had its lunch eaten in recent years by competition

3 points
JulienDambron's avatar
2 years ago

Notion has a lot more features and has a more modern interface.
The only pro for Evernote would be the web clipper, much more efficient in my experience for capturing content.
Starting now I would probably go for Notion.

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mkarkocha's avatar
2 years ago

I have chosen Notion because it has one big advantage over the rest of the concurrent. Notion itself is pretty usual note manager, it supports Markdown which is a plus but there are also other Markdown-based note managers.
What is this advantage - Notion gives you the possibility of some kind of standardize and automate. Using templates and Tables you can create an easy repeatable environment when for example meeting notes goes as just simply fill the data. It's that simple because creating a proper structure you can choose multiple data as predefined like who was on this meeting, which room it was, what tasks are discussed. A lot of things you can forgot about are cared for by Notion. This is Notion superpower.

The last thing that will make Notion undiscussable is API that will connect it with for example Zapier. Or automation inside Notion itself. This will give you power of connecting Notion with other areas of your life or work. From my site - I want to build big dashboard of my important things from different services in Notion when this automation will be available. Think what power it can give you ;)

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maguay's avatar
@maguay (replying to @mkarkocha )
2 years ago

Can’t wait for Notion’s API—that will be a game changer.

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ahmedelmasry's avatar
2 years ago

I think what you're looking for is exactly what Walling.app offers.

You can save discovered content, bookmarks, drafts.. etc into what we call "Daily Desk", and you can use the "Walls" to plot out and synthesize drafts for your new article.

If you use the Daily Desk to save ideas everyday, and then use that network of ideas to curate content for your new articles and move them in Walls, you will see the power of using Walling.

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unxrlm's avatar
2 years ago

I've used both very actively.

Notion wins it to actually write notes. Writing anything in Evernote in really difficult. So a personal note-taking system, a collaborative wiki, tasks, todos, etc. will all do better in Notion.

Like everyone said, clipping is better in Evernote. I still use Evernote to collect stuff. I've moved to the Gmail model where I have a big notebook called "Cabinet" where everything goes. I can tag later if needed but search covers the bulk of my use cases. So web articles, pictures from my phone (not all pictures, but pictures for that purpose) get dumped in Evernote still.

One big shortfall of Notion not mentioned yet: Offline Work. The API is lacking but I can live with that. The lack of offline work is REALLY an issue for anything note related IMO. I have the same complaint about Roam. Evernote did understand this early and their design included a native tool which syncs. It's a lifesaver for anyone doing a lot of note-taking or organizing while offline.

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@maguay (replying to @unxrlm )
2 years ago

Great point on offline use. That’s why I still tend to write in other apps (iA Writer, Ulysses, Sublime Text—anything native and offline by default), then copy into Notion. Ideally though Notion should be just as reliable offline as on.

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