One of my all time favorite apps is Evernote. It’s not that it does so much. I like using Evernote because it’s everywhere all at the same time.
The Mac App Store is a good place to get Evernote for your Mac (updates are automatic, and it’s free). It’s a good note taking app. Click to add notes. Save notes in notebooks and organize accordingly.
Think of Evernote as a mini word processor for the Mac. You can drop in graphics, photos, text, clips, even PDFs, right into the note. Everything is searchable. Not bad for free, right?
Here’s the big surprise. Evernote syncs your data– notes, images, clips, text, photos, PDFs, whatever– to the cloud.
Then, Evernote syncs your files with Evernote on iPad, Evernote on Windows, Evernote on iPhone or Android phone.
You get the idea.
Evernote is free to use but if you use too much online storage there’s a monthly fee.
How does Evernote exemplify apps of the future? First, it’s free. Second, it syncs data with all your devices. Third, it does more and functionality steadily increases over time.
For now, Evernote on the Mac takes notes, and does a good job of notes management and online sync. What’s to stop Evernote from becoming a near-first class document processor? It’s a native app on each device so it’s more robust than a typical web-based app.
What’s to stop Evernote from developing a spreadsheet module? Or, adding a presentation option? Or, dropping in some drawing tools, or photo enhancement tools?
You get the idea. The future is full on synchronization and useful functionality. Data is everywhere. That means the same app must also be everywhere. Apple is doing something similar with iWork’s Pages, Numbers, and Keynote, but that suite is available only on Apple’s devices.
Will many apps in the future follow the Evernote model of low entry cost for users, multiple platforms, steadily increasing functionality, reliance on cloud storage? Yes. Will apps be free? Many, yes. Most, no. But the trend toward highly functional, low cost apps is unmistakable.