Evernote adds Reminders, extending task-management options

Alarms galore arrive on the must-have app.

If, like many, you use Evernote as a sophisticated to-do list, the latest update to the essential software and service is about to dramatically increase its usefulness. Reminders give Evernote a full suite of alarm and notification features, ideal for turning static notes into dynamic action items.

The company calls Reminders its "most requested feature of all time."

Evernote hasn't exactly reinvented the wheel when it comes to its implementation of Reminders. You simply add an optional Reminder to any note by tapping the alarm clock icon that now appears on screen when you're creating or viewing a note.

Reminders do not necessarily have to come with a time and date attached (otherwise they simply appear in the new Reminders area, which I'll discuss in more detail below), but you'll probably want to assign specific deadlines to most of your Reminders. Tap or click the calendar icon to give your Reminder a deadline or other specific timing. This will also give it a pop-up alert when the Reminder comes due.

For organizational purposes, Reminders are tied to the notebook in which they were created, and you'll find all your Reminders for that notebook in a special section at the top of the list of notes. When using Reminders, you'll find that this is the easiest way to mark a Reminder as a completed item. You do that by clicking the checkbox or radio button (depending on the OS you're using) to the left of each Reminder. This crosses the Reminder off your virtual to-do list. If you want to see all your Reminders across all your notebooks, you'll find them available in the All Notes view.

Evernote points out in its blog post announcing the new feature that for business users, tying Reminders to notebooks gives you added functionality. Since notebooks can be shared with other users, Reminders within those notebooks get shared as well. This gives you a quick way to not only share the notes and materials related to a specific project, but also creates a simple, ad hoc way to prioritize tasks and ensure everyone working on a project is on the same page when it comes to next steps. All subscribers to a notebook receive alerts when a Reminder comes due, so if one user creates a reminder, everyone should receive it. By adding a team member's name to the Reminder, you can create a simplified multi-user task manager.

Before you drop Outlook altogether, remember that there's no way to set recurring reminders, no snooze alarm feature, and no way to create appointments, but Evernote says new features are in the works.

And one more caveat about the new Reminders feature: At present, they're only available for Evernote Web, Evernote for iOS, and Evernote for Mac. The Windows Evernote client does not yet feature Reminders, nor does the Android client. Evernote has announced that Reminders are coming to other platforms, but hasn't released any specifics except to say that it'll be ready "very, very soon."

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags mobileproductivityiosmobile applicationsEvernoteProductivity & social

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Christopher Null

PC World (US online)
Show Comments

Father’s Day Gift Guide

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Luke Hill

MSI GT75 TITAN

I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.

Emily Tyson

MSI GE63 Raider

If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.

Laura Johnston

MSI GS65 Stealth Thin

If you can afford the price tag, it is well worth the money. It out performs any other laptop I have tried for gaming, and the transportable design and incredible display also make it ideal for work.

Andrew Teoh

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category

Louise Coady

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?