Like Google Docs, Evernote is a product that allows you to create and edit documents. The service is free up to a point. With the free service you get to upload 40MB of notes (my own usage doesn't exceed 2-3 MB per month) beyond that a premium service is available for only $5 dollars per month for a 500MB monthly upload allowance. For text documents the free 40MB allowance is incredibly generous, however if you're uploading lots of high resolution images then you may exceed the monthly limit.
I'm a devoted user of both Google Docs and EverNote. Which product I use depends on specific circumstances. For example, Evernote offers you web and desktop clients as well as an iPhone application for "on the go" document creation. I'm writing this article using Evernote on my iPod touch while sitting in the mall as the family shops.
Both gDocs and Evernote allow you to cut and paste portions of websites directly into your documents. You can even drag photos from a web page and drop them directly into your Google Document or EverNote. It's difficult to imagine the process being any similar! These features allow you to easily augment your notes with information you find on the web.
Once you settle on an Internet enabled word processor you'll need a way of creating and inserting chess diagrams into your documents. I've indicated that both Google Docs and Evernote allow you to simply drag and drop images from a web page onto your documents. However, in many cases you'll need to create your own diagrams from your own games and experiences.
You can certainly create chess diagrams using desktop chess software, but what if the machine you're using doesn't have chess software installed? Ideally you can create diagrams online while working with tools like Evernote and Google's Documents. Fortunately there many sites which offer online chess diagram creation services with more or less the same types of features. Simply do a Google search for "Chess Diagram" to find such tools. Naturally I favor my own, ChessImg.com - a free service which offers high quality diagrams with support for square highlighting and multiple diagram sizes.
The benefits of creating and maintaining your chess notes online are indeed numerous.
1) Services like Google and Evernote are considerably less likely to lose your notes than you would be by simply storing them on your laptop or desktop computer. The reason for this comes down to a sophisticated computer process known as replication. Both Evernote and especially Google store (replicate) your data onto multiple backup systems.
S) storing your notes online allows you to access them from any computer (of device such as your mobile phone)
3) This method of maintaining your chess notes is ideal for use with the new generation of netbooks - those 200 dollar mini laptops with Internet access.
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