On My Mac is an on-going series highlighting the software (and sometimes, hardware) I use on my Mac nearly every day. Look for additional On My Mac…posts in the coming weeks! -- Douglas
It has taken me quite a while to find a place for Evernote in my workflow, but lately I have been using it more and more. Basically, I would describe Evernote as an electronic and intelligent "shoebox" for storing all the data that you want to remember in the future, even if you aren't sure how you might use it. You can create separate notebooks for different projects, tag each item in any way you wish and even include audio and photo notes.
One of my biggest uses for Evernote is automatically creating a local collection of every item I share via Pinterest, StumbleUpon and directly from the web. This local archive means I have links and info for everything, even it should happen to disappear online or I am working somewhere without an Internet connection. I like to have the complete text of recipes when I share them, as it often takes me a while to get around to making the dish.
The best thing about Evernote is, though, is that -- once collected -- your data is available anywhere that you are. You can access it via the web, via the local Mac software client, and on your iPhone.
It may take you a bit to figure out how Evernote can work for you, but take a look, use it for a little while and I think that, like me, it will find an important place in your Mac toolkit.