Evernote’s Crime-Fighting Powers

I’ve repeatedly blogged about Evernote and how awesome it is. I firmly believe it’s one of the greatest pieces of software I use. What I didn’t realise is that it has crime-fighting powers!

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That’s right; I now use Evernote to fight crime as well as design games.

(Also, please forgive me but this is a little off topic from the point of view of game design, but it does highlight what a useful bit of kit Evernote can be).

Last December, I was driving to the local swimming pool to pick up my younger son after his how not to drown lesson. While doing so I witnessed a rather bad road traffic incident and I also witnessed a car speeding away from the scene. Obviously, I stopped to help but couldn’t stay long because my son needed picking up. However, I did hand my business card to one of the affected drivers in case they needed witnesses.

When I got to the swimming pool, my son was still getting changed so I quickly typed up some notes in Evernote about the incident incase anyone contacted me to be a witness.

No-one did, however, and I promptly forgot all about it.

That changed this morning, when I got a call from the police. They were tracking down all the witnesses because it looks like the incident is going to court (one of the drivers suffered some injuries and the person who allegedly caused the accident is denying any responsibility).

Of course, the accident was three months ago and I couldn’t immediately recall  the details. I did recall, however, I’d made a note in Evernote about it. One quick search later and it popped up on my screen. Ever better, after chatting wth the police officer, I was able to turn my note into a PDF and email it to him.

I clearly need a super hero name—perhaps Evernote Man? (Let me know in the comments below).

The point of all this is that Evernote is tremendously handy. If you don’t yet use it, I’d recommend downloading it (it’s free) and having a play. I could bore you with all the other ways I use Evernote, but (mercifully for you) I won’t. Sufficed to say, it makes almost every facet of my life easier.

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Creighton is the publisher at Raging Swan Press and the designer of the award winning adventure Madness at Gardmore Abbey. He has designed many critically acclaimed modules such as Retribution and Shadowed Keep on the Borderlands and worked with Wizards of the Coast, Paizo, Expeditious Retreat Press, Rite Publishing and Kobold Press.

2 thoughts on “Evernote’s Crime-Fighting Powers”

  1. Interestingly enough I have a Suspicious Behavior Notebook in my Evernote. It’s already helped the local police once already.
    I usually listen to podcasts while jogging the neighborhood and I like to save great ideas in evernote when I hear them. One day I was doing just that when I saw a black chevy parked in a very usual spot and spotted a guy dumping something from the back of his truck. Now I’ve seen enough CSI and played enough RPG to have red flags drop from the heavens on the backs of parachuting goblins. I voice to text dictated everything I noticed about the scene.
    Luckily he was only illegally disposing deer carcasses.

    1. Heh. I’m often using Evernote while running to make notes; it’s when many ideas pop into my head!

      Although I haven’t faced quite the same situation as you have I think we should form some kind of heroic secret society. Perhaps we should call ourselves the Evernote League?

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