For me, the key feature is shortcuts to notes/notebooks and recent notes. Prior to this, it was too time consuming to sort through a bunch of stuff (like all your Skitch screenshots) to find a recent note.
I also appreciate that you can remove the sidebar buttons for features you don't use -- in my case, tags and the geo stuff are hidden.
I like the look of the UI better now too...the previous version was definitely starting to look dated.
Hopefully with this version of Evernote I can finally get all the random text files /images/PDFs off my Desktop.
$45/year for a pro account is completely offset by the time saved with the full text search alone.
But, check out this workflow... there's an app called "Slingshot" in the Mac App Store (I have no association with it). Drag from skitch to slingshot uploads to dropbox and pops the uploaded image in your browser.
Also, looks like the old skitch is available for download on this page:
The old Skitch UI was ugly and non-standard but very functional. I like the direction they're going with the new version of Skitch, but they should have waited to release it until the features were comparable.
Forcing Skitch to sync with Evernote is also awful. Every time you quit Skitch now, it nags you about needing to sync. I understand why they need to do this, but the UX is just bad.
It's reasonable to decide to not use free software because you need more support than the vendor can provide.
It's unreasonable to be upset about a free software vendor not providing enough support.
This is like the whole can't-get-a-human-at-Google-when-gmail-breaks issue. If you don't like it, pay $50 a year and you can call someone. Or stop using gmail.
View > Sidebar Options > Show Notebook List
I use it for a combination of things, but mostly as a place to put and file things I might want later.
I store articles I find on the net, and download the full-version of them, with the Evernote Web clipper. This replaces Pocket, and other apps, and allows me to have synced versions on my phone.
I store Dungeons and Dragons Gamenotes, and have thema cross whatever laptop I happen to bring to game. I GM, so there is a lot to keep track of.
I keep recipes that I yanked from my Mom and Grandmother, so I can type in "cookies" and quickly find how to make them.
Basically, I use it for any content that I want to save, sync, and search.
Could I use The Filesystem+Spotlight+Dropbox? Probably.
But the finder's UI has to do a lot. This has a UI which is dedicated to my use-cases. For me, it makes a lot of sense.
That's what I use currently.
Also, I could not find any integration with kindles, except for 'open the website in your kindle'.
Evernote is better than the file system/Dropbox primarily because it does full text search of PDFs (even scans), words in photos, and plain text.
Evernote also lets you look at all file types in the same interface. And there are good mobile apps.
It's sort of like an integrated version of Spotlight, Quick View, and Dropbox but with better search and better mobile apps.
Every online receipt or payment confirmation, flight details, etc gets inserted into evernote via OS X's "Save PDF to Evernote" link in the print dialog.
I hardly ever look at the stuff, but it's nice to have it all indexed and immediately searchable.
Yojimbo did, and it was nice ;)