So far it has served the purposes for what I needed, I have only one gripe with it at the moment - and that is the copy/pasting of HTML like content that often ends up mangled (which is sort of expected from HTML based WYSIWYG like editing).
I signed up for an Evernote account years ago, but instantly got turned off by the fact that my personal notes would not be private any more. Completely unrelated to the break-in they suffered, just the fact that now, my notes, that I carefullly and meticulously take, would be on the internet somewhere. That actually didn't do it for me.
Why do you think your personal notes are not private in Evernote? Wouldn't that be the same thing as not using Gmail because your email is on the internet somewhere? I see your point but it's hard to get away from using the cloud to store personal data.
Other non-connected applications can use OCR. Maybe you can make a case for Evernote's specialty recognition of cursive or handwriting, but, in the end, it boils down to text. they sure aren't doing picture-searching
It's not that personal notes are not private, it's more that anything that is put on the internet's privacy is questionable. Whether it SHOULD be that way or not is up for debate, but if you upload something somewhere, unless that somewhere is a black hole, someone might be able to retrieve it, through legitimate or illegitimate means.
The thing is, Gmail is something I can't do myself. It facilitates exchange at a level reasonable for use (like, I can't duplicate the USPS, and I can't duplicate Gmail) -- of course, I could just send email from my own IP, but they offer something special, verification of my identity, and make it easier to send messages... Where is that special functionality from Evernote?
As far as using the cloud to store personal data -- It might be hard, but it's easier to avoid actively pursuing new ways to put personal data on the internet
Not really that hard. Just don't store it there. However, it is harder to have anytime, anywhere access to your personal data without using the cloud to store it. Still not impossible... but that depends on how big this data is.