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Evernote Food: An App That Helps You Record Your Meals

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Note-taking smart phone app Evernote is widely considered one of the best productivity apps on the market, particularly if you do a lot of note taking. I ranked it as my number one app of the year and find it indispensable for keeping track of everyday tasks.

The company that produced Evernote just released a version geared for food lovers not terribly creatively called Evernote Food. The free smart phone app allows its users to keep track of meals as they happen and archive them for posterity complete with photos, locations and notes on the meal, but it's not quite ready for prime time.

The app opens easily enough and prompts users to enter an Evernote username and password, if one exists, or create one. The advantage is that all of the notes for Evernote Food are stored on a parent website that is accessible with the same user information. For the original software, this comes in very handy when you want to take a look online.

The interface is nice-looking, much like their sister software, and disarmingly simple. Basically, you click the plus button to add a meal and fill in the blanks. It will tag your location based on GPS if you allow it. Then, you can add photos you take or from your camera roll.

The software stores the notes and allows you to access them at any time, make changes, additions, etc. You can even attach it to one of your notebooks in the primary Evernote application or share your meals on Twitter and Facebook. For anyone who wants to track meals, this will make an excellent choice once Evernote clears up a couple of issues.

To start, there is no delete button either for the individual notes or for photos. Once you've put a note or a photo in, there is no way to get either of them out. That's pretty frustrating and really inconvenient.

In addition, there is no way to modify the date of the meal. It sets that automatically for you when you create the note, but it cannot be changed. This is a problem for anyone who wants to add meal notes and photos after the actual meal. It seems logical that someone might want to upload that information later to avoid having to do it at the table.

One thing I've learned with Evernote is that they do make upgrades and they are responsive to customers. Since nearly all of the comments mention the issues above, my guess is that those features will roll out with future versions. Until then, take it for a test drive -- if you have an iPhone as that is the only platform currently available -- and see what you think. After all, it's free.

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