Nimbus Notes cropped up on my radar when I was looking for an alternative to Evernote after a lengthy period of unhappiness with the service. One of the key factors in my search was that whatever service I opted for had to manage with importing around 10 years of Evernote data. I was lucky to find a lifetime deal for Nimbus for around the price of an annual subscription to Evernote, so I whipped out the ever-useful plastic and a signed on the dotted line.
Importing a decade of data did not go as smoothly as I hoped. There were some formatting issues and some attachments failed to come across, but I estimate that it was 80 per cent successful, so I was relatively happy. During this process, I discovered one of the most important things about Nimbus – first-rate customer service. Several initial queries were dealt with swiftly and professionally, a pleasant surprise after some issues with the Evernote team.
Nimbus does everything that Evernote does more. It has the invaluable web clipper but also a bolt-on tool that enables you to capture what is on screen as a video. Initially, I found it a bit clunky but after a while, I found I was cursing it less and less as I worked my way through how it worked.
Another major plus-point with Nimbus is that updates seem to come thick and fast. One of the disappointments with the Evernote of old is that updates were few and far between, something that seems to have been overcome in the latest incarnation.
Setting up Nimbus to my mindset was simple and very soon I had a similar folder structure that I had been using for many years with Evernote. Importing didn’t put the data into the old folders, so it was a fairly time-consuming task to drag n drop hundreds of files from the single imported folder to their new homes. But hey, we were in the middle of a pandemic and doomed to stay at home so what else would I be doing!
As you would expect, there is nothing out of the ordinary about the Nimbus interface. On the left-hand side of the screen is an information bar with all the folders neatly stacked. There is an option to hide this if you feel it clutters up the screen real estate.
If you are seriously organised and want to assign tags to your documents, this is partially done for you. As you enter notes, PDF files etc, Nimbus establishes a tag for you but doesn’t automatically tag the file. That has to be done manually. Some people assert that tags help their search requirements, but I have found that the Nimbus search facility to be pretty fast and impressive as it is.
As you would expect, Nimbus is multi-platformed and the service works smoothly and quickly on my Android devices.
Pricing, too, is very competitive and you can see the full three layers and their modules here. You can try out Nimbus for free as long as you like, but my guess is that pretty soon you will want some of the paid-for add-ons and you don’t have to pay the earth for them.
At present, Nimbus is running in parallel to Evernote and I will cast a careful eye on the benefits of both services when the annual Evernote subscription is due.
Below is a three-minute introduction to the service.