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Evernote now syncs your files across devices

Now if you have any attachments as part of a note they'll be synced up the next time you connect to the service.

Evernote, a tool Rafe Needleman and I both use regularly to take notes and archive scanned documents, put out a new and useful feature early Wednesday. Now, when attaching a file to a note it will be available everywhere else once it's been synced. If a change is made to that file, those changes get updated in all other locations shortly thereafter, mimicking the behavior of creating and syncing text notes on the service.

While not being an official hard drive in the cloud, this step brings Evernote a little closer. You still have to attach your files to a note to get it into Evernote's servers, which is a far cry from a direct file uploader (which is still possible by sending files to your special Evernote e-mail address). Files are also capped to just 25MB per note, limiting you from attaching large video files.

To help sell the new feature, which is available to both free and paying premium members, Evernote is currently restricting the types of files free users are able to sync to images (including .INK), audio files, and PDFs. Premium users get support for "any" file type, which includes things like Microsoft Office documents and video files which fall under the 25MB cap.

On a side note, if you haven't tried this service out, you really should. Over Thanksgiving break I used it to archive several boxes of childhood photographs and knickknacks using this scanning method, and it was actually a lot of fun. Everything I scanned can be viewed from the service's iPhone app, or on the Web through its Web viewer where it can be published for others to see.

Users of the desktop applications for Windows and Mac will need to upgrade to make use of the new attachment feature.

Users of Evernote's desktop applications will need to update to get the new file attachment feature. CNET Networks