|Earliest: January 8, 2016||Latest: December 10, 2018||Total: 16|
|December 10, 2018|
Today marks the Ten Anniversary of using EverNote! There is only on other internet services that I have that is older - Flickr.
Evernote is a popular note taking application that makes it easy to store any type of data. You can jot down information, capture web content and save images.
Over the past year, I have been seriously exploring other note-taking applications, and haven't found a good alternative. My "Plus" subscription runs out in June, and I don't know if I'll stay with it. It may not be an option as Evernote may discontinue that subscription level.
Evernote is a great application and still an important part of my business and person computer use. I would have never thought, ten years ago that I would still be using the application on a daily bases.
|April 24, 2018|
Evernote is a great tool for managing Blogging content. The Tables feature allows you to break down the content and identify what task needs to be done in order for a post to go out.
Here?s a sample table layout using To-Do list checkboxes. When a task is completed, simply click the checkbox. That way you know what tasks needs to be completed.
Last August Evernote made some style changes that make it even easier to manage a status list in a table. Here?s the same table using the Cell Background color in Evernote.
Table Design: Items that are light green are in progress, whereas the dark green is completed.
Using Cell Background color makes it really easy to manage the status of the task. It?s much easier to figure out what content is in progress and which ones that I should be working on.
Here?s my task Color guide. It?s simple so that I can look at a chart and instantly know where I stand with projects:
If your managing task with Evernote, try using the background cell colors to manage your tasks.
|April 17, 2018|
One of the nice things about Evernote is the ability to search through images and PDF documents. Anything you put in Evernote automatically can be searchable.
When a note is sent to Evernote (via synchronization), any Resources included in the note that match the MIME types for PNG, JPG or GIF are sent to a different set of servers whose sole job is performing Optical Character Recognition (OCR) on the supplied image and report back with whatever it finds. These results are added to the note in the form of a hidden--that is, not visible when viewing the note--metadata attribute called recoIndex. The full recoIndex node is visible when a note is exported as an ENEX file.
This is a service that available to everyone - you don't need to be a Premium customer to get your Images/Documents searchable. However, there is a waiting queue and premium subscribers do get a "fast pass" to get their documents processed first.
This is a good reason to get your important documents in Evernote. That way you can easily find the documents when you're looking for something.
I like using the Scannable App and take pictures of restaurant receipts. This way I don't have to clutter my wallet with my personal copy. Unless you're expensing the meal, there's really no reason to have to save a restaurant receipt.
With Evernote and Scannable, those receipts are automatically OCR. Scannable makes the receipt white which makes the OCR process more reliable. This makes it easy to find when the last time I visited the restaurant and what I had to order. I can simply search for the restaurant name - or the location.
|April 10, 2018|
Did you know that you can share Evernote?s Notes in iMessage? If you have Evernote installed on your iOS device, you can share notes in iMessage.
On the bottom of the iMessage window is an Application icon, when you click on it you have access to various applications to interact with whomever your messaging.
When you select the Evernote icon, you have access to all your Evernote files. You can send any file to the person that your messaging.
You can also add an optional comment before sending - why they should open the document.
This isn?t something new, it?s been in Evernote since September 2016 - when iOS 10 came out.
You have to be online to use Evernote. If you don?t see any notes when you go to the note section, you may have turned off cellular data for Evernote.
You can?t share entire notebooks, just one note at a time.
Each Note that you send is a public note Url, so it doesn?t matter if they are using iOS, Android Bada or Palm OS.
|April 3, 2018|
One creative way to get more value out of an Evernote subscription is to save information from external sources. This is helpful with the IFTTT (If this than that ) service.
You can sync up with Craigslist and eBay and have a new note created when new product get listed.
You can use any source to be notified, such as email or SMS. What makes Evernote unique is that getting notified won't distract your day-to-day operations. In addition, you can save the notification for future reference - for example, if you collect Disney Haunted Mansion memorabilia you may want to know what the current value of some of your items.
It's easy to get started, I recommend doing this on the computer since it will be much easier to perform these actions.
To get this working on Craigslist, you need to get the URL:
Repeat these above steps for any other items.
Ebay is a bit easier to setup
Repeat the above steps for any other items.
Take a few minutes now and create a bunch of actions. If you get too many notifications, simply modify the action to use a strict search query.
Some ideas that make this a useful tip.
Having the search item in your Evernote Inbox keeps you informed of the availability, and if not interested, you can move the note to a notebook for future reference. (So if you are looking to sell that Disney item, you know how much to sell it for.)
|March 27, 2018|
Swipes is a great companion application for Evernote for anyone that manages to-do lists. Swipes give the To-Do items front and center attention. You know what needs to get done, and you can cross off the items from the list with a simple left swipe.
Swipes helps you automatically collect all your tasks in one place, organize them according to your personal priorities and then work on a single task at a time to achieve better focus. The task management tool, which is fully-integrated with Gmail and Evernote, is used by high achieving individuals and companies in more than 140 countries around the world.
Based on gestures and smart integrations, Swipes lets you plan your day, focusing on what's really important. It utilizes the best of technology and design to naturally guide you to improve your habits and workflow, so you get a success experience of completing your tasks for the day rather than storing plans into lists.The tool stands on the shoulders of a powerful productivity concept called the Swipes Way - Collect, Organize, Take Actions.
I played with Swipe for a few days on my iPhone 6s Plus. Here are my thoughts on using it:
A Subscription version is coming with some unidentified feature. "Unlock Swipes Premium for $4.99/month or $49.99/year: Upgrading to Swipes Premium will add yet to be announced features and will be available through an auto-renewing subscription."
I feel that AnyList is a clearly a better to-do list application. The only exception there's no integration with Evernote.
With AnyList I can:
|March 20, 2018|
Having a homepage-type note to other notes is a good way to keep your note collection organized.
It better to have a single note in the Evernote "shortcut" section than a bunch of notes which can make your notebook appear unstructured.
For example, I have a personal Home Appliances note that has links to all my home appliances manuals and past work orders. I do this so I am not having to spend much time sorting through search results.
When I am interested in my furnace manual, I go to the homepage note and then scroll to the furnace info. It's quick and easy. In addition, I know the document will be accurate. In effect, it saves me time.
In addition, I can keep general information such as the filter size or a link to the person who last repaired it.
Evernote does provide a shortcut to linking the Note that you have opened:
The problem is that it only generates the raw HTML. Which is good for most situations.
If you're on a Macintosh, and have Keyboard Maestro, this is a cool way to generate a more useful link:
The following Keyboard Maestro Macro will generate a useful link to an Evernote note. This is useful if you want to quickly create add a link from another note. For example, if you're building a reference page that will be used as a shortcut.
First I need to get the current Evernote link. I am using a type string, but you can easily set this to be a keyboard shortcut.
Download part of the AppleScript Code from Schrader GIT project.
Once I have the URL, I convert it to Rich text so that I can just paste the clipboard text:
This will create a link with the Note Title as the link object.
There are a couple of clean-up items that need to be done:
|March 13, 2018|
Every now and then I'll find an interesting article or document that very interesting to read through. However, I don't have the time at that exact moment to read it - but it seems like something worth wild reading.
That's why I created a "University" notebook in Evernote. I use the Web Clipper and send the article to that Notebook.
When I have downtime, I can browse through the files in University to find something worth reading or learning about. This is useful on my daily train commute or when I am on a plane.
Evernote Premium Subscribers can set designated Notebooks for offline reading.
Once I am done with the article, I then move it to a Library Notebook. That way I always know that the University Notebook will have interesting articles.
I have various articles in my University Notebook such as:
The good thing about doing this is that I can remember important articles at the time of discovery. Also, should the article be no longer available I'll have a copy that I can read. Whereas a browser bookmark might point me to a 404 page.
If you have Evernote, I encourage you to have your own University Notebook to store downtime data.
|March 6, 2018|
One of the productive uses of Evernote is to keep track of frequently used Fonts.
One of my notes in the "Active Projects" notebook is titled - "Popular Fonts." In that note, it contains the sample of some of the fonts that I have used the fonts in various projects.
Sample Entry in the "Popular Fonts" Note
This makes it really easy to find the right font style for future projects. Simply search for the keyword and the word 'Font' and the note will appear every time.
The easiest way I found to create the font reference graphic is to use OmniGraffle.
It takes a couple of minutes to set up. Once you get into the rhythm you can quickly produce entries into your own note. This will save a lot of time in the future - to find the right font.
This is useful when you get a new font from Creative Market Free collection. You'll be able to remember what you got, and the style of the font.
|February 27, 2018|
Evernote's Android users have a slight advantage over those that manage Evernote in iOS. Android users can pin the link to notes to their device home screen.
This is done simply by clicking on the three dots on the top of any note, and then selecting "Add to Home Screen." This makes it easy to open those important notes.
This isn't limited to notes, you can also pin Notebooks. Making it super easy to access common notebooks that you may use on your Android device. (Especially those notebooks that are marked as offline.)
Over on the Evernote support board, CalCS offered a quick hack to get this working on iOS. This will have to do until an official feature is implemented in iOS.
Some may argue this feature will cause users to clutter their home screen. However, the same type of feature is available for Safari bookmarks, and I don't think people have been abusing that.