Note – a kind reader gave me a better recommendation to use Evernote on the iPad and the advice now appears in a new article Evernote on the iPad Revisited.
My regular readers will know that I’m a Mac user (a fan but not a fanboy) and lately, an avid user of the Evernote application. It’s no surprise that when I bought my iPad, Evernote was one of the very first apps I loaded. I find Evernote incredibly useful, an easy way to access data at my fingertip on a screen much easier to read than either the iPod Touch or my Blackberry. One issue that some have is trying to save a web page to Evernote while browsing. On your Mac or PC this is easy, add-ons for the browser handle this with a click. The Safari iPad browser just offers this:
Your choices while in Safari are to add it to the Safari Bookmarks, add an icon to the home screen or email the link. Of course you can email the link to your Evernote account which is easy, but a two step process. I recently discovered what I think is an easier method. Take a look:
If you first set up an Evernote note which links to Google (i.e. just add a note with http://www.google.com to your first Evernote notebook) now when you go to Google this way, you are not in Safari, and you can see the top search bar is gone, we are in Evernote’s own browser. What you gain is that lower bar, arrows for prior or next screen, reload, but most important, the new choices:
You are still able to email the link, or open in Safari, but most important, you can save the page to Evernote directly.Now, for the final image:
I can now continue my search, saving the screenshots I want, but easily going back to the search screen, via that left arrow, all the while staying within the convenient Evernote browser. I was searching for a way to do this for some time, and until I discovered this process, saving from the iPad was a multistep process. Of course you can use whichever search engine you wish, the process is the same. If you pass this tip on, please let people know you heard it here first.