Aug 02

A few weeks back, I published “Evernote on the iPad”, in which I described a method to let you capture links or webs pages to Evernote on the iPad, as I saw no “save to Evernote” option. A fellow iPad fan set me straight, there’s a better way, much better in fact. Let’s start by going to the Evernote application,

Check the box to use the Safari clipper plugin. Next, you are looking at the top of the screen when the iPad is plugged in and ready to sync. Go to the info tab, and be sure that Sync Safari Bookmarks is checked.
Last – I love Evernote. I have a few screens full of apps, but if I had to choose, this is the killer app. This is the missing link right here. The bookmarklet needed to put “add to Evernote” on your Safari menu bar. When you go to that menubar on Safari (or Firefox, for that matter) bookmarks shown are simply that, bookmarks as we know them. But, there’s now a new breed of bookmarklets which are little javascript applications and do more than just take you to a web address. Open Safari on your desktop, and drag this image to your linkbar:

    Clip to Evernote

You should now see a link that says “clip to Evernote on the linkbar. Almost done. Now, sync your iPad.

You now will see that bookmarklet appear along with any other links on your Safari linkbar. If you use the Bookmarking site Delicious or other sites that use these bookmarklets, this process will set you up to use them on your iPad. All but the Yahoo link are this type of bookmarklet.

I hope you find this useful. Let me know if you you use any of these features.

Joe

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Jun 09

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.

Joe

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Nov 03

I’ve written about Evernote, the software that you run on your computers, phone, etc to keep track of your stuff. Whatever documents you want to be able to access from anywhere with search capability. One feature I struggled with was the ability to scan right into the application. I had seen ads for ScanSnap by Fujitsu that lets you do this, but as I already have an HP Officejet, I was hoping that I could set it up to scan into Evernote without having to copy, paste, or import. Now, success. For those who aren’t aware, I am on a late model Macintosh, an MDD Dual core G4 PowerMac to be more specific. The HP is an Officejet J6480, a model recently discontinued, but I’m sure the process would be similar on current models.

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First, open HP device manager (search for it if it’s not within the HP folder among your applications), and go to the information and settings icon and choose Scan Preferences.
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Next, enter Evernote into the destination name, browse to find the Evernote application, and choose JPEG as document format. Hit Finish, and you should be all set.

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Now, when you press “Scan To” (toward the left on my printer, not shown here), the menu with offer you Evernote as a choice of destinations. You can now scan a document directly to Evernote without any additional steps.

Update – alternately, once you load Evernote as a destination you can use the HP Scan Pro utility to scan directly.

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The advantage is that you can crop images or select exact passages on a sheet of paper to scan. Again, this method will load the scan directly to Evernote.

Let me know if this worked on your scanner, I’d like to track which models can use this advice.
Joe

Models so far – HP2610, J6480, C4480

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Jul 24

In the past weeks, I’ve talked about tracking. Tracking your expenses every day to understand where you’re spending, down to the cent. And tracking individual items so over time you can understand the unit cost of the item, both the regular price as well as the best sale price you can discover.

One tool I’ve discovered to help me in this process is Evernote, an application that “allows you to easily capture information in any environment using whatever device or platform you find most convenient, and makes this information accessible and searchable at any time, from anywhere.” What exactly does this mean? When I am at Costco, I snapped this shot with my Blackberry:

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It immediately loads into Evernote, into my Costco Folder. With Evernote’s character recognition, a search for “chips” will pull this right up. I can also access this information from my Mac, PC, or from any web browser. The saved data is synced up on all systems running the application as well as on the Evernote server. If you wish to jot notes (or don’t have a picture-taking phone) you can do that, either right into the app or via email. Evernote offers an email access so you can send a note using a subject and text, and the note will go to your account. This can be a great system for a family to use to maintain shopping lists or “to do” lists that won’t get lost on bits of paper.

Another way to use Evernote is to clip web sites or blog postings you wish to save. This can be an ongoing way to comparison shop or just to save items of interest for later viewing. Instead of saving the whole web page, you are able to highlight the text of interest and save just that. It then can be read pretty easily at a later time on your computer or iPod/Blackberry. Lastly, web clips saves in Evernote maintain their embedded links, and those links remain embedded when the “print to PDF” is chosen. This to me is one of the coolest, yet underrated features of this application.

The application is free, as is up to 40MB of upload per month. A paid version allows 500MB of monthly transfer for $5 per month. You can burn through the 40MB with pictures (the one above started out as 560K) but notes and web clips tend to be pretty small so long as your web clips choose text only.

Take a look and let me know how Evernote helps you in your frugal efforts.
Joe

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