Here are 6 ways I use the productivity tool, Evernote
Feel free to add yours in the comments below
Evernote is the equivalent to an external hard drive, on the cloud – so you can archive important / interesting information – read more here (http://www.evernote.com/)
There are hundreds of different ways you can use Evernote – here are my top 6 tips:
1. A DESKTOP FOLDER
In Evernote open Tools > Import Folders
Here you can specify ANY folder, and files within that folder will be automatically imported into Evernote
I decided to create a folder called “For Evernote”. This sits in my Documents folder, but by creating a shortcut on your desktop, you now have a place where you can drag files for quick importing.
I also specified this folder as a FAVOURITE so it is easy to find when I am saving a file from another program.
I had been hoping to specify a Dropbox folder as an import folder, but this is not possible – hence, Tip #2
Goodsync – a very useful desktop tool anyway for backing up files/moving etc, but great for syncing Dropbox with Evernote.
I wanted to use this to automatically backup my portfolio as I develop it, but it could be used for anything (images, documents etc).
Point Goodsync at the source file, and again at your Evernote desktop shortcut, and viola! (you can also alter the settings – so you can have a 2 way sync (not useful here), backup or move (ie delete file from source location)
By installing the Dropbox App I uploaded ALL my images to my Dropbox > Evernote folder, and they are – one by one – moved (and then deleted) from Dropbox to Evernote Import (by Goodsync) then moved (and deleted form source) into Evernote automatically. (I currently use this to move my IPad screen captures into Evernote)
3. SYNC ICLOUD to EVERNOTE
(Disclaimer: I’m not entirely sure HOW I’ve achieved this. I set up a LOT of different syncing techniques and I’m now unable to find out which one works .. but I think this is it – but apologies if it doesn’t work for you)
ICloud is Apple’s latest product to sync items on all of your kit – Ipad, IPhone, Mac etc.
I used Goodsync (above) to link your C:UserssonyPicturesPhoto StreamUploads folder to my Evernote import folder (as set up above)
Now this only works when my laptop is on, but that works for me: Goodsync moves all the images that appear in my photostream into Evernote
This is useful for keeping track of snaps I take, but ALSO, more importantly for me, screen captures I take on my Iphone (and soon IPad)
Ifttt is a very useful website (a little clunky in places) but great tool for moving pretty much any online content, to somewhere else.
- I currently have it sorting certain GMmail messages. Pro: You can specify the Evernote folder in which the item will be moved Con: 1. Sometimes it cuts off the body of the text 2. It does not delete the original message. For some emails now I have reverted to Gmail Filters – see next tip)
- I have it moving anything I post to my Tumblr images account (http://www.carolinebeavon.tumblr.com) as an image into Evernote
- Articles I “star” in Google Reader are now moved to Evernote – this does not copy the body, just the title so this is not perfect for reading but useful to a degree
- Messages I “favourite” on Twitter are sent to Evenote
- Anything I send to Instapaper (I have a magazine reader on my Ipad that does not have an Evernote link) i import to Evernote.
5. GMAIL FILTERS
> using a filter to forward / move certain emails into Evernote
As stated above – the con of this system is that you cannot specify which Evernote folder the email goes into but it is a trustworthy system.
- Find your Evernote email address – within Evernote
- Set up a filter to forward and keep (or forward and delete) emails into Evernote
- When you log into Evernote you will have to deal with them in your default folder
6. GOOGLE CHROME EVERNOTE PLUGIN
Such a useful tool and I’m sure IE and Firefox have a similar thing.
It’s a button that sits in your toolbar, that lets you grab webpage and send it to Evernote – allowing you to grab bits of pages, entire pages or URL’s of the page you are looking at. You can also specify the destination folder AND add tags as you go.
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