One of my most valued applications is Evernote, free software for Mac, iPhone and Windows users. It’s where I keep all my notes, snippets, handy ideas, reference information — anything I might need or want to look up sometime.
The beauty of it, apart from being really easy to use, and free, is that it synchronises everything I keep in it between my various Macs, iPod and iPhone, and even has a web interface.
There are several ways for Mac users to get information in to Evernote, apart from typing or regular copy and paste.
- Copy something, then choose Paste to Evernote from the Elephant in the menu bar. Evernote creates a new note and pastes in your clipboard, together with a reference for where it came from.
- Make a screenshot. For example, open a web page and choose Clip Screenshot into Evernote from the Elephant in the menu bar. Then either capture the full screen or select a portion of the page. Evernote creates a new note containing the screenshot.
- Choose Print from the Print menu, then choose PDF from the Print window. In the PDF menu is an option to Save PDF to Evernote. Evernote creates a new note and incorporates the PDF you ‘printed’.
- If you use Safari hover over the Elephant that Evernote adds to the Toolbar. A tooltip explains options for adding the web page direct to Evernote, including clicking while something is selected, nothing is selected, or Shift clicking.
- If you use Safari Control Click on a blank portion of a page and choose Add Page to Evernote or Add Page to Evernote as PDF from the contextual menu. Both actions add the page to a new note in Evernote.
- If you don’t use Safari install the Evernote Clipper bookmarklet. The Clipper page has text and a handy video that explain how to use the Clipper. Mainly you click on the Clipper, sign in to your Evernote account and things are saved. What is saved depends on what, if anything, was selected.
Most of the above possibilities work in all kinds of applications on your Mac, not just web browsers. Experiment with it in your favourite word processor or text editor, blogging or Twitter software, image editing software — anywhere on your computer that you need to grab and save text or images.
What’s your favourite way to capture information into Evernote?