Brett Kelly, Evernote genius and author of Evernote Essentials, wrote about 5 Apps That Make Evernote Even Better yesterday. You should definitely check out this list if you’re an Evernote user. Drafts is the only app on the list that I currently use. I was most interested in Powerbot, however. Brett highlighted Powerbot for Gmail specifically, but their service also integrates with Google Calendar—a combo that could prove to be extremely useful for organizing and maintaining meeting notes and support materials. I’m planning to give it a test drive over the next couple of weeks and follow up here with my conclusions.
Evernote rolled out some new features today. You can now set date and time–based reminders for individual notes in addition to creating note–based to–do lists.
Version 6.0 of Keyboard Maestro was released yesterday, including a long list of improvements and new features. Keyboard Maestro is definitely one of the most underutilized apps on my machine.
This clever little trick allows you to put your Mac to sleep remotely using your iOS device.
A running list of tips, scripts, and workflows for OmniFocus.
This post will literally help you improve your grammar.
Jamie Rubin, Evernote Evangelist for Paperless Living, posted today about how he organizes his notes in Evernote. In this helpful and detailed post about his organizational scheme, he explains the importance of having a clear set of goals for Evernote before you create or tweak your own organization system:
One things I’ve learned is that there can be as many organizational schemes as there are people using Evernote. There is no wrong or right way to do it. What I describe below works for me because it meets the goals I set out from the very start. And while the organizational scheme you choose may look entirely different, it should be based on a clear set of goals. You should be asking yourself: why are you trying to organize your notes in the first place?
A clear set of goals is something I was missing when I began using Evernote in 2008. The result is an “organizational scheme” that flirts daily with chaos. I’m still able to find notes and information when I need them, but it takes much longer than it should. I have too many notebooks and an absurd number of tags. I mean an absurd number of tags.
Early in the game, my philosophy was to tag liberally. So I did. Unfortunately, this renders my tags much less useful than they should be and causes friction every time I create a note and need to decide how to tag it. Further, I have countless tags which are being used on only one or two notes. Some tags aren’t being used on any!
Needless to say, my Evernote account needs some serious TLC. It’s a great tool and I still depend on it heavily as a part of my daily workflow. It would serve me well to invest a bit of time to do some housekeeping.
Step #1: Set some concrete goals.
I’ll let you know how it goes.
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Yesterday it was announced that Evernote has acquired Skitch.
This is exciting news and a great match! Evernote and Skitch are already two of the most useful apps I have on my Mac. The folks at Evernote claim that "Skitch will make Evernote better (and vice versa)." I agree. Improved integration between the two can only be a good thing. I look forward to seeing how the relationship between these handy tools develops in the coming months.
And the good news doesn't stop there. A Skitch app has also been released for Android! The ability to mark up and add annotations to images along with the app's Evernote integration will likely make this one of my favorite and most-used apps on my phone as well.
Finally, the biggest winners of this acquisition might just be Windows users. On its blog, Evernote promises, "We are committed, not only to making the Skitch Mac app more awesome, but also to bringing Skitch to every desktop and mobile platform under the sun." Sound like a Windows app is in the works.
What about you? Do you use Evernote? Skitch?
What features or improvements do you hope come from this new relationship?