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Sunday, August 11, 2013

Software for College Freshman

Every year I write a column about software college freshman need.

Naturally, Evernote is always on that list.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Follow Mark on his Geek Quest Thursday June 27, 2013

I'm going on a all day Geek Quest.

Follow along on Google+ using this link.  You do not have to be a Google+ member.

It will get most interesting about 6 PM, but there will be updates all day.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Very Cool: Evernote Adds Reminders

In what they have said is their #1 request (it certainly was mine!), Evernote has added reminders.

You can specify a reminder date for a note, and Evernote will email you with a reminder for the note.  The reminder also pops up in the app.

Right now, it works on IOS and Web, but the other clients should be getting it very soon.  I hope it is sooner than Reminders itself.  Phil Libin said in one of their podcasts that Due Dates were coming "soon".  That was at least two years ago, maybe three.  Supposing Reminders are what he meant as Due Dates, he has a rather loose definition of soon.

Joking aside, this is an awesome feature addition.

Also the notes with Reminders end up at the top of each Notebook, and you can arrange them by your order of importance.

Read Evernote's blog post, and watch their video for more information.

Cross posted on GetProductiveFast.com and Ideas from Mark Stout.






Thursday, March 28, 2013

Google Now Voice Notes to Evernote



I wrote on my personal blog on March 23 about my delight the first time I made a Google Now voice note "Note to self:" and how Google Now prompted me to send it to Gmail or to Google Keep.

Previously the only option was to send it to Gmail.  I have a Gmail filter to send any "Note to self" emails on to my Evernote account.

Now a Lifehacker.com post by Whitson Gordon alerted me that now Evernote is included in that option.

Evernote did not appear on my list options before when I made a note with Google Now.  I wonder if it is not a new capability added by Evernote when they released Version 5 for Android about that time.

On my Android phone I went to Settings, Applications and brought up the record for Google Search (which is really Google Now).

Then I scrolled down and touched the button Clear Defaults.

Then I went into Google Now and made a voice "Note to Self".  This time the option box had three choices: Email, Keep and Evernote.

I went ahead and chose Evernote.

The note to self appears in my Evernote transcribed!  Unfortunately the audio file does not appear to go to Evernote.

When I used the forward to Gmail, then a filter triggered forward to Evernote, the audio file went into Evernote.

Having Google Now send to Keep did send the audio file.  Hopefully, that is something that can change in the future.








Monday, March 25, 2013

Evernote 5 Reaches Android


Android caught up to IOS today with Evernote 5 appearing in the Play Store.

Evernote announced the details in their blog post today.

The big news is an updated camera.  Now you can take several photos at one time for inclusion into a single Note.

Also, there is a new camera mode, Page Mode.  It lets you put photos of documents into Evernote easier.

Evernote describes it :
Just align the page with the on-screen rectangle and take the photo. The app will find the edges of the page, remove any shadows and improve the contrast, so you’ll have a perfect copy in Evernote.
This works well too with their Smart Notebook by Moleskin.  With special Moleskin notebooks, your written word can end up in Evernote quickly and accurately.

I have to admit, this kind of feature does not excite me much.  I hate writing anything by hand.  But that's just me.

Exciting though is Shortcuts.  Now when you touch the right hand part of the screen and swipe to the left, a Shortcuts page appears.  If you long touch any Note, you get the option to add it to the Shortcuts page.



People have long asked for the ability to Star a Note, like Google lets you Star Gmail messages, or documents in Drive etc.  In my book, Get Productive Fast with Evernote, I've suggested having a tag "Starred" that you add to important Notes and then a Saved Search for Notes with the tag "Starred"  And on my phone, I've added a desktop shortcut for Starred Notes too.

Shortcuts in Evernote 5 does away for this workaround.


Saturday, March 23, 2013

A final word on Google Keep during its first week


Some more thinking about Keep and Evernote tonight.

My loyalty remains with Evernote.  Not only does it have the power I want now (Keep is a toy compared now to Evernote) but of course, Evernote has my Notes; over 15,000 of them.

Also, I know Evernote is going to focus on the best ways to capture and let me use my information.  Google, has its focus spread far and wide, and has lately shown they have a bit of a commitment problem to their products (*cough* Google Reader *cough*).

 But...I know Keep is going to iterate fast and become pretty powerful.  I am going to keep a close eye on it, and write about it.  I'll do that writing on my main blog Ideas from Mark Stout, not on GetProductiveFast.com.

GetProductiveFast.com is for products I've written about in an e-book, and that is Evernote.  Ideas from Mark Stout is more for my inquiries into new technology, and Keep is definitely that.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Is Google Keep all about Glass?

As I look at Keep tonight, it is not yet Evernote.  Yet, is very important.  I suspect we'll see fast iterations of Keep.

Even though I am not going to use it, I've marked it as one of the web pages I open every day.  I suspect we'll see rapid growth in its feature set.

But I think Keep is like Google Now, Google Goggles and some other efforts recently.  It is not for the web, or even Android, but rather Google's upcoming Google Glass.

Glass will need an app to capture all the tidbits of information we come across in a day.  Those tidbits will be photos, and audio both of which Keep can capture now.

When I first came to understand what Glass was going to be out, me being me, thought what a wonderful capture tool it would be to feed Evernote.

Of course, Google knows that too, but they do not own Evernote, so hence Keep.