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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 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 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.

Google Keep - Will Google Keep it around?

The closing of Google Reader may go down in history as a major Public Relations debacle.

A lot of people may not have used Reader, but those who did included almost every tech journalist around, and many other journalists as well.

Ticking of Tech Influencers is never a good idea.

This can best be seen with today's announcement of Google Keep.  Keep is a web app, and Android app (so far) for storing information.  It can store notes, check lists, photos and automatically transcribed audio.

It's similarities to Evernote are readily apparent.

And is suitability for the upcoming Google Glass is apparent too.

But before we can look at the features, or how exciting it might be with something like Glass, we have to ask ourselves will it be around ten years from now?  Or twenty?

If we entrust it to log our life's details, we want to know it will be around.

Coming within just days of Google Reader's abandonment, I'm not the only person to wonder this.  I saw many Tweet's tonight raising the issue.  This is but one :

I have to agree with Dave Winer:

The positive is that Google always leaves users a way to get their data out of a tool should they shut it down.

Evernote too, has ways to get their data out.

The plus tonight for Evernote is lately they have been talking about being a one hundred year company.  They get it, that their tool is worth much more to users if we can depend on being able to get to our data for our lifetimes.

Whether they can do that remains to be seen.  They are after all a business who has to do what is right for their investors.  But it is nice to know they know the value of continuing to serve their customers.

Two week's ago, we wouldn't raised this issue with Keep's release.  Google sure made it harder for Keep to get adoption with their Reader misstep.

Evernote has a Google Competitor

Just today, Google released to the wild what at first glance appears to be a direct challenge to Evernote.

Google Keep, has both a website and an Android app.

Fuller information is on Google's Official Blog.

I love Evernote, but am interested to see what Google has up their sleeve.