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How do I love thee, Evernote?

When I first posted about Evernote last week, I had a feeling it would be a game changer. So far it's living up to my expectations and has become an indispensable part of my life both for writing and everything else. And I'm not even using it to its full potential, I'm sure.

Not only can I rip articles and blog posts off the web–which saves both the text and the hyperlink–I can create notes and lists, scan photos, save photos from the web, and keep it all organized in notebooks.

Another cool feature: if you add a photo that contains text, Evernote will convert the text so that it's searchable. Wow!

Tim Ferriss, author of The 4-Hour Workweek (which I found highly interesting) discusses how he uses Evernote in this blog post. He even uses it in conjunction with Scrivener, much like many of us.

Right now, I'm using Evernote to save articles and notes on story ideas, research, writing craft, and the business side of writing. I also save recipes, a list for things we need to take when we move, lists of books I want to read so that I have them when I'm at the bookstore or library, and a list of gift ideas for upcoming birthdays in the family.

Next, I'm going to set up a notebook that contains my hotel and airline confirmations for all the travel I'm doing this summer.

Since these are synched between my Mac, my iPhone, and the web, I can get to them from anywhere as long as I have phone service or my laptop.

Evernote is like carrying a 3-ring binder for each area of your life, but without the backpack. Best of all, it's simple to use. If you haven't checked it out yet, I highly recommend it.

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    • Reply

      It doesn’t synch directly with Scrivener. I just use it to collect all the research I’m using for my stories.

      For those that are specific to one MS, you can copy the URL from Evernote and use it to add the page in Scrivener. Or you can copy/paste from Evernote to a new text document in Scrivener. The Evernote export feature only exports to XML and HTML.

      I find that I don’t use a lot of the stuff I saved in Scrivener unless it was notes or photos. By keeping it separate, it should help keep my Scrivener file size down. The other problem is that once I started a book series, I wanted a lot of the same info available, so then I was duplicating across Scrivener projects, which seemed wasteful.

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    I used to think I was a smart person with high IQ…and then I found your blog….I feel dumb.
    Your knowledge is way beyond me:)
    What is amazing about you is that you make it sound so simple and easy:)
    Love you Gwen! you impress me:)

    • Reply

      You are most certainly a smart person, Mirella. Everybody has things that they’re good at. For example, you’re fluent in at least two languages that I know of, and I’m betting even more. And no way could you be a lawyer without some serious brains.

      I’m glad you find my explanations easy, but knowledge is not the same thing as intelligence.

      So, thanks for the compliments, but don’t shortchange yourself.

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    I did install it. That’s a start! I suppose in the long run it would save me time if I’d make the time to learn how to use it. Good to know that you’ve been using it and are still loving it.

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      I do love it, and I keep finding new ways to make it work for me. Next time you see a handy article or blog post, click on the elephant. I think you’ll be hooked before you know it. =)

      And if not, that’s okay too. My goal is to find things that make life easier for people, but everyone has their own style.

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    If you’d like a tool for managing your time and projects, and that syncs with Evernote, you can use this web-application inspired by David Allen’s GTD:

    You can use it to manage and prioritize your goals, projects and tasks, set next actions and contexts, use checklists, schedules and a calendar.
    Comes with a mobile version too, and with an Android app.

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    Hi, Gwen. I’m trying out both Evernote and Simplenote on my iPad. I love using Evernote, but Simplenote claims to synchronize directly with Scrivener. I’m not yet familiar with Simplenote, but I’m going to give it a test drive.

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