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Possible Uses for Evernote

Installing the Evernote app on your iPad truly pushes your tablet closer to the Ultimate Tablet status. The Ultimate iPad is all about putting everything you need at your fingertips and making it easy and fast to find. Evernote is one of those tools that will continue to surprise you and have you saying, “I didn’t know it could do that!”

Here are just a couple of Evernote features that might help convince you to sign up.

Send Emails Directly to Notebooks

This is one of my absolute favorite features of Evernote. When you sign up for Evernote (Free or Premium), you get an Evernote email address in the form of name@m.evernote.com. If you forward an email message (including any attachments) to this address, that message will be placed inside a new note. The subject line of the email becomes the new title of the note.

You can go one step further and specify the notebook you wish the email message to be added to by adding @notebook_name to the subject line. For example, “Map to Dan’s House @Action” in the Subject line would place the email with directions to Dan’s house in the Action notebook.

To find your unique Evernote email address, open up the Evernote app, tap your account name in the top-left corner, and scroll down the Account listing until you find Evernote Email Address, as shown in Figure 4.12. Tap there, and you can view your Evernote email address—create a new contact with that email address and you’ll always be able to quickly forward any email received and store it in Evernote.


FIGURE 4.12 Send emails to your Evernote email address.

The Web Clipper

Because Evernote can be installed on all devices, you’ll probably want to have the service running on your mobile phone as well as a work or home computer. If you choose to install the Evernote application on a computer, you’ll definitely want to investigate the Web Clipper add-on that works with the Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Internet Explorer, and Opera web browsers.

Point your computer’s web browser to http://evernote.com/webclipper/ and download and install the Web Clipper tool for your particular browser. Once it’s installed, you can use it to “clip” an entire web page’s contents or a smaller portion of it.

It looks and works a bit differently from browser to browser, but in a nutshell you’ll see a small button (with an Elephant head icon) added to your web browser like the one in Figure 4.13. Click it (and sign in to Evernote with your login credentials if it asks for them) and then select whether to clip the entire web page, a screenshot (of only what’s being displayed currently), or maybe just the bookmark URL.


FIGURE 4.13 Use the Web Clipper tool to save a web page’s content or URL.

The clip will be uploaded to your Evernote account and stored in the default notebook. (Look through the settings for the Web Clipper tool if you wish to specify a different default storage location.)

Evernote users use the Web Clipper to grab all kinds of things from the Web and pull them into Evernote—a map of an upcoming destination, the text of a recipe and photo of the final dish, and an online purchase receipt (instead of printing it on paper) are just a few ways that the Web Clipper makes it easy for you to grab some information and store it away for later use.

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