Finishing our six-part series on Evernote, we discuss some of the fascinating tools that have been developed specifically for this amazing organizational program. Although Evernote is designed to keep digital and electronic versions of our notes, its designers understood that some people naturally gravitate towards handwritten note-taking—they may even learn, process, and remember items better when they write in their own script. For these “hands-on” individuals, Evernote has the following magical options.
Evernote Business Notebook by Moleskine – THE traditional notebook, now digitally supported for technological convenience. For creative types and those who LOVE handwritten notes, this notebook allows you to JOT, sketch, or create whatever you like, your way, and then use Evernote’s Document Camera to save the images—even easily share your notes with your team. Your handwritten notes are still searchable—Evernote’s powerful search will recognize the text within your handwriting.
7notes – this app for iPad or iPhone allows you to quickly and accurately take notes in your own handwriting and to have those notes recognized, the text captured and synced into your Evernote account using the app’s state-of-the-art handwriting recognition engine. Anyone who, for business or personal reasons, prefers their own handwriting over fonts, texting or typing, will enjoy having the ability to merge the unique personality of their own script with the convenience of Evernote. This is a particularly useful app for classroom note-taking and business meetings, or for times when a keyboard simply isn’t practical.
Jot Script Evernote Edition – if indeed handwritten notes are your tried-and-true method, then certainly the stylus at hand (so to speak) is an important part of the experience. Jot Script is a company that understands what you’re looking for. If you’ve used previous styluses and found them flimsy, clunky, or imprecise, then give this implement a try. It’s designed to allow your handwriting to flow freely, as well as to let your notes flow directly into Evernote.
WritePad – this iPad/iPhone app allows you to write directly on the screen of your device, and it instantly converts your handwritten notes into computer text. Your notes can be synced to Evernote, and also Tweeted, posted to Facebook, emailed, integrated into maps, contacts, printed, exported as PDFs, translated into other languages, and MORE!
Pebble Smartwatch – as our final suggestion, we include a wearable designed to work with Evernote. If hands-on is your style, this offering may be for you. May your thoughts never be further from you . . . than your own wrist.
In conclusion, Apps will continue to develop and be developed—making each step in our lives, each glitch that we experience, easier to overcome. As we move into the future, we hope that technology will continue to streamline our effectiveness, allowing us to have more time for the things that really matter.
In this six-part series on Evernote, we’ve discussed the broad uses of this organizational tool, and how—now—there’s no excuse for wasting precious work time hunting down lost files or wading through disorganized materials. Let Evernote act as your personal assistant—making you look like you’re two steps ahead of the game as you instantly pull up memos, documents, email threads, web clippings, or business contact info—even personal anecdotes regarding sales leads or team members! Never scramble or stall for time again.
In a meeting, have you ever been called upon to provide unexpected information? Did you feel the pressure of all eyes on you as you desperately sifted through papers, scrolled through emails, and searched through documents or files? The following business apps will make your work flow . . . actually FLOW!
UberConference – a better, more connected form of free conference calls, UberConference is a visual phone conferencing service that lets you not only see the participants, but also share Evernote notes during the calls.
Smartsheet – an app that seamlessly joins spreadsheets to Evernote, offering all the convenience and informational power of both, plus task lists, file sharing, work automation, and an archive for thoughts and ideas.
Evernote Business for Salesforce – designed specifically for sales teams and working in conjunction with Salesforce software packages, Evernote Business for Salesforce brings Evernote’s information capture and sharing, and allows those notes to be entered directly into the Salesforce program.
Hello – this app keeps track of relevant information and anecdotes regarding business contacts. The app uploads business cards, connects with social media profiles, and keeps track of any information that will help you make conversations and meetings run more smoothly, socially!
Smart Stickers – if you need to scan and sort large amounts of documents, pages, or images, Smart Stickers can help. Select a color for a particular notebook, temporarily stick the colored “Smart Sticker” onto any page that you scan, and Evernote will automatically add the scanned image into the correct notebook, saving you the trouble of filing!
Mynd Calendar – an iPhone app that turns your smartphone calendar into a Mastermind, combining date and time, GPS location, and your Evernote notes to ensure that you’re always where you need to be.
Refresh – this iPhone app will send you the notes that you’ve saved regarding business contacts—helping you feel more prepared for business gatherings.
ScanSnap – the Evernote Edition of this app recognizes the differences between documents, receipts, photos, and business cards. It then automatically files these items into the appropriate notebook!
Atlas – this app keeps track of location data when uploading scans to Evernote, allowing you to search your information and notes by location.
FileThis – at last, take control of your online statements and invoices, automatically and securely. This app will send all of your bills, whether business-related or personal, to Evernote each month, placing them in the appropriate file and keeping records of previous statements.
Stay tuned for the final post in the series: “Evernote Illuminated—Part Six: Special Tools”, as we explore some of the apps and specially-designed hardware that can help adapt your individual preferences into the Evernote system!
Continuing our six-part series on the many uses of this unique organizational tool, we address Evernote “Business”—the branch of the program that’s specifically designed to aid in work collaboration. So often, the success of a business or a team depends on flawless communication.
In the business world, we all know that valuable and vital information is being forwarded to us regularly. Often, this information is arriving at a time when we’re previously occupied and we’re not necessarily prepared to process it or deal with it immediately. Rather than pushing memos aside for a more convenient time, use Evernote to process data instantly. Better still, if the information helps a team member—easily share, sync, and delegate the project to another person, while still keeping impeccable records of the material. Evernote business is ideal for teams across devices, offices, and locations—even across the globe!
In the traditional business model, it’s common for a team to meet once a week. Unfortunately, using that schedule, it can take a full week to realize a task didn’t get done, and it can take another week to confirm that the mistake was fixed! The ONLY thing worse than two team members accidentally repeating the same task, is when—through miscommunication—NO one performs the task!
Fast-forward to a business using Evernote to communicate its goals and manage its workload—if all team members are instantly connected in real time, redundancy is removed and efficiency is accelerated! Here are a few of the ways that Evernote can streamline your business operations:
Capture and share knowledge—in real time—on any work-related account or project
Share information company-wide
Invite team members to multiple notebooks at once—allowing employees to easily get up to speed on any project
Administrators—allow view-only or editing rights on shared notebooks
Store and share meeting notes
Record meetings when connected with your phone
Record interviews when connected with your phone
Access all notes—even offline—when they’re synced
Scan and store work receipts for business expenses and accounting
Keep track of brainstorming ideas
Use as a virtual “whiteboard” for projects—instantly update and easily share
Keep track of vital information – agendas, itineraries, phone numbers, and more
Attach files, spreadsheets, images, and documents to any note or notebook
Use Evernote’s “Presentation” feature to make a slide presentation out of your notes
Use as a “virtual Rolodex” to keep track of business contacts
Stay tuned for the next post in the series: “Evernote Illuminated—Part Five: Business Apps”, as we explore some of the amazing apps that can put Evernote to work, making work easier for you!
Continuing our six-part series, we begin to discuss all of the ways that you can import your information into Evernote. Since Evernote is brilliantly simple and ingeniously adaptable, it makes sense that this exceptional organizational tool would allow you to import information into it from virtually any source, allowing the program to be a true catch-all for your data.
The whole purpose of Evernote is to effectively gather information that is coming to you from all areas of your life. Rather than skimming through an email, online publication, or business memo and thinking, “Okay, I’ll get to this later”—just forward it immediately into Evernote, and tag it with a helpful word or two. When you’re ready for that information, it will be waiting!
Consider these amazing options for importing data—each of them with the possibility to direct information into your Evernote account like high-speed trains into central station!
Importing from Email – Evernote’s setup will automatically offer you the chance to put an “Add to Evernote” button in the tool bar of your email reader. The button allows you to automatically import any email message into Evernote, in its entirety. If you like, delete out irrelevant information—keeping only the most valuable kernels. Feel free to immediately tag the noted email with any keywords that describe it. You’ll never need to hunt for a lost email again!
Scanner Pro – This extremely economical Evernote upgrade allows you to turn your iPhone or iPad into a scanner. Scanner Pro scans documents of any kind, converting them into PDFs and sending them to Evernote automatically via WiFi.
Evernote Web Clipper – After a quick download, this feature allows you to immediately save anything you see online—whether links, text, or images—into your Evernote account with a single click.
Instapaper – This Evernote app saves articles directly to your Evernote account, allowing you to access or read them later. Whether you plan to use the articles for business or pleasure is up to you.
Drag and drop files – Well, of course Evernote would let you do this! Still, the ability to attach files, spreadsheets, images, and documents into any note or notebook shouldn’t be taken for granted!
Photos – Take and attach pictures to a note from within the app.
Audio – Take and attach a voice memo or audio file to a note from within the app.
Import folders – In the “Tools” section, select “Import Folders.” This feature will put Evernote on watch for any particular files and folders you choose—monitoring them and automatically importing new information and updates. You can also set it to delete the source files once they are imported, saving you clutter and redundancy.
Sync – Automatically imports information from any of your devices into your account.
Shared notebooks from friends, family, and colleagues – arguably the most important source of information that you may want imported into Evernote . . . the information that people need or want to share with you—collaboration!
Stay tuned for the next post in the series: “Evernote Illuminated—Part Four: Taking Care of Business”, as we discuss the many business applications of Evernote!