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Friday, February 19, 2016

Using Evernote

I started using Evernote on Jan 28, 2016, even though I had the application on my phone back in 2014 when I bought Samsung Note 3. I was surprised to find that Samsung had a partnership with Evernote and gave me one year complimentary Premium subscription. I decided not to activate the subscription immediately but to explore the tool first. However, after one week, I accidentally dismissed the link for activating the subscription and thought I had wasted the subscription (worth RM 99).

I took the opportunity of the accident to try out their support. I submitted a support request on the incident and received a reply the next day. Amanda from Evernote asked a few questions and after two to three responses (within a few minutes), my Premium subscription was activated. Issue resolved in less than 24 hours - excellent customers service.

Web Clipping (browser)

This is a great feature to take a snapshot of articles from websites to store for future reference. The web clipper is an extension that can be added either to Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer or Safari browsers. After adding the extension to Chrome, I had to restart the browser. This was not required for Firefox.

Using the web clipper in the browser offers a few options:

  • Article which automatically proposes a selection consisting of the article and provides a + - navigation button to change the selection.
  • Simplified article, reformat the article to make it more readable, similar to some options of printing.
  • Full Page selects the whole page including the advertisements, navigation and comments of the web page.
  • Bookmark create a snippet and a link back to the original page, similar to the posting we see when someone shares a webpage on facebook.
  • Screenshot takes a screenshot of the page and prompts for annotation afterwards, but does not include a url link to the original article.
  • If you selected some text on the web page, an additional option will become available called selection. This is a good option for cases on pages where simplified article does not work well or if you just want to select parts of the article.
The webclip counts against your upload quota - very important if you are using Evernote Basic.
I found that selection and simplified article does not work for all web pages.



Web Clipping (Android)
Web clipping is built into Android. In order clip a web page, just click on the three dots at the top right hand corner of Chrome, select share and then select Evernote. The elephant icon will show up, click on the icon for more options. There is a check box to Clip full article, if checked, it will be similar to full page option in the web clipping for browser. If unchecked, it will take a snapshot (as a picture) kept as an attachment together with a url of the page you selected.


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