Evernote is a popular Web-based tool that serves as an online notebook to let you capture just about everything in your business and personal life. Many people use it to capture and store files, notes, photos, music and more in one central place across devices.
Guy Kawasaki wrote an article in 2009 that highlights 14 Practical Ways to Use Evernote, and it is still useful today. Aside from the many uses, this post aims to tell you about the lesser-known tools you can add on to Evernote to make it even more valuable. You can find all these apps and tools in what Evernote calls “The Trunk” in mobile and desktop categories.
1. Skitch is a drawing and photo annotation tool that lets you quickly sketch out an idea or add notes, arrows and more to photos, maps and screenshots. It is available for iPad, Android and Mac.
2. Evernote Hello is a contact management tool that helps you remember the people you meet. It integrates with your calendar and Evernote account so you have related information at your fingertips when you see that person again. Sorry Android users, iPhone only for now.
3. Web Clipper is a great bookmark replacements. I often use the Evernote add-on for Chrome, but you can get it for other browsers. Their little green elephant icon sits in your toolbar and you can clip sections of a Web page, just the URL or the entire page. As you clip it, you can add tags, place it in a specific notebook, and make comments.
4. EchoSign lets you electronically sign documents and keep them in your Evernote account.
5. Voice2Note is an impressive service that allows you to call a Voice2Note phone number and leave a voice message that they transcribe for you and place it in your notebook.In the Evernote desktop or Web version, you can record an audio note with the app itself. It doesn’t transcribe it, but you can save the audio then add written notes to it later.
6. CallNote will record your Skype phone conversations and automatically put the recording in Evernote. You can even record group calls.
7. ScanBizCards does what the name says: it scans your business cards and extracts the contact information.
8. Expensify is a Web-based expense management tool that integrates with Evernote. You can scan the receipts or snap a photo with your smartphone, then Expensify analyzes the receipt and pulls the relevant data in.
9. MindJet is for you if you like to visualize your ideas into mindmaps—it drops them into your notebooks.
10. CarLocator will help you find your car in that large parking lot when you can’t remember where you parked. You need both the Android app and the Evernote plug-in to make this work.
11. EyeFi is a wireless camera memory card that you can set to sync with your Evernote account instead of with Flickr or other photo-sharing services.
What cool and unique ways are you using Evernote and the many apps they have in the Trunk?
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