Evernote’s New Web Clipper Is The Ultimate Content Saving Tool

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Evernote’s Web Clipper isn’t new, especially if you’re an avid user of Evernote. But if you haven’t heard, or perhaps didn’t like the Evernote clipper in the past, this is the right time to look into it again, as they’ve completely redone its look and added new features that make it better.

Sometimes “upgrades” aren’t really upgrades, and instead just add bloat to an application or extension, but that’s not the case with the upgrades Evernote made to their Web Clipper recently. To put it simply, it’s magnificent. Also, before this big upgrade, they also made a smaller, but very significant improvement, allowing you to clip emails right from Gmail, which you’re still able to do in this new version.

The Upgraded Interface

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The old Web Clipper interface (above) wasn’t bad at all, but one flaw was how it interacted with the web page – it just didn’t seem very cohesive. You may not have even thought anything of it back then. However once you try the new Web Clipper, you will quickly realize how much better the Web Clipper works on the page.

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As you can see, the clipper now fills the entire length of the page, but only a small portion of the screen. This allows you to navigate through the article and annotate it, which is an amazing new feature. You can also see in the screenshot above that the clipped article area is much cleaner and easy to customize with “+” and “-” buttons.

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When clipping the actual article, there haven’t been any new features added, but the ease of doing so may very well be considered a feature in itself. The Web Clipper was already fairly easy to use – you already have the ability to modify the title, choose a specific notebook and add tags, but now the overall interface makes the process simpler. The ease of finding a notebook has been enhanced by listing them in a tree-style list.

However, what seems to have been removed is the ability to add notes to the clipped article. You can still do this, though, by clicking “Open In Evernote” after the article is clipped, and add your text there.

Clearly’s “Simplified Article View” Has Been Integrated

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Are you familiar with Clearly? It’s Evernote’s solution to simplified reading online, which clears the distractions of page themes and ads. Clearly also has the option to clip and save articles, but only in a simplified view, so it alone doesn’t suffice as a Web Clipper. And nor does the Web Clipper, with the newly integrated Simplified Article View, fully replace Clearly. However, it’s nice that there is now a way to clip an article in simplified view, without having to use Clearly, which is especially nice for those who prefer a different distraction-free reading tool than Clearly, like Readability or MagicScroll. Also, if you want to minimize the number of extensions you use and don’t need all of the “extras” that Clearly has, the Web Clipper menu can collapse, providing a clean area for distraction-free reading.

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Bookmark Saving Now Includes An Article Preview

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The Web Clipper has always had the function to bookmark an article, otherwise known as only saving the link. However, the bookmarking feature now includes an article preview, which helps to give you a little more information than what the title does when looking through saved links in Evernote.

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You Can Now Highlight The Articles You Clip

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The ability to highlight sections of an article is a much needed feature when it comes to clipping articles. If you’re familiar at all with Diigo’s Web Toolbar, you know that they have handy annotation tools. The Evernote Web Clipper isn’t focused solely as a research tool, so that could be why it hasn’t implemented as many annotating features for the article views yet. However, the highlighter is a great start and certainly very helpful when it comes to remembering various aspects of an article.

Save Web Page As A Screenshot And Annotate It

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Now when you click the Web Clipper button, a screenshot is automatically saved. This was a smart way to implement the feature since clipping a screenshot should be done in as few steps as possible, and Evernote does it in one.

In addition to clipping an article as a screenshot, Evernote has also integrated Skitch, a screenshot and annotation app for Mac and Windows, into the Web Clipper. Unfortunately, the annotation features, aside from highlighting, only work for screenshots at this time, but it’s a start.

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As you can see in the image above, you have the ability to add arrows, text, stamps, and a free-draw marker. You can also add rectangles, round-edge rectangles, circles, and straight lines, which can be found by clicking the “shape tool”, which is by default an arrow.

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In addition to annotations, you can also pixelate text, and crop the image.

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Stay “On Top” Of Stuff With The New Reminders Feature

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Reminders aren’t entirely new to Evernote – in May they updated Evernote with reminders. However, it took until September for the feature to be included into the new Evernote 5 for Windows. And now it’s in the Web Clipper as well.

Pan Through Article When Browser Window Is Resized

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If you use your browser in a resized mode a lot (not in full screen), this is a useful feature for you. When an article is clipped in a full screen mode prior to resizing the browser, you might find the clipped article to be larger than the browser window. So to navigate through it, simply hold down Ctrl while clicking to pan through the article left and right, and up and down.

Share What You Clip

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It’s always nice to combine multiple tasks into one, so if you have the urge to share something you also clipped, you can now do it directly from the Web Clipper interface. Once you click the Share button, the URL is automatically copied to the keyboard. The source link is also displayed, but you can also switch to the Evernote link and use that as well. There are Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and email share buttons.

Conclusion

All in all, the new Evernote Web Clipper brought forth some much needed and exciting changes. It definitely will improve the Evernote user experience and research workflow that Evernote is used for. Have you tried the new Web Clipper update yet? If you use the Web Clipper at all, you should have been prompted to update it. With that done, what do you think of the changes? Was there a feature that you were hoping to have been included in the update which didn’t? Do you prefer the new interface or the old one? Let us know your thoughts and opinions in the comments!

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Johan von Llindeman

I wish evernote wasn’t blocked at my office :(

Aaron C

Whoh! That’s a bum deal. Do you know why? We have some great articles that layout how Evernote can be helpful, especially to businesses. Perhaps you could show those to your boss(es) and see if they would make an exception. It’s an awesome program!

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HildyJ

Right now (September 26), it would seem that the new interface is only available from Chrome.

Aaron C

Currently, yes — you’re right. Although, it will be coming to Firefox (and hopefully other browsers) soon.

Also, this isn’t all for Web Clipper 6. As they state in their blog post, there will be more features being added later.

Psalm R

Thanks for mentioning this. I use Firefox pretty much exclusively, although I’ve used Chrome in the past, and I have it installed with all the extensions I used before saved in my profile. However, I started using Firefox all the time because it just seemed that I was able to customize it more to suit the way I work and play. I saw a few months ago that the Evernote clipper had been updated for Chrome, and I thought surely the Firefox version would be close behind. When I saw this article, I was excited because I thought it meant the Firefox version was here. Reading through the article, I saw no mention of this only being for Chrome, and I didn’t understand why I had not been prompted to update my Evernote Clipper extension as the author mentions. Then I saw the above post by HildyJ, and so it made sense, but I’m really disappointed. Reading the article had me getting excited and I was ready to check for the new extension for Firefox (I know, I’m pathetic for getting excited about a browser extension update :P). But now I’m disappointed that it’s not available for Firefox after all, and I wish the author had mentioned this in the article. And why hasn’t Evernote made the extension available for Firefox yet???

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nathan

I haven’t figured out how to edit a clipped article AFTER it has been saved. Say I clip an article, save it and later I want to annotate. The side bar disappears after clicking save and clicking on the Evernote Clipper app brings a new clipper, not the one I previously saved.

Aaron C

Nathan,

At this time I don’t think there’s a way to update a previously clipped article, but that would be a great feature and I hope it’s added soon!

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James Bassett

I still use Springpad for clipping web pages. Being able to do it from the Chrome extension with just two clicks really doesn’t get any easier. It’s great for saving receipts, travel tickets etc for online purchases as well as articles to read later.

I can’t really see that Evernote brings anything new that Springpad hasn’t had for years.

Aaron C

Hey James,

Thanks for your comment! And I’m glad you shared your experience with Springpad. I think it’s awesome that you found a tool that suits your needs — it’s always frustrating when you can’t.

I, in no way, think that Evernote works for everyone. That’s why I love alternatives. So I’m glad you shared your appreciation for Springpad versus Evernote. Personally, I’ve tried to like and use Springpad, but I keep going back to Evernote. As with any tool, the one that we keep finding ourselves using is usually the one we should stick with.

Thanks again for the comment!

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Carl C

Unfortunately, as great as it looks, the clipper is broken on Chrome for Windows. A quick look at the comments for the extension in the Chrome web store will reveal that the update caused the clipper to stop working for a huge number of people. They’ve been working on a fix, and by all accounts it’s working better, but it still doesn’t have the functionality of the old version. Clearly, the clipper was released without adequate testing, at least on Windows machines. There’s a lesson here: the greatest features in the world mean nothing if the program itself doesn’t work.

Aaron C

Carl,

Have you experiences any problems yourself? If so, could you describe them? I haven’t had any. I would bet that Evernote is working quickly to resolve all of those issues. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if many are already resolved now.

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William B

I love Evernote. I also love the browser SeaMonkey by Mozilla. Evernote, however, doesn’t love SeaMonkey by Mozilla. I inquired to Evernote if they would eventually create the addon for SeaMonkey.

They said absolutely NOT! They said SeaMonkey wasn’t a popular enough browser for them to waste their time on it. Bummer! You would think that since they support Firefox that supporting SeaMonkey wouldn’t be that hard. Since they’re both made by Mozilla (and very similar – basically with Thunderbird built into SeaMonkey) it wouldn’t take a lot of effort to offer the addon for SeaMonkey. I don’t know anything about coding and writing applications, but it seams to me wherever the reference to Firefox is made within the app all you would have to do is reference SeaMonkey.

As I said, Bummer!

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Carl C

Aaron:

I’ve experienced all the problems myself, and I’m not the only one: as I mentioned, if you take a look at the comments for the extension in the Chrome web store, you can see for yourself that there are a LOT of angry Evernote users who are very upset at how this update was handled and released. It’s great that you haven’t had any problems, but it’s also irrelevant: a huge number of people have been affected by the new update, so it’s not as if this was an isolated problem. And while you might be willing to bet that Evernote is working quickly to solve the problem, you would lose: it’s been over two weeks, and the extension is still not working the way it’s supposed to. In fact, it took over a week for anyone at Evernote to even admit that there was a problem. To be fair, they released a beta update, and that has improved the situation somewhat, but the clipper is still not working the way it’s supposed to, and certainly not the way the old one did (in fact, the first thing the company suggested as a fix was to uninstall the new version and go back to the old one). You can verify all this for yourself by going to the Evernote forums and the Chrome web store. It’s a shame that a company like Evernote would alienate a large percentage of its user base by releasing something that wasn’t adequately tested and doesn’t work properly, especially a product that many of its users depend on every day for their work.

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CZ

It would have been REALLY NICE if we didn’t have to read down to the last paragraph to discover this “new update” is ONLY for Chrome!

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CC

The ability to add notes to the clip wasn’t removed. You just have to make your browser window taller in order to see the comments section of the dialog that has the title, notebook, and tag fields.

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