If you use Evernote on your iPad or iPhone, you may have found it difficult to get copies of articles, snippets of text, or photos from you device into your Evernote account without having to copy content from one application and paste it into another. This process requires you to minimise and open different apps on your iOS device in order to export to Evernote.
Thanks to a handful of third-party developers, there are several apps which enable you to export content directly to your Evernote account without having to open the app. If you use Evernote with your iOS device then the apps I am about to recommend could replace your news and RSS feed reader, text editor or notes app and even plain old mobile Safari. Danny has also shared other useful tools that integrate with Evernote.
Dolphin is an elegant and fast iOS web browser that allows you to export selected content from the browser to your Evernote account. As with other Evernote supported apps, you will need to authorize Dolphin to access your Evernote account.
Sharing an article to Evernote works similarly to the Evernote web clipper for the Safari and Chrome web browsers. When you tap the Share button in Dolphin, it will select the article you want to save and open the Save to Evernote panel, in which you can select the Evernote notebook you want to export the article to. It is also possible to add tags and comments.
Webnote (Free) is also an iPad web browser that works similar to Dolphin, but in Webnote you tap a paragraph or image that you want to save to your Evernote account. However, it doesn’t appear to clip and save entire articles as Dolphin does.
The snippet of content that is saved will include a link to the webpage it originated from. You can also follow other Webnote users and import content they share via the Webnote service.
Zite is a news magazine app which I browse nearly everyday for articles related to my topics of interest. When I come across an article I want to save to my Evernote account, I can export it to my account in just two or three taps.
To export a selected article, tap the share button at the bottom of the Zite browser, and then tap the Evernote tab in the Services menu to save it to a selected notebook. As with Dolphin, you will need to authorize Zite to access your Evernote account.
EverClip HD (Free)
EverClip is an iPhone and iPad app that serves as sort of a systemwide iOS clipboard. After you launch the app, it will paste the current content on your device’s clipboard in its own clipboard.
It will continue to save anything else you copy from other applications on your device in ten minute intervals.
Note: Because of Apple’s restrictions, clipboard apps like EverClip can only work for ten minutes at time. When the time is up you will need to re-open the app if you want to continue to save copied content.
Content saved to EverClip can be selected and exported directly to your Evernote Inbox. Unfortunately, you can’t pre-select a notebook to export selected content to, but you can add a custom tag to selected notes and images. You can also use EverClip to add images from your device’s Photo Library to Evernote or use the app’s built-in camera. In addition, EverClip contains a small text editor for quickly writing notes and exporting them to your account.
FastEver XL ($1.99)
Evernote contains a text editor for writing and pasting notes, but sometimes it can be a pain to launch it just to add notes. The iOS app, FastEver is a text editor designed to better tag and export writing directly to your Evernote account.
Its other features include a word counter, iOS TextExpander support, and a Dark theme mode for typing at night. You can also change the font size of text and swipe to move the cursor.
Drafts (from $2.99)
Drafts for the iPhone ($2.99) and iPad ($3.99) is another text editor and notebook app that supports Evernote. My full review of Drafts describes how useful this app is for quickly typing notes and exporting them to different supporting apps.
With Drafts you can write and save directly to your Evernote Inbox, and you can create special actions that enable you to save notes to a new Evernote note or append it to a designated existing note.
You can set up actions to export Drafts‘ notes to a pre-selected existing notebook, as well as include tags that you want automatically assigned to a note. You can specify different actions for different Evernote notebooks. Drafts requires some up-front setup for using its advance features, but in the long run it’s a good little time saver.
Though iOS versions of Evernote are easy to use, the apps described above allow you to connect with your account while you’re essentially doing work in other applications. If you’re curious about other apps that integrate with Evernote, check out the Audio & Notetaking page for mobile apps categorized by type and program.
Let us know about what related apps you use to export to Evernote and what other features you would like to see added for better productivity.