7 Tools To Improve The Way You Use Evernote

Danny Stieben 23-05-2013

how to improve evernoteFor most people, the note-taking application of choice is Evernote. And Evernote users have good reasons for choosing the service for their note-taking needs — it’s very functional, highly accessible, and has add-on features that can take you beyond the default Evernote experience.


If you’re not already convinced, read why you should be using Evernote as your go-to place for remembering everything Why You Should Be Using Evernote As Your Go-To Place For Remembering Everything Remember Everything. That’s the Evernote motto and that’s what it allows you to do best. If you aren't familiar yet with Evernote, you’re in for a real treat! If you have heard of it, but... Read More . In fact, there are a number of apps, plugins, and even pieces of hardware which can take advantage of Evernote, making the service even more beneficial for you.

Here are seven tools that hopefully will make you tap into the potential of this widely popular note-taking application.

EyeFi SD Card

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If you like taking plenty of pictures with a camera that uses an SD card for storage, you’re in luck. The EyeFi SD card is a Wi-Fi enabled storage device which can detect when you’ve taken a new picture, and then upload the picture to your favorite service such as Flickr as well as Evernote. This is great if you use Evernote for everything, as it’ll be a quick and easy way to store your images in the cloud where you have access to them anywhere, as well as incorporate them into any other Evernote notes that you already have or make in the future. It is not free but is a worthy investment if you take a lot of pictures and are searching for a SD card.


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If you do a lot of browsing and research on your Android or iOS mobile device, you probably want to create a lot of clips from the pages that you look at. While Evernote is capable of doing this for you, it requires you to switch back to the app every time you wish to clip something. Instead, you may want to use an Android and iOS app called EverClip. This app lets you quickly and easily clip whatever you’d like, and send it straight to Evernote.

EverClip can also send everything that’s in your system clipboard to Evernote, so that you won’t lose anything that may have been important to you at some time or another. If EverClip saves more than you really want to keep, you can always delete notes — it’s just a good way of making sure that you won’t miss out on anything. With EverClip, you’ll have more time to complete your research. There are both free and paid versions of EverClip available for Android [No longer available], but iOS [No longer available] users can only use the paid version.



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Evernote is capable of a lot of different formatting styles, but it lacks annotation features. If you want to draw or annotate on images, you’ll need Skitch. While it is developed by the people behind Evernote, Skitch is a separate application for drawing on a blank note, as well as annotating on different images and PDFs. This brings along a more intuitive approach to taking notes, and it’s especially valuable for students who have to add little notes to lecture materials all the time. It’s free and available for Windows, Mac, Android, and iOS.


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Students can get a lot done by using Evernote for school,by using it to save lecture notes, even audio recordings, and them organizing them for easy access. However, once you’ve written down all those notes, you’ll need to study them in order to ace your next test. There’s a service called StudyBlue which can help turn your notes into studying material. You can create flashcards, automatically create self-quizzes, track which terms or concepts you’re struggling with to focus on, set up study reminders, and a save feature to continue wherever you left off in your study session.

You can also use StudyBlue with your browser or on your mobile device, making it easy to study wherever you are. If you ever need to revisit your notes, you can go to your original notes on Evernote or to your StudyBlue backpack.

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IFTTT, the amazing automation service which stands for “if this, then that”, can also make use of Evernote. While IFTTT is commonly used by us authors to automatically share new articles via social media, the possibilities are downright limitless as the number of services which IFTTT supports grows and grows.


For instance, with IFTTT, you can set up a trigger in one service (say whenever you checkin via Foursquare) and have it archive those checkins within an Evernote note. There’s way more that you can do by mixing and matching, so it’s best to check out IFTTT yourself so that you can connect services that you use.

Car Locator

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If you often have a problem of locating your car after parking it, Car Locator is an excellent solution for your problems. Despite being fully functional on its own, the app can use an optional plugin to communicate with Evernote to store geo-tagged notes about the whereabouts of your car and other important items you wish to locate at a later time.

This is beneficial because, if you already use Evernote heavily, you’ll enjoy having those tidbits stored on Evernote as well. Car Locator is available on Android only, and costs $3.99 plus another $1.99 for the Evernote plugin.




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Voice notes can be very useful for people for a number of different reasons, but there isn’t a whole lot you can do with them — they’re voice recordings which you can listen to or delete, but nothing else. Instead, it’d be fantastic if those voice notes could be transcribed into text. That way, you can read out the contents of the recording rather than have to listen to them, and you can also skip ahead to a certain part that you want to look at. It also makes it much easier to copy, manipulate, and search with Evernote’s amazing search features 20 Evernote Search Features You Should Be Using It's one thing to use Evernote, but it's entirely another thing to master Evernote. If you’re new to Evernote, I don’t want to come across like it’s something complicated – it’s not, in fact, it’s... Read More .

With Voice2Note both the actual recording and the transcription are on the same note. Best of all, Voice2Note can even give you your own number which you can call with any phone to leave an Evernote voice note. It’s very simple and it gives you multiple ways to use the service, which is simply great.


You can get the service for free, but it limits you to just 5 transcriptions per month. Otherwise, the full service costs $29.99 per year or $2.99 per month, and even allows you to transcribe audio notes recorded by other apps.


These seven ways to make more out of Evernote are only the tip of the iceberg — there are still plenty of other great things you can do with the service. There are even a number of apps out there which have Evernote plugins if you’d rather use them instead. For more ways to extend Evernote, check out these ten creative Evernote ideas Get Creative With Evernote: 10 Unique Uses You Haven't Thought Of Evernote is one of the ultimate tools in productivity, and with a wide variety of multiplatform apps, there's no limit to the way that you can use the service. We're big fans of Evernote here... Read More , as well as the flotilla of apps on Evernote Trunk. Then we have the free MakeUseOf Guide on Evernote How to Use Evernote: The Unofficial Manual Learning how to use Evernote on your own takes a long time. This is why we've put together this guide to show you how to take full advantage of the most important Evernote features. Read More , in case you are still trying to come to grips with the service.

Do you use Evernote? What do you do to make the most of out of the service? Let us know in the comments!

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  1. CoolHappyGuy
    June 5, 2013 at 4:19 pm

    You don't need to pay for a vocal transcription service. Just use Google Keep! Google's voice transcription is excellent! It saves the recording too. It's easy to send the Keep note to Evernote via sharing. I like Keep for simple data capture that I may or may not want to keep forever in Evernote.

  2. Matthew P
    May 29, 2013 at 10:14 pm

    Great article. looks like I've got a few new things to try out

  3. PJ Wessels
    May 29, 2013 at 6:43 pm

    I really do like this article.

  4. Mel Gutierrez Cisnero
    May 28, 2013 at 9:40 pm

    i love evernote, is a great app to take note, i use for take a control of my bunty for sample

  5. Pam Smith
    May 27, 2013 at 2:18 am

    thanks for the information

  6. Colin Wh
    May 27, 2013 at 2:10 am

    I've found the mobile apps can be slow at allowing you to take a note; I recommend an app like textever pro ( to start taking notes quickly.

  7. Steve
    May 24, 2013 at 3:48 pm

    Although most Evernote users are aware of it, the Livescribe pens should have been included in this list. For lecture notes, they are great. I use one at work so that wherever I am, I have a copy of my technical notebooks - on any device I own.

    • Aaron Couch
      May 25, 2013 at 3:39 pm

      I've always wanted one of those! Are they fairly accurate, Steve?

      • Steve
        May 28, 2013 at 6:55 pm

        I don't use it to the full extent - mostly for keeping a copy of my design
        notebooks. The OCR is pretty weak but that could be my handwriting. The only other complaint that I have is that if I go back and add an annotation to a page, it shows up as a new page. I think that is because the wifi is always syncing. The Echo that I had previously would only sync when you plugged it in. I think it would be great with audio though.

        • Aaron Couch
          May 28, 2013 at 7:55 pm

          Interesting -- thanks for sharing your experience!

  8. nohl
    May 24, 2013 at 3:46 pm

    I just discovered EverForm

    It lets you build form templates that save data to Evernote. I've wanted this feature for months. Yeah!

  9. Anna Bean
    May 24, 2013 at 3:46 pm

    I have Evernote Premium as a teacher, and I would like my students to establish Evernote Free accounts. Will all the idea above work with the Free version?

    • Aaron Couch
      May 25, 2013 at 3:38 pm


      I've used IFTTT, StudyBlue and Skitch -- I know all three work with the free version. That said they all should, otherwise Danny would have mentioned it.

    • Anna
      May 25, 2013 at 8:59 pm


    • Danny Stieben
      May 31, 2013 at 5:59 pm

      It definitely should. Thank you for bringing in technology to the classroom so that students can learn to use them.

  10. null
    May 24, 2013 at 3:41 pm

    Cool things you can do. Thanks!

  11. Jeff Williams
    May 24, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    While I like and use Evernote daily, it is somewhat frustrating that it seems so difficult to also use it on an iPad. We use it for our weekly tech meetings and the contents are too hard to find.

  12. Daniel Escasa
    May 24, 2013 at 7:53 am

    If you do a lot of browsing and research on your Android or iOS mobile device, you probably want to create a lot of clips from the pages that you look at. While Evernote is capable of doing this for you, it requires you to switch back to the app every time you wish to clip something.

    Eh? When I'm on a Web page, I simply bring up the menu, which has a Share option. One of the Share destinations is Evernote — that is, I can clip directly to Evernote from a Web page. Sometimes though, I get only the URL but that's fine since when I go to the Web version, I can then open up the Web site.

    And speaking of the Web version, Chrome has an Evernote extension — when I want to save the page I'm on, I just click on the extension's icon, then a small Evernote save window comes up.

    Bottom line: I don't have to switch applications, I can save to Evernote from the Web and maybe from the Google +, Twitter, and Facebook apps as well. (Haven't really tried the last three)

    • John
      May 24, 2013 at 6:38 pm

      You can get the clip to Evernote web clipper here This id for all the populay browsers. If you hover your mouse over the "For other Browsers" you get the option to also add a Bookmarklet. Hope that helps Daniel as you say you dont have to switch applications.

  13. Justin Klyczek
    May 24, 2013 at 12:57 am

    Thanks for sharing.