iOS 11 is out today and Apple fixed one of my biggest pet peeves. The App Store on the iPad and iPhone now both have the ‘update all’ text in the upper right-hand corner. I wrote about my fixation with Apple’s choice of placing this button in different locations in 2013 and again in 2015. Finally.
Despite these conflicts, Evernote is still my note taking software of choice. I’ve tried using Apple Notes and Simplenote, and they are worthy apps. But one feature has ingrained Evernote in my daily activities online: web clipping. One can argue that web clipping is not a core feature for note taking, but it is supported by both Apple Notes and Evernote. It’s so deeply entrenched in my workflow that I can’t imagine working without it.
Pictures speak louder than words so take a look at the screen captures below.
Evernote’s advanced web clipper ensures that I save exactly what I want, to the folder I choose, with the URL for the source. Apple Notes allows folder choice and note choice, but the app only saves the URL, a title, a snippet of text, and a hero image. I’ve built my workflow around capturing information from the web, saving it to Evernote and accessing it even when offline. Apple Notes gives you the snippet but requires a connection to access the full page. In addition, Evernote has extensions for both Safari and Chrome (Apple Notes does not,) and I use both browsers daily.
Users of note taking apps tend to make personal investments in them. Time spent in an app increases familiarity, and most humans tend to like the familiar. The effect is boosted when users are capturing and saving their lives and livelihood in these apps. I’ve invested my time in Evernote and it has never let me down. It’s been there from laptop to tablet to phone since I started using it in 2008. I’ll still take the time to try new apps (Bear is next on my list,) but until I find one with a better web clipping experience that improves my workflow, I’m sticking with Evernote.
Note: I also use Pocket for web clipping, but it has a different purpose. I designate the content I save to Pocket as ‘read it later,’ and it’s typically items that interest me personally. Evernote is my professional, note taking, web clipping app of choice.
Even after owning an iPad for the last 5 years, I still find myself marveling at what it can do. Accounts of tech enthusiasts going ‘full iPad’ have been around for a while (here is one of my favorites,) so I thought it was time to try it myself. I picked up the Logitech Ultra Slim Keyboard (refurbished) from Amazon, and for the next few days my laptop will be used solely for media playback. More to come on my iPad experience soon.
I already like the keyboard (a lot.)
My iPad Air may be a bit underpowered as switching apps seems a little slow.
Keyboard navigation for the MacOS version of Reeder (my RSS app of choice) are not supported on the iOS version.
I want to share a combination of personal and professional information in one place. LinkedIn does well for professional info, Facebook is more personal, and Twitter crosses in both areas. Still, none do what I want, so I built a new site, KempSF. It’s a work in progress, but it does provide a more balanced perspective on who I am. Check it out.
Live Photos on the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus are great, but difficult to share. Enter Live GIF, the easiest way to share your live pics with friends and family who don’t own the latest iPhone. The UI is dead simple. Open the app and you’re presented all of your Live Photos. Select the one you want to share and then choose to send it as a GIF or video.
Tweetbot has been my go to Twitter client since 2011, and today they launched Tweetbot 4. The biggest news is that it’s now a Universal App which is a welcome update. You can get it for $4.99 for a limited time. Check out all of the new features at the Tapbots site.
Jumped on the @tweetbot bandwagon last night and it's been a GREAT ride so far. Excellent app!