I’ve been a user of both Evernote and Google Chrome for some time. I spend a lot of time on the internet reading about technology and law practice management and my research style is disorganized and desultory. While I’m working on one subject, I often come across items I want to come back to later.
Evernote, and in particular its browser extension, Web Clipper, are a perfect match for me. Except for one thing: the Web Clipper was clunky and difficult to use. Until now. The new Evernote Web Clipper for Chrome works beautifully and does more than I could ever make the original extension do.
It essentially combines the functions of the original Web Clipper, the now no longer necessary extension Evernote Clearly, and the markup functionality of Skitch, and brings them all together in one intuitive and elegant extension.
Click the image below to get a better view of the interface.
The first change I noticed with the new Web Clipper is that it features an easy to use menu for the type of clip you’d like to make:
- article – the full article with the items in the background grayed out
- simplified article – a cleaned up, reformatted version of the article appearing against a blank background, similar to the way Readability works
- full page – clips the entire web page as it appears normally
- bookmark – a small format clip of the article title, hyperlink address, and first couple of lines
- screenshot – a shot of the visible portion of the screen
Each of the types of clips hyperlinks to the original source so your Evernote note is a click away from the source page.
A couple of years ago, Evernote purchased a company called Skitch, which was a highly-reviewed Mac application for annotating and sharing images. The Web Clipper now contains much of the functionality found in other annotation tools, including:
- zoom in/out
The tools are intuitive and available right in the main window of the Web Clipper extension, so no more hunting and opening multiple windows. Just navigate to the article you want to clip, press the icon for the Web Clipper and then make the annotations you want.
Filing and Sharing Notes
Last, the Web Clipper includes a simple interface to choose the Evernote notebook in which you want your clip your article, as well as add any tags you like to keep it organized. For folks who like to share the contents of their Evernote notebooks, you can also share right out of the same panel to the usual line up of social media.
Overall, the new Evernote Web Clipper is a quantum improvement over the last iteration. If you are an Evernote and Chrome user, definitely check it out.