Make Simplenote Along With Google Drive (and Docs) Your Premiere, Powerful, and FREE Note Keeping App

August 18, 2016

As I mentioned recently, I made the switch from Evernote and OneNote to Simplenote to meet my note keeping demands. To keep this article short, a supplement option to Simplenote that I started to use is Google Drive (and Google Docs). I love the idea that Simplenote is super fast (and TOTALLY FREE) and the reason for that is that it is strictly a text based application; however, there were those occasions where I wished I could pull up a document, or picture using Simplenote.

Simplenote and Google Drive

The solution I came up with, that is working better than I ever expected, is to use the “markdown” feature in Simplenote to create links in a note that will link to and pull up a document, picture or any file from my Google Drive (or Docs). In Google Drive I created a folder called “Simplenote Links” and then created subfolders that matched the tags I used in Simplenote. For example, if I had a batch of notes in Simplenote tagged as “Rick”, then I created a folder in Google Drive (under the “Simplenotes Link” folder) called “Rick”. This method provided a way to keep the documents organized, based on my Simplenote tags. Keep in mind, any document you want to link to in Google Drive, you will have to get the shared link for that document.

The beauty to this is that I can use the power of Google Docs to create impressive documents and the simplicity (and speed) to find and load those documents by using Simplenote. This is especially remarkable on my smartphone, when I am out and about: and, need to locate a document quickly. Another plus to this is that the documents in Google Drive that I use for this purpose are synced and backed up to my home based computer.

The hardest part of all of this, and it really is not hard at all, is to create a note using “markdown”. When I have a note that I need to link to a specific document or file (or folder) in Google Drive, I simply create the note with a link using “Markdown”. 

What is Markdown? The best definition I found for markdown was at Lifehacker:

At its core, Markdown is a super simple way to add formatting like headers, bold, bulleted lists, and so on to plain text. It was originally designed to be an easy alternative to HTML, and allows people to create web pages with no HTML experience—but it’s also a great way to organize notes, to-do lists, and other things. It has all the advantages of plain text, but with the organizational power of a word processor. The end goal is a minimalist writing system that you can use to get your thoughts down, and then export them elsewhere without worrying too much about the appearance. — Source: Lifehacker

Here is a sampling of using markdown in Simplenote and one of the examples below shows you how to create a link, using markdown, in Simplenote.

# heading 1

## heading 2

### heading 3

*Italics*

**Bold**

***Italics and Bold***

[WordPress](https://wordpress.com)

Lists

I know to most, this may sound like a geeky way to keep notes; but, I am telling you this works and it works great… The best part of it all is that Simplenote and Google Drive (Docs) are FREE… Also, both applications work on a variety of OS platforms, making it widely available from nearly every device we use.


How To Move Everything From Evernote To OneNote

July 4, 2016

If you read my last post, “I Don’t Like The Looks Of This (Evernote Changes Coming!)”, you may be looking for a way out if you currently use the FREE version of Evernote (AND, maybe the paid version since the price is leaping).

The best alternative option out there to Evernote is Microsoft OneNote, which is a very powerful and FREE cloud based note keeping application that can be used on nearly every smartphone, tablet and computer platform out there (i.e. Windows, Android, Apple and the Web). If you are a Windows 10 user, you will find the OneNote app already installed.

Here is how to move everything from Evernote to Microsoft OneNote:

  1. Make sure you have a Microsoft Account. If you are like me I had a Hotmail account that I have had for many years.  That will work… If you use Windows 10 it is highly likely the login credentials you established to login to Windows 10 is a Microsoft Account. If not sure, go to the Microsoft Account link above and see if you can login.  If not, you will need to establish an account…
  2. Go to “Making the move from Evernote to OneNote” … Microsoft has conveniently made a tool specifically designed to import your Evernote data into Microsoft OneNote. Simply download the importer and run it…
  3. I also recommend that you download the Windows Desktop version of OneNote which gives you the most bang for your FREE buck… Go to “Download OneNote”, look down the page for Windows Desktop.  Download and install… You will be prompted to use your Microsoft Account login when you first run it; AND, allow some time for your notes to populate in the application.

I Don’t Like The Looks Of This (Evernote Changes Coming!)

June 28, 2016

I love Evernote; however, after I read this at the Android Authority, I may be going back to OneNote (or some other option)…

Early this morning, the lead devs of Evernote rose from their slumber. They stretched, yawned, looked around and then said to themselves, “You know what? We’ve almost never pissed anybody off. Let’s go ahead and get that squared away, shall we?” And so it came to pass that Evernote decided to increase the prices of both their Plus and Premium plans while at the same time heavily handicapping Basic users to encourage them to subscribe… READ MORE @ Android Authority

 


Evernote and Google Drive Become A Natural Pairing

May 13, 2016

You can read more about this on the Evernote blog, but in a nutshell here is how this pairing will work between Evernote and Google Drive:

All the files you keep in Drive are now easier to access in Evernote. Now, instead of seeing only URL links, anyone can browse anything created or stored in Google Drive right in Evernote notebooks. With this integration, Evernote customers can add any file in Drive to their notes without leaving Evernote. And any changes to files in Google Drive will dynamically update in Evernote.

This feature is currently in “beta” and is currently only available on the web (through Google Chrome) and for Android.


NEW Android Updates For Evernote That You Will Like

May 5, 2016

A new Android update for Evernote features a redesigned Evernote camera that makes capturing, managing and archiving scanned documents smoother and better than ever before.

When you take a picture of a document in automatic mode, Evernote’s in-app camera detects the document’s size and type and calibrates to take the best snap possible. Evernote then processes the image, crops it, and adjusts the contrast for a clear and crisp digital rendering. You don’t need to do anything else—just point the camera and let the app do all the work.

Evernote Logo

But wait, there is more! CLICK HERE to visit the Evernote blog to learn more about  the new document scanning feature and the other neat updates.


Evernote and Google Keep Made Some Nice Upgrades This Past Week

April 25, 2016

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Evernote and Google Keep are my two main note keeping applications. Evernote is for the important stuff and Google Keep is for the unimportant stuff.  Both are cloud based and are available on numerous platforms.

Unveiling the new Evernote for Windows

This past week Evernote made some noticeable improvements that made navigation of the sidebar more intuitive, searches are now more refined, and notebooks (and tags) can be color coded.  Read more about the changes to Evernote by CLICKING HERE.

The most noticeable improvement this past week to Google Keep is the NEW Google Keep Chrome extension that gives you the ability to save web pages, images and selected text with ease. To take a look at the Google Keep Chrome extension, CLICK HERE .

Both of these applications are especially helpful in keeping track of the things in our life; whether important and/or unimportant.

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Extend The Functionality Of Evernote With CardDesk

February 20, 2015

If you are an Evernote user you may want to take a look at the new cloud app called CardDesk (which is currently in Beta). Signup for the account at CardDesk is FREE and you have nothing to lose.

CardDesk

In a nutshell CardDesk is a web application that ties in nicely with your Evernote account to give you a visual desktop organizer for your Evernote notes. The notes give the appearance of index cards that can be moved around and arranged on any number of virtual screens or desktops (where you can select from different backgrounds). You can edit a note by double clicking on the header of the note.  Nice concept…

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