Evernote Screen clipping or Screen shots has become my favourite favourite Evernote Feature. The business world has been using screenshots extensively for years though. So as the world becomes more and more suspicious of the guy two cubicles down so the ability to prove what we’ve been up to is more important now than ever. Problem is when I send a screenshot of the project I’m currently working on I very rarely want to send my whole screen. I don’t need the whole world knowing what emails I’ve recieved or what programs I have open.
Before I go on if you’re extra observant you’ll see that all my blog posts are now available for PDF download. (There is a link at the end of each post) In case you’re one of those odd people who like hard copies of things or you’d like to save them in Evernote without having to clip a screenshot. Or having it look like plain text in evernote.
The way it was
Now prior to Evernote gtting a business friendly Screen shot was a multi-step process that just slowed down the process of cranking through the email inbox. Traditionally it would go something like this:
- hit the Prt-Scr button
- Ctrl-V in your *image editor
- Crop your image
- Save as an image
* I know most of the nice email editors have an image editor for your screen shots and I know the editing can be done in the email editor. The point is it still needs to be done and a lot of people use Gmail so there.
While the Evernote Pc application is running hitting the print screen key will bring up a little undocked window and some crawling ants to be manipulated. Move the ants around until you’ve selected the area of the screen you want to clip and Hey presto you’re done. You now have a clipped screenshot of only the area of the screen you chose.
Uses for the Evernote Screen shot Clipping:
- I’ve been using Evernote for sending screenshots of dynamic data from my pc these screenshots are very useful for websites with changing content like sports sites, news sites and analytics data
- I’ve been using Evernote screenshots for clipping articles from sites that I am probably not going to visit again. So I have have a notebook with articles I’ve happened upon and taken a screenshot of for later reading offline in Evernote. The Evernote text recognition is really useful in this regard making your list of articles searchable should I be looking for some specific reading in my downtime.
- I’ve also been using Evernote for clipping screenshots of art I like from sites I come across. This way I can get a clipped screenshot of a piece of art with the link to it in the note so I can keep track of reference images for art projects and stock images for blog posts.
- I’ve also been using it more and more to take screenshots of sites i’m working on and then using the screenshots in order to get colour values in the Gimp. Making digital web clipping swatches.
- It’s also pretty useful for keeping bits of IM conversations. If you don’t want to save a whole conversation. Print screen a screenshot and keep the bit you need to keep and there you go.
Have a look at my shared Monetize folder in evernote for examples of web clippings I’ve made in evernote
For more Evernote posts see:
- All my evernote Posts
- Evernote for Goal Setting
- Evernote for GTD Part 1 Collection
- Evernote for GTD Part 2 Capture
- How I use Evernote
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