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HOWTO: Send mail from Apple Mail to Evernote

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#1 wolfjo

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Posted 29 September 2009 - 12:49 PM

Maybe I am missing something simple, but I cannot figure out an easy one-step way to copy an email into Evernote, and the manual is no help (it refers to using the Safari bookmarklet for some reason).

Things that should work, but don't, are dragging an email to Evernote from Mail, right clicking on selected text inside mail and using a service there to capture the selection.

The only thing that works right now is selecting text, copying it, and then pasting as a new note. Isn't there a better way???

If there isn't please add any of the above to the feature requests for the Mac version.

Thanks for any tips about this!

#2 Veritrope

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Posted 29 September 2009 - 02:49 PM

You are welcome to try my Apple Mail to Evernote AppleScript!:
http://veritrope.com...ail-to-evernote
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#3 wolfjo

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Posted 29 September 2009 - 03:25 PM

Works great Veritrope - thanks for the suggestion! Happy to see your Evernote to DevonThink script as well - that will come in handy.

I really think that a drag and drop or Services capture would be more efficient here... Any comment from the developers on this?

#4 engberg

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Posted 01 October 2009 - 03:25 AM

Thanks for the feedback. We're looking at ways to improve integration with Mail.app in the future.

Thanks

- Dave Engberg (Evernote)


#5 wolfjo

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Posted 01 October 2009 - 12:08 PM

Thanks for the feedback Dave -- good to hear you are working on it! The scripts help in the meantime.

#6 rongor

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Posted 02 October 2009 - 04:12 PM

If you copy the script into Automator you can covert it into a service as well.

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#7 wolfjo

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Posted 02 October 2009 - 05:17 PM

Forgot about that trick! Thanks Ron - will give that a try.... JAW

#8 Veritrope

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Posted 02 October 2009 - 05:40 PM

I did a quick test of the Mail script as a service, but it only worked when I selected text in the message itself. However, that was strictly a cut-and-paste attempt and people who actually have some experience with the new Services workflow might be able to make it work properly! :D

Let me know if you find the Services approach more useful and I'll spend some time converting more of my Evernote scripts!
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#9 MacBerry

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Posted 07 October 2009 - 01:56 PM

Very handy script, thanks!

One other method is to drag the mail to the desktop, THEN drag it into EverNote, which attaches it as a file so long as you have a premium account. However, as far as I can tell it's NOT searchable :D

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#10 geechorama

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Posted 07 October 2009 - 04:23 PM

Whenever I'm clipping an message from Mail, I hit cmd-A to select all, cmd-C to copy, then cmd-ctrl-V to paste into Evernote. Admittedly, that's three steps.

One thing to note, when you paste an email into Evernote using the above method, the email's "Subject", "Date Received", "Date Sent", and "From" are preserved.

Also, the source URL of the note gets set to the message:// URL to open it up again in Mail.

We have plans to add a native clipping button into button to Apple's Mail program, but don't have a timetable for it yet.
- Andrew McGeachie (Evernote)

#11 Veritrope

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Posted 07 October 2009 - 05:11 PM

The Apple Mail-to-Evernote script also copies the Sender, Date/Time, and places a link into Source URL... also allows you to tag and select your Notebook on the way in.

It has the added virtue of being pretty close to one step. Using the latest version of the script, your keyboard shortcut and a quick "return" at the tagging screen will send messages into your default notebook.

Anyhow, it'll do until Geech codes us a Native Clipping Button! :)
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#12 pendolino

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Posted 11 November 2009 - 12:18 PM

hi Veritrope - i just started using your useful script and on the 3rd or 4th use i came across a strange error. evernote's error dialog came up saying it was not able to sync the note that was entered from Mail.app using your script and when i opened the note i found the following static message with the body of my email right under it.

i tried it again to be sure it was not a fluke and sure enough the email caused the same problem. when i tried another later email there was no problem at all.

i thought i would bring this up in case it was a bug in handling some kinds of emails but not other. it may be because of a link included in the body of the email.

see below for error message.

http://grab.by/sno

#13 Veritrope

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Posted 11 November 2009 - 03:34 PM

Hi there Pendolino!

I've seen that type of error on rare occasions -- I think it happens when Evernote's XML parser doesn't like the way the message source code looks.

First, I would delete that particular note from Evernote until we get things sorted (so you don't have to look at that sync error).

We should then probably compare notes in the comment section of the Script's webpage on Veritrope.com to diagnose it (and to see if anyone else is getting the same error). You can also privately send me more details of the mail message that isn't transferring properly using the comment form at the site.

Sound good?
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#14 pendolino

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Posted 11 November 2009 - 05:31 PM

this was the body of the email:

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Best Regards,
Jim
The Ironic Software Team

#15 SaraS

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Posted 11 November 2009 - 05:35 PM

Maybe I'm misunderstanding what you are all trying to do here, but I've been clipping emails into Evernote from Apple's Mail app without needing any sort of script for a while now.

I just highlight the message in the list of messages, hit Command+C for copy, then Shift+Command+V for the global paste to evernote command. Two keystrokes and I'm done.

This creates a new note containing all the text from the email message, as well as the subject, from, to, etc lines. It also puts a link in the Source field that lets me get back to the original email.

Now, I do have a premium account, so I CAN attach the email message as an actual attachment if I really want to save it. To do this, I just drag the message into the note I already created using the above steps. This puts it in the note as an .eml file (the same sort of file you'd get dragging the message to the desktop for instance). No need to drag it elsewhere first, just drag it straight into the note. Since the attachment isn't searchable, I usually do the procedure described above to put the actual text right into the note for searching purposes, then drag the email in for archive purposes.

A clipper button would be nifty, but as far as I can tell the basic functionality already works with copy / global en paste.

#16 Veritrope

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Posted 11 November 2009 - 05:39 PM

I am going to send you a PM with an email address to forward the email to -- I'll run it through the script on my end and see what the hang-up is.
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#17 Veritrope

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Posted 11 November 2009 - 05:59 PM

Hi Sara,

As is often the case with many tech-related things, there is more than one road to arrive at the same place -- and that's true here as well!

Evernote has so many ways to get stuff into and out of it (Global Clipper, Email into Evernote, Twitter, Save as PDF, AppleScript) that, frankly, I'm not sure if there's one "right way" to get messages from Mail into it. I think it depends on what you want to do with your messages at the time.

The clipper is great and works well in many instances... but try highlighting more than one message before doing the "global paste". You'll get a note with the name of your inbox and the number of messages in it and the note body will have each message appended to the next (at least, that's what it does for me!). That's great if you want to combine many emails into one note, but not-so-great if you're looking to archive a bunch of messages individually.

What if you want to tag the emails on the way in? What if you want to put them somewhere other than the default notebook? This is where AppleScript (and Snow Leopard Services) are very helpful -- you can set up a function that works exactly the way that YOU want it to!

Does that make sense?
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#18 pendolino

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Posted 11 November 2009 - 08:42 PM

I just highlight the message in the list of messages, hit Command+C for copy, then Shift+Command+V for the global paste to evernote command. Two keystrokes and I'm done.


i actually had not tried this method and was not really aware of it but after testing it, it seems to have parsed the email without the script's errors. thanks.

#19 erikhuber

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Posted 23 January 2010 - 01:27 AM

I just highlight the message in the list of messages, hit Command+C for copy, then Shift+Command+V for the global paste to evernote command. Two keystrokes and I'm done.


Nice find. This is a big help - thanks!

Justin / Veritrope - your script looks great and I will definitely give that a shot as well!

Great resources guys. Much appreesh!

#20 mdave

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Posted 29 December 2010 - 05:33 AM

I just highlight the message in the list of messages, hit Command+C for copy, then Shift+Command+V for the global paste to evernote command. Two keystrokes and I'm done.

This creates a new note containing all the text from the email message, as well as the subject, from, to, etc lines. It also puts a link in the Source field that lets me get back to the original email.


Is this still how EN functions?
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