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I am trying to understand if using the iphone shortcuts with Evernote is worthwhile?  For example, I would love to be able to say "Hey Siri, take an EverNote" and to have it open up a new note on evernote that I can dictate to.  I tried setting this up on iphone shortcuts (ios15) and I realized that what it does is create an audio file on Evernote and not a transcription.  Anyone know how to use Siri to simply open up an EN note and transcribe a note?  

Also, there are a couple of other shortcuts in the EN shortcuts gallery of iphone  eg: "Clipboard to EN" which is supposed to take the contents of your clipboard and paste them into a note in EN.  This strikes me as not helpful since I can "share" to EN which I think does the same thing.  There's one that says "Resize screenshot for EN" which apparently shrinks a screenshot and prepends it to a note in EN (doesn't seem to work)..  Does anyone find any of these useful?  Would love to know how you use them.

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These shortcuts are there since quite a while, and they used to work.

Not any longer, many stopped working when v10 was released, replacing the old iOS app. Others were working for some time, but have stopped to do so since. You can open and take a look at the coding, and try to modify them. Up to now I could not make them work again. Most often it fails on accessing EN, although I gave it all login data. I won't invest more time into it.

As a replacement I use other apps. For audio recording and transcribing I use the app JustPressRecord, for example. It is available on the Apple Watch as well. After it made a transcript, you can decide to share only the text, the audio or both into an EN note. Having both allows to go back to the audio if you find a mistake in the transcript later. I would recommend this for subscribers only, the audio bloats the note size significantly, which does not play well with the upload limit.

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Thanks for that.  Actually the shortcut with the "record to evernote" works quite seamlessly ie: it immediately opens up a recording dialog and records everything you say until you tap it.  At that point, the recording is placed into a new EN note.  Very easy and seamless except for the fact that it doesn't actually transcribe it.  However, if you like making audio files on the go I can see that this may be helpful.  

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Just for curiosity: On IOS you can dictate something into any text field via speech just by tapping the microphone symbol on the keyboard (bottom right on my version). Then, speech is automatically transcribed to text. This works well with EN, too. So, why would you need any dedicated app for this purpose?

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This is so that if I’m driving or rushing somewhere I can say “hey Siri tell Evernote that I need to meet with the accountant on Thursday. “. The shortcut would create that note in my EN inbox which I look at 20 times a day. It would be more effective as a reminder method for me then iPhone’s reminder feature. It could also be used to leave little messages, addresses, quick suggestions, contact info etc without ever touching the phone and knowing that they’ll be staring at you when you next open your EN inbox. 

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You can use the dictation feature even today to speak a note instead of typing it.

Personally I use a different Task Manager (Things 3), and it works with Siri and Shortcuts, although the available commands are only a few. But to quickly garb something it is ok.

Else it is JustPressRecord, as posted above. The possibility to add a transcript is more important for me than to drop it directly into EN.

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I have a Shortcut I call "Create a Quick Note" which, when I ask Siri to execute, gets the title for the note, like something I need to remember to do as an example, and creates that note in Evernote.

When I run it with Siri, it works pretty flawlessly.

HOWEVER, I've added the Shortcut to my Home Screen and when I run it and type the text in, it works flawlessly --- UNLESS the iPhone does any auto-correction.  If THAT happens, all spaces are removed in the text that ultimately arrives in Evernote.  😭

To debug this, I took the same exact variable that the Evernote shortcut command uses and use the variable to create a duplicate note in the iPhone Notes application.  Interestingly, the same text that creates the "note with the missing spaces" in Evernote creates perfectly fine in the iPhone Notes application.

🤓 Anyone want to get a little geeky?  Are you doing anything similar, but, always get a correct note in Evernote?  Maybe share your Shortcut script?  😀

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THanks Jeff.  This worked exactly as you said it would ie: instantly creates a note in my notebook of choice whose title is my  dictated text without spaces.  I will play with this and see how it fits in my work flow.  I also use iphone reminders which has the advantage of allowing me to set a date and time eg: Hey Siri, set reminder to call Larry at 7am tomorrow (advantage is the notification it gives me).  Your script, however, could be useful for simple entries that are not time or date dependent but that it would be nice to remember eg: "Hey Siri, create note, buy toner for printer".

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When I get my updated apple watch, I want to do this with Evernote. Reminders apps works great but trying to work from one app. I understand Drafts has a great app for this on the apple watch and it is free for all my needs. I with Apple Notes had the full reminders functionality built in and I may make the switch from Evernote.

 

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On 8/20/2022 at 5:32 PM, JeffreyC said:

You bet!

 

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Just wanted to let you know that not only does this script work flawlessly but I've figured out a nice way to use it as an effective memory jog.  If I tell Siri to "Create Note" it will simply create a note that sits on top of my inbox until the next note comes in.  After a while that note gets buried and ignored under other notes.  However,  what if I need the note to stay on top because it's something important?  To solve this problem I now add "Exclamation mark" in front of the dictation eg: "Exclamation mark doctor appointment 1pm".  Now the note is pinned on top of the pile and remains there.  Of course one has to have the sort order set for title for this to work.  I have found it very helpful for those situations where I need to jog my memory on something really important but don't have time to enter it manually or I'm driving.

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On 9/14/2022 at 10:09 AM, idoc said:

Just wanted to let you know that not only does this script work flawlessly but I've figured out a nice way to use it as an effective memory jog.  If I tell Siri to "Create Note" it will simply create a note that sits on top of my inbox until the next note comes in.  After a while that note gets buried and ignored under other notes.  However,  what if I need the note to stay on top because it's something important?  To solve this problem I now add "Exclamation mark" in front of the dictation eg: "Exclamation mark doctor appointment 1pm".  Now the note is pinned on top of the pile and remains there.  Of course one has to have the sort order set for title for this to work.  I have found it very helpful for those situations where I need to jog my memory on something really important but don't have time to enter it manually or I'm driving.

Love it, @idoc!    Clean! Simple! 🤩

Another idea for people is to use the "Tag" option in the shortcut.  I may have mentioned this above, but I have a tag I call "-Radar"  I have my Shortcut add this tag and that way it appears on my Evernote Home Page in a "Radar Filtered Notes" widget.

Question - do you ever see the problem I see where all the spaces are removed from your text? 

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Yes spaces are removed from texts. Even more annoying is that ios16 has changed Siri dictation! I used to dictate an exclamation point on important notes so that they stay on top. However, now if i say “exclamation mark call airline” it creates this title “callairline”. But if I say “call airline exclamation mark” it gives me “callairlines!”  I can’t figure out why it suddenly refuses to put the punctuation where i want it. Almost as if it had been reprogrammed not to punctuate in wrong places. 
 

Addendum: just realized that i can dictate AAA or AA in front of the term and it stays on top of the notebook similar to “! “ This works very well. 

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