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Ben Yu

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  1. Perhaps I'm the first to note it here, but iOS 8 and the new Evernote app together now includes a mobile Safari extension for iOS devices! We can finally clip straight to Evernote by tapping the "Share" button at the bottom, then making sure Evernote app extension is turned on! Finally. yes, as I found out to my chagrin last week (when I was among the last ipad users to give in to ios7 before its own sunset) the integrated clipper in my much-loved prior rev of EN (the one that worked up until ios6) is now gone, along with its own in-app browser (sob). Apparently, it has been so long that almost every current ios EN user forgot it used to be there. I am totally guessing on this, but I can imagine that the complications of making it work well with every kind of web page out there today was a headache they chose not to solve with later updates. I do have to admit it choked amd crashed EN with some regularity, but man when it worked, it was wonderful. Since my work relies so much on web research, I am now looking for other ios apps to handle my copious mutimedia snips which will relegate EN to less of a research tool and more a notes manager (sigh)
  2. Although not very pretty, there is a workaround for the bookmarklet "save" button when on an iPhone mobile Safari. Even though the window is cut off, you can usually at least tap on the "tags" field (you'll see at least the right most piece of the "tags" text field just to the left of the "Notebook" drop down menu selection). Once you're in the field, you can add some tags (blindly) or not, doesn't matter, and when you hit the blue "Go" button in the bottom right of the iPhone's soft-keyboard, it performs the same action as hitting the "Save" button that you can't see. Like I said, not pretty, but it works.
  3. Sorry Scott. I apparently misunderstood. Thanks for the suggestions. I'm hoping not to have to change so much of how I do everything else just to be able to clip to Evernote (e.g. - stop using synced Safari Reading Lists between iPad, iPhone, and 2 Macs and use a different browser for everything just in case I ever want to clip, start accepting 3rd party cookies just so the web clipper will always work, etc.)
  4. I'm not saying that making Evernote Web Clipper work the way the browser extensions work isn't technically difficult, but rather that other browser bookmarklets for Pocket (Read It Later) or Instapaper, etc. work fine. Also, the Evernote one hasn't changed/been updated for years now I think (a very long time). I understand those other products don't need to do as much, but again, the Evernote one would be better if it was just as limited as Pocket's limited one. My gripe is more how long it's been not functioning well (years), while other products have for so long (even if it's just passing the link only). Just a link is better than nothing working sometimes.
  5. I've been using Evernote since… I don't know how long, but it's been years. Still, the iOS Mobile Safari web clipper is officially unsupported, doesn't work well because it's not optimized for mobile iOS devices, etc. But what gives? Pocket (formerly ReadItLater) and other clipping/saving apps seem to have little issue. It's not even a consistent "not working". Sometimes the popup window doesn't show at all. Sometimes it shows, but I have to reload the page first before it works. Sometimes it shows the popup but says I need to enable 3rd party cookies for it to work. Can't it at least be somewhat limited but at least do something? E.g. - Save the whole page only. Save just the link. Can't add tags. Can't specify a notebook other than the default. Doesn't matter! It's been so many years. Please get something for those of us that don't want to have to open a separate app just to save web content to Evernote (what I mainly use Evernote for). Instead, I end up having to add to Pocket (because their web applet link works really fast and really well without having to log in again every week), then open Pocket and send to Evernote. Really?!?
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