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gtuckerkellogg last won the day on November 25 2011

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  1. So Skitch was failing to sync, and I reset my password on the web site and downloaded the upgraded skitch from the App Store, all in one go. Skitch asked me for my new password the next time I started, which I gave it. It then again failed to sync. I restarted Skitch, and I got the situation shown in the image attached. (Since Skitch was frozen, I had to look up how to get screen shots). The situation is now (i) Skitch freezes instantly on startup, and can only be shut down via the Activity Monitor, (ii) reloading from the App Store, uninstalling and reinstalling, and rebooting the mac all have no effect. Any thoughts?
  2. At the bottom of the services menu (in any application) there is always a "Services preferences" option. You can also get to this from System Preferences, under "Keyboard". From there you can add keyboard shortcuts to any menu item. You just have to give the name of the menu item. See, for example, that I have the same shortcut defined for "copy note link" and "copy note links". They don't clash because the name of the menu item changes if more than one note is selected.
  3. koen's certainly right, you can run it using FastScripts, but I don't believe that will get the menu option in Evernote, which I like to have. If you use Automator, the settings which I know work for my version are below. The same settings should work fine for koen's version. -- New service -- Run one application (the script app) -- receive no input -- If you select "in Evernote" then the service will appear in the services pull down menu of the Evernote app, and you can assign a keyboard shortcut to it. It should look like this:
  4. That error -- which also happens in the template script I posted -- is because of some idiosyncracies running scripts from Automator. If you save them from the AppleScript menu as Applications, rather than scripts, and then run the applications from Automator, this doesn't happen. There's a little bit more detail on my github site.
  5. I try to keep notebooks and tags to a minimum, but not to GrumpyMonkey's minimum :-) And I'm a big advocate of GTD, including the Areas of Responsibility. I set it up like so: A special tag for each AoR. "Special" in that they are preceeded by a special character ("_") that only AoR tags have. A notebook stack for each "Organizing Category", from David Allen's Making it All Work. So one for reference, one for support (materials needed for projects, etc), one for "inbox", etc. I do have separate notebooks for active projects in the "support" stack, but these get deleted when project are closed. With this setup, my document flow runs from the "inbox" notebook to the "support" stack to the "reference" stack. Almost all of the reference stack material is in a single notebook called "the stacks", but because my wife and I share some reference notebooks not all of it is in there. I like using AoR tags to capture any loose ends. With this system, all the "family" (AoR) related material that might require an action is tagged "_family" and in the support stack. I make saved searches for each such support area (e.g., a search for "family support", a search for "work support", etc.) Because of the way I set it up, I also want to make sure that everything in the "support" stack is tagged with *some* AoR. So I have a saved search called "No AoR" which finds any notes without an AoR tag that are in the support stack. (Because of the leading _ on the AoR tags, this is easy to set up). I look for any support materials without an AoR at least once a week. To keep the proliferation of notebooks to a minimum, I add keywords to the titles when projects are closed and I move the materials to reference. I wrote an AppleScript to do this for all selected notes (a link is in my .sig) So to close a project I do this. run the AppleScript on all the notes for a project to add any needed keywords to the titles. create a single note with the tag "closed projects" and drag note links for all the notes from the newly closed project into it. This note becomes an index of the notes for a closed project in case I ever need to go back to it Move all the project notes from my "support" area to "reference (the stacks)". Delete the support notebook
  6. Oh, hey, I just noticed this. Thanks for the props in your code. I see how you added the time-stamp feature to the version I posted earlier. That's a nice feature. I add keyboard shortcuts without using FastScript by saving the scripts as an Application and then creating an Automator service to run the application. Out of curiosity, what else does FastScript offer?
  7. That helpful. Thanks schalker! @Grumpy: I wouldn't go back to the database itself to get the image again. I'd go to Evernote web to get the image (via the URL to Evernote Web) when I automagically generate the presentation from emacs. I just wouldn't export the image from evernote onto my hard disk, as I do now. Once I export it from Evernote, I have to remember where that image is in Evernote, since its location is detached from my notes about it. Exporting the image kind of undercuts what evernote is doing for me in the notes. Those notes include the URL telling me where an image came from, of course, which I point students to if they want to use the example as a basis for their own analyses.
  8. I should state up front: this particular tangential wish of mine is very, very -- very -- niche, and I would not expect Evernote to pay any attention to it. But since you asked! I'll use an example. Today I gave a lecture in a bioinformatics course, and included in it an image which i got from a database at a public web site. I have the image clipped into Evernote, and happily the URL is there without my lifting a finger, along with all my notes about what I was doing when I made the image. If I were using PowerPoint or Keynote to make my presentations, I could make sure to keep a note link in my presentation notes when I pasted the image into the presenation. But then I would be using Keynote or Powerpoint, and my presentation would look correspondingly awful. Instead, I use the awesome combination of emacs+org+latex+beamer, which can (with a few tricks) grab images from URLs I specify and insert them into a beautiful presentation. I do this right now from local copies of the images, but would prefer to do it from Evernote Web, so I never make local copies of the images and never accidentally lose the metadata about them. Did I mention it was niche?
  9. Like a lot of people, I use Evernote to collect material from the intertubes and use it in later composition. One big role is in preparing teaching material. Among Evernote's many great features, the combination of these three is invaluable When I clip something into Evernote from the web, including an image, it saves the source URL. Merge notes. I think this is an underutilized feature, but I use it often. If I'm reading an article and I think several figures from the same article might be useful as a case study in a class, I'll merge notes with the different pictures. Note links. Need I say more? If I'm taking notes from the scientific literature, I don't take the notes directly in Evernote, but use a proess like this http://twitpic.com/4bsq3g, which lets me get the notes into Evernote using tools that are more suited for the purpose. The source URL is really handy when preparing presentations to make sure I can point students (or a seminar audience) to the source, as well as providing proper citation to the image source. This may be the biggest time saver for me, since I sometimes have active bursts of energy, and toss a lot of stuff into Evernote. If I were using any other system, I'd have to make note of all the URLs myself, but with Evernote it just happens. It would be very convenient to have a URL to the attachments, not just the note links. As I mention above, keeping URLs back to images clipped from the web is not ony a time saver, it prevents accidental use of unattributed images. But if I export images to my filesystem the connection between the image and the URL from which it was clipped is broken. I currently use http:// image links via Evernote Web, but if those links are really permalinks, perhaps the client applications could provide a mechanism to copy them.
  10. It's pretty disheartening to think that this reasonably basic piece of functionality, which was taken note of by an Evernote employee in this forum in November 2009, is still missing from the Mac client.
  11. Let's not interpret the article too broadly. The research was only studying the task of email retrieval, not a filing system. And if the article suggests filing emails in folders is less efficient than search, it is devastating for tags, which (in the research) are so pointless as to be excluded from analysis, despite their initial inclusion in the study design. Evernote is not email. The optimal strategies for retrieval in Evernote may be quite different from those in email.
  12. Following Woody Guthrie's lead is good advice in general, not just for New Year's resolutions
  13. Excellent list. One of the great levers for productivity is tying different apps together. You mention a couple of Mac apps, for which AppleScript is the universal glue. Sparrow is great, but the AppleScript support doesn't provide access to anything except the outbox. I have AppleScripts to move Apple Mail messages to Evernote, for different situations, and would love to use Sparrow instead of Apple Mail, but am on the fence because of that problem. Evernote's AppleScript support, limited as it is, is one of the reasons EN is so powerful for productivity, even if the Mac application lacks a bunch of features on the Windows application.
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