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REQUEST: Print to evernote

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Does anyone know if you can send up a 'virtual' printer so that items that you print can be sent to Evernote? Microsoft has this for OneNote and I have seen print to PDF files printers.

Thanks

Joe

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Posting my own reply. I can set up a PDF printer via primoPDF (the other suggestions wanted other sw installed or google warned of malware or ***** ware).

However it would be nice to have the items not as a pdf file, but as a regular EN note, so you can update it and make post import changes.

Joe

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On Mac, you can print to a PDF directly into Evernote, but we don't have anything comparable on Windows.

Realistically, if we ever did figure out a good bundled "print to Evernote" virtual driver solution, it would probably be based on PDF anyway ... it'd be too hard to represent the printed output of every single Windows application without relying on PDF, I think. (E.g. if you printed from some sort of CAD/CAM software or something like that.)

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What i use to "Print to Evernote" is this (Windows 7)

1. Install PDFCreator (http://sourceforge.net/projects/pdfcreator/)

2. Set up an "Import Folder" in Evernote (Tools, Import Folders)

3. Anything you want to print, choose PDFCreator as printer and save to the watched folder.

4. Also, a lifehacker explains here, you can also create a Sent To shortcut...that way you can put any file easily into evernote! (http://lifehacker.com/#!5331408/add-eve ... nd-to-menu)

You won't get those editable notes you're craving, but you'll keep formating every single time.

Hope this helps a little bit...

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Hey judas,

thanks for the tip, interesting stuff! ...unfortunately, I don't find this in the current PDFCreator v.1.2.1, can anyone go into detail (ideally some screenshots or a quick video or a link to such a tutorial) here?

Thanks for your help in advance, highly appreciated!

Kind regards

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I know this is an old thread but it is still indexed and syndicated so people (such as me!) will still end up here...

thanks for the tip, interesting stuff! ...unfortunately, I don't find this in the current PDFCreator v.1.2.1, can anyone go into detail (ideally some screenshots or a quick video or a link to such a tutorial) here?

So here goes...

First, make sure you have the latest version of PDFCreator (v1.2.1 as I write this).

In EverNote, set up an Import Folder as in the previous post ([Tools], [import Folder]) but make sure you set the 'Source' option to 'Delete'.

• When printing from any program via the PDFCreator virtual printer, Windows will spool the document in the normal way and then the PDFCreator window will appear asking for choices.

• Towards the bottom of that window, a tick box asking if you want to open the PDF after creation "After saving open the document with the default program" must be un-selected (trust me - you'll thank me later).

• Then, hit save and select the import folder that you have asked EN to monitor.

The purpose of un-selecting the 'open after' is that as we have set EN to delete files after importing from the linked folder, PDFCreator will hold the file open whilst it's displayed, preventing EN from deleting it once imported. The resultant problem is that the file will stay put and WILL BE reprocessed from time to time causing multiple entries.

The document will now be placed into EN.

Regards

Aaron.

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This is not a free solution but it does work.

Print your document to the Nitro PDF Professional, hence the "not free" version which has a "send to evernote" feature.

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Can I just add one more, PLEASE add this feature vote. I would love to be able to print to Evernote so I can edit files later.

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Can I just add one more, PLEASE add this feature vote. I would love to be able to print to Evernote so I can edit files later.

+1 for this suggested enhancement. Having to go through several extra steps works but it doesn't feel Evernote like! Other companies have done the equivalent for years (example: fax software, SnagIt, etc.) -- Here's hoping Evernote will make this a priority. Today when I don't do the manual save then copy PDF process noted above, I often use SnagIt to capture screen shots or the Scrolling Vertical area and then paste them into Evernote. All of these workarounds waste my time.

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+1 Add me to the list.

BTW: As wonderful as Evernote is there is much to be learned from SnagIt especially in terms of annotating notes and controlling final print output. SnagIt is probably my most used application after Evernote in terms of how many discrete uses per day.

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Can I just say, WOW. Great solution! Exactly what I wanted (well, I would like it as easy as my MAC), but this works with all files, awesome, outstanding solution! Thanks!

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Hi Everyone,

A print to Evernote function for Windows would be convenient. But if you want to create an editable version of a PDF document in Evernote, simply select all in the PDF and copy-paste to a note in Evernote. It is that simple. If the PDF is password-protected, you can remove the password first using one of these solutions: http://www.simpopdf....f-to-word.html. I don't have a Mac but I assume that the print to Evernote function there does not allow you to save an editable version of a password-protected document either...

Is this solution too obvious or have I missed something?

Personally, what I need most is an Evernote clipper that will allow me to clip stuff from a PDF in Windows. Right now I have to do copy-paste which is terribly inconvenient when you are clipping multiple items from the same PDF.

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Hi

Does anyone know if you can send up a 'virtual' printer so that items that you print can be sent to Evernote? Microsoft has this for OneNote and I have seen print to PDF files printers.

Thanks

Joe

If you are using a Mac, I recommend Printopia. It sets up your Mac as an Airprint destination which lets you send stuff to your Evernote account by printing to this application. Another great thing is that even if you don't have an Airprint enabled printer, you can print from your iPad or iPhone to Printopia and it will send it to your printer. You can also configure it to allow you to print web pages from Safari or any other document from your iphone/ipad to Printopia and it will send them to the to your Evernote account on your Mac. It's a great feature to have but it only works on the local wifi network that your Mac is on.

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If you are using a Mac, I recommend Printopia. It sets up your Mac as an Airprint destination which lets you send stuff to your Evernote account by printing to this application.

If you're using a Mac, you don't need any additional software, though Printopia is very useful for printing from an iPad.

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That's a +1 from me too.

What would be great is a feature like EN's competitor, Microsoft OneNote with the "Send to OneNote" virtual printer OneNote installs on you Windows PC.

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The PDFCreator with Document Import option is very nice. It works with the latest version (1.6.1). You have to be careful installing PDFCreator though. Even though it comes from a supposedly trusted source, like Sourceforge, by default it comes with some malware disguised as shopping software. At least now you do get an option to decline. On version 1.2.0 they didn't provide such an escape. It took a bit of cleaning up after that install. Complaining to the good folks at Sourceforge yielded no direct response but it appears the questionable folks at PDFCreator did have to modify their installer. Its still a shame you have to be careful to opt out rather than the comfort in knowing you need to opt in, the correct way.

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+1 for this feature. "Send to Evernote" virtual printer would make things much easier.

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Still need a "print to Evernote" that puts a pdf on the default. I now use "print to kindle" (and :-( use the note on kindle) for that.

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Big +1. Again, why do Mac/iOS users get all the good stuff - I'm paying exactly the same subscription. It's sad too that Penultimate is iOS only (and won't even install on my old iPad 1). Such a shame. 

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Big -1

 

Why one more printer if you - most likely - already have a pdf-printer (Adobe distiller, pdf-creator, bullzip, younameit) on board?

 

If you really need a dedicated pdf printer for EN, choose one, rename it "send to evernote" and provide the import directory as the target directory for saving.

 

I prefer to choose and customize my pdf-printer over YAPP (yet another pdf printer) provided by Evernote.

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Martinlong1978, OS X provides for saving to PDF so that any application running in OS X can get that "for free."  It isn't an Evernote-developed capability.

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Sorry, but whinging about Mac getting all of the "good stuff" doesn't fly. The different clients tend to leapfrog each other -- the Windows client has had plenty of features that Mac users can only dream about. Android got reminders first, I think. Etc., etc. In the case of PDF, Mac clients get that because it's supported natively by the OS...

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