Putting your Information into Evernote Part 2 – Web images

In the last post I explained how to save content from web pages into Evernote.  In this post I will add one more way, and that is by importing images.  In genealogy this will mainly apply to scanned documents.  The documents can, of course, go straight into your genealogy program, which is fine, but people often save them as a file or load them into photo album software.  Loading them into Evernote, however, allows the text to be searched, and if you are are otherwise using the program for your notes it keeps them all in one system.  It also keeps document clutter out of your photo album software.

Image clipping

The easiest way to bring an image into Evernote is to right-click on it, select Add to Evernote and then Clip image.  You will get a brief status popup and then the image will be saved to the last notebook you saved a web page to.  A message box will appear on the lower right of the screen allowing you to view or edit the new note.  Editing is useful if you want to move the image to a different notebook, add tags, or put a citation at the top of the note so that later on you will know where you got it.  I wish it would give you a dialog box so you can make these choices before the image is saved like it does with web pages, but maybe this will be a future improvement.  In any case this gets the image into Evernote, and once their servers have processed it text searches will include the image contents.

Save Image to Disk Temporarily

Some websites present images via Flash or Silverlight.  Since these are not regular images like JPEG’s, you cannot directly clip them.  An example is the website American Ancestors, from the New England Genealogical and Historical Society.  In this case, though, they provide an option to save the image to the disk.  Save it to a temporary folder, then in Windows right-click on the file in Windows Explorer and pick Send to->Evernote.  On a Mac you can just drag the file from Finder onto the Evernote icon on the Dock.  A new note will be created with the image and you can then file it as you like.

If you are using Windows you can also create an Import Folder for Evernote.  With an Import Folder, any time a file is written to it the file is automatically pulled into Evernote as a new note.  I use this for saving files from the web and I also direct my scanning software to save the results there.  You can read about how to set this up on the Evernote support page.

Screen captures

Sometimes there just isn’t a practical way to get the image by itself.  In this case you can get a screen capture and have it go straight to Evernote.  To do this, hit Win+PrintScreen on Windows or Ctrl-Command-C on a Mac.  You can then select the portion of the screen that you want to save, and it will go into its own note.

Viewing your images

You can view your images just like any other note in Evernote.  Sometimes, though, you want to magnify it so you can read it better.  In this case, right-click on the image and pick Open.  The image will then open up in whatever the default image viewer is for your system.  If it is one that lets you edit the document, the saved version will automatically replace the one in Evernote.

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2 Responses to Putting your Information into Evernote Part 2 – Web images

  1. Meryl says:

    What about instructions for Mac users?

  2. I’m actually a Mac user and tried to provide instructions that will work for both Mac and Windows. The only thing that is Windows-specific is the Import Folder, a feature that sadly isn’t available from Evernote on the Mac. It can be done by defining a folder action in OS X, but I haven’t gotten around to setting that up myself.

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