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May 28, 2020 Evernote. Whenever the talk of the best note-taking apps, Evernote app is pop up in your mind. Evernote is an incredibly powerful tool built for creating notes and organizing them in an efficient manner. The tool does come with cloud space of 60 MB for uploading the notes online for instant access.
The Notes app. It's been around since day-one in the life of iOS. The Mac version is now available for Mountain Lion, and it's fully iCloud-compliant. This isn't the word processor you're looking for. It's a skeuomorphic yellow legal pad for taking notes.
To me, prior to Mountain Lion, iOS 6 and iCloud integration, the Notes app was useless. Yes, I could keep 'local' notations on my iPhone or iPad if I wanted to. Yes, there was primitive syncing available. However, since there was no Notes app available on the Mac, synced notes ended up in the Mail app.
The Notes app has now done a one-eighty with the introduction of Mountain Lion, iOS 6 and iCloud. All of a sudden I find the Notes ecosystem to be simple, yet immensely useful. Let's take a look.
First, in order for the syncing via iCloud to work, the syncing service for Notes needs to be enabled on the Mac and iDevices. When you first configure your iCloud account on all your devices, you are given the opportunity to turn on iCloud syncing for Notes as well as other apps. Ultimately, you can enable or disable Notes syncing at any time.
Mac OS X Configuration for Notes Integration with iCloud
On the Mac, starting with Mountain Lion, Notes syncing is enabled by going to System Preferences > iCloud and enabling Notes via the checkbox provided.
Enable Notes iCloud Syncing on the Mac via the iCloud Preferences Pane.
iOS Configuration for Notes Integration with iCloud
In iOS, go to Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars > [tap on your email account]. In the configuration panel of the selected email account, you will find all the switches for activating iCloud syncing for a number of apps, including Notes.
Enable Notes iCloud Syncing in iOS via the iCloud Settings Pane.
Notes Integration via iCloud: a Wonderful Thing.
If you have configured Notes on all your devices to sync with the same iCloud account, your notes are seamlessly synchronized. For all practical purposes, this happens instantaneously – assuming there exists a wireless or cellular data connection. If you are out of range, things will sync up nicely once a connection is re-established.
Notes on the Mac has some basic data organization features.
Using Notes, you can create a note and add an image or a file to it by drag-and-dropping, you can delete notes, and you can share notes via email or messaging.
You select notes to view via the sidebar. You can open a note in a separate window by double-clicking the note in the sidebar. Occasionally, I like to 'float' a note on the desktop by going to Window > Float on Top. The floater can be dragged around the screen. Sorting can be done via View > Sort By.
Your notes are stored in containers the app calls 'folders', corresponding to one or more email accounts you have configured your device with. To enable viewing notes from other accounts, go to Notes > Accounts.
You can also create folders to visually organize your notes. If you don't see the folders list to the left of the sidebar, click on the Show Folders List icon at the bottom of the sidebar.
To display notes from a specific folder, select a folder. To display all notes in an account, select the 'All' folder for that account, such as All iCloud. To display all notes in all accounts, select All Notes at the top of the list.
To create a folder, choose File > New Folder. If All Notes is selected in the folders list, the folder is created in the default account. Otherwise, it's created in the account of the current folder.
Renaming and deleting folders can be done by right-clicking the folder and making a selection from the popup menu. Pay attention to any alerts that may come up.
Moving notes and folders is intuitive. Move a folder you created by dragging it to another account. To create a subfolder, drag the folder onto another folder that you created. Move a note to a different folder by dragging it from the sidebar onto a folder. To copy a note, hold the Option key while you drag the note.
Some text formatting is supported in Notes. Simply select the text you want to format, and then make a choice from the Format menu. Bulleted, dashed and numbered lists are also supported via Format > Lists.
Using Notes in iOS
Pretty much everything works the same way when running Notes in iOS.
On the iPhone, Notes functionality is spread across several screens.
A couple of considerations to brief you on:
In the iOS version of Notes, you can set a default font via Settings > Notes. I happen to be one of three people in North America who like Marker Felt. (Hey, I happen to like Comic Sans on the Mac; gimme a break!) You also have Noteworthy and Helvetica to choose from. On the Mac side, you can set other fonts via Format > Fonts > Show Fonts, but anything other than the three default fonts will be substituted when syncing to iOS.
Notes can default to one of three fonts. For apps that support large text, system-wide size settings can be set in the Accessibility Settings Panel.
If you want to set a larger-than-default text size (I like 20 points), go to Settings > General > Accessibility > Large Text, and make your selection.
To search in Notes on iOS, keep in mind the search field may be hidden from view. While viewing the list of notes, scroll to the top of the list, by swiping downward, to reveal the search field. Tap in the field and type the text you’re looking for. By the way, you can also search for notes from the Home screen.
Finally, for any Mac-based notes which contain attached images or files, the attachments do not currently synchronize over to iOS; just the note and a little paperclip icon to represent the non-existent attachment.
In conclusion, Notes really works quite well and is all you need if you want is a simple, built-in solution for synchronizing notes among all your devices as well as some rudimentary storage and organization features.
Although Notes is highly practical to me, I would like to see at least two enhancements: export options (other than cut-and-paste) and multiple note printing. I don't mind the yellow legal pad with the realistic tiny-paper-tearing-thingies-at-the-top-of-the-pad, but it would be nice to be able to choose from a variety of paper designs.
Why not give Notes a good two or three day workout on all your devices. Once everything is configured to sync properly, you may just be surprised at how simple and useful the Notes/iCloud ecosystem can be.
Did you know?…
There is an Easter Egg in Notes. If you can get a magnified view of the the icon for the Notes app, you will see that the scribbling shown on the notepad is a tribute to the ancient but famous 'The Crazy Ones' Apple TV ad from the late nineties – part of the 'Think Different' ad campaign. The text reads:
'Here’s to the crazy ones.
The misfits. The rebels.
The round pegs in the square holes.
The ones who see things different.
They’re not fond of rules,
and they have no respect for the status quo.'
This scribbling on the Notes app icon actually means something...
Suppose you are driving and a thought comes to your mind. It wouldn’t be a good idea to jot it down while driving. This is where Google Assistant comes into the picture.
Among the powers of Google Assistant, note-taking is one of them. You can use it to create notes in any note-taking app of your choice by using the command 'Note to self.' The first time you use this command, you will be asked to choose the default app. Let’s say you select Google Keep Notes, then new notes will be added every time you say 'Create a note' or 'Note to self.'
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What if you want to save the notes in Evernote or any other notes app? How do you change the default note-taking app on Google Assistant? You will find the answer here.
Change Default Note App
Here’s what you need to do to change the default app on Google Assistant.
Step 1: Launch Google Assistant by saying the command Ok Google or by holding the home button. In case the Ok Google command isn't working for you, try these solutions.
Step 2: Say the command ‘Note to self’ or ‘Create a note.’Note: You are only supposed to say the command. Don’t speak anything after that and wait for the Assistant to respond.
Step 3: On the screen that appears, tap on the Note to self option. I know it's not an intuitive button, but that's how Google offers it.
Here you will find all the supported apps. Tap on the app that you want to use and it will become your default note-taking app through Google Assistant.Note: The note to self feature is no longer supported in Assistant. The Google Assistant now comes with a built-in notes and list service.
Switch Among Note Apps
As you know if you say the command Create a note or Note to self, followed by the note text, it will be saved in the default app. At times, you would want to add notes directly in other apps too without going through the above steps.
To do so, launch Google Assistant and give the command, ‘Create a note in Evernote’ or ‘Evernote to open a note to self.’ Replace the word Evernote with the name of the app that you want to use.
Congratulations! You have mastered the art of switching between compatible note apps.
Note to Self Not Working
If you still use Gmail to save notes via Google Assistant, at times the notes don't show in Gmail. Usually, Google emails you the notes whenever you use the Note to self command (if you select Gmail as the default app) to create some. But if for some reason you aren’t getting the notes, we would suggest you install the Google Keep Notes app. If you have it on your phone already, open it to check for the notes created via Assistant.
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Bonus Tip 1: Use Google Assistant to Remember Things
Google Assistant supports note-taking using a third-party app, but it also comes with a native ability to remember things.
Here’s how to make Google remember things for you.
Step 1: Launch Google Assistant on your device.
Step 2: Give the command Remember followed by what you need Assistant to remember. For instance, Remember the car is parked at 22G or Remember the keys are in the drawer.
Step 3: Then, when you need the information, launch Assistant and give the command ‘What did I tell you to remember about the keys’ or ‘Where is my car parked?’
If you want to see all the things that you have asked Assistant to remember, say, ‘What did I ask you to remember?’. Use the command Forget to make Assistant forget the things. If you have multiple items, you will get separate options to forget them.
Yes, of course, you cannot use this feature for all your notes, but it comes handy when you want to remember small things or for a short duration.
Bonus Tip 2: Add a Nickname
While you cannot change the Google Assistant’s name (I wish we could call it something else), it lets you add a nickname for yourself. Meaning, you can change the name that Assistant uses to call you.
To do so, follow these steps:
Step 1: Launch Google Assistant and tap on the Explore icon at the top-right corner.
Step 2: Tap on the three-dot icon at the top-right corner and select Settings from the menu.
Step 3: Under Settings, go to Personal info followed by Nickname.
Step 4: Tap the Edit icon next to the nickname and type a new name.
Once set, tap on the Play button under Pronunciation to listen to its pronunciation. If you aren't happy with it, use the Spell it out pronunciation option to get the perfect pronunciation.
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Make Full Use of It
Taking notes with Google Assistant is an extremely useful feature. And the best thing is you can save notes to any app. Google Assistant has a native shopping list too. You can add items in it using the command Add to shopping list.
So make full use of these commands and let us know how it goes for you in comments below.
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