Saturday, September 15, 2012

Evernote is Clearly Serious


Of course the web has changed how we read news.  For many of us, the newspaper is rare, and television news doesn't deliver the depth of quality of information we demand. While there are as many ways to read the news now as there are Starbucks shops in a downtown financial district, it seems that a number of common threads have emerged.

Just from a sampling among our friends, we find that common approaches to reading news include Google+, Facebook, Twitter, AOL, and Yahoo. The two latter options present news items curated by an editor and laid out in a more formalized structure.  The three former options occur more organically, with news items presented by circles of friends sharing the articles that interest them.


Original article without Evernote Clearly
Original article without Evernote Clearly
A tool that has been helping readers of news on the web for some time is Evernote. For some time, this useful browser add-on and web-based research tool has been growing in popularity with younger readers and especially students.  The Evernote web site allows accumulation of notes, web clippings and reminders. The Evernote web clipping add-on allows a web page or online article to be clipped for later offline viewing, visibility on pad or phone, and sharing.

Article with Evernote Clearly
Article with Evernote Clearly
Now the Evernote Clearly add-on makes reading on the web even more pleasant.

Let us ask you a question. Which of these would you rather read?

Evernote Clearly brings three very useful features when added to your browser.  The first is that it find the article (ie. the real content) on the page you're reading and displays only that.  The margin ads, garish page headers and other cruft that screech for your attention is neatly pared away.  The second thing is that a slim toolbar offers a highlighter tool that can be used to call out specific passages from the article and clip it to your Evernote web notebook.  The third feature is the style tool that allows you to reset the color scheme and text size to make it most readable for your preference.

Give it a look and see for yourself whether this makes a good addition to your web browser's add-on feature set.  We found it useful and believe you might discover the same.