TEC #033 – @Rafe Needleman interview

TEC #033 – @Rafe Needleman interview

Hello,

Rafe Needleman (aka @rafe on Twitter) is a famous tech blogger who recently joined Evernote to be their Platform Advocate.

In this episode he shares the details of his mission and how and why he joined the green elephant company.

Don’t miss Rafe’s Opportunity Notes at http://blog.evernote.com/opportunitynotes/. Since we recorded the interview, his show is now available as a podcast you can subscribe to via RSS/iTunes.

Until the next time, happy evernoting !

Pierre.

PS: as stated in the interview I will ba at the Leweb conference from Dec 4th to 6th so if you are there too please ping me on Twitter @pjournel or by mail pjournel@gmail.com so we can get together.

Paris Evernote Meetup – December 13th 7:00pm at La Pépinière 27

Paris Evernote Meetup – December 13th 7:00pm at La Pépinière 27

Hello,

I am happy to announce a new date for the 6th Paris Evernote Meetup I am organizing.

When: December 13th 7:00pm

Where: La Pépinière 27 - 27 rue du Chemin Vert, 75011 Paris - Métros Bastille ou Bréguet-Sabin.

Infos and free registration on Meetup.com

Thursday December 13th 7:00pm – 9:00pm

27 Rue du Chemin Vert, 75011 Paris

Whether your are a veteran evernoter, a beginner or just intrigued and interested by the tool, those meetups are for you.

Bring your questions and share your experience.

Tentative agenda:

  • Introduction (Pierre @pjournel)
  • Round table presentation (everybody)
  • Introduction to Evernote 5 for Mac and iOS
  • Evernote Moleskine review (Pierre @pjournel)
  • Skitch presentation (François @fdruel)
  • SmartPen Livescribe demo (Didier @didtwit)
  • Questions/answers/discussion (all)

Looking forward to see you there.

Pierre.

TEC #032 – Roberto Civille interview (EV) – @robertocr

TEC #032 – Roberto Civille interview (EV) – @robertocr

Hello,

I am happy to present you with the Bronze medal winner of the Evernote Trunk Conference 2012 DevCup, Roberto Civille Rodrigues from the company called EV which has a very cool service which allows you to use your Evernote account with a simple feature phone via SMS.

For your information, the other winners of the DevCup were:

Until the next episode, happy evernoting !

Pierre.

TEC #031 – Evernote powered @Moleskine test

TEC #031 – Evernote powered @Moleskine test

Hello,

I received  two weeks ago the Evernote Moleskines I bought online (pics are here). Now is the time I share with you the results of the test I did with those notebooks.
Let’s review first the Evernote Moleskine  features :
  • Custom designed cover
  • Smart stickers allowing tagging and notebook filing at the scanning stage (settings done in the Evernote mobile app to customize each stickers).
  • Exists in 2 sizes 13x21cm (5″ x 8,25″) and 9x14cm (3,5″ x 5,5″)
  • Each notebook include a 3 month Premium code
  • Special line to improve scanning and OCR
The iPhone app settings for the smart stickers:

The test

Method
  • On 2 notebooks (1 Evernote, 1 normal) I wrote as much as possible the very same text with a dummy drawing
  • Test 1 : scan of the Evernote Moleskine with the iPhone Evernote app with the phone held parallel to the page
  • Test 2 : scan of the Evernote Moleskine with the iPhone Evernote app with the phone held with an angle to the page
  • Test 3 : scan of the standard Moleskine with the iPhone Evernote app with the phone held parallel to the page
  • Test 4 : scan of the standard Moleskine with the iPhone Evernote app with the phone held with an angle to the page
Page from an Evernote Moleskine used in tests 1 and 2:
Page from an standard Moleskine used in tests 3 and 4:

Results

  • In all instances the smart stickers worked perfectly. The tags were applied and the notes were put in the designated notebook (settings can be changed in the Evernote mobile app).
  • No notable difference in the OCR performance between the Evernote powered Moleskine and the standard one.
Search of the key word “bonjour” :
Search of the key word  ”bidule” :
Search of the key word  ”petit” :
Search of the key word  ”feedback” :

Conclusion

The good
  • The gorgeous cover
  • The smart tickets work perfectly
  • Can be an excellent conversation starter in a meeting to introduce Evernote around you
The bad
  • Not really convinced that the special lines are actually helping the OCR (see my simple test)
  • Might be seen as a little too expensive compared to a standard Moleskine if you don’t take into account the 3 month access to the Evernote Premium service
Overall, as a long time Moleskine user and big fan of Evernote, I am very happy about the Evernote Moleskine I bought.
Nevertheless I have no use at the moment for the 3 month Premium access code as I am already a yearly Premium. I might use the code at the end of my subscription though. The smart stickers feature works great but is it really faster to put a sticker in your note than to tag your note after the scan in the Evernote app ? Not sure. I hope Evernote will include more integration between Moleskine and Evernote.
My recommendations
  • If you are Evernote AND Moleskine fan, you HAVE to get an Evernote powered Moleskine
  • If you are only an Evernote users without already using a Moleskine or another paper notebook, you don’t need this as the added smart features are not that worth it alone in my humble opinion.
  • If you want to introduce Evernote to someone around you, this could be the perfect Christmas gift
Please share you thoughts and question
  • on the blog elephantchannel.net,
  • on Twitter @elephantchannel,
  • on Facebook facebook.com/elephantchannel
  • and by mail TheElephantChannel@gmail.com.
If you want to send an audio comment please mail them to me to share your experience or ask a question.
If you use iTunes, please post a review of the show with plenty of stars, it really helps.
Until the next time happy evernoting!
Pierre.
PS: thank you Eric for your feedback on the Evernote Moleskine.