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Old 01-06-2015, 04:15 PM   #1
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Calibre and Evernote

From time to time a request or comment is posted that asks if Evernote (EN) can be accessed from calibre, such as this post from cybmole and this post from Mixx

I've discovered that you can link calibre Authors and Books to an EN note either on the web, or to the note in the local instance of the EN Notebook. A link to the web instance of an EN Note is not very useful, the note will appear in your browser in isolation of the notebook, and there's no editing allowed (even with the new EN for Web interface). But a link to the local instance of an EN note takes you the note in the EN desktop program within the context of the notebook, where you have all the features of EN for editing.

To set calibre up to receive EN note links for Books create a custom long text column, I call it notes/Notes, position it above Comments on Book Details, and because long text columns don't display well in the Book List, cloak it with an icon.

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To get a local link to a note in EN, right click the note entry in the Notebook index, then ctrl/click Copy Note Link (if you click on it you'll get a web link), 'twould be nice if they had a flyout submenu with the two options.

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To put something into the Notes for a book, press F2 in the Notes cell for the book, this will pop the Comments editor

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I have an entry in my snippets gadget that contains "nbsp, newline, Book Notes, newline", so I paste that first, and then I paste the link I just got from EN. Calibre automagically generates the required HTML to display the link in an "<a href...> tag with the Note Title, and it colours it Green, thus:

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<div style="font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;"><br></div><div>
<b style="color: rgb(105, 170, 53);"><a href="evernote:///view/12032092/s105/5564ec35-ae6f-4a98-9598-c524669aa4dc/5564ec35-ae6f-4a98-9598-c524669aa4dc/" style="color:#69aa35">Bleak House</a></b></div></div></div>
I don't know where the fairy dust comes from, must be calibre or Qt. Maybe one of the techo's can enlighten us.

Now the Book Notes appear in the Book Details panel, and the EN note link is coloured green, when you click on it, EN is invoked with the relevant note as the current note

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To link an Author to an EN note paste the "evernote:blah-blah" link into the Author Link fields in the manage Authors list. Then when you click on the Author Name in Book Details you'll be at the Authors EN note.

IMO that's pretty cool. I want to acknowledge and thank Tanjamuse for her input on this, without her persistence I may never have 'discovered' it.

I'll be progressively replacing the file: links (to folders) I currently use for Book and Author Notes with evernote: links

Along the way, I also discovered a gadget called JRT Studio's Cheetah Folder Sync. Its a syncing program/app pair for Windows/OSX and Android that uses the local network - ie it's cloud-less. Because I read the doco literally I had a couple of problems, however the email support from JRT Studios was excellent.

Added : And of course the EN notes can viewed and edited on Android and IOS devices. I don't know if the "evernote:blah-blah" links could be accessed from within any of the Android/IOS calibre gadgets (Cloud, Companion, Leger, Library...).

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Old 01-22-2015, 06:34 PM   #2
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Update on where I'm up to with this

I had 1,800+ AuthorInfo folders (my terminology) each of which contained url, text , image, audio, video etc files. Each AuthorInfo folder had its link pasted into the Author Link field in Manage Authors. So when I clicked on an author name in Book Details a File Explorer window would open.

Now I have 1,800+ notes in an EN Authors Notebook. I used a layout template to create an Author note, then I drag-'n'-dropped the URL's, text, and pictures into the relevant positions EN Author Note. As a result the number of AuthorInfo folders has been reduced to ~140 (mainly audio and video interview clips), and I add link to those folders into the EN Author Note.

So the 1,800 Author Link fields in Manage Authors that had file:///blah blah links, now have evernote:///drivel drivel links. So when I click on an author name in the Book Details panel it starts Evernote (if its not already running) and goes to the Author Note. From usability perspective, an EN note is vast improvement on a File Explorer window; eg under a web link, I can paste a quote from the page.

Now I need to figure how to initiate a calibre author search from within Evernote. Any ideas would be appreciated.

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