As long-term readers of this blog will know I use Evernote a lot. It is my go-to program for storing ideas and web clippings. I also keep travel documents such as e-tickets in it and maps of places I am visiting and all sorts of other stuff. It has many advantages – it is cloud-based and it synchronises all of your notes and clippings to any computer or phone that you have the Evernote app installed upon. This makes it an invaluable notebook-substitute for any writer. It is free an it runs on most PC and mobile phone operating systems.
I just discovered an addition to the Evernote stable that I really like. It is called Evernote Clearly and it does one very simple thing very well. When you use Evernote Clearly it provides an overlay which subtracts all of the distractions from a web page. Basically,with the push of a button, it makes it look like a page of type on a newspaper. (Here is what my website looks like after Evernote Clearly has been applied.)
I have seen programs before that have done this – unfortunately I cannot remember the names of any of them and I am too lazy to look them up – but the clever thing about Evernote Clearly is that it is very well integrated into Evernote. With the push of another button you can clip the page you have just simplified into Evernote. This is more useful than it sounds because sometimes when you clip a page all of the complex formatting turns into a mess inside Evernote. Clearly prevents this from happening.
Evernote Clearly has a few more tricks up its sleeve. It has several different themes that allow you to view the simplified webpages in different ways. (This is Night Owl.)
It also allows you to define your own themes. You can also markup sections of a page as with a coloured marker pen. This allows you to highlight sections of particular interest like so:
Like Evernote, Evernote Clearly is free and you can find it here.