Use a Mac and want to file away the things you’re reading in NetNewsWire quickly?
NetNewsWire is the heart of my browsing experience these days. I’m spending as much time reading feeds as I do browsing the web and it’s important for me to be able to keep track of the things I am reading and want to reference later.
Once Evernote enabled Applescript support, I realized that I could file away the feed items that were useful to me. Evernote is a real life-saver: It’s accessible from practically every type of computing platform short of an abacus. If you have a Mac, your notes become part of your Spotlight index. Fewer ideas and articles get lost. For someone like me who is working on a dozen different projects simultaneously, this is a real “quality of life” improvement — not just another piece of tech that leaves you less organized and your mind more cluttered.
I have added tag support, which lets you tag items on the way into Evernote. The script will also retrieve an alphabetized list of your current Evernote Notebooks and allow you to select which notebook to archive the feed items into. Want to make a new notebook? No problem — the script has a “Create New Notebook” button which will let you do that on the fly!
Automatic Growl detection has also been enabled which will save you a trip to the Script Editor to enable/disable it.
Current Limitations and Open Issues
I never figured out how to successfully write the NetNewsWire item’s URL into Evernote’s “source URL” value without using the “create note from url” command. I chose to use the “create note from html” approach because the results were sometimes more visually appealing once the note arrived into Evernote. I am hopeful that this will eventually be possible;WORKING PROPERLY IN VERSION 1.01!
- There is some Growl weirdness when using the “iPhone mini” skin;
- Errors that will undoubtedly arise when you do something that I didn’t think of or test for! 😉
How to Install and Use
Just drop it into the NetNewsWire Script Folder!
FastScript link and support
Do yourself a favor and download and install FastScripts from Red Sweater. Triggering the script from the keyboard really supercharges the process — you’ll watch your news items practically fly into Evernote with a few keystrokes! Here’s how you set it up:
- Copy script or an Alias to ~/Library/Scripts/Applications/NetNewsWire
- Set up your keyboard shortcut
For my workflow, I am using ⌘ E (as in Evernote) for the quick single post script shortcut and ⌘ SHIFT E for the batch script.