Clipping recipes with JotNot and Evernote

I have to admit I downloaded JotNot without having much of an idea for how I’d use it. It sounded interesting and useful, and I’m generally eager to try new apps that integrate with Evernote.

JotNot uses your phone’s camera as a document scanner. Snap a picture, identify the four corners of the page (it does a pretty good job of this by itself, but might need some help), tap “process” and you get something like a scanned document. It won’t be as high-quality an image as you get from a desktop scanner, and as a result of some image processing meant to enhance text, photo’s will look pretty awful.

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You’ll have an image just good enough for record keeping.

Tap a button to send that image over to Evernote (or Google Docs), and the image gets OCR’ed. The text of the document becomes searchable.

It was an interesting thing to play with. I filed JotNot under “things that might be useful someday”.

On a separate track, I’ve been reading and learning a lot about food and cooking lately (using the most-excellent Cooking for Geeks as a starting point) and keeping a recipe file in Evernote. This is great for recipes I find online, but kind of a pain for recipes found in books and magazines.

But “clipping” recipes in JotNot, and shipping them off to Evernote works great. You get a clear(-ish) image of the recipe, completely indexed and searchable in Evernote.

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Cool, right?

Some further notes:

  • JotNot can’t compensate for curved surfaces— like the page of a book that isn’t laying perfectly flat. This is why the recipe above looks a little weird.  I choose not to care that much.
  • I used the “pro” version of JotNot, and have a paid Evernote account. I can’t speak to how well this routine works with the free versions.
  • I totally want one of these.

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