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Getting Things Done with Evernote: Nozbe Integration

Posted by Ron Toledo on 19 Mar 2010

Posted by Ron Toledo on 19 Mar 2010

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For people looking to be more productive, David Allen’s Getting Things Done has become the do-more-stuff bible. One of the crucial parts of the GTD system is a capture tool—a place to record every thought, idea and business card you come across.

According to Nozbe creator, Michael Sliwinski, Evernote is ideal for this. “For me, Evernote is the perfect ‘capture’ application. Whenever I’m on the go, and see something that sparks an idea, I can just take a picture or a note, and it’s immediately saved in Evernote.” That’s why Michael decided to use the Evernote API to develop an integration, he wanted to make his already excellent GTD tool even better.

The Integration

“A couple of months ago, as I was finishing my new apartment, I realized that I was putting everything in Evernote. I was essentially living in two apps, Evernote and Nozbe. I was using them both for GTD, and felt that there there should be a way to make them work together.” A little development, and here’s the result.

The key to the integration between Nozbe and Evernote is that Evernote has essentially replaced the Notes section of Nozbe. When you link your Evernote account to your Nozbe account, Nozbe automatically checks for notebooks or tags in Evernote that match projects or contexts you have in Nozbe.

Here’s Nozbe’s video of the integration:

How it Works

First, link your Evernote and Nozbe accounts from within Nozbe. Next, create a note in Evernote with a tag (or tags) that matches a Nozbe Project or Context name. By doing so, your notes will automatically show up in your Nozbe account within the appropriate Project or Context. Nozbe does the same thing for Evernote Notebook names.

In Michael’s case, he had a Project in Nozbe called “My Flat.” When he tagged his note in Evernote with “My Flat,” the note appeared in the Notes section of the Nozbe project. If you then edit a note in either application, changes automatically (and incredibly quickly) get synchronized.

The integration with Nozbe means that Evernote users can take advantage of Nozbe’s great task management, which is perfect for the GTD fans out there. Now, keeping your tasks and your notes in one place is easier than ever. Create notes in Evernote using your computer, phone, and email; and they will automatically show up in Nozbe—you can even add pictures, files, and anything else from Evernote right into your task list.

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The folks at Nozbe have been kind enough to give Evernote users a 15% discount off of a Nozbe account! Just use the coupon code EVERNOTE  when you sign up for Nozbe to get your discount.

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  • Scionwest

    To bad they don’t offer a free subscription like Evernote does. I’m not going to pay for a GTD app/web-service when I can get it for free at many other sites, including Toodledo, which has an iPhone app, and many other ToDo Apps support it.
    Nozbe is nice, but I but paying for it is pointless when there are free alternatives out there.

    • Mr. S

      They actually have a free account!
      i’ve just signed up for it. Check the top-right area of nozbe.com home page.

  • Rigden

    Honestly Evernote’s team should look forward making evernote more GTD friendly by itself. Paying two services and articulating them is making things … too complex. In Evernote I am looking for a tool to organize my notes and helping me do more things.

    • Adam

      Why should Evernote work on making itself more GTD friendly? Despite what GTD zealots may think, most of the world is not using GTD and many productivity experts have issues with some of the weakness in the GTD system. It’s not my intention to get into a debate about the merits of GTD, but I’m constantly amused by these kinds of demands from GTD supporters. Maybe the GTD rights-owners should make it one of their “next actions” to consider building GTD-specific software instead of expecting every developer to add GTD functionality to their apps.

      • Robfuscate

        I agree with the obsession about GTD, but there are some elements that would make EverNote a more flexible productivity tool. One that springs to mind is a calendar template.

        That said, this is the best ‘noting’ program I have tried and ids the centre of my work practice

      • MB

        Adam, I’m assuming your question isn’t rhetorical. Evernote + Task Lists/Reminders would be a KILLER APP. Evernote + Nozbe already is, but it’s WAY too expensive for what it does. $90 per year is more than what Apple charges for getting EVERY SINGLE MAJOR UPGRADE to its ENTIRE OPERATING SYSTEM. Software-as-a-service is a great idea, but not when vendors take everybody to the cleaners on the pricing. $45 per year for Evernote is TOLERABLE, but ONLY because it has built-in OCR for uploaded images.

  • Abdi Gulaid

    Love you Evernote you make my business and planning so much easier to do.

    Keep up the good work.

  • Michael Sliwinski

    Thanks everyone for comments!

    Evernote is a perfect GTD collection tool, and Nozbe is a GTD powerhouse with easy-to-use to-do lists and projects. We wanted to make it best of both worlds.

    Scionwest – Nozbe offers a free service, with up to 5 projects and 5 contexts. Our new iPhone app will also integrate with Evernote’s iPhone app. You can choose a free to-do list or even a piece of paper… or you can pay an equivalent of one cup of coffee per month ($3.5 dollars) for a seamless integrated GTD solution with Evernote that works and really helps you get things done.

    It’s all about convenience and real productivity, you know :-)

    I’m a long time Evernote user and of course Nozbe power user, so I really wanted to have the two services integrated, as did my users :-)

    • MB

      Michael, Nozbe is RIDICULOUSLY expensive for what it does. See my previous comment. No current offering by Nozbe is $3.50 per month. The minimum cost is over twice that. And even if it were only $3.50, ENTIRE PROFESSIONAL OPERATING SYSTEMS (Windows 7, OS X) cost less than what you’re charging for a glorified task list.

      • toolbear74

        @MB Grow up. If you don’t like Nozbe, don’t buy it. You have the right to opt out. You also have the right to share your uninformed (you don’t use Nozbe, do you?) opinion of its cost versus utility.

        You /don’t/ have the right to throw a public tantrum to persuade a business to stop selling its product as if — in addition to the responsibilities to develop a product and *gasp* try and recoup those costs and *double gasp* maybe even turn a profit — they have the additional responsibility to throw in the towel when you’ve decided their product pricing offends your naive sensibilities of what is fair and right in the world.

        Actually, I’m wrong. You /do/ have that right. And I have the right to ridicule you for exercising it.

      • Bobby Gallagher

        Sorry to be soo late in adding my comment but I completely agree with Toolbear – Nozbe and Evernote are 2 completely different products, both fully functional on their own. The fact that Nozbe created an integration – at their own cost is a bonus both those that want to use the 2 products in their GTD system.

        Maybe Nozbe is a bit expensive but maybe it’s not – its up to you to decide if it’s of value to you and you will not lose anything in your continued use of Evernote if you decide not to use Nozbe.

        I am going to but Nozbe for a couple of months and see if it helps me – I think that it will. I currently use my own software to manage my GTD system but its not integrated with my iPad or iPhone and I know how much it will cost me to do that integration – a lot more than €10 per month

      • Bobby Gallagher

        06/23/2011 00:41AM
        Sorry for repeat – I did not read the post before sending and have now just notices some typos – corrected below

        Sorry to be so late in adding my comment but I completely agree with Toolbear – Nozbe and Evernote are 2 completely different products, both fully functional on their own. The fact that Nozbe created an integration – at their own cost is a bonus to those that want to use the 2 products in their GTD system.

        Maybe Nozbe is a bit expensive but maybe it’s not – its up to you to decide if it’s of value to you and you will not lose anything in your continued use of Evernote if you decide not to use Nozbe.

        I am going to try Nozbe for a couple of months and see if it helps me – I think that it will. I currently use my own software to manage my GTD system but its not integrated with my iPad or iPhone and I know how much it will cost me to do that integration – a lot more than €10 per month

  • Can

    That looks pretty awesome :) Thanks

    Web 2.0

  • James

    This looks really good. Any plans for future Omnifocus integration for those of use who use that?

  • Sterling Zumbrunn

    I agree with @Rigden – Evernote really needs to become more GTD friendly on its own. Namely, through allowing direct links to notes that can be embedded within Things, OmniFocus, or other leading GTD apps. This is functionality that users have been clamoring for for over a year.

    This post piqued my interest nonetheless, and even though I’m pretty much committed to Omnifocus a this point, I took a cursory look at Nozbe. Their app in the App Store has not been updated in over a year and has many bad reviews – not a good sign. The fact that it’s a paid service to use it in any meaningful way means it’s a no-go for me, I already own OmniFocus and Things.

    It’s great that the API is out there for developers to use, and some of these integrations are interesting, but it would be preferable to have something lower tech – absolute links that can be used anywhere – within GTD apps, or any document for that matter. I hope this feature is still on the horizon.

    • toolbear74

      +1

      Here’s my related comment on the CulturedCode forum detailing how Things.app integration should work: short version, exactly how Things.app integrates with Mail.app
      http://culturedcode.com/forums/read.php?9,31052,49476#msg-49476

      Some integrations require a tight API. This is not one of those cases. Evernote internal URLs fit the bill perfectly for this case.

  • Marry Galopin

    Love you Evernote you make my business and planning so much easier to do.

  • @AndyMoonshot

    I agree with those who ask EN –which I love–to just make it easier to intgrate with Things or just offer really good To Do list management tips. I found one on Carsons’ blog about setting up a search but haven’t quite figured out how it will work.

  • ghino01

    This is really cool. . I agree with rigden that Evernote’s team should look forward making evernote more GTD friendly by itself.

  • Jeremy

    I have a premium account. I can log into it via the web, but I can no longer sync to it using windows desktop Evernote3.5 or sync via Awesome note for the Ipod touch…..can anyone help? Evernote does not have a e-mail to send questions to and the forum questions don’t cover this problem. I can’t use what I’m paying for….please help.

    • Justin Klenk

      Hi Jeremy – I had the same problem (if you are in fact getting the “failed to synchronize” pop-up in the lower right corner), and also had trouble finding a solution that worked in the forums, UNTIL: I came across the advice to uncheck “Work Offline” in IE – what an aggravating POS, I really hate how I find that checked with no explanation. But once I unchecked it, EN started synchronizing fine again instantly. HOPE that helps… take care.

  • Nic Doye

    I’ve always wanted better GTD from Evernote but the integration with Nozbe (which I’d never heard of before) is pretty darned good.

    I _could_ probably use just Nozbe and not Evernote(!) but as Evernote has better desktop integration and allows me to dump the rest of my life in it, I’m now a happy paid subscriber of both.

    Nice one folks.

  • Brooks @ DocumentSnap

    Hey Jeremy, did you try submitting a support inquiry? http://www.evernote.com/about/contact/support/#inquiry

  • Adam

    I agree with the others who have said that Evernote should be adding this functionality directly to Evernote. The closest it gets is having a to-do item that isn’t even usable from the mobile interfaces. It’s hard enough keeping a handle on your own “cloud” data nowadays without integrating and linking services from separate companies.

    Come on, Evernote: don’t let these other companies do your work for you. Make Evernote better and put these companies out of business! Here are three things that would set you up for much success in the future:

    1. Completely redesign your web interface. Look to others for examples, like Google Notebook (a shame it was dropped), UberNote (their interface is snappier and more featureful than yours), and Toodledo (Evernote ought to be able to do everything Toodledo does).

    2. Stop all development on your 3.5 Windows client using .NET. .NET is a giant mess and is not leading your software into the future. Switch to Qt4 and your software will work on Windows, Mac, and Linux with little-to-no modification, will be strongly future-proofed, and will make your software more powerful.

    3. Add some serious new features to your service on the basic level, like GTD-ish organizational abilities, tasks, subtasks, projects, goals, calendar tools, etc. Evernote seems stagnant, other than its API parterning, which is merely outsourcing progress.

    • toolbear74

      -1

      I disagree completely. Evernote shouldn’t be in the business of embedding a GTD app inside Evernote. That isn’t the core competency of Evernote. And why GTD, why not “Productivity System X”?

      The Evernote API is a good first step. But, see @Sterling Zumbrunn and my comments above, the lower barrier to entry “internal URL” feature is sufficient for many GTD apps.

  • Simon Sherbourne

    Like some others here, I’d love to be able to link to Evernotes from within Things.

  • Michael Sliwinski

    Love the comments here. Thanks everyone for their feedback. Nozbe’s iPhone app is due to receive a major 2.0 update (in 2-3 weeks in the Appstore).

    As to making Evernote more GTD friendly, etc.

    I’m biased but I believe their approach is perfect. They are the best note-taking app in the world now and this is what I dig about them. I love their iPhone app, too. They’ve nailed the note-taking and I’m actually using Evernote as my primary information hub on my computer.

    Note taking is their core. And they should stick to it.

    The integration with my Nozbe just proves that the apps should focus on what they do best and find synergies and I think this synergy works pretty well for us… and most of us for our users.

    And we’ll be improving it. We’ve just posted an update on our blog how we keep on improving the integration:

    http://www.nozbe.com/gtd/blog/post-537d743/nozbe_and_evernote_rock_the_productivity_world-thank_you

    This is web2.0 at its best – two web apps talking to each other via APIs, offering their users the best of both worlds. Isn’t that exciting?

  • Mike

    This is great stuff — I do wish evernote could intergrate with a calendar in a simple way, though (Meaning, attach notes to google calendar, for example): just for that I’d pay…..well, I’d pay gold. That in and of itself would solve all my GTD wants (without changing the core of what evernote does/wants to do).

    Not related, but that iPad app is GORGEOUS.

  • Paul

    Direct links to notes is a MUST! something like box.net – perfect solutions.

    And how about linking with ManyMoon.com? great free project/task app already working with Google Apps..

  • Eric Free Stuff

    Where are the free samples of evernote?

  • Neomusashi

    I would realy like to see an evernote integration into Things, that would be the solution for me. But it is not up to evernote to make this happen. Evernote should stay focused on their core features but with a open api. Let them focuse on increasing capture features and richeness. It is up to for example culture code to integrate Evernote access and provide gtd features.

  • Ryan Crozier - Indianapolis Realtor

    I just started using Nozbe and I’m loving it! I’ve been a longtime user of Evernote and the two services make a perfect pair.

  • Dave

    What did David Pierce mean by:

    “Nozbe does the same thing for Evernote Notebook names.”

    I understand that Nozbe is looking for tags matching: “nozbe” and existing Nozbe project names. Is it also looking for Evernote notebooks matching those criteria?

    Thanks.

  • Paul

    I REALLY wish evernote had a calendar widget.

  • James Morrish

    Thanks Evernote – what a great product!

  • Cliff

    Why does everybody go nuts over paying for something? Doesn’t anybody here work? and get paid? Why should these people work for free. I sure as heck don’t. If you add up the price for Nozbe, Evernote,etc.it’s = to almost nothing. Anybody that’s been around computers for a while realizes that software today is ridiculously cheap. In the “old” days you paid $300+ for a PIM with no trial, no nothing. If you didn’t like it or it didn’t do what you needed it to do you or just crashed all the time you just lost $300. No refunds, no recourse. You didn’t even have the internet to complain about it. Just be thankful these guys are willing to take the risk to write software, let you have a free trial, hoping someday to make some $. DISCLAIMER: I am not affiliated in any way with any of these companies, hell I’m not sure I’m even affiliated with myself.

  • mike012003

    I recently started using Evernote and its “free” storage space is severely limited. I have over 4000 pics on my iphone and have used only half the iphone capacity. I uploaded 166 pics from the iphone to Evernote, used 99% of Evernote upload capacity and recieved a warning notice that Evernote utilization would be restricted until the next cycle. From a practical standpoint Evernotes data restriction allows only 2% utilization of my iphones capacity per month. With this strict data limitation, it is more functional to use my iphone, ipad, and laptops and “Forget Evernote”.

    • Andrew Sinkov

      Mike, sorry to hear that Evernote isn’t working out for you. Evernote is not meant to be a free iPhone backup service. If you would like to get more monthly storage, I recommend becoming an Evernote Premium subscriber for $5/month. That will give you 1GB of new notes each month.

  • Brian Samples

    is there a free sample trial of this offer?

  • Freebie Guy

    Evernote has always been a bit of a headache for me

  • hoagpl

    Love the product but please add a calendar!

  • Sandy

    I know someone whose organisation uses Evernote with Nozbe and they like it. No complaints at all in fact lots of likes. We got Dooster at the beginning of the year and we like that one. It’s made us more cohesive.

  • Jamilah

    We looked at about ten collaboration software packages when we chose Dooster and I don’t remember Evernote/Nozbe. I’ve no doubt it’s very good. The competition is stiff and one of the senior partners finally decided which one we would have. I just can’t understand people complaining about paying for software. Even though Dooster have a free trial, it’s not forever but by that time you pretty much want to give something in return for the excellent results it gives.

  • yangnee

    Love reading all the comments and I hope this is the appropriate forum to ask this question. I use Evernote (and love it) and am
    looking for a calendar app that syncs between iPad, Android and Windows; in other words, an Evernote calendar. From reading the postings, I can tell I’m not as sophisticated about this stuff as you all are. Does anyone have any thoughts? I’d be willing to pay for it if it’s reasonable. Thanks in advance.

    • Heather

      There are three calendar tools that currently use Evernote: Tusktools, Meshin Recall and Snapcal. Maybe these will help:

      http://www.moreproductivenow.com/evernote.html
      http://www.snapcal.net/en/
      http://discussion.evernote.com/topic/23022-meshin-recall-calendar-app-for-android-alpha-beta-users-wanted

  • Scelza

    I know this is an old thread, but +1 for Nozbe + Evernote.

    My advice for anyone interested in setting up a system with the two is to make Evernote notebooks and tags as simple and minimal as possible at first, and add slowly as you encounter the need to.

    Also, Nozbe is totally worth the price. Michael Sliwinski is very attentive to his users across the globe, and is very good at communicating the progress of the app.

    I do use Egretlist for things like groceries and what to pack for camping trips in addition to the above two, and that trio makes me happy.

  • Entitlement Citizen

    Well ya know, Evernote works really well for syncing notes all over the place on all of my devices, but …..

    until they integrate a fully functional encrypted web browser-based thin client for anywhere-in-the-universe management of invisible hypervisor multi-platform virtual machines, replace all of my outlook problems, SSO the internet, and automigrate 30 TB of email to my MAC

    ***FOR FREE***,

    then I guess I’ll just sit around and whimper’n bitch like a little schoolgirl that just skinned her knee.

    • Wally Holden

      @Entitlement Citizen. Best post ever.

  • Fran

    I am trying to use Evernote as a kind of a box to drop things and interchange notes between one collegue and me in one joint project. We both live a bit far away from each other. The system is perfect except for one thing. We would love to have a calender integrated to set notes in the future, have reminders, meetings and so on. Or at least being able to see our notes in a cronological order, or arranged in a calender like many android diary programs. Having windows in my company and Mac in his doesn´t help at all in the solutions given above. Thanks