I really want to get off of Evernote but it keeps pulling me back in. I just went through the process of exporting all of my Evernote notebooks and importing them into Obsidian using YARLE).
I think Obsidian is very close and has a lot of advantages over Evernote, but there are still a few things that I find a bit onerous. I’m curious if anyone has any helpful workaround for these:
- Importing / clipping webpages or content from webpages
- Bolding and highlighting, especially in preview mode, with a keyboard shortcut (in the absence of a formatting toolbar)
- Easy workflows to get content from email (mail.app) into Obsidian
Any ideas? I haven’t been staying as close to the Obsidian community as I used to so I might have missed some new features.
Thanks. I hadn’t updated the app in a bit so I hadn’t played with Live View yet–that looks like its ill work.
I think it sounds like I’m using Evernote today the way you are using DEVONthink. I was planning to create a separate Obisdian vault for what you describe as “other people’s thoughts”–highlights and some other documents or resources that I come across. The workflow is, I think, the same; my Kindle and Instapaper highlights go there along with other stuff that I have organized using the PARA structure.
I have been using Obsidian for my own thoughts and writing alongside this, but I’ve been wanting to get away from Evernote for a while and was hoping I could get most of the way there with Obsidian. The only thing that keeps me clinging to EN at this point is how easy capture is with it, and I have yet to find anything that’s quite as good as it for that. DEVONthink might be something to look at.
I think capture in DEVONthink is stronger, but it is a bit more to fiddle with. You have lots of options when you capture but you have to change them around if you want to capture Markdown or a Web Archive or if you want it to strip out ads on a page.
I wrote a fairly long post (and video) about all the capture options for DEVONthink To Go a while back.
These map with the options on the desktop version as well, or it even has a few more.