Shock: Evernote company likes Evernote feature – but, okay, it is good

I have a love/tolerate relationship with Evernote: what it does well, it does well, except when it doesn’t. Still I live in this app a lot of the time and when I’m not in it I’m oftentimes on the web. You’ve heard of that. Possibly you haven’t heard of the Evernote Web Clipper. Take a look at this:

Browsing the web is a key part of your daily routine. Collecting the best of what you browse should be easy, but it’s not. Bookmarks are serviceable, but they’re hard to manage in quantity and they aren’t searchable. This is why we built Web Clipper. Today, we’re launching an update that makes it even better.

Popular sites perfectly captured with the new Web Clipper – Jeremy Brand Yaun, Evernote blog (30 June 2015)

The short version is that it’s better at saving the best-known web pages like Amazon or, even more popular, LinkedIn. The better answer is that if you haven’t tried it, go to it, regardless of what website you want to grab a piece of and keep offline. Read the full piece.

As The Imitation Game reaches UK cinemas…

…this is the story of the man who got the UK to acknowledge how brutally badly it treated Alan Turing. Andy why?

This man, younger than me, killed himself because at the time homosexuality was illegal and having been prosecuted he was chemically castrated in an attempt to ‘cure’ him.” Graham-Cumming noted that it was not until 1994 that the government parceled out any honor to the man who had arguably done more than any other in the 20th century to preserve the nation — and then by naming a stretch of the A6010 road in Manchester, his hometown, “Alan Turing Way.”

The Man Who Made the UK Say “I’m Sorry For What We Did To Turing.” — Backchannel — Steven Levy, Medium (14 November 2014)

That’s actually from John Graham-Cumming’s blog which this article by Steven Levy explains went on to change the UK.

It doesn’t make it right. But it makes it better than it was.

Read the full piece.

OmniOutliner, OmniPlan and OmniGraffle coming to iPhone

They’ll join OmniFocus, which I may have mentioned one or a thousand times before. There’s no timescale yet but the Omni Group is looking for beta testers for the apps:

Are any of you interested in helping us test our apps before they’re ready to submit to the App Store? We’re working on bringing all of our iPad apps to the iPhone, so we have a lot of testing to do! And with Apple’s new TestFlight Beta Testing program, we’re able to invite up to 1,000 of our customers to test our apps while they’re still under development.

Interested in testing Omni’s iPhone and iPad apps? – Ken Case, The Omni Group blog (7 November 2014)

There’s not a lot more detail in the full piece but it does include instructions on how to apply to be a beta tester. I think that 1,000 Apple-imposed testing limit will fill up very quickly so go take a look now if you fancy it. I’ve applied but I only really know OmniFocus: as much as I use OmniOutliner, I’d say I’m a very basic user of it. I’m looking at OmniPlan but haven’t even glanced at OmniGraffle.

So for me the news here is that at some point soon we’re going to have OmniOutliner on iPhone and that’s big.

You have to suspect that this move is related to the bigger screens of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. I’m currently sticking with my iPhone 5 so I’m curious to see both how these apps work on that and whether their presence will change how I use the iPad versions.

Speaking of which, the iPad versions of OmniFocus, OmniOutliner, OmniGraffle and OmniPlan are available now. There’s also the iPhone version of OmniFocus and there are Mac editions of the lot too. Those Mac ones are available in the Mac App Store but I recommend getting them from the Omni Group’s official site.