How to Use Evernote with Ulysses and Scrivener

How to Use Evernote with Ulysses and Scrivener

Writing is like oxygen for bloggers and story writers. Don’t you agree? You need to have your writing accessories wherever you go. You must jot down the idea as soon as it pops up into your mind. In this day & age of technology, it’s not easy to carry a pen and a writing pad. On the contrary, carrying a cell phone is convenient. So, why not make use of this little buddy for our writing? Apps like Evernote, Ulysses, and Scrivener are writer’s saviors, especially when they are away from their office or main computer. Make your life and writing workflow simple! These three apps, used alone or in combination, offers various benefits to a writer which I’m about to discuss. Different writers use different apps, but Ulysses and Scrivener are two of the most popular.

Disclaimer: I am a Mac and iOS user. Everything I reference in my posts is for the Mac OS and iOS. Some features and descriptions may work for Windows, but I cannot guarantee that because I do not use Windows.

Evernote is great for taking notes, organizing stuff and more importantly as a content calendar. It is where you can plan and store all your drafts and ideas for content. Moreover, it is great as a web clipper. Clipping part or all of any webpage, including text, images, and links are just one click away with Evernote. But Evernote is less useful if the word count for your document is more than a few hundred words. Ulysses is a good writing app for shorter content, although many authors write entire books with this app. When organizing information for research, Ulysses places a link in the sidebar instead of the full copy. Scrivener is used primarily for writing novels, but can also be used for almost any type of writing. Scrivener excels in organizing any research you may need.

Using Evernote with Ulysses

It might happen that an idea for a blog suddenly hits you, but you don’t have the time to write a full blog. Or you might get a little chunk of time to research on a topic that you are willing to share your thoughts about. Evernote helps you to keep all of those ideas that can be imported into Ulysses later as separate Evernote notes.

With Ulysses, you can import notes from Evernote on both Mac and iOS. The built-in importer imports the contents and metadata such that it preserves as much information as possible.

Exporting Evernote notes into Ulysses on Mac

First, you need to export the notes into ENEX format. Then after opening Ulysses, drag the ENEX file into the library, and the import will start automatically. A new sheet for every note is created and the contained formatting is converted into corresponding markup tags. There is a unique app for Ulysses that aids in importing Evernote notes to your Ulysses library.

Exporting Evernote notes into Ulysses on iOS

Importing Evernote’s content into Ulysses iOS is more cumbersome. Select the required note in Evernote which you want to export. Share it by clicking on the option of ‘More sharing options’ and then select ‘Share outside Evernote’. If you’ll select the option of Ulysses in sharing options, then you’ll end up in getting a shareable link only. The exported note will open in Ulysses for later use. However, exporting multiple Evernote’s notes into Ulysses on iOS is not possible [1].

Using Evernote with Scrivener

Evernote keeps your research organized and it does a great job at importing internet content. When writing a novel, a report, or any lengthy research project, the combination of Evernote and Scrivener wells very well.

There are three different methods to transfer individual notes from Evernote to Scrivener. But the more preferred option is to transfer the relevant Evernote notebook into Scrivener all at once. From the Evernote Web app, select the notebook of your choice and tap on ‘share this notebook’. From the popup window select ‘publish’ your notebook. In the window that popups next, click and drag the Public Link URL into the Research section of Scrivener. It will provide full access to the relevant Evernote Notebook within your Scrivener project [2]. You can also similarly import just one or more Evernote notes to Scrivener.

Which writing app do you prefer: Ulysses or Scrivener?

Before you decide, it is important to remember that the Ulysses app is available for Mac OS and Apple iOS only. Scrivener is available in a Windows version for the desktop, but only in iOS for mobile.

Scrivener allows you to import the Evernote note as a full webpage so you can view it side-by-side with the document you’re working on. Currently, Ulysses doesn’t have the split-view feature. This feature will be available in the next upgrade of Ulysses [3]

For WordPress blog posts and for Medium articles, Ulysses allows direct posting to both, whereas Scrivener lacks this feature [4].

So, if you use the Apple products, you have your choice between Ulysses or Scrivener, and Evernote works well (albeit differently) with both apps. If you are on Windows, you are limited to Scrivener. It completely depends on what suits your requirements. I am an avid user of all three apps, and over the years I have adapted their features and benefits to my own particular workflows.

Happy Writing! 🙂

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References

1. Rebekka, How to Export Your Evernote Content to Ulysses. 2017.

2. Powell, K. Using Evernote with Scrivener. 2018; Available from: https://www.thoughtco.com/using-evernote-with-scrivener-1422879.

3. Rebekka, Preview: Split View Lets You Work With Two Texts Simultaneously.

4. Direct export/share to WordPress blog page. Available from: http://www.literatureandlatte.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=38285.

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