How to Automate Your Evernote Scanning and Filing System [Mac]

Evernote automated filing system

Last week I wrote about the World’s Most Awesome Paperless Filing System, which lets you drop a document into your scanner and have it automatically renamed and then filed away into the proper folder on your Mac. That system used Hazel, a Mac app, to rename and file documents that appeared in a folder, based on the contents of those documents. As I mentioned in that post, I had chosen that system over previous systems, one of which involved Evernote. If you want to use the automation of Hazel to speed up your paperless system, but still use Evernote, then you’re in luck.

My initial post was based on a paperless system by David Sparks of the Mac Power Users podcast. His partner for that show, Katie Floyd, is an Evernote user. On her personal blog, she has detailed how she uses Evernote as her document repository. She also uses Hazel to automate the tagging and filing of documents. She mentions on her blog about a piece of AppleScript gleaned from the Evernote forums that helps Hazel automate the process. The AppleScript looks like this:

tell application “Evernote”
activate
create note from file theFile notebook {“Notebook Name”} tags {“tag1″, “tag 2″, “tag 3″, “tag 4″}
end tell

For more details on her complete system, check out her post and follow her links on KatieFloyd.me. While you’re at it, you may want to give the Mac Power Users podcast a try, too. It has floated its way to the top of my listening rotation.

Do you have any tips or tricks for working Evernote into a paperless filing system?

Evan Kline

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