I spend quite a lot of my day working in either GMail or Evernote and have occasionally wondered whether they could be integrated. Well, now I need wonder no more, as Collabspot brings them together. There’s no need to keep switching between the two applications, as this Chrome extension places Evernote right inside GMail to boost your productivity.
Through the pop up window you can search Evernote or browse your notebooks – very handy when you need to check a fact before sending an email. Collabspot also displays notes related to the content of the email that you have open. This could be useful to remind yourself of old notes that are languishing in the depths of Evernote and don’t often rise to the surface. I immediately noticed that the searching is lightning fast, even though I have nearly 5,000 notes. This is very pleasing, as the desktop version of Evernote is sometimes quite sluggish.
A little while ago I blogged about how to email stuff to Evernote. Collabspot makes it even easier. You can just click on an icon to send an email straight to Evernote.
Even better, you can also easily set a reminder to make sure you do something with it. This is great for Calls for Papers. Collabspot automatically tags your new note with the email address of the sender, so it’s very easy to find all the messages from that person.
Cleverness comes at a cost. To use Collabspot you’ll need to pay a small monthly subscription of $2 once the beta period has ended. However, the developers reckon you’ll save around 5 hours each week. That’s possibly a bit over-enthusiastic, even for someone like me who uses Evernote every day. It’s certainly worth trying to see whether is does actually make you speedier.