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This gadget just renders the Evernote Mobile version in the Gadgets Panel. The exchange of data takes place between your computer and Evernote, so its completely safe.

Easily Add Evernote Gadget To Your Gmail And Google Calendar

Gcal plus Evernote Gadget Evernote is one of my favorite Online note taking tools. It has an excellent interface and its cross browser compatible.Evernote Desktop software can help you edit and take notes from your computer even when you are offline. This service helps you remember anything and enables you to read your notes on the Web, Desktop PC or your Mobile.

Google Calendar helps you keep up with your schedule and organize your life and Gmail is known for both its speed and features. Wouldn’t it be great if you had access to Evernote right from the Gmail or Google Calendar interface?

You could take notes in Gmail and add them to Google Calendar agenda via Evernote. If you take notes on your mobile or on the Evernote Desktop application, you would have access to them online in Gmail and Google Calendar. This would essentially synchronize note taking between all these services.

Google has made it possible to add external services to Gmail and Calendar interface using gadgets. Lets first look at how we can add gadgets to Gmail and Calender and then see how to add the Evernote gadget.

How to Add a gadget to Google Calendar And Gmail:

Google has made the process of adding gadgets to Gmail or Google Calendar quite easy. Just click on settings on the top right corner of your Google Calendar or Gmail and click on the “labs” tab. Then enable the labs feature “Add any gadget by URL”

Enable Gadget feature in Google Calendar

Once enabled you get the option to add new gadgets by URL in the Calendar Gadget Panel as seen below. You can input the URL for the gadget in this box and click on add to enable the gadget.

Add Gadget by Url in Google Calendar

Lets look at how we can add Evernote gadget to Google Calendar.

Add Evernote Gadget in Google Calendar and Gmail:

A good example of a useful Gmail and Google Calendar gadget is Google Tasks.Google Tasks lets you take quick notes and you can then add them to the Calendar schedule as and when required. But Google Tasks doesn’t have many features that Evernote provides. Evernote can do a much better job here.

So I created the Evernote gadget for Gmail and Google Calendar. This way I can quickly take notes in Gmail and if needed add them to Google Calender Agenda via Evernote gadget.

If you have enabled the Add gadget features in Gmail and Google Calender,  just input the URL below in the “Add gadget by URL” box and click on add button.

http://sites.google.com/site/vikitech/EvernoteGadget.xml

You would get a window that shows you the  information about the Evernote gadget that you are about to add to your Calendar sidebar panel.

Evernote Gadget for Gcal

Click on “Yes, add this gadget” to enable Evernote in your Gmail or Google Calendar.

This gadget just renders the Evernote Mobile version in the Gadgets Panel. The exchange of data takes place between your computer and Evernote, so it’s completely safe. Just input your Evernote user-name and password and you are good to go.

This gadget does not use the Google OpenSocial and hence does not have access to your Google profile information.

Evernote Gadget Sign In

Once signed in you can view the list of your notes in the Gadget Panel, in Google Calendar as well as in Gmail. You can search for a specific note by a keyword or a tag that you have defined.

Search For Notes

You can also access the settings by clicking  the “settings” link at the bottom. There you can  enable or disable note thumbnails and select the number of notes displayed in the list. It also displays how much space you have used up for the month.

Note: This gadget works best with Firefox and Internet Explorer 8. Google Chrome has some rendering issues. It functions properly, but you get a couple of error messages at the top. If you are using Google Chrome, just scroll down past the error messages and it should work alright. I’m working on fixing this issue, and would update once its done.

Conclusion:

If you are an avid Evernote user and would like to access it via Gmail and Google Calendar interface, you will love the Evernote Gadget. You will have access to Evernote mobile version and can add and remove notes right with Gmail and Google Calendar.

Let us know what you think and if you like it.



  • http://www.sandervanhooft.nl Sander van Hooft

    Evernote mobile still has some painful drawbacks. One of the major ones is not being able to create a note. However, in GMail, I can mail my notes to evernote, and quickly search them using Google Mobile, now combined in one view. Thanks for that!
    One tiny problem though: I now have two vertical scrollbars on the right, as if the gadget size is a bit too small.
    Overall: Evernote mobile should be improved, but this way it already gets somewhat more usable.

    • http://www.technorms.com Viki

      Glad you liked our Evernote gadget for GMail and Google Calendar. It was created since I needed to have access to Evernote while i was in Google Calendar interface. Obviously it has its uses in GMail interface too.

      Since this GMail gadget has been created using Evernote mobile interface, I can’t do much about the shortcomings – its up to the Evernote guys to improve it.
      However, there was some issue with this gadget when viewed in Google Chrome, but its been fixed since Chrome was updated to version 5.

      As for the size of gadget – its predetermined by Google – I tried making it larger for better view but – it doesn’t work that way. Currently this works best in Firefox 3.6 and Chrome 5.0.

      Let me know the name and version of your browser, I will try the same configuration and see if we can resolve the double scrollbar issue.

  • http://www.sandervanhooft.nl Sander van Hooft

    Evernote mobile still has some painful drawbacks. One of the major ones is not being able to create a note. However, in GMail, I can mail my notes to evernote, and quickly search them using Google Mobile, now combined in one view. Thanks for that!
    One tiny problem though: I now have two vertical scrollbars on the right, as if the gadget size is a bit too small.
    Overall: Evernote mobile should be improved, but this way it already gets somewhat more usable.

    • Viki

      Glad you liked our Evernote gadget for GMail and Google Calendar. It was created since I needed to have access to Evernote while i was in Google Calendar interface. Obviously it has its uses in GMail interface too.

      Since this GMail gadget has been created using Evernote mobile interface, I can’t do much about the shortcomings – its up to the Evernote guys to improve it.
      However, there was some issue with this gadget when viewed in Google Chrome, but its been fixed since Chrome was updated to version 5.

      As for the size of gadget – its predetermined by Google – I tried making it larger for better view but – it doesn’t work that way. Currently this works best in Firefox 3.6 and Chrome 5.0.

      Let me know the name and version of your browser, I will try the same configuration and see if we can resolve the double scrollbar issue.

  • http://www.sandervanhooft.nl Sander van Hooft

    Thanks for the (quick!) reply.
    I’m using Chrome 5.0.375.55. I’ve tried to change the GMail theme, but this has no effect on the evernote widget.
    Kind regards,
    Sander

  • http://www.sandervanhooft.nl Sander van Hooft

    Thanks for the (quick!) reply.
    I’m using Chrome 5.0.375.55. I’ve tried to change the GMail theme, but this has no effect on the evernote widget.
    Kind regards,
    Sander

  • Ed Nelson

    Thank you!
    This add-in will be very helpful for putting my brainstorms onto my Google calendar, forcing me to get things done on time.

  • http://www.technorms.com Viki

    You're welcome Ed. I wrote this Gadget for the exact same reason – having access to my Evernote Notes in Google Calendar Interface, where they make the most sense for me – since I can easily add stuff from Evernote to GCal.

    Glad you find it useful! :)

  • http://twitter.com/r_gendron Rachel Gendron

    Evernote is great and adding the Gadget on Google calendar is very easy!

  • http://www.technorms.com Viki

    Glad you liked the gadget. I find it quite useful too.

    We have also removed a small bug which broke the gadget in Google Chrome, now it works well on all browsers including Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Opera, Flock and Internet Explorer.

  • Lisafoil

    This is awesome!!!!!

  • Robert Grace

    This is cool! Would also be great if you could edit a note inline, and/or check a checkbox in a note.

  • http://www.technorms.com Viki

    Hi Robert,

    We have just made the gadget that renders the Evernote Mobile Site interface in Gcal and Gmail. The changes you suggested would need to be be implemented by Evernote guys.

    There isn’t much we can do about this. If Evernote Mobile site makes these changes, you will also get them in the gadget. Anyway, its good to know, you found this useful, we find it indispensable. Cheers mate!

  • http://twitter.com/bethbrodovsky Beth Brodovsky

    Viki,

    I tried this and I can get it to work with gmail but not with calendar. I am on a mac and using firefox. I found labs and checked the “add URL” option, but when I go back to calendar there is no right sidebar next to the agenda tab at the top. I’ve googled everything I can think of to find out how to make the sidebar show and am coming up blank. Any ideas?

  • http://twitter.com/bethbrodovsky Beth Brodovsky

    It just showed up, I have no idea why.

    Beth

    • http://www.technorms.com Viki

      Glad to know it worked out well in both Gmail and Calendar. Lemme know if any other issues comes up. Cheers! :)

  • Redperil

    I had a similar problem as the poster below, I even tried enabling/disabling the ‘add gadget by URL’ feature in 3 different browsers, to no avail. I then realised that there is a very silm ‘expand’ bar on the far right hand side of the page – I clicked this and the ‘add URL’ box appeared.

    Delighted I can finally use this great Gadget!

    • http://www.technorms.com Viki

      Glad to know you found the gadget useful. We find it quite indispensable to quickly transfer data between Evernote and Gmail/Google Calendar.

      By the way, thanks for pointing out the “expand” bar thing on the extreme right of the page. I suspected that might be the issue, and now you have confirmed it. Thank you.

  • http://www.paularterburn.com/ Paul

    I put together one that fits a little better in the iframe and it adds functionality that when you click on “Evernote” in Gmail it opens in the full canvas view, which is what I use most often.

    http://www.sixteenseven.com/evernote.xml

    • http://www.technorms.com Viki

      Thank you for sharing this with us Paul. I am sure our readers would find it useful. :)

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  • http://www.frankbeijen.nl Frank Beijen

    Now that’s nice, but what I’m really looking for is one step further: I’d like to be able to allocate my Evernote notes to time slots in my Google Calendar. I’d wanna drag them into a place in the Calendar, so that I can easily plan when my Evernote tasks.

    If it would be so easy to drag Evernote notes to Google Calendar, my Evernote list would finally shrink, because I would get things done.

    Is there a connection between Evernote and Google Calendar like this available anywhere? Thanks!

    • http://www.technorms.com Viki

      Oh, wouldn’t we love that feature too.

      The drag and drop feature would really make things easy to organize, however the external gadgets in Google Calendar like the one we created above are written is simple XML, and do not have advanced capabilities like dragging and dropping (mostly a HTML 5 feature) tasks into slots.

      Its a really nice idea though and I would look around for this feature, and if there is a way it can be enabled for this gadget. Thanks for commenting and suggesting this idea.

  • Anonymous

    Are the issues with Chrome fixed?

    This works best if you can select a certain notebook as default, eg todo list to view and update. Is this a feature you can implement?

    • http://www.technorms.com Viki

      Hi. When we tested this few days back, the issue with Chrome was fixed.

      As for implementing a feature is concerned it up to the Evernote guys. What we did was to package the Evernote mobile site in a XML gadget so that Evernote can be easily accessed via Gmail and Google Calendar.

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