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Lifehacker: The Guide to Working Smarter, Faster, and Better, Third Edition by Gina Trapani, Adam Pash

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Hack 88: Develop Your (Digital) Photographic Memory

Level Easy

Platform Web-enabled camera phone

Cost Free for Evernote limited account, $45/year premium subscription

The miniscule size and large memory capacity of modern digital cameras and camera phones can turn anyone into a constant, impromptu photographer. Documenting your world and the information in it has never been easier and faster than it is now. A ubiquitous capture device can change the way you remember (and forget) things for good. With a photo-capture service such as Evernote (www.evernote.com), you can capture and file your digital photographic memory in the Internet cloud from wherever you are and sync those photos between your desktop, your phone, and the web.

Evernote performs Optical Character Recognition (OCR) on images with text, so in addition to other handy organizational features such as tagging, Evernote’s OCR functionality also makes the text within the photo searchable, as shown in Figure 9-29. Evernote also uses your phone’s geolocation data, so it can map out anywhere you’ve taken a photo.

Figure 9-29: Search for text inside images with Evernote.

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NOTE For more on Evernote, see Hack 37, “Set Up a Ubiquitous Note-Taking Inbox Across Devices,” which explains how to use Evernote as a universal capture device to organize notes, images, web pages, and other media.

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