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What You Said: Favorite Web Clipping Tool


Earlier this week we asked you to share your favorite tools for clipping articles from the web for storage and later reading. You responded and now we’re back to highlight some reader favorites.

At the top of the heap, by a wide margin, was Evernote—the ubiquitous web-based notebook that makes it super simple to sync and share your notes. It has a snappy clipping tool built right in, and readers were quite fond of the wide ranging tools and integrations supported by Evernote. Laurel writes:

Evernote! That way I always have that info handy on all my computers & phone, at work, home, etc. I can make notes to it and it is always available! It’s the best all around app I’ve found for this use! :)

Richard highlights how Evernote’s desktop app has replaced OneNote (another popular reader choice):

When in Windows – Evernote desktop 4.1 – it does everything that OneNote ever did for me.

When in Linux – NixNote

When on web – Chrome or Firefox clipper for Evernote

The only other tool that received as many accolades as Evernote was Microsoft OneNote—which are totally deserved, OneNote is one of Microsoft’s finest software creations. Tracy writes:

I use the Windows 7 Snipping tool combined with OneNote, depending on what I am doing. In some cases, I just use OneNote. Again depending on what content I am after.

While Evernote and OneNote are full fledged notebook/information management tools (that happen to have awesome clipping tools built in to facilitate that end) another reader favorite, Read It Later, has a more singular goal: to help you clip articles from the web and archive/read them. Jodi hints at this with her comment:

It probably doesn’t have quite as much capability as others, but I use Read it Later.

Amin notes that Read It Later is good for grabbing it all, but sometimes all you need is a small clip:

I just use Read It Later if I want the whole website. For little snippets here and there, I use ScreenPresso.

For more clipping tips and tricks, hit up the main comment thread on the original Ask the Readers post here. Have a web clipping tool you want to rave about? It’s not too late to join the conversation.

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  • Published 11/18/11

Comments (3)

  1. steve

    how are these programs different that copy and paste into a word document ?

  2. Jenni

    Copy and paste is good but you end up pasting things in htmlto keep the format of the website or whatever you are pasting. I haven’t used Evernote yet but Onenote 2010 has a great clipping tool built right in, which auto imports right to where you choose, in png format, so no losing any formatting, and the picture file size remains small. Onennote does everything I need, so I really don’t see myself switching anytime soon, but remember I use the 2010 version, so if you have anything older, upgrade! You won’t regret it.

  3. CareyV

    I read that more people were using Evernote than OneNote so I thought I thought I was missing something. I installed Evernote and played around with it for a bit, including trying to sync it with my Blackberry and after about an hour…. I deleted it and realized that for me, OneNote is definitely the preferred choice, despite what the masses prefer. Of particular attraction is OneNotes interface. it’s much cleaner, particularly with the tabs on top.

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