Friday, April 26, 2013

How to export from Evernote as a PDF and convert to JPG

I am a huge Evernote fan and I've used it daily for the past few years.  I've found it to be a wonderful help when I'm researching.  I can clip webpages, forum comments, images and make notes for the person or area I'm researching.

Evernote does have a flaw that I've had many genealogy friends mention.  You can only export from Evernote in .enex, .mht, and html formats.  This is not helpful if your wanting to export notes or images to attach to genealogy software!  Most genealogy programs are able to link document files, PDFs and image files like jpg with out a problem.

My work around for this is instead of using the Evernote export option I use print to file.  Then I have it print the note as a PDF.  Linux and Mac's can do this normally with out issue, but if your running Windows and don't have Adobe Acrobat you can still set this up.  You will need to install a free PDF printing program.  I've used both PDF995 and CutePDF in the past and both worked well.  As with most free software remember to check for browser add-on bars and unselect these if they are not something you want during the install.

The screenshots I'm demoing below where taken with the Evernote web interface, but it works the same what with their desktop software.  I'm a Linux user and since Evernote doesn't have a Linux version I often find I work in web format.  As a sidenote I do have Evernote installed in Crossover and use NixNote as well, I'll post more about that another day.  Your screen might look slightly different depending on what operating system your using but the options should sill be there.

In Evernote, select the note you want to export then go to the File Menu and select Print.  When the print window comes up select Print to File.


After selecting Print to File you will have the option to enter a file name and decide where you want to save the PDF.


You can see below I've given the PDF the name evernotetest.pdf and told it to save in my Kim folder.


After clicking print go to your destination folder and your Evernote note will be there in PDF format.  Now you can easily attach this to your genealogy software or upload it to Ancestry.com.


If you prefer to work with JPGs instead of PDFs you can now convert this PDF into a JPG.  I like to use the free GIMP software for this.

In GIMP go to File then OPEN and find your PDF.  You will see an option screen to select how you want to import your PDF.  If it has multiple pages, you can select any or all of them to import.  You can also select the image resolution option.  If your only going to use this for web then the default 100px is more then enough.  However if you want to print this then you will want to increase it to 300px.  When ready click on Import.


Your PDF has now been imported into GIMP.  Now you can crop and edit it if you like.


When you are finished and ready to save it as a JPG, go to the File menu and select Export.  Now you can give your file a name and use the Select File Type box to pick JPG.


After clicking Export you will get one more menu pop up to select the quality of the JPG file.  Click on Export when you are done here.


Now your JPG is ready and you can work with it as you would any image.


Because you are using the Export option you will still have your original PDF copy and your new JPG copy on your computer to work with.  Now you can go a head and link either file to your favourite genealogy software, add the jpg to your blog or share with others who don't use Evernote.