Automatic Folder Import To Evernote In OS X

In the last article, we showed you 3 ways to create notes to Evernote semi-automatically. It didn’t take long for some of our readers to ask us to reveal the magic behind importing files from folders in OS X. Unfortunately, this Evernote feature for OS X is routinely non-existent and it’s not likely to change anytime soon. Nevertheless, there is a simple way to achieve similar results. Juraj Stanovič will tell you how to go about it.


Importing content from folders automatically is an excellent feature of Evernote. Well, given that you don’t use OS X since it’s absent there, for reasons unknown. There is a way, however, to set it up yourself via Automator and AppleScript. And it’s not at all that difficult.

First, create a folder of your choice, launch Automator (Applications) and select Folder Action.

Automator jako nástroj pro automatický import souborů do Evernote v OS X

Now, select the folder you want to import content from.

Složka pro import do Evernote v OS X

From the sidebar select Utilities > Run AppleScript and drag it onto the workflow window.

Insert this code:

repeat with this_item in the input
  set the item_info to info for this_item
  tell application id "com.evernote.evernote"
    activate
    create note from file this_item
  end tell
end repeat
return input

… and hit the hammer icon for the code to compile.

Then select Files & Folders > Move Finder Items to Trash and drag it beneath the Run AppleScript window.

Automatický import do Everote OS X

All you have to do now is save the script and it’s done. The script should import every file that Evernote supports.

Personally, I use this in a rather tortuous way. Something like fax. I live in a city that isn’t my domicile so every piece of post I receive goes straight into the scanner. With a mere click of a button, it all goes to Google Drive and then straight to Evernote so that I can read or archive it when I go through it in the evenings.

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Daniel is a lecturer, trainer and consultant for self-organisation. Also a globetrotter, sportsman, and lover of people, coffee and nature. He is the founder of LifeNotes which brings Evernote users from the Czech Republic and Slovakia together. As a freelance entrepreneur, Daniel holds training sessions on self-organisation, GTD and mind maps. In his training, he focuses on the progress his trainees make, not just handing on information. More than 1000 participants took part in his training – CEOs, managers, businessmen, consultants, assistants and entrepreneurs. Daniel comes from Ostrava, but most of the time he’s on the move across his homeland or abroad. When he’s not in charge of some educational or development project, he writes articles and books, or just wanders around the globe.
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