A use case to dwarf all other use cases
April 22, 2014
Jun Huh, Chief Technology Officer
As a developer of Mohiomap, our mission is to innovate and explore data visualization. We took on Evernote as our starting platform because we love Evernote, and it has a rich metadata and tagging system which we thought would be really interesting to visualize. However, one huge challenge we faced was coming up with one simple use case which can be communicated to our users
As a developer of Mohiomap, our mission is to innovate and explore data visualization. We took on Evernote as our starting platform because we love Evernote, and it has a rich metadata and tagging system which we thought would be really interesting to visualize. However, one huge challenge we faced was coming up with one simple use case which can be communicated to our users. Evernote is extremely powerful in jack-of-all-trades sense, but it has so many different types of audiences, and there isn’t a single use case that would apply to all users.
Then one day I pondered what the Internet is all about and I came to a shining conclusion: sharing cat pictures. I’ve been saving countless images (not just of cats) from ffffound, tumblrs, forums, and subreddits, for reference and personal inspiration. When it came to animated gif files, I started clipping them into my Evernote instead of saving them into my drive. I used tags to categorize them and after a while I noticed that my saved animated gifs divide into two major categories, one is interesting geometry / motion graphics type digital arts, and the other, cute animal pictures, mostly cats. Here I have decided to share a selection from my collection using Mohiomap, and I’ll walk you through the process.
Step 1. Collect images using Evernote Web Clipper.
You may skip this step if you are already familiar with Evernote Web Clipper.
When you find an image on a browser that you would like to save, click on your web clipper. Select your notebook and add a couple of tags to make it more organized, and your web clipper will store the original link along with the image for you.
This is worth clipping!
If you haven’t installed Web Clipper already, do so now. Here’s a link to the Chrome extension.
As a bonus, here’s a nice subreddit I found recently that I’ve been clipping images from:
Step 2. Open your notebook in Mohiomap
Once you have collected a huge amount of awesome clippings, open your notebook in Mohiomap by clicking the ‘navigate to’ option from the menu.:
Now you are able to see your collection organically arranged based on your tags. Also, make sure to try clicking this button on the right hand side of the screen for Mohiomap’s new tag centric view.
Switching to the tag centric view hides all notebooks, and your network of notes and tags are naturally arranged in a free flowing layout based on their interconnectivity. You can click on it again anytime to go back to our default view.
Step 3. Bookmark!
After doing some minor cleanups, such as adjusting some of the tags, and when your notebook is in a state you are happy to bookmark and save for another time; you can click on star/bookmark button near the top right corner.
This will then appear in your bookmarks area on your dashboard on the left side of your screen.
To find out more about bookmarking, read the dedicated blog here with suggestions of what you could bookmark!
You can apply this process to other similarly structured image notebooks that are of much less importance to our lives than cute animal pictures, such as images you use for your work.