This post is probably antiqued for most people with fancy new phones. For those that don't, read on.
This fall I'll be traveling to local schools and observing student teachers giving some of their first lessons. This means I'll be spending a fair bit of time in the car and the open road often makes me think of things that I need to do or want to remember. Fix a bit of downspout, email someone about a fall weekend, or use of the extra chicken in the basement freezer, varied things but all important. Evernote has a nice audio note feature, but when I'm trying to switch apps, find Evernote, and create an audio note I'm not watching the road. My work around for all this is to use a series of services; Google Voice, Gmail, and Evernote.
On my phone I have Jack Jackson as a contact. This is my Google Voice number but I've assigned Jack Jackson as the contact name because it's an easy name for the voice commands to understand. I hold down my iPhone 4 home button and say "call Jack Jackson" and the phone dials my Google Voice number. Once I get connected and the call rings through to voicemail I leave the message. Then the automation takes over.
Within Google Voice, I any messages received forwarded to my Gmail account and within my Gmail account there is a filter that forwards the transcripted message to my Evernote account using my unique Evernote email address. I can't specify a notebook so the transcription and link to the audio goes in my Tasks (default) Notebook. I go through this notebook each day and from there I manually move and tag it.
[caption id="attachment_2553" align="alignleft" width="300"] The Google Voice Forwarding Screen[/caption]
This process is not as fast as recording an Evernote audio note. If I'm not traveling I can simply open the app on my phone, tap new note, record, and assign whatever notebooks and tags I'd like. For driving in the car though, this works well, it gets my notes saved without compromising where my eyes should be because the entire process happens without my needing to look at anything. ally assign a new notebook or tags.
The dictation software is getting better but I apparently talk like there is a sock in my mouth and never get a perfect translation in the note. Usually I have to listen to it again in Evernote and edit the text.
When I upgrade from my iPhone 4 I suspect that Siri will replace this process but if you're into getting things to Evernote or using Google Voice, this cobbling together of services, forwards, and filters does work.
Here are all the other Evernote posts.