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30Nov/1614

“Alexa, enable the My Notebook skill”

I just released my first Amazon Echo Skill, called "My Notebook".

You can use it to create notes in Evernote or OneNote using your Amazon Echo:

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To try it out, say "Alexa, enable the My Notebook skill".

It was rejected twice (for good reasons) during the review process, and I learned a lot as a result, especially around keeping the conversation going, responding to help requests etc.

For the technical, as well as using the Alexa Skills Kit, I used the Amazon API Gateway, an AWS Lambda (written in Python, since C# isn't yet available), and Amazon DynamoDB.

I'm caught between hoping it takes off, and people use it, but also hoping it isn't too popular, since it is free and I'm not keen on maxing out my credit card!

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  1. I would really like to use this skill but cannot find it on the skill store (UK).
    Any chance of a link (etc) please?

  2. What happens when you say “Alexa, enable the My Notebook” skill? I thought I set it up for all countries.

  3. Andy: It just got enabled in the UK store too … let me know if you see it now.

  4. Nice work Damian — I’m curious about your inclusion of Onenote though…..

  5. John, great to hear from you!

    Its just the reality that many people use OneNote. I’m still a hard-core Evernote user, although I use OneNote at a customer I’m currently consulting with – I still prefer Evernote, primarily because of the hierarchical tagging.

  6. Damian, I love this, I’m addicted to Evernote and just bought an Echo so really pleased you wrote this skill. What would be really cool is if I could add a note to a specific note to a specific note within Evernote, are you thinking about adding that functionality? Thanks, Mary
    P.S. Also love your choice of hello to Jason Isaacs as an example 😉

  7. Hi Mary,

    At the moment I’m just seeing what the reception is to the skill before deciding where to take it. The permissions I request from Evernote only give the skill the right to create notes on your behalf, not update them.

    That said, if I see the demand, I’ll definitely revisit this. If you’ve not done so already I’d really appreciate a review of the skill in the Alexa app.

    I’m so happy that someone recognised the wittertainment easter-egg!!!

    Damian

  8. Enjoyed using this – though I found that longer notes sometimes produced bizarre results, including more mentions of Jason Isaacs. Is Alexa stalking him or something?

    This is an issue with many skills, but a few tips and FAQs would be helpful. For example, is it possible to set up Evernote so that all Alexa’s notes go in their own notebook? Mine are ending up in the general one. Are some kinds of notes likely to work better than others? I notice that Amazon say Alexa is not good with numbers.

    Nice idea, though – I’ve done a review.

  9. Wow, it worked with one note on first try. Thanks so much. Only thing is that I don’t see a way to select a specific or default notebook. I have 4 and it is going into one one I use the least.

    We.

  10. I’m getting closer to finding the answer. It turns out there are two areas. Also just learned that by default, Onenote’s Quick Notes are not synced to the cloud. Info below shows how to do this – and setup some defaults.

    Still not working with your app, maybe it takes time, or perhaps I need to remove and then re-add now that my default has changed. Getting closer

    *** Android
    In the Onenote app, select a section in another notebook by way of a long-press, and then “set as default”

    *** Windows
    FILE/Options /SAVE AND BACKUP
    Modify btton in the SAVE section
    Point to a cloud based section in a Notebook
    OK

    W.

  11. Update – got it working finally, but ended up cheating. None of the previously mentioned settings worked even after an overnight wait. Further reading identified that the default folder being used is actually the Quick-notes folder in the sample Onenote notebook named “Personal” everyone initially gets on their Ondrive. Seems others have struggled with the same issue, in that attempts to switch the default notebook isn’t working.

    Anyways, what I ended up doing was to moving around a bunch of sections and section groups from one notebook to another and then renaming notebooks as needed. So now, the original sample notebook has been renamed to my preferred name, and your Alexa skill is working perfectly.

    Might be a better way, but this worked.

    W.

  12. nice feature. I was searching and came across this. I use OneNote a lot. Was wondering when you enable the skill is there stuff you have to do on the Echo to link it to your OneNote account. I am new to Echo and this will be my first skill

  13. I would also like to know how to send to a specific notebook. Right now it sends to my Novel’s notebook and that is really confusing.

  14. Any chance you could enable this for the German skill store as well?


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