How to Save Podcast Show Notes to Evernote with IFTTT

This little tip came up on the Mac Power Users podcast thanks to Katie Floyd. She pointed out that you can set up IFTTT to get podcast show notes to you via IFTTT. This could be with IFTTT sending you an email with those show notes, or saving them to Evernote.

This second option intrigued me more as I had recently started backing up my blog to Evernote via IFTTT and saving other records or data. This has made it useful for finding bits of information or links which I quickly forget about. I can see how saving the podcast shownotes could be very useful for find a link to an app or article that I remember being mentioned one time but can’t quite remember when. So, I thought I’d set it up.

How to Set up an IFTTT action to save podcast show notes to Evernote

Step one: make sure you have an account

Obviously you need to have an Evernote account and IFTTT account to get going. You can download the apps below or click these links to set up an account

Step two: create a new applet

Go into “my applets” and click the plus at the top right hand corner to create a new applet.

Step Three: Set up your trigger

Now click on this and select RSS feed, you can search to find it. From the options, select “new feed item” and enter the podcast feed you want to follow. For example, to get the show notes from a slab of glass, enter

Step four: Set up your action

Now we have our trigger set up, so we need our action. Click on “that” and choose Evernote and then create a new note in Evernote.

Now we get into some fine details and this is where you may want to vary some elements. The default set up will have the feed item (so the podcast episode title) to be the title of note, and the content of the feed item (so the show notes) to fill in the note content (with some IFTTT additions). This is probably what you want, but when it comes to notebooks and tags, I suggest that you use a tag for podcast and the title of the podcast, as well as the topics of the podcast and perhaps a notebook for podcast show notes. Of course, this will vary depending on how you use Evernote, you may use a “reference” notebook or something similar for it.

Give it a go with your favourite podcast

If you are like me and for some reason have an Evernote premium account (stupid work windows PCs) then you may find that you don’t use anywhere near your Evernote usage…So why not try saving your favourite, never miss podcast show notes so you can easily find that thing someone referenced one episode.

Interview With Jeff Perry of Tablet Habit and A Slab of Glass

Recently I shared a post on top iPad only sites and resources that you ought to check out. Within this list I include tablet habit, a site from Jeff Perry which I had recently discovered but couldn’t tell you too much about. Since then, Jeff and I have been in contact and I wanted to let you know a bit more about him and a new project he is working on that I bet you’ll like.

Who are you and what’s your origin story?

My name is Jeff Perry and I am the creator of Tablet Habit and co-host of A Slab of Glass.

I have been into podcasting for several years now (I lost count at this point). I started back in high school and have been a serial podcast creator ever since. I have started and dropped more podcasts than I can count but I always seemed to come back to the medium because I just loved it so much.

Before I created Tablet Habit and A Slab of Glass, I was working on a podcast that eventually closed up shop. I was burnt out on podcasting at the time and needed a break, but I am the kind of person that always needs an active side-project. At the time I was really into using my iPad Air 2 as my main device. Something about iOS and the iPad really made me gravitate to using it more and more. I just find the whole thing a delight to work with and that is in no small part because of iOS.

So since I was taking a break in podcasting I decided to start blogging. I created Tablet Habit and have been writing on it a little over 6 months now.

Why did you start “A Slab of Glass”, how does it differ from your site and other podcast?

A Slab of Glass is a podcast I knew I would probably make when I really started going all in on Tablet Habit and the iPad. Like I said, I love podcasting and no matter how many shows I cancel I always keep coming back to it. I just knew I didn’t want to do it alone.

That is where my co-host, Christopher Lawley, comes in. I stumbled across his videos on YouTube and immediately loved them. Once I found out that he literally does all of it on his iPad I knew I wanted to pick his brain a little more. So I sent him a cold email and asked if he would be interested in writing a piece on how he makes his videos on YouTube with just his iPhone and iPad.

He wrote a great piece on my site and it instantly became one of my most visited articles. After that we kept a correspondence on social media and we each offered support to the other about the stuff we were making.

Eventually Christopher mentioned something about doing a podcast and I jumped at the chance to be a part of it. We talked over the ideas we had and feelings on what a podcast about the iPad should be. Eventually we decided to do the podcast together and have been loving every second of it.

A Slab of Glass is a tech podcast, but it is also a very personal podcast as Chris and I speak about our experiences with the topics we choose. It isn’t a news podcast by any means which allows us to have a lot more creative control on the things we talk about each week. It is usually a short 30 minute conversation on the main topic and then another 10 minutes or so on an after show topic. We wanted to keep things brief because there are a ton of great long-form tech podcasts out there already and we wanted to be more brief to stand out amongst the crowd.

Who should check ASlabOfGlass out?

This podcast is great for anyone who wants to get more out of their iPad and/or tech geeks like Christopher and me. We try to keep things from going off the deep end to include the more novice users of the iPad. But it isn’t a podcast only newbies can enjoy, seasoned iPad users can also get a kick out of it too.

Our goal is to eventually have guests on the show who are doing interesting and fun things on their iPads as well, so feel free to get in contact with us at [email protected].

Any sneak peaks of what you’re going to cover?

So the first episode comes out March 18th, and it is about who Chris and I are and our office/workspace setups. We figured it would be a great way to show who we are and how we work.

Episode 2 and 3 come out later that same week. Episode 2 being about the 10.5” iPad Pro vs the 12.9” iPad Pro and episode 3 about how we handle cloud storage. So that whole week we cover a bunch of differing topics.

After that we will be posting every other Friday (so episode 4 comes out April 6th). We are always open to potential guests and topic ideas so feel free to contact us via email at [email protected] or on Twitter @iamJeffPerry and @chris_lawley.

How can people subscribe to a slab of glass?

We have links to all the main podcasting apps over at We also have a YouTube Channel where we will post each episode if that is how you prefer to consume your shows.

How to Get Siri to Read You the News You Want

Fa Last week launched their new podcast called “subnet”. The idea is simple, a quick 2 to 3 minute long tech news podcast to give you a quick simple update. These types of podcast are becoming increasingly popular and not just with tech news. In fact, one of the new siri skills in the US and UK is to “tell me the news” and siri will start a country specific quick news update.

However, what if you live in a country that isn’t supported, what if you want a news channel that Apple doesn’t promote, or what if you want an industry specific news? Well you can create your own morning roundup to play on your iPhone, iPad or HomePod (if you have one).

1. Creating an Apple Podcast station

The way to do this is to set up an Apple Podcast Station. Admittedly, You could set up a playlist in Pocketcasts or Overcast, but you can’t use siri to activate them (At the time of writing. We can all hope that Apple will extend Siri’s controls into other podcast apps). Here’s an example for Tara Mann who first mentioned the idea

2. Find some short podcast

Next you need to add some short podcast to your podcast app. You can find some suggestions from the podcast app in the “browse” tab (the featured providers often have some news channels). Here are a couple of suggestions.

Tech news

Global News


For more ideas, check out this list of five minute podcasts.

3. Make a station and add your podcasts

Next you need to set up a station with an easy name. The suggestion from Tamara on twitter was “Morning News”, Federico Viticci said he has set his up as “Tech News”. However, the issues with some names is the Siri syntax you have to use. Then best trigger phrase is…

4. Ask siri to play your podcast

“Hey Siri, Play my (name of station) podcast station”

this should help Siri to understand that it should look in your podcast app for a station and not look for either music with a similar name, or a podcast with the same name.

Listen, enjoy, edit

Now you can sit back, listen and enjoy. If you discover that an episode isn’t to your liking, you can always swap it out for another one.