Friday, February 10, 2012

Get Organized with Clipix

There are so many great things to be found on the internet.  There are recipes I want to try, articles I want to read, Photoshop and HTML tutorials I'd like to try, and... So many things, so little time!  And sometimes I find things I'd like to check out, but then I forget to save them anywhere, and I never see them again.  Sure, I could search for them again, but lots of times I can't exactly remember what they were - I just have this knowledge that I found this great recipe or life-changing article.
Anyway, I just found this new site called clipix which just might be a big help.  Basically, clipix makes it really simple to save anything you see so you can find it and go back to it later.  Start by signing up for a free account - I used my facebook account, so it was just a matter of connecting and authorizing the app.  Then add the 'Clip' button to your Bookmarks bar, and you're good to go.  Start clipping all the fabulous content you find every day.  They start you off with some basic boards - Books I'd Like to Read, Vacation Ideas, Gifts for the Family, Interesting Articles - just to get you started.  You can rename those if you want and create your own as you find things to save.  You can have as many clipboards as you like and organize them any way you like.  I'm definitely keeping the Books I'd Like to Read clipboard and the Interesting Articles one.
clipix windowWhen you find something you want to save, just click the 'Clip' button and in the window that comes up you choose an image for your clip, choose which clipboard to add it to, and write a little description. And that’s it! The article is saved to one of your clipboards for when you have time to go back to it.  I like that clipix not only lets you choose from the images on whatever page you're saving, so it's a bit easier to remember why you clipped it in the first place, but if there are no images, you can simply type your own words in and give the clip a relevant title.  The web page and title are added automatically to the description, so you don't even have to type that in.  Of course, you can change it or add to it as you want.

Clipix also makes it really easy to share all the fun stuff you're finding - send an email, share on facebook or twitter.  Or, if you want to keep something to yourself, you can keep all your clipboards (or just some of them) completely private.  Working on a project with someone else?  You can set up what they call a Syncboard and everybody can add to it together and see everyone else's updates in real time.
I created a clipboard of all my bread recipes from my recipe blog.  I'm hoping I can link directly to the clipboard and use it as the table of contents for that category of recipes on my blog.  It just looks better than the way I'm doing it now, and it will be easier for people to find the recipes.  I'd love it if clipix would include a direct html link as one of the share options!

I can see how clipix can be really handy and really addictive.  I wonder who's going to clip and organize the whole Internet first!  OK, maybe not, but at least we can all clip, organize, and keep track of the stuff we're interested in.  Visit clipix, sign up for your free account and start clipping!  And let me know if you've got some great ideas for using it.  I think the possibilities are endless.

I'm sure I've forgotten something important, so check out this video explaining it: (and then just go start using it)

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