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#1 Yoav

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Posted 01 December 2012 - 08:47 AM

I've recently started using Evernote again, I use to hate it in the past because it was so heavy and cumbersome, but the iPad app was so impressive it got me back on, but now that I've moved all my notes to it and have several notebooks I use, I'm shocked to find that Evernote does not have any COLOR options.

How is it that there's no option to pick a color for each notebook, and then whenever you look at a note there is a hint to that color to help me quickly recognize which notebook it belongs to. It will make Evernote so much more appealing and it's something that almost every other organization app has.

Where can we add this to the suggestions box?

#2 GrumpyMonkey

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Posted 01 December 2012 - 01:38 PM

Hi. You have added it by posting here. Color has long been suggested, but given the gray landscape in Mac, and the predominantly black text on white background of Windows (I like both), I wouldn't hold your breath. Here is a solution I made for snippet and card view.
http://www.princeton...o/template.html

Colors aren't high on my wish list, but I can see the usefulness.

#3 Yoav

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Posted 01 December 2012 - 06:31 PM

I don't think it's about being high on the wish list, but just that it's such a simple feature to add, and users who don't need it won't even be aware, while more visually inclined users like me would really appreciate it.

#4 GrumpyMonkey

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Posted 01 December 2012 - 06:39 PM

I don't think it's about being high on the wish list, but just that it's such a simple feature to add, and users who don't need it won't even be aware, while more visually inclined users like me would really appreciate it.


I am no expert on the design process, and I certainly cannot comment on how easy it is to develop any feature, especially one that doesn't yet exist on any Evernote client, but my sense is that Evernote is working hard to focus on features that hundreds of thousands or even millions of users will use, and to strip away menu options that do not receive as much use, because this greatly reduces the need for developers to design and maintain features across multiple clients over time, and protects the app from feature bloat. In general, I think this is a smart thing to do.

Sometimes, though, this means it is difficult to convince developers of the need for a feature we want to see (in my case, I generally focus on appealing for parity across clients and not on the development of new features, and that is why it is not high on my wish list), but it is worth the effort. Perhaps, if you could state your use case and make an argument for it, then that might help developers out when they are considering whether to do it.

#5 Camicia

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Posted 24 February 2013 - 06:08 AM

Even this forum supports colors. Personally I cannot live without the ability to use red text or changing the background in yellow (highlighter effect).  

 

Everytime that I want to use colors, I open Word, then I type there and then copy and paste on Evernote.  Before I used a bookmarklet in the browser ( http://pancaketheore...in-design-mode/ ), copy and pasted the sentence I need to color and manually modified the CSS.

 

It is extremely frustrating. There was a period in which I completely ditched Evernote and used only a Google Doc just because I could not use colors.

 

I feel that is pretty stupid that Evernote do not support colors. It would not take a good engineer more than 2 days to implement that feature. So it is not for technical reasons that they do not do it. They probably did not find anybody that in their ux interviews pointed it out. Maybe Evernote's designer is color blind. Maybe they had this discussion before and somebody says "We are not going to add colors" and even if people keep asking they want to be consistent ... who knows.

 

Ask anybody that used Evernote for more than a month and ask them if they have ever tried to use colors and you will hear their answer.



#6 GrumpyMonkey

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Posted 24 February 2013 - 06:43 AM

Even this forum supports colors. Personally I cannot live without the ability to use red text or changing the background in yellow (highlighter effect).  

 

Everytime that I want to use colors, I open Word, then I type there and then copy and paste on Evernote.  Before I used a bookmarklet in the browser ( http://pancaketheore...in-design-mode/ ), copy and pasted the sentence I need to color and manually modified the CSS.

 

It is extremely frustrating. There was a period in which I completely ditched Evernote and used only a Google Doc just because I could not use colors.

 

I feel that is pretty stupid that Evernote do not support colors. It would not take a good engineer more than 2 days to implement that feature. So it is not for technical reasons that they do not do it. They probably did not find anybody that in their ux interviews pointed it out. Maybe Evernote's designer is color blind. Maybe they had this discussion before and somebody says "We are not going to add colors" and even if people keep asking they want to be consistent ... who knows.

 

Ask anybody that used Evernote for more than a month and ask them if they have ever tried to use colors and you will hear their answer.

 

Hi. Welcome to the forums. Evernote supports colors. Using the Mac, press CMD + T to open the font menu, and use all of the colors you would like. You can also change the background color in selected areas to "highlight" (kind of ) text. It is the fourth icon in the font menu. Enjoy!



#7 penwriter

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Posted 24 February 2013 - 08:29 AM

Yoav and Camicia are obviously referring to very different aspects of colour use in Evernote. I understand that Yoav is asking for some kind of display conditions, e.g. "If this note belongs to notebook xyz, display it with a border (or background or whatever) of a specific colour". I have no clue how difficult implementation would be, but IF it was to be done, one could wish for a general way that would also involve tags (like: "If a note is tagged with xyz, display its title in red bold in snippet view"). Now, this is almost certainly not simple anymore. And while I agree that this may be a cool feature, for me personally there are other items which are higher up on my wishlist.

 

Camicia's comment on the other hand was related to formatting text. And while you can format text colour with the note editor of the Mac, Windows and Web client, the Android (and IOS?) clients do not allow this. My opinion is that it would indeed be nice to have more similar features on the different platforms. But rather than colour, two other text formatting issues once again range higher on my wish list:

  • Consistent support of indentation on all platforms
  • Support of sub-/superscript on all platforms (being a research chemist, I MUST MUST MUST have this ;), and so far only the web service can do it)

 

Obviously everybody has different requirements and therefore different feature requests. In my case, Evernote is giving me most of the features I want. Other apps do have features that are ´nice to have´, but if it comes to functionality I need (attachments, searching, text recognition...), Evernote does it for me.







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