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I see the new redesign is adopting some more markdown like features -- for instance, typing in text in `backticks` will create an inline code section.

But only if you type it in. Paste it in? You get the backticks, not the formatting. Copy and try to paste it out into a different editor? You lose both formatting and markup.

This really breaks a fundamental need for my notetaking. I want to draft up technical documents in evernote and then copy/paste them into eg. a github issue, gist, etc to share/publish them to my team. Without easy, copy-paste-level-simple import and export of markdown syntax, I will not find evernote's markdown to be sufficiently usable. 

I hope there are more features coming in the future, now that the redesign has been reimplemented. But you really, really need to communicate that to the users who have been supporting you through the rough years.

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On 1/20/2015 at 7:27 AM, brampeirs said:

The ability to use markdown native in the App.

Unbelievable! Almost six years old thread/request. 

Now we have "beautiful" version 10 - full of critical bugs, and still no markdown support. How come?...

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There are basic markdown editing shortcuts on version 10... just got it on PC here.

You can do:

# heading 1
## heading 2
## heading 3
--- or === for a line
``` for a code block
`code goes here` for a code block
[] for a checklist
[x] for a checked list
[][][]x3 for a 3 x 3 table

Only caveat is that nothing is saved in markdown format as that's not what EN does or is and you can't export as markdown.

They are really just editing shortcuts based on markdown but very useful.

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It's a shame. I am now looking to move to joplin as this feature is sadly lacking.

 

There is very few features evernote does better than the competition as they have caught up.

 

I would rather not waste my time and keep using evernote but am increasingly leaning to joplin as that software is improving rapidly and is open source

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Chiming in on this as someone who has used Evernote for 10+ years, longtime subscriber who let theirs lapse, and now considering a switch. Markdown is the industry standard for technical note taking. Between Bear, Notion, Dropbox Paper there are so many other options that do this right. Please add proper markdown support soon.

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Add Markdown support, please.

I am currently in active search of Evernote replacement, just because of this critical feature. However, migration is always a hassle - I would prefer to stay in the platform, but I (and probably other members of community) need some sign, that feature request even formalized somewhere.

Hope to reach someone from Evernote team, with our long-time request.

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SIX years since the thread started and HUNDREDS of user requests and still no native Markdown support. Guys, you're losing user base... Don't you realize?

My strong vote for native markdown support here.

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Do it, lack of markdown is the one thing that has me ditching Evernote for a few years and then coming back for a little while to see if it's been added, and is the only thing stopping me and probably a lot of others from biting the bullet on a permanent subscription.

My main use case is for creating documents on the go from scratch notes, without then having to reformat it in the tools or platforms my client uses. Almost everything supports Markdown in some form.

My gut feel is that the omission is intentional to make it more difficult to leave Evernote, but in this instance it's stopping people from adopting it in the first place.

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Dear DT Low, the reason is simple:

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Proprietary formats - like enex - make it more difficult to switch to an open and standardized format.

With regard to Evernote this is true in particular because it misses export and import functionality for such a widespread and highly valued format like Markdown.

Kind regards,

Peter

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A lot of note-taking happens in markdown these days (Wiki / Github / Discourse / Roam / Obsidian ). 

If Evernote is not to support Markdown on its own natively, at least provide an import filter for markdown files? 

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It is ludicrous that after so many years and requests there is still no Markdown support.

Evernote: Could you please tell us a reason for your decision?

I left Evernote years ago because of this. It's ludicrous they still don't have.

 

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Not doing things usually does not need a decision.

A decision is needed to do things ...

You will probably not get an answer to both questions here - this forum is user driven.

By the way, there is a hint of markdown in the v10 apps: Type # followed by a space, and the text will show as header 1, type ## plus space for a header 2, ### for header 3 format.

Here is some more:

https://help.evernote.com/hc/en-us/articles/360001758468-Use-auto-formatting

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16 hours ago, fuatu said:

I see that some of the markdown code is working and some of do not. 

Is there a document listing what is supported?

 

If you open the keyboard shortcuts (ctrl-/ or the keyboard icon at the bottom of the task bar) and then scroll down you will see the current list. It includes inline code which is another new feature in V10. My only minor criticism is that you have to look very hard ot see where you have to type all the characters and where they are alternatives, but I think it is mainly pretty obvious.

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Hey y'all,

It looks like a lot of you are interested in Markdown support, so I've moved this thread to our product feedback forum so y'all can vote on this. You can vote by clicking the arrows at the top of the thread, to the left of the thread title. Happy voting!

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I use Evernote quite a bit, but am repeatedly let down by its lack of markdown support and nested lists.
In regards to MarkDown support, this has led to hours of me wasting time looking for alternative solutions and configuring third party solutions.
Although I can understand some trepidation with switching from rich text to markdown (despite the repeated requests on this forum) , what I can't understand is the lack of nested lists. Nested lists are supported in all major word processors, and are used in a broad range of note taking methods. I can't for the life of me understand why this feature request has been ignored for touching on 7 years.
 

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Please if you do implement Markdown support keep the plain text aspect that we love of markdown. That is please don't convert the typed text, just the styling of them. Example

Markdown:

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# Awesome Cool Title
## Snappy subtitle

I like making short lists in Evernote

* Because it syncs
* Because it's quick
* Because I can

Output should be

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# Awesome Cool Title
## Snappy subtitle

I like making short lists in Evernote

   * Because it syncs
   * Because it's quick
   * Because I can

It should not be this. Because it makes it very difficult to edit it again, if I want to change the title then it no longer has the #'s which I can increase or decrease the number. This is just a formatting shortcut, it does not preserve the markdown, and the point of markdown is to be readable plain text markup. 

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Awesome Cool Title
Snappy subtitle

I like making short lists in Evernote

  • Because it syncs
  • Because it's quick
  • Because I can

Look at the way Marxico does this, it's beautiful to use, just a shame it's missing the rest of Evernote and organisation in the same window. Marxico also locks the page for editing and ruins any flow you may have, which is a big shame. 

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I have tried to abandon evernote in favor of Quiver, just because it has markdown. I've transitioned just about all of my professional work over to it in fact, but the lack of mobile / windows syncing is the major factor preventing me from switching entirely.

 

Anyone know _why_ Evernote is dragging their feet so much on markdown? It's not a super complicated spec. Hell, even a kludge like the Markdown Here plugin that does a quick processing step on your notes and renders your Markdown to evernote compatible html would be an advantage over what we currently have.

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1 hour ago, jswanson said:

Anyone know _why_ Evernote is dragging their feet so much on markdown?

I'm just assuming its a question of priorities.
You can add your support using the voting buttons in the upper left corner of the discussion

fwiw  There are many requests for new features, some of them also indicating how easy it would be to implement

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4 hours ago, jswanson said:

Anyone know _why_ Evernote is dragging their feet so much on markdown? It's not a super complicated spec. Hell, even a kludge like the Markdown Here plugin that does a quick processing step on your notes and renders your Markdown to evernote compatible html would be an advantage over what we currently have.

At a guess, full Markdown support would be a pain: round-tripping between Markdown and HTML (more or less Evernote's internal format) is not well-defined. Providing a way to input via Markdown is probably helpful, but rendering a page that comes from an arbitrary web clipping into would probably not be a great user experience (I've seen this in action in the Atlassian Wiki product; drove me absolutely crazy).

Note that Evernote have never said anything about its feasibility, or even whether they'll ever provide it. They rarely do. If it's critical for your use case, then it's pretty much a no-go; always choose the tools that exist, not the ones that you want to exist.

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On 08/12/2016 at 8:55 AM, jefito said:

At a guess, full Markdown support would be a pain: round-tripping between Markdown and HTML (more or less Evernote's internal format) is not well-defined. Providing a way to input via Markdown is probably helpful, but rendering a page that comes from an arbitrary web clipping into would probably not be a great user experience (I've seen this in action in the Atlassian Wiki product; drove me absolutely crazy)

But that would be still easier and nicer than how ti is right now, wouldn't it?

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16 hours ago, DDO said:

But that would be still easier and nicer than how ti is right now, wouldn't it?

Maybe, but that's not what the original poster asked for as far as I can tell, nor what I replied to. 

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On 16/01/2017 at 11:31 AM, jefito said:

Maybe, but that's not what the original poster asked for as far as I can tell, nor what I replied to. 

There are ways to make it painless. Check out Marxico or Bear Notes.

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8 hours ago, DDO said:

Marxico

As far as I can tell, Marxico doesn't really support round-tripping MarkDown <--> Evernote. Once it's in Evernote, and you make changes there, then getting Markdown back can be problematic, since Evernote can use pretty full HTML. If it works for you, then that's great (or or if I'm not understanding their web site then please correct me), but let's be careful about turning this into something that it's not.

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15 hours ago, jefito said:

As far as I can tell, Marxico doesn't really support round-tripping MarkDown <--> Evernote. Once it's in Evernote, and you make changes there, then getting Markdown back can be problematic, since Evernote can use pretty full HTML. If it works for you, then that's great (or or if I'm not understanding their web site then please correct me), but let's be careful about turning this into something that it's not.

Round trip is supported. The catch is, however, that one can not edit Marxico notes in Evernote. They are read only. But they are marked as Marxico, and you can open them up and edit in either web based marxico or in the standalone app.

Check yourself - trial is 10 days. Love it - Flowcharts, Seq diagrams LaTeX - the whole nine yards of goodies.

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7 hours ago, Doff said:

Round trip is supported.

This puzzles me. Round-tripping to me means that I can start a note in Marxico, edit in Evernote, and be able to continue in Marxico again and be able to pick up in Evernote, all without losing content. According to the Marxico site:

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Quick Editing

Note saved by Marxico in Evernote would have a red ribbon button on the top-right corner. Click it and it would bring you back to Marxico to edit the note.

Note: Currently Marxico is unable to detect and merge any modifications in Evernote by user. Please go back to Marxico to edit.

If this is true, then round-tripping is not supported by Marxico. Once you add content to Evernote using Marxico, you need to always then use Marxico to edit that content. Which is swell, except that I edit notes on my mobile devices as well.

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On 2017-01-24 at 2:04 AM, darkandlong said:

I use it more than Evernote now, mainly due to Evernote's crappy text editor.

Evernote's editor definitely has a limited featureset

If you need more extensive features, I'd also recommend using a different editor, storing in Evernote.  Any document file can be attached to a note

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On 25/01/2017 at 0:11 AM, DTLow said:

Evernote's editor definitely has a limited featureset

If you need more extensive features, I'd also recommend using a different editor, but within Evernote.  Any document file can be attached to a note

Indeed.

Evernote should buy out Marxico and make it Advanced Mode editor.

That will not only smash the competition (BearNotes, etc), but would also make a viable case for "Evernote as the Wiki". I would definitely consider switching my team to Evernote Wiki (with markdown) full on.

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On 26/01/2017 at 6:18 PM, Matt Corr said:

Please add Markdown support! ALso syntax highlighting for code blocks!

Actually yes. I believe modern Markdown editors do support syntax highlighting in form of 

```xml
<hello>world</hello>
```

It is ironic that Evernote _FORUM_ does support syntax highlighting and advanced editing features such as code blocks, but the product that pays for the forum - does not.

 

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On 1/26/2017 at 10:01 PM, Doff said:

It is ironic that Evernote _FORUM_ does support syntax highlighting and advanced editing features such as code blocks, but the product that pays for the forum - does not.

This is exactly it. Most of the time when I type anywhere else I have access to these features, but with Evernote there is none of that. They just don't seem to be interested in improving the editor. Marxico is fine, but it's not well integrated and it's an additional cost for something that should have been included a long time ago. I honestly can't remember the last useful feature added to Evernote.

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I really can't believe how many years have passed without supporting Markdown.

For what it is worth, I am now using Atom.io with the Ever Notedown package. Although it is a little wonky at times, it is the best I have seen so far.

 

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Using Marxico still. Searching for Evernote replacement. As soon as I find one - I am off (well, unless Evernote comes around with Markdown and LaTeX support).

 

P.S. Checked out Laverna App - great promise! If they pull it off, that would be a killing app for Enterprise use.

 

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Would love to see this. I used to use Marxico, but I don't really want to pay for it as well (tight wallet). I'm a massive fan of markdown, and would love to see this.

I actually use Drafts 4 to create notes on my iPad, and it has options to export the markdown render to EN. It's great, and I love it. Bullet points come out right, todos come out right, it just works.

However, EN for Windows becomes a problem. Whilst my iPad is my daily workhorse, I find that I use EN for Windows quite a bit still. Markdown is a must have.

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This feature is crucial. I almost quit Evernote before my renewal yesterday, but decided to stick around for one more year to see if native Markdown support comes to fruition.

Marxico and other workaround tools are pretty incredible, but there's something about native integration that makes for a better workflow.

Thanks!

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Good day, everyone.

In the last few month this issue has been taken to be one of the top three.

I perfectly realise that given the history there is little hope that Evernote will listen or act.

Nevertheless I would like to try. Do you think you could help out by spreading the word? I would like to see this feature request to be the top one for the next stage and I think it is possible. We got it from just 36 votes (that's when I joined in) to 114 today - it should be possible to get half of that amount if we all try to get someone else to vote.

Then there will be the next action - but I will come back on that one.

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32 minutes ago, Doff said:

Do you think you could help out by spreading the word?

I doubt an increase in the vote count will have any impact on Evernote's priorities.

This request is on EN's radar and it's up to them if they implement it.

My suggestion is to use a workaround until we see this implemented in the EN editor

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As a long-time Evernote user - this is the missing feature that is most important to me. I love the other features of Evernote, but I'm finding myself taking fewer notes in this app over time due to this missing capability.  Apps like Quiver are what I'm looking for - full Markdown support with preview.  I should also be able to export these notes as Markdown files or Docx files with the proper formatting; no divs!

Please make this happen...

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Totally agree, Evernote is fantastic but lack of markdown support hurts, I doubt I'll renew, seems I check evernote out every couple years then leave out of frustration and eventually come back to just leave again lol.  This is the main feature that drives that

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On 17/03/2017 at 9:17 PM, ayapejian said:

Totally agree, Evernote is fantastic but lack of markdown support hurts, I doubt I'll renew, seems I check evernote out every couple years then leave out of frustration and eventually come back to just leave again lol.  This is the main feature that drives that

 

If you are on macOS or iOS maybe you should try Bear Pro 

bear-writer.com

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I think it's pretty clear now that either management don't see any need for Markdown support, that the underlying (legacy) code is resistant to it being added, or the developers don't have the necessary skills to add it (or a combination of the above). I remember reading that Markdown was in the process of being added, but that was years ago and must have been abandoned. I'm afraid it looks like it's just a matter of waiting for something better to come along. I have pushed all my long-form notes to Gitbook and really just use Evernote for small fragments. I would suggest anyone that hasn't looked at Gitbook to give it a go. It is solid and (unlike Evernote) is constantly being improved.

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Markdown is a great way of formatting text as it was intended to be convertable into HTML and yet be easy to read. It makes note taking a lot more fluid as you don't have to move a mouse to format.

Evernote already has the "---" markdown for horizontal rules. So I don't think it would be too hard to implement "*" for italics and "_" for bold. Also, "-" for bullet lists should be easy to do as well since there is the option to use "*" for bullet lists. However this clash would mean that it would have to be specified whether or not markdown is to be used when making the note.

I would use Evernote a lot more if there was support for markdown as it would mean note-taking on my mobile would be a whole lot easier.

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On 9/18/2016 at 7:13 AM, lrainaldi said:

I feel on the biggest missing features is native support for Markdown. Please add native Markdown to Evernote.

For me, Evernote is a perfect daily companion except for the fact that I can't do LaTeX.

Right now, I am planning to rely on Dropbox Paper Web version for my math notes. But, I am not satisfied with it either as it is not a replacement or intended for creating notes to store like Evernote.

Even if they can't support all kind of markdown, at least I wish for LaTeX editing like on Dropbox Paper on the web. The main feature of LaTeX Evernote should support is ability to go back and edit the LaTeX instead of deleting the whole math image and rewriting the code block again, in a convenient way.

I believe a lot of Evernote users dealing with math daily in their life would appreciate it very much! I am hoping for the integration in the near future soon.

I do code in my free time too. So, integration of code editing as an edit and read only special file note like how PDF editing works would be a big plus.

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Oh yeah. LaTeX in Evernote is a sweet dream.

Here is the idea - this feature request is number one.

I was thinking to raise a support request, something along the line - please implement.

Thoughts?

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The lack of markdown has made me leave Evernote a few times the past years. But I always came back. And every time after a few months I see a different tool that does support MD and then I leave again...

So +1 for me!

 

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On 2017-05-26 at 2:34 PM, henchmanjustin said:

Just any way to represent mathematical notation is what I want.

Not supported by the Evernote Note editor.  

I use Pages (Mac/IOS) and theres support for LaTeX and MathML.  The documents work well as attachments to notes

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Still no Markdown support?

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I am waiting for this feature for years right now and today I looked again when this feature will be there but still no sign. It has the most votes, please make it finally happen soon. At the moment there is no real competitor that has this feature but when there is a lot of people will move I think. I don't want to move because I like Evernote but it's hard and I thought about moving multiple times. Make Evernote super duper awesome with Markdown

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I would switch to paid Bear if they had their own server for syncing things, I don't like the fact that my notes could be using space in my iCloud account. 

Do you know another app that would do markdown and have also this idea from Evernote that you can upload things using an monthly quota?

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hace 1 minuto, Matt Corr dijo:

There is also Dropbox Paper.. but there is no native app yet and their development efforts are a bit slow.

I guess it comes down to personal preferences and wants/needs. I personally have no issue with them using my iCloud account and have always found the idea of a monthly quota "odd". If I am paying for a service, I would expect to be able to use it as much or as little as I like.

Wasn't there another app that worked over the top of Evernote to provide markdown support? Could that be an option?

The monthly quota is a great idea because you can upload any file you want an the next month you get your quota reset. You don't have to complicate over time deleting stuff for keeping your plan cheap.

 

There's an app that supports sort of markdown on top of Evernote: "Alternote" but its paid and they haven't updated it in a while.

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Same here. Recently switched from paid Evernote to paid Bear app (which has MD as first-class citizen / editor). But Bear has so many missing features which Evernote has...

Really waiting for native MD support in Evernote.

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Zapier has a "Formatter" that will take an evernote and format the markdown. I have it set up so a new note in a notebook is formatted by zappier from markdown to HTML and then added as a new post on my wordpress blog.  Works awesome. Will not solve everyones markdown problems, but it's one solution. 

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