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Credit for the title goes to @Jeremye who posted "This isn't an airport ... you don't need to announce your departures"

Users seem compelled to post their goodbye, so I'm creating this topic as a holding area   
I may post here myself someday.  Today, I'm a satisfied user with over 15,000 notes

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User number 4,279, started using Evernote 3/13/2008. Thousands of notes and gigabytes of data. Paying user for 12 years. Evernote's progress meandered sometimes (selling socks???) but it did meet my needs. This latest "update", what a disaster. Features missing. A bloated, ugly, Electron app. I'm supposed to pay $70/yr for this? With my renewal date approaching, I think my money could be better spent elsewhere. I've worked in IT for 30 years and I can't say I've seen a software release that actually regressed a product as badly as v10 did.

I will say thanks for keeping Evernote Legacy around to allow me to export my notes to .enex files, v10 kept crashing out when I would try. For now I have moved my collection over to Joplin, import was painless and relatively quick. Funny a 3 year old open-source app is more capable than the latest release from a 13 year veteran.

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18 hours ago, scottjl said:

User number 4,279, started using Evernote 3/13/2008. Thousands of notes and gigabytes of data. Paying user for 12 years. Evernote's progress meandered sometimes (selling socks???) but it did meet my needs. This latest "update", what a disaster. Features missing. A bloated, ugly, Electron app. I'm supposed to pay $70/yr for this? With my renewal date approaching, I think my money could be better spent elsewhere. I've worked in IT for 30 years and I can't say I've seen a software release that actually regressed a product as badly as v10 did.

I will say thanks for keeping Evernote Legacy around to allow me to export my notes to .enex files, v10 kept crashing out when I would try. For now I have moved my collection over to Joplin, import was painless and relatively quick. Funny a 3 year old open-source app is more capable than the latest release from a 13 year veteran.

I am in a very similar situation with thousands of notes and  a long time paid user. I just hate the system now. The lack of a viable backup option is a disaster for me, I also attach PDFs to notes all the time but the new version just shows you that the file is there, but not it's contents. I'm struggling to find things, it doesn't seem to search within PDFs any more and it's just now generally horrible. I wish I could find a workable alternative that I could migrate to easily. In the meantime the legacy version is just about doing the job but as things stand I would NEVER recommend Evernote to anyone again.

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9 minutes ago, CalS said:

You can go back to a pre V10 version for a bit pending EN getting this sorted.  More than a few folks doing this I believe.  As you say V10 is still unworkable for some preexisting use cases.

Yes, and that is exactly what I have had to do. The fact that this is necessary and considered even remotely acceptable is what I find totally unbelievable. I want to jump ship but at the moment I can't.

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Just now, s2sailor said:

Constructive??  You are complaining about the lost of devices on the free plan and stating that you are leaving as a result.  The change is nudging some people off the free plan who will likely never upgrade to premium.  I think Evernote may consider this a win ... or at least I do.

I am amazed at the whinyness of all you you Lvl 5 people.  It's comical.  A bunch of children with something they know sucks and trying to defend it. 

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12 hours ago, ebow3d said:

I see there are now motre and more restrictions on the free version. Standard old business model. Time to backup and go.

You're using a free service and are upset because it has limits?

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45 minutes ago, PinkElephant said:

Oh, that is nice. One less who expects a lot, does not contribute a nickel and believes developers live out of thin air. Every business will do better when users of this type just get lost.

Go on, keep moving.

I would think a company would appreciate the feedback and realize that they made a mistake. 

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23 minutes ago, shoe96 said:

I would think a company would appreciate the feedback and realize that they made a mistake. 

Actually, you're demonstrating the company did  not make a mistake 

>>The company is not making money

Right, these are non-paying accounts

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1 hour ago, PinkElephant said:

Oh, that is nice. One less who expects a lot, does not contribute a nickel and believes developers live out of thin air. Every business will do better when users of this type just get lost.

Go on, keep moving.

How much do you pay for your email?

 

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1 minute ago, shoe96 said:

The rest of the world pays $0. You do not make good financial decisions. 

 

Well that's kind of personal.  One get's what one pays for.  Interesting how many for pay email clients there are out there for all the world to pay $0.  

Beginning to wonder if I make good time management decisions based upon this thread.  🤷‍♂️

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No OCR with Joplin I can handle (just), but I'm struggling with the Joplin bug (?) where deleting a note containing an attachment doesn't delete that attachment. At least, not yet. (A month after deleting the note.) As you say though Scott, this is amazing progress for an application so new. And progress far more rapid, excitingly so, than Evernote has ever managed.

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@avevers Check your 'note history' setting. default is 90 days. a note, and attachments, aren't actually purged until the history expires. i've seen the same report from others and that was the issue.

@DTLow maybe we report our departure to let evernote why we are leaving in hopes that it might actually have an impact on future development. vote with your wallet.

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I've also been frustrated with some of the missing features (and I lost a note and part of another note).

I remember trying Notion out a couple of years ago and didn't think much about it. Then, back in May (I know it was May, because I wrote in Evernote about it...) I tried it again because I watched some video about how awesome it was. 

Here is what I wrote about Notion back then: 5/28 - It literally gives me such a headache to try and work with this app. Tedious is definitely the right word for it.

I'm not sure I could even use Notion if that was the only option out there.

I tried out Notejoy last night (and, wow, not even close to Evernote) because I've been frustrated with a few things in Evernote Version 10.

Here is hoping it doesn't take too long for Evernote to come back close to feature parity and make things more snappy.

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23 hours ago, shoe96 said:

How much do you pay for your email?

I use Apple Mail
Payment included in the device purchase

I have no problem paying for services I use

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23 hours ago, CalS said:

Well that's kind of personal.  One get's what one pays for.  Interesting how many for pay email clients there are out there for all the world to pay $0.  

Beginning to wonder if I make good time management decisions based upon this thread.  🤷‍♂️

You make poor time management decisions if you have anything to do with Evernote.  

Billions of people use email that they to not pay for.  Use Google to find out how many.  Google is free.  It's great.  You should use it to search for things and buy Google stock too.  

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15 minutes ago, DTLow said:

I use Apple Mail
Payment included in the device purchase

I have no problem paying for services I use

Apple email is free. 

Google Keep is also free.  You should use it instead of Evernote.   

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5 hours ago, stocky2605 said:

maybe we need also an „arrival announcement“ area?

With the current of affairs, it may only attract crickets.

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52 minutes ago, QFieldBoden said:

I am in a very similar situation with thousands of notes and  a long time paid user. I just hate the system now. The lack of a viable backup option is a disaster for me, I also attach PDFs to notes all the time but the new version just shows you that the file is there, but not it's contents. I'm struggling to find things, it doesn't seem to search within PDFs any more and it's just now generally horrible. I wish I could find a workable alternative that I could migrate to easily. In the meantime the legacy version is just about doing the job but as things stand I would NEVER recommend Evernote to anyone again.

You can go back to a pre V10 version for a bit pending EN getting this sorted.  More than a few folks doing this I believe.  As you say V10 is still unworkable for some preexisting use cases.

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32 minutes ago, QFieldBoden said:

Yes, and that is exactly what I have had to do. The fact that this is necessary and considered even remotely acceptable is what I find totally unbelievable. I want to jump ship but at the moment I can't.

Yup.  EN made some trade offs with this roll out.  Not trade offs I agree with either.  Mind numbing.

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49 minutes ago, CalS said:

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Not a troll, just offering some constructive criticism on how to not have people leave your platform. It is going to fail if you continue to make it suck more.  

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7 minutes ago, shoe96 said:

Not a troll, just offering some constructive criticism on how to not have people leave your platform. It is going to fail if you continue to make it suck more.  

Constructive??  You are complaining about the lost of devices on the free plan and stating that you are leaving as a result.  The change is nudging some people off the free plan who will likely never upgrade to premium.  I think Evernote may consider this a win ... or at least I do.

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3 minutes ago, s2sailor said:

Constructive??  You are complaining about the lost of devices on the free plan and stating that you are leaving as a result.  The change is nudging some people off the free plan who will likely never upgrade to premium.  I think Evernote may consider this a win ... or at least I do.

You all should read some of the 1 star ratings on the play store.  There are a lot of them.  

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5 minutes ago, shoe96 said:

I am amazed at the whinyness of all you you Lvl 5 people.  It's comical.  A bunch of children with something they know sucks and trying to defend it. 

It appears you are confused with the definition of whiny.  Go back and read your original post.

Ok, feeding time is over.

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Just today, there have been 14 1 star reviews on Google Play Store. You should really read them. 

Do you work at Evernote?  If you do, you are going to be out of a job soon. You should go work at Google.  If you don't, you are wasting your time "helping" people on a worthless platform.  

Do you pay for email?  CalS says he does.  Seems pretty dumb, just like paying for Evernote.  

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36 minutes ago, shoe96 said:

Do you work at Evernote? 

This is a user discussion forum - we're all users   
Evernote staff do pop in occasionally - they are clearly identified in the sidebar

>>Apple email is free.    Google Keep is also free.  You should use it instead of Evernote.   

Apple email is not free - you have to buy an Apple device
Google Keep is a fine service, but I need extended features
I'm looking at Devonthink - no subscription but the apps are purchased

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You all seem to be happy that people are leaving because Evernote sucks.  

"Departure Announcements"?  Really?  You have this crappy app/website and don't like it when people don't like it and leave.  Maybe if you made it not suck, people would stay here.  I have used Evernote for probably close to 10 years.  It was an adequate note taking app, and it is too bad that you are making things worse.  A lot of others are leaving too.  Read the 1 star ratings.

What a miserable group of people.

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@shoe96 farewell and goodbye.

"we" are mainly users and do not own this "Web-site" nor are we in the position to like or dislike, if users leave Evernote.

But you are, as far as I can see, a non paying user but feel free, to deeply critzise a product you aren't paying for?

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2 hours ago, HeBoIz said:

@shoe96 farewell and goodbye.

"we" are mainly users and do not own this "Web-site" nor are we in the position to like or dislike, if users leave Evernote.

But you are, as far as I can see, a non paying user but feel free, to deeply critzise a product you aren't paying for?

Can I criticize network tv if I don't pay for it? Can I criticize Facebook if I don't pay for it? Can I criticize Google if I don't pay for it? Can I criticize a single app on my phone if I don't pay for them? 

 

There is no way to provide feedback about the app being reduced to 2 devices. I am sure that an employee will read this and see at least one users dissatisfaction with their decision. Or maybe they can read the 1 star ratings. Do I need to pay for apps in onder to write a review on play Store? 

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9 hours ago, shoe96 said:

Suck less! Read the 1 star reviews and fix stuff!  Be relevant!

who cares for or even reads 1 star reviews if they are as low constructive and irrelevant as these posts???

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18 hours ago, shoe96 said:

Apple email is free. 

Google Keep is also free.  You should use it instead of Evernote.   

Google Keep is different to Evernote (it depends how you use it, of course) - so the amount of payment may not the only one criteria.

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AFAIK Google reserves the right to have its bots read all „free“ content to send the user targeted ads.

„Free“ in combination with Google, Facebook and Amazon is just another word for „pay us with your data“.

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I'm another user adding my voice to the "I'm a long-time Evernote user and have been greatly disappointed by it lately" pool. Currently, with 20,000 notes over the last 12 years, I'm looking to exit Evernote for more than a few reasons:

  • Performance has been absolutely terrible and is getting worse. Was trying my best not to lose my patience with the 50 selected note limit on PC (20 on Android!), but deleting 50 text notes should take MINUTES, and doing that dozens of times in a row isn't my idea of being productive or efficient. 
  • The Windows version has gone backwards like 10 steps and I simply cannot stand the directly that Evernote is taking with it. 
  • The lack of a proper way to export my data into a future-proof format has me worried about what happens when I'm forced to move my data away from the platform. 
  • Price increases, while I've tolerated them, seem to go up without any substantial benefit to me as a user. I feel like I was getting far more value from the product 10 years ago. 
  • Still no way to compress notes (more specifically the jpeg files inside of notes). My database is over 15GB and it was too big when it was approaching 5gb...
  • The web clipper has been unreliable and I tend to use it often; being unreliable often is a recipe for frustration. 

I have been a fan of Evernote and have recommended it hundreds of times to family, friends, and follows of my social media platforms (tens of thousands of people) but I feel that my time with Evernote has finally come to an and. I have until July before my yearly subscription ends, so I'll be looking for ways to get my data off their platform in the meantime. 

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15 minutes ago, EP2008 said:

I have been a fan of Evernote and have recommended it hundreds of times to family, friends, and follows of my social media platforms (tens of thousands of people) but I feel that my time with Evernote has finally come to an and. I have until July before my yearly subscription ends, so I'll be looking for ways to get my data off their platform in the meantime. 

I'm in a very similar position though I have about half the number of notes. My big problem is finding a comparable service to move to AND finding a service that it is technically easy to move to. Please let us know when you have answers to those issues, I'd love to know the way out.

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On 1/1/2021 at 1:04 PM, shoe96 said:

You all should read some of the 1 star ratings on the play store.  There are a lot of them.  

How do you quantify 'a lot'? How does that impact the company? Do you see Evernote as a business or a charity?

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4 hours ago, charlieedstrom said:

How do you quantify 'a lot'? How does that impact the company? Do you see Evernote as a business or a charity?1

1. There are a lot of 1 star reviews. 

2. It impacts the company because they can see complaints and do nothing to fix them. People will not use this app if there are other better options out there. 

3. Evernote is a business that will be gone in a few years if they do not improve. 

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You can tell by the number of posts that I'm new and not very active here. I only signed up because I was dumbfounded by EN10 and wanted to see what others' experience was and what they were going to do.  The other thing to know about me is that I'm a light user of EN.  That is, I use it only to take notes and write down my thoughts, not to archive media/email/etc.  But EN is still very important because my notes/thoughts are valuable to me, and it's a tool that worked very well--until the bad surprise that was EN10. 

Through this forum's help, I was able to download EN Legacy and I've been using it just fine.  However, as I got to hear about EN alternatives, I tried a few out, mostly out of curiosity.  Notion was just too different.  Google Keep was too limited.  OneNote didn't handle Bangla font well, and also felt too different.  For user-experience, Nimbus was quite similar to EN, but opening and syncing was slow, especially on my Kindle Fire, and the free plan couldn't handle the number of notes I'd want to import from EN.  Finally, I tried Joplin and I've found an app that I think will work as a replacement for EN Legacy. 

I've had to learn a bit about using markdown and add some plugins, but overall it's been quite a smooth transition to Joplin. The import for all ~1200 notes in 5 notebooks worked perfectly.  In the rich text editor view, my EN notes have the exact same formatting.  It perfectly kept all my tags.  It even has a web clipper that works on Opera (though this isn't that important for me).   And it helps that the layout of the panes is quite similar to EN Legacy.  It has all the essential features I need, without any annoyances (e.g. spellcheck that can't be turned off).

Joplin checks these important boxes for me: 1) handle typing and viewing Bangla and Korean fonts well, 2) quick access to shortcuts/favorites (which Joplin lets me arrange as tabs through a plugin), 3) equally fast and accurate search, 4) problem-free and fast syncing (though I needed to do a bit of set-up on Dropbox), 5) lots of useful keyboard shortcuts, 6) easy tagging, 7) dark theme, 8] fast to open/no lag during usage, and 9) it's free.

I do lose a few features, but I can easily live without them: 1) choice of fonts, 2) one-click highlighting and strikethrough, 3) sharing a note, 4) presentation mode, 5) lack of Trash bin for deleted notes.  I'm sure there might be some other features missing, but it just means that I don't notice them because I never used them in EN.

So if the experience/features are quite similar--and in fact, I don't think I gain any new features in Joplin (other than dark theme)--why switch at all?  Why not just stay with EN Legacy?  The main reason is that I can have Joplin working on the 3 devices I own: laptop, phone, and Kindle Fire.  Before, I'd used Simplenote, and lately Nimbus, as a way to transfer some key notes back and forth between the Fire and my laptop.  But as you can imagine, copying/pasting text and syncing between two different apps was rather cumbersome.  But Joplin now allows me to keep all my notes in sync on all 3 devices for free.  Also, as far as I can tell, the open source nature of Joplin means that there are lots of people actively requesting/producing new features and plugins, whereas the development on EN Legacy is no more.

Again, Joplin won't be the solution for other types of users.  But for note takers and text-info archivers (and cheapskates) like me, I think it's a perfectly viable alternative to EN Legacy.

BTW, I'm not trying to take users away from EN or dump on EN or anything like that.  I just wanted to share my experience with a bunch of EN alternatives.  EN Legacy is a wonderful program, evidenced by the fact that only one of many alternatives came anywhere close to replacing it.

 

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