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Note Creation Date Change in New Release has ruined my journal organization approach


Trent W

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I may be one of few having this issue. I use Evernote to journal events and reviews.  Many times these events are entered post facto.  In the previous release I was able to edit easily in the desktop app the creation date. (I understand Evernotes desire not to allow last updated date not to be edited.)  Then I could sort or filter by creation date and see the journal entries in chronological order or by specific date (would be nice to have filter by date range).  You cannot even edit the creation date in the web based UI.

In this new desktop release, Evernotes UI to enter or edit  a date other than one close by is horrible. You only have a forward and back arrow from today's month (see screen capture attached).  So, for example,  to enter/edit a creation date from 30 years ago for a personal journal log of that date, it would take (360 clicks (20x12). (And yes, I am an old guy of 60+).

The options I have considered:

  • You can enter a date in the note but you can't sort on it.
  • You could set up folders for each month but then you have a huge folder maintenance task plus you could not sort on multiple months worth of journal entries.
  • You can create tags but then you have a large number of date tags and you cannot sort on tags nor filter on multiple tags (e.g., show me Aug, Sep and Oct from 2007)

Is anyone else using Evernotes as a chronological journal?  If so, how are you getting around this?

Can I request Evernote to go back to the original UI for editing creation date and allow a date to be typed in (with validation the format is correct)?  That would solve my problem.

Thanks

Evernote Date Edit.JPG

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The Alt-Shft-D insertion of date is something I would use for every new note, but it is only useful if we can set the preference to use the yyyy-mm-dd format. The current implementation only provides Month day, year. This is useless for sorting. Why would I bother to use this when I have to over-type it with the preferred format? The current implementation is of marginal utility and short-sighted.

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27 minutes ago, Trent W said:

Is anyone else using Evernotes as a chronological journal?  If so, how are you getting around this?

The Evernote metadata stores created and updated dates    1295926678_ScreenShot2021-02-17at12_50_30.png.36b3dee62b3768867ffae6518fcc71ed.png
I prepend subject date to the note title   
Example:     2021-02-17 Journal ...

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Yes, I thought of this but did not like it as it makes my titles long.  Plus I have to go through hundreds of entries and change the titles.

It would be nice if there were a few text fields added that are sortable and filterable so a date could be entered there and would preserve the create and update dates.

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18 hours ago, RLeB said:

The Alt-Shft-D insertion of date is something I would use for every new note, but it is only useful if we can set the preference to use the yyyy-mm-dd format. The current implementation only provides Month day, year. This is useless for sorting. Why would I bother to use this when I have to over-type it with the preferred format? The current implementation is of marginal utility and short-sighted.

Agree. Date format is only useful if in a chronologically sortable format.

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