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REQUEST: Support for LaTeX formulas


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Been using the new Beta Evernote and it seems Formulas (Math and technical editing) ala Latex is not going to be a feature (or is at least not in the Beta).  So again, it looks like a 3rd party render is needed (Account with WIRIS or EATags).

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LaTeX support would be great! If it were really good, I could take all my notes at seminars and meetings in Evernote and save them there. 

 

Overleaf (formerly WriteLaTeX) is an interesting cloud based solution, but it is obviously not built to do everything Evernote can.

 

I could easily see myself upgrading for good LaTeX support, possibly even if it's just basic math formatting, but full LaTeX integration would be amazing.

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I just stumbled upon this threat because I was thinking about doing my econ PhD presentations with the help of evernote. This would be a huge timesaver for the non-business crowd here. After switching to the Evernote way of life, this would be the ultimate next step.

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Adding all my votes for LaTeX support. I could settle for Markdown + MathJax for the moment. :)

 

It would prove immensely useful for me as a PhD student and Teaching Assistant, both in my teaching and my research. I would pay full Premium price for such a feature, no doubt!

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YES PLEASE!!!

I hope the Evernote people realise the demand for this - Engineering and Science students the world over, as well as professionals in these fields, are completely unsatisfied with the cloud-based notetaking services currently available. Just adding equations like Wordpress does, such as:

$$latex \sum_{n = 1}^{\infty} \frac{1}{n^2} = \frac{\pi^2}{6}$$

would instantly convert me and a horde of others to this otherwise fantastic software project. Even if it were only a premium feature, we'd probably pay for it (though do please make it free :):):) ).

 

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Hey guys, 

I am also in desperate need for formula support! I am currently writing all formulas as I would for Mathjax. In order to display the notes, I export them to html and insert the necessary mathjax script statements in the html. It works, but is not nice to work with!

Regards,

Robert

 

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I've stopped using Evernote for many months now because of this deficiency. Evernote, the company, should know that in-line math symbols as well as equations proper need to be able to be entered in LaTeX code. The only reason I stay tuned to this forum is in case there is a lightning strike at Evernote and LaTeX support is made available. For now I will continue to compile my notes in TeXShop.

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I tried to use eatags for a bit, but it just is not the real thing. For one, the resulting images of the formulas are not as pretty as in mathjax, say. But mainly, one can't edit formula -- so if I have some long ugly awesome formula and I discover later on that I made a typo in it, I have to retype the whole thing. It was a dealbreaker for me, may be for others it is not so bad. 

 

Obviously, the proper solution is to allow for a mathjax javascript to run on evernote posts. Tried this for a while (via Tampermonkey), but failed ... 

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Being a LONG time TeX/LaTeX user (since 1987) and have writing & published >100 papers, 2 books, and a PhD Thesis, mostly all written in Latex, I don't think you're going to get an Evernote/LaTeX mix that's going to be perfect and make everyone happy.  I've experimented a lot with the various offerings and I usually simply return to using stand-alone LaTeX and sharing the resulting PDF.  

MathJaX is very nice, is used on a number of Blogs, is used by a number of Physics/Math journals for HTML versions of papers.

Some ideas for the developers to chew upon.

  • adopt a "cell" structure as in Mathematica where opening the cell reveals the Latex code.  This seems to be a good compromise allowing one to see pretty equations and go back to edit them later. 
  • develop a Mathematica plug-in...which in and of itself would be very cool by the way. 
  • develop a Latex tag for the entire Note that produces a "compiled" PDF or viewable doc viewed in parallel to the Latex source.

In my own Ludite opinion, a WYSIWYG Latex editor is rather contrary to the original philosophy of using Latex...where the formatting was secondary to the actual content of the doc. 

 

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Until we have a generic Feedback page,  these sorts of request are best raised under your OS-of-choice Feedback thread as a votable idea.  If everyone clicks on their respective link,  Evernote have a measurable indication of the level of interest,  and (may) be more inclined to take action.

There's also a (non-votable) New Forum Feedback page where you could suggest that an all-OS Feedback page should be set up so as not to 'split' the voting for features that affect users across device divides.

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Please enable LaTeX for fast and easy formulas input.

MathJax would be the best option (like on Mathoverflow and Math.SE): it looks nice, resizable, plain text (rendering by browser), fast loading -- in contrast to direct rendering to images (non-resizable, need OCR for search, need more time for loading).

This is the biggest thing I miss in Evernote because I have a lot of math notes with a lot of formulas. I would pay for plus/premium account for such an feature.

Currently there are several dirty hacks:

1. marxi.co, which is non-free, buggy and veeery slow and notes are read-only inside Evernote. I use this option currently and very unhappy with it, but there are no better options.

2. Rendering to images using external services and attach it to note. It's ok for single or small count of formulas, but absolutely unusable for rich math text.

3. MathJax user-scripts/extensions for browser. But currently all extension and user-scripts (like "Math Anywhere") for Chrome I tried doesn't work with Evernote for unknown reasons.

Please vote this request if you want LaTeX.

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Behind the scenes Evernote notes are 'just' HTML files. With KaTeX they could add LaTeX-like math notation into Evernote without much hassle: https://github.com/Khan/KaTeX It is even under a permissive license!!

To see how reliable and easy it is, just try out the Electron-based note app 'Joplin', which uses Markdown for general formatting + KaTeX for math notes: https://github.com/laurent22/joplin

And it allows the import of Evernote notes, syncing over multiple services and has a web clipper. ;)

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+1 for smooth LaTeX integration. 

This feature would extremely help me as well.  It is important to me to the extend that I am thinking to look for an alternative application for my literature review.  I hope Evernote team makes it a priority to implement this long overdue feature. 

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On 10/30/2019 at 1:18 PM, Kourosh said:

I hope Evernote team makes it a priority to implement this long overdue feature.

I doubt this specific issue is a priority - Evernote is currently working to provide a common UI across all platforms,  and they may well be looking to improve various matters at the same time.  Other feature requests with many more votes are still unresolved though - if you truly need this option,  you should probably look around for other options.  Evernote will probably introduce it at some time,  but it's unlikely to be soon...

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On 10/30/2019 at 6:18 AM, Kourosh said:

I hope Evernote team makes it a priority to implement this long overdue feature. 

You can indicate support for this request using the vote button at the top left corner of the discussion.  There are currently 80BAB6DB-A091-4B26-8E75-3D3637B16C32.jpeg.1c223f38c44c41ffbb351ba586bb99af.jpeg  votes.  It seems to be a niche thing

>>I am thinking to look for an alternative application for my literature review.

An alternative editor is my recommendation.  I use Apple Pages   
Files of any format can be attached to a note

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Wow - here we are 8 years later.  I tried a couple of the work arounds mentioned earlier like MathJax (very kludgy).   We had a college intern come in and introduce my coworkers and I to overleaf. So they switched and I went with them  (at least as far as paying: paying for overleaf now and dropped evernote premium). Overleaf is fully featured but requires you to know Latex.   Still use Evernote some for taking general (meetings, tasks, logs) notes and it works for that.  I wish there was something that spanned both.  I don't think they are marketing Evernote for the "niche" (lol) technical fields (me :engineering) any longer though.

 

Wish I had a dollar for every-time I had this conversation:

Someone:  "You use evernote?  I use [Teams or some other product].  Do you like it?

Me: "It's Ok.  But there is no equation editor or ability to embed math"

Someone: "Oh really?  So about that meeting yesterday..."

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@gazumped@DTLow and @bradh thank you for your responses.  

11 hours ago, gazumped said:

I doubt this specific issue is a priority - Evernote is currently working to provide a common UI across all platforms,  and they may well be looking to improve various matters at the same time.  Other feature requests with many more votes are still unresolved though - if you truly need this option,  you should probably look around for other options.  Evernote will probably introduce it at some time,  but it's unlikely to be soon...

That is sad to hear, I am literally heart broken. 

I am giving DEVONthink a shot, although I admit it will be not trivial for me to switch from Evernote to anything else, and I will try not to go on that route if possible but being able to write equations in notes for me is crucial.  Anyway, thank you guys again for your comments. 

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Any news of this idea?

I recently came aware of Notion, which has excellent  LaTeX (or MathML) support. I love working with Evernote (especially since the recent redesign) and I don't want to switch, but formulas are a big point.

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On 3/28/2021 at 12:37 PM, tranquillity said:

Any news of this idea?

I recently came aware of Notion, which has excellent  LaTeX (or MathML) support. I love working with Evernote (especially since the recent redesign) and I don't want to switch, but formulas are a big point.

Hi.  Sorry - Evernote famously don't (usually) comment on what might be in their coming releases - and they're a tad busy at the moment getting v10 up to speed.  If you voted above (top left) you'll have to wait and see what the next release brings... or see what other options are available.  Don't forget that if you have an app that will deal with formulae correctly,  you can write a paper in that and attach the document file to a note.  PDF or image it if you need inline access.

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This would need to be something evernote supports by adding to the eml specification. There's no way they'll allow embedded javascript in a note to run. That would be a huge security problem.

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This was originally posted 10 years ago and people are still asking for this.

I just started using evernote in this last year, and the only reason I wouldn't absolutely recommend it to all of my colleagues is because it doesn't have LaTeX. 

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6 hours ago, JoeyK said:

This was originally posted 10 years ago and people are still asking for this.

Software providers don't do requests - they're always interested in suggestions,  but can't necessarily deliver on some for budgetary or technical reasons.  Until 6 months ago,  I'd guess the main reason was technical: the note editor software couldn't handle graphics.  In the new version it might be feasible - but they're a bit busy completing the role-out first.

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