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I'd like to know how many of you in Evernote land do geographic searches of your notes using the special search modifiers latitude and longitude? Please indicate how often you do searches like that too.

On a related note, I can't seem to find a way to do geographic searches using the Filter options in either the Web or Windows client versions. Is there a way and if so how?

Finally, is there a way to search notes geographically using city names? For example, if I want to find all my notes in Atlanta, GA, can I do a search using "Atlanta, GA" and have all the notes whose latitude/longitude values indicate they are in that area are come back as my search results?

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I'd like to know how many of you in Evernote land do geographic searches of your notes using the special search modifiers latitude and longitude? Please indicate how often you do searches like that too.

I don't create a lot of notes with location, so I don't search for them often. In fact, the only time I can remember using them was when testing how the function works. B)

On a related note, I can't seem to find a way to do geographic searches using the Filter options in either the Web or Windows client versions. Is there a way and if so how?

Correct.

Not in Web Add Filter

Not in Windows Attributes.

Finally, is there a way to search notes geographically using city names? For example, if I want to find all my notes in Atlanta, GA, can I do a search using "Atlanta, GA" and have all the notes whose latitude/longitude values indicate they are in that area are come back as my search results?

Not that I know of.

Best workaround is to use range searches. e.g.

To restrict results to just notes with locations -> "latitude:*"

To restrict results to just latitude 55 -> "latitude:55 -latitude:56"

If you know the latitude/longtitude for a city you could create a saved search, e.g. "Location Atlanta, GA"

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I've used it a couple of times - just to see what it does really.

Most of my notes are created either at my desk in the UK, or at my desk in the US or on my iPhone in front of the TV. Not much interesting info there...

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Like the previous posters, almost never. One thing I have tried but doesn't always work is adding a photo of something & being able to find the exact location (map format with street names & an indicator of the location of the thing) of that thing. A use case is keeping track of local donation boxes. I see them all over, but when I want to donate something, can't always remember where they are. Or those little bank satellite offices in strip centers that you (I) don't often notice. I think if I take the photo from the EN app, it works. But I think if I take the photo with my iPhone & email it to EN or submit it in another way, it doesn't. I also think using FastEver Snap may retain the location. I forget, now. B) So I just take the photo & when I add it to EN, I simply type the location in the title. Then I use the list view to get the list of all the donation boxes (or bank locations) and can look at the photo, if I forget, where in the area, the donation box/bank is.

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I believe that Evernote has only dipped their toes in the Mapping waters.

The accuracy using the tedious longitude and latitude process in the Client is very questionable. Evernote indicates that my home is 6+ miles away from the long/lat numbers. I am sitting on the sidelines waiting to see if the Evernote Windows process is improved.

Staff comments in the past, indicate they are working on it.

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The accuracy using the tedious longitude and latitude process in the Client is very questionable. Evernote indicates that my home is 6+ miles away from the long/lat numbers.

Probably using the wrong datum, or some other piece of map nerdiness (I deal in this stuff sometimes at work)...

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Evernote indicates that my home is 6+ miles away from the long/lat numbers.

Maybe you are living in the wrong house and Evernote has the correct data?

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Geocoding (address --> lat/lon) is one thing, since street addresses are notoriously inaccurate (but getting better); lat/lon discrepancies could be caused by any number of things, but if you're not referenced to the correct datum, then it's going to be off. Not that I have any idea of what's going on inside of Evernote, mind you...

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Evernote indicates that my home is 6+ miles away from the long/lat numbers.

Maybe you are living in the wrong house and Evernote has the correct data?

Funny, but no.

What I figured out is when I type-in the precise longitude and latitude for my home into my client, Evernote will change it to the geographic center of my town. It gets worse if I use my mobile phone inside my house because it is working off my WiFi and Evernote thinks I am located at my ISP provider's location.

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