Julian 39 Posted April 8, 2012 Share Posted April 8, 2012 I signed up to this forum about 5 years ago and set up a free Evernote account about 3 years ago. In this time I've dropped in about every 6 months or so to see how things have progressed and I've watched, and sometimes even participated in, some fairly heated discussion on topics such as the removal of the tape interface and the issue of folders vs tags. I've also regularly updated my Evernote clients on Windows, iPad and iPhone and have had a play with every new release to see what's changed, it really has only been playing though because I still have fewer than 150 notes in the system and some of those are random test notes rather than content I want or need.Some of the issues that kept me away from Evernote initially (the lack of folders and the removal of the tape) were a matter of me adapting my working practices to rely more on search plus gradual UI improvements by Evernote together with me tweaking and adjusting my UI setup to arrive at a working environment that I now like a lot.The one thing that still kept me away from Evernote over the last couple of years or so has been the issue of rich text editing and in particular the sync issues where text formatting would often get badly scrambled when going between iOS clients and Windows clients - it was really bad for a while.I've now made my most recent visit to the Evernote universe to spend some time playing with the latest stuff and all I can say is WOW! Apart from one tiny issue with sub headings on iOS vs Windows (which is so silly that it's almost comical and is easily fixed) all the font size issues on syncing with iOS seem to have gone away, the new PDF handling is really nice, everything seems very robust, and Evernote's UI judgements turned out to be very astute (at least in my opinion) because I find my current UI setup to be far, far nicer than the old tape - I could never imagine going back.I will be signing up as a premium user in the next few days because Evernote really have done what it takes to earn my money, in fact if they offered multi-year discounts (like organisations such as CrashPlan do) then I would happily make a 5 year up-front commitment on fees if the price was right.I do feel compelled to include one slightly negative and controversial point however. I'm afraid that I am one of those people who would like the option, on a per-notebook basis, to be able to set client-side encryption/decryption using a private key to be applied to all note content in the notebook before syncing. There's still enough non-critical content that I want to put into Evernote that I have no hesitation in signing up as a premium user but I would put even more into it if it had this feature.I have a big database of scanned paperwork such as bank statement, utility bills, credit card statements, tax returns, etc. and, in tune with Evernote's "Remember everything." slogan, I would like to add these to my Evernote database as a seperate encrypted notebook (or maybe a stack of encrypted notebooks) where I could find what I needed by using the already meaningful filenames that I use for this archive, together with tagging and maybe multipe notebooks. I have never needed to do a search to find information in this dataset in the entire 18 years or so since I started scanning my personal paperwork as the data is so structured hence the lack of search on the note contents themselves wouldn't hurt me but the ability to access something if I needed it and only had access to my iPhone or iPad (or in a real emergency the web interface via someone else's PC) would be useful. And yes, I have seen all the other threads about this - I guess that I'll copy and paste some of the above to add my voice in the appropriate place.Not withstanding the above, Evernote is definitely an integral part of my working environment now and will bring huge benefits in being able to access and work on stuff on the move, and all that on top of providing a really comfortable and effective interface even if I was only using it on my desktop PC.Nice work Evernote.- Julian Link to comment
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