Level 5* GrumpyMonkey 4,314 Posted November 14, 2012 Level 5* Share Posted November 14, 2012 This is a thread about suggestions for making the Evernote clients more productivity-oriented. All of the suggestions I have are about parity among clients and do not require the development of new features or fundamental changes to the Evernote platform. They are just user interface suggestions. Every client has its strengths and weaknesses, and there is no "best" one if we are speaking generally, but in terms of productivity, I consider the Windows platform to be the gold standard.(1) SortingWhy not put the same ones on all platforms? Sorting is a core organizational and navigational tool. When something like this is on one platform, but not on another, it makes it difficult to use Evernote on different devices. For example, you can sort by Tags in Windows, but when you go on any other platform, this sort is missing.Windows has 16 sort options + reverse sort order http://evernote.com/...en/sort_win.pngOSX has 6 sort options + reverse sort order + groupingAndroid has 6 sort options with no reverse sortiOS has 2 with no reverse sort(2) ViewsWhy not put the same ones on all platforms? Different use cases need different views. A web designer with a bunch of graphical elements will probably use a totally different view than a writer with a bunch of text. In my case, the lack of a List View (title only) or adjustable Snippet View (title plus 0-5 lines of text) hampers productivity on some platforms. In the case of Windows and Android, the vertical list view on the left side (instead of the horizontal one running along the top) is a huge productivity booster for me.Windows has Vertical List View, Horizontal List View, Snippet, and Thumbnail https://www.evernote...Small&width=832OSX has Card View (2), Snippet, and Horizontal ListAndroid has Vertical List and SnippetiOS has Snippet and Card on iPhone, Card only on iPad(3) Information DensityWhy not show this information on all platforms? At a glance I would like to see as much information about my account and my notes as possible. I understand that this might be overwhelming to some users, especially newer ones, or people with fewer notes, so persistent on/off toggles (as we used to have with OSX) would be fine.Windows tells me at a glance: note count, word count, character count, size date created, author, source url, location, tag, notebook, and title. http://windows.appst...11-4-19-534.pngOSX tells me tag, notebook, and title.Android tells me note title (once I am editing a note).iOS has the note title.(4) Navigational ToolsWhy not make these available on all platforms? I think it is important to be able to quickly navigate around your account. When you reach 1,000 or 10,000 notes, this becomes a real necessity. When you don't have navigational buttons, note links that once enabled you to create a personal wiki result in dead ends whenever you click on a link. And, when you don't have the ability to create note links at all, the wiki model falls apart. I would like more navigational tools, but sticking to the ones we already have, I think navigational buttons on all of the clients would be a great help.Windows has back/forward buttons at the top, and on the left side notebooks, tags, and saved searches. Each notebook and tag comes with numbers telling how much is inside them. In addition, we can make note links.OSX can show notebooks and tags on the left side, but no numbers. It has a Shortcuts Menu that is very useful for manually ordering your notes. In addition, we can make note links.Android has Card View on the bottom and the note content at the top when not editing. No note link creation.iOS has Card view. No note link creation.----------------------------------------SCALABILITYOf course, more stuff is not always better, but when it comes to some of these core features, I think it helps to have options. Otherwise, it becomes difficult to manage your account as it grows from 10 to 10,000 notes. Customizability and options = scalability.PARITYThere is a whole lot more to say about app speed, customizability of fonts, parity in terms of rich text editing, and so forth. However, if we are just talking about making the user interfaces more productive, I think these four things are pretty important. At least, they are for my workflow / use case. I'd like to see every option / function on every platform, but I think we know that is not possible, and we also expect each platform to be tailored to the operating system. For core features, though, maybe we can aim for more parity.SUMMARYTo sum up: as many sort options, as many view options, as much information, and as many navigational tools as possible.What would you like to see (ideally, using the features that already exist) to make the user interfaces more productivity-oriented? Link to comment
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