ymatto 14 Posted April 27, 2009 Share Posted April 27, 2009 I hope a more robust solution for more complete offline access to notes is already in works, but I thought I'd put forth a suggestion that might serve as a reasonable compromise for some needs -- specifically for the iPhone.For myself, one reason I really want full offline notes is that I assume a more browsing-centric UI would come with it. If you look at notes apps going back to the Palm Pilot, notes apps have always been streamlined to make it very quick to add notes and browse notes to find what you need. In fact in many cases, the majority of the content of the note is in the title for me (as in quick to-do items). On the Palm, to find a note I entered yesterday (let's say in a certain category), I would do the following:- Launch Notes- Tap the category menu to select where I put the note- Immediately see my note near the top of a dense list view of that category- Tap to instantly open up the locally-stored noteVery quick!The iPhone Evernote app is actually already great for adding new notes, but I find the interface for *finding* notes really cumbersome. If I'm trying to do a deep search for something, it works just fine, but if I just want to go back and look at a note I made yesterday, I have to do the following steps:- Launch Evernote- Tap "Notes"- Tap the search parameters bar- Select the Notebook menu to select where I put the note- Tap to go back to the results page- Wait for a network search to complete- Tap and wait for the note to download from the serverThat's a lot of tapping, and 2 slow network operations! As a result, I'm always finding myself reluctant to pull up notes in Evernote for iPhone unless I really have to, preferring to just wait until I get back to my PC. Why can't it be as quick and handy as my old Palm was, with all the power of Evernote added?It seems that this could be fixed by adding 2 things: a browsing-driven UI, and local syncing of *just note titles* (not the contents of the notes). By syncing the titles, the first of the network operations could be eliminated, only forcing you to use the network to pull down the actual note content. And the browsing-based UI would allow me to get to what I'm looking for quickly, when I don't need the full power of a multi-parameter search (which is great in some cases, don't get me wrong!) The great thing is that the iPhone is beautifully set up for a browser UI, using the iPod model. Notebooks (and saved searches!) at the top level, with notes beneath. This would then cut my operation down to:- Launch Evernote- Tap "Browse" (or better, let Evernote remember this is where I left off, since I will almost always use this mode)- Tap the notebook where I put my note- Immediately see my note in a locally-stored list- Tap the note and wait for it to load from the serverThanks for listening! Link to comment
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