cravingsunshine 0 Posted May 29, 2009 Share Posted May 29, 2009 hi there -i've been spending quite a bit of time evaluating evernote and various other information managment tools. i love many things about evernote, especially its cross-platform nature. but i (and apparently many others, based on reviews i've seen comparing evernote to things like journler) wish that evernote would adopt some of the best aspects of the other tools out there. i realize that some things are subjective and so employing them or not is a judgment call, but it seems that certain things are widely accepted as being helpful. there seems to be pretty wide consensus on what the "best" aspects are of various tools, and i see no reason why evernote couldn't combine the best of others into one.that said, here's what i'd love to see in evernote:1. better usage and organization of tags. it seems that the developers at evernote recognize that tags are very useful, but the attention paid to them in the ui and usage seems quite basic compared to others. in short, if you're going to build a tool that relies heavility on tags, it should be very robust in how it organizes and uses tags.an example of really well-designed usage of tags is punakea, and i think evernote's utility would be greatly improved by looking at how punakea does things. punakea has a great ability to add tags, see related tags, find information based on tags, etc, etc.beyond that, i notice that others have asked that only the tags used in a particular notebook be visible when that notebook is selected, which seems like a great idea (at least make it a preference option). in addition, though, it would be great if once you enter a tag into the search box, you'd be presented with a list of other tags that relate to that tag (e.g., are used in conjunction with that tag), like yep does. that's a useful way to narrow down a search when you can't remember what tags you might have used. and i notice that people have also asked for a hierarchical tag structure that is functional, which seems great, and which is done by "together".2. smart folders. i realize evernote has "saved searches," which are conceptually the same as smart folders, but it'd be great to have a hierarchical structure for these (a la journler). that would allow me, for example, to create a smart folder called "bills," which could have sub- smart folders called "electricity," "cable tv", "phone," etc, etc. and although i've seen people requesting sub-notebooks, it seems to me that the idea of having hierarchical smart folders based on tags is more useful and could eliminate the need to have sub-notebooks.also, why not call them smart folders since that seems to be a more accepted terminology. finally, there's a weird ui quirk such that when you click on a saved search, it automatically expands the tags list and pushes the list of saved searches out of view.3. better text formatting. i really wish that evernote had more robust formatting for text. there's no ruler, no ability to set tabs, no real ability to create tables, etc, etc. journler is great in this regard. Link to comment
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