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Jackolicious

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Hey all!
 
After 10 betas, Evernote for Mac 5.6 is finally out! Here's the link: http://goo.gl/3KLwXd
 
This is an absolutely massive release with tons of bug fixes and tremendous speed improvements. This will also accelerate the pace of our development going forward. The whole team is looking forward to your feedback!
 
Release notes:
 
At Evernote, we believe that speed and stability are essential for productivity. That’s why we’ve completely rewritten Evernote for Mac. It may look familiar but it's significantly faster, more reliable and consumes less energy than ever before. We’ve also snuck in some new features!
Speed:

  • Sync is more than 3x faster. Users with lots of shared notebooks and Evernote Business users will see the biggest improvements.
  • New notes sync instantly so they’re immediately accessible on your other devices.
  • Share notes without waiting for a sync to complete.
  • Launch and quit times have been reduced dramatically.
  • New keyboard shortcuts have been added to jump to the note list for easy navigation (CMD + |) and you can now tab between the search field, the note list, current note title and note body.
  • Energy consumption when the app is idle has been significantly reduced.

Stability:

  • We’ve closed over 500 bugs including more than 150 types of crashes.
  • Our crash reporting system has been completely rebuilt.

New features:

  • Tables can now be resized, and have configurable background colors and border styles.
  • Images can be resized right in the note editor. Just click an image and drag the handle in the bottom right corner.
  • Search results are now ordered by relevance.
  • Faster notebook selector at the top of the note list remembers your recently used notebooks.
  • Redesigned checkboxes in the note editor are easier to click.
  • Evernote will now stay logged in by default.
  • Search your notes with Spotlight.
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Neither of them change in the note I'm editing. Notes that have been formatted using those fonts before the 5.6 update appear just fine. I can also edit those notes and have the original fonts work without a problem. I just can't change them.

 

You can’t currently set your font to a variant (Light, Bold, etc). This is a known bug.

This was not possible in 5.5.2 either. What version did you use to create those previously existing notes?

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In AppleScript, in the query string passed to the "find notes" verb, the notebook: directive no longer works at all (Whereas tag: still works as expected). Perhaps there are other problems there as well, but, this is the one I noticed. It has very much broken my integration between Evernote and OmniFocus putting Evernote distinctly on my... "find an alternative product" list. What's especially sad about this bug is that the directive works just fine in the client's own search box. It's bizarre to me that these strings would be parsed differently.

 

This greatly concerns me.

 

@Jack:  Many of us depend daily on AppleScript to import files, import Outlook mail (& other items), and other tasks.

Since EN Mac does NOT provide a file import function (like EN Win), it is critical that AppleScript work.

I do hope you guys thoroughly tested the EN/Applescript interface before making this release.

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Neither of them change in the note I'm editing. Notes that have been formatted using those fonts before the 5.6 update appear just fine. I can also edit those notes and have the original fonts work without a problem. I just can't change them.

 

You can’t currently set your font to a variant (Light, Bold, etc). This is a known bug.

This was not possible in 5.5.2 either. What version did you use to create those previously existing notes?

 

 

Adjusting, I'm not sure I follow you.  I have no problems of applying bold, italic, bold italic to text in EN Mac 5.5.2 using the Fonts dialog (Format > Show Fonts).  Of course, I can also apply these with the KB and buttons on the Note window.

 

But I do really appreciate your recognizing this issue as a bug in v5.6.

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Neither of them change in the note I'm editing. Notes that have been formatted using those fonts before the 5.6 update appear just fine. I can also edit those notes and have the original fonts work without a problem. I just can't change them.

 

You can’t currently set your font to a variant (Light, Bold, etc). This is a known bug.

This was not possible in 5.5.2 either. What version did you use to create those previously existing notes?

 

 

Adjusting, I'm not sure I follow you.  I have no problems of applying bold, italic, bold italic to text in EN Mac 5.5.2 using the Fonts dialog (Format > Show Fonts).  Of course, I can also apply these with the KB and buttons on the Note window.

 

But I do really appreciate your recognizing this issue as a bug in v5.6.

 

 

As I understand it, font variants like Helvetica Light and that kind of stuff.

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Is image resizing working for anyone? I've tried a bunch of things but in all cases no drag handles - it seems as if the feature does not actually exist.  :(

 

James

 

 

Is it perhaps an OS X Version Issue?  I am running 10.7.5

 

 

It works for me on 10.9.5

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I'm getting bored of how bad you lot are at documenting stuff.

Our docs team is on this. We cannot document every change in the release notes. I hope our responsiveness on the forums help until our docs are up-to-date.

 

So after updating, will my 10 GB local database be copied or will it be moved? Do I now have a second (old) copy of my database somewhere?

They will be copied, but deleted within a week to reduce hard drive space consumption.
 

What do you mean the number outlining is a bit more robust? It still doesn't make a proper outline ie, if I indent after #1 it should be #1 again.....right?  

That's correct. List handling was one of the biggest things we fixed in this release... and we're just getting started with our editor :)

 

How long did yours take to stop [syncing]?  What is happening during this process?

This depends on the size of your database. It's re-indexing everything for faster/better search. It's also prepping things for Spotlight.

 

I am disappointed that the annoying note merging issue that I have reported here several times from the very beginning is still present after 10 betas.

 

I have now filed a bug report.  I don't see the point in giving feedback on beta releases in the future if they make no difference whatsoever anyway.  

We filed it as a bug. I'm terribly sorry it hasn't been fixed yet. We can't get to everything before every release but we do truly appreciate the feedback. 

 

Is it safe to delete ~Library/Application Support/com.evernote.Evernote/old ??

This will happen automatically once the "migration dust settles" (syncing and re-indexing complete and some time has passed) but if you'd like to do this on your own, it shouldn't cause an issue.

 

I am an intensive user with 500 notes. Today I updated to the latest version of 5.6.0. When I tried to search "subject to" in my evernote, I got missed. Please tell me how could I locate my notes with the phrase "subject to"? Don't tell me it's a technical problem or in the sake of efficiency. OneNote supports both EXACT and PARTLY search!!

Type the phrase "Subject to" including the quotes.  

 

In AppleScript, in the query string passed to the "find notes" verb, the notebook: directive no longer works at all (Whereas tag: still works as expected). Perhaps there are other problems there as well, but, this is the one I noticed. It has very much broken my integration between Evernote and OmniFocus putting Evernote distinctly on my... "find an alternative product" list. What's especially sad about this bug is that the directive works just fine in the client's own search box. It's bizarre to me that these strings would be parsed differently.

Please tell me a bit more (and feel free to PM me). We did a lot of testing, but keep in mind, this was a ground up re-write. We did our best (10 betas, extra QA, public betas, user tests) to catch everything but may have missed some things.

 

Thanks so much for the feedback everyone. This is great.

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Adjusting, I'm not sure I follow you.  I have no problems of applying bold, italic, bold italic to text in EN Mac 5.5.2 using the Fonts dialog (Format > Show Fonts).  Of course, I can also apply these with the KB and buttons on the Note window.

 

That’s right. The problem is not with applying formatting to text, but with selecting a default font.

The following example should illustrate the problem:

 

1. Open formatting preferences

2. Change the Note text font to 'Arial Bold'

3. Create a new note

4. Type in your new note

 

The text that you type will be 'Arial' and not 'Arial Bold'

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By "offline" Notebooks, do you mean "Local notebooks" ?

 

If so, then sounds like the same issue as posted above.

 

Since you don't have a backup, the only possibility I can think of is that maybe the Notes that were in your Local NBs are now in the Mac Trash.  I don't really know, but it's worth checking.

 

 

Yes Local notebooks.

 

in the trash, there is only: Evernote (402634).app

do I have to restore this one?

 

 

I'm on the direct version of 5.6, and upon installing my data now resides at ~/Library/Application Support/com.evernote.Evernote.

 

Inside that folder, among other things, is a folder called "old". Apparently it contains your pre-5.6 note data. Maybe there is some way you can retrieve your missing notebooks from it. Jack says that folder will be automatically deleted not too long after upgrading, so make a copy asap.

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Cool.

 

after update

all my "offline" Notes / Notebooks are gone.

 

I had more than 40k notes,

now there is 15k.

 

any advice?

 

my last backup is way too old to cover loses

Please contact support if you lose local notebooks during an upgrade and the following does not help. We have been unable to reproduce this issue in-house despite heavy testing. 

 

Your notes are automatically backed up when migrating to 5.6. They are located here:

~/Library/Application Support/com.evernote.Evernote/old

 

If you'd like to recover from a failed migration, perform the following steps:

1. Quit all versions of Evernote.

2. Create the directory ~/Library/Application Support/Evernote/accounts/Evernote

3. Copy ~/Library/Application Support/com.evernote.Evernote/old/to-migrate/Evernote into the directory your created at step 2

4. Download and run Evernote 5.5.2, located here: http://goo.gl/BcRshG

Your old Evernote should be operational again. Take this opportunity to back up your local notes. 

 

If you have local notebooks, please, please, please ALWAYS BACK UP YOUR NOTES REGULARLY. THEY ARE NOT BACKED UP BY EVERNOTE. 

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It seems this update removes Spotlight's ability to index content of PDF files in my Evernote database.

 

It seems that version 5.6 only lets Spotlight index the titles of the notes and not the content.

 

Can somebody confirm this.

 

I'm seeing just the opposite problem. I have a 70 page pdf manual for my riding lawn mower in EN. When I search for the model number (long string of numbers) in EN, the pdf isn't found. If I search that same number in Spotlight, it shows me the note.

 

EDIT: Further testing......and now the same issue @santander reports. I found a unique word in that pdf, "freewheel". Searching in EN, I'm shown the note. Searching in Spotlight, nothing.

 

I've tested several times now, and the results of both are repeatable.

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@pgdahl:  Some like the progress bar, some don't.   ;)

 

I think that illustrates the point that Evernote needs to give us more control over the UI, more Preferences.

Now with over 100M users, I'm sure there is lots of diversity.  One size doesn't fit all.

 

I think Evernote knows that. They just refuse to apply it to the Mac user base who, it seems, they consider too dumb to operate a customisable interface. Apparently removing buttons and lock down the rest saves a load of cash in terms of customer support.  The steady journey towards an interface that looks pretty but does absolutely nothing started way before version 5.

 

And yet, there are keyboard shortcuts for absolutely everything, and if you're versed in the product it's fluid and fast and great. But shortcuts are for advanced users, not novices.

 

Wait, what?

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In AppleScript, in the query string passed to the "find notes" verb, the notebook: directive no longer works at all (Whereas tag: still works as expected). Perhaps there are other problems there as well, but, this is the one I noticed. It has very much broken my integration between Evernote and OmniFocus putting Evernote distinctly on my... "find an alternative product" list. What's especially sad about this bug is that the directive works just fine in the client's own search box. It's bizarre to me that these strings would be parsed differently.

 

 

Please tell me a bit more (and feel free to PM me). We did a lot of testing, but keep in mind, this was a ground up re-write. We did our best (10 betas, extra QA, public betas, user tests) to catch everything but may have missed some things.

 

Thanks so much for the feedback everyone. This is great.

 

 

 

 

 

Well it's pretty simple. I have an applescript which contained, amongst other similar blocks that I redacted for clarity, the following:

tell application "Evernote"        set importedTagName to "task"    set forceImportTagName to "!"    set inboxedTag to tag importedTagName    synchronize    repeat while isSynchronizing        delay (2)    end repeat    set unprocessedNotes to find notes "notebook:\"All Incoming\" -tag:\"" & importedTagName & "\""    repeat with currentNote in unprocessedNotes        set noteTitle to title of currentNote        set noteLink to note link of currentNote        tell application "OmniFocus"            tell default document                make new inbox task with properties {name:noteTitle, note:noteLink}            end tell        end tell        assign inboxedTag to currentNote    end repeat    tell application "OmniFocus"        synchronize    end tell    synchronizeend tell

And this has worked for some time. However, now, this block makes tasks in OmniFocus for *EVERY* note in my account that lacks the task tag. Running this in the Script Editor makes it clear that the query is simply not restricted by the notebook: directive in any way. It used to be. The query works as expected in the Evernote client's search box.

 

I use several other search queries in nearly identical blocks to add tasks for different conditions (like, new reminders anywhere in the account) and then mark them with the task tag to signify they have been reflected in my todo list (which I used to remind myself to review notes for actual actionable tasks later on.) This particular query is the only one limited by notebook and would be willing to just iterate all the notes in the appropriate notebook and act on those that lacked the task tag, but, I can't figure out any way to do that in AppleScript. It seems impossible to actually tell if a given note has a given tag via AppleScript. I don't claim to be any AppleScript expert, so, I just assume I'm wrong about that. But I have been digging and have never yet seen an example of how to manage this. (Edit: I finally found a way to do some tag comparisons that is workable. Inefficient but workable.) That said, with the old query, it was not necessary and using Evernote via AppleScript was quite easy. And while it's the only query I use that has the notebook: restriction, it's 100% the most important for me.

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Greetings to all,

 

I'm as excited about this update as everyone else.   I dont' have a lot of notes, or I don't think I do, but my EN won't stop syncing.  I have look most all the notes that I use and everything seems to be downloaded and ready to go.  For whatever reason the sync arrows won't stop spinning.

 

 

Is that normal? And if it is, how long can I expect them to be syncing?

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Quick question: why did my latest Beta (10) did not detect there was "new" final release out?   I found out about it, by doing a "check for updates" manually first.....

it could not connect... and then I got over to this page here... to find a post that there is a final release out.   The "check" & "upgrade" process is still not optimal....

 

Now... I am going to explore the new final release... ;-)

 

Keep up the good work ! 

 

BR

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My Evernote connects to my database (with notes and attached files) on an external HD through symbolic links (symlink). With the latest update to the Evernote 5.6.0, the app not recognize the path to the database and is now downloading all notes in the cloud again. More than 20,000 notes with images, and files of various sizes attached. I've tried to redo and replace the symlinks again and nothing. Now what? Sorry my bad english but i'm using google Translator.

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Please give migration some time to finish. The new location is for our direct download version:

~/Library/Application Support/com.evernote.Evernote

 

Honestly, even I'm getting bored of how bad you lot are at documenting stuff.

 

I don't necessarily agree with some people who believe that every feature and function requires copious amounts of documentation. But seriously, this kind of thing affects every single user of your direct download software. If at some point my installation breaks and I want to go to a back up to fix it then I'm going to be screwed if I'm backing up the wrong location.

 

This just requires a single line in your release notes and a little more care.

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Can someone provide working instructions to get Spotlight searches working again. I am seeing no hits in Spotlight, even for the most specific searches. Evernote seems to be using more cpu constantly (and I am way past the initial surge of cpu usage clearly).

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BTW, anyone interested in the complete script (which I have fixed to deal with the broken notebook: query directive) for harvesting Evernote notes into OmniFocus, you can find it here: https://gist.github.com/ztj/05117207ab80627baac0

 

It puts Evernote's native evernote:// note link into the note section of the OmniFocus task which is super great since that works across iOS platforms as well as the Mac to get you to your relevant Evernote note ASAP.

 

The basic gist (no pun intended) is that your default notebook, all notes with "!" tagged, and all notes with incomplete reminders will be scanned. If they lack the "task" tag, a task will be added to OmniFocus's inbox for that note then the note will be tagged. You can easily change the script's idea of what your default notebook is, what the "task" tag should be and what the "!" tag (for forcing a note to be treated as a potential task regardless of location) should be.

 

I personally run this every ten minutes from cron using osascript. Basically the applescript is appended to a shell script that looks like:

#!/bin/shexec <"$0" || exit; read v; read v; exec /usr/bin/osascript - "$@"; exit

That causes the shell script to read everything after that second line and pass it into osascript. A handy trick for making an executable applescript for use with cron or other tools on the shell.

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My Evernote connects to my database (with notes and attached files) on an external HD through symbolic links (symlink). With the latest update to the Evernote 5.6.0, the app not recognize the path to the database and is now downloading all notes in the cloud again. More than 20,000 notes with images, and files of various sizes attached. I've tried to redo and replace the symlinks again and nothing. Now what? Sorry my bad english but i'm using google Translator.

 

I don't know the answer. Evernote has never officially supported the symlink method, and only supports downloading everything onto your local drive, which might not be possible, depending on the storage you have available.

 

I suspect that this has something to do with the fact that Evernote moved the location of its database. If you use the new location, perhaps that will solve the problem.

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Evernote has never officially supported the symlink method, . . .

 

 

I guess the real question here is, why not?

Why doesn't Evernote officially support the symlink method?

 

Better still, why doesn't Evernote officially support storing of its data on an external device, like a USB drive, server, or NAS?

 

Of course, the optimum solution, as we have discussed many times, is to provide options to to store ONLY header info on the local drive, with options on a per NB basis to store offline locally on specified internal/external drives.

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My Evernote connects to my database (with notes and attached files) on an external HD through symbolic links (symlink). With the latest update to the Evernote 5.6.0, the app not recognize the path to the database and is now downloading all notes in the cloud again. More than 20,000 notes with images, and files of various sizes attached. I've tried to redo and replace the symlinks again and nothing. Now what? Sorry my bad english but i'm using google Translator.

 

I don't know the answer. Evernote has never officially supported the symlink method, and only supports downloading everything onto your local drive, which might not be possible, depending on the storage you have available.

 

I suspect that this has something to do with the fact that Evernote moved the location of its database. If you use the new location, perhaps that will solve the problem.

 

I have a Macbook Air with 128GB and 35GB in notes in Evernote. So I really need to allocate it on an external HD. I sought a new location and put the symlink but Evernote did not recognize anymore. The company might as well give the option to choose the location to save all files in the database, don't you think? The dropbox does this, just to give an example. It would be a fantastic addition.

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I am an intensive user with 500 notes. Today I updated to the latest version of 5.6.0. When I tried to search "subject to" in my evernote, I got missed. Please tell me how could I locate my notes with the phrase "subject to"? Don't tell me it's a technical problem or in the sake of efficiency. OneNote supports both EXACT and PARTLY search!!

Type the phrase "Subject to" including the quotes.

 

 

Jackolicious, as an veteran user, I've already tried, but it does not always work. I just did a test some minute ago, it seems that "subject to" is a special case that quoted search does not work. I tried three phrases:

 

subject to
it is
hello all
 
it is can be retrieved with "it is"
hello all can be retrieved with "hello all"
but subject to cannot be retreived with "subject to"
 
Thank you for making progress in offering new features! But please do more test before release!
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I just did a test some minute ago, it seems that "subject to" is a special case that quoted search does not work. I tried three phrases:

 

subject to
it is
hello all
 
it is can be retrieved with "it is"
hello all can be retrieved with "hello all"
but subject to cannot be retreived with "subject to"
 

 

I can confirm that EN Mac 5.5.2 fails to find notes that contain "subject to" when you search for "subject to" including the quotes.

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Greetings to all,

 

I'm as excited about this update as everyone else.   I dont' have a lot of notes, or I don't think I do, but my EN won't stop syncing.  I have look most all the notes that I use and everything seems to be downloaded and ready to go.  For whatever reason the sync arrows won't stop spinning.

 

 

Is that normal? And if it is, how long can I expect them to be syncing?

It has stopped syncing now and seems to be working good.  If I run into more problems Ill ask here.  So far Im liking the new version.  Thank you for all that you do!!!

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