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  1. 2 points
    I see that you, like me, are grandfathered in on the old "Plus" account. That means we get a fantastic feature set at a price that no longer makes commercial sense for Evernote to offer to new users. Premium is even better of course, but for now I am keeping quiet and enjoying what I've got. And I don't mind the odd nag here and there to upgrade; one day I probably will.
  2. 2 points
    Is the handwritten note saved as an image? If so, put the image in a 1 x 1 table and you can save it as a template.
  3. 1 point
    I'm concerned about the amount of time it's taking Evernote to get the new version out the door. I realize it's a complete rewrite, and multiple platforms to support, but it's still taking way too long. 2019 was supposed to be the year of development, but now well into 2020 and what to show so far? A Windows beta witha very limited feature set. If it takes this long to get the first upgrade out the door, it does not bode well for keeping the product up-to-date with on-going enhancements. I think you need to focus on speed-to-market.
  4. 1 point
    Evernote is currently under stiff competition and lots of pressure from users to keep updating and improving UI, features etc. I wanted to write a little bit about why I love Evernote as someone who has used it for five years and has stuck with it even though I tried out competitors. I really think this stuff will be broadly applicable, even if some of it might sound particular to how I use Evernote. I hope that Evernote will be able to overcome the competition, keep adding amazing features, but keep what makes it special. Evernote is the Secret Weapon I knew I was hooked on Evernote when I first watched The Secret Weapon. If you aren't familiar with it, TSW was a video guide made quite a few years back which gave a step by step approach on how to implement David Allen's famous "Getting Things Done" approach with Evernote. The videos still use the old version of Evernote, which is nice to see. It would be years until I read GTD, but the secret weapon captured a few of its ideas really well. But more importantly, it helped me understand how to use Evernote: use it for everything. Evernote gets better the more stuff you put in it. Evernote is inherently an everything bucket. The old company tagline was "Remember everything" and that was exactly right. In GTD David Allen speaks about the importance of capturing everything and why you should try to do that: A software which comes along promising that you will be able to do that is a software which can help you radically change your approach to productivity. Allen includes lots of promises as to what happens when you become properly organized (starting by capturing everything): Productivity becomes stress free Your relationships improve because you become good at keeping commitments You achieve your goals - starting with small ones which emboldens you to achieve bigger ones You become more creative because you have space in your head to think, and a desire to note it all down For me this is what Evernote is about as a productivity tool. It's the only note taking tool which takes this idea seriously, whether or not it was built for GTD. The underlying principle is self-evident once you get it - only by really noting everything down in a system you can trust, can you have any hope of properly dealing with everything you have to. And Evernote is that system. Tags and Notebooks Make Deep Organization Possible Evernote has this dual structure system: tags and notebooks. Like everything on the internet there is debate about how these should work. But what I value about Evernote is the fact that it has two systems for organizing which can be almost completely independent of each other. Mathematically, it means you can search for things in two dimensions. Whichever you prefer (notebooks or tags), the fact that you have both makes it super easy to locate and organize things. But I want to make the case for the form of using Evernote which I think is most effective. Tags are for subjects, projects, tasks and topics... There isn't any limit on how many tags you can have. You can nest them together and give them interesting names. Notebooks are for workflows. Look across all your tasks and you will see that there are common elements any project: brainstorming, planning, to-do lists, deferred, extra resources... These things are agnostic to the specific topic. If you are a novelist, every book and every chapter has character development, setting, plot elements and styling to it. If you're a scientist, the scientific method asks you to develop an aim, a hypothesis, literature review, a method, collect results and discuss... for whatever specific project. These 'workflows' are finite, fixed steps which help you get through a project. If you use Evernote just for school, then you probably have a few workflows: one for essays, one for practicals, one for exam prep... these would be stacks and in each stack you'd have notebooks. For 'essays' you would have notebooks like 'Research and Referencing', 'Outlining and Arguments', 'Main Draft'... That would cut across all your subjects (tags are history, English, sociology...) Of course, if you use Evernote for multiple roles like I do, then I just have a generic project management workflow as my notebooks (see image above). I have one or two other workflows that are particularly important to me (Studying and Journalling) so I separate it out from the generic project management stuff. The secret to really narrowing down the role of your notebooks is that absolutely everything else goes in tags.You can have hundreds of tags and with very little work nest them neatly together, showing how all your projects and tasks relate to each other. Tags are much simpler than notebooks, but they are the heart of what allows you to 'capture everything'. What really matters is that notebooks and tags are perpendicular. You can use one, or the other, or both... But they don't overlap. The key idea is to have two dimensional search. Even with 1000s of notes, if your notebooks and tags are well defined, you can usually narrow it down by just choosing a tag (or sub-tag) and then selecting the specific notebook. It's actually such a simple idea - tags are for topics, notebooks are for workflows - but none of Evernote's competitor's implement a similar system convincingly. Everything is, in one way or another, just notebooks. The final secret is Evernote's 'list' view. It gives you a flat list and shows your notes, their notebooks and tags which you can sort and filter rapidly. If you give descriptive titles, you can narrow down an enormous number of notes by selecting a notebook and a tag (or tags) as appropriate, and then just eyeball it to see which note you're interested in. I usually open the specific note in its own window - this lets me keep Evernote in the list view, minimize the editor to get speed, and focus on one single note when I'm busy with it. Search - Evernote's Power Tool Evernote's most unique feature, at first, was Saved Search. Tags and Notebooks allow you to store 1000s of notes in a neat and organized way. Saved Search brings that organization to life. You can filter on tags and notebooks to define a specific kind of 'thing' you're looking for - maybe all your brainstorming relating to a geography project you have - and then save it. That's not really that amazing - you could just do the search manually (as long as you didn't tag a note with like 15 tags). But the power of saved search is that it enables Evernote's search grammar. Search is Evernote's power tool. The search grammar is the drill bit itself and saved search is like electric wiring that brings it to life. The search grammar allows you to slice and dice your notes based on metadata besides just notebooks and tags. You can define dates and the type of content (e.g. checkboxes, reminders) that your notes should have. Of course, you can also search for keywords in the note body. Search does to notebooks and tags what notebooks and tags do to notes. Tags (with notebooks) let you turn 100 notes into a 1000. Saved search lets you turn 100 tags into 1000 if you really want. Saved search works very well together with normal search: you can save a search template and then add to it incrementally in the search bar. The Everything Box Evernote is a box. You're supposed to put things in it. Evernote has been consistently leading when it comes to that. The Web Clipper was a beautiful idea which turned the internet into something you could simply save into Evernote. Web pages are the source of so much of our information today - any note taking app has to have some kind of interface to get things from the web. And Evernote built the best one first. Some people talk about Evernote's development as if it lacks features. But there are some really powerful features that a lot of people are probably not using: You can email things right into Evernote. Not only does Evernote have an email address for your account, it can tag and send emails straight to a notebook, and each note created by email has a searchable attribute for source:email. A lot of our daily tasks appear in the form of email - Evernote's got you covered. You can create a folder on your computer and set it up so that when you drop something in it, that file is attached to a new note in Evernote. Many people are unaware of this feature, but it's a hidden gem. Evernote's image recognition is to mobile what the web clipper was to web: mobile is the new platform we are all on, and when you save images from your smartphone camera to Evernote, you can search for text within those images directly. If you take a picture of an informative poster, or screenshot something cool you see on your phone, you can easily send it to Evernote and search it later. On mobile, you can save voice notes into Evernote and use a stylus to draw with ink right inside normal notes. But the grand daddy of all minor features: CTRL+SHIFT+V. Paste directly into Evernote. You can copy any image or text anywhere and paste it straight into evernote. I take so many screenshots on my computer or come across so many passages which I will send straight to Evernote to rediscover later. Images are searchable so I could screenshot a Tweet and send it to Evernote in less than three seconds... this is my favourite feature... The value of these tools goes back to the original point. Evernote lets you capture everything - images, audio, ink, text, email... And capturing everything is that start of clearing your mind, seeing what you have to do, and getting organized. And everything is synced across all its devices. What About OneNote and Notion? OneNote has the most beautiful experience using ink. Evernote's doesn't compare - on the Windows desktop app, we don't even have inline ink. Notion has the most beautiful and powerful editor in the game. Evernote recently added more attractive tables - Notion allows you to basically create a database inside of it. But if you go back and look at everything I wrote, you'll understand something. Evernote's strength is not as an editor - whether of ink, or tables or whatever. Its UI is not that attractive either and it doesn't have to be. I'd happily take the UI from the TSW video so long as that program could really help me really organize my life and never forget anything. What Evernote does uniquely is it helps you organize everything. For five years I've searched for a competitor on this and I haven't found one. Because everyone is missing the key idea here: creating and organizing are two very distinct functionalities that all note-taking apps have to have, and organizing is more important. OneNote and Notion beat Evernote in terms of note creation and editing. But Evernote is not primarily a tool for editing and formatting notes. It's not even really a to-do list app. It's a tool for creating your own, personalized system for being organized, from scratch. Evernote's killer feature is that it lets you get organized and stay organized. Nothing else comes close on that front for me. Evernote Moving Forward I'm sticking with Evernote. Evernote does need to improve, like any other software or business. And I do think there are some basic features that, in the short term, would help it at least cover the same ground as OneNote and Notion. We do need inline ink, at long last - visual thinking by drawing is different to writing things out, and it's something you can't do without once you get into it We could do with more colours and easier formatting options The UI could be a little bit more slick... Better image insertion to make Evernote more visual - header images for notes, choosing the image to preview in snippet views or card views Some of the most recent improvements in Evernote have been in this vein - like Present and Templates. But long term, I think Evernote can continue to fend off competitors not by trying to compete with them on UI or editing features or whatever, but by continuing to outcompete them in creating a tool which can help you get organized flexibly. And the features we need should lean heavily on the organization aspect: If we get inline ink, then we should make ink handwriting searchable With AI developing as it is, voice notes should be directly searchable, with speech-to-text auto-generated and available in every voice note. Either searchable using text-speech matching, or you should be able to speak into the search bar. There should be parity between speech and text for recording notes and searching them. Better faster linking between notes, with an improved and smarter 'Context' recommender Image recognition and searching should be even smarter. I should be able to for image_of:building and get pictures of buildings, and then filter it by location or date as per normal search. A dedicated 'Search in Evernote' tool outside of the app's search bar. So if I'm looking at a document or web-page, I should be able to click something that says 'Find Related Notes in Evernote'... I used to use a tool called Word Web which let you highlight a word and click a keyboard shortcut to open a dictionary defining that word. Evernote could make a tool that lets you highlight a paragraph or click on an image and then hit a shortcut to search for notes related to that. This might sound like a lot but we already have something very close to this! The web clipper will recommend related notes to you as soon as you clip a web page. If you allow it, it will also recommend related notes when you do a Google Search which is really cool. Full-Text Search with full Boolean options - remember, this is Evernote's power tool. Smart import folders. This is a hidden gem feature in Evernote which can be built up. Lots of people use Evernote as a filing cabinet, and that's perfect. More powerful reminders - recurring reminders, location-based reminders like in Google Keep, better syncing with calendar apps and tools Smarter template notes - auto templating options for chosen notebooks and tags (if I create a new note in tag A/notebook B, it should create it with that template and have a non-intrusive "revert to blank note / choose different template" dialog box on the side This is a wishlist of some out there ideas. But the point for me is just to say that these kind of features - organization enhancers - should be the bulk of Evernote's concentration. Not editing (although it is important to have solid competencies there too). Conclusion I love Evernote. It's been my secret weapon for 5 years now. What I've found is that you can go off and try other note taking tools with nicer editing features and UI, but Evernote is incomparable in helping you get organized. It gets better the more you use it - 1000 notes is better than 100 notes. And so I wrote this piece just to share my favourite features, how I think about and use Evernote, and what I hope to see going forward. I hope it was useful to someone.
  5. 1 point
    Maybe I'm missing something but I just fired up the Windows beta and can't find a way to change the note list from snippet view to side list. I much rather using the note list more as an index like the snip shown. If this feature isn't in the beta, can I vote to have it added?
  6. 1 point
    The lack of news and information about the so anticipated upcoming changes plus the delay have gotten me worried. I've been a user of Evernote for around 10 years now, I started as a free user but the last two years I start paying. But since then I also became a "Productive Apps" enthusiastic and have learn about some other note taking apps, from that learning I can say Evernote's current version is at least 4 years behind its competitor. Now, I'm just waiting for the new features and changes to be a good reason to keep using it, because today I keep the account only because I already paid for the year and because nostalgia tells me that I should wait. Here some of my expectations: I want it to be clean, the tiny toolbar full of icons and options is not that user friendly. Moder, the settings make it look like an app from Win98. There is a reason so many apps are migrating to the concept of blocks. Something like the Gutenberg WordPress Editor would be nice and closer to 2020. UX integrity (I don't know that's the correct term). I know you're already working on having a unified experience across all devices, so I think I shouldn't worry about this one. Don't get as complex as Notion. I thought the concept of databases was great until it got so complicated that I no longer could take quick notes in Notion. I already love Evernote, but It's hard to avoid looking to other ways.
  7. 1 point
    You are welcome. I guess a way to protect yourself in the future would be to use a font other than the default (after further review it is just a font change that freezes the font, size is of no matter) in your tables. Maybe something close to the default. Then when you change default font the tables would stay as is. The font changed on the left stuck when the default was changed.
  8. 1 point
    Many Thanks... Think I will trial this with my wife or son's free account on their PC and see what happens. Else, if one was to do this and then later wanted to reverse it, I imagine it would not be an easy process? Not like EN has a restore point or anything! cheers
  9. 1 point
    Not 100%, but I'm reasonably sure you have to edit font or size of text for it not to change with subsequent default font changes. Color is not impacted by changing the default font.
  10. 1 point
    I'm not a Windows user but it should be simply selecting text in the note/template and assigning a font-size
  11. 1 point
    When you change default font all text changes except any text where a specific font was applied, tables included. No way to have a go forward font change to the best of my knowledge. Best you can do is make your font change and change the font in the old tables whenever you run across them.
  12. 1 point
    Go to clipper settings and turn off related results. Nothings going to Google. It's your stuff displaying in the browser. You get the same if using Edge, Brave, Opera, Firefox if the option is checked. Always good to check settings when using an App.
  13. 1 point
    You have the option of hardcoding font-size in specific notes/templates If no hardcoding, the default font-size for the device is used in the note display
  14. 1 point
    Evernote have implied they're working on something, but no release details or dates are available yet.
  15. 1 point
    Indexeddb and websql have been part of html5 and all browsers for about a decade now. That is persistent storage. A huge number of websites use it. I wrote a webpage for a company in 2011 which used indexeddb to store a product catalogue for offline-viewing.
  16. 1 point
    Isn't there a fundamental problem with web-based apps though? The 'parent' browser apps (or which there are many) have a number of restrictions (which vary from app to app) to prevent bad actor client apps from invading the device space and taking over / exploiting the user in some way. So a web app, by definition, has to occupy the absolute mimimum of the device resource and processing assets to satisfy a random grab-bag of nanny systems. If the client app is just a listicle or a video player that's not a problem. If it contains 50,000 notes and 30GB of storage (my use case) things start to get a bit tight around the temples. Plus code based on that web app won't directly transfer to an installed app where the browser limitations don't apply - but the security requirements of a different set of organisations (Hi Apple) require approaches that may sometimes be less than optimal. It's fine to pilot a UI in one medium - and as it happens that's exactly what Evernote have already said they're doing - but magically transporting it to a series of independent operating system may not be a cut and paste process...
  17. 1 point
    Back then, the business and the personal account were pretty open to each other. The business was more or less a piggyback for the personal one, or vice versa. This has changed, probably because companies want control over their data. If an employee leaves, you want him to take his cactus, not his files. So they pretty much created a sphere for all business accounts linked to one company, and facilitated the data flow among them. Plus they installed an administrative role (probably the one to create shared templates as well). Around the business stuff, there is a chinese wall. The personal accounts that come along live their own lifes. As a work around, you could create an "@template" notebook containing "template" notes. By the prefix, it would sit on top of the notebooks, right behind "@Inbox". The notes would not be real templates, but instead of using them, you would always create a copy before starting to pump it up with content.
  18. 1 point
    V8 for IOS is nice, but a real backward move was requiring two clicks to insert bullets and another two to indent them. On iPad there's plenty of room to give direct access to these functions in the bottom bar. (But thanks for at last putting the Expand button in the top bar instead of the top of the note - great improvement). Thanks.
  19. 1 point
    WOW...and it works on all my devices clipper for chrome works very well you can import evernote enex files
  20. 1 point
    Hi, I came up with a simple solution for creating encrypted notes on Android (since the mobile app does not offer this functionality yet). Simply create a note with just a couple characters encrypted in the Evernote desktop version. Copy it a 100 times or so and put all those notes in a dedicated template notebook. Then create a shortcut to that Notebook. When you now want to create an encrypted note in Android, simply find the shortcut to the notebook and open one of the template notes. Then decrypt by entering the password. Now you can edit this note in Android and save it to whatever notebook you want to. Sure, every so often the template folder needs to be stocked up with new templates but it's a temporary solution that works for me. Hope this helps somebody. Cheers
  21. 1 point
    Many a times we have to take notes during discussion or meeting. We use check boxes, bullets to improve the readability while taking notes. My request will be as we take notes, if all the check boxes from within a note are auto listed in the bottom as a To do list, then lots of time will be saved when we need to create the action points For consideration please.
  22. 1 point
    Thanks for your reply! Just did a bit more research, it seems that epub files don't support any annotation functionality within themselves. Its the e-reader software that creates that ability, but the annotations never get stored in-file. Which means that, at least for now, I'll have to content myself with exporting highlights as an external file and plonking those into Evernote. Or converting the epub files to PDF... but then I'll run into another issue, which is whether annotated PDFs will automatically be saved back into Evernote when I'm on a tablet. I'll probably have to manually reupload the changed file every time I'm done reading. Phew! But nah, I won't make a feature request to Evernote as I'm sure they'll just ignore it. If its taken 7 years of people wanting different highlighter colours and its still not happened, then I doubt they'll add epub reading capabilities any time soon.
  23. 1 point
    But I would like to be able to delete the top line and start the note with the table. Not the biggest issue in the world, but if I had my druthers.
  24. 1 point
    Evernote Mac does NOT have a built-in file import feature like EN Win, but AppleScript allows us to build our own, and even make it better. See: JMichaelTX/Evernote Mac File Import.AppleScript (Github Gist) I maintain all of my script in Gists, but if you have any comments, questions, issues, or suggestions, please post them here. Example Results
  25. 1 point
    This feature (in Chrome) would save me so much time! Especially if it had a shortcut, like Chrome's "Bookmark all tabs" with cmd + shift + d What I'm using right now is the Chrome extension TabCopy, which allows me to copy links to all tabs. I would be delighted if there was a shortcut to clip all tabs in the current window, and automatically create a table of contents note. Maybe the ability to select the notebook(s), tags and remarks (like with clipper now) would be nice, but just being able to clip all tabs and automatically have a table of contents would be amazing.
  26. 1 point
    I am no developer but I am sure there is a way at least in Chrome as another extension I use for this purpose, OneTab (https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/onetab/chphlpgkkbolifaimnlloiipkdnihall), collects all of my tabs from all open windows. In addition it allows to reject duplicate URLs which is also a life saver over time. It would be really nice if I could right click on the web-clipper extension and "clip all tabs".
  27. 1 point
    Okay, although I was trying to not sound too spammy by letting people go check it out on their own.... here are my observations: The products are very similar. I would say that Nimbus Note is an OpenSource clone of EV Features specific to NImbus Ability to color notes Ability to encrypt entire notes with different passwords for each note (if you wish) Free account is 100MB with no OCR in attached docs (pdf, xls, word) you can edit clips with the Nimbus clip editor before saving them to nimbus you can import evernote notes via ENEX format table support seems more robust - no cell coloring tho better implementation of to-do's Android: Very clean interface Night/day mode Web clipper and Nimbus Capture are far superior than Android EV. IF I was to rate EV clipping at 75%, then Nimbus is at 95% (regardless of the recent failures to clip anything with Android EV) Syncing seems to be near instantaneous There doesn't seem to be any 'offline' folders on mobile (still testing) Easy to generate an external link for sharing Web Very nice and easy to use web clipper' - see attached image I prefer their note editor to EVs excellent clipper PC - Win10 Nice clean interface supports local database Privacy policy - Not sure I like all aspects - but not too much of a concern if you keep it for research and not too sensitive stuff....BUt you need to determine if this is ok for your use So, this is my eval after 3-4 hours of playing with the 3 versions. Do what you want with this info. I hope I don't sound too spammy !
  28. 1 point
    Not sure who named you the spam cop...but no....I originally posted on the Android forum due to the frustrations all users are having with the android clip function which has been inoperative for over a month. Since Nimbus Note seems to have much of the functionality that people are looking for, I recommended that people take a look at it. I am a paid EV premium customer and have been for years. I have had my share of issues with the product and have had to deal with a mostly unresponsive support team, I also posted on this forum because it is an fyi to anybody using the evernote suite of products.
  29. 1 point
    Surprisingly this actually works. An alternative to creating the notes in bulk is to use the "duplicate note" feature in a single template note
  30. 1 point
    Hi all, I'd love something like this also - and I'd like it to work the way carleecomm has described. There could perhaps be some options for how it works, to be slected at the time of clipping - ie whether it 'chunks' several links into a single note the way carleecomm has requested, or whether it simply clips all the pages open in tabs (within a single window) as separate notes. I would certainly find both of these options very useful at different times. Looks like you are beginning to stand in a small crowd, istandalone !!
  31. 1 point
    I'd like to add a vote for this too! I've been dreaming about how good it would be for ages. Cos it's not just about saving a bunch of web page URLs for later reference. For me, it's wanting to 'chunk' a heap (5-12) of links together that are about the same topic, and I want to bundle them all nicely together with a new note Title and description and tags so I can find it later - AND remember why I wanted to find it later! I've mentioned this to a few people who just don't understand. They tell me to "copy and paste them into a note" as Parisie says above. But creating a new note, then copying and pasting 12 times over takes time. I also don't like cluttering up my browser bookmark folders with the types of URL collections I'm talking about. I've tried it in the past with a folder I called "Temporary" but it just turned into link chaos. So I'm with you, Istandalone. You don't stand alone on this topic!
  32. 1 point
    That may be a bit confusing! So... Regardless of whether your using Firefox, Google Chrome, Opera, Safari, Internet Explorer, or other web browser that supports tabs. You can save all tabs into your bookmarks at once! The question is how can I do this in Evernote??? If note then that would be a very useful feature and I am requesting it please!!!
  33. 0 points
    Any progress on the nested tags for iOS. It has been in beta for about 6 months. The Evernote app is basically useless to me on IOS until they are able to get nested tags. I was hoping to get the beta version. I have applied about 4-5 times to be an iOS beta tester. I don’t mind taking the risk since I can’t use the app on iOS anyway.
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