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Helios One

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  1. Hello Mark, I don't think Evernote is ugly either, just that it has an ugly side (or rather, a frustrating one as I mentioned in the note). As for lag, you may have a point if the size of the note is large (multiple images and other media, etc.) but for me, using the various colours and formatting has always been fast when synchronizing as my notes are usually mostly text, a few images and the odd attachments. Where I have seen lag however is with badly rendered web clippings (some of them actually crash the app either on my laptop or mobile devices). As I mentioned in the note, I have now steered away from Evernote Clearly. Adding a background color or repeating pattern would only require a few bytes, which would not create lag. Some mobile applications do that and more, but they don't work on Macs or PCs. They are usually clunky as well. Evernote has added a lot of functionalities over the years but I'm amazed at the time still required to get my notes just the way I want. FileMaker 14 Server and FileMaker Go use a lot of granular customization, rulers and such, plus a powerful search engine and there is no lag. It's blazing fast. I use it in the workplace and it rocks. If Evernote would add even just a tiny fraction of the FM features to allow Premium Users to create elegant notes very quickly, I would be happy. I really appreciate your feedback, Best regards, Mario
  2. I wish to offer my take on the ugly side of Evernote (EN is not ugly mind you, just some implementations of it). https://www.evernote.com/pub/helios_one/public Sincerely, A Premium User tired of paying & waiting.
  3. Evernote is fantastic (let's not be modest here: sensational) for everyone who want to create or gather simple, easy to access everyday information without a need for consistency (unless they are willing to spend a lot of time tweaking their notes). It is concise and uncluttered. That is obviously a must as confirmed by the millions of users that have adopted Evernote. Evernote is also fantastic for developers who want to create apps that connect and/or add to the native functionalities of Evernote. That is also very important. However, I feel that the power user have been left out in all of this: In a note that contains several images, one cannot select/crop the one image that could be used as the thumbnail. There is a very weird rule about how the thumbnail image is automatically selected and that rule produces some, well, interesting results. For example, I have an article about Vint Cerf that has many images in it. The thumbnail that was created was automatically selected from a black and white image of him in the 60's. That thumbnail showed only his chest area Might as well have been an image of my father or one of Richard Feynman. I wouldn't have been able to tell the difference if someone else had done this, titled it "A Great Man", then share it with me. As a matter of fact, I had to delete the black & white image from the article to make Evernote choose a better thumbnail (one where I could actually see his face). Bummer. Remember: an image is worth a thousand words. As a developer, I know it wouldn't be very complex to implement a contextual menu that when we click on an image, if we select, say, "Set as thumbnail..." a little window à la Google Chrome would appear to let us crop/center the image, then click Save. I believe that this option has been requested many times on these forums and one that would probably be very welcomed, even by the casual user. I feel Evernote also lacks other neat features that could be set in preferences like remembering Title fonts and colours (H1, H2, H3, etc.) As of now, it can only remember one text font, one font size and one colour (sometimes it forgets the colour). Without necessarily delving into CSS, a few new basic options could make for a better experience overall and give many power users that consistency they crave (as I do). If you think this may complicate the lives of the everyday, busy busy user, by all means hide the power user features. Don't worry, we will find them . Finally, I notice that while Evernote expands in many directions by adding more and more features, some bugs seem to have been left behind. For instance: The experience with the Snippet views between a MacBook Pro or any OS X device , the iPhone 5 and the iPad 4th generation is inconsistent - 3 devices, 3 different experiences. In other words, what I see in OS X should be exactly what I see on all my iOS devices. Also, that skeuomorphic picture frame over the thumbnails in iOS robs us of precious pixels. Not a big deal but I thought I'd put it in as well. Best Regards.
  4. Very simply put: Nothing works. Nothing at all. I cannot open a window. I can't even quit the application normally (Force Quit is the only way). Just thought I'd let you know. Disclaimer: As OS X Maverick is still in beta, I am bound to a contract that prevents me from disclosing any further information (screenshots, diagnostic reports and the like). Sorry about that.
  5. Were you at the trunk conference too? Maybe we met Well, Hussein does seem to be a stand-up guy in all of my interactions with him, and I believe he was the only developer in the entire conference who thanked his wife for her support. Very cool. No, I wasn't unfortunately, but I subscribe on You Tube - That's the closest I could get but I did have the best seat in the house And you are right, what he did was really cool! Bye.
  6. @gazumped and @GrumpyMonkey, Thanks for your reply. I'm in total agreement with both of you when it comes to keeping Evernote as simple as possible. Making it complex would defeat it's purpose. However, since the two products exist, it is probable that there is a need for them. I'm talking about streamlining the note-taking process further by combining two approach into one, leaving the details of it on the developer side, and a simple, easy to use interface à la KustomNote on the client side. I would gladly pay extra for that! Probably so would others do, especially now that Evernote is stretching its wings with its new Business client. In that sense GrumpyMonkey, I sure wouldn't mind either if the KustomNote developer was hired by Evernote! At the Trunk Conference. he sure looked like a stand up kind of guy too. Thanks for your thoughts!
  7. Hello, I'm new here. Recently, I came across two fantastic products for Evernote: KustomNote with which serves to create form templates, and Clearly which serves to create layout templates. At present unfortunately, these two products are mutually exclusive. What if those two products worked together (or somehow became one)? For me, these are the two missing links for a super-efficient Evernote: A way to enter the same type of information consistently (KustomNote) A way to create simple, consistent and eye-pleasing layouts (Clearly) I'd like to know what you think... In the meantime by the way, is Clearly coming to a Safari near me? Thanks.
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