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Dave Land

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  1. On 11/29/2018 at 4:34 PM, Kruger2147 said:

    @jyl Maybe let Ian be CEO for more than 5 minutes before calling for his head on a pike?

    Or maybe not.

    He's the CEO. The top dog. The ONE person who is required to be responsible for everything Evernote.

    Instead of "rebranding" the company or turning it into something that nobody who pays for it and uses it wants it to be (An advertising platform? A social media channel? A lead-generation toolkit? Whatever else an investor demands?), maybe they could do the thing that people have been asking for for years and years, which every other similar product has always done?

    I don't think the CEO needs your protection. He's a big boy. He can handle himself.

    Or he can't. In which case, where's my pike?

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  2. There are thousands of reasons that people might use colored text highlighting. Maybe millions. Maybe a different reason for each user.

    Here's an article from Fast Company that explains "How Color Coded Notes Make You a More Efficient Thinker."

    Here's another reason, and I think it's compelling:

    • People who have been asking for this for half a decade have concluded that you're not listening to them, so they've moved on to other platforms.

    And after waiting five years, we get homework assignments from you: "Prove to us that you need it badly enough." Oy, vey!

    Instead of "Refreshing the Evernote Brand," whatever that means, why not give your loyal users the features that have been asking for?


  3. Hello,

    I use reminders to "Pin" certain notes to the top of the note list in the 2nd column of the Mac desktop app.

    Mostly, it works fine, but it seems that reminders in some notebooks disappear when viewing the note stack that contains them.

    To save screen space at the top of the list, I thought I'd consolidate notes into one notebook, because the notebook headers take up so much room.

    Wasted header space boxed red. Reminder I intend to move boxed green. Total number of "pinned" notes (5 Reminders) circled yellow:


    When I moved a reminder note from a "Clients" notebook to a "References" notebook, it shows up just fine when viewing the "References" notebook, as pictured below.

    Unfortunately, viewing a single notebook wastes space with a giant "+ Add a reminder to Referen…" link, so it's kind of a wash in terms of column space.

    But note that the number of reminders remains 5—my "Client Links & Status" reminder is present in this notebook:


    When I view the stack that contains the "References" notebook, the "Client Links & Status" reminder vanishes.

    Note that the header now says that there are only 4 reminders, even though we just saw that there are 5 reminders in "References":


    At first, I thought there was maybe a limit of four reminders per notebook in the stack view, but I created a new reminder in "References" and it appeared just fine in the stack view.

    Any wisdom from this august body of experts?

  4. On 3/29/2018 at 1:51 PM, Tsiry said:

    Do we have an update for more colors in Highlighting please? As an Evernote Premium user, we hope an improvement would be soon on this.

    This is very basic, so please since 2015, how many years do we still need to wait?

    1) Update, from Twitter on Sunday, attached as an image below.
    2) How many years do we have to wait? More. More years.


  5. 11 hours ago, DTLow said:

    You might consider using tools that provide “diff” features.

    There are various apps, and I uss the web site https://www.diffchecker.com/

    I suppose I was unclear: I should have said that I do not think want to waste time on a tool that forces me to use "diff" features to get around its weaknesses.

    I get the impression that this is not so much an Evernote user support community as an Evernote fan club, wherein pointing out the product's obvious flaws is unwelcome.

    To end this thread entirely: It should not be necessary to use a diff tool to resolve sync errors that should not occur.

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  6. On 9/19/2017 at 6:13 PM, jefito said:

    [J]ust because Evernote chooses one sense over the other doesn't make it wrong (as @Dave Land implies); it's a de facto useful operation, and I've used it many times.

    You're quite right: "concatenating" is a valid interpretation of "merge," and I can definitely see uses for it.

    I zeroed in on it in the context of multiple sync conflicts because searching the Evernote knowledge base pointed me in that direction: Others, evidently, interpreted it as I did.

    I'm tired of getting sync conflict duplicates even while editing a single document on a single device. I don't have access to their source code, so I cannot say anything with 100% certainty, but I'm skeptical that the duplicates are coming from another device because they occur even on new documents that have never been opened on other devices that may be running Evernote, and because they don't happen when I explicitly save, but sometimes right in the middle of typing a word.

    I'm delighted that others are still enjoying Evernote. I've done some research on alternatives, and I haven't switched just yet, but wasting time "diff"-ing two notes in a tool that has zero facility for doing so is the very opposite of a productivity tool.

  7. On 9/15/2017 at 3:23 AM, DTLow said:

    >>But what's certain is that Evernote's days are numbered.

    For certain, your days are numbered; my days are numbered.  But while we’re all here, I prefer to make things work as best I can

    Ha! Yes, I am aware that my days are numbered.

    What I should have said is that my days using Evernote are numbered, given my dissatisfaction with it of late.

    I've been a big fan and have promoted it widely, but as time goes by, I see fewer reasons to stay.

    "But while we're all here, I prefer to make things work as best I can" sums up my feelings perfectly: I have installed a fantastic ENML editor (as a Tampermonkey script) that allows me to get features like alternatives for lists other than just Arabic numerals and bullets. But I only have so much time to futz around with source code for a tool that is supposed to help me make the most of my four score and ten.

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  8. Thank you for saying what I've been feeling for a year or more.

    They had plenty of time to clutter up the app by showing noise and distractions below the note (which I assume someone must have wanted, because otherwise, it looks like nothing so much as co-marketing with content providers), but they can't give us colors for highlighting.

    They had plenty of time to take Skitch, which was a GREAT product, rip out ALL the good stuff, and leave us with what I can only describe as "Baby's First Annotator." (It's so bad that I am still running Skitch 1.0.12), but they didn't have time to prevent 3 or 4 "sync conflicts" a day and a "merge" function that doesn't merge, but merely appends the two notes to each other, making it actually _harder_ to resolve conflicts, if you can imagine that.

    Right now, OneNote, the open source Simplenote, and a dark horse named Tiddlywiki are leading my considerations.

    But what's certain is that Evernote's days are numbered. Truly, the best thing about it at this point is Scannable on iOS.

    Converting to another platform is going to be difficult, but working with Evernote is getting worse, not better.

  9. 16 hours ago, DTLow said:

    As a work-around, users have the option of switching out to a dedicated word processing app and adding the document as an attachment    to the note

    I find the Evernote editor adequate for simple notes, but for serious work I switch to dedicated editor apps

    I've done that, but I have also been known to edit the ENML directly, using the amazing Evernote HTML Editor greasemonkey script from https://andrealazzarotto.com/2015/03/30/modificare-lhtml-delle-note-in-evernote-web/. It's not especially convenient to be forced to use a completely different editor because Evernote can't be arsed to improve theirs. I'd much prefer to right-click and choose the list style type. Even WYSIWYG web editors (notably CKEditor) support this.

  10. I know that Evernote is neither a word processor nor a Web development tool, but it is based on a variant of HTML (ENML), and I know that by editing the ENML, it is possible to create ordered lists that look like this:


    Please make this possible in Evernote on Mac. And Windows, while you're at it: my Windows-loving friends deserve love, too.


    PS: I will not be holding my breath for this feature. If I did, I would have been dead many years ago waiting for highlighting in different colors then yellow.

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  11. 13 minutes ago, DTLow said:


    1. Thank you for reminding me ;) that that feature is there.
      In all the time I've been using Evernote, I never saw it. Thanks!
      (I expected to see it in the sidebar, so I wasn't looking in the right place!)
    2. I'm grateful that Evernote lets you show it in some notebooks, not others.
      Nice user experience touch on their part.
    3. “My Reminder Section is full of .......reminders”
      Cool for you! Mine isn't. Not everyone wants the same thing or works the same way.
    4. “I'm not a fan of "pinning"”
      Awesome! I am, as it turns out. It would be nice to not have to "spend" reminders to get this one feature.
    5. You evidently sort by title.
      Great! I sort by most-recently-updated, and use prefixes for other things. To each his own!
  12. 2 minutes ago, DTLow said:

    Adding a reminder to a note ensures the note is listed in the Reminder Section at the top of the note list

    … on the Mac version …

    There is no "Reminder Section," as far as I can tell, on the Mac version of Evernote, but if you know how to reveal it (and your GURU status suggests that you do), bring it on!

    Thanks in advance.

  13. Here we are, three years after the initial request, trying various hacks for what should be a relatively simple feature.

    I'm on a Mac, so no amount of futzing around with Reminders is going to do me any good, as the Mac Version is several YEARS behind the Windows version.

    Please add pinned notes.

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  14. Hi, @masont00,

    Is it possible that you've installed or configured something that is taking over Command+Shift+U on your Mac?

    Often, when I have strange things like this happen, it's because I just installed some (otherwise convenient) tool that takes over a behavior I'm accustomed to.

    Here are some places to look to see what's up:

    • One place to check is in System Preferences > Keyboard > Shortcuts > App Shortcuts
      • Scroll through that list and see if you find an item with ⇧⌘U on the right side. That might be the culprit.
    • Try to remember if you installed any "macro" utilities like Keyboard Maestro, Karabiner, iKey, Butler, FastFox, or others.

    Good luck,


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  15. 6 hours ago, Lazza said:

    I am considering which kind of features might be useful to add now... do you guys have any idea or requirement? :) 

    Thank you for asking. I'd like to be able to…

    • Choose a smaller font for the editor
    • Search and replace in the editor (Those of us on the Mac have been asking Evernote for this feature forever)
      • Unless, of course, it's in your editor and I just don't see it…
  16. Are you using the good ol' version of Evernote Web?

    That's it! I switched back to the old version, and your userscript works as expected.

    Thank you so much!

    Evernote, unfortunately, is very dedicated to "streamlining" (removing useful features) from their products. I still use Skitch 1.0.12 because Skitch 2 is like a tiny-tykes version of an image annotator. It's a toy, not a tool.


    Good luck making your script work with the nerfed new version.

  17. Check out my new user-script for Evernote HTML editing. You can download it here: https://greasyfork.org/it/scripts/8869-evernote-web-html-editor





    Thank you for creating the script, but it does not seem to be working at this time. With it installed and activated via Tampermonkey, there seems to be no difference from Evernote pages without the script installed. 

    Perhaps I'm missing something?

    Thank you,



  18. Recognizing that this is an old, old thread, I'd like to add my voice to those who would like to have this feature.

    Two workarounds:

    1. The editor on evernote.com is not so picky about URL schemes. Editing your note online (then syncing back to the native app) may satisfy those of us who really need oddball URLs.
    2. You can edit the raw ENML (a variant of HTML, it appears) by opening your note in http://enml-editor.ping13.net and adding the link by hand:

      <a href="nonstandard://foo.bar">The linked text</a>

      Note: Although the editor above seems to have some validation built-in that tries to prevent you from submitting badly-formed ENML, be aware that you do run the risk of killing a note by "going behind Evernote's back."


    Hope this helps.

  19. @cybrhippy: Here's another workaround, which may address your need to find-and-replace across multiple files:


    I tested it (edited a file at /Users/<me_on_mac>/Library/Application Support/Evernote/Accounts/<me_on_evernote>/content/p<numbers>/content.html after quitting out of Evernote) and it worked.

    If you use something like BBEdit (or any other app that allows you to search-and-replace across multiple files in nested folders), you should be able to make the global changes you need.

    But wow: that's heading deep into http://alternativeto.net/software/evernote/?platform=mac (search for alternatives to Evernote on Mac) territory.

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