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ScottLougheed

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  1. 1) When have I commented on your usage? I describe my usage, then I speculate that perhaps users that rely heavily on notebooks are disproportionately affected by the absence of the ability to create notebooks from within the clipper. 2) When did I contradict you? To express an opinion that is opposite another is not the same as contradicting. In fact I side with you, and attempt to sympathize with you, when I say: 3) I am a user and Evernote customer just like you. I just happen to have a fancy "evangelist" badge under my avatar and a few special powers such as deleting spam. I am not an Evernote employee, and I do not blindly defend Evernote. I criticize Evernote regularly, while also pointing out the realities and limitations of Evernote (which some people appear to think is the same as "defending"....) 4) I gain LOTS from participating in this community. Exchanging ideas and discussing opinions here has considerably influenced how I use Evernote. In fact, much of how I use Evernote is derived from picking and pulling bits and pieces gleaned from what other users discuss here. I have learned a great deal by reading about other people's problems and preferences with respect to Evernote. Many things come up that I would not have considered on my own, and which have since become major parts of my workflow. I'd like to think that other users have likewise benefited from my participation here too. I hope that at least a couple of my posts have provided some insight into how I use Evernote that are helpful to them, as much as their posts have helped me. Show me again where I contradicted you, and where I commented on your usage (in an offensive or antagonistic way, at least)?
  2. I agree, absolutely, that the number of posts here is not a reliable indicator, but that problem swings both ways. You can't assume from posts here that this is an "often-requested core feature" any more than I can say it isn't often requested. In actual fact, neither of us are in a position to make any claims about the frequency this feature has been requested. Nevertheless, Evernote staff have commented in this thread, so they are aware of the request, and based on their post are giving it consideration. That doesn't really mean anything will happen for sure, but at least they are aware and listening. After that, it's their choice. I wasn't lecturing, I was stating my own preference. Is it a problem for me to express my opinion? Isn't that what others have been doing throughout this thread? I am going to express more of my opinion below. I hope that is okay. Personally this is not something I see the need for. It would not enhance my workflow in the slightest. Now, I am going to describe why this is my opinion. I hope that is okay. You are welcome to share your opinion and the reason for it back if you are interested. Maybe I'll learn something. This is my opinion because: 1) I can create tags on the fly, and because of this I rarely need to create new notebooks. I keep my notebooks to a minimum since Evernote limits the number of notebooks you can have. I try and rely much more heavily on tags rather than notebooks. This is a topic of much debate, the whole tags/notebooks things. In fact, there is an entire pinned thread about the benefit of tags (which contains a lot of discussion about their shortcomings too). I recognize that everyone has their own workflow. Mine is more title and tag oriented. 2) If I'm on a clipping binge, I don't see it as being too onerous to return to the Evernote client and create a new notebook, then plop the dozen or so clippings into that new notebook. A few seconds saved by creating a notebook on the fly isn't a big deal for me, especially since I don't often create new notebooks, on the fly or otherwise. It is worth noting that nobody else in this thread has really clearly articulated why this is such an important feature, aside from the fact that they want it. I get the impression (impression, because nobody has made anything explicit here....) that it is predominantly notebook-heavy users that are needing this feature, since tag- and title-oriented users can create tags and titles on the fly. So perhaps the root of this problem lies in the user's choice to lean more heavily on notebooks for organizing than on tags/titles, a choice which users shouldn't be "penalized" for, but for which they often are (for example, the imposition of a notebook limit but not a tag limit). Perhaps the root of this is entirely something else, but again, nobody has really made that clear.
  3. Vance, you are right, we don't have the data on how Evernote is being used so we can only guess, and your guess is no better than mine. That being said, I don't think the marketing has been as "dual" as you seem to think, and it also don't think the majority of users are choosing to use a program that doesn't suit their needs.
  4. I think, in general Evernote's export options are catering to the user who uses it primarily for notes, and mixed, annotated content, which is the user to whom it is marketed. If you are primarily looking for cloud storage of plain-jane files, a file system in the sky, then there are applications such as Bitcasa, Dropbox, OneDrive and Google Drive (well, Google drive is a bit of a mongrel due to its ties to other Google services, but it could be a bare-bones cloud storage service if you wanted it to be), marketed towards that user. If you treat Evernote as a cloud storage service (a file system in the sky), then you are square-pegging a round hole. At least, that is my impression given how Evernote is primarily marketed. Similarly, if you tried to take notes on a specific file or set of files stored in Dropbox, you might find it difficult because Dropbox doesn't really offer the facilities for such thing. Your only options are to directly modify the contents of the file, or to create a separate document that references the file you are annotating. This would be equally square-pegging. Evernote's export options reflect the type of user they are marketing towards, the mixed-content, annotated, note-taker. If they were a bare-bones cloud storage file system in the sky, they wouldn't even need an export facility.
  5. I wish Evernote would spend more time working on an obvious and often-requested core feature than on advertising expensive products I'm not interested in and promoting its partnerships. Perhaps the whopping 10 or so posts requesting this feature do not necessarily convince Evernote that it is as "core" as you think it is. Personally I am pleased Evernote is directing its time towards things like ensuring the clipper is visible on small displays, and enhancing the text editor of the Evernote clients. If I need to create a new notebook based on some new clippings, I'll do that after the fact in the Evernote app, thank you very much. Just my humble opinion, alongside yours.
  6. Is that not exactly what this discussion is about? Isn't under-the-hood stuff the very stuff that is inherently more complicated than opening the drivers' side door and pressing the accelerator? Isn't under-the-hood stuff more advanced and often times the "kind of thing you might read on a linux forum"? (Sorry that quote is from a different user but I think captures the prevailing tone of resistance throughout this topic). Ultimately what I am seeing here is users complaining about the HTML export because it means that you have text files filled with HTML in one place, and the attachments referenced in those text files in another (conventionality located and very obviously named) location. But what would a suitable, universally acceptable alternative be that wouldn't prevent future modification of your data and wouldn't corrupt other types of data? It is OBVIOUS that most people's Evernote contents would not all be suitable to be converted to PDFs. How on earth would you create a PDF of a note that itself contains a PDF or .docx file? How would you create a .docx file that itself contains a PDF or .xlsx file? Or which doesn't conform to a relatively standard set of page dimensions? Or which contains formatting that is not interpretable by a word processor? Perhaps Evernote should dynamically decide what format a given note should be exported in based on the note contents. This would be a feat of software development. If you offered these options, you would end up with users exporting using one of these formats and subsequently losing lots of data. There's a pain point if I've ever seen one. Can you imagine if you exported your data as word documents and all of your attachments were... where? at best they'd be where they are placed with existing export methods, in a directory conveniently named after the note to which the attachment was originally attached. So that isn't really much of an improvement and now you are stuck with a .docx file which is hardly portable. PDF may be slightly better in terms of portability, but you'd still have the attachment dilemma, and now your note contents are all completely un-modifiable! What about tags? neither PDF nor .docx have provisions for metadata such as tags. WHAT ELSE MAKES SENSE? As I see it, PDF and .doc (and .rft and .txt) all pose other, serious problems, and hardly address the other concerns mentioned here (such as the location of attachments upon export ). I agree that HTML is a bit of a pain in the butt in some respects. Indeed looking at the bare HTML code is a bit overwhelming. That being said, HTML means that your attachments can be directly referenced within the HTML text so your attachment and note are nicely linked. HTML means that no matter what the contents of the note were, they can be accurately reproduced without serious corruption, distortion, or loss. HTML means that you have lost NO data. Your tags are preserved, your formatting preserved, the location of your attachment preserved, everything is present in the HTML export. This is critical if you intend to rebuild your note database somewhere else. If someone is planning on undertaking a significant task like relocating an entire Evernote database into some other location, getting a little greasy under the hood is just part of due diligence. Like doing your own oil change, it is a chore, it is messy, and car manufacturers haven't made it as easy as flicking a switch. That's the way it works. HTML is a bit tough, but the "simple" solutions are impractical and incomplete, and will lead to data loss. Things are sometimes a bit challenging for very good reason, as is discussed in great detail throughout this thread.
  7. re-installing the application is a good start. You should not lose your past notes assuming there haven't been any sync issues. You can verify that your Penultimate content has synced properly by viewing it using the Evernote application where that information is stored. Are there any issues with respect to your upload quota with Evernote? Make sure everything conforms to the limits imposed on your account: https://evernote.com/contact/support/kb/#!/article/23283158 Exceeding any of these could potentially cause issues.
  8. Thanks for coming back and posting Support's response! I was truly puzzled.
  9. Ok, so you have chosen to not to enable your GPS (not sure why GPS is very poor, most of the earth is well covered by GPS satellites... yes MAPPING data may be poor but that is very different from GPS data) to conserve battery life. I am sure just as many people have also decided they want either a hidden SSID or don't have wireless at home. Which crowd do you leave out? Ok, so perhaps it is unlikely you will forget to bring up your grocery list when you go to the store, but I disagree that it is useless. It would be GREAT if, upon arriving at the store/ bank/airport/veterinary clinic, that my shopping list/flight itinerary/utility bill/pet insurance/whatever happens to just show up on my device's lock screen, thus being one swipe away from being displayed in full. That, in my opinion, is much better than having to open Evernote and tap around until I find my list/itinerary/whatever. While I understand that you might be in a situation where, because you have chosen to disable wifi and your area may have poor mapping data, that location based reminders may be somewhat limiting. But this doesn't take away from the fact that location based reminders have considerably more flexibility and would be hugely less prone to errors than SSID based reminders. There is also the question about whether third party applications can actually get access to the SSID the device is connected to, and I don't know the answer here, and it will depend on the device. If Evernote is not given access to the SSID that you are currently connected to, then it can't perform the function you are wanting. I can definitely see the value in your request and I can see it complimenting location based features, assuming it is technically possible to pass the SSID from the OS to the Evernote application. But I really can't see SSID based reminders coming before location based reminders, or at all, given their very limited use cases.
  10. Jeez yes. Never install a beta as your only OS. Use a separate partition or a different device. Years of testing these sorts of things has shown me all the ways things can go catastrophically wrong... thankfully I never had a problem because I always tested with care! It is very normal for software to not immediately support a beta OS. I'm sure they'll have something ready as Yosemite launch approaches in the fall.
  11. I feel like location based reminders would be equally, if not more effective than this... Unlike the slew of random wifi networks I've connected to with my various devices which are a total mess and the SSIDs of which periodically change, addresses (which can lead to easily looked-up geolocations by the device itself) are store in my address book and don't really change. 123 Spooner Lane is pretty much in the same spot every day! Plus, this means I can set a reminder for when I arrive at the grocery store or the bank or wherever, all of which lack Wifi. With other location-based reminder systems you usually just have to search "Grocery store X" or "Home" or "123 spooner lane, smallville Nova Scotia" and you're set to go. Is there a reason you see Wifi as being better than specific locations? If you own an apple device (especially an iOS device) you can see a pretty good implementation of this in their built-in Reminders application.
  12. I suspect rdj999 may have hit the nail on the head. This is the only thing I can think of.
  13. It is possible you saw this in some other application with an integrated browser. I don't ever recall seeing this in Safari for iOS. Since the dawn of iOS, third parties have never had a way of getting themselves included in the share button in safari. This will change in iOS 8, when developers are given the opportunity to create "Extensions" that could allow for this. I imagine Evernote will try and leverage this new capacity when iOS 8 is released this fall.
  14. That is correct. Unfortunate that the march of "progress" is swift and forgetful!
  15. You can buy just one month of premium for $5US so you can get access to your note history for 30 days. Preventing Data loss is not a perk of premium, a premium user is just as likely to encounter the issue that you have. Another option is to restore your database from backup. If you have a backup of your hard drive you can transplant a backed up Evernote database into your current state. Search the forums for restoring from backup, there's been lots of talk and there is some guidance.
  16. The only thing I can think of for is to use the Note History, a premium feature, to try and see if you can recover some of that data. Keep in mind that "snapshots" of notes are taken at long intervals (about 8hrs), so it might not allow you to get back all of your lost changes, but perhaps some. The beta version of Evernote for Mac, and I think the stable version of Windows have all received considerable improvements to sync, so changes sync MUCH faster, almost immediately. This should really reduce problems related to poor sync etiquette on the user's part, or sync glitches on Evernote's part, which I think account for the vast majority of these losses.
  17. I haven't noticed this on my iPhone 4s. Are you using the most up-to-date version of Evernote for your iPhone? Are you running iOS 7.1.2? If you are fully up to date on both Evernote and iOS, try the following. 1) Restart your phone. If that doesn't work 2) Re-install the application by long-tapping the icon, then tapping the "x" that appears. You can then go to the app store and download it again. You shouldn't lose any data, as long as everything has been syncing without a problem.
  18. You'll want to read my post and the links here: https://discussion.evernote.com/topic/60060-business-cards-to-contacts/?p=280418
  19. Wordsgood, I just happened to come across a KB article the other day on that topic: http://evernote.com/contact/support/kb/#!/article/23283158 Nothing new beyond what Gaz has said, other than being the 'official' word.
  20. Doug, you'll notice my reply pertains specifically to Katrin's query, which I quoted, and which DOES work. The other complaints in this thread, I did not address when I said "it works".
  21. This is a user forum, though staff are aware of this thread as indicated by their participation above. Nevertheless, I have flagged this for staff attention to see if they can shed some insight onto what might be happening now that some people have indicated what devices they are running.
  22. I'll have to defer to someone who actually has an android device, but I suspect there are a few things going on here. anything attached to the note MUST be downloaded to local storage to be viewed or modified. Typically this local storage is evernote's application cache. If the PDF file is ending up saved somewhere else, this might be related to either something you are doing, or to the way the applications and Android operating system seem to want to work... Either way someone with android experience will have to chime in. Remember that this is a user forum, so you'll have to be patient. We fellow users visit this board on our spare time, so temper your expectations. A few hours isn't unreasonable.
  23. What kind of tablet? Without knowing that it is hard to provide much help.
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