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Jason Goldsmith

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  1. In 10.02, I still see an old version of my notebook structure, with notes in them. After syncing, the old notebook structure remains on my iPhone, .but my notebook structure in the cloud and on my Mac have not changed. Thus, the 10.02 on my phone has somehow reverted to an old -- previously deleted -- notebook structure and is not syncing with the cloud. I've submitted a trouble ticket to Support, but there is no response.
  2. I updated to iOS 14, erased the Evernote iOS beta, and downloaded Evernote iOS 10. I then saw a past version of my Notebook structure. I deleted the app. Fortunately, this did not change my notes and notebooks in the cloud and on my Mac Evernote client. I waited three days and tried again with the same result. Why am I pulling an old version of my Evernote account in the iOS Evernote client?
  3. I appreciate your description of Electron. It's quite disappointing to hear that Evernote may be heading in the wrong direction. It's such a great tool. Examples from other industries of technology going in the wrong direction come to mind: The Da Vinci surgical robot and Boeing's 737Max. Can Evernote turn back the clock? It's core feature is lightening fast search. It would be intolerable if search and navigation were slow. I'm heavily invested in a tag structure. It's already painfully slow to organize tags in the native (non-Electron) Mac version of Evernote (on a 2019 16" MBP with 2.4 GHz 8-core i9).
  4. I was a late adopter of the iOS Beta, and never fully tested it. Rather, I just used it for my work flow and although it bit buggy, it seemed fine overall. I liked the nested tag structure, as well as tag search that suggested other tags (on notes that have multiple tags). Why -- when the final version was released -- do we see so many new problems? Did they add a bunch of new features in the final version? And what is this electron technology that some on the forums state is the underlying problem? A way to integrate multiple platforms that slows performance and creates coding challenges?? Is this really unproven and highly complex technology that the bank has been bet on? Can we expect all this to get sorted out in short order?
  5. Yes, I synced my phone before upgrading, and the changes (new folder structure) were saved to the iPhone. In fact, I had been using this new folder structure for several weeks prior to the upgrade.
  6. After loading the new Evernote app, my folder structure had reverted to a version from approximately one month ago (I've made a lot of recent changes). My immediate fear was that this version would sync back up to the cloud, and I would lose my last month of work. I immediately shut down my iPhone, restarted it, and erased the new iOS Evernote App. Fortunately, after syncing on my Mac, nothing had changed. Does anyone have an idea what happened in my case? Can I safely download the new iOS app and try again?
  7. I'm a heavy user of hyphenated tags. For example, if I were traveling to Portland, I would tag notes using the following tags: portland-food, portland-accommodation, portland-tourism, portland-history, and portland-transportation. It would be convenient (and logical) if hyphens were unnecessary. Instead, I would use five non-hyphenated tags: portland, food, accommodation, tourism, and transportation. In this scenario, if "portland" is entered as a search term and the user clicks on this tag, then other tags that exist in notes with "portland" tags are offered as suggestions: food, accommodation, tourism, history, and transportation. This would be a better way to search than tag:portland tag:food as is the current method. Maybe this is how the new search is designed and I missed it.
  8. In the category of Search and the subcategory of Managing Tags, it would be very helpful to improve the ability to search and find tags that have hyphenated names. To be clear, I'm referring to (a) finding tags in the Tag Management section of Evernote, (b) finding tags when adding tags to notes, and (c) finding tags when web clipping. Searching for hyphenated tags works perfectly in general search. I often use multi-word tags where the words are separated by dashes and find that -- when the same word is used in multiple tags -- search within the Tag Management section only returns the first instance of that word. And, when adding a multi-word hyphenated tag to a note or web clipping, the system does not "search" within the middle of a tag. You have to know the exact first word of the tag to find the tag. The use of hyphenated tags is powerful and, in my opinion, should be emphasized by Evernote.
  9. @jefito Yeah, I collected tons of notes with the tag system. Over 10,000. It was so easy to let it built up. Became messy. And it was not easily retrievable in iOS when I did not have access to a desktop with Evernote. Converting to links has strongly encouraged me to write one note per topic. So much cleaner and more satisfying. I hope to whittle my notes down to under a thousand. Maybe much less. In particular, having one note per project has led to a huge improvement in personal productivity. I feel that I am able to think more clearly. A useful tip is to have a few links on the first level, and then go very flat on the second level.
  10. @jefito I have the same top level structure in Finder on my Mac, in Evernote, and in Things (which I'm on fence regarding whether I should continue): Education Family Finances Health Professional Content Personal Professional (employment, licensure, etc) Projects Tech Travel Everything branches from here. For my profession, I use Tables of Contents from scientific textbooks (from Amazon if I don't own them) - to ensure that the structure is logical and comprehensive. Everything else is intuitive. I link to the Finder for storage of mission-critical documents (Snag Path). Don't store them in Evernote. It's amazing how easy it is to remember pathways to find information.
  11. A killer feature for me would be -- every time you create a new note -- the Note Link is copied to an alternate clipboard such that you can immediately paste it and create a link to the Evernote Note that was just created. This behavior would occur, for example, following clipping a webpage or screenshot, or after adding a document to Evernote by dropping it on the Evernote icon. It could also occur if you use Apple Services to add an email to Evernote. In the case of Mail, you could immediately insert the Evernote Note Link into your ToDo program, calendar, or Mind Map program of choice without the requirement to switch to Evernote, navigate to your Inbox, and then copy that Note Link. Even better, in the case of Mail, would be creating an Apple Service (via the Mail Menu) that not only copies the Note LInk (as above) but also embeds in the Evernote Note that is created, the link/filepath back to the original email (as occurs in Reminders). It would be awesome if you could create an Evernote Note from an email that contains an embedded link back to the original email. Clicking on it opens the original email in Mail such that you can immediately respond or forward the email. Just underscoring that I love links and would like more link-related tools!!
  12. Couldn't have said it better myself ? I'm glad B40E0148-49D-4C51-96FF makes sense to you (I know that's not what you meant). I suppose it's Apple package content. Speaking for non-engineers, I prefer real names (and not using searching/naming conventions). I agree that the definition of a note includes writing something short. It's also defined "to record or preserve in writing" and "a scholarly or technical essay shorter than an article and restricted in scope". I recall reading somewhere that the same 50,000 people are early adopters and have drawers filled with abandoned tech gadgets. I've tried and discarded so many programs I've lost count. In just the ToDo space alone, in the last year I've tried Omnifocus, Todoist, Reminders, and Things combined with TaskClone. Now I use Evernote tags: Today, Next, Soon, and Someday. My goal is to make these my only permanent tags and just use other tags temporarily for clipping and making tables of contents (links). I'm currently in the process of converting all my tags into links. Hundreds of tags and thousands of documents. Now I'm SO much happier with Evernote. I'm three intuitive clicks away from everything I need, even on my iPhone when I'm on the go. Just drill into my nested knowledge structure. No naming. No searching. Simplifying isn't necessarily dumbing down.
  13. It's a given that if you're on the Forum, you love Evernote (okay maybe there are a few trollers in here). But Evernote as a viable company appears to be in trouble. My suggestions are based on an assumption that radical simplification is needed in order to save the company. In my opinion, Evernote's trouble stems from it being too complex for the average user. My suggestion is to distal the tool down to its core strengths. And to have a clear understanding of the core use of the product. It has been suggested that Evernote is a personal information manager. A place where information is stored and tagged, and then retrieved for creative work outside of Evernote. If that's the case, then there is a clear branding problem because the name "Evernote" implies that it is for taking notes. For me, Evernote at its core is an idea space. And that involves taking a lot of notes and connecting thoughts. As I previously mentioned, writing is thinking. To some extent (for me), Evernote serves as a personal information manager as I store lots of documents (in my case mostly PDFs of scientific articles and web clippings of personal and professional interest). But it's also so much more. It's a place I explore ideas, plan trips, take meeting notes, track my health and fitness parameters, etc. If I was just storing stuff, there are lots of simpler and cheaper ways to do this. For example, in the Finder on my Mac -- which is also backed up to the cloud, has folders and tags, and is available on all my devices (but the Finder does not have hyperlinks). So, I contend that at its core mission, Evernote is not a personal information manager and that seeing it as such is a reason for its demise. The average person will not pay for an additional cloud service to store documents and other files in a proprietary and somewhat arcane format (and yes, I understand and use tags, folders, links, and Evernote's search syntax). The average user does not understand how to use Evernote to its potential (remind yourself that "the average user" in reality has long given up and deleted Evernote). To grow it's user base and survive, Evernote has to understand its core product usefulness and it must simplify its interface. When I ask myself what I love about Evernote, it's not the mechanism that I use to store and find things. It's the immediacy of the tools that Evernote offers to allow me to think better: To capture things and connect the ideas that flow from all the items that I enter into Evernote. You know what I'm referring to: The amazingly great, much-better-than-the-competition Web Clipper, the always available screenshot crosshairs, capturing items with your handheld camera and having it OCR'd, emailing items into Evernote, dragging images and other files between notes, merging notes, linking notes, highlighting PDFs and having highlights sync (not available in OneNote or Bear), ... and ultimately building big ideas out of captured elements. Evernote helps me be creative. I don't just store a PDF. I read it in Evernote. Highlight it. Take notes. Get inspired. Search the web. Clip articles. Connect notes to other notes. Build a structure around my ideas. All in Evernote. No need to switch programs. Capture Connect Capture Connect ... Everthing flows.
  14. I like the conversation, and I can't disagree with you. I too use Evernote as a PIM, but I prefer to also use it as a jack of all trades, to organize my thoughts, and plan my projects, trips, etc.
  15. To JMichaelTX, If you want to see a beautiful implementation of tags, try Bear. Its use of tags is a little piece of genius. Then you'll see why going back and forth from your Notes to Tags to constantly organize your tags in nests in Evernote is a nightmare. Strong word, I admit. But it is no fun trying to find and maintain your notes with tags and search in Evernote. It makes it hard for me to think clearly. I'm sure it works better for you. But after giving this much thought (and rebuilding my Evernote collection of approximately 10,000 notes three times: First with tags, then folders + tags, and then links only ... plus switching to Bear and then back to Evernote), I've found that links are the best because links force you to write better notes - as our English teachers taught us, "writing is thinking". Notes with links are in large part more clear because you can have one note per topic - you should certainly strive for this. With all the relevant links built in. Bear can use links too, but Evernote has much better ancillary tools, including web clipping and PDF management. Ultimately, you want to use Evernote as a Note Taking System to help you think better, and not as a computer directory. You already have a hard drive for that, and it has the potential for incremental backup, mass storage of files, etc. And there are plenty of programs which allow you to add tags and metadata to the files in your computer directory.
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