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  1. During the Covid pandemic, publishers of the mainline refereed clinical research journals have permitted readers to download PDFs of Covid-related articles. Typically, using the Safari browser, Version 14.0.3 (15610., 15610) in macOS 10.15.7 (Catalina), I use the Print…>Save PDF to Evernote Command (Dropdown from the "File" menu to capture these documents in Evernote. In the pre-Evernote 10 era, typically the new note would require me to create a note title, and I'd need to apply this or some other title to the embedded pdf as well. Sometimes my attempts to "update" the name of the pdf would not "stick," but in V. 10 that's seemed to work better—until today. Browsing the web today I captured an article at the following URL <https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lanres/article/PIIS2213-2600(21)00158-2/fulltext>. Neither the Evernote note nor the embedded PDF bore titles. I created one for the Note, but when I tried to apply that to the PDF by copying the note title, selecting "Rename" from the Control-click dropdown, pasting in the name of the Evernote note in the resulting "Rename File" dialog, and clicking "update" to close the dialog, the PDF name does not change from "unnamed document.pdf" The note otherwise behaves as it should. I can apply tags, and the note is fully searchable either within Evernote or when opened in Preview.app by clicking on the pdf icon in the upper right corner of the note window. One other oddity, however: usually, notes containing pdfs created using this workflow acquire a posterized view of the first page of the note in the "Notes" browser and on the Evernote "Home" view, but that is not the case for this particular note. I think this is the first pdf I've captured from this particular journal from beginning use of Evernote 10. I have no idea whether that's relevant to this report..
  2. Really! So, the scanner assigns the Evernote note name? I don't think think that used to be the case; Notes that came from emails, photographs, files on my Mac, or even direct text entries all seemed to have similar syntax. In any event, I just always change the note name to something that makes sense to me, and then, if the content of the note is a scanned and OCR'd pdf, I change the name of the name (that starts out the same as the Evernote note name) to match the name I've chosen for the enclosing note. The weird thing is that quite often, that pasted on new name seems to "stick" initially, but if I pull up the note again later, the pdf's name inside the note has reverted to the name that was assigned originally, while the Evernote note retains my chosen changed name.
  3. Thanks for all your help. I discovered that I could indeed use the USB scanning option with the scan to Evernote profile I'd created. I had found a rather old thread online that discussed creating an "Import to Evernote" folder in the macOS, but it was several generations of the macOS old, so I did not attempt that. I'll watch to make certain my scans sync. They do all seem to get OCR'd before landing in Evernote. One additional question, if I may. I've never liked Evernote's default naming convention for new notes, so when I scan something (more than 90 % of my notes originate in my scanner, although a few come from PDFs or Word or Excel documents I receive by email). I'll either change Evernote's default to a name that's descriptive of the document, then change the scanned pdf to carry the same name, or just use the name of the imported PDF as the note title. Curiously, although the names I've assigned to new notes after scanning always stick, the renaming of the included pdf to be the same as my choice for the Evernote note name often doesn't, but rather reverts to Evernote's original choice for the name of the note itself. Have you any idea why this might be the case? Thanks again for the annotated screenshots. The German flummoxed me a bit, but I seem to have things working!
  4. Well, my house already DID burn to the ground, along with those of 5300 of my fellow Santa Rosa, CA citizens, back in 2017. I lost an iMac in that conflagration, along with a 4-bay TB2 external drive holder that I had configured JBOD. Those drives included my Time Machine and SuperDuper backups of the Time Machine, as well as a bunch of commercial movies (we also lost our other movie repositories (2 TiVo DVDs). Fortunately, my other redundancy was a combination of Dropbox, iCloud Drive, and duplication onto my own user account on my laptop. I AM somewhat skeptical of my Time Machine backups, but (embarrassingly irregularly) I do SuperDuper! clones of both computers. The blade PCI bus SSDs are still a bit rich for my budget, especially beyond 1 TB in size. I think I'll be lucky if the iMac gets back together without me ruining its screen or slicing a connector while opening it up. It's now approaching 3 years old and I'm planning the "upgrade" primarily for the "fun" of going inside. My techie son is an architect, and he has a 13 yo son to whom he brought home a fairly high-end graphics workstation from his architectural firm after their IT department couldn't figure out what had made it fail (they were planning to toss it into the recycle bin). My grandson painstakingly took it apart over a few days and discovered poorly seated memory modules and dc power cables and now has a super duper Fortnite gaming station in his man-cave (I think exploring the innards of the Windows box was one of the few things that's taken him away from his online crusades in the last several months!) And I'm far less sanguine than you about privacy when the server at the other end of your internet pipe belongs to Google. I trust them only a bit more than Facebook (which I think is best described by Obe-Wan's characterization of the bar in the first Star Wars movie)
  5. Thanks so much! My German is non-existent, but I think your annotations will help me follow. I’ll probably have a chance to look through the workflow and see if I can duplicate it later this evening.
  6. This is the part I don't understand, because the description of Scansnap Cloud in the Scansnap Home user guide indicates that the profile for Evernote Note creation requires use of Scansnap Cloud. Because creating and OCR-ing pdf files and importing them into Evernote was taking so long with a Scansnap Home profile created as described in the user guide, I tried scanning directly into Apple's Preview PDF reader (Scansnap Home comes with a pre-defined,, non-WiFi-requiring Profile for Preview. Using that profile, I can create multi-page scans (once the paper document is in the feeder) by pressing either the blue scanner button or the virtual blue button in the Scansnap Home application. That creates the scans very quickly and gives them a PDF filetype, depositing them in a folder I've specified on my Mac. However, at that point they've not had OCR done. I've found that I can launch the bundled ABBYY FineReader, then open these files, and that succeeds in adding the OCR layer to the files. The final step would be importing the files into Evernote, EXCEPT that the OCR'd files acquire human-uninterpretable filenames buried a dizzying depth in the macOS filesystem. I've been given pointers to an automator action that bundles all of this , but I've not tried it yet. As a privacy freak, I've been puzzling just why Scansnap Home even requires use of a Scansnap Cloud profile to get documents into Evernote, which of course has its own synchronization setup. I'm wondering if it's an effort to monetize the scanning process by anonymizing my information while it's on Fujitsu's own servers and selling it. That intensifies my desire to have a solution that doesn't require any intereraction with the Scansnap cloud. So, I have a question: Are you able to create scans that are OCR'd and deposited in Evernote with WiFi disabled on the Mac that's connected to your scanner by USB? I've verified that my USB connection to my scanner is USB 3.0, but of course the scanner is limited to 2.4 GHz 802.11n transmission rates (as is my Airport Express WiFi extender. I do have a 2 story house, with the router that does NAT being a 2.4/5.0 GHz 802.11ac Airport Extreme (final generation "mini-tower" Time Capsule version (does automatically scheduled backups of my two computers to Time Machine over Wifi to its internal 3 TB rotating platter drive). The WiFi setup module of ScanSnap home on my laptop cannot "see" the 802.11ac SSID when the laptop is located next to the scanner in my upstairs office, and I suspect that I could improve my LAN reliability and speed by investing in a new MESH network with extender(s), but it was working fine for THIS task previously on macOS Mojave with Scansnap Manager). AS I see it now, I have 4 possible solutions: Relegagting scanning responsibility to my 2017 iMac that is still running Mojave (I've planned a major upgrade for the machine, replacing its internal "Fusion" drive with a 1 TB PCI SSD stick plugged directly into the logic board and using the 1 TB rotating platter drive just for file storage, and simultaneously upgrading RAM from 8 to 32 GB. Currently the iMac is all boxed up ready for a visit to my techie son where the two of us will try to avoid killing the computer or smashing its monitor glass during the surgery. Updating my VMware Fusion license, installing the Catalina-compatible newest version on my laptop, then creating a virtual machine Mojave installation to re-enable 32-bit apps, including Scansnap Manager. I acquired the VMware Fusion license back when I needed to run Windows 7 to access my medical practice's electronic health record, but eventually Epic Systems saw the light and made their software Mac-friendly (at least via Citrix). Figure out why my Scansnap Home "Profile" is so slow. Figure out a way to automate dumping local scans to Preview->local OCR via ABBYY FineReader->Import the correct files into Evernote. The issue with this for me is making sure I'm importing the correct files! I appreciate your ongoing suggestions a great deal. Jim Robertson
  7. Thanks for your detailed response. Is there no way to scan directly to the computer and into Evernote via the USB connection? Is the issue that using the Scansnap "account" REQUIRES using WiFi? I would think that a 146 KB 2 page OCR'd pdf could wend its way from the scanner to my router, to the Fujitsu Server, then to the Evernote server, then back to me in just a few seconds rather than the glacial pace at which things hare happening since I was forced to "upgrade" to Scansnap Home and the "account." My local network architecture includes fiber to the home with 400 mbpsec download speed promised by the ISP, an Apple 802.11ac "Time Capsule" router doing NAT, a network extender Apple 2.4 GHz 802.11n "Airport Express" (configured solely as a network-extender, physically within 1-2 meters of the laptop and the scanner. The laptop is connected to the nearby Airport Express solely by WiFi, but the laptop is connected to an OWC 13 port TB3, USBc, 1000bT hub by a TB3 cable, and I could connect the laptop to the Airport Express router by 1000bT cable, but I doubt that would make much difference. I'm also not happy with having another server on the internet as a repository for all my Evernote documents. I'm also uncertain now regarding exactly where on my own computer these documents are residing. Despite what my Evernote scanning"Profile" says, they're nested deep in the bowels of ~/Library/GroupContainers/alphanumericjibeberish.com.evernote.Evernote/CoreNote/accounts/www.evernotecom/88133769/Content/andonandon/ I guess I shouldn't worry about that; after all, that's what Evernote is for 😎 I belong to a Mac (actually now Apple) email listserv, and users there are responding to my appeals saying I should toss the Fujitsu software and instead use VueScan or ExactScan. I've not explored that, but I will. Bottom line, I guess is whether trying to configure the scanner to use 3rd party scanning software is a potential solution whether there's any way to scan directly to my computer (after all, Evernote the company will synchronize my devices, and I don't see why I need Fujitsu as a "man in the middle" (unless it's so that they can harvest and sell my personal information—have we really come to the point that we actually HAVE TO read those boilerplate user agreements which will in any event do their best to disguise whether or not they DO harvest and sell my information anyway?), and whether, if I CAN use 3rd party scanning software with my iX500, whether I can still automate the OCR? By the way, just where, physically, does the OCR occur? In the scanner? On my computer? If it's on my computer, is that before or after the bitmap takes it's trip to and from the Fujitsu server(s)? Thanks so much. If Steve Jobs wasn't cremated, he'd be rolling over in his grave at the preposterous proposition that this constitutes "progress."
  8. I just updated computers (new 16 inch MacBook Pro. Of course, it comes with Catalina as the minimum macOS, and that kills Scansnap Manager. I found the download instructions for Scansnap Home, downloaded it, created a Scansnap account, set it up with a "free Scansnap cloud account" as instructed, then created an Evernote Profile. I'm able to scan, but from the time I push the "Scan" button until a document appears in my Evernote dashboard (even a 1 page pdf) more than a minute elapses. This is AWFUL. I know that the configuration routine is scanning to Fujitsu's cloud, then to Evernote, and I suspect that's why it takes so long. You've talked about scanning directly to your Mac. Does that resolve these issues? What about needing to log in to the Scansnap cloud account in order to permit scanning? I can play around with creating a new profile or just selecting scanning directly to my computer, but I do want my scans available in my Evernote account, not just one one device. I notice that, by default configuration of my Evernote scanning profile, my scans are supposedly being saved to ~/Documents, but that's obviously NOT the case. I suspect that the local copies are being saved to ~/Library/??? or /Library/Application Support/ or something like that, but I've not figured that out yet. Do you have any suggestions for me? My scanner is the iX500. OCR seems fine (the installer seems to have integrated ABBY Finereader), but if can't feed my scanner's input try with multi-page documents just as soon as the previous document clears the scanning hardware, this will be a catastrophic loss of usability for me!
  9. My other heavily used extension in Safari is 1Password Mini. The publisher makes me aware when that's updated. I've never found myself running a version that's 5 releases obsolete.
  10. My guess is that this bug appeared as a result of an interim update to Mac OS. However, there is still an issue. Evernote informs us of new versions of the application, both in Mac OS and in iOS, but it does not inform us of new versions of the Safari extension. Why is that?
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