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  1. Evernote 10.10 for macOS Bring back the ability to select more than 50 notes. This is handy when applying one tag to many notes.
  2. Evernote version: 10.9.10-mac-ddl-public (2439) Editor: v119.1.15375 Service: v1.30.2 -- Sometimes in Evernote, I'll select a few notes, say 4 or 5, and attempt to apply multiple tags to them. When I go to tag those notes, one of three things happens: Those tags get applied to the 4 or 5 notes that I selected. (This is expected behavior) The tags get applied to just one note, the most recent. (A bug.) The tags get applied to 50 notes, the max you can select for tagging. This is also a bug, and essentially data corruption, since suddenly there are a bunch of mis-tagged notes. I'm happy to include a screencast recording, if that helps.
  3. This would be great, and would make search more intuitive. One core value prop of Evernote is "remember everything". And sometimes people will search for the same concept in different ways: Abbreviations/acronyms versus spelled out: tags for MSFT and Microsoft should be treated the same, as should CA and California, to name two simple examples. Singular vs plural: tags for "meeting notes" and "meeting note" should be treated the same Actual synonyms: tags for "car" and "auto" should be treated the same. It'd be fine by me to define my own synonyms for tags... for each tag, simply let me specify its synonyms. And if I'm tagging a note, default to the synonym. For instance: If I have a tag "car" which has synonyms "cars", "auto", and "autos" Then when I tag a note "auto", it should automatically flip that tag to "car". And when I search for "autos", I should automatically find notes that are tagged "car" and also be prompted to filter by tag "car". Hope that's clear on the request.
  4. Thank you Paul! Both of those shortcuts will work for me. To answer your question, I use checkboxes in two ways: 1) Complex to-do lists, where I'll have something like: [ ] Goal to accomplish Context for how to accomplish the goal More context -- perhaps a link to another note, or to a website, or contact info for someone, or specific things to do 2) Multiple checkboxes on one line, for example, that list out simple subtasks to accomplish a larger goal. For example: [ ] Get wetsuit [ ] Setup Craigslist alert [ ] Check Nextdoor [ ] Setup Ebay alert Does that answer your question?
  5. My Evernote Applescripts have stopped working as of about a month ago (October 2020). I'm on macOS 10.15.7 (Catalina) and Evernote 10.3.7. Seems to have occurred right after I upgraded to Evernote. Essentially, the entire script got mangled so that it's not looking at all like Applescript, but something else. Here's a snippet: tell application "Evernote" (* Ensure that we're starting off clean *) «event EVRNsync» set matches to «event EVRNfind» "opti sail water -security -waste -sauce -vwmare -onelogin" if (count of matches) > 0 then «event EVRNassn» «class EVtg» "opti" given «class EV13»:matches «event EVRNassn» «class EVtg» "optimist" given «class EV13»:matches «event EVRNassn» «class EVtg» "dinghy racing" given «class EV13»:matches «event EVRNassn» «class EVtg» "sailing" given «class EV13»:matches «event EVRNassn» «class EVtg» "sailboat racing" given «class EV13»:matches «event EVRNsync» end if Any ideas why this happened and how to fix? Unfortunately, because Applescripts are stored in a binary format, I can't open in a text editor (like VS Code) to keep the Applescript editor from making this change.
  6. Keyboard shortcut for entering a checkbox is now missing in Evernote version 10. Really frustrating when creating a to-do list.
  7. I'm getting this as well. Running the following: Evernote Version 7.10 (457750 Direct) Editor: 69.1.8237 (1f0aea9) on macOS Mojave, version 10.14.5 (18F132) I'm logged in as an admin. I first saw this yesterday (6/4/2019), and logged in with my admin password, and chose always allow. No further issues that day. Then I just this morning (6/5/19) rebooted, and about 15 minutes after reboot, got the issue again. Hope this helps with reproducing the bug.
  8. Interesting idea, but for me at least, the combinatorics would get out of control. There would be a lot of combinations of potential searches to save.
  9. To the point about using AppleScript: I appreciate the suggestion. Evernote's AppleScript looks pretty powerful. However, one attraction of using Evernote is precisely because it works across operating systems and vendors. Which to me is a big knock against Microsoft OneNote and Google Keep, to name a couple of competitors. Using AppleScript is great for now, when on a Mac but we also use PCs in our family. -- Another issue with the Applescript workaround: there's not a lot of lot of documentation on how to use AppleScript, it seems incomplete, and it's hard for any non-developer to understand. Much harder than Gmail filters (have you used those?). This page provides a lot of good AppleScript snippets. For instance, how to create a NEW tag and apply it to a search result. But I wasn't able to find anything on: - How to escape quote characters. For instance, if I want to apply the tag "johndoe" to all notes with "John Doe" (exact phrase), what do I write in AppleScript? For example: set matches to find notes "John Doe"... will find notes containing "John Smith" and "Jane Doe", thus polluting the results. Again, Gmail's filter functionality avoids this issue, since you're not writing code. I'm guessing it can be done, but it's a pretty deep rabbit hole to force users to go down (compared what Gmail offers) and not a lot of users will have the expertise or patience. -- Appendix: here's a working AppleScript to apply the tag "foo" to everything that matches search "foo". Pieced this together from a few different pages. Hope it's useful. tell application "Evernote" set matches to find notes "foo" assign tag "foo" to matches end tell
  10. Sorry, was just trying to make it easier to find the information, since the same request does appear in multiple threads. Was aiming for convenience, not annoyance, but it seems like I might have created the latter.
  11. Yes, exactly. Automate the manual process is indeed the request. Sorry if I wasn't clear on that. To try to clarify: Evernote has lots of great advanced search capabilities that aren't always easier to remember. Auto-tagging can make it so that you don't have to remember complicated search rules. Auto-tagging can automatically apply the tags that matter to you. Ideally, auto-tagging would take advantage of all of Evernote's search capabilities, similar to how Gmail's Filter feature uses all of Gmail's search capabilities.
  12. Sorry, was just trying to make it easier to find the information, since the same request does appear in multiple threads. Was aiming for convenience, not annoyance, but it seems like I might have created the latter.
  13. Sorry about that. Was just trying to make it convenient for others to find the ideas. I'll post a link next time.
  14. Yes, with the Smart Filing feature, Evernote now automatically puts in some tags. It's a step forward, but not nearly enough. We need auto-tag rules, similar to Gmail's filters, to catch what Evernote doesn't seem to be able to "learn" on its own. Here's why. In the 15 years I've used Gmail, I've built up literally hundreds of auto-tagging rules (Gmail calls them "filters" but it's the same concept). I've done this because it makes it easier to find stuff in Gmail. All the concepts below that apply to Gmail would also apply to Evernote, to make it easier to find stuff in Evernote. Here are some categories of auto-tagging: 1) Subset/superset relationships. For instance, when a note from a teacher calls out the name of one of my kids, Gmail automatically attaches the label "family". When a note mentions "401k", Gmail automatically attaches the label "Investments". When I receive a newsletter than mentions one of my company's competitors by name, Gmail attaches the label "competitor". You get the point. 2) Related concepts. When emails come from venmo.com and include the words "you paid", Gmail applies the label "receipt". 3) Synonyms. My siblings have nicknames and commonly misspelled names. Gmail looks at all these, and applies an appropriate label for the sibling. That way I don't have to search for every permutation of their name or nickname. Here are some examples of where I go through Evernote and manually tag items. It's a pain. Auto-tagging would save me a lot of time. 1. Apply tag corresponding to notebook name. So for example, everything in my Marketing notebook gets the Marketing tag. Everything in the Career notebook gets the Career tag. And so on. I put notes into one of a couple dozen notebooks. But sometimes a note could go into one of two different notebooks. For example, my career is marketing. So, sometimes I'll use the web clipper to pull in something that could go into the career notebook, and sometimes it goes into the marketing notebook. But to find it later, I'll tag it both "career" and "marketing". That say, since everything has a tag, just search by tag. 2. Tag by person name. Do a search for various spellings of my coworkers names, with quotes, as in "John Doe" or (misspelled) "Jon Doe" or nickname "Doe". Then apply a tag "johndoe". This makes it quicker to find meeting notes for that person. Or an article that was referred by that person. 3. Tag by content type. Quick, what's the advanced search operator to find all notes with a PDF? It's resource:application/pdf. Not the easiest thing to remember, right? So I'll select all notes, search for resource:application/pdf, and tag as "pdf". Much easier to find PDFs. I'll also search for "docs.google.com/document/", "docs.google.com/spreadsheets/", and "docs.google.com/presentation/", and tag those "google doc", "google sheet", and "google slides", respectively. 4. Tag by synonym. I take notes for an activity I do, sailboat racing. One type of boat is called a Vanguard 15. But articles I pull in through the web clipper might refer to "V15" or "Vanguard 15". I search for both, and apply the tag "Vanguard 15". 5. Tag by superclass. Also in the realm of sailing, I'll put in articles on boats that are called Knarrs, J/70s (also written J70, without the slash), J/105s, (and, J105), and so forth. All of these are a type of boat called a keelboat. So I'll do all those searches and apply the tag "keelboat". In the realm of work, when I clip an article that contains the word "GDPR" or "HIPAA", I'll add the tag "compliance", again to make things easier to find. 6. Tag by related concept. Someday I'd love to race a boat to Hawaii, and I use Evernote to gather information I'll need to do those, since you're pretty much on your own in terms of packing food, surviving a gear failure (or worse, sunken boat), and so on. There are two main races, Pacific Cup on even years, and Transpac on odd years. They pretty much have the same challenges. When I use web clipper to pull an article with "Pacific Cup" in it, I apply the tag "transpac". Vice-versa when the article contains the word "Transpac". Yes, that's a lot of tagging. And I do even more. All to make it possible to locate notes among the thousands I have in Evernote. Hopefully this shows how auto-tagging would be useful.
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