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  1. That button set doesn't exist at all in the version of the app I am using.

    I have way too many demos going on this week to go switch version  numbers right now.

    And now I know why I hate the Windows version so much that I've been using — assuming the Windows is now on version 10 and is a lot different.

    After my current deadlines wrap up and I have some breathing room I am going to try out the newest mac version and probably come back here to complain about something new.

  2. I am using 7.14 and it still exists. It has existed for YEARS and still gives me problems.

    I am sure it will exist in version 234922.344432 because they never fix ANYTHING with this app.

    I have random notes all the time where you can no longer right-click and "annotate this image" anymore.
    It won't show up in the menu.

    But then I can start a new note or go to another note and it works just fine.

  3. I captured and pasted every image in this note exactly the same way. On half of them there's no possible way to see "annotate image" — it just doesn't show up in any menus.

    On the other half of the images, you can right-click on them and annotate them just like you're supposed to be able to.

    Figured I'd open a thread so people can complain for 10 years while it doesn't get fixed.

  4. Just more garbage from this ever increasingly terrible app...

    Today I have a note in the mac application with a bunch of screenshot images and now I am finding that "annotate image" no longer appears when right clicking on half of the images in this note file — but if I close the note, come back to it SOMETIMES I can select annotate and then I can right-click again and that option is no longer available.

    So I guess the ability to draw a friggin arrow on a screenshot is something I have to once again do in Photoshop?

    Combined with the fact the web application keeps deleting updates to notes without auto-saving them as I work this is crippling me right now.

    I am very actively looking at replacing this app. I've been a paid customer for years but Evernote is on the VERY TOP of my list when I give user experience presentations as a UX architect as one of the most broken piece of garbage apps I've ever used which continues getting worse by the week. There are a few more but Evernote is the #1 buggiest piece of software I use and it would take me a week to document everything I find broken in the app if I were to create a forum thread for each.

    The facts are that most of the bugs I find have forum threads going back 10+ years of people complaining about the same broken feature.

    I assume the developers at this company hate their jobs.

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  5. I am being a lot more careful how I interact with this. I literally need to real-time interact in the same note between my personal mac and the corporate POS Dell they gave me.

    I already have to be careful not to introduce note conflicts by hitting refresh on my mac when I switch — and I notice that MOST times if I hit refresh on my mac after making a change on the PC (browser) side the changes save AND sync properly. But not every time.

    I can deal with note conflicts if I create them by being careful, but when the notes simply don't save it completely destroys my workflow.

    The only problems I am having is if I spend a few minutes modifying the note on the windows machine (or creating a new note) I can work for a period of time and find that nothing I did was saved. The proper fix would either be to introduce a specific "SAVE" button in the web UI to CONFIRM that your stuff is saving — because in the current implementation I have absolutely no idea of knowing if what I did was saved or not.

    I've lost notes at least 10 times in the last 2 weeks and there is nothing I can point to as "steps to reproduce" the bug other than "just use it for awhile and you'll see it happen to yourself."

    If I could install the desktop app on this garbage corporate Dell I would be fine but for users who are in my situation you're pretty much screwed.

    I am basically in a situation where I have to use a personal machine to do my work because the horrible IT department at this place won't give me any equipment, access, or tools I need to do the job — but they gave me some 10 year old piece of junk Dell so I can access certain things behind firewalls they will not allow me to access with my own device.

    Plus I have to run a VPN on my personal mac to get around 90% of the internet being blocked by them — and I am using evernote to keep my notes AND to transfer things I need between machines.

  6. I am currently working for a company where I need to use a corporate laptop to interact with my Evernote account and cannot install the native app.

    I have lost a TON of notes over the last 2 weeks because the web app is completely hit or miss when it comes to actually saving my notes.

    It's absolutely ridiculous. I've spent upwards of 20 minutes entering text into a note only to have all of my work vanish upon a page refresh or when opening up the native app on any of my devices.

    I've spent enough time trying to determine if it is just a situation unique to myself, or if it is a systemic issue. Every web browser I interact with my evernote account with behaves this same way. The web app is therefore completely useless to me. If I cannot trust that my updates are being saved then it is not worth my time to use the app.

    Considering that searches throughout this forum show that people have been complaining about this issue for 10+ years — I will just assume that once again, Evernote doesn't care at all about their users. I can add this new issue I am having to the list of HUNDREDS of bugs I find in the app which people have been complaining about for the last decade.

    This is the reason I am trying out new software and as soon as I find a suitable replacement for my needs I am ditching Evernote as fast as I can.

    In the meantime I would like to know if anyone has a solution for this problem but I am not going to hold my breath waiting for an acceptable answer.

  7. I just updated to 6.12.3 from 6.10 on os x 10.13 yesterday and Evernote is basically borked now.

    It runs, but it is so incredibly slow that it is borderline unusable. Loading notes when selecting one from the side used to happen instantly. Now I get the stupid loading graphic and it takes up to 5 seconds to load a note.

    I deleted an empty note and it remained visible in the list until I restarted the app.

    Several times I have started the app and had to force quit because it will not get past the loading spinner.

    Just seems like Evernote keeps getting worse with age, and combined with the problems I've had since day one (and people have been posting in forums about bugs since 2009 which have yet to be fixed) — it makes me wonder how much longer this app will be around.

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  8. There are reasons I pay to use Evernote premium. There are a lot of good features, but the BASICS of the app are garbage.

    If I made a forum post for every bug I found I may as well be a paid tester or QA person on your staff. I could fill up your Jira board with 1,000 tickets in a month.

    It's the broken haphazard user experience across the app in so many places that leave me frustrated.

    Just trying to make a basic packing list for a camping trip using checklists turns into a nightmare if you're trying to use a phone and the OS X app in tandem.

    Nested checklists and simple indenting that works properly is just one of the gripe related to that.

    My kids listening to me swear like a pirate and bang my fist on the desk when trying to make the most basic of text edits is testimony to that.

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    My view of notes is: a short piece of writing that gives you information : a brief comment or explanation.

    If I need word processing features, I use a dedicated word processing app

    Exactly. And who would a note taking application allow me to drag and drop PDFs and images into the application, OCR scan the images making the text within them searchable, and then allow me to prepare a slide show presentation from those notes...

    But indenting and editing text is way beyond the capabilities of our developers.

    Of course I should have known the fan boys are gonna pounce on my troll post. At least that keeps pushing it to the top where someone who gives a ***** about usability might take my comments (and the comments of thousands of people) seriously.

    If hundreds of people have taken the time to complain about this in the forums then thousands have been angry enough to just drop the app instead.

  10. I concur with the idea that being able to indent checklists or ANY text reliably for that matter would be extremely helpful.

    However, I've noticed that whenever I find a bug or serious flaw in Evernote — such as the DEPLORABLE text editing capabilities — you will find tons of forum posts about it going back 5+ years.

    They obviously don't give a *****.

    Sticking to the subject at hand — I still can't fathom why a NOTE TAKING application would not have a decent indenting capability when even the MOST BASIC text editors do it well.

    There are FREE and OPEN SOURCE text editing software packs that do the job 1,000 times better — such as TinyMCE and I am sure there are options for whatever the underlying source code is for this application.

    I am not looking for a full featured Microsoft Word text editor — but Evernote is so terrible as even the most basic text editor that I'd rather use PICO in the OS X terminal than this garbage, and I'm a paid user (for other reasons).

    The minute I find another app that does this well and I can use for my note taking workflow needs I am ditching Evernote.

  11. Yeah, the danger I see with this already is that while the desktops of several computers I use shall be clean, and my google drive less messy -- I'll end up with a digital closet that looks like an episode of "Hoaders" with this.

    I ran into one glitch with copy / pasting some notes from a plain text file into an ever-note already but then on the plus side, I can already think of one scenario that would have been useful to me recently in regards to having quick access to some PDF files I typically need to find on their source web site(s) whenever I need to reference them, so I can see this being useful. I already keep most of my "notes" for things in a google drive, but this seems to be a step up from that.


    I read a couple of lifehacker articles about things people are doing with EN that were a little bit outside of the box and it inspired me to give it another shot. I tried it a few years back and just couldn't get into it.

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  12. LOL -- I guess I am passionate about good UI experiences. I am going to give it an honest try because I think the benefits outweigh the things that "irritate" me before I slam the door shut. There is no such thing as a perfect system that makes EVERYONE happy in every way, and developer should make that his/her goal either.


    I'm a visual person and can agree with people in here who say being able to choose which image they'd like for the note will help them spot it in a list view (which is the whole point of having one).

    It would not be hard, since they already scrape the content to find all the images in the first place -- to create an easy way for a user to simply choose which one to use, or disable it.

    I know the goal of the "everything bucket" concept of having a place for "digital hoarders" to keep their stuff somewhat organized isn't to make eveything "pretty" -- but I think there's a wider benefit than being able to choose "eye candy" for your notes here.

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  13. Well, after looking at explanation of how the "largest smallest" dimensions determine which image becomes the thumbnail, it makes more sense from a development standpoint as that is a simpler approach than letting the user choose their image -- but from a usability standpoint -- who really wants to see a bunch of banner ads attached to their notes in the list views -- images that have nothing to do whatsoever with the content of the note?

    I am still shocked that nobody has addressed this with users for the last 3 years people seem to have been asking for it.

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  14. WOW!!!!

    I decided to try Evernote after having abandoned the idea several years ago.

    Within 15 minutes of starting to use it I began to wonder how I can change the thumbnail image represented on notes -- because web clippings are pulling in BANNER ADS to append to the note thumbnails.

    Then I started reading all these threads about how people have been requesting this feature for several years and being ignored.

    I'm done with Evernote now for good -- after a single hour of playing around with it.


    Just thought I'd throw that in there. It typically doesn't take me long to reject apps based on completely stupid UI decisions -- and this is just another example.

    I'm beyond shocked that the whole point of Evernote is to organize your notes -- and it doesn't even let you choose a thumbnail image???

    I am a UI developer who maintains a very large web app. One of the features of this app is the ability to scrape content such as articles from sites and pull it into our system. We give our users a left / right arrow to CHOOSE which image represents their content instead of doing all this hogwash to have a ROBOT try and figure out what the user wants.

    How about just let the USER choose what the USER wants to do? It is much simpler from a development standpoint AND makes the users happy too. We even let them CROP the damn images before they are imported into our system. I mean, this is standard fare, considering that's also how FACEBOOK works.

    How the imbiciles who threw this app together can't figure THAT out just shows me this app will get on my nerves even more if I tried to use it for a week.

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