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  1. With several thousands of notes, many including searchable long documents, the probability that any ordinary language word is in a given note is close to 100% Of course you can include more search terms, and tags, but the problem is that you sometimes don’t have or don’t know them. And a search condition that is fulfilled by most (thousands) of notes, is virtually useless. So it should be posssible to make searching ‘intitle’ by default, for those that use it virtually always. As for the possibility to include and exclude notebooks in your searches, I still think it useful. Tags and notebooks are not the same. Tags are faster and better for notes that are spread over a range of locations and contexts. But they are prone to the ‘too-many-results’ problem. Imagine for instance you have a tag added to all your ‘interesting’ notes. it is a legitimate tag, and one that probably many users have. Well, unless you add further tags or more search terms, it is hadly useful at all, for it could end up hitting hundreds, or thousands of results. That’s where notebooks come handy. You use notebooks to classify information items that are separate and you will never need to treat as related. For instance, you have a ‘Work’ and a ‘Private’ or ‘Home’ notebook, because you are fairly sure you’ll never need to mix them. When you are working and you search for your ‘interesting’ notes with the corresponding tag, being able to exclude your ‘Home’ notebook is a bonus, since you are effectively reducing the size of the result set by leaps and bounds.
  2. While aknowledging the logical limitations, still the web-based Evernote manager is very important for users’ mobility and for the much underestimated community of Linux users. So please, keep up in you efforts to make it a practical Evernote-managing tool. The main limitation I find most often is the inability to do something to several notes at a time. Clicking on mutiple notes with CTRL- and copying, tagging or merging them would be a nice improvent.
  3. When clipping in iOS, why there is no possibility to select ‘Whole Page’ or just the link with the title, as it does in Android? The same happens with the in-built iOS browser AND with the Youtube app. I do a lot of clipping from the latter, and it does a horrible job downloading the whole page of un-related, irrelevant videos that clutter my note and make it nearly useless.
  4. Since this is not a relational app, the main limitation for a hard user is the over-abundance of results in most practical searches. A definite overhauling of search capabilities is in order. Remember this is a database, so it is all about searching. Many ideas are already proposed, to which I subscribe, but the main issue is to improve its searching capabilities to make up for he inherent limitations bound to the core design of the program. And with an eye on the far-sight purpose: Making search results more succint and relevant. So a ‘minimal’ set of improvements would be : 1. Boolean searches overall. Including the property of belonging (or not belonging) to a certain set of notebooks. 2. A SEARCH CONTEXT MODE, with two options: ‘Global’ or ‘Titles’ should be available, and easily changeable from the search screen. Currently, when you search for the word ‘conference’ for instance, too many results appear, which makes is useless. Again, the main drawback is now that it gives too many (irrelevant) results, due in part to the fact that it searches everywhere, even inside pdfs and pictures... It can easily be checked that most searches are done by current users with the ‘title:’ keyword in front of the searched terms. Making it easy to select ‘Titles’ as the search context (as well as allowing the user to exclude a set of Notebooks) would even decrease the computing burden for the engine (!) This should be combined with adding an optional ‘global’ keyword in the search string command (analogous to the ‘title:’ keyword, and with opposite effect). So even when you select a ‘Titles’ context for your search, you should still be able to include a global search for some particular string with ‘global:<String>’ . 3. With the result of a search, you should be able to apply another search that applies only to the particular set of notes you have obtained, to refine and trim the result of the previous search. This is very important, with an impact on the ‘too-many results’ problem and improving the usefulness of the whole application. Of course, it is equivalent to a boolean combination of several search orders, but being able to do it sequentially streamlines the retrieval process. Additional improvements could be made to empower the notes-linking capabilities. Ideally, from any note you should be able to enter a search mode for locating several notes in your folders’ hierarchy and by just clicking on them (control-click for multiple select) the link(s) should appear under the cursor with the note title as caption. (of course while doing that, you should not loose focus on your working note)
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