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  1. I'm referring to the "view" however unless I'm misunderstanding what you're discussing. I know you can create hierarchical tags within the tag view and you can see the hierarchy there. To my understanding there is no other way to see the actual hierarchy without clicking on the tags in the sidebar. Is this the issue you're referring to?
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    Having an impossible time deciding how to organize my notes

    I still need to study the search functionality. Yeah.
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    Having an impossible time deciding how to organize my notes

    Well, it duplicates some effort right? I have this one small business project where I organize music tutorials and I find that it's easy to separate content into a few big buckets: music theory subject matter and technology including agnostic (no specific tech). So you could have two tutorials. One is instructions on making hip hop beats using X software. The other is a tutorial on playing real drums with no specific technology. Both tutorials would fall under the music theory category of "rhythm theory" and one would be within "X technology/software". So it's a Venn diagram. This would eliminate duplicating tags/categories. I'm leaning in this direction but it's difficult figuring out these buckets with all my areas of research. However maybe I'll find that it isn't doable and I'll need to duplicate tags like you did, as well. I think sometimes I find some subject matters seem similar but are separate.
  4. Yeah, the lack of displaying hierarchy is a major flaw of this application because it inherently encourages the use of a flat structure which limits the organizational potential. It's a user experience problem and... ugh... the company seems obtuse in this way. What platforms do display hierarchy in that view? I use evernote on Mac, Windows, and Android. I've never noticed the display of the hierarchical structure in any of those platforms.
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    Having an impossible time deciding how to organize my notes

    I know I can create hierarchical tags but it's difficult deciding on the sub-tags when I'm dealing with overlapping subjects. I don't want a "color-theory" sub-tag that exists under two different tags. What I'm realizing is that I need around two or four large hierarchical tags that function as buckets. These buckets can then maybe overlap like a Venn diagram. Are you doing that with your prefixed tags? Do you have notes that contain "What" and "When" tags at the same time? Maybe those are your buckets. Prefixing is definitely critical. Loose flat tags keep holding back my organization.
  6. What do you mean by this? I know you can view the tag hierarchy under the tag view but are you referring to something else? Should it be view-able elsewhere?
  7. I find that I've had an easier time proposing taxonomic structures for clients' projects than my own. I don't have questions about notebooks vs tags. I understand the difference. I am confused on the best strategy based on my needs. I am an adjunct professor who teaches a range of courses periodically. As such I engage in research and notes for these different courses. Let's say it's about three different subjects. In addition to teaching I work independently and need to do planning and take notes for different clients I have at different times. I provide design and web development services for these clients. At this point I'm dealing with overlapping subjects each other their own niche and specific details. However there is overlap with these subjects. I teach a painting course that deals with the fundamentals of color and visual concepts. It overlaps with a programming course that teaches the same concepts. I will engage in research regarding color theory that connects to both subjects. In situations like this, flat structured tags are useful because they can describe content that falls under digital painting or a specific programming course. The problem I have is that I don't want to continue having tons of flat-structured tags because then eventually I have so many loose tags describing lots of content. I need fewer tags that are more inclusive. If I want fewer tags that describe MORE content then it means I need to plan my tags and reuse them effectively. I teach digital painting (arts and science), electronics (science), web development (art and science), and creative coding (art and science). These subjects overlap in varying ways. This means I should not create hierarchical tags--they should remain flat. Anyway, I don't know how to create meaningful tags that describe content usefully especially since my areas of subject are greatly overlapping. I either end up with tags that describe one or two items or I end up with tags that could define 200+ items. So I don't expect anyone to offer advice on the nature of my research areas but I'm wondering if anyone else has struggled to solve this problem and if they did finally solve it.
  8. Well, what I mean is that you can't select a sub-tag while being informed that the tag you've selected is a sub-tag. There is no visual indicator in the note window. And you should be able to create a sub-tag and place in hierarchy in the note window otherwise the experience encourages only the flat structure use of tags.
  9. Sounds like an interesting approach but it still draws attention to the fact that Evernote has a broken "feature". However I will consider your approach. It's similar to how I write some code.
  10. Good point. I personally don't mind the approach of a file being within multiple "folders" at once but yes that is one conceptual discrepancy.
  11. The problem is the user experience. As soon as someone is writing a note, you require that all users use tags as though they are only flat structured. There is no way to write a tag and then write a sub-tag in the note writing window. You also can't write a tag and then select any of it's sub-tags. It's fine if the feature exists but there's no workflow that promotes the feature. So much so that I imagine most people don't know there are sub-tags. Please consider allowing users to select sub-tags and create sub-tags directly in the note window itself.
  12. Well, from a more technical standpoint, Evernote's "tags" is just a term that describes some vague functionality. Commonly tags are used as non-hierarchical organizational terms. In other words tags often have a flat structure. That's how I assumed Evernote worked. However as we all know Evernote is discreet with their hierarchical tag feature. In other words it mimics the common "folder" paradigm. You want folders within folders? Well, you can put tags within tags. Same thing. I think that's where the confusion is. Tags function in the same way folders are expected to function. For example I have a tag called "Engineering" and it contains a sub-tag called "electronics". This is typically what we expect from folders. The problem, as I see it, is that it's not obvious how to create sub tags. It doesn't fit within any easy workflow. You have to click on the tag button and then view this large window full of tags in order to find what you need. You quickly end up with too many tags but Evernote encourages creating tags as though they are flat structured, descriptive terms. It's not visually organized either. So it's one of those Evernote features that suffers due to a poor user experience. Here's how Evernote could fix it. Allow users to select tags in their notes AND place them as sub-tags in other tags while editing their note. Also if a user writes a tag that already contains sub-tags, the user should be able to click on it in order to view and select the proper sub-tag. I've attached one screenshot here with the tags "health" and "home". I am forced to write two separate tags. I want "health" to be a sub-tag of "home" but Evernote does not allow this in the Note editing window. THAT'S the problem. Once that UX matter is resolved you'll find that it's more intuitive to create organized sub-tags and the workflow will be easier. Once you get over the idea that they are "tags" and not "folders" the functionality will be all that matters.
  13. estevancarlos

    Different Colors for Highlighter

    I don't necessarily believe Evernote should be too bloated with features however many of us have come to expect many of the features that are bundled with Google Docs. That should be a baseline in 2018. Obviously Evernote is not there. The product as it works fine but does anyone know if they intend to make any feature additions or changes at all?
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    A full list of third party application?

    Might be a misunderstanding. I am looking for apps that interface with Evernote, as you mention. Not just the ability to attach any file format. I'm curious to see what's available and see which applications solve some small problems I may be having. For example I'd like more advanced text editing with the ability to control background color/highlight color. There may be a third party app for that.
  15. I do use evernote heavily to write documentation and notes regarding my programming and development. However it could be better. I came across this application, https://www.cacher.io/. It is designed for the purpose of organizing code snippets. Does a 3rd application like this exist for evernote? It's nearly identical but the main issue I have is the visual organization. The Cacher program adds a padding and gray background around the specific code snippet. This clearly makes it visually easier to see and browse through. There is no built-in option in evernote for padding or controlling the background color of text. Cacher may have other features as well that I am unfamiliar with. However I am curious to try something like this and believe it can be implemented effectively in Evernote.
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