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Neil Rutledge

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  1. 16 hours ago, DTLow said:

    If it's too complicated, just stick with Notes.

    I think this completely misses the point. The problem is that Evernote Mac's UX is terribly designed. You can't drag and drop notebooks/tags without diving into another screen. You can't click on a tag and simply search within it. You can delete a notebook (rarely performed action) from the context menu, yet you can't rename it or move it (common actions). And the list goes on...

    For comparison, try Notion.so and you will see how well designed software functions. If Evernote doesn't start improving the user experience, they are going to lose out long term.

    Edit: certain things are very well implemented in Evernote Mac (annotation, searching within notebooks, the new tables, etc.). My problem is that they don't seem to be putting in any effort to bring improvements from Evernote Windows into the Mac version. It's as if the teams are working in complete isolation.

  2. Evernote Mac team, WHY has this option not made its way to Mac yet?

    Let's compare performing a search on a tag in Bear (could just as easily be OneNote) to Evernote:

    Find something within a tag in Bear:

    1. Click tag and realize list is very long.
    2. Enter search phrase to filter results.
    3. Filtered results within tag are displayed.

    Find something within a tag in Evernote:

    1. Click tag and realize list is very long.
    2. Attempt to search within the tag (fail, there is no immediate option).
    3. Manually key tag into search box (slow and redundant).
    4. Select tag from search results.
    5. Enter search phrase to filter results.
    6. Filtered results within tag are displayed.

  3. Yes please provide a separate setting to disable recent notes! I'm sure there are people that love it, but for many people it's just taking up space, creating a distraction or compromising their privacy.

    For me personally, it just drives me nuts. I want to put things in their place, not have things jumping around. It takes more time and mental energy to scan a recent list in hopes of finding the note I was recently viewing then to just go to where I know where to find it.

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  4. I still cannot believe there is no quick way to search within the current context, or tag.

    Notebooks are extremely limited, forcing people to use tags for organization...but Evernote Mac doesn't provide a way to search within tags without extremely tedious extra steps.

    I've made the switch back to OneNote for the time being and am finding it a huge relief to be able to just click into a section and search within.

  5. On 6/15/2016 at 11:07 AM, Bladerunn3r said:

    Its amazing to me that in the past year since this post went live, and EN has been updated numerous times, that there is STILL no color options available on the Mac version.

    I work for a software company. Just because a particular feature is relatively simple to implement doesn't automatically mean it's going to make it into the software immediately. There can be countless other feature requests, enhancements and fixes that are higher priority.

    That being said, Evernote's Mac interface is so incredibly grey and lifeless that sometimes I wonder if I'm looking at the other side of my Macbook's display. The only clue is that there's no white apple.

    There is no tool quite like Evernote. I absolutely love it. I do wish it had some basic color-coding options though. (The fact this has been rolled out for Windows has me feeling somewhat optimistic though.)

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  6. So no one else desires the ability to search within a tag (by clicking a tag and searching)? It seems like such a basic function to be able to search within the current context/view.

    Edit: I just discovered that cmd clicking on a tag will filter the search results by the tag. Great feature! (It would still be ideal if you could turn on a "search current context" option that allowed you to search directly within the visible notes - but this achieves the same result.)

  7. Hi Annah,

    Thanks for looking into the issue. I just tested a bit further - it seems this is just a performance issue, not a bug as I first thought. Certainly something I can live with. :)


    Scenario 1: Renaming a single tag with only 50 or so notes

    The notes displayed when clicking the tag appear almost immediately (they pop up one by one within seconds).

    Scenario 2: renaming multiple tags with several hundred notes between them

    Some tags will update immediately and show notes when clicking them. Certain tags may show 0 notes for several minutes.


    My System Details:

    Evernote Version 6.3 (452832 Direct)

    MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Early 2015)

    Processor: 2.7 GHz Intel Core i5

    Memory: 8 GB 1867 MHz DDR3

    Graphics: Intel Iris Graphics 6100 1536 MB


    For a period of several minutes after renaming a tag, none of the notes associated with the tag appear when clicking the tag.


    1. Add several notes to a tag.
    2. Rename the tag.
    3. Click on the newly renamed tag.

    Unexpected result: no notes appear.

    Expected result: all notes associated with the tag appear.

    Note: I expected this is some sort of search indexing issue. It is not a major problem but I just wanted to bring it to everyone's attention. I had been renaming tags on the fly to achieve custom sorting and it's a pain to wait several minutes after renaming.


  9. I completely agree. The tags are right there in the sidebar. Why would I want to click into another screen, find the tag I'm already looking at in order to interact with it????

    Evernote Mac team, please, please, please enhance the tags in the left menu to have the functionality that exists on Evernote Windows.

  10. When manually specifying the order of reminders in a notebook, reminders often slot into the wrong position (1-2 slots above/below where you dragged the reminder). I hard prioritize my reminders like an Agile backlog and it is incredibly annoying when I have to fight with a reminder endlessly just to get it to stay in the correct order.




    1. In a notebook, create several notes with reminders.

    2. In the reminder settings, disable "Sort Reminders by Date"

    3. Create a new reminders using "Add reminder to..." at the top of the reminder list.

    4. Slot the reminder into a specific position in the list.

    5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 until a reminder slots into a different position than you intended.


    NOTE: Attempting to just drag the reminder back into the correct position usually fails. The only solution I have found is to start moving other reminders up and down until the correct sequence is obtained - often takes a dozen attempts to get things to save correctly.

  11. On Evernote Windows, there is a simple "Search Current Context" setting that you can toggle and leave on. This allows you to click a notebook or tag, or combination (I do believe), and simply start typing into the search box to search within the currently visible notes. Please, please, please include this feature on Mac!


    As a user, I expect to be able to filter within the currently visible notes without the need to create an advanced search query/selection - I've already gone to the trouble of drilling into a notebook/tag. A simple toggle setting (like in Windows Evernote) keeps everyone happy.

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  12. Evernote Mac team, are you kidding me? There is no ability to search within the current context???? 


    If I have a tag selected, I expect to be able to search within the tag. I could do this on Evernote Windows with absolute ease (the setting is remembered). The user should not have to type in an advanced search query.


    Due to the various limitations of notebooks (can't nest beyond 1 level deep, limited max notebook count, etc.), people rely heavily on tags and should expect to quickly drill down and search within tags.

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