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  1. I was implementing some changes based on the feedback that I thought would improve my system. With your projects how do you review all active projects vs all projects? I was using a tag .Active and then I could review by tag. However, this ends up being a bit messy just because I then have to tag the master note with the project ~projecta and then tag with .Active. I have other meta tags for projects but may simplify to just .Active for active projects and anything else doesn't matter.
  2. I did testing annotating the native Evernote Reader(not sure what runs this behind the scenes.) I then opened the PDF I edited in Adobe Acrobat Reader, and the text was clear again! It seems that the original quality is preserved somehow. If I had to guess, some kind of compression has to take place for the annotation function, but I'm not sure. Annotating with Evernote and reading in a different app could be a good workaround for some.
  3. For reference, I attached two screen captures of a PDF at 200% zoom. The clear image is with Adobe Acrobat Reader(AAR). The blurry picture is using the annotate function built into the Evernote Windows client. I would think if this was affecting every user then there would be more reports, so maybe currently it's only a subset. I'm also going to see what happens if I annotate the PDF and then open it in AAR to see if the final copy I saved is the blurry, pixelated version.
  4. I also see this issue for what's it worth. Based on this thread it does seem specific to Windows 10, but possibly not all users.
  5. I had a follow-up question on your system. Correct me if I'm wrong, but the above-saved search returns the following: reminderOrder* = any notes with a reminder -reminderTime:day+1 = exclude any notes that have a reminder time in the future (tomorrow to infinity) -reminderDoneTime:* = exclude any notes that have a done time(meaning they have been completed) What I also found is that this will return notes with a reminder set, but no date. With how I use reminders this ends up bringing up notes that I have "pinned" in snippet view with a reminder to make them easi
  6. Thanks for the input, this help a lot. I may migrate to using reminders as I use my system, but knowing that it was a pretty simple transition for you given the scale of notes is reassuring. If you don't use organizational tags for task does that mean your only tags for marking someting as needing an action is a single action tag on the note? Could you give me a couple examples of your action tags? This makes sense if the context of where is not important. In your system do you use where only in your reference notes or is it ommited completely? I was thinking it would be useful for
  7. OK, so it sounds like any note marked as actionable works at scale from your experience. I had thought about using a date based method, but I thought that I would have to come up with several arbitrary dates to make this work, so I left it as general now, soon, later, etc. I'm going to try out a similar project structure, because I don't like how I'm currently doing that, there is too much tagging and untagging to organize projects. I use reminders right now to sync to calendar notes that have specific due dates and I also use them to "pin" important notes in snippet view for reference m
  8. Hi everyone, I was recently re-vamping how I organized things in Evernote and moved from a notebook based structure to a tag-based one. The goal is to do both task management and keep reference material in Evernote. When I started setting up this structure, I focused on separating my task workflow from my reference workflow. However, as I continue to use this system, I have debated on just keeping my when and where tasks tags and freely marking any of my notes if some action is required. If anyone is doing this, let me know how it is working. I have about 1000 n
  9. I think Evernote is great for organization and recall. Tagging is very efficient and not something that OneNote implements in the same way and are not searchable. I think both are great products though. I have about 1000 notes at this point, and I know many on the forums have many more. I'm not sure if I could do the same thing in OneNote without it getting unwieldy. -Alan
  10. This is an "Unofficial Manual" that covers a variety of things you can do in Evernote and you can download it as a PDF for reference. https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/how-to-use-evernote-the-missing-manual-full-text/ I also google my way through a lot of what I need to find. This forum has great detail on some subjects, but I usually hit this forum through a google search.
  11. I had a similar desire and this is what I did. Sort the notebook by preferred method. Then add a undated reminder to "pin" it to the top of the view because the reminders appear there. This has worked great for me. It's worth noting that the reminder list doesn't show up in every view and the view I was referring to is snippet view. If this is a view different then what you are use to, you can create a saved search to enforce this view. Hope that helps!
  12. I see the value in both these approaches really. I'm currently using chirmer's method simply because I was trying to start GTD with Evernote and that was recommended on the David Allen site. Spending a lot of time swapping tags could get frustrating with the time sensitive tags. However, the multiple tag filtering is excellent to look at exactly what you want. I'm currently trying to evaluate a hybrid approach, because I have concerns about the scalability of the notebook approach. The goal is to look at exactly what I need to in a given time period, but not lose track of other notes tha
  13. Hello, I was just looking to get some feedback from anyone who uses GTD and Evernote together, along with answering some general power user usability questions. I currently have it set up with notebooks and then create new notes for next actions and individual items. I'm curious if something like this really scales and also what everyone else has for actual amount of notes in their notebooks? For example: How many notes before it becomes really hard to use a notebook? I have 65 in my largest and 370 overall. I seems like it's already getting hard to use with this scale.
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