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  1. It’s aggravating enough that I have to keep finding where I left off in the middle of writing a fairly lengthy piece—particularly as I often jump around within a note—but I also lose all my undo stages, so if I accidentally obliterate a chunk of work, I better remember what it was or I’m screwed! I feel like this problem is the result of poor memory allocation on the iPad, as it takes forever to open my photos from within the app. It takes so long I think the app is frozen! This isn’t a problem on the iPhone.
  2. The Evernote dev team does one thing consistently well: it lets user requests and complaints persist for years without ever addressing them. Well done! Turns out that half-assed is half a cheek too much in Evernote’s management team.
  3. Here's a workaround to this really annoying issue (made more annoying by not being able to search for paragraph breaks, much less replace them with double breaks!) without having to lose all your formatting to do it: NOTE: The workaround is also annoying, but at least it works: If you're pasting from Mac Pages or other editor into EN, yes, you'll lose all your double break returns (because EN encodes a carriage return as a "<div>" and not a "<p>&nbsp;</p>"). Instead, open a WYSIWYG editor, like https://html-online.com/editor/, and paste your formatted text into the visual HTML side. You'll see that all your formatting is in tact. Copy what you just pasted into the left visual side (not the code it produced on the right), and then paste that into EN. Your formatting and double-spaced paragraphs should not only come in properly, but you shouldn't lose it all if you quit and reopen. To return the missing second return to your EN paragraphs, paste your EN text into an editor, like Mac Pages or Text Edit, where you can not only search for returns, but also replace them with double returns. Your text formatting will remain unaltered. Now go back to the WYSIWYG editor, paste, select all and copy, then return to EN and paste. Depending on your WYSIWYG editor, you might have the option of "cleaning" the code, which will eliminate unnecessary additional returns. Just remember to paste the text from the visual side and not the code side. Hope this helps, since Evernote can't be relied upon to fix its deficiencies (like find and replace).
  4. I'm afraid it doesn't. Just the static share stuff. Sorry.
  5. I thought they were all notebooks, but you're right: STUFF would be the stack that contains the notebooks. Nevertheless, based on your volume of notes and tags, what I'd suggest before migrating is selecting all the notes in a given notebook, which belong to a given stack, and add or modify your existing tags to Bear-friendly versions, so that when you import, you'll have the nesting tag structure you need and therefore won't have to append manually as I did. I just did a small test just now to see if this would work by creating a note with the single tag AMYSTUFF/TESTSTUFF/MYSTUFF, and the tags came in properly nested on import. At least EN makes it easy to apply tags to all notes within a selected notebook or stack. I'd really like to believe that Bear is up to the task of maintaining your volume of content, and wish I could just say, c'mon, please give it a try and let me know, but I really do appreciate the time investment this will incur. You may want to contact Bear directly and ask if there are limits to how many notes and tags the app can maintain before embarking. Not all lessons need to be learned the hard way! I hope you'll keep me/us posted on your findings!
  6. I'll do my best to answer based on my own experience, which was predicated on the ability to not only maintain the tags I currently support in EN, but also the organization or my notes across 7 different notebooks, each containing anywhere from 2 to 20 nested notebooks. This was a big selling point for EN, so any alternative solution had to be comparable. That said... Bear uses tags and nested tags to achieve the same organizational scheme. So for instance, let's say you currently have a notebook called STUFF, and within it you have two notebooks: MYSTUFF and WORKSTUFF. Each note may then have various tags associated with it: INTERESTING, BORING, GENERAL, SPECIFIC. Were you to select the primary notebook, STUFF, and export, only the tags—INTERESTING, BORING, GENERAL, SPECIFIC—would be imported. However, if you select all the notes in each individual notebook and assign them all a tag with that notebook name—i.e., MYSTUFF—and then export, MYSTUFF will come in as a tag when you import to Bear. This was the only cumbersome aspect to the import process: each tag has to be manually nested by adding the notebook tag name to it. So to get MYSTUFF and WORKSTUFF to nest beneath STUFF, you'll have to rename the two nested tags to STUFF/MYSTUFF and STUFF/WORKSTUFF. You'd likely also do the same with INTERESTING, BORING, GENERAL, and SPECIFIC. This will automatically update the notes' tags, so no need to change anything in the imported notes. What you'll wind up with is a left sidebar that looks like this: Obviously, it's a different way to look at/handle the same type of hierarchies, but for my purposes, this is working. It just required a methodical approach to exporting my notebooks and then making sure on import that I was catching anything that may have slipped through the cracks without being properly tagged. It helped that there's a preassigned "Untagged" receptacle at the top of the Tags sidebar that catches all the tagless notes, which can then be dragged to their appropriate tags, singly or en masse, from the Notes column. No lie, for my 700+ notes across 40 notebooks it took a hefty chunk of the day. But now I'm up and running. I don't think you need anything more than the Basic (Free) EN plan to take advantage of the Web Clipper extension. The only difference would be, I'm assuming, that the clip would have to be manually inserted into a Bear note. I've never taken advantage of this feature, so I'm afraid I'm no help here. I just write, and sometimes I import images and add links, all of which Bear does, with the addition of finding and replacing, taking dictation, highlighting, etc. I felt exactly the way you do: too many notes to risk on moving to a new environment. For easily a month, I was hesitant, holding onto EN out of habit and insecurity, even though I had Bear mostly set up and ready to go, and still I wasn't ready to pull the trigger. It was only when I saw the scrolling list of fixes and enhancements to the latest version—which didn't even address text replacement after this thread has just gotten longer and longer with each passing year, that I finally committed, and so far, I feel liberated and unencumbered, and the syncing across my devices feels immediate where EN often produced "Conflicting Changes" files due to my switching devices before the syncing service could catch up. My advice to you would be to give Bear a try with a single notebook, and go in with an open mind. You've got nothing to lose, since the download is free, and so is the first month if you sign up for a paid subscription. As I'm a new convert myself, I recommend checking out Bear's FAQ—https://bear.app/faq/—or even contacting them directly with any questions or concerns that might be lingering. I wrote twice and received the help I needed within 24 hours. I really hope this helps. It's been a long and frustrating journey.
  7. At last—a solution: https://bear.app After all the fixes and improvements rolled out with the latest version, 7.5.1, it's clear Evernote doesn't give a ***** about basic functionality and appeasing their users who actually WRITE. At least for me, Bear is proving to be what Evernote long, long ago promised to be: a simple and easy writing app that maintains consistency across all devices and syncs instantly. Moreover, the process of importing my 700+ notes in Evernote was nearly seamless. Tags and formatting came in brilliantly, with the only effort being the need to modify the tags for nesting purposes. For $15/yr, instead of the bloated $49.99 for Evernote, it's worth the try. Plus you get a 1-month free trial—and the ability to FIND AND REPLACE!
  8. Based on Evernote's response to my renewed plea for search and replace functionality, it would seem it's up to us, the users, to elevate Evernote to the level it should already be functioning at. Thanks to all who have posted viable solutions that can be implemented using Mac's built-in capabilities. Geoff T. (Evernote Help and Learning) Apr 19, 06:52 PDT Hello again Amy, Thanks for getting back to me. You are completely correct that this has been one of our most requested features for some time now, and I can see your ticket from 2015 regarding this issue. I want you to know I have personally submitted this email as another request for this Find and Replace feature. As well, I spoke with a specialist for you, and they wanted me to let you know that our developers take a myriad of factors into account when working on Evernote applications, including programming resources, client optimization, demand, and the need to address issues that occur with updates. Yet the fact remains that this option has not been added for some time, and that this is detracting from your experience with the Evernote for Mac application. i sincerely wish I could guarantee you that this feature would be added, that I could give you a timeline for its addition, but I cannot. What I can guarantee you is that we genuinely appreciate users like you who enjoy Evernote and want to see it become even better. I hope that this feature is added soon, and that Evernote continues to meet your other needs in the meantime. Thank you once more for being one of the people that helps make Evernote great; please let me know if there's ever anything I can do to improve your experience with it. Sincerely, Geoff T. Customer Support Representative Mon-Fri, 8am -4:30pm, CST
  9. Thanks. The issue really becomes how EN has positioned itself in a writer's market, despite the glaring lack of basic find/replace functionality. If they're going to entice the aspiring novelist, which they have been, they should be taking seriously the requests of this niche market and show they're serious about meeting the expressed needs. It's like they're saying they're into rock climbing and then showing up at the site in heels and a little black dress. As a writer, I feel I've been led down a long path to a dead end.
  10. What I find "so-ooo disappointing" is EN's sketchy response to numerous and ongoing pleas for what should be basic functionality in word-processing software, which sends "a clear message" that they're not that into making their product a more full-bodied writing app. Who doesn't need to do a search AND a replace??? I don't get how this isn't at the top of the development team's whiteboard! I'm sure I'm not the only writer who's needed to change the name of a character in a story or a consistent misspelling. So yes, after wasting a whole lot of time working around this fatal flaw in EN, and seeing all the irate and frustrated comments (mine included) by those who have contacted customer support and have essentially been given "form-letter" responses, I'm left thinking that EN isn't the Mecca I had hoped for managing my writing with ease across all my various devices. I could accept the explanation that EN was never meant to play such a role, and my bad for thinking it could; but when the EN team blogs about how great a tool it is for writing a novel, I think, "Wow, I guess no one had to manually replace each occurrence of the main character's name across 200 pages."
  11. This is so-ooo disappointing, and on the magnitude of making me think it's time to consider jumping ship. Not supporting their own products, much less their Mac user base, seems a clear message that EN is focused on priorities other than perfecting their products. A really bad sign that EN is heading for an ice berg. What's the alternative, Pages and Dropbox? Google Docs?
  12. Unless I'm missing something (which is highly likely), I have to click the little clock icon twice in order to bring up the "Mark as done" option in the Reminders menu. That's annoying when I'm going through a well of completed articles I need to mark as such. Being able to batch-process the status of articles would be REALLY awesome, but I'd be happy at this point to just eliminate the second click, which ALSO brings up the one option that appears on the first click: Add a date. This first popup is a complete waste of time, but I can't find anything in the prefs where I can disable it.
  13. Without the Replace adjunct to the Search, Evernote will never be considered a writer's best friend. To have to pull copy into another text-editing app just to perform what should be a base-level function is ludicrous, not to mention fraught. A plain text editor will vanquish bold and italics, whereas a WYSIWYG will transform them into tags or create so many more formatting problems you might as well just get out your tweezers and change all the erroneous iterations yourself! Next thing you know you've spent half the day basically making xerox copies of a xerox as you transfer your editorial or book chapter from one app to another. The whole point of getting Evernote was to have immediate access to my writing wherever I was and with whatever device I happened to be using. This one failing on Evernote's part to address the most basic of editing functions is cause for distrust in the developers' ability to create an independent and integrated platform across all devices.
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