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  1. Thank you - that solved two issues in one fix: I can now switch between open windows on macOS, and when replacing a search I can now press CMD-A to select the existing text. These two are huge wins - thank you.
  2. I figured as much - thank you for giving me the opportunity to rant
  3. I take your point - it's difficult to keep up with user demands and sometimes new features take a while to 'find their feet' and work with reassuring certainty. Still, I'm not criticising the implementation of any new features. I'm questionning the decision to forego the most basic functionality: The reason people adopt a notes application in the first place. You mentioned users complainning that their notes used different fonts on different platforms. I don't mind about that at all. For me, that's not a basic functionality issue, it's a poor implementation issue. If the app is capable of using the same font by default on all platforms, why not configure it to behave that way? It just seems naive to me to set default fonts differently on different platforms. Of course that is going to confuse users. You mentioned users wanting dashboards. Fine, have dashboards. Just don't force all users to use them. You mentioned users wanting the same look at feel all all OS's but that this took up more system resources. I'm OK with the app using more resources but should note that syncing offline notebooks is SO slow that it takes days. In fact, I have completely given up waiting after weeks of watching my iOS notebooks seemingly do nothing while syncing. Still now, even those notebook that are synced don't show the note previews when the phone is offline and I have to open each note to see a preview of its contents. I want a note taking application that will store all notes both online and offline, and works well offline. Almost all of my notes are pure text - no weighty graphics, video clips, or audio files. For me, this is basic functionality. Imagine a calendar app that only sometimes synced, didn't display event entry contents properly, produced duplicate conflicting events on different devices, and took weeks to sync. Never mind dashboards, sync my notes. You mentioned "To Do's". Fine, feel free to add them - but once again, don't force me to use them. The one thing I would like Evernote to do well is be a note taking application that syncs between devices. I want this solution to be elegant, stable, and fast. Everything else is an "extra". There are other weird choices I think the Evernote team have made - and again, this isn't an issue with the functionality or a bug, it's just a weird management decisions. Now, on my macOS desktop, there's an Evernote menu item that I can't get rid of. I NEVER use it, and I never want it. It's just cluttering up my menu bar. I get it - it's great that people can click and quickly add notes - thanks for the option. But forcing me to have a menu bar item is just a weird decision by the management. Leave me alone - let's record my notes, and make all additional functionality optional. That's my ask. Thanks for responding!
  4. Why is this even a conversation? Being able to switch between open windows in an application using the keyboard is such a basic feature. It's astonishing that it even needs to be requested. The only way to switch between open windows in the macOS Evernote desktop app that I can find is by clicking the Window menu with a mouse, or using the macOS show all windows feature. This is basic functionality for a modern application. Why is it missing?
  5. I'm just posting this here in case the Evernote dev team sees these posts. Just for reference, I'm using the most up to date versions at the time of writing, on macOS and iOS - but the issue I'm highlighting has been going on for a long time. I've been an Evernote user for ten years and have recommended this application to everyone. I basically 'live' in Everynote. The application is pretty much open all day, every day, and I manage everything through it, and my calendar. I've noticed in the recent period of time that the basic functionality - writing, organising, and accesing notes - has gotten worse. I'm impressed that the Evernote team have expanded the functionality to include things like notebooks, and even scanning images to make them searchable, and so on, but none of this is the one thing Evernote is supposed to do well: Write, organise, and access notes. Here are some of my frustrations as a long-time user: I've found syncing between my iOS device and my desktop causes 'conflicts' almost every time. I never risk using it, which is a shame because this was previously a brilliant feature that I would have wished to count on. Now I leave additional notes on my phone and merge them manually on my desktop. If I search Evernote, I can't press CMD+A to select all of the text from a previous search. I have to use the mouse to select the previous search text and delete it or wait while I backspace several times. When I create a new note, the cursor is in the content section of the note, not the title. So what? You might think... But it means every note is called 'Untitled' unless I manually move the cursor to the Subject box and type one in. Very often, my notes are just a few words and the subject is all I need. At least let me specify where the cursor will begin in a preference. Speaking of preferences, where are the preferences for the desktop client? Syncing on the desktop is supposed to happen continuously but doesn't. It doesn't happen continuously on my phone either. This means I often discover I have notes with no content popping up and the 'Sync Now' option seems to have been completely removed from the desktop version. I presume your devs work next to an internet node but most people have a slightly slower connection. Please give me back the sync now option. If I select an existing note and press Tab using the desktop app, the 'Expand Note' button is highlighted. Why on earth would I want to do that with the Tab key? Clearly I want to edit the contents of the note... Often, when I add a URL (which is often) to a note, I get a massive unwated preview that attempts to play videos inside the note - too small to view the video properly and too large to sit conveniently inside the note as a preview of the contents. At least give me the option to choose whether links will be added as a preview. But as I mentioned... Where are the preferences? Yes, I know, I can convert the preview back to a link - something that I have to do manually using my mouse. Why would any user always want a preview embedded in a note? Why on earth is this the default (and unchangeable) behaviour? My best guest is that your devs wanted to show the feature off. That's fine - let me disable it too. I don't, personally care about tags, embedded images, notebooks, integration with other applications, live shared notebooks, or any other advanced functionality that has been added to Evernote. I care about Evernote doing ONE THING REALLY WELL. This was the case in the past but I am so frustrated by the many little, but impactful, issues with the basic functionality that I'm now looking for an alternative. Many people say positive things about Onenote. I don't want to migrate my thousands of notes to another system but I'm frustrated, every day, several times a day, but these many little kinds of 'unthink' by the team developing Evernote. If you could just make Evernote perform really well as a text note system, it would be wonderful. Thanks for taking the time to read this. I'm still a fan, just a disappointed one.
  6. It's simply crazy that this kind of link conversion takes place. I presume many users just want to store information in their notes. I can understand this being a worthwhile option users can enable but to make it the default - and not something that can be disabled - is bonkers.
  7. I'm a long time dedicated Evernote for Mac OS and iOS user. I 'live' in Evernote, and without it i would have to work hard to transfer my professional and personal organisational system to another platform. Having made that endorsement, I have a bugbear: The server-side, and multi-platform syncing needs some work. 1. When opening a note on the desktop app, the app makes the me wait until the server has finished syncing before the contents are displayed, even if the note is stored offline. This happens on the iOS version too. It would be better if offline notes were immediately visible, but read-only, until the server-side syncing has completed. Outside of North America, internet connections are sometimes unstable, and this syncing process can take a LONG time. If the internet is only barely there, the sync can take so long it ultimately fails, and the only way to get the app to show the contents of a note is to turn off my system's internet connection altogether, and start up Evernote again, hoping the system hasn't partially synced and corrupted a note (this has happened before). This is a poor way to manage syncing. There should never be a situation, ever, when a note can be corrupted. Just today, I opened a note on my iOS device (this is version 8.2.352903 - the latest version on the app store at the time of writing), and the contents had been replaced by an entirely different note :-o. Syncing triggered a note conflict, and I was able to recover the original contents on my desktop. This should never, ever happen - and I hadn't opened either note. 3. (Because 1. was kind of two issues in one) I have given up ever editing existing notes on my iOS device. If I do, that note will almost invariably come up as a sync conflict when I next view it on the desktop app, creating a very frustrating new note with the entire contents of both versions included. Offering a note-merging option would help, where anything missing from either note is included in one inclusive note, or colour-coding differences. This way I wouldn't have to check line-by-line to see what's missing, and since the edit is usually one or two lines, it would be easy to remove them again using the desktop app. I have tried fully syncing on the iOS device, then fully syncing on the desktop app, so the server has time to check date stamps but it has no effect - I still get conflicting notes. I realise Evernote has grown into a comprehensive tool, with scanning, OCR, business card management and team-sharing functionality, but can't help feeling the core offering is being forgotten. Evernote let's you store, organise, and sync text notes across multiple devices. That's the core offering for me. I've been putting up with this unhelpful synching functionality for a long while, hoping an update would fix it. It hasn't, and so I'm researching alternative note systems that I can migrate to because I do need that core functionality to work elegantly. And when I say 'elegantly', I mean perfectly, solidly, having the same dependably result every single time, every day. Evernote worked this way previous, which is why I fell in love with the system, but the romance is fading... Thanks for reading, Maxim
  8. When deleting a note, the Undo operation should restore the note.
  9. Yes, as I mentioned, quitting Evernote, disconnecting the internet altogether, and restarting Evernote usually fixes the problem. However, this wouldn't be necessary if the application displayed the existing stored offline version of notes before, and while syncing. Thanks for the suggestion though.
  10. I use Evernote offline often, both on Mac OS and on iOS. I have Evernote set to store all notes offline. When a note, it seems Evernote syncs the note before displaying it. If I'm connected to a fast stable internet connection, or if I an fully offline, the note opens quickly. However, if I am on a poor internet connection - as I am now, for example, in the air on a flight with wifi - the note appears empty for quite some time, even if I know it has a great deal of text in it. Occasionally Evernote will fail to display the contents at all. To me, this suggests the offline note functionality is not fully effective. I need notes to be immediately available as a local copy. A time indicator showing when the note was last synced would be better than waiting for the note to sync before displaying its contents. I've found notes that are not yet synced with the server because the internet connection is very slow will sometimes come up as completely unavailable. I have to quit, disconnect the internet, reopen Evernote and can then access the offline note. On more than one occasion, a notebook that had not finished syncing came up as unavailable because I was offline, with guidance to enable offline notebooks to be able to access the notebook without an internet connection. This is, of course, a notebook that has been available offline for some time. We need to be able to access the offline version of a notebook or note first, and for the syncing process not to interrupt access to the content of the note. If a note is changed before it is synced, a conflict resolution workflow already exists to deal with the issue. Thanks.
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