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MrEvernoteMcGee

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  1. MrEvernoteMcGee

    Pushy, Push Notifications

    For the past couple of months I've been getting unauthorized push notifications from the iOS app. "Don't forget the milk. Write today's to-do list in Evernote" "Get a head start. Plan your next week in Evernote" I understand these may be helpful for a new user, but for someone who uses the app every day there needs to be an option to shut this off. Between these notifications and the fact the iOS app is so slow, it makes me consider trying Bear again.
  2. A couple of years ago, I owned an iPad (it was old back then, barely works now) and I used the Notability app to take notes for my evening classes at school. It worked quite well in terms of marking-up PDF's with a highlighter, but my rubber tipped stylus wasn't the best for writing. Fast forward to 2018, and I'm looking at purchasing a new iPad and an Apple pencil to take notes at work. I have no doubt Notability is up to the task, but there are a couple of concerns. First and foremost, we're a large company and everything here is Windows/Microsoft. I would need a way to sync my notes to Evernote periodically (maybe after each meeting/maybe at the end of each day) so they are available to me on more than just a single device. Plus, Evernote is where I house everything so I'd like everything to end up there. I understand this is possible with the share sheet in iOS or potentially even an IFTTT recipe. I just wonder if it'll be too much fumbling around getting pdfs into Notability, then writing on them (and around them) and then over to Evernote. Now, because we are in a Microsoft environment, we do already use OneNote quite a bit. This could also work but I have concerns here also. Firstly, I've read online there are no horizontal boundaries in OneNote, so you're notes can potentially end up being crazy wide and all over the place. I do recall this happening to me even with typed notes. There have been occasions where I find the note I'm looking for, but it's blank. It took me a few mins to realize I needed to scroll sideways about 5 feet to see my content. I also don't like the way OneNote handles PDF notations. I can highlight and take notes on the PDF file, but the moment I move the file around the page all my annotations stay in the same spot -- they aren't "attached" to the PDF. This to me, is entirely useless. I guess what I'm getting at is, I want to get to a point where I just take my iPad and Apple pencil to a meeting, and everything is available to me later in the cloud; preferably not using Notability as the repository because I need to see those notes on Windows too. Evernote would be my preferred 'home base' for everything. Is Evernote going to be at a point soon where I can write notes directly in the app and mark-up PDF's as well, or do I need to find another solution. I'm just wondering who out there has been through this and what advice you'd offer.
  3. I've been using Evernote for years. Unfortunately, with the price increases as of late I've had to create new accounts so I can apply a student discount each year. To me, the service is worth every drop of its $45 a month, but I just couldn't justify spending $90 on it here in Canada. Especially not when Office is about the same price and you get so much more bang for your buck. Anyway, while I may appear as a relatively new user here, I've been on this forum for I don't know, at least five maybe seven years. I was using Evernote to house notes for school, work, and personal use. This is because I went back to school taking online courses while working a full-time job. Now that I am done school, I thought I would give another system a try and see if I could ween myself off Evernote. I had been using Bear for a couple of months on iOS and my Macs at home, and OneNote at work. OneNote is pretty good - and I do share notes with coworkers...I will continue to use it in that respect. But there are a few things that drive me nuts about OneNote too. 1) Having to sync individual notebooks - it's not one big, beautiful sync package like Evernote. I don't want to have to remember if I saved one Notebook on OneDrive and another on the network drive at work. 2) Annotating documents and images doesn't work for me. It's great that I can highlight a document and take notes, but the minute I move objects in the note around, the document moves while all my markups stay in place -- they're two separate layers. I much prefer Evernote's "stay where I put you" approach. 3) The "type anywhere, just not here" editor. It's a free editor in that you can click anywhere, but too often it wouldn't let me put the cursor right where I wanted. Likewise with saving attachments. It wouldn't let me save the icons in a row, and it would jostle them around the screen at random. So while I left for a bit - and even posted a story about it on this forum - I'm now back. I've been given some additional responsibilities at work and the thought of annotating PDF's in OneNote was enough to make me reconsider. Then I remembered how superior the web clipper is to anything else on the market and how I'll be researching a vacation soon and I realized, I have to come back. Bear is good on iOS, but still not quite up to par with the features of Evernote. For personal use it makes total sense, but for heavy documents and business use, not so much. Especially in a Windows environment ? Great app though. There may be troubles in the front office, and they may still be trying to figure out how to monetize the thing properly, but my god - even with it's faults it's just SO POWERFUL. I hope they can turn it around, and I hope they sort everything out. I also hope there's a way to do that and still offer premium for the more reasonable price of $45 a year. At that cost it's an absolute no-brainer -- at almost $100, even guys (and gals) like me who appreciate what it can do, well - we have to think long and hard about it's value at that point, powerful as the app may be.
  4. MrEvernoteMcGee

    Evernote death spiral

    I don't know about that. How long did it take Lehman Brothers to collapse, a year? And they were much larger than Evernote. The way online services just suddenly "turn off" these days kind of scares me. Newton Mail, Mailbox, Google shuts down half their apps on a Whim. I know the examples provided are a bit different, but it wouldn't surprise me in the least to see a blog post by Evernote saying you have to get all your files out by February 2019 because they're toast. I'm a long time user and poster of this forum, though I had to change my username when I used my school account to open a new Evernote account last year. While the article on the Verge is open to interpretation, there are some serious red-flags for me. 1) The number of complaints and gripes posted on this forum. Even from people who enjoy Evernote and use it every day, I have seen posts where most people are in agreement that some major bugs need fixing. 2) Executives leaving in droves 3) The re-branding seems like a last-ditch effort to right the ship. But instead of spending money on new logos and some new colors, improvements to the product and new features would have made more sense. How much money did they spend drawing 500 elephants, only to arrive at virtually the same logo? 4) Their prices. While I do use OneNote at work, I'm not its biggest fan. That said, here in Canada I can get an Office 365 Student subscription for less than an Evernote Membership. That's Word, Excel, Powerpoint, OneNote -- etc. They're priced way too high and the business people aren't biting. There are too many great competitors out there who charge far less. Yes, Evernote can do some amazing things the others can't, but for most people I feel as though Apple Notes or Google Keep works just fine. Those folks aren't shopping for a note taking service at over $100/year (CAD). I just have a bad feeling about all of it. The fact the discussion of their demise is fairly prominent on this board and on the interwebs doesn't help. So we can argue about what the article said and how valid it is all we want, but in my eyes the points I've made above are valid enough on their own to seriously consider getting out before that "see ya later" blog post goes up.
  5. MrEvernoteMcGee

    Retrieving Information from Evernote

    Even when sorted by title, it returns note titles beginning with the letter "A" first and not the note that matched my search term exactly. It would be like searching Gmail for "DTLow" and it brings back 50 emails with "Low" in it before "DTLow". Doesn't make sense. Anyway, that's a small part of what I'm trying to convey. It's just, with so many notes and so many variables (notebooks, tags, date created, note title) it can take more than a few seconds to retrieve the information you're looking for. At some point, there is surely a way to mitigate some of the obstacles I've created for myself along the way and get me back to more efficient processes for retrieval.
  6. I'll try to be as succinct as possible here, though my question isn't one that can be answered in a sentence or two -- I don't think. First off, I've been using Evernote for a long time. I'm using a new account now which is why I probably show up as a relatively new member in this forum, but I've posted and lurked on these forums for years. I store a lot of information in Evernote. For personal use I have instruction manuals, bills, receipts, school notes, photos documenting a process -- a lot of stuff. I also house a lot of work documents within Evernote -- emails, reference guides, notes to myself about how I did something (I work in IT) etc. I guess what I came here to inquire about is the fact that I'm beginning to question not the usefulness of Evernote, but my efficiency in using it. It feels like Evernote usage is severely lopsided as I spend 90% of the time putting stuff into it and 10% of the time retrieving information. I guess there is enough space to go around so I can see the argument for just throwing everything at it, but I sometimes find the retrieval part cumbersome and frustrating -- especially on mobile (iOS). Here's an example -- at work I sometimes hold meetings in our conference room. I like to remotely connect to my PC from the meeting so I can demo things so I need to know my computer's IP address. I store it in Evernote, of course. When I type "Work IP Address" into the search bar (iOS) it returns my note called "Work IP Address" as the ninth item. To me, since I matched the note title exactly, it should be the first item in the list that's returned. I guess what I'm getting at is, I like to have things organized so I can do things instantly. When I go to contacts and type a friends name I usually see them appear after only one or two letters. When I search an email in Gmail I can generally find what I want within a statement or two. With so much in Evernote though, it feels like every time I want to retrieve some information I have to wiggle my way through filters and sorts and tags and notebooks. It gets to the point where I'll just search my Gmail or Outlook for what I'm after instead of Evernote. In closing, I'll just say that I do have a structure to my notes. I use about 5 notebooks and a bunch of tags, and I can generally find things quickly, so I don't want to give the impression I'm a novice user who just stockpiles garbage. I do have a system and I can generally find what I need but I don't know, the whole thing seems a little cumbersome still. It's not tick tack toe, it's more tick tick tack.........tack.....toe to get where I'm going. I feel like I need to reevaluate what it is I'm saving, how it's saved, and define better guidelines between what goes into EN vs say Dropbox. I just wondered if any of you find retrieval a bit cumbersome at times despite your best efforts to keep things organized, and how you combat that?
  7. MrEvernoteMcGee

    Highlights and Underlines not printing

    I went into Evernote this morning and printed a note I have that contains highlights and oddly enough, I found myself here. Has there been any news on this front? Seems to be a fairly basic feature - things printing the same as they appear on the screen. It concerns me that threads from 2015 mention this issue and here we are in late 2017 with no apparent fix aside from "paste it into Word and print from there".
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