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  1. I take spells of organizing. I will usually go for a month without sorting what I have but there comes a time when the mess "bugs" me and I'll put things in the right folders/tags/etc. You are right - folder or not Evernote just finds things! Thanks for taking the time to write this. There are a lot of articles here about the 16 levels of organization that people use and it's good to see someone else saying how well EN works with zero organization. All we have to do is remember to put it in and learn how to search (advanced search helps!) and it works for us too!
  2. I know this isn't exactly what is being asked for but it may be an alternative if it fits your needs. The new Fujitsu ScanSnap iX500 will scan wirelessly (after initial setup) to an iPhone, iPad or Android device on the same wireless network.
  3. And to promote cloudHQ for backups which he is a founder of. 10) Backup And Sync Files To Other Cloud Services With cloudHQ:" It sounds like a good service but I have this funny taste in my mouth now because of the way I found it.
  4. I also would recommend against so much categorizing. You mentioned one possibility of "Tutorials", "Blog Posts", "Interesting Techniques". I always get myself in trouble like that because I end up saving an interesting technique in a tutorial that is in a blog post . The question I always ask myself is "is this level of detail necessary when I'm looking for a way to do X?" It helps me keep it somewhat generic and to let Evernote search do the work.
  5. This is why I built my system in three pieces - each leveraging it's strength. 1. Evernote to remember everything - Resource File in GTD Terms. 2. iCal / google calendar for time dependent reminders. 3. Omnifocus for task management. For me Evernote is the best reference system but a lousy reminder or task list manager. I encourage you to find what works well for you and not try to force anyone else's system if it doesn't feel right. Best wishes finding your perfect system.
  6. Hey gang. I'm running the 5.0.0 public beta 2 version and although I can't drag notes to tags I CAN drag tags to notes. I know this is not optimal, especially for multiple notes at once, but for that you can use the multi-tags Jackolicious mentions for that. You can also multi-select notes and then drag a tag to one of them to apply it to all selected notes. To see the list of tags so you can drag, make sure you View/Show Sidebar and in View/Sidebar Options choose to Show Tag List. There is also an option to Show Notebooks if you like that. It gets a bit large with Notebooks and/or Tags showing but for big sorting/classifying operations it's worth it to turn on for awhile. For my version you drag notes to notebooks or drag tags to notes. Hope it helps!
  7. I like the new UI, but maybe I'm alone. It is good to see Evernote move forward, even with missteps, rather than being content with past success. I would advise you to be very careful though if you want to downgrade... even if you got the old version off a backup the database wouldn't be compatible since it was updated for v5. It may even lead to corruption so please wait to see if Evernote answers this before trying to hack together a downgrade.
  8. If CW is only grabbing a picture of the tags, and it looks that blurry, could you use Skitch to get it. I've had great clarity with Skitch and it's an Evernote product as well.
  9. Hey, GM, thanks for presenting your preference and then the alternates instead of soapboxing your favorite. It's nice to see someone offering suggestions instead of trying to convince everyone their way is right. Evernote can be "all that" for everyone regardless of their preferences!
  10. I explained sponsored accounts to my boss like this: "It is MY Evernote account, you just get to pay for it". He does anyway but the sponsored account would save him some cash since there are 7 of us using it. Something to keep in mind that my boss pointed out is that if you have a premium account and sign on to the sponsored accounts you will lose your original time and it will be for 1 year from the sponsorship. I'm sure this is to avoid an accounting nightmare and to have all accounts come due at the same time but it is important to note if you have anyone that's already an Evernote user.
  11. Hi Johnny, I wanted to tell you one way I use tags because they help me handle my bills and information to store "for later" and may help you. I read this in a post somewhere and adapted it to my own thing and it works great for me. I have tags that help categorize things. I have a "medical", "banking", "tax receipt", "Room" (building a storage room, etc. This lets me group things together but not discreetly as in a "it's either this or that" manner. I also have tags for when - "2011", "2012" and "01 - Jan", "02 - Feb" etc. This lets me associate a time with everything I enter, if it is needed. If not then I don't struggle to figure out which group it's in. My Electric bill is easy - "04 - April" and "2012". If It's not obvious then I skip that. Finally, I have tags for people who are heavily in my life - "me", "Mom", "[my girlfriend]", etc. The way this works for me is when I get a lab report from the doctor for Mom's bloodwork (she's disabled and I care for her) I categorize it "2012" "04 - April" "Mom" "Medical" and I actually have a sub-tag for "Labs". Easy to buzz through them and like I said, it groups things together that I may want to look up: Mom's labs, all medical for this month, etc. I hope this is something that you can use or inspires you to go your own way... that's what Evernote's about - make it your own and have fun!
  12. The way I use Evernote, as an example, is to have notebooks like a student in school, one for each major subject. Tags can go cross-notebooks, of course, so a note in the Math notebook could have "Test material" the same way a note in the English notebook could. I'm not a student but this way of looking at it helps me conceptualize it. I also have tags for year and month for various bills, lab reports, etc. If I get an electric bill I'll tag it "2012" and "04 - April" and "Bill" so I can search them all together if I need to see where my money went - a common occurrence lately The downside to this approach is if I make my notebooks too detailed. "Medical" is fine, if I make one for "Doctor Visit", "Lab Report", "Bill", etc then I'll make myself crazier. Even if they are grouped into the same stack it's easier to not have to decide if this bill for a lab test goes under lab or bill! The bottom line is, of course, that Evernote is flexible enough for each of us to do what works for us. Do what works for you and enjoy it instead of trying to fit into someone else's model.
  13. Lol Jeff! A couple of tips for the photos. Make sure you get some kind of stand that allows you to angle the albums to catch the best light possible while at the same time keeping your phone's shadow off of it. Get an app that can help you clean up your snapshot. There was an article on Jotnot integration with Evernote for example. You need a tool in case you are at a slight angle - the album won't be square. I think the merged notes may be a good solution. Make sure to let us know how it turns out and what you learn as you do it.
  14. Another point in addition to what GHall wrote is that not only are they systems we create that are flexible enough to change as needed, they are also systems WE created so they are perfect for each of us. If I have to use Tags and hate them then I'll not flow well in that system. If I can use naming or notebooks to do what works for me then I can flow easily in it since it is the same as I think. For me it made the most sense to create a notebook for tax information since I don't normally scan pharmacy receipts for any other reason. If something came up that didn't fit, however, I could easily switch to using Tags and leave the stuff in the appropriate notebook.
  15. Or at least faster. One pass gets 2 pages at a time. I have Scansnap S1300 (not a heavy duty scanner) and scanned a 600 page book rather easily. It wasn't too bad and didn't take nearly as long as I though, but I may not do it again. The reasons? 1. I don't have that many books I actually look at (my college physics book cost over $60 and I hate the thought of throwing it out but haven't looked at it more than twice since I graduated (25 yrs)) 2. It's a pain to "de-bind" the book. 3. Everything in my programming books is either outdated or easily found online so I should probably donate them to a library rather than scan them. I did the one book after reading about it here and wanted to see how it went. The only downside is that it broke my one huge scan into blocks of about 40 pages each. I'm sorry I'm not positive about which program but I am pretty sure it was the Scansnap software that did this, presumably to limit the size of the files. I just named them Part1, Part2, etc and put them into a separate notebook titled the same as the book. I also found the cover online and put that jpeg in to be complete.
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