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  1. 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.
  2. Regardless of what is being searched, the question was about speed. I've not had any problems with speed but I have a tiny fraction of what you do stored as PDFs. I wonder, however, once Evernote has searched a PDF and return-synched it to our side, what is the search speed then? I'm sure they have a really fast text-based way to search the keywords sussed from the PDF's. Furthermore, I wonder how much, if any, difference it makes to let the scanning software make a searchable PDF before letting Evernote at it. Does it get in EN's way? Does it help? Can anyone answer these?
  3. 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 Everything in my programming books is either outdated or easily found online so I should probably donate them to a library rather than scan them.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.
  4. Hi Kitus, I am not sure if you can have entries into different folders go into different notebooks in Evernote. That would be dependent on the AppleScript and interface into Evernote. I'm not familiar with that part of it - I just scraped the script from a website Perhaps someone else here could say something about that, it seems reasonable that it can do that. Hazel is a tool that can do a lot of things but in this situation it is only able to do what Evernote has exposed to the AppleScript interface.
  5. If Evernote does not do what someone considers a deal breaker then wouldn't it be a better use of time to go to a product that does? I don't think the Evernote "guys" would even be hurt at that. They have said as much in the past that Evernote is not for everyone and that's ok with them. Edited: Removed the dead horse beating. I hadn't seen page 2 of the comments before posting my reply. BnF is right - this needs to be put to rest.
  6. Or any of the other methods discussed at length in these forums. Multiple notebooks, multiple tags, advanced search features, etc. in combination can organize anyone. Not always to their delight or even comfort if they are used to other systems, but Evernote is flexible enough to be able to make it work. For all the other benefits I'm willing to work with it. This I like. The search features of Evernote are powerful but they are not the easiest to use and this would be a big help. It's a bit of a pain to extract, but my Evernote notes are stored on the hard drive in either PDF or HTML files that I could extract should a catastrophic event happen (Evernote closing).
  7. I know the OP's intent is to get the feature built in to Evernote, but for any of you out there using the impressive app Hazel, I found this post about a Evernote and Hazel combination that will just let you drop something into a folder, it gets Evernoted and then deleted. Of course you can modify the behavior as you like. For example, you can have it Evernote any PDF that's downloaded to the Documents folder - I use this for bank statements on my home computer... just download the statement and it gets put into Evernote and deleted. Hazel also cleans out your trash or I could have it empty the trash immediately if I wanted. Hazel is very powerful so you can do it for, say, anything in your documents folder that's older than 3 months and a certain file type. Anyway, I didn't intend this to become a Hazel commercial as I have no affiliation with Noodlesoft other than as a satisfied customer, but it's another option until they do implement it as a built-in Evernote feature.
  8. Not necessarily difficult to program which is either uninsightful into the world of programming or unnecessarily insulting as stated, but: A. Not a priority when there are a multitude of other, higher priority, issues to work on. B. "Not my job". If you put a photo in that has whacked orientation and Evernote displays it as-is then why is that Evernote's high priority issue to drop everything and read the Exif to make up for the camera's stupidity*? If I get into a car and have no arms then it's not the car manufacturer's problem - it's up to me to get adaptive technology to steer with my feet or to find a chauffeur. Likewise, it's up to you to find an app to rotate the picture to the way you want it to be with a third-party app mentioned by Peter. * I've seen photos taken on an iPhone and displayed on the iPhone gallery that are sideways or upside down. You flip around the phone and the picture swivels upside-down again. We should be discussing this on the iPhone forum and demanding that they fix their system... but they probably wouldn't even listen to such a post. Instead of insulting the programmers and demanding action for an awesome tool, imo, that the majority of people use for free, let's just ask the question if it hasn't already been asked and then perhaps turn to the community to see how they deal with the issue. In my case I don't take many pictures into Evernote and have never had this problem, but then again, I use an Android phone too so I'm sorry I have no answers but I'm sure a quick search will turn up a few.
  9. Wow, it's almost like there is an echo in here.
  10. Multi-select is very nice! Well done. I wonder if once you merge notes whether you can split them again without having to do some gymnastic copy and paste work? I reported one bug to support - it seems that now if I right click and Open a PDF/JPG in Preview and rotate a page, for example, and then save it, Evernote says it's been removed from the notebook and wants to know if I want to make a new note to replace it. Truth is that it was saved just fine and if I say yes I'll have two notes. I'm sure it's something small but wanted to get it out there so others could experiment with it for better feedback. Thanks for the steady work on new stuff for us!
  11. Fortunately I have three backups since my Evernote links to three different computers and their model is to download all files to the local machine as well as living in the cloud. I'm just glad the decision makers at Evernote are not evil and send out a "delete everything" command before they crash the servers -- now that would be truly evil!
  12. The benefit of notebooks and tags as they are is that one can use tags to label a note as something, like the two things in the OP's example. Notebooks are like physical notebooks. Here's an example from the "real world". A student has several courses. They have Math, Science, Computers, English, etc. The natural thing is to have a separate notebook for each subject. You don't want your English essay mixed in with your Math proofs! Now, each subject has notes that you know are going to be on the test. You may take red stickies and flag each page that contains test materials. This is like the Evernote tags - a test question would be on multiple notes and you label each accordingly, regardless of which subject notebook it is in. I hope this helps, like Peter I was a bit unclear exactly what you meant, Iiz.
  13. That is one thing I love about Evernote... as time goes on, and as I become more adept at putting everything in to Evernote, not just the "important stuff", the more brain I will have when trying to remember old stuff. With paper files I'd either have to rent a storage unit or simply couldn't find anything. Just the other day my boss was trying to find something. He was wondering where it was - Hard drive, Google Docs, Evernote, Email, somewhere else. I knew it was in Evernote because I put almost everything there. It's definitely a real life saver - as we gather more and more data in our 21st century data-centric lives it is a true path to managing it all. And yes, well played, BnF.
  14. FWIW, it was down today when I tried earlier and I use AT&T and OpenDNS... just in case it helps but it sounds like JM has given them everything they need to set it right.
  15. Ditto on thank you for adding the other views to the full screen mode! I haven't decided whether I like the new Card View or not but realize that there are tens of millions of users and anything I see here in the forums is absolutely not evidence that "no one has asked for" it. C'mon guys, you gotta realize that the views represented in the forums are "statistically insignificant" when considering the number of users Evernote has. Let's not be so quick to throw over-generalizations around huh? If you hate it then fine, and by all means say so, but no need in going on with blanket statements about what all Evernote users want.
  16. I'd like to see more on the topic but that was indeed a good article. Thanks for linking!
  17. GM, ninjaroll is just saying that if we (Mac) don't have it and it's not necessary then no one else on other platforms should have it either. I don't agree, but that's what (s)he is saying. The fact is that you have to log in/out of the web site since it's designed to be used on any computer with Internet access. Your computer, however, is yours and if you are going to put files on it then you better have some kind of access restrictions to it. They may be physical security (in my house), account restrictions (Mac accounts - you do have passwords on your computer and force lock on sleep, don't you?), or something else but the thought I'm sure Evernote people are basing this on is this is YOUR account on YOUR computer so why log out? If others have access to your machine then logging out would do no good since they can just fire up Finder and see everything you have in your account anyway. Therefore, why log out? What would the log out button do that makes your information any safer? Security through obscurity (not giving others a nice interface to read your stuff) is the only thing I can think of. I have never found the files on the hard drive and only accepted by faith what others had said. I decided to look while writing this and knowing a little about Mac organization I literally went straight to the files which reveal my information. It's not a secret so a logout won't protect much. I use my account at work but my machine is completely under my control so I have no problem putting my Evernote on there. If I did I would not sync my notes there. Honestly, I feel that this is a case of "majoring on the minors". If the absence of a Logout button is such a big deal, when you can open the notes via Finder anyway, then I hope they have a smooth and easy life because a *real* problem would likely destroy them.
  18. Belated welcome Matt, I want to reassure you that whether others may think it is offensive or not, the only thing that matters is "Does the system work for you?"! Anyone offended by your system is paying too much attention to others and should keep their noses to themselves. Now a healthy exchange of ideas about how to best do something is good, but condemning someone who wants to do it differently is not. My "Was on, wax off" (see, I'm old so I refer to the first movie. LOL) way to introduce someone to Evernote is this: Add everything you can into Evernote. If you ever need it then you can get it. It is easier to just add it than to worry about whether you will ever need it. Then if you have any need to group things consider notebooks or tags, whichever feels best. Then after that you should explore all the corners of the system and refine it to meet your needs and run with it. I would caution the beginner, however, against adding 30 tags to each note to cover every little thing. For instance, I could add a lab report from my last blood work and tag it: Lab, blood, doctor, cholesterol, iron, sugar, diabetes, HA1C, triglycerides, etc. but the best thing for me is to simply label it: Jim, Lab, 2011, 12 - December. The rest of the information is in the note itself and can be searched when needed. To me the beauty of Evernote is that it has all of these organizational tools for us to use in whichever way we want.
  19. Hi MJSA. This link at Postbox tells two ways to create a note in Evernote from Postbox. Hope it helps: http://support.postbox-inc.com/entries/20619626-using-postbox-with-evernote
  20. I've not checked the trunk lately - something I have to do today - but the tools I use most with Evernote are: Fujitsu Scansnap S1300 for scanning all my receipts, lab reports, bills, everything I can put my hands on. My trash can for all the paper I scan into Evernote with the Scansnap. Android phone for mobile access and quick snapshot. I love the new speech-to-text feature! Samsung printer for dealing with people that don't use Evernote I would use Hello and Food but alas, there is no Android version... yet. Thanks for the nudge back into the trunk to see what's new.
  21. Hi Lindsey, I work for a company that sells tour and attraction tickets online. We have a core team of 6 people and a couple more on contract as needed. We used other tools to keep our Knowledge Base (KB) of information but it was never solid. The tools we had were inconvenient, unruly, and not good at searching for answers. When I found Evernote I had to bring it to the team and they were so impressed it was only 2 days later that we started importing KB articles... even before we understood much about it! Now we each have individual accounts for personal information - I mean, anyone who uses Evernote and doesn't go "all out" with it is missing a wonderful thing, IMO. Besides our individual accounts we have one corporate account that contains all our KB articles in a single notebook with about 30 tags. It could be done differently but this is what works best for us. This notebook is then shared to all the team members with modify privileges so we can each update and add to the sum or our corporate knowledge. All it takes is for me to click on Shared Notebooks and I have access to "everything we know"! Like any company we have to remind everyone from time to time to update Evernote. I'm the worst... every time someone says something new or that something changed I'll say "Is it in Evernote?" They get tired of hearing it but it makes a difference. Without commitment the process will break down but that is true of any process, especially one consisting of several people. The other thing is I have to remind them to search Evernote before going to ask another team member. If I can get these two things into everyday practice we will be running at peak performance. The shortcomings of this method are: 1. Tags can not be added by team members. This is also a benefit in that it keeps us from having an exploding number of tags. 2. The web experience is slightly different than the (Mac) client I use. A small thing but for some it is important. Overall, the shared notebook is an awesome tool for our company to store all of our information - things like suppliers, marketing, pricing, programming, customer service, useful articles in the trade, etc. Without Evernote we would not have the information at hand that we do. To answer your other question, we have not used Evernote for collaboration. The boss is still partial to Google Docs for some reason but there is nothing there that we can't emulate in Evernote for our needs. We occasionally have outside contractors do work for us and I can see that a shared Evernote notebook for each project would be super. We would have permanent records and could share with the contractor for any collaboration that needs to be done "on paper". Now if I can just talk the boss into springing for the Sponsored Groups purchase! (Honestly, Evernote is invaluable to me and I don't begrudge the low cost of the Premium account!)
  22. Aww, BurgersNFries beat me to it... I was reading through this thread and thinking the same thing. Since the Evernote client brings all notes onto the file system, if you are using the program in a shared environment then the web client is the perfect solution. You don't want to sync each person's files to the local hard drive on a shared system most likely. The other thing is that I would like to mention how we use Evernote at work among multiple people. At my company the team (6 people) each has their own Evernote loaded on their computer but we also have an account for the company which holds our company knowledge base. This account then shares the knowledge base notebook (we use only one notebook) to each of the team members. That way we can add to it and change notes without fouling up our personal accounts. One downside is that we don't have the ability to add tags to the shared notebook but a simple web site log in to that account fixes it right up. This is actually a good thing because with 6 people and typos and personal preferences our tags would get messy quickly! I hope this can help someone trying to share resources.
  23. I think for me the summary is this: 1. Evernote has been made aware of our requests for encryption. 2. Consumers have the option to use it or go elsewhere if they are not happy with the product. 3. There are features of Evernote that would break or be awkward with encryption. 4. Hackers are out there. How many are interested in Evernote accounts? Who knows. I suspect they'd rather social engineer my mom's bank account or PayPal if I used it than on my collection of ideas for building shelves in my garage. NOTE: This is not all moms, but MY mom is about as illiterate as they come with regards to security and computing in general. 5. To suggest a feature is one thing. To try to brow-beat a company into submission where they admit you are right and they are wrong when they are offering an awesome product that doesn't exactly fit your needs is just plain rude. See #2. I see this forum becoming like me complaining to my SUV maker that my car doesn't go as fast as a Porsche. Their answer would be "Go buy a Porsche... tell them Bob sent you!" A SUV is created for things like space, safety, etc (supposedly at least) and not necessarily speed. If I want speed then I'll have to go elsewhere. I'm not saying to anyone to "get out" but rather politely make your request known (done) and if they don't respond favorably (they haven't for some) then accept that is the product and choose to use it or not instead of 9 pages of arguments (some more polite than others) trying to show them their mistake. Let your subscription fees do that.
  24. LOL, I expected to see a ransom note-style blog post with letters "skitched" from different web pages. Now that would be someone with too much time on their hands!
  25. I never thought of Evernote as a writing tool. I often drag pdf's or add web clippings. If I have to compose something longer than a sentence or two I usually use TextEdit and Marked (Multi-Markdown Rendering Tool) and copy-paste or drag the final document in. I think JMichael has the best method currently available in Evernote.
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