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  1. Your help page is a bit unclear and confusing about what is supported. I'm talking about the page here, in particular section 2... https://help.evernote.com/hc/en-us/articles/209125827 At time of writing it says about the different clip types... Article - No mention of any specific browsers so assume this works in Edge Simplified Article - Explicitly lists various browsers. The list does not include Edge so assume this doesn't currently work in Edge? Full Page - No mention of any specific browsers so assume this works in Edge Bookmark - Explicitly lists various browsers. The list does not include Edge so assume this doesn't currently work in Edge? Screenshot - Explicitly lists various browsers. The list does not include Edge so assume this doesn't currently work in Edge? PDF - Doesn't list individual browsers but has a message explicitly stating that this type isn't currently supported in Edge so that's clear Selection - No mention of any specific browsers so assume this works in Edge Custom clips - No mention of any specific browsers so assume this works in Edge I'm hoping my assumption is correct in that, for the types where you don't mention any list of specific browsers, that means it works with all of them including Edge. It is Simplified Article, Bookmark and Screenshot that are particular confusing when taken together with the description for the PDF clip type. The first three don't list Edge as a supported browser so that's worrying, but then again they don't have the explicit Edge-not-currently-supported message that the PDF clip type has so is that all OK then and for the first three it's just a case of someone not updating the previous list of browsers in the help text? I'd appreciate some definite clarification on just what types are supported in Edge at the moment and also suggest that you do some re-wording of that section of the help page to remove the potential confusion over some of the items.
  2. Thanks Gary & Sentinel. I'm glad to hear that it is a bug rather than some intentional feature getting in my way. I'll see if I can make it reproducible and file a bug if appropriate. - Julian
  3. I'm using Evernote on Windows 8.1. I'm creating a note that is the logbook for my PC installation and simply contains my typed in notes as to what I installed or administered on my PC and when. One of the things that I did when installing my PC is to change around drive letters since the ones that Windows installs with aren't the ones that I want so one of the lines of text that I'm trying to enter into my note to document the reassignment of my DVD drive is (without the double quotes)... "Set DVD drive to B: (was E:)" How do I type the above into a simple text note in Evernote without the system trying to get all clever on me and mangling it? When I type the above into my text note what I actually get on screen is the first bit, "Set DVD drive to B: (was ", coming out OK but Evernote insists on highlighting the final characters on the line, the "E:)" bit in blue, underlining it, and whenever I take the mouse anywhere near that bit of text it changes into a pointing finger. I've tried a space between the "E:" and the ")" but Evernote still underlines the whole thing including the space I inserted. I've tried clicking on the "E:)" to see if it's a genuine link and if it is then where it goes to but it doesn't do anything. What does Evernote think that the "E:)" at the end of my sentence is apart from regular text? Is there any way I can get Evernote to treat it as simple text? I've tried doing "Simplify formatting" but that didn't help. Remove formatting did get rid of the problem but it also removed all the other formatting in the note that I want to retain. Obviously I can reword the sentence to get round this issue, maybe document my action as "Changed DVD drive letter to B (was E)" in case it's the semi-colons that are making Evernote do whatever it's doing but I'm curious now about what is happening. I also find it a bit strange and frustrating that I can't just type whatever text I want into a simple text note. - Julian
  4. +1 from me too. It's probably the biggest omission in Evernote for me. Not such a big issue on the PC version (and Mac presumably) since there is full font control there anyway but for the mobile clients it's really frustrating to have to create notes without any clearly visible section markers that then need post-editing once I get back home to make them more easily readable.
  5. I agree with JM05. I've had a long relationship with Evernote, never quite getting to the stage of using it seriously but every time I come back and have another look it seems to keep getting better and I get ever closer to using it for real. On this topic though I could swear that when I last looked, which might have been a year or so ago, there was at least some basic font and size adjustment capabilities in the iPad client that seems to have been removed. I seem to remember that maybe in the past there was the ability to format something as a heading and maybe sub-heading that gave different font sizes, albeit pre-defined ones. At least for me that was all that I really wanted but even that seems to be gone now (assuming that my memory isn't playing tricks on me about it ever being there in the past or that it is still implemented but I can't see how to access that functionality in the latest iPad client). - Julian
  6. I agree with Gaz as well although, as he himself says, "I agree the single file becomes a bit of a monster (mine's now 12GB+) and if there are alternatives I will welcome them" so there's never any harm in at least asking. I think you're both right, for now I'll need to remove my Evernote database from my backup set. I currently have Evernote set to use a local folder on my data (D) drive (which is actually two mirrored drives). The entire contents of my D drive is what gets the full backup treatment. If I move the database back to its default location ("...\<user>\Application Data\Evernote" I think, I'll have to check) that will take it out of the scope of my backups. What I might do is leave the "D:\Application Data\Evernote" folder location on my D drive but, since Evernote will have been reset to store its cache folder on my C: drive, the folder location on my D drive wouldn't be having any files updated as I used Evernote during the day so wouldn't generate any additional backup activity. I could then set up a scheduled task in Windows to copy the contents of the live Evernote cache folder from my C: drive across to the D: drive location either every night or maybe once a week at which point my Mozy and Crashplan services would see changed files and schedule them for transmission to the servers. This way I still get automated multi-destination backup of at least a reasonably up to date copy of all my Evernote notes but the big and tedious upload will only happen overnight as I'm asleep so shouldn't be too much of an issue. Then again, if I ever get to Gaz's monster 12+GB file size then even the strategy above is going to be painfull for my 1 Mbs upload connection. Still, it might keep me going for a while. I suppose another option might be to restructure my Evernote data since one reason for the big explosion in my file size was that there was a load of old stuff on my PC file system from things that I was interested in years ago. Rather than clutter up my day to day PC working environment I decided to archive this stuff to my Evernote account (the strap line is "remember everything" after all). Maybe I could sign up for a second free Evernote account and move the notes containing archived stuff there, possibly making it all available within a single search space by sharing the notebooks in my Evernote archive account with my primary Evernote account. This way the database file for my primary account would become much smaller and more manageable. I'll have to give that option a bit more thought. Thanks for the comments, it's been a useful spur to get me thinking about a few solutions. - Julian
  7. I like to keep my data as safe as possible so, just in case there was ever some catastrophic issue at Evernote's data centre, I also have my local Evernote cache folder in my regular backup set which means that it gets backed up to various local destinations and also to my online backup services (Crashplan and Mozy). Unfortunately however the local cache folder seems to be structured such that all the actual note data is contained in a single "...\Databases\<username>.exb" file that is currently 934MB for my account. Whenever I make even a modest addition to my Evernote account such as adding a brief text note the .exb file is changed and so my online backup software sends the entire almost 1GB file up to the backup server. Would it be practical and would you (Evernote) ever consider restructuring the layout of the data in the local cache directory (a change that would be 100% invisible to users) so that the local <username>.exb file was broken into smaller chunks, maybe by replacing the <username>.exb file with a "<username>Exb" directory that contained "01.exb", "02.exb" etc files so that each individual .exb file was kept below a certain size and backup services would see less data changing when the user made even modest changes to his or her notes? Edit: Another option that just occurred to me that might be simpler to implement would be to keep the single "<username>.exb" file but have it only contain unique references to attachments rather than the actual data for the attachments. The actual attachments could then be stored in separate file chunks within a "<username" Attachments" sub folder. I suspect that would keep the main .exb file down to a quite manageable size and simple edits might not touch any attachments at all and, if they did, would probably only affect a single file within the attachments folder. Since an attachment can be up to 100MB in size a maximum file size within the attachments folder of 100MB would seem to make sense. - Julian
  8. I guess this never got implemented. The first that I knew about my renewal being due was when I got an email saying that my credit card authorisation had failed (because I'd had a new card issued since I last renewed). This is a pretty simple request. Every company that I've ever used to register a domain name with always sends email before the renewal date to warn the user that a domain is about to expire and give the option to log on immediately to do the renewal then and there to make sure it's OK. I know it's a tiny amount but there is a time value to money so implementing this feature would mean that anyone who renewed their subscription 30 days in advance would be improving Evernote's cash flow ever so slightly as well as it stopping irritating experiences like the one I just had. My premium membership lapsed because of the credit card failure so when I got to address the issue I had to do it as a new order and got the expected email confirmations. If the auto-renewal had worked then would I have got an email to tell me that my credit card had been billed for the renewal or would it have all been done silently? - Julian
  9. I'll probably file a bug on this but, before I do, I thought I'd check that I haven't simply missed something. My issue is regarding interoperability between Evernote on iOS and on Windows 7. I tend to format the majority of my notes into sections and subsections so that I can get more stuff into a single note and, as far as I can see, it is literally impossible to do this with consistent formatting when using both an iOS device and the Windows dsktop client to create formatted notes. The issue is that specifying a font size in terms of an exact point size is not supported on iOS so one has to create a subsection title in bigger bold text by formatting it as a "subsection" (as opposed to a "section" or a "paragraph") using the menu one gets when tapping the Evernote backwards-P icon in note editing mode. This does create a bigger emboldened subsection title but when the note is then synced back to Evernote and I subsequently look at it on my WIndows desktop Evernote client I see that the "subsection" formatting used by the iOS client is Tahoma bold 15-point. What's the big deal? Surely all I do is to ensure that any notes that I create on my desktop also use Tahoma bold 15-point for subsection titles? That's where the rather comical issue comes in. Pretty much the one point size in Tahoma that the Evernote Windows desktop client doesn't allow me to use for formatting my notes is, you guessed it, Tahoma 15-point! It goes from 14 to 16; I've tried highlighting the point-size box and explicitly typing in "15" but that box isn't editable. Unless I've missed something then the consequence of the above is that it is impossible for me to use consistent formatting between notes created on my iPad and my desktop and will end up with all iPad notes using 15-point for subheadings whereas anything I create on my desktop will need to use either 14-point or 16-point. OK, I realise that this isn't the biggest issue in the world, and possibly only someone with my eye for detail would find it annoying, but it does seem a bit of a silly oversight that really should be fixed. There are two obvious ways to fix it that I can see. The simplest would be to add 15-point as an option for the Tahoma font size on the Windows client but I would suggest that the better solution would be to add some options to the settings for the Evernote iOS client whereby the user could select the font sizes to be used for the predefined "section", "subsection" and "paragraph" formatting options. This probably isn't so much of an issue for the iPad but for the iPhone (and Android/Blackberry - basically anything with limited screen real estate) it is useful to be able to be as space-efficient as possible when formatting notes and during my past experiments with using Evernote I found that using bolded 12-point for my subsection headings was perfectly good enough to make them visible so for me having subsections in 15-point is wasteful of screen real estate when viewing the notes on an iPhone hence, apart from fixing my issue with consistency of formatting between mobile and desktop devices, this latter solution would also allow me to format better for my mobile devices. By the way, I know that there are some more messy workarounds such as revisiting all notes created on iOS in my desktop client once they've been synced and go through them all to highlight section and subsection headers and re-format them on my desktop, probably to 12-point bold for subsections and 14-point bold for sections, but that seems to defeat the purpose of adding rich text formatting to the iOS clients in the first place and would be a chore that could be avoided if formatting could be done satisfactorily at the point of entry on iOS. This is rather a long post about quite a trivial matter but the devil is in the detail and it does seem like a bit of a silly situation that should be fixed. Please let me know if I've missed something really obvious that would allow me to create notes on my iOS device and my desktop client that have consistent formatting for subsections but from what I can see some sort of code change, either in the iOS or the Windows client, is required or else I need to revert to the messy work-around above. - Julian P.S. The same issue might also be there for section formatting as well but I haven't tried that yet since I mostly only use subsections (for the aforementioned reason of wanting to minimise screen real estate when viewing notes on my iPhone)
  10. I signed up to this forum about 5 years ago and set up a free Evernote account about 3 years ago. In this time I've dropped in about every 6 months or so to see how things have progressed and I've watched, and sometimes even participated in, some fairly heated discussion on topics such as the removal of the tape interface and the issue of folders vs tags. I've also regularly updated my Evernote clients on Windows, iPad and iPhone and have had a play with every new release to see what's changed, it really has only been playing though because I still have fewer than 150 notes in the system and some of those are random test notes rather than content I want or need. Some of the issues that kept me away from Evernote initially (the lack of folders and the removal of the tape) were a matter of me adapting my working practices to rely more on search plus gradual UI improvements by Evernote together with me tweaking and adjusting my UI setup to arrive at a working environment that I now like a lot. The one thing that still kept me away from Evernote over the last couple of years or so has been the issue of rich text editing and in particular the sync issues where text formatting would often get badly scrambled when going between iOS clients and Windows clients - it was really bad for a while. I've now made my most recent visit to the Evernote universe to spend some time playing with the latest stuff and all I can say is WOW! Apart from one tiny issue with sub headings on iOS vs Windows (which is so silly that it's almost comical and is easily fixed) all the font size issues on syncing with iOS seem to have gone away, the new PDF handling is really nice, everything seems very robust, and Evernote's UI judgements turned out to be very astute (at least in my opinion) because I find my current UI setup to be far, far nicer than the old tape - I could never imagine going back. I will be signing up as a premium user in the next few days because Evernote really have done what it takes to earn my money, in fact if they offered multi-year discounts (like organisations such as CrashPlan do) then I would happily make a 5 year up-front commitment on fees if the price was right. I do feel compelled to include one slightly negative and controversial point however. I'm afraid that I am one of those people who would like the option, on a per-notebook basis, to be able to set client-side encryption/decryption using a private key to be applied to all note content in the notebook before syncing. There's still enough non-critical content that I want to put into Evernote that I have no hesitation in signing up as a premium user but I would put even more into it if it had this feature. I have a big database of scanned paperwork such as bank statement, utility bills, credit card statements, tax returns, etc. and, in tune with Evernote's "Remember everything." slogan, I would like to add these to my Evernote database as a seperate encrypted notebook (or maybe a stack of encrypted notebooks) where I could find what I needed by using the already meaningful filenames that I use for this archive, together with tagging and maybe multipe notebooks. I have never needed to do a search to find information in this dataset in the entire 18 years or so since I started scanning my personal paperwork as the data is so structured hence the lack of search on the note contents themselves wouldn't hurt me but the ability to access something if I needed it and only had access to my iPhone or iPad (or in a real emergency the web interface via someone else's PC) would be useful. And yes, I have seen all the other threads about this - I guess that I'll copy and paste some of the above to add my voice in the appropriate place. Not withstanding the above, Evernote is definitely an integral part of my working environment now and will bring huge benefits in being able to access and work on stuff on the move, and all that on top of providing a really comfortable and effective interface even if I was only using it on my desktop PC. Nice work Evernote. - Julian
  11. I was going to start a new thread but found this. Here are my thoughts... The Mixed view was working well for me as a notes list (I find the "List" view too plain and unformatted and difficult to scan quickly). Mixed view was a nicely formatted multi-line summary of the key details of a note with the note title in a distinct font so that it stood out clearly in the list of notes and with the dates and tags neatly displayed on the lines beneath the note title. Am I the only user that chooses meaningful names for their notes? All that the Snippet view does for me is to make the display of note title, tags and date less easy to absorb at a glance because the note title is not in a distinct font and the tag and date display are less clear because they merge into the snippets which are often meaningless streams of unformatted text (quite how does the following snippet from one of my notes "skip to: page content! links on this page ! site navigation ! footer (site information) Home ... " add to the usefulness of the note details? Many of my snippets are equally useless). A long unformatted string of mostly semi-meaningless text simply does not add to the ease of scanning a list of notes and seeing at a glance what is there. OK, now that I've got that off my chest I'll try to be constructive... Firstly, I really don't understand what seems to be a general Evernote philosophy of trying to offer as few options as possible to users. It seems to me that Mixed View could have been left in as well as introducing the new Snippet view but if you really don't want to do that then here are my suggestions for improving the readability of the snippet view: 1) Render the first line (note title) in a more distinctive font so that the title stands out by bolding it, making it slightly larger, or a combination of the two; what you did in Mixed view seemed to work well. Surely this suggestion at least is pretty uncontroversial and easy to do? 2) Start the snippet on the third line so that the second line is clear for just the tag and date information and can be absorbed more clearly at a single glance. If some people hate this and want the maximum space for their snippets then you could always have an option "Start snippet on new line" but then that would be an option for users so I guess I'm on dangerous ground there. 3) Going even further into the dangerous territory of offering users options, how about having a "Number of lines in snippet" option? I would set it to zero to supress the snippets altogether but others might want to set it to a higher value like 4 or 5 so that each note entry in the snippet view became a bit longer (in terms of screen space) but could show more snippet text hence this option offers extra capabilities for both snippet lovers (gives them bigger snippets) and snippet haters. It you implemented the above then I could set things up so that in effect I turn snippet view back into mixed view (although I still don't have tags and dates on seperate lines so an option for that would be something I would value as well). In fairness, if I got everything including the ability to have tags and dates on seperate lines, then it would in my opinion be a better implementation of mixed view because the one thing that I do like about what you did with snippet view is the new handling of images. I like the way you extract out a single image and show it is a uniformly sized image at the right hand side, that looks a lot cleaner to me that the fairly haphazard thumbnails that used to be at the left in the mixed view and were usually too small to discern any detail from anyhow. The one final option that I would like would be the ability to have a dummy image (maybe an image that says "Text Only" or similar) that is displayed as the image for any notes that don't have images in them. When scanning down a list of notes I would find the formatting neater if it didn't jump to full width for text-only notes and then back to narrower to include the image for notes where there is an image to display. I accept that I might be being a bit OCD here which is why I definitely put this suggestion last. - Julian
  12. I use very few notebooks (just "Personal" and "Business") and try to keep my list of tags quite small so they are very broad areas like "Travel" and "Technology". I do this because I found that, at least for me, it makes adding tags less convenient if I have a huge list of hundreds to choose from and I feel that it clutters up the user interface. What I do to enhance my search accuracy though is to augment my tagging by embedding my own keywords into each note using a line of the format "TAGS , , ... " as the last line on each note. The reason I do this is for fear of not finding a note in the future due to non-obvious or unusual wording in a note or a spelling mistake. For instance what if I want to find somewhere to stay in Venice and I have lots of stuff that I saved in the past, everything from web page clips for hotels, articles in newspapers, or old hotel receipts. I can't just search for hotel because some of the candidates might be apartments. I can't just search for Venice because some of the notes might have the address in Italian. I don't want to add a real Evernote tag for "Venice" because I've travelled a lot and I'd end up with over 100 tags just to cover the cities I care about. What I do is add a line "TAGS: xHotel xVenice" as the last line on my note so now I can still do a search on "Venice Hotel" if I want to but it also gives me the option to do a more specific search for "xVenice xHotel" (the quotes are not in the search term so that the pseudo-tag order is not relevant) which gets me more explicitly to the stuff I deliberately marked. My approach does take more care in creating the note in the first place (I also keep a master list of all xTags that I create) but since I am a very organised person I am happy to invest the time that doesn't bother me although I realise that it might be too much for others. It also means that all the messy profusion of xTags is hidden from the main Evernote UI so everything stays quite clean and streamlined but the more specific filtering on xTags capability is there if I need it. - Julian
  13. Thanks. I was just curious really. When I first came to EN one of my big issues was some way to implement a proper multi-level hierarchy but I've come up with a new way of organising my data that works for me and removes my need for anything more than a single level tag space so I don't think that I'll even use the single level of stacking when it comes to Windows and iDevices. As jna said though, the fact that "foobar" can't appear under both "foo" and "bar" makes it ugly to implement a proper tag hierarchy even though it is technically possible. The user is left having to disambiguate any tag names that they want to have appear in multiple places in the hierarchy, e.g. "foobar_foo" and "foobar_bar" and the more levels then the worse it can get, e.g. a tag of the form ___ which soon gets very ugly. Allowing the same tag name to appear in multiple places in the tag tree in the UI would be a big step forward. That still leaves people to make sure that, if they tag a note with "foobar", then they also remember to add either the "foo" or the "bar" tag (and any tags for levels in the hierarchy above that) to give the "foobar" tag its full path/context in the hierarchy but at least that's cleaner than forcing tags to be full pathnames as described above. Luckily this isn't an issue for me anymore but I do feel some sympathy for others that still want a full hierarchy. - Julian
  14. Is it possible for a notebook stack to have another stack within it, i.e. is this a single level folder hierarchy or a multi-level structure? - Julian
  15. It would obviously depend on the price but if it was available if/when I decide to go premium then I would be coming to the decision with a strong preference for lifetime subscriptions. Like the OP, I hate recurring charges and prefer to get the pain out of the way at the start and then never need to budget for it again. - Julian
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