Everything posted by neuronick
+1 I'm using evernote since the first version. Four things which made evernote unique for me where: flexible categorisation (with subcategories/intersections/automatic parent category assignment), portability, templates and per note encryption. From the version 3 a new and a very handy feature was added - evernote online and synch. That was handy but the main four are simply gone... - No flexible categorisation anymore. Just tags which are handy but not for everything - No more portability in 3.5 - Templates are gone - Per note encryption is not supported by online version I find it sad that these fantastic features which where available in the early version and attracted a lot of users are just gone and for no good reason... I'm seriously considering to go back to Evernote 2 or find some alternative because while online version is handy and all the new features are nice but I do not see any progress with folders/subfolders or subnotebooks and portability disappearance seems to have caused by a technical issue of relying on .NET framework so it will probably take a while to fix it.
I'm not advocating for sub-folders or sub-notebooks against tags. I think they are complimentary. Tags are fantastic for topics, but sometimes information needs more structure (think of libraries - they use tagging AND categorization). Featurewise, sub-folders or sub-notebooks will not result in added complexity, as people who only use tags and finds them sufficient can continue to use their Evenote this way and it will still be simple (just forget about folders). E.g. we now have sub-tags. Does it result in more complexity? BUT for people who prefer to use only folders/subfolders or a combination of tagging and folders/subfolders it would be very important. Regarding GTD, a simple example, for every project I like to have my supported materials ready and accessible with just a couple of clicks. In Evernote 2 I had a sub-folder Support materials for each of my projects, containing notes and stuff for the project. You can do it with tags, of course, but if you have 30 projects or more, and just want to see support materials for a certain project, you will either have LOTS of tags or LOTS of notebooks or just complete mess of everything... And, believe me, deciding which tags and notebooks to select to be able to see you next actions in a certain context for a certain project, based on the present system of tags is everything but simple (the same goes for the saved searches, which can help to make a process faster, but result in more clutter).
This is the most important feature that absolutely HAS to be implemented! Time and time again I try to use Evernote 3 to do my GTD and keep snippets/notes but the lack of sub-folders or hierarchical notebooks is driving me crazy as a lot of info I collect is project based and I like to keep my projects and supporting materials in separate folders for easy browsing. Tags a great for search and filtering but I never liked them as a primary means of organization. Evernote 2 was almost perfect regarding these aspects. We didn't have online version and other features. But it was a pleasure to work with and you could organize content in a ways that were very flexible...