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  1. DTLow, I am not an expert on internet businesses and have not crystal ball. As I thought my note made clear, this is an impression, or a guess if you wish. I haven't seen any significant feature changes in years, and this internet search makes clear that there are questions about how well the company is doing, but I hope they will succeed. I'm a long-time premium user and have found many aspects of Evernote admirable. At the same time, they have never been very responsive to appeals to give users more choice in configuring the interface and organizational structure, from font sizes to fo
  2. I think Evernote may be having a hard time staying afloat, which would explain their lack of responsiveness and their failure to make improvements to the app. I’m beginning to explore alternatives like OneNote and Devonthink.
  3. Yes! PLEASE! More important than any of the new bells and whistles. As a general principle it would be great if Evernote staff did a thorough review of usability before they embark on any feature changes.
  4. It's possible to enlarge the text to a legible size in notes, but after all these years Evernote still does not seem to allow us to decide what size text we see (or squint at) in the list of notes or in the sidebar. That's annoyingly primitive, it seems. Legibility is more important than new bells and whistles.
  5. Yes, but not if the system is not implemented on any iOS devices. If Evernote would fully implement nested tags on all platforms, and allow one to browse and edit tags without digging into the settings, I'd adopt them as my organizational system in a heartbeat. Until then, they are just another half-measure. PS: The ability to browse information stored in categories is important in a large information system. Remembering precisely what to search for, including what tags are available, gets overwhelming. In your house, you search for a shovel by first going to your garage and "browsing" there.
  6. Yeah, this is one of the obvious improvements that gets pushed aside for new "features." It's too bad, because it is a fundamental usability failure.
  7. If Evernote wants to go exclusively with tags, then they need to fully implement the nesting system for tags. It's absent from the phone and tablet versions and also in some views on the Mac version.
  8. See https://discussion.evernote.com/topic/96180-nesting-multiple-notebooks-creating-sub-notebooks/?do=findComment&comment=496455
  9. Tag hierarchy not implemented in phone and tablet versions. Therefore, not an adequate substitute for folders.
  10. Tools - Options - Navigation - Automatically select child tags? Where's that? I don't see it in the web version or my Mac desktop version.
  11. Thanks for the reminder that I can customize the columns that appear. I had forgotten I could include tags.
  12. Good explanation. I have done much the same, and then, because the remaining tags are still many in number, I have organized them into alpha master tags. All the tags that begin with the letter A are under a master AAA tag, those that begin with B under a master BBB tag, and so on. Your approach is creative and, as you say, makes the best use of the tool we have. Still, one can hope for a future when the hierarchy is built into the system rather than created by the users as an add-on.
  13. Yes, I also find tags useful. The main utility of tags is for cross referencing and to make searches easier. However, the nested tags can add another layer of utility. The issues with that are [1] the afore-mentioned failure to implement them on iOS and [2] the laboriousness of organizing them. With folders, one creates a folder inside another folder and puts the desired info in it. With tags, one creates a tag in the master list, then drags it across all the other tags to the appropriate master tag, then does a search for appropriate notes, which may be hard to find because they are not yet o
  14. There's a technology that's been around since 1984 that would solve the same problem and have no UX learning curve at all - nested folders. Does Evernote continue to resist this proven organization system because "it wasn't invented here"? If not that reason, then why in the world?
  15. Yes, but... Tag hierarchies are not implemented on iOS, so they become useless there as a substitute for a notebook hierarchy. It is not possible, I think, to create a new tag already nested under another, so creating a tag hierarchy is laborious.
  16. Yes, and that is it's greatest weakness. Tags are not a substitute, especially since they are implemented at only the most rudimentary level on phones and tablets.
  17. Not only there. If Evernote were to fully implement stacks, the list of stacks would be expandable and collapsible in the general view of notebooks. One can collapse and individual stack, but not all stacks. Alas, I think stacks are a pasted-on feature created by a development team that wants us all to do it with search and tags. They fundamentally don't believe in hierarchical organization as one essential tool for info management.
  18. It's stunning that such a basic feature would be missing. I just did a business card where the website address was not recognized. The resulting note is useless.
  19. Right, but not on iOS, making tags a non-starter as the mail organizational system.
  20. Flier, All well said and convincing. And in a world of flamers, I appreciate the measured and useful tone of your comments. I confess to getting worked up and being less than my best self on line sometimes. Your reply is a reminder to take a deep breath. Thanks.
  21. I applaud you for being able to do so, but the phrase "cope with" says volumes. At their best, programs make things easier, rather than presenting challenges to be coped with. I've been waiting, fingers crossed for a long time, but now I'm moving away from Evernote, or rather, making it an active but far less central part of my work flow.
  22. As observed by several people, Evernote has been very consistent (one might say obstinate and not particularly customer-focused) in not implementing a hierarchical system of notebooks and sub-notebooks or folders. As a result I have turned from a consistent evangelist, turning many people on to the program over the years, to simply an individual user. I use it less and less, as I more more and more material back to the Dropbox/computer file system. I just think it's sad that a program with so much potential suffers from this limitation simply because it's creators seem to have a zealot's ideol
  23. Tags might be an adequate substitute if they were fully implemented and integrated. On Evernote for Mac one must go to a separate screen. The main view is organized around stacks and notebooks. If tags are to replace that "old fashioned" folder-like tool, then they should be built into the core note view in place of stacks and notebooks (and, if Evernote were fully functional, sub-notebooks). However, the make or break issue for tags is that they are not implemented in iOS. True, they *exist*, but only as one long unmanageable flat file list. There is no way to browse them in a hierarchical wa
  24. Yes, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, Evernote, just assign one staff member somewhere in your organization to make this happen. It is the SINGLE MOST SIGNIFICANT USABILITY ISSUE WITH EVERNOTE AT THIS TIME. Users have a huge variety of screens, on a huge variety of devices. Individuals have a variety of abilities visually. They work in a great variety of environments. What's the point of modern technology if it isn't used to accommodate the needs of users? What is the use of a rich list of notes if the text of that list is painfully difficult to read? If you recognize the need for flexi
  25. But those were not his customers. They were the people who didn't buy and promote his product. He asked Model T customers and the result was the Model A, a better car.
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