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  1. Recently been running into situations where a note is marked as being "In Use", and unable to be edited. Seems to occur when I am jumping around between notes and possibly using the Previous/Next Page buttons. Happened just now: I was happily editing my weekly status note, needed to add a link to it to my yearly status note, copied the link, switched to the yearly status note and pasted the link in, and then used the "Previous Page" button to go back, only to find myself locked from editing. As far as I can tell, the note's not open in any other device (and if it were, why was I allowed to edit at all?), so that doesn't seem related. Quitting and restarting Evernote does not resolve this situation. My only recourse at that point seems to be to duplicate the note and move the old one to the trash. I have a pile of these deleted locked notes now, dating from mid-July. I did try repeating the above scenario, but it worked fine this time, so it's not clear that that's the problem, but that's pretty much what I was doing when it happened just now. Edit: Current version is Evernote 10.20.4 (just updated today, prior to the latest lock problem), but I've been seeing it in previous versions as well.
  2. Understood, but real-world user metaphors can be useful in UI design due to user familiarity. Why else is the notebook/note/{tag/label/keyword} so popular? Because it's concrete and familiar. Sure, that's all fair, but think about the audience -- do most computer users use symbolic file system links in their everyday computer experience? I've been a developer for nearly 40 years and have some technical facility, and I have never used them for my own stuff. I'm pretty sure that that's the situation for most other computer users, the vast majority of whom are not technical by nature. Sure, at my work we use them some, but not really all that much -- I'm happy to let the build folks handle that kind of setup if they need it -- it rarely affects me. In any application made for popular usage, you try to balance usability with power; I think that's the case here. Anyways, in Evernote, if I want multi-parented notes, I just use multiple tags, which are roughly equivalent in concept (though not in underlying implementation).
  3. Um, happy for you? Me, I'm sucking on a nice Aeropress'ed cup of dark roast, Yum!
  4. I found it pretty reliable for that purpose as well. I seem to recall that it also replicated the note filters in play in the previous / next note history (can't check right now, need to install the Legacy version), but I relied on that a lot less often. Main use case was to load up my weekly journal, which contains a TOC for current projects, research captured in Evernote, and related notes. Start with the journal, click over to a project, add a note, click back to the journal. It'd be nice to have that back.
  5. Not sure how this is supposed to work -- I was expecting something like the Note History functionality in the previous Windows client, which I found to be super handy. But no matter what I do, clicking on the "Previous Page" arrow at the top left of the note panel always seems to bring me back to the first note of the current notebook (though a different note may be highlighted in the list. The "Next Page" arrow, if enabled, seems to do the same thing. Can we get some guidance on how these are supposed to work, or whether they're just currently underbaked? Thanks.
  6. I can confirm the behavior. In addition, general search on the recognition text doesn't seem to find the note either (it does in the native Windows application, though it doesn't in the web version). I did check and made sure that the desired text was in the recognition text. You will likely not get a direct answer from Evernote here, as this is primarily a user forum, not an official support forum. For official support, you can try https://www.evernote.com/SupportLogin.action or https://twitter.com/evernotehelps?lang=en
  7. I'd like to see that standard, but from my experience, Alt+F4 closes the current active window. It's just the same as clicking the 'X' icon in the title bar, or clicking Alt+Space and then selecting "Close" from the popup menu. Internally, I think it just sends a WM_CLOSE message to the current window, and then that window does its thing. Some Microsoft documentation: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/win32/learnwin32/closing-the-window. In particular, this means that you can do Alt+F4 t o close a child window of an application (e.g., a dialog), and it won't close the whole application. I believe that that's the intent, and anecdotally, that's the way that the software I work on behaves as well. As does the Windows Evernote application. I think that Evernote is working as it should with respect to Alt+F4. It should not be changed. With respect to Escape, I think that it's a poor choice in general, though the stated problem, "I was just trying to de-select some text" isn't really valid as that's not how you de-select text anyways (the selected ext just sits there looking at you saying "So what."). For completeness sake, we should note that for using Escape for closing a dialog is certainly common practice in Windows (I think it's the default behavior), but in this case, it's surprising, as the separate note window doesn't look like a dialog, it just looks like a separate document window. That's what should be changed.
  8. I see word and character counts in the Evernote native Windows application. at the bottom of the note editor window. What are you using?
  9. I can't tell you what Evernote's business strategy is, but my any measure, they've achieved a pretty good market share in the note-keeping/taking market. As far as I can tell, Evernote is most commonly used for collecting and organizing disparate sorts of information. It's great for research, record keeping, and many other related uses. As you found out, its tools for to-do list activities are on the light side -- in fairness, they've never advertised themselves as a dedicated to-do list application, and that's pretty clearly not been their business strategy. I use Evernote's reminders for light to-do stuff at home; for the real thing at work, we use dedicated software for that (though Evernote still plays a pretty good-sized part of my day-to-day). So OK, you expended some energy figuring that out; that's pretty much what you have to do when looking for tools of any kind, software or hardware. And sure, a recurring reminders facility is a longstanding request, one of a fair number; many software companies have a significant backlog of feature requests, and they, like Evernote prioritize on things like level-of-effort, fit for their customers, and their own vision for what Evernote should be. Companies have limited resources, and must choose how to use them. Sometimes they're smart about it, sometimes not. Moral of the story: you were looking for a tool that solved your need for recurring reminders. You expended a some effort and found out that Evernote was not that tool. Sorry that you feel like you wasted your time, but it also feels as though you let your own expectations override actual facts. As far as wasting time registering for the forum and writing a post here, you chose to do that. I'm puzzled as to why you even bothered.
  10. You'll get better answers if you tell us which Evernote applications you are using, e.g. Windows, Mac, Android, iOS,or web...
  11. Which Evernote applications are you referring to? Windows, Mac, Android, iOS, web? The Windows application has some pretty nice UI for selecting tags.
  12. On Android, you use the "hambuger" menu to pop out a panel from the left side of yout screen. You should see a "Tags" entry in the list, underneath the entries for "All Notes", "Notebooks" and "Shared with Me". Tap it --> Tags!
  13. This is not hijacking you or holding you captive. It is just part of the Basic, free Evernote plan. It looks like you ran into the device limit: you are limited to using a maximum of 2 synced devices at a time, plus the web version. Here's some info on the device limit: https://help.evernote.com/hc/en-us/articles/218558068-Understanding-the-device-limit
  14. Right you are -- probably should have specified "though the Evernote application UIs", but it seemed to be part of the problem definition. Even so, if you want to do this with ENEX files, you'd need to understand how to figure out which note each highlight markup belongs to, and then add a special tag to the note, and then re-import the note back into Evernote in such a way that it replaces the original note. Let's just say that this isn't going to win any UX prizes any time soon...
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