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  1. I would think that this type of discussion would fit fine under General Discussion about Evernote forum, similar to GTD and "How do I use this Evernote thing, anyway?" type discussions. ~Jeff
  2. A workaround to publish saved searches for today's clients is to copy the text from your search bar to a note in a shared notebook. It's not perfect, because it doesn't capture the notebook selection (at least in version 4, which I mainly use nowadays), so if that's important, you'd need to add it yourself via the "notebook:" attribute selection, but it can be done. Another thing that saved searches don't capture, but would be helpful, is the sorting criteria for the resulting note list. ~Jeff
  3. Yep, it's been discussed before (you could search for other threads); don't think that the Evernote folks have committed either way. ~Jeff
  4. I think that what Dave is getting at is that in the Evernote universe, Notebooks are discrete containers of notes (each note goes into exactly one notebook), while saved searches are ways to filter the collection of notes based on criteria (a note may match the criteria of multiple searches). Assigning a note to a saved search would be weird, with many awkward counterexamples: what if my saved search included a search for some text, say 'xyz', but didn't actually contain that text. What should Evernote do in that case? Notebooks and saved searches are not the same thing, they serve different purposes and they don't act the same; there's not a lot of gain trying to stuff them into the same mental container -- I believe that confusion would result. ~Jeff
  5. That's just an assumption on your part. The hierarchy of tags in Evernote is mainly for organization purposes. If you apply a child tag to a note, then any parent tags are not automatically applied; you need to do that yourself. Similarly, filtering on a parent tag does not automatically choose notes that have a child tag; again, you have to make that happen on your own. It's important to understand that tags just describe notes (like adjectives describe nouns), no matter their place in the tag hierarchy; they do not 'encompass' or contain them. Tags do not have a 'within'; rather a note contains a set of tags, and those tags can be used to select notes that contain or do not contain particular tags. ~Jeff
  6. They read them all, and often (but not always) answer. Some people use tag names that are prefixed with special characters like '@' and '_'. These will sort before normal alphanumeric characters, so with current facilities, you can create a tag, say '@Star', which is easy to apply to a selection of notes, and will sort first when you sort by the tag column (unless perhaps you're using other special characters as prefixes). Adding flags would probably be a database schema change for Evernote, not a trivial undertaking as it needs to be supported by many different clients. ~Jeff
  7. You can delete tags no problem; removing a tag won't remove any associated notes. It just removes the tags from the notes. ~Jeff
  8. I think that the original poster wants to click on a tag in the Tags list, and have that tag and all sub-tags be included in the filter. There's no way to do that currently that I am aware of. It would be useful, though. You can open up the tag folder all the way and multi-select all of the sub-tags. Again, there's no way to open out the full tree under a tag; that would be useful also. ~Jeff
  9. The search grammar is covered in some detail in the user manual, which you can find on this page ~Jeff
  10. I don't know about the mac. Probably should have posted there if you need client-specific help. On the Windows client (for both 3.5 and 4.0 beta), I can make a selection in the Note list, and right-click on it; the right-click menu will contain an option to 'Tag...' -- which is the desired operation, and it also helpfully gives the hot key (Ctrl + Alt + T, as mentioned before). Perhaps the Mac client has a similar facility. ~Jeff
  11. Can't you do bulk tag removal by selecting the notes that you want, and then pressing Ctrl + Alt + T to bring up the bulk tagger dialog, and then unselecting the old tag? ~Jeff
  12. Don't make me bust out my mad BNF skillz again. :wink: ~Jeff
  13. A further note: the export/import note method, while a bit more tedious, has the added benefit that is preserve metadata (tags, author, URL, etc.) in the replicated note, while the copy/paste method only preserves note content. ~Jeff
  14. At a guess, it's because Evernote already uses an HTML-style encoding for their notes (ENML). Changing to some other encoding would require changing all of their numerous clients, plus any server processes that need to work with the note encoding as well. Probably not a very palatable option. ~Jeff
  15. Everything I've looked at claims that OpenMeta is a Mac-only solution. How does it apply to a cross-platform product like Evernote? ~Jeff
  16. Yeah. I'm a geek, it's true. I've done some parsing/compiling work in my past, and it's always been on the higher end of the 'interesting' scale, so it was a bit of a fun exercise while winding down for the night. 'Psuedo-' is about right -- it's not particularly formal. Good thing you didn't see my first idea -- it was less than 'pseudo-' and more like 'half-baked'. Obviously I know about your cross-platform compatibility challenges, it's just lately I've been thinking about long-term storage of lots of notes, and how to handle them effectively. One way would be to make better search tools -- or ones that take better advantage of existing data/attributes -- and I figure you'll be doing that eventually on your own anyhow. I mean, you're going to be around for a few years, right? ~Jeff
  17. Well, maybe I was wrong, but I assumed the fellow was looking for a solution. So I offered him a way to accomplish it immediately. If his post was simply a request to enhance the Evernote search capabilities, no harm no foul. Probably was a bit of both, it's just lately I've been thinking about scalablity of our note databases (think 10 years down the road or more), so better search tools will probably be necessary. Manually replicating data manually that's already captured (and actually understood as a URL) seems a waste. Didn't mean to step on your workaround, as I know it was given with good intentions, so sorry about that. ~Jeff
  18. I think the idea is that you build your pile of notes, then Evernote gives you the tools to search and filter them. URLs are extra attributes that are captured in clipping; why should we need to replicate them manually into our notes? As our little piles of notes grow "ever" larger, the search tools become more and more important. ~Jeff
  19. For searches in the Title field, use the 'intitle:' search string: e.g., intitle:evernote. I don't know if the URL field can be searched; it doesn't say anything about it in the help docs (I used the one for Windows 3.5). ~Jeff
  20. Tagging is great, but diligently tagging everything isn't always convenient, and recognizing dates in text search isn't trivial. I like building on existing tools, like, the search grammar, say: We currently have two dates to play with (created: and updated:, and we may have a third some day (due:). If we added into the grammar a new date format, neither absolute nor relative, but, say, fuzzy, we could do some interesting things. For the sake of avoiding ambiguity, we could wrap the new date format in curly brackets {}. Off the top of my head, here's a specification: --> '{' * '}' --> 'created:' | 'updated:' | 'due:' --> | | | | --> 'year' '(' * ')' --> | | '@' --> '[' * ']' --> | '-' --> 'month' '(' * ')' --> | | '@' --> '[' * ']' --> 'day' '(' * ')' --> | | '@' --> '[' * ']' --> 'week' '(' * ')' --> | | '@' --> '[' * ']' --> 'weekday' '(' * ')' --> | | '@' --> '[' * ']' In the various , , , and productions, the '@' symbol stands for 'current, i.e. 'current year', 'current month' and so on. Yikes, bored yet? So how does it work? * The original poster wants to be able to find notes with a date of the current month (and let's choose the created date). The search string would then be created:{month(@)}. For notes with a date of June, any year, we'd have created:{month(6)}, For notes in the months of March through June, any year: created:{month([3-6])}. And so on. * I want to find all of the notes created in 2007: created:{year(2007)}. For notes created in the years 2005, 2006 and 2007: either created:{year(2005, 2006, 2007)} or created:{year(2005-2007)}. * For a note that I always want to update every Friday: due:{weekday(5)}. And so on. We could maybe allow some math: created:{year([(@-2)-@])} would be notes created in the last three years. How about allowing month and weekday names? For example: created:{month(June,July,September-November])}. Sorry if this is overlong, or inappropriate for the forums. This kind of thing is interesting to me. I also haven't given any consideration as to how the search engine would actually implement the searches for these beasts. But something to chew on, if you Evernote folks get bored or find yourselves at a loss for something to do (hah). ~Jeff
  21. Your comment on polls is not a particularly common one, compared to those about Evenote itself (tags, synchronization, to-do lists, search, tags, sub-folders, etc.). You might have found something by searching the forum for 'poll' or some such, but it's not surprising that you didn't; BurgersNFries linked you directly to a post from the Evernote CTO on that topic (among other things). For the latter type of post (questions/comments on how Evernote works, or ought to work), searches are often more fruitful that you may think. My take on the rating features based on request by premium vs. free users: ewww. Good ideas are good ideas, no matter where they come from. My experience is that the Evernote staff values suggestions from anyone and everyone. The flip side is that they already have a game plan for how the product lines will proceed, so fast turnaround for anything but serious problems (to some definition of 'serious') just doesn't tend to happen. That doesn't bother me; I tend to give them the benefit of the doubt that they're not fools, that they have a plan, and they're in it for the long haul. They're going to add features that make sense for their business model, both for gaining free users and converting them to paid users. ~Jeff
  22. Fair enough -- thanks for that. Sorry that I that I mistakenly took your comment personally. ~Jeff
  23. Just making suggestions based on current Evernote reality: nested folders do not exist (and that doesn't mean that they might not be useful), they've been discussed an awful lot (and Evernote has discussed both an interest in and the difficulties of implementing them), and in the mean time, there are lots of folks who could benefit from learning to use tags better, because that's what you have to work with. If you're referring to my posts in this thread, then please show me where I said anything remotely like that. If you can't, then please stop implying that I did. ~Jeff
  24. About the best option now is to export a note that includes with all of the stuff you want, including tags, formatting, etc., out to Evernote format, and import it when you need it. Copying the note doesn't et the tags. ~Jeff
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