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  1. Where to start is just to start. Reading some stuff you're interested in on the Web? Clip it to Evernote. Want to organize your lecture notes? Drag them in to Evernote. Experiement. There's no one way to get into it, and your best way of using Evernote may not be mine. But some folks here will be able to steer you into better ways of working with the organization tools (notebooks and tags). But just start putting stuff in, and see how it goes, and then when you get stuck, come and ask. ~Jeff
  2. The basic idea is that Evernote is a service for collecting information -- web clippings, notes, things that you write, documents, scans, sounds, videos, funny cat pictures, or whatever interests you -- and allows you to store it in a single collection, backed by a cloud database, in such a fashion as to make it available from other computers and devices. This collection is also searchable (they do OCR on images too), and organizable, and to some extent shareable. These are the basic concepts. What are the possible uses? Myriad. Some folks use it to implement todos/task management, with sophisticated methodologies etc. I'm a pretty simple user -- I clip articles that interest me, usually software development related, and keep my work journal, and meeting and project notes. You certainly should be able to organize your lecture notes with Evernote. ~Jeff
  3. Yes, it can. But like any organizational tool, it requires that you understand what the tool's capabilities are, and that you plan, and make the effort to use the tool. You don't just wave it around and everything snaps into place, as in a Harry Potter movie. If you just come into the forum and ask vague questions that don't show that you've taken many pains to understand what Evernote is and can do, then you'll likely receive, well, vague, bemused and quizzical responses. A true skeptic is usually someone who understands something of the nature of skepticism's target. If you're referring to Evernote, then you really don't seem to have much grounds. ~Jeff
  4. And you've gone to the Evernote home page and navigated to Learn More? ~Jeff
  5. You should actually be feeling one feature smarter. ~Jeff
  6. I already knew 'detritus', it's come in handy in my recent stint of refactoring some old libraries of ours (some of it's at least 14 years old). New work rule: we pay double for removing code. ~Jeff
  7. That's a fair point. I work in the map business, and the digital maps of today (seamless worldwide, interactive, multi-layered, etc.) are not the maps you have in your car that take you from home to St Louis. Nevertheless, there is value in keeping software models close in nature to real-life models, because familiarity helps to conceptualize their usage. Ultimately, it's up to the Evernote folk to make those kinds of decisions. ~Jeff
  8. As best I know, the notebook is the smallest granularity for sharing. In this it matches its real life analog, the paper notebook. You can't share only selected pages from a notebook without tearing them out of the original , or tearing out the ones you don't want to share. ~Jeff
  9. I've thought for a while that template notes are a fine idea (you actually just keep them in your normal notebook, maybe specially tagged, with, say, '_Template'), but what would make them easier to implement would be a Clone Note operation. My vision of Clone would be to copy a note and all of its content and attributes, including its editing settings into a new note, and then initiate editing on the newly cloned note. I could see this hanging off the right-click menu for a single selection in one of the note views. That would be a great help, as I would be able to get my TPS reports in on time more easily. ~Jeff
  10. On the Windows client, you can just unselect the tag in the search summary or Ctrl-click the same tag in the Tags window (which unselets it), and you'll go back to seeing all the tags in that notebook. Does it not work this way on the Mac? No Tags window multi-select on the Mac client? This is in the Windows client, and works nicely. ~Jeff
  11. Easy. They sort higher in the tag pane, so they're always at the top if you don't have too many of them (I only have two). ~Jeff
  12. Well, since Evernote has over 3 million claimed users, your vote total is still a little low... ~Jeff
  13. Like a programmer's promise, a guess is worth its weight in gold. ~Jeff
  14. What Evernote client did you download? Windows, Mac? iPad/iPhone/iThingie? Regardless, syncing should happen automatically. One some clients, there's a way to force them to sync (e.g., the Windows client has a 'Sync' button), but you shouldn't need that. Either one, whichever suits your needs. Typically the desktop clients have a richer feature set than the web client; the mobile clients a bit less. The browser 'Clip to Evernote' tools are good ways to add notes as well: you can clip a whole page, a selection or just a link. You can also email notes to your Evernote account. Try it out and find what works for you. ~Jeff
  15. This has been discussed a fair bit to date, a search will find the copious commentary. But you'll need to do that with setting a folder, too, and imagine how easy that will be if you have a fair-sized hierarchy. A similar process you need to go through with a folder hierarchy. One method that seems to work with me is to have a temporary tag (I use '_Todo') that I tag most things with, along with other tags that seem to apply. Then, at some semi-regular interval, I process the '_Todo' items, and re-tag if necessary. BTW, untagged items are very easy to find (so should be no big deal), though mis-tagged items may not be. Some of the commentary else-forum talks about this. My favorite example of where folders tend to break down is to ask the question 'what folder do you put the red ball into'? Is it the Red folder or the Round folder? Since folders are an either-or storage structure, you need to choose one. With tags, you can choose both. Folder just don't handle this case for me particularly well, nor do they scale all that well, in my opinion. I understand that it depends on what information you're trying to organize -- some types do fit more naturally into hierarchies than others. Hmmmm, everything seems easy until you have to implement it across all clients that you support. Dave E has posted on this topic, I think. Easy to describe is not always easy to do. It's hard for us folks outside to tell what may or may not be easy for the Evernote insiders. I think that some folks have learned how to use tags and notebooks better in Evernote over time. Too many notebooks are hard to keep organized, because they're exposed in a flat system. I think that some folks have also moved away from elaborate tagging schemes. Keep things simple, and you can find things more easily. Well, sorta. Maybe. A search result is also a collection of items, but it would be a stretch to call it a folder. In Evernote, notebooks are the unit of storage where sharing occurs, and to some extent synchronization (think online vs offline notebooks). And they don't nest, whereas the term 'folder' commonly implies hierarchies in most computer systems, and hierarchies are something that Evernote has not really chosen to expose. Perhaps they are reserving the term 'folder' for later use, in the traditional way. But do some searching and reading here in the forums; some bright people have argued both for and against. However, for now and the forseeable futre (speaking as an outsider), it's notebooks and tags for Evernote organization, and that's all. ~Jeff
  16. Yes, you can make feature requests here; if your request is specific to a specific Evernote client, then please make it in that sub-forum. Yes, Evernote employees read all posts. They may not always reply, nor do they typically make promises that a particular feature will be implemented, or when, but they do read 'em all. ~Jeff
  17. Nope. I just tried it. Sent the whole article. Came through on the sync. ~Jeff
  18. You can use Google Reader to email operation to send the article to your EverNote email address. The desktop will pick it up from the web on your next sync. ~Jeff
  19. The Windows client? I just tried it and it worked fine. I am running the latest Windows beta (, though I'm pretty sure it's been working for some time. Just click somewhere in a note, and press Ctrl + ; and voila. Note that an Evernote client on a different platform might use a different shortcut. ~Jeff
  20. I believe that with the Windows client, the shortcut Ctrl + ; will insert the date and time. ~Jeff
  21. In other words, specify the Evernote client that you're using, and someone will probably tell you the shortcut key that does it. ~Jeff
  22. I notices that the screenshot for the Mac client looked a little more compressed than that of the Windows client. Nice. ~Jeff
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