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dhawkins1234

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  1. Evernote staff read every post on here - is that not good enough?

    No, it's really not. Honestly it's a waste of time to have Evernote staff read every post on here. Most of the questions are things that have already been asked and answered, and forum regulars can and do provide the relevant links and information. There are far more efficient ways to collect and organize feedback/bug reports/feature suggestions, e.g. GetSatisfaction. And more efficiency means more time actually developing the product, instead of answering the same questions over and over again.


  2. I don't know the etiquette here regarding necroing threads, but I felt I had to respond to this.

    Unfortunately, we don't have the spare staffing to manage all of the third party community sites (e.g. GetSatisfaction, etc.) that various people prefer to use. We may look into these in the future, however. Thanks.

    Why couldn't you just pick one and point users to it? You said in another thread that you and your colleagues gather feedback from an array of fragmented sources and discuss them at weekly meetings. Considering the size of the userbase, it seems unlikely that you could efficiently identify the features most requested by users.


  3. Will it ever be possible to add hyperlinks/pointers to other notes? I still don't understand why that isn't an obvious extension of functionality. I feel like sometimes the people at Evernote have a hard time seeing that different users may have very different needs. I use Evernote all the time, and it's great for unstructured data that I just need to stick somewhere. That use case seems to be the main focus. But I'm also a student, and materials for a specific course are very structured, yet at the same time interconnected. And Evernote is bad at allowing me to access it in the ways I need to.

    I put each lecture/assignment/reading/exam in a separate note, but I also make notes to record my thoughts about a particular concept, or to make reviews of the material before a test. It would incredibly useful if, while I was reviewing, I could write down a concept with a brief description, then include a link to the lecture note it was in, to the homework assignment that covered it, or to a note where I wrote down my thoughts about it in more detail. That's just one specific example, but not a week goes by where I don't find another possible use for inter-note links that makes me wonder, "why aren't they working on this?"


  4. Unfortunately, "gmail" isn't a mail client, it's a web site. The Mac client needs to put together a local email message on your computer, and then hand it to some other program on your computer. You could use Mail.app with IMAP + SMTP for gmail to send through your gmail account, but there's no good way for us to structure an email message that goes into your web-based mail service.

    (Note: not a programmer, don't know about specifics)

    Could you have the "mail" button generate and follow a mailto: link? With Gmail Notifier you can have mailto: links open in Gmail.

    Of course, I'm pretty sure mailto: only allows the body to be filled with text, but I think there are other scripts that would allow you to include attachments, inline or otherwise. Maybe something like this http://www.hotscripts.com/listing/attac ... ler-class/

    Or perhaps Evernote could make use of Google Gears somehow. http://code.google.com/apis/gears/gears ... hatIsGears

    Could any of those work?


  5. 1. All Notebooks keyboard shortcut - it would be great to have a keyboard shortcut to bring the focus "All Notebooks", since 95% of the time I want to search through everything rather than a specific notebook.

    I agree with this.

    2. More robust advanced search - make advanced searching more accessible. Today I can search for text, keywords, author, creation/modification date, but I can't easily connect and/or conditions to multiple statements in a query. For ex: show me all notes created in January tagged "president" where author is "Barack Obama"...

    Your example is already possible. Check out the Evernote search grammar. Your example would look like:

    created:20090101 -created:20090201 tag:president author:"Barack Obama"

    You could even modify (and then save) that search to find notes created in the last 30 days, starting from whenever the search is performed.

    created:day-30 tag:president author:"Barack Obama"

    What I would like to be able to is search for all the notes under a parent tag, which could be solved by having notes "inherit" all of their parent tags. But I like being currently able to search for notes that only have the parent tag, without having to specifically exclude all of the child tags. So if tag "inheritance" gets implemented, perhaps it could be accompanied by a modified search syntax: [tag] for notes tagged with [parent] or any of its child tags, and [tag] for notes tagged only with [parent].


  6. "Common" filetypes is kind of a misnomer here. Try opening a .doc in notepad and you'll see it ain't exactly common.

    (But, you say, you can't open a PDF in notepad either!) A Text PDF has the text stored in vector format that is text based and can be "read".

    Basically, we will need to add a processor for every non-text-based (or image) filetype that we want to add in as viewable. If we added in .doc, people would start clamoring for .rtf (NOT the same.) And then there's .xls, .ppt, etc., etc.

    This wouldn't affected the viewing issue, but one way for Evernote to make a huge variety of file types searchable without having to maintain each processor would be to incorporate the Google Search Appliance APIs.

    From the page:

    These appliances expose a variey of APIs allowing independent software vendors, systems integrators and IT adminstrators the ability to securely extend the reach of enterprise search into any document or content management systems, custom applications, or legacy systems. Application vendors can leverage the APIs to seemlessly embed Google-powered search into their business applications.

    Changing everything around to incorporate the Google APIs would obviously take some time, but once done, Evernote would be able to perform full-text searches on a huge number of files. Combining the power of Google Desktop with the current image OCR and multi-platform syncing/capturing capabilities would make Evernote an unbeatable product.

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