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  1. I was editing class notes for my Sunday volunteer teaching class on my Mac. After editing (which was slow with a lot of beachballs) I synced and went to look at it on my iPad. But the iPad, even though it said it was just synced, was not showing the current contents.

    Then I went back to the Mac and it was showing sort of a mess of current and past contents.

    In the edit menu I didn't see anything to undo changes.

    Is all I edited lost?

    I had just switched back from Onenote to Evernote this week after a year of doing the class notes in Onenote because I thought Evernote synced better in general, but this is disastrous. Any way to recover?

  2. I might try that later. And I also opened a support ticket.

    For now, I succeeded using a simple work-around that bypasses syncing. 

    1. I exported the imported notebook to an .enex file into my Dropbox.

    2. On my Mac I imported the notebook.

    So all the notes are now visible in my Mac's Evernote client, and look just fine. And after importing to my Mac client, everything synced and is visible at evernote.com and on my iPad.

    I don't use Window for day-to-day work, but I'm curious why it didn't sync, and would like to figure out why at some point. But since I accomplished the main task - getting those notes into Evernote - I'm ok for now.

    I'm curious about one thing though. All the imported notes have a blue up-arrow indicator on the top-right corner (both in Windows and in my Mac client). Any idea what it means? I don't see that on notes in any other notebook.





  3. I don't know. But I see all the notebooks in Evernote, and I see any particular note I click on in any notebook. It might be fetching them live. I don't know if it made a complete copy of the database.

    Anyway, I tried logging out and logging in again and syncing. The activity log does show a sync failure:

    08:21:57 [5500] 91% Submitting 250 notes for writing

    08:21:57 [5500] 91% Waiting for 1 base writer tasks

    08:21:57 [1536] 91% Writing 250 notes

    08:21:57 [5500] 91% Waiting for 1 base writer tasks done

    08:21:57 [4500] 91% Done waiting for 9 sync tasks

    08:21:57 [4500] 91% Waiting for 9 sync tasks

    08:21:57 [4500] 91% Done waiting for 9 sync tasks

    08:21:57 [6512] Client synchronization finished, status: failed

    08:21:57 [6512] * elapsed time: 1m 21s

    08:21:57 [6512] * 121 items received

    Any idea what this means?


  4. I'm a Mac user, but wanted to import notes from Onenote into Evernote. That feature doesn't exist in the Mac version, but does in the Windows version. So in Windows 10 in Parallel's Desktop on my Mac I installed both Evernote and the Onenote desktop version.

    After taking its own good time Onenote synced with the cloud. Evernote synced very quickly.

    Then I did the import of the notebook I wanted from Onenote. That also seemed to work fine and 77 notes were imported into Evernote.

    But Evernote does not seem to be syncing them to the cloud so they can be synced to my Mac desktop.

    Some points:

    1. Immediately after the import was completed, a message came up saying the import was successful and that the notes had been imported to a local notebook. It asked me if I wanted it to be a synchronized notebook and I clicked yes. After that, I check the notebook properties, and it said it was a synchronized notebook. But it didn't sync.

    2. So I create a new notebook called "Onenote Import" and moved the imported notes into that notebook. That also says it's a synchronized notebook.

    3. I've clicked the Sync curly arrow indicator and it seems to go through some syncing motions.

    But nothing from that notebook is showing up at evernote.com or in my Mac Evernote. So I think it's really not syncing.

    Any suggestions?


  5. I have Time Machine, Carbon Copy Cloner, and Crash Report backups of everything. 

    It seems to be working, but OneNote is incredibly slow with syncing compared to Evernote. I'm redoing it now because I don't think OneNote had everything synced to the Windows version at the time I started importing.

    Evernote syncing is definitely orders of magnitude faster than Onenote. I can have over a thousand notes in Evernote and immediately see them synced on my iPhone or iPad. Meanwhile Onenote chugs along at a slow pace trying to sync less than 100 notes.


  6. Ah well. I still use Evernote because it syncs well between devices. OneNote syncing is awful. But I have been using OneNote for class presentations because presentation mode is so poor in Evernote and students can't see the notes. Changing the font sizes doesn't help for presentation mode, which seems to be in its own formatted world.

    I guess I can just not use presentation mode and show the note raw. At least I can set the font size I want for that.

    Now to figure out how to get my class presentations back into Evernote!

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  7. It's been three years now. Any word on being able to increase the displayed font in presentation mode? People in my volunteer class on Sundays simply cannot see the fonts in presentation mode because they are too small. So I've been using OneNote for class presentations instead. I'd like to return to Evernote for this, but without any control over the size of fonts presented it's impossible. Any word?

    I'm using a Mac.

  8. Hmm... I guess I'd rather not do that just for this test. For me, I assume the amount of data must be somewhere along the lines of what is stored on my Mac. But a friend doesn't have a computer and just uses Evernote on her iPhone, and wanted to speed up viewing of notes. So I was thinking downloading all notes might be best. But it would be good to have some idea of the amount of data involved first.


  9. I am an Evernote Premium user. My main computer is a Mac. If I look at the size of my database in the www.evernote.com folder it says there is 1.14 GB on disk for 20,657 items.

    On my iPhone under settings > Notebooks > Offline notebooks I have "Download all notes" selected. I assume this means that all my notebooks will also be on my iPhone.

    But on my iPhone under Manage Storage for Evernote it says I'm using only 89.6 MB of storage.

    Why the discrepancy? I would like to be able to access all my notes on my iPhone even when not connected to the Internet.

    Most of the time I am on hi-speed wi-fi so it's not a matter of notes not being downloaded on my iPhone because I'm not on wi-fi.

  10. I had written up a draft for a forums post in Evernote on my Mac. I thought I would work on it on the train today on my iPhone. It turned out to be unbearable to do in iOS!

    It was taking forever simply to correctly select the text I wanted, or to move the insert point around.

    After about 20 minutes I gave up, selected all the text, copied it and pasted it into the default iOS 9 Notes app.

    In Notes, all the selecting and editing problems went away. It works fine there! So I know it must be possible.

    I realized then that Evernote is simply awful for note taking and editing in iOS. I can't believe how cumbersome it is, and how badly basic editing features work in iOS.

    My hope is that Evernote takes a look at this problem.


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  11. It does seem like a strange thing not to implement. I will continue to use Evernote for "all my scraps of miscellaneous data" because it syncs between devices. But I notice even search doesn't always work well.

    The presentation mode in Evernote premium isn't worth it because when you are in presentation mode you also lose the font sizes!!! I couldn't believe it!

    So for presentations and note taking, something else is needed I think.



  12. I have tried tables before, but they seemed hard to use. I haven't tried merging notes.

    Yes, Evernote's main strength is as a digital filing cabinet. It's not fantastic all the time with searching for notes though - but I'll post about those problems elsewhere.

    It just seemed that since Evernote has this presentation mode it might be useful for this. I've been doing weekly volunteer teaching, and keeping my notes in Evernote. But presentation mode itself wrecks the font sizes (by design, according to Evernote support!) and the iPad editing limitations seem great.

    Maybe I'll just try iPad PowerPoint for presentations and see if that is better suited for iPad presentation creation.

    Anyway, I hope Evernote does add font sizes to the iOS app. It has some other font adjustment features, like bold, italic, etc. So it seems like a natural extra addition.


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