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  1. I'm not a fan on the new Evernote and have mostly migrated out of it, but this is not the current state of the software in general. Something specific is going on, on your system. I'm running it - albeit less and less, but still - on 4 systems (2 Mac, 2 Windows) and it's stable. Several other people in the office are running it without serious problems as well.

    Not trying to dissuade you, just wanted to let you know. If you liked it in every other way, the instability you're experiencing is probably fixable.

    Edit: bizarre typos

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  2. On 7/4/2019 at 10:56 AM, Jeremye said:

    Have you look at Omnifocus? It's pretty much the Big Kahuna in terms of task managers, and it has relaxed some of its opinions of how things should work  in version 3. 

    I did, and I liked it a lot. I did not stay with it because it is SO complex, and I have a tendency to get sucked into the small details of managing my tasks, rather than executing them.Things is much simpler, and it prevents me from being bogged down in all the possibilities. 

    The next version of Apple Reminders might actually replace Things for me, if they make a couple of small tweaks. 

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  3. On 7/2/2019 at 5:52 PM, PinkElephant said:


    So crying to leave EN NOW because they could go belly up one day is like committing suicide because of being afraid to be dead one day.


    My concern about Evernote have nothing to do with it going "belly up". My concerns are that the software has, for me at least, become less stable over time. 

    Issues that came up with the release of MacOS last year are *still not resolved* this year, as we approach *another* macOS release that will undoubtably bring more issues with Evernote. The iOS client lacks what I would consider to be some basic features (tried to add a column to a table, for example?) and the web client, which is actually pretty nice, is laggy and inconsistent on a latest model iPad Pro.

    If one is not happy with what he gets, he should leave NOW for a better solution - it does not matter if EN is still around in a hundred of years, if it does not match my needs.

    I keep using EN because it is STILL the most powerful overall application of its kind. DevonThink is terrible for the kind of notes I take, despite being pretty well rounded otherwise. OneNote has the worst sync client of any of them, Notion needs a lot of evolution (despite its design being undeniably powerful). That doesn't mean that I can't also be concerned/annoyed/whatever when the software does not seem to improve, despite continually costing money.

    I'm not sure why there is so much defensiveness around the platform. It has problems, there isn't any treason in admitting that.

  4. On 6/21/2019 at 9:30 AM, DTLow said:

    Same for me, and most of my taks only require a due date and completion status/date
    This is handled by the Evernote product

    There have been a few projects/tasks that required heavy duty project management tools

    >>I'm fickle and change apps a lot

    I keep an eye on the alternates, but am not willing to spend the time or resources to "change apps a lot"

    The only reason I stopped using Evernote for task management was that I got hooked on Things 3. Its (for me) much faster to enter and organize my tasks, and more importantly re-organize them (dragging them into new orders as things change) which happens quite a bit because I'm handling multiple very different roles at once. 

    I'm still looking for my next evolution beyond Things though, because it has some limitations that annoy me.

  5. On 6/21/2019 at 9:17 AM, PinkElephant said:

    I do a lot of experiments before I decide, read comments etc. But when I have decided, I tend to stick with an app. I found it very time consuming to switch apps over time, and you drive yourself crazy if you try to handle one single / simple task by several apps at once.

    I'm one of those geeks that really enjoys trying out new systems, methods, and software. Sometimes I have 3 different systems in play at one time. Right now I'm managing projects/notes/files using Evernote, Notion, and a simple directory structure with markdown files on OneNote. When I'm done with Notion, I'm going to move on to Devonthink since version 3 is available in beta. For to-dos, I'm using Microsoft To-Do, Things 3, and the new Apple Reminders (beta).

    I just really like tinkering, and luckily the nature of my job allows for it. But I'm also genuinely worried about the future of Evernote; for me its gotten less stable + more buggy in the last year. Problems that started with the last release of macOS & iOS are still not fixed, as we rapidly approach the next release.

    By trying out lots of different methodologies, I'm hoping to be prepared for a smooth transition if things are as bad as I currently expect them to be this fall.

  6. On 6/14/2019 at 3:20 AM, PinkElephant said:

    @RaeveMy combination is Evernote for the filing, and Things 3 for the follow up / task planning (Mac and iOS only).

    When you create an external link from an EN note, you can share this directly into a Things note, where it will added to the „notes“-area of the task. The task can be handled completely normal, including repetitive reminders, start dates, deadlines, assignment to a project etc.

    The original note is always just one click on the embedded link away. This is what it looks like after a link was shared into the Things INBOX (mmmh, planning to bake a cake  😇 )  



    That's what I do too. Most of my tasks do not need complex notes or attachments, but when they do this is best way that I've found to do handle them. 

    Best part is that this method is transferable to the task management app of your choice, which is important for me because I'm fickle and change apps a lot.

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  7. The web clipper is now completely broken in the Safari Preview. Apple seems to have blocked all extensions that do not originate either in an app (for example the ToDoist extension) or the App Store. If you go to the Evernote web clipper download page, there is no longer any option to install it. If it is already installed, Safari notifies you that it has been disabled, and it cannot be re-enabled.

    This happened in the last Preview build (12.1 I believe), is still true in 12.2 (Release 83), and I expect it to go live in the next version of MacOS. I certainly hope Evernote is working on getting their clipper either integrated with the application, or on the App Store before then...

  8. 6 hours ago, Max Barclay said:

    Out of interest, is this the sort of thing Popclip could do? e.g., highlight text > select a style from the Popclip pop-up > style is then applied?

    I use PopClip, but I don't see where I can create my own styles anywhere. It supports the basics - bold, italic, underline - and I've got some plugins that do a few other things, but if I want to do something like automatically change the font or font size, there doesn't seem to be a plugin for that. That's why I ended up with Keyboard Maestro.

    At first I built the styles into KM, but I couldn't do code highlighting that way, so now I'm just using KM to cut and paste, and it calls the EverTool keystrokes in between. Bonus, it has a little floating menu that reminds me what the keystrokes are. 

    PopClip extensions can be written in a variety of ways including AppleScript, so if you're familiar with that it might be easy to write something.

  9. 2 hours ago, DTLow said:

    Since we're using Macs, I would use Applescript.  I also use Fastscripts to assign keyboard shortcuts to my scripts.

    I haven't written the script, but I'm thinking it's a simple Copy, Launch Evertool, Paste

    If OP doesn't want to write AppleScript, you can trigger EverTool from Keyboard Maestro. It did not occur to me before that the EverTool key sequences were globally available.

    So in that case I'd use KM to select the current line and cut the text to the clipboard, then have KM send the EverTool key sequence for the desired format and paste the results. Easier than learning AppleScript if you don't know it, but at the price of paying for KM.

  10. I used EverTool for a few days, but the constant manually cutting and pasting was making me literally angry.

    I ended up buying Keyboard Maestro and just writing macros that select->cut->tranform->paste. It's not perfect, and it doesn't handle code highlighting, but it's a single key sequence for the the things I do most commonly (create header and sub-header styling). Unfortunately EverTool itself is not scriptable so I wasn't able to come up with a way of integrating it.

  11. Don't know if you solved this, but I experimented with Bear and came to the same conclusion you did. I ended up on Notion as a replacement, btw.

    Here's how I moved my notes from Bear to Evernote when I decided Bear wasn't ready for prime time. 

    I selected the notes I needed to move, and exported them as HTML files. Opened EN, and dragged the HTML files into a folder in EN. Evernote won't let you import from the File > Import menu, except for .enex files, but if you drag the HTML file into a folder it will read it and import it. Everything came across for me.

    If you have images/attachments in Bear, you have to remember to click the "Export Attachments" option when exporting the notes. That will create a folder for your attachments, Evernote will follow the links in HTML to import them.

  12. On 12/2/2018 at 8:14 AM, larrycz said:

    I love Evernote and struggle to imagine note taking without it. After a year of Premium I've gone back to Basic due to disappointing support, however. While front line are helpful, all they are allowed to come back with is 'engineering know about this and may or might fix it at some point in the future'.

    Yeah, I've dropped back to a basic user as well, after being a paid EN user since release. I'm tired of updates that make things worse, and the utter lack of improvement in core functionality (e.g. the actual note editor, which still struggles to consistently format text). Maybe they'll find their footing again before I've migrated everything out, but I'm not hopeful. The entire team seems to have lost the plot.

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  13. 1 hour ago, wwalkersd said:

    Stephen_Bradley and SwenMan, thanks for that!  The button in Evernote preferences to get the Web Clipper (Evernote 7.6 on Mojave 10.14.1) only takes you to a page with a download link for Chrome.  What's up with that?

    Never noticed that, but yup, it sure does. Maybe they're pushing Chrome, for the same reason that they only implemented an "attach from Google Drive" button, and not say, Dropbox or OneDrive.

  14. 2 hours ago, jackmcguire said:

    For All with the same web clipper problem:  I just got this from a higher-level tech:

    "It looks like you have the "Prevent cross-site tracking" option selected which will prevent the Clipper from functioning by design. To resolve this issue, please de-select the "Prevent cross-site tracking" option."

    This definitely, unequivocally worked!, after many, many back-and-forth emails & web searchings.  Give it a try, and good luck!

    That confuses me. 

    Ive had the cross-site blocking option turned on for a long as it's been an option. It's on now.The clipper works perfectly for me and installs without an issue as long as I get it from Safari Extensions page. Glad it worked for you all the same.

  15. There isn't a way to do this inside the Evernote application itself, at least that I've seen.

    The recent search entries are stored in the ~/Library/Preferences/com.evernote.Evernote.plist which can be opened with Xcode (and probably other things, but I've only ever used Xcode).

    If you open that file, you'll find a

    recentSearches.<a long UUID number>

    key with sub-keys for the saved recent searches. You can delete the sub keys to remove whatever recent search you want.

    Delete the key with Evernote closed (or it will save on exit).

    You can delete the entire main key to wipe out all the searches, and it will be recreated automatically but if you do that, you have to close EN, delete the recentSearches key, open EN, close EN, and open it again. When you open it the first time after deleting the key, the recent searches still show up (I'm not 100% sure about why just yet) but if you don't do any searches then close and reopen, they're gone.

    Anyway, it's a bit of a hassle as you can see. Probably easier to just let them be. Only 5 recents are saved, so it's not like the list is going to grow unmanageable over time.

  16. 54 minutes ago, gazumped said:

    I believe there are some differences between the two packages,  not least that (at one stage at least) the database files were stored in different locations.  If you're going to change versions I would have thought that it's really best to backup notes to an independent (of the database) format like ENEX,  uninstall and then clean install.  Again,  I'm not a user,  so I could just be over-cautious,  but that's my preferred mode anyway...

    Totally possible. I haven't switched versions in some time. The backup is definitely the key though, and you can't be too cautious with stuff that might be irreplaceable! :)



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