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  1. Yesterday, I emailed myself (to my Evernote account address) several clippings from an RSS Feed, cleared out the RSS queue and went to bed. Today, I checked my email and discovered with some horror that I'd exceeded the non-premium account limit on emails allowed per day. I'm fine with the fact there was a limit. It was my decision not to pay for a premium account at the time. I'm also fine, in hindsight, with the fact that the only way Evernote could warn me about the limit was via email. If I'm using my RSS client at the time, there's really no other way Evernote could tell me that I was approacing the limit. What I'm extremely unhappy with is... the information captured in those inbound emails is lost. And because I was quoting material from my RSS Feeds, the info is gone from the Feeds as well. This is a sample response from Evernote: While this didn't happen to me per se, I could imagine going on a trip to Rome, being inspired by the architecture, emailing my Evernote account 127 notes and photos, and discovering that due to the limit, only the first 50 were saved. Please change it so that if we exceed the limit, you at least try to forward us the content of those extraneous emails, especially if they're all text. Presumably, I would send myself 87 emails, discover that 50 were saved, 37 were forwarded back to me, and I would have the option of resubmitting those 37 emails the next day. (And I'm also warned that those 37 would count towards that day's cap, hence I should upgrade.)
  2. Engberg answers several different questions within that one linked to post so yeah, simply posting the link wasn't that helpful. The money quote is: My follow up question is: Is there a FAQ or similar document elsewhere, where EN does identify what features they're working on next, what features they're going to defer indefinitely, and to some extent, why? I realize that not everyone reads "Read This First" posts or searches for similar questions before posting (I certainly didn't) but I think providing a prominent link to such a document may help cut down on some of the groundhog day like feelings around here.
  3. viewtopic.php?f=30&t=9583&p=37567#p46912 The question was asked in that thread but it got lost in the encryption discussion and it was never answered. I'm afraid to repost it there because I think it'll get lost again. In a nutshell... Presumably some hacker in Russia is connecting to the Evernote web site and repeatedly trying random user names and passwords. At some point, EN will assume that someone is trying to break in, and take actions to block the hacker from making any further attempts. Depending on which actions EN actually takes, I could be locked out of my account and be unable to synchronize my notes. (For example, EN can disallow logins to that account or ban my ISP if it turns out my neighbor's computer was infected and being used to attack EN.) In hindsight, I don't think EN needs to detail exactly what they would do but in the context of this conversation, it would be nice if EN assures us that yes, EN will take action to deny access once they see suspicious behavior and once EN takes action, there is a process in place that will allow me to get back into my account.
  4. Just a quick pre-note: I wrote a long winded response to Jeff and then deleted it. If you tried to quote or respond to that note, I apologize. What I really should have said is... Jeff implied that the tree metaphor for organizing tags is just a tool and it's up to the Evernote users to decide what they want to do with it. If they want to group and sort their tags into folders, they can. If they'd rather have one long list of a bazillion tags, they can have that too. And we really shouldn't read any more into that. My counter-argument is that thanks to Windows 95, OS X, Linux and successor operating systems, users have been conditioned to expect very specific behavior whenever they see this kind of tree. As an analogy, whenever experienced drivers see a red octagonal sign, they stop; they don't even bother reading the text on the sign anymore. Imagine the ruckus you'd get if you accidentally replaced the trash can icon in the menu bar with the new note icon. If users see a tree-like structure, they expect certain features regardless of whether the developer intended to include them or not. I fear that Jeff can scream and yell and threaten all he wants but he's not going to be able to persuade those users to read less into it. In the interests of constructive criticism, I suggested that if the developer doesn't want to include sub-folders and similar features, then they should either remove the tree metaphor entirely in favor of something else (like a single column list and be done with it), or fool the user into thinking that sub-folders have been implemented. As an example of the former, the iPhone doesn't even show tags independent of notes and I don't see people asking on the forums for it. As an example of the latter, I wanted to point out that my mail program, OS X's Mail.app, has "smart folders" which do exactly the same thing as "saved queries" in Evernote, the two terms are synonyms.
  5. I have been following the discussion with interest and I think I know where the disconnect is. As an analogy, let's say you have a safety deposit box at your local bank. In that box, you've put an incriminating picture of yourself during that lost weekend in Tijuana. As with all safety deposit boxes, the only way to gain access to that box is to either prove that you're the owner of the box, or provide a court warrant that says the owner has passed away and you're the executor of the owner's will. (I think.) Ideally, you want to do something to that incriminating picture... steganography perhaps... such that even the bank and the executor of your estate cannot see what you did that booze filled weekend. Evernote's stand on the matter is that you should encrypt the picture before you put it into the deposit box. You and you alone are responsible for choosing a sufficiently strong enough encryption, and for managing the passwords and keys. From the discussion thread however, it sounds like a lot of people want Evernote to take on the responsibility of encrypting the box's contents, and managing the keys. Some folks want that kind of encryption to be the default. Such a feature would be useful if you wanted to read an encrypted note on your cellphone and can't exactly "mount" and decrypt the file. (I believe Dropbox does in fact encrypt all of their files in the cloud.) Please correct me if I'm wrong. I personally think that if Evernote's security is sufficiently strong enough to deter people from breaking into the safety deposit box to begin with, then it doesn't really matter whether that photo is encrypted or not. Additionally, I also think that encrypting the photo and any other notes at that point will not only dramatically slow down indexing and synchronization, it imposes the additional complexity of maintaining two passwords - one for access and one to decrypt. (Using the same password for both, defeats the purpose and in hindsight, I wonder why Dropbox even bothers.) Now the question on my mind is, is Evernote doing a good enough job controlling access to the safety deposit box in the first place? The bank of course would get suspicious if 20 different people all showed up on the same day with fake credentials claiming to be me. Is Evernote taking the appropriate actions when random hackers target my account?
  6. I don't know how you would do so in Windows, but that sounds like something OS X's Automator can do with ease. In Automator's case, just create a service that copies any selected text to your favorite task manager. Now granted, if you were on the iPhone or an Android device and had a sudden thought, that won't work. The best workaround I can think of is to diligently apply task tags to the appropriate notes and create a "saved search" for that tag. You may want to pick an... unusual label for that tag such as TO_DO_TASK so your saved search won't pull up every note that simply has the word task included somewhere within it. The saved search then acts as a virtual folder of all your tasks.
  7. As alluded to in that other thread, there is no universal standard for capturing a person's contact information. It is possible to create an app that's capable of exporting data from Evernote and importing it into GMail but that app is not guaranteed to work with Yahoo! or Live Mail (nee Hotmail), let alone desktop clients like Apple's Mail and Microsoft's Outlook. And I think the reason why EN didn't want to implement a "universal exchanger" is because they don't have the time and resources to tackle what turns out to be a non-trivial problem. Err... short answer short, I'm not aware of any such universal app, nor do I expect to ever see one. On the other hand, if you wanted to limit yourself to just two environments... say GMail and Outlook, it would be - in theory - very easy to create a program that does that export import dance but then you have to ask yourself the question, why use Evernote in the first place? You're better off just using Google Contacts which is designed for that purpose. Admittedly, Contacts doesn't work very well but it's there, it's already integrated into GMail and it has an API. Now, to answer the second question (in good faith): Most database programming books will tell you that all you really need are first name, last name, street address, city, state, zip code, phone number and email address fields. If you want to allow for two phone numbers, such as a cell phone, you'll need a second phone field. In fact, for GMail, the Google Contacts API will tell you exactly what you need. Within Evernote, you'll want to borrow a page from XML and create a note (or multiple notes) with the following contents: Johnname> Doename> 1234 Main Streetaddress 1> Apt 23address 2> Anytown Washington D.C. 10000 000-555-12341> 000-555-56782> That gives you an EN note that's human readable and also easily parsed by other software. Then all you have to do is write the code that exports that data into a format that Microsoft's Live Mail will recognize.
  8. What is a first class citizen? Are you suggesting that "completed" tasks be given the highest priority in search results?
  9. It has been said elsewhere, particularly within this thread that there are no plans to incorporate project management features into Evernote, or anything more robust than a simple to-do style checklist. Are there any third party programs that do project management, and save that data to Evernote? By project management, I'm looking for, in addition to the standard to-do style checklists, the ability to assign tasks, schedule tasks and most importantly, declare dependencies (although I don't need a true critical path feature). For example, if I have task A assigned to me, and my wife needs to do task B once I've completed task A, then I don't want task B to show up as a priority on my wife's to-do list until I've actually marked task A as complete. Why use Evernote for this? Because eventually, I'd like us to have iPhone, Android and desktop front-ends that rely on Evernote to handle the synchronizing issues.
  10. This is an interesting human-computer-interaction question. I've seen elsewhere that a "tag" permits an item to belong to multiple "folders" and those associations are dynamic rather than static. As a counter example, let's say you fire up your favorite word processor and dash off a letter to your local city council member complaining about the lack of trash service in your neighborhood. When you save that letter, you're required to give it a file name and ideally, place it within a folder. What names should you use for the filename and the folder? Some people would suggest the name of that council member. Others would suggest placing it within a "trash" folder (which can be misleading). Others would recommend a generic politics or neighborhood affairs folder. Within a traditional hierarchical filesystem, such as that offered by Windows, OS X or Linux, that letter can only have one official name, and be within one actual folder. You can create aliases and symbolic links to that letter of course, but that avenue leads to additional problems. A tag on the other hand is a way of saying, "whenever I search for the phrase local-politics, I want this letter to show up, regardless of where it's actually located and even if that letter doesn't contain actually the phrase local-politics." However, I think Evernote's implementation of tags is misleading. The use of the tags panel in the Mac desktop client (at least) and the ability to organize those tags into a tree, implies that you should be using tags to sort notes, as opposed to merely increasing the likelihood of a successful search. In contrast, the iPhone client doesn't allow you to mess around with tags independently of their associated notes. In fact, I can't even find a way to see all the tags I've defined, but I know that if I were to search for local-politics on my iPhone, all notes with that tag will show up. As such, I'm not sure I'd want to see folders or even refinements of the tag-tree. I think - and I stress this is just an opinion - that the desktop clients need to do a better job of promoting saved search criteria and fooling the user into thinking that a saved search for local-politics is in fact a (virtual) folder containing all of my letters to my local city council. Maybe "Folders" would be a better name for that section than "Saved Searches" and instead of creating a new saved search, you create a new dynamic folder?
  11. Today, September 30th, James Jaoquin posted another XMarks blog entry that discusses, in a little more detail, why XMarks isn't likely to become financially viable. You can read the full details here: http://blog.xmarks.com/?p=1945. Relevant to this discussion, I want to quote two of James' comments: Evernote charges $5 a month or $45 a year for their premium service. Assuming they have 3 million users (according to the Fast Company article Engberg linked to), Evernote should bring in $2.7 million at $45 apiece, which is a heck of a lot better than XMark's $400,000 projections. At this point, I think XMarks simply couldn't justify charging enough money to maintain operations. Would you pay $45 a year for a bookmark synchronizing platform, especially when there are free alternatives? Evernote also has the additional advantage that they can raise prices if they need to. I can see power users paying $47 or even $50 a year, and shrugging off the additional costs due to inflation. Disclaimer: I don't own stock in Evernote but they're one of the few cloud companies I'd seriously consider holding a few shares in for the long term.
  12. Yes, that's an extremely well known source of problems and Microsoft Word still struggles with that problem from time to time. I think what we're really asking is, why does the editor need to mix the two modes? After reading through some of the forum posts, I get the sensation that a lot of Evernote's formatting problems would be resolved if we could switch between two modes - a typewriter ANSI plain text mode that applies no formatting and separately, a rich text mode that recognizes and applies the HTML (and other markup languages). The default, of course, should be the rich text mode so that people don't run into problems when clipping pages from external sources. If we switch to plain text mode and there's an element on that page that cannot be rendered in plain text, such as a table, then yes, we actually do want to see the original markup code that defines the table, i.e., all the ugly DIV, TABLE, and SPAN tags in their glory. If the page has photos or video, then I think we're all willing to accept placeholders and take our chances. Engengeng isn't asking for a bug fix per se. He's asking for the ability to view a note with no formatting applied whatsoever, as a new feature. And I agree with him, if this is something easy to implement, being able to toggle between the two modes will be worth its weight in gold. As a plus, you may actually get some useful bug reports and test cases when trying to fix the formatting errors in the rich text mode.
  13. Evernote for the Mac, version 1.11.0 (99371) Possible bug: The hypertext link widget created by the format->link->add menu option incorrectly inherits formatting options when copied-and-pasted, and also incorrectly propagates the same formatting options to the text immediately following the pasted link. Steps to reproduce: *This assumes that the default font is Arial and the default font size is 13. 1) Launch Evernote client. 2) Click new note, then position cursor within main "blank note" editor panel as opposed to any separate child windows. 3) Insert the following text: "Sample header" carriage return, carriage return, "Sample title", carriage return. 4) Using the Format->Link->Add... menu option, add a dummy hypertext link, then add a carriage return after the link. 5) Your finished product should look something like this... Sample Header Sample Title http://www.sampleLink.com ... the intent here is to eventually create a single Evernote document that contains a sorted list of links. 6) Highlight the "Sample Header" phrase, excluding the carriage return at the end that otherwise assumes you intend to highlight the entire line. Change the font and size to Arial 24. ... and now the magic happens. 7) Select all of the text, and do a command-C to copy. Step 8: Move the cursor to the beginning of the note and press command-V to paste. 9) The Sample Header and Sample Title retain the correct formatting. 10) Notice that height of the sample link line, in the recently pasted block, is now (font size) 24, not 13. The text itself, however, correctly remains 13. The size of the cursor, when positioned anywhere within the link implies that the font size of any newly added text, will be 24, but any actual text added will be 13. 11) The line immediately below the sample link line (and above the original Sample block of text) will be size 24; the line height, the size of the cursor, and any text added, will also be size 24. Work around: Format all text as desired before inserting any non-textual elements. While this bug report pertains to hypertext links, the Evernote forum does contain posts complaining about similar formatting problems with tables and to-do lists. "Simplify Formatting" did not work in my case, but it may in yours.
  14. I think I can understand and respect that many people don't set an "originating URL" and subsequently they don't want to tab through meaningless fields every time they do create a note. However, from a user interface engineering point of view, I think that offering an feature and then later making that feature more difficult to use, is a terrible way to go. While it satisfies the no-originating-URL-needed camp in the short run, it also discourages them from ever using that feature in the future. To put it another way, if they resented having to click the body in order to skip the originating URL field and create their note, do you think they'd embrace interacting with a dialog box to set a URL? I think not; it's now actually faster to just paste the URL into the body itself. My suggestion: 1) Move the originating URL field into the expandable "advanced" section along with the creation-date, modification-date and author fields. 2) Remove the dialog box and allow direct tabbing into and editing of the URL field in the "advanced" section. 3) Add a preference panel option that allows us to set whether all newly initiated notes will expand/show the advanced section or collapse/hide that section. That gives you the best of both worlds. The people who want to quickly create notes simply see the title, the tags field and a clickable arrow (which they can ignore). The keyboard-jockeys like me that want to use the advanced features, can tab through them to our hearts' content. And as a plus, if you ever do decide that you want to add even more "advanced" features, such as links to the new Evernote sponsored notebooks, you can simply just add that field (or checkbox) to that one section. I know this isn't a bug per se so I won't complain further. I however would really really like to see this implemented as a version 1.11.1 feature.
  15. When creating a new note in the Mac client (version 1.10.0), the behavior of the URL link field has changed. Originally, the cursor would first appear in the title field, the tab key would advance the cursor to the tags field, pressing tab again advances to the URL field and hitting tab again advances the cursor to the body of the text. I loved this behavior. I didn't have to lift my hands off the keyboard at all in order to post a note, which means I could do it extremely quickly. If I did not want to set an URL, it only cost one additional key press to skip over the URL field. With the introduction of 1.10.0, this behavior has changed. When I create a new note, the cursor is initially placed in the title field (as expected). Tab forces the cursor to zig-zag to the right into the tags field instead of moving downwards as expected. Tabbing again sends the cursor to the body of the note. In order to set a URL, I have to explicitly click on the URL field with the mouse, which is bad enough, but then I'm presented with a dialog box and Cancel/OK buttons. Needless to say, my workflow and my mental process took a severe hit in terms of speed. I also don't see any preferences for reverting to the old behavior. I don't understand why Evernote (the company) would introduce this feature?
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