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  1. This was the first time in several years that I really went down the rabbit hole of checking out alternatives. The grass really isn't greener on the other side! I would add that I am really encouraged by what we're hearing from the EN management - these new videos are excellent. Can't wait to get my hands on the new editor!
  2. .. here are my thoughts/experiences. My first note was made 10 years ago June 2009. I've used it entirely for all my personal stuff - travel, finances, kids report cards, music, web clips and on and off I've used it for work stuff - reference materials, meeting notes and even GTD. However, with all the talk and rumors about EN sustainability, I decided to try out alternatives. Here's what I found. 1. Bear. I am an amateur musician (not a very good one). In music a common notation for a sharp is a #. Bear treats this as a tag. So storing your music in bear is a non-starter. You could use other symbols, but why? Also Bear is another company, with a subscription plan that's just younger than EN. Why should Bear last any more than EN? 2. Apple Notes. Pretty good and free. But web clipping is non existent. Scanning is hard. Sync can be slow over icloud. You can't tag easily. Search is limited. 3. Notebooks.app. I really thought this one might be good. Idea is you store your notes in dropbox and then Notebooks creates a little file with meta data (tag, due date etc) for the note. Your notes are in a native format - rtf , pdf, html etc so no proprietary system. People seem to rave about it and it has nice IOS apps. But - no web clipper. There's a script you can use, but it's not great. And the big issue - I imported 1000 notes from EN and while it worked OK ish on the mac, my ipad froze. Suggestion from the developer was - don't put all your notes in one folder. Not helpful. Oh and sync is very very slow because you're layering the app's work on top of dropbox's sync. 4. Devonthink. DT is great if you are writing your manifesto/dissertation/research project and you've got 100s of reference docs (pdfs, clips, notes). DT has OCR and advanced AI to search and find links in all these files. But if you just want to organize some travel details, it is complete overkill. Plus, it's clunky and the learning curve is awful. It's expensive, but there are no ongoing fees. DT is a research grade program. 5. Google Keep. Is a bit of a joke really. 6. Notion. If you like spending a lot of time arranging things on a desktop then it's great. But it's still a proprietary system (unlike notebooks and devonthink where your content is stored in open files). And again - how do you know Notion will be around tomorrow. 7. OneNote. On the Mac it is pretty bad. They finally added search for to-dos, but you can't really create tags. On windows it's pretty good. Exporting from Onenote is not good. For example pdfs get exported as multi page image files. So I am 100% back to evernote. It has issues, sure, it's not perfect, but it's a lot better (at least for me) than the alternatives. Here are a few of my most fave things about Evernote. 1. Drag a note onto another note to create an instant link in that note. This is so awesome - I create master reference notes super easily. 2. You can search for unchecked to-dos. 3. You can save searches. 4. It is fast. 5. Even though your data is in evernote format, my experience has been that if you want to extract it to other programs, you always can. You have an exit strategy. Sure it costs. But I pay for Dropbox, I pay for Lightroom, I don't mind paying for Evernote. If you think you can get a good robust app for no-money then you are kidding yourself. Anyhow, just my 2 cents.
  3. I want to be able to provide a link to a note from Things 3. But however I cut and paste the link from desktop evernote I always get a link to the web version not the Mac OS version of EN. This is very frustrating. I know other apps allow you to create a link that will link back to the app. The link should look like this...if it worked... evernote:///view/**** etc. not https://www.evernote.com/*** etc. Any suggestions? thanks
  4. I messed around with other apps - Devonthink, notebooksapp etc. I have to say, the EN just works better for me. I can get exactly what i want easily from it. I will say that the ios phone app is my least favorite part of the experience, but I keep coming back to the desktop app as it just works.
  5. I have the same problem with my surface 3. I can swipe up and down in the notes list to see the notes, but swiping with my finger in a note just seems to highlight text in the note and not scroll the note. This is very inconsistent with other apps. It's frustrating as I have to try to manipulate the tiny scroll bar on the right to scroll the note instead Is there a way to change this behavior? Thanks
  6. 1. The latest version of IOS and evernote 2. OK - I didn't realize that was an option. I will try that.
  7. Does anyone else get this when they are trying to open EN in IOS? It's very frustrating. I can't get to the passcode screen, but somehow, after random button pressing, the keypad goes away and I can login.
  8. I've been an EN user since 2008. But about a year ago, after getting a nice shiny Surface 3 tablet, I thought I'd give onenote a shot. I was still using EN for all my personal stuff - capturing receipts etc, but thought it might be nice to use ON for work. The trouble is, I actually do most of my work on my mac. This is where I started to quickly realize the folly of moving from EN to ON, particular in the case of a mac user, but many of these frustrations are also on the Windows version of ON. So for those thinking about switching from EN to OneNote, here are some of the issues you might deal with. In Onenote: 1. You can't sort pages automatically. In EN you can sort to your heart's content on date, size, created, name... 2. In the Mac version of Onenote, you can't create tags. You can use pre-made tags. 3. In the windows version, as far as I can tell you can't create tags on the fly - like when you create a note. You have to make them and assign an icon to them. It's about 20 steps. 4. Searching for tags is not intuitive. While EN has a single search bar, ON has different places for searching. 5. You can make a note a subpage in ON, but when you move the parent page, the subpage doesn't move with it. Put another way in ON subpage means "indent". 6. You can't customize the layout very much. 7. You can now use the pen on EN to "ink" notes. Even for Surface 3 models. 8. I don't think you can merge notes in ON. 9. The apps for ON are, for want of a better word "chunky". There seems to be a lot of real estate wasted. 10. You can change the width of the various page elements in ON for mac. So if you have long note names, you won't be able to see the whole name. And here's where ON wins: You can customize the heck out of your note - fonts, colors, layout etc - it works very nicely with other MS office products. If you like making nice looking notes, then ON is much better than ENs more rudimentary functions. Thankfully, EN for windows has a very nice and easy to use import function to import ON notes. No such function exists on the Mac version though. I am not an obsessive EN user, but I've learned the hard way that it's the little details that I missed. Just my 2 cents...
  9. Ha figured it out: Right click on note Select:Substitutions Uncheck: Smart Dashes.
  10. I use evernote for tabs (guitar music). I want to have ------------ in a note, but often when I edit, EN converts the dashes to a single solid line. This is not what I want. See the pic - the dashes before the "2" have been converted to a straight line. I've tried "simplify formatting" and "format as plain text" to know avail. Very frustrating.
  11. For anyone who is interested in EN and GTD, I strongly recommend that you check out this ebook. http://www.afterthebook.com/master-david-allens-gtd-with-evernote/ It is the most thorough, detailed ebook on EN integration and GTD that I've had the pleasure of reading. I've found most other guides to be rather light weight - too much on what EN is and then only a little on using EN for GTD. This book is a deep dive. If you want to create a very robust system that can handle a wide range of tasks and projects, then this is for you. The author has videos which outline the method, but the book provides a clear recipe for setting it all up. As an added bonus, he offers a section on searches that allow you to analyze your tasks and perform house keeping on your GTD system. Although you can learn a lot from the videos, the book is worth having for the detail. For the record, I am completely unaffiliated with the author, just a happy customer. Cheers
  12. I don't have experience using outlook with EN. I use gmail which works great.
  13. If you use the web clipper to clip emails it will do so with a link to the original email in gmail. I do this a lot. But if you just forward the email and then archive it you'll need to either create a new email to follow up or do a search for the old email.
  14. It does surprise me that EN developers seem to think that reworking the entire interface every few editions is a good thing. It is not. Why do they keep doing this? The current versions is horribly cluttered. The green interface is horrible and hard to read. At least provide some degree of customization. For example, shortcuts is fine but a lot of people don't use it - I know I don't. So let us hide that panel. Showing the last two notes as tiles in the notes panel is pointless because on the iphone no one can read tiles that small. So yet again the EN IOS developers try to reinvent the wheel when there are plenty of nice interfaces for IOS - just look at wunderlist - a simple format that works. I tolerate this because I am a heavy EN user - but tolerate is the word. I don't enjoy using EN on IOS - I just suck it up and try to do the heavy lifting in the mac or windows program.
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