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  1. I scan everything that comes to me in paper form to pdf and then save to Evernote. Bills, letters, holiday cards, handwritten notes, ticket stubs, play programs, bank statements, instruction manuals, warranties, forms for work...it adds up to a lot, but still I hardly ever get near the monthly upload maximum. I'm also scanning & uploading decades worth of paper, which includes a lot of the above, before shredding & discarding. Basically, if it's on paper, I want it in Evernote.
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    Parting Notes

    On the Google Play apps page, Evernote is described this way: You’re on the path to something big — Evernote is where you do the work to achieve it. Write notes of all types, from short lists to lengthy research, and access them on any device. Collect web articles, handwritten notes, and photos to keep all the details in one place. Find your work quickly with Evernote’s powerful search. Move projects forward with Evernote: - Take notes: write in a clean, distraction-free workspace. - Get organized: create notebooks and add tags to wrangle projects. - Access anywhere: keep your work in sync across devices. - Find anything fast: text in notes, photos, and PDFs is searchable. - Share ideas and resources: create a workspace for collaboration with shared notebooks. - Keep up with to-do’s: make to-do lists and check items off as you go. - Harness creativity: capture ideas while they’re fresh, wherever you are. - Prepare for meetings: draft agendas and to-do’s for next time. - Manage expenses: organize receipts, bills, and invoices to keep expense reports in check. - Plan business travel: save reservations and tickets for simple trip planning. That looks awfully like "actual disclosure of the functions of Evernote" to me....
  3. I'm a heavy Evernote user, I clip tons of stuff from websites, as well as scanning receipts and other documents, occasional voice recordings, and a couple dozen pictures a week. Today, at the end of my current upload cycle, it looks like I'm just under 250 MB. It's been a fairly average month for me. If I had a big scanning project or some other temporary need for an increase, $5 for 1 GB doesn't seem excessive when I compare it to the alternative -- saving stuff until the next month to upload, keeping track of what needs to be uploaded, remembering to do it, all that mess. But then, I consider the yearly cost for Premium to be one of the best bargains in my life. I guess the idea of paying the Evernote folks a few extra bucks now and again doesn't bother me. That said, I do like the point about comparing the $5 charge to a bank overdraft fee. Except, even there I pay less and feel I get better value.
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    Thank goodness for the web app

    The Evernote Mac client is so slow, and slows down my whole system so much, that I'm reluctant to start it up any more. I've been relying on the web app whenever I can. Sigh.
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    Areas of Focus

    The right way to set up Evernote is the way that works best for YOU. That being said, it's always useful to hear how other people do it. Personally, I'm not a tagger. For me, adding a tag is an extra step, and one I easily forget to do. Notebooks are very useful to me because they make it easier for me to get relevant search results. I have over 25,000 notes, and you'd be astonished how many keywords are common. Example: I want to find an article I read recently about the structure of the galaxy. When I search for "galaxy" on all notes, I get 262 matches. When I do the same search in my Reference notebook, I get 11. Found it! However, I do have only a few notebooks, for high-level divisions. Reference for things I read and want to recall later. Receipts for all receipts (sorry, Scott, the idea of putting a "receipts" tag on every single receipt fills me with horror). Writing for all my writing projects. I think I tend to use titles instead of tags. Example: right now I'm finishing up a novel called "Children of the Eighth Day" -- in notes I refer to it as C8D. In my writing notebook I have dozens of notes related to this project, and all of the had C8D in the title (C8D Characters, C8D General Notes, C8D Chapter 6, etc.) This lets me bring up all the notes on that project as a saved search. So...Notebooks for big categories, titles for individual projects, no tagging. That's what works for me.
  6. Here's an article that talks about how one teacher uses Evernote: http://plpnetwork.com/2013/06/25/evernote-teachers-classrooms/ This quote (from the above article) may help:
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    ios How to use evernote for a diary

    Here's what I do: http://discussion.evernote.com/topic/24814-updating-a-diary/?p=131701 I have over 14,000 notes, one per day, covering pretty much my entire recorded life.
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    EverLog Template Help

    I found the answer. If "append" is turned on, then all notes are titled "Untitled."
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    EverLog Template Help

    So I have EverLog on my iPhone, and I like it. I have successfully set up several templates, and they all work with one exception: No matter how I set the "Note title" line, my notes always have the title "Untitled" I must be missing a step. Anyone? Thanks!
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    Using Evernote as a diary

    I keep my journal as one-note-a-day -- I have 14,300 notes with entries as far back as the late 1950s (scanned copies of birth announcement, immunization records, etc.) I've been consistent with titles (Journal YYYYMMDD Sun/Mon/etc) and have seldom had trouble finding what I want with Evernote search. My platforms are Mac/iPad/iPhone/Web. I've found folders for month/year/decade to be superfluous.
  11. I have a problem with the proposed "cloud" diagram: To me, the "cloud" diagram implies that each of my devices is synched to the Evernote Cloud, but not to each other. It specifically states that my devices are not synched to each other. Based on that diagram, I would expect to go to the Cloud and see one section for data from my laptop, a different section for data from my tablet, and a different section for data from my phone. The existing diagram tells me that my data will be the same on each device. It may be oversimplifying the process, but to me it accurately communicates the important concept. I submit that the end user is much more interested in the concept than the exact process.
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    Best way to manage quotes?

    I have a separate notebook for quotations (I call it "Commonplace Book"). In that notebook, each quotation is in its own individual note. By temperament I'm not much of a tagger; I tend to put keywords in the note title if they don't appear in the actual quotation.
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    Memory Question

    > uninstall Evernote or buy Android! ...because Android doesn't load apps in memory?
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    ios New version 7.3.0.307130

    > Please put Shortcuts back on top! Tap on the gear icon next to your name, then choose "customize home screen" -- you can move the different sections around to put shortcuts on the top, bottom, or wherever you want it. To my mind, allowing users to customize the placement of elements is a far better UI choice than presenting them in a fixed order.
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    ios Why would you release such a buggy app?

    > I now use Devonthink as my repository and at the risk of offending EN diehards, has far > more functionality on my mac than EN has. It's wonderful that you've found something that works better for you than Evernote does. Using an app that works well for you is a great way to be happier and more productive. I'm not convinced that continuing to complain about an app you find unhelpful, on forums devoted to that app, is a way to increase either your happiness or your productivity...but that's your choice, of course.
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