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Don Sakers

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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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. I found the answer. If "append" is turned on, then all notes are titled "Untitled."
  5. 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!
  6. > uninstall Evernote or buy Android! ...because Android doesn't load apps in memory?
  7. > 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.
  8. > 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.
  9. I, too, have incredible slowness starting up. Tap, tap, tap, etc. waiting for any response, for dozens of seconds each time. This is iPhone 5, iPad 2, and MacBook (which demonstrates, Ithink, that it's not strictly am iOS 7 issue). I've pretty much settled that it happens when Evernote is syncing. Everything else slows down while sync is happening. Once sync is done, the speed is much more acceptable. The kicker is that if I turn Airplane mode on (or, on the MacBook, turn WiFi off), there's only a brief slowless (a few seconds). After that, I guess Evernote realizes it's not going to be able to sync, and it stops trying. Yes, I know Evernote has to sync. One time out of ten, when I open Evernote I want to search for something, and it annoys me when the most recent notes aren't synced yet. But NINE times out of ten, when i open Evernote I want to write a note -- and it annoys me more an ten times as much when i have to wait. Especially when I want to take notes on somehting that's happening right now, and keeps happening while I'm tap, tap, tapping. I remember many years ago, when I saw the browser message "starting Java," I would scream, "No, DON'T start Java!" Because i knew it was going to slow things to a crawl for long minutes. Now, I want to be able to scream to Evernote, "No, DON'T sync!"
  10. I assume that your notebook is in handwritten form. If that's the case, you'll be able to scan the pages as images and store them in Evernote, but it will be very difficult to extract text from those images (i.e. to paste into Word).
  11. I have a Doxie Go and it works fine. It's super-portable -- I often sit in the car and scan batches of receipts in between appointments. The drawback is that it's single-side, single-sheet, so not all that good for multipage documents.
  12. > Migrating is difficult, but not impossible. Syncing (as far as I know) is impossible. > Run! Notes is not the app you are looking for Ah, yes. I saw "sync" and read it as "transfer." As far as I know, syncing between Notes and Evernote is as elusive as the aptly-named Sir Not Appearing in This Film. If you've sold your soul to Apple the way I have, and fully entrenched yourself in the Apple ecosystem, Notes natively syncs across iOS, OSX, and iCloud.
  13. There's the old-fashioned method of using copy-and-paste to move text from Notes to Evernote, the way we did in Neanderthal times. Or you can email your individual Notes to your Evernote email address, which is a somewhat more Cro-Magnon approach. Or...wait, there was an iPhone app called iNote that was able to put some of my Notes into Evernote...but I removed it months ago, I'm not sure I remember exactly why. It was fussy and required a bit of setup. You might want to take a look at it, but please understand this is not a recommendation.
  14. I think the solution you're looking for involves printing your page to PDF for Evernote. This is off the top of my head, I'm working on a PC and don't have my MacBook handy. At the print dialog, click on "PDF" (I believe it's somewhere in the bottom left). In the menu that drops down, one of the selections ought to be "PDF to Evernote." Click that, and it should print a PDF and then automatically open Evernote to receive the PDF. I think this option gets installed when you first install Evernote. But if it's nto there, this thread gives some information that's relevant to making this work: http://discussion.evernote.com/topic/20799-save-pdf-to-evernote-print-option-gone-after-upgrade/
  15. In my mind, if I don't have a local copy of something on a drive that I control, then I don't own that thing...I'm only renting it. The saying with hard drives is "It's not if it will fail, but when." Similarly, with information held by a third party, it's not if it will become inaccessible, it's when. Especially with billing statements -- over a period of a decade or so, the company gets a new computer system, goes out of business, merges, is taken over, etc. -- and either (1) older statements don't survive the transition process, or (2) someone in the new entity sooner or later says "Why are we keeping these 10-year-old billing records? Let's purge them." (And remember, as long as you use a desktop version of Evernote, everything you save there is on your computer.) Archaeologists learn enormous amounts about ancient civilizations by the bills and other minutiae they leave behind. I fully intend to supply the data archaeologists of the next millennium with a similar treasure trove from our age.
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