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  1. If you did, it wouldn't be because of the notes so much as the slowness of the clients at times. Despite all I've thrown into Evernote, which totals 70k notes that are at times multiple iterations of full PDF books within a single note, search isn't that bad. Segmenting things with tags (that are and aren't on notes), searching titles only, limiting things within a notebook, constraining date ranges and combining all that within a single search helps alot with that, but even just typing something in at random doesn't really effect the 'speed' of the search all that much as it scales. Atleast for me. If you imported a portion of your notes into Evernote on a free account and ran searches that way as a test, that's likely what the speed would be for search if you imported much more. If you're fine with that experience on any of them, then that's pretty much what it'd be. I don't have issues with search so much as the general experience of all the clients as they scale, stability that can get shaky when your account gets large on the mobile devices, and the way they present information on the mobile clients. If you had that many notes and ran a search, on the iOS apps for example, it'll display them as cards, which tend to amount to a relatively limited number of items on screen at a time. Every time I open the web app it also crashes or just fails to load, but if there's a client on all devices, I don't really need the web app, so I'm ok with that. I'd like the web app if it worked for me, and I really enjoy the Windows app when it works, however. If your notes are all text notes of that nature, however, Evernote probably isn't the best program for you. Particularly not if you're asking about speed during search. You'd get alot more agility and functionality in apps that are plain text based like SimpleNote, or anything that syncs with that or Dropbox Plaintext files, like Nebulous Notes, Notesy, WriteUp, Elements, nvALT on the Mac, Resoph Notes on Windows, Notebooks by Alfons Schmid on any platform, etc. Evernote's still great for mixed rich content that can come from a variety of sources, OCR in images, having all your data backed up and secure in the cloud, and as time goes on, sharing all that online with others. But if I had all my info in plaintext as you do, I would stick to a program that's designed with plaintext in mind, saving Evernote for the things it does best.
  2. I actually have found notebooks to speed up my workflow in Evernote a bit, in terms of search queries, use of offline notebooks, and general ease of access, but that's not to say I couldn't accomplish the same effect with tags. I used to only have a few notebooks, but when trying to reorganize all my data a while back, I made a bunch of temporary notebooks at the time to make it easy to sort and group things as I was going. While I was doing that, the stacks feature was released, and I started grouping them into stacks as well. Pretty soon, I had hundreds of notebooks and dozens of stacks, and I've never looked back. Tags are used on rare occasion, but it is very rare. Part of the reason I took a liking to notebooks more was that my most frequent use for getting content into Evernote, which is still true today, is web clipping. Many times those notes get edited and added to on the various Evernote clients, but they still tend to start on the web and funnel in through the web clipper. With the way the web clipper works, throughout many of it's iterations, notebooks were selectable from a drop down menu, whereas tags had to be typed in. They get filled in automatically as you type, but they still need text to work. At the time I was going through all of this, I was working standing up a fair distance from my keyboard, often times on a huge HDTV repurposed as a monitor, using an air mouse to control the curser. As I didn't have keyboard access, tags weren't as easy to clip with, but notebooks still had the dropdown menu, so they functioned quite well. The same holds true for selecting notebooks on the Windows client within the note options itself, generating a giant list of notebooks from which to pick, whereas I don't think tags operate that way. More to the point of your question though, with the shear volume and variety of the notes that I have, notebooks have spead up my ability to search and use Evernote, searching specifically from within the view of a notebook on the Windows client. I also like that a note can only have ONE notebook, while it can have many tags, as it's pretty easy for my notes to get lost in the mix for me if they're in too many places. Notebooks vs tags also gives me the ability to delete a notebook, and with it all of it's contained notes, but you can also accomplish that function in the desktop clients by clicking or searching for the tagged notes and doing a batch delete. That's not as easy on the iOS front, however, which is where I spend most of my time now, despite all the countless problems I've run into with the Evernote iOS clients making it almost unusable at times. Tags also don't have hierarchy on the iOS front any longer, where as notebook stacks have remained on the iPhone version. Some of my notebooks are very, VERY large in size too, which I don't want downloaded on my mobile devices if I can avoid it, so that also factors in. That, and the fact that due to all the technical issues I've had with the iOS clients, I usually can't access a note unless it's been downloaded to an offline notebook. Any offline notebook downloading takes ages regardless of connection as well, both of which keep me using notebooks as opposed to tags. On the iPhone, the Offline Notebook page also gives me a quick little customizable notebook view of my many notebooks right at the top of the list.
  3. I've been using Evernote for several years now, and I'm currently around 60k notes. A very small portion of those notes, currently around 250, contain rather large PDFs of journals, books and other assorted things I do editing and copy work on, as well as teaching notes and things like that. On average, they're about 100-500 pages. There are all manner of other things in there, but those are the only ones I'd consider out of the ordinary compared to what I see most people putting into Evernote. I've been having many issues with Evernote syncing and performing across the Windows and iOS platforms for a while now, which I've been in contact with support about. A large volume of my work ends up revolving around PDF content, but I'm hesitant to put more of it into Evernote with all the issues I've been experiencing. Can anyone else speak to how PDFs, particularly large ones that are essentially books, affect the performance of Evernote for them? Or any other issues you've ran into with having a large account like mine? When it's working, Evernote's actually still nimble and agile, all things considered. The main issues I've been having all seem to revolve around syncing, and on the iOS platforms, downloading offline notebooks, as well as getting many a 'timed out' error when trying to access a number of the online notes. Search actually works pretty well, despite what you'd expect with that volume of content.
  4. That'd be the most useful feature ever, next to search.
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