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  1. Here's a quick tip that I learned from some other guy. Although you can bulk tag notes by dragging them onto a tag, you cannot bulk UN-tag notes, unfortunately. A little trick, using your Misc example above, is to create a new tag called Misc2, drop Misc into it, and then delete Misc (Evernote will give you the option, but make sure NOT to delete sub-tags!). You can then rename Misc2 to Misc if you want.
  2. First, thank you for your kind words, Dave. Now, about availability: I checked my stats in iTunes and as of yesterday people downloaded Taggy from the US, Mexico, Germany, and Switzerland, and according to Apple my app is available worldwide. Although Apple's App Store provides an incredible amount of convenience, it's also a single point of failure. I've noticed that every once in a while the App Store goes down or has problems. I suspect that is what is happening here. Please try purchasing the app again tomorrow, and I wish you better luck. Follow-up: I did some research, and if you receive an error message about Taggy not being available in the US, that’s not true. Simply open up the Mac App Store and search for Taggy from there. It is a known problem that redirects from Apple’s website sometimes don’t work.
  3. There are no plans for a Windows version of Taggy. You have to understand, I'm not a Windows developer (or even a Mac developer), I'm just some guy who spent his weekend learning AppleScript in order to fix the glaring missing feature of Evernote for my own personal use, and then I decided to share it with others who might also benefit from it. But I don't have the time or skill to develop a Windows version of the program =(
  4. Taggy is a little application I made to solve this problem: it makes your tags act hierarchically during searches. And there's good news: Taggy is now available in the Mac App Store! Taggy for Evernote
  5. Good news: Taggy is now available in the Mac App Store! Taggy for Evernote
  6. FYI, I have personally solved this problem to my satisfaction by creating a little utility called Taggy for Evernote which organizes your tags and makes them function hierarchically automatically.
  7. Taggy makes your Evernote tags function as you want them to: hierarchically. Check it out in the Mac App Store: Taggy for Evernote Hi everyone! You might know me as the guy who started the thread "Shouldn't selecting a parent tag search child tags?" Well, the short story is that I'm just some guy on the internet who spent his weekend creating a little utility to make Evernote work better for me, and I figured I would share it with the community. So, I hope you enjoy it! The link above includes a video of how it works. And here's the long story: For many people, it’s annoying that searching for a tag in Evernote does not find notes filed under child tags. Taggy solves this problem. Essentially, Taggy iterates over all of your notes, looks at their tags, and auto-tags them with their parent tags as well. Example tags: food -> dessert -> donuts Clicking “Hierarchify” will change notes tagged with “donuts” to be tagged with all three: “food, dessert, donuts.” Clicking “Un-Hierarchify” will change notes tagged with “food, dessert, donuts” to be tagged with just “donuts.” Using this tagging scheme which Taggy creates for you automatically, organizing your tags into a tree structure will make them act that way during searches. As an avid Evernote user myself, I made this tool to help Evernote work better for me and it has allowed me to be more productive with my notetaking. I hope that it helps you as well! More info: Taggy for Evernote Philip Brocoum
  8. You are right about the Python example. Tags are superior to folders because they're not constrained to a hierarchal format and yet can emulate folders if needed (like when accessing Gmail through a regular e-mail client). Tagging a note with multiple adjectives like python and programming is the correct way to further categorize a note, rather than creating a new python_language tag. Everyone should actually ignore most of what I wrote above. I tend to write in a stream of consciousness style, and I often don't get to the good insight until the end, ha ha. The more I think about it, the idea of automatically tagging a note with parent tags is a bad one, because now the software is messing with your data by magically adding and removing tags. Any number of things could go wrong or become confusing. However, I think my shift-click idea is a good one. The shift key wouldn't work as mentioned above because it's already used, but something like option-clicking I think would work great. It would be one of those features that no one need worry, care, or even know about unless they wanted to. It would just be another advanced search feature. But first things first: the team should get rich text editing to work on the iPhone (which I'm sure they are already doing!) =P
  9. The problem that needs to be solved isn't “finding my tags,” but rather “finding my notes.” All I'm saying is that hierarchical tags don't actually offer any functionality when it comes to finding notes; it's exactly the same as it was before, no easier and no harder. It just seemed obvious to me that creating a tag hierarchy would make it act like one. This isn't a criticism or complaint, since at the very worst it's just a neutral non-feature. It's not like my Evernote experience is worse or anything because of it =P To answer jbenson2's technical question, it would simply be a matter of automatically tagging child tag notes with the parent tag, and removing the parent tag if the child tag is brought back up to the root level. This can be done manually, of course, but that's not quite as elegant. jefito's python example is beside the point because such an ambiguous tag name is going to cause problems no matter what. One would need two tags, one called python_language or something. However, here I think is a concrete example of why hierarchical tags acting non-hierarchically is confusing. Suppose I have the following parent and child tags: 1. Restaurants ---- 2. Fast food I create a note called McDonald's and tag it as fast food. Strangely, it doesn't show up under restaurants, even though fast food is a child tag of restaurants. Surely I might want to see all restaurants in the area or only fast food restaurants depending on my mood. Again, I can do this manually by remembering to tag all fast food notes with the restaurant tag as well, but it's just not elegant. Instead of tags, something like “folders” which are just auto-searches on multiple tags could be an interesting new feature. Actually, I just thought of something: shift click a parent tag to automatically search for notes tagged with any of the child tags. That would be a pretty simple compromise, I think. But actually, I'm generally philosophically opposed to new features, ha ha =P I think software should be as simple as possible and just work well. And Evernote works pretty well!
  10. I was excited when I learned that I can organize my tags into a hierarchy. I figured I could put “programming” and “websites” under a generic “computer” tag, and then simply click the computer tag to view all of the above notes. But it doesn't seem to work like that. Clicking the parent computer tag shows only things explicitly labeled computer. So, it seems that organizing tags into hierarchies doesn't actually accomplish anything except make the tag list shorter. Does anybody else think tags should work like I just described? Or do they already and I'm just using them wrong? =P Thanks! stedwick
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