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mrpaulstark

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  1. No. They would have to be optional as there are plenty of people like you who wouldn't want to use that feature. All notebooks and stacks would be the default color initially and you would need to change it from their dropdown menu. I'll have to go into more detail later, or tomorrow. I'm pretty busy at the moment.
  2. I've been trying to find the study I read, but its not turning up. I'll drop it here if I find it. Google docs has gone through a couple of design iterations for this feature so somewhere in their archives they must have their own usability measurements. I've personally worked on an e-learning project where after a bit of development we examined the curriculum closely were able to identify 5 different classifications of lessons. When we redesigned the lesson navigation system and colored each lesson according to it's class type we got overwhelmingly positive responses. It helped people to understand the relationships between data objects. This is anecdotal and wasn't a formal study, but it should show that a consistent color code allows you easily show when an element is member of a specific class. This is very helpful for studying. You may also have a couple of notebooks within a stack that are deservedly separate, yet share a unique connection. This is a perfect opportunity to communicate their relationship with color. Every time you see identically colored notebooks you are reminded of their connection, and it tends to stick mentally. If you have 50 different stacks you probably aren't editing or reviewing the contents of most of them very often. Even if you don't feel up to creating an elegant color classification system, you can just use colors make the most important stacks pop out from the static. Also, I'm glad we're friends now Mr. Feynman. I'm a big fan of your work on bongos.
  3. Being an obsessive compulsive doesn't prevent people from being happy or successful in their normal life -- but when a detail is out of place in one area it starts to grate on their nerves. I've had EN for nearly a year now, and I love the service, but every day it bugged me a little bit more that this feature I used in similar programs wasn't being implemented. Today the straw broke the camels back and I unleashed all of my nerd rage. Me being a jackass doesn't change the fact that this is a useful and unobtrusive feature. Many of the top competitors implemented it long ago, and saw measurable improvements because of it. It needs to be implemented eventually and the squeaky wheel gets the oil first. BTW, your projecting makes you a jackass too, so climb up on the jackass wagon and have a seat
  4. It's kind of embarrassing that this hasn't already been implemented. Usability studies show that color coding 'folders' separates them as concepts in users mind more effectively than just text titles alone. Google docs has implemented this feature perfectly on the pulldown for each 'collection' folder. It speeds up project navigation and slightly lessens the strain on users attention spans. Since the work people do on this site requires a lot of mental prossessing, you are obligated to minimize the any processing needed to navigate the interface. There is no downside to this feature -- if people never want to use it, it's hidden harmlessly in the drop down. Despite this, the last thread on this topic was full of useless detractors who couldn't articulate an actual drawback, yet wanted to put in their 2 cents and say that it wasn't necessary. If you want this feature, join in the call. If you don't, you'd better have a bloody good reason for it in your post. Here's some reasons that aren't boody good enough: Reason: Its unnecessary. Answer: Usability studies prove the benefits mentioned above, and Evernote is obligated to pursue those benefits for its users. Reason: It's just eye candy. Answer: You're wrong. See first answer. Reason: Just learn to use tags. Answer: Tags require the mental work of thinking up and typing a search term. Colored folders quickly flag where to click and lessen the mental load. Reason: It's not a feature that scales across the different clients. Answer: SHUT UP AND GIVE ME THE PRETTY COLORS DAMNIT!!
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