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  1. GrumpyMonkey

    Search for numerical content in the title

    Hi. I also number my notes, but do it in the international date format of YYYYMMDD. One benefit that this has is that all of my notes are numbered sequentially from my first note to the ones I’ve made today, and this order can be reversed in the sorting if needed. When it comes to searching, intitle:2018090* will bring up all of the notes that I’ve made in the first 9 days of September, for example. I recomend this format for dating your notes. Unfortunately, there is no way to do a wildcard search (with the asterisk) from the beginning of a word or phrase. You can only do it for the end of a word or phrase (everything after the first letter or number). There are other quirks in Evernote’s search grammar (as there is in any application’s search), so it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with these before setting up a notetaking system (this is true for any software). Specifically, in this case “A wildcard is only permitted at the end of the term, not at the beginning or middle for scalability reasons on the service.” https://dev.evernote.com/doc/articles/search_grammar.php With 30,000 notes, it may be a bit of a pain to change at this point
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    Evernote death spiral

    I agree that there are some quality control issues that need to get sorted. No doubt, a lot of the blowback we’ve seen on the forums has less to do with the rebranding than with the simultaneous introduction of particularly nasty issues in the app. Bad timing.Let’s hope they turn things around soon. A few solid releases ought to do it. And, a new feature or two that benefits everyone (not “spaces,” but something that can appeal to the other 224 million users) would be appreciated.
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    Evernote death spiral

    Hi. Origins are a tricky thing. I’d say Evernote and OneNote began roughly around the same time in the early 2000s. But, if you want to go with Evernote’s “official” start in its current cloud-based iteration, 2008 was the beginning, several years after OneNote. Not that it matters, I guess, in connection with attaching blame for Evernote’s “death spiral” what apps have or have not come into existence since then. As for tags, weren’t those around from its early days? I’ve been here since 2008 and it’s always seemed like a tag-oriented system to me — that seems rather innovative, in my opinion. Evernote’s business model has changed a lot over time, if you go by some of their official “branding.” In fact, Evernote has rebranded itself many times over the years. So much so that the elephant was not even the original logo. LOL. I think Evernote might have conveniently forgotten that, or at least glossed over that fact. Each time it rebrands, some people like it and some people don’t. As for employee turnover, McDonalds, Apple, and many others have had massive shakeups and plenty of periods when worker satisfaction was low (McDonald’s has a notoriously high turnover rate). Yet, they are some of the most powerful brands / companies in world history. I seem to recall people claiming they were / are in death spirals as well. As mentioned above by someone else, every company is in a death spiral. That’s entropy and the fate of the universe Just a few points of clarification. As for not listening — they listen to some users and not others, which is only natural with a user base of 200 million + We just wish they’d all listen to the most important user—ourselves I agree that Evernote’s gor issues to address, but I don’t agree that it’s on its deathbed, or that it deserves to die.
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    Evernote death spiral

    This is the "if there's smoke, there must be fire" interpretation. It's totally reasonable, and I imagine many people reading the article will assume the same. However, (to continue the analogy) there seems to be a difference between some smoke and a "Skyscraper" movie-scale conflagration, especially when the fire and smoke is coming from a single tip. It doesn't take much to get in the tech news in a good or bad way. Sometimes, all it takes is a single blog post somewhere for your company to get written up. Some people leaving a company and an anonymous claim of "death spiral" don't add up to much, in my opinion. Thinly sourced and inaccurate in places = unconvincing to me. Interesting to learn about the execs leaving, but not enough to say more than "hmmm...." Now, if the CEO comes out and says "my company is in a death spiral," then it'll convince me
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    Evernote death spiral

    The article wasn't really about anyone moving away from the product, or even about bugs. It seems to be stressing that Evernote will probably have trouble raising money (with no help from negative reporting, I am guessing), and the "death spiral" analysis came from an anonymous tipster. That's about it in there. Evernote may be on its deathbed (others have declared it to be dead or dying before), but I don't think anything in the article is convincing me that's the case.
  6. Evernote may be in a "death spiral." I don't know. I haven't got any inside information, and even if I did, I doubt I'd be giving "tips" to tech blogs. But, here's what we know from the article: 1) high level executives have left and 2) someone thinks the company is in a death spiral, and 3) employees are changing roles at the company. #1 is rarely a good thing, though it has happened to Evernote before, and it is still around. #2 is an opinion -- a rumor at best. #3 is par for the course at a lot of places, and not necessarily a sign of imminent death. That's not much to go on... There are also plenty of things I'd disagree with in the article. For example, I think the privacy policy PR blunder was mischaracterized. After all, Google, Dropbox, Evernote, Microsoft, and just about every other tech company can poke around your data and read it if they'd like -- in some cases, others have done just that and gotten in trouble for it. That wasn't the problem, was it. That's incompetent reporting, in my opinion, and if you are going to publish a damning piece like this that could dramatically impact a company (a "hit job?"), then you ought to at least be careful and get your facts straight. As for the article's comparison / contrast with other apps, that seems to be sadly true. Apple Notes, for example, has (wait for it...) a great encryption option--one of the most elegant out there, in fact. OneNote has a Mac app. Google Keep is... well, it exists. I think they all have major drawbacks, but they certainly have improved a lot since the new CEO took over at Evernote, and I don't see any similar advancements at Evernote in that time. Evernote's really solid in many ways, but there are (as has been pointed out here and elsewhere) some really fundamental issues that still need to be addressed. Anyhow, I hope it sticks around, because I get a lot of use out of it. But, these things happen to companies, and as far as I know, the current CEO hasn't mentioned wanting to make the company survive 100 years or more (that was a hope expressed by the previous CEO), so maybe there isn't a long-term strategy. Whatever is happening, I'd say it's worth taking a deep breath and waiting to see what Evernote's response is to the piece.
  7. Evernote doesn't do enough of what I want it to do, but does too much of what I don't
  8. I don't feel shackled, because data is easy to get out, especially if the destination app has a solid migration tool. Even if it doesn't, .html is pretty convenient. There are plenty of irritating bugs and points of friction in the apps (Mac and iOS), but after 10 years of using it, I'd say it's been a good experience overall. In short, neither trapped nor especially bothered by the problems -- I can generally work around any issues that crop up. That said, Evernote is only one part of my note-taking, for the simple reason that it lacks sufficient protection for confidential / sensitive data, which is a lot of what I work with, so it just doesn't have a robust enough feature set for my needs. That's OK. It is what it is. But, one of the reasons why most hiccups fail to cause me too much grief is that I'm already working with other things on a daily basis, so I simply shift a bit over into those and I barely skip a beat. Maybe the lesson to take from this (at least, the one I've learned for my use case) is that it's a good idea to have all my data encrypted all the time, and to have multiple avenues for accessing / working with the data (in my case on the Mac, all of the Evernote stuff is accessible through Finder, I've got local backups, and I'm using software that can import things as needed in just a few minutes). If I were only working with Evernote (as I suppose many folks are), I'd want to at least have local backups, and I'd probably be exporting all of my stuff as .html every few weeks (or before/after any major changes to my note content) just in case -- it's easier to sift through .html stuff stored in Dropbox or some other location, especially if you happen to be on mobile devices when things go bad.
  9. GrumpyMonkey

    An Evergreen Issue with Evernote

    Hi. Windows?
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    The Great Big Brand Refresh

    Thanks so much for reaching out to me. I appreciate it. For anyone interested in this issue, I've found the beta doesn't delete blank lines right in front of my eyes anymore, so that's a huge improvement, but I think the notes are still rendering a little differently. At any rate, it solved (more or less) that problem.
  11. I agree that the burden for sorting through bugs should not be on the users. Minor bugs are a fact of life with the release of any software, but I am afraid Evernote has a long tradition of making some radical decisions, or introducing debilitating bugs in hastily released versions. Not every time, of course, but enough to make many of the veterans wary. See, for example, the apology from the former CEO over a debacle that affected an influential tech blogger. Perhaps the rebranding will also include a commitment to fixing the major bugs and making sure that no release goes out the door again "broken" (unusable in some way due to data loss and so forth). As for migrating away, it's really easy, and there are lots of options out there. Nothing is exactly like Evernote, of course, but you'll figure something out. Before saying goodbye, though, Id recommend taking a few hours to step back and get perspective. Not because it's "bad" to leave. It's just a chore to get up and running in a new app, and I've never found anything perfect, so you are also going to be in for more headaches. The question is whether those headaches are worse than these. After 10 years, I guess none of Evernote's headaches have been that bad. Yet!
  12. A swan song thread sounds good to me. “Let us sing; let us raise the cries; let us beat our breasts; lament with me!”
  13. Agreed. But, I suspect some of the folks in this thread (judging by the title) aren't in the mood to go through bug reporting ritual in the hopes that the developers on high will hear their pleas of suffering and intervene to save them this time -- they appear to be going it on their own
  14. GrumpyMonkey

    Password Protected Notebooks

    Yeah. I'm not sure why Evernote is making such a fuss about not doing encryption. It's a no-brainer. Unless, of course, Evernote wants to go through our notes, gather the data somewhere else, and use it to "surface" stuff for us (nothing sinister here, except that I'd trade the AI for security any day). Speaking of that surfacing stuff, did we lose related notes? I've got nothing coming up at the bottom of my notes anymore. Anyhow, other folks have got the encryption thing down, searches work fine (in some cases, far superior), and they have the artificial intelligence stuff. Heck, not only that, they don't corrupt the data in my notes (the new Mac app has decided to delete line breaks for me so that I can "focus" better without all those pesky white spaces). *sigh* Full encryption (or even just a notebook) should have been a standard feature after 2013. Too bad they didn't go down that road. *Edit: Now I've got contextual / related note stuff there. I don't know why it's gone one day and here the next. I had nothing for the last 12 hours. Weird. But, the least of my concerns, I guess.
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    The Great Big Brand Refresh

    I agree that all of the apps look good (I liked the old ones as well). I like the new logo (I liked the old one as well). I am not sure yet if I like the new catchphrase (the last one I liked was the original one from 2008). Overall, good job for the design team! But... I'm not a huge fan of trumpeting (yep, that's a sweet pun) their re-branding. A lot of us could have told you that this would fall on deaf ears (continuing the aural theme here) or irritated users -- Dave's initial post in this thread was pretty kindly written. Personally, I was just going to hold my tongue, but when I saw my notes had been ruined with the update (see below), I thought I'd weigh in here. A blog post from Evernote would have been more than sufficient, and I certainly didn't need to have my focus taken away from my work to learn that the Evernote logo now has a softened eye and a spirally trunk that is somehow connected with progress. Don't get me wrong, it's interesting, but it doesn't need to be pushed out to everyone as a big thing. Unless it had come with some really amazing changes under the hood. But, it didn't, did it? It came with more bugs. Really, really bad ones as well. Windows and Mac?! How do you manage to ruin both platforms at once? I am not exaggerating when I say that I cannot use the new app on my Mac. It deletes line breaks. Why? I don't know. My notes are now a big clump of text. Where do you think my focus is now? It's on working with other apps at the moment. I'm not kidding. I'm a premium member with only a dozen notes in the app today, because I can't use it. All the branding in the world isn't going to help get my time back. From my perspective, this is data corruption or lost data, one of the most serious bugs out there, but when I come to the forums, I see we have a new logo. A lot of people have different bugs, friction points, and requests they'd like to see, so they're probably reacting in a similar manner. This was a mistake--another unforced error (this "focus" thing has been keyword in blog posts for a year or more, so I'm not sure what the big change actually is, or why it had to be done this month, but I guess I have to wait and see how that pans out going forward). So far, I'd say the branding isn't going so well. It's a shame, really, because the designers did a good job. * Edit: For frustrated users, it appears to be (surprise, surprise) a list problem, and since I have a bunch of lists, I am seeing it a lot. Meh. It's just one more bug to deal with, and if not for the branding hoopla, I probably wouldn't have even bothered reporting it.
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