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  1. I agree with jefito. It’d be difficult not to get behind a goal of improving existing stuff. Best of luck to Evernote and its new CEO in 2019. For those of us that have been here since the beginning—over a decade now—it’d be really exciting to see the app finally fulfill its potential.
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    Evernote for iOS 8.17 Released

    Update: sluggishness plus notes that cannot load. Also, spontaneous reproduction of notes (reported months ago as well -- it could be iOS or OSX, I guess, but I can report that it is at least still a problem somewhere).
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    All the notes on my iOS app are lost

    I don't know the specifics of the user's problem, but it sounds similar to what I have been seeing on iOS as well, with some notes simply not loading. Eventually, I sometimes get the not-so-helpful message that Evernote was unable to load the note. I don't know if it is related to the devices or not, but I can at least confirm that this has happened several times today on my iPhone. The exact same note appears just fine on my iPad and Mac. It appears to be a bug, and not user error. Perhaps it is related to the sluggishness of the app in the most recent update. Or, maybe I've just been hit by a tachyon burst or something from the main deflector dish at EN HQ. Whatever it is, it quite literally makes the app unusable, so I hope this will be addressed in future updates.
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    Evernote for iOS 8.17 Released

    Hi. 8.17 here. Thanks for the update. For the next build, could you speed up the time to start a note? 5-10 seconds is just too long to wait. Maybe it is OK for others, but it just doesn’t fit my workflow. It seems to me like speed is kind of Evernote’s thing — after all, what is the point of building a slow productivity app? Please reconsider whatever decisions led you to accept slowness as OK. If this is a bug, and unintentional, how did it make it into the public release? Please look at the QA process for the app. Until the next update it’s unusable in my workflow (again, others may have more patience, and I may be an edge case here) and the web version doesn’t work on mobile (several years now since this very helpful mobile web client was abandoned), so I’m paying for an icon on my screen... Also, images added to notes from the camera roll don’t always go where they are supposed to (the end of a note instead of the selected location).
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    Possible security breach!

    Please see the thread announcing an ongoing attack / attempt to access accounts using passwords obtained from some other service.
  6. I haven’t seen this for a few days, but it’s been cropping up evry once in a while for the past few months. It’s a terrible time waster.
  7. I don’t have any interest in going back, because I’ve had an endless string of irritating minor bugs + occasional big ones. I can’t actually remember a time when everything just worked. To be fair, Apple comes along every year or so and breaks stuff with new ios versions, and forces everyone to runa around like chickens with their heads cut off to build, revise, or aabandon apps in time for it. I’d just settle for an app that works. I also take a serious look at the Surface every time it gets updated. No time to actually pull the trigger this year. I’m already too busy. And, that is what makes any bug that much more frustrating. I’ve got stuff to do.
  8. The two most troublesome issues on the iPad app for me are the notes that fail to render despite being downloaded for offline and being (usually) unable to search notes offline. Both problems defeat the purpose of having offline notes in the first place, so I hope this is solved soon.
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    I Quit.

    Thanks for letting us know and good luck with whatever alternative solution you find. In my case, I prefer to save sites as PDFs. It isn’t ideal, but it saves headaches down the road. Fortunately, there are several well-polished ways of getting data into the app.
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    Possible security breach!

    Please report this to customer support. It might be unauthorized access to your account due to any number of reasons — not necessarily a security breach at Evernote (actually, at Google, because EN is using their servers now). The more information customer service has, the sooner they can help you out. In the meantime, it never hurts to change your passwords (random, long, and unique—use different ones for every site). A password manager is helpful for this.
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    Mac 7.6 Beta 1

    The bugs that I’ve run into, such as notes that don’t sync properly, seem rather serious. Those are ones I don’t think should exist in any beta, because it means a fundamental, core feature (as I define them) is broken. Some messiness in rolling out a new design like this seems inevitable, and I‘m not terrible bothered by it.
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    Some Notes Refuse to Sync

    Hi. I’ve had the same problem. Who knows why. I already reported it to the staff. Going forward, I’d recommend good backups (TimeMachine) and occasional export of all notes as html. It saves a lot of headaches.
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    Apple Pencil and Note Taking With Evernote

    Hi. I think you’ll find GoodNotes or some other dedicated app is simply better, and it is exceedingly unlikely that Evernote will somehow leapfrog them to become a superior one. This is true of any app (apple notes, for example, is also inferior), because, especially in iOS, apps that specialize tend to be more useful than ones that try to do everything for everyone. Is Evernote the problem? Maybe. Penultimate was never a good fit for my workflow (PDF annotations and notetaking in multiple languages, including vertical, left to right ones). But, it did work well for some folks. So, when Evernote bought it, I guess there was some potential there for something. Similar to Skitch, though, it seems to be a tough thing to turn it into aan industry leader without losing focus. Eventually, Evernote sloughed off most of its app ecosystem, and here we are today—I doubt Evernote is likely to go back to intensive development of multiple apps, which is the only realistic way they could compete with other dedicated apps. At any rate, GoodNotes with backups in PDF to Dropbox makes everything available to any device (even Windows), the content is OCRd, and it is easy to get into Evernote.
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    Search appears to be broken

    I have had the same issue for at least teo months (reported here on the forums and to CS), but I’ve observed it happening when I’m offline. While online, everything is fine, and all my notes are downloaded for offline use, but as soon as I lose an Internet connection (on a plane, train, etc) nothing can be found. Perhaps, in your case, the VPN could be losing the connection and that might kick you “offline.” Does this seem like a possibility? I see the spinning that usually indicates a problem with the Internet connection. The solution? Never go offline It might help to make table of contents notes for important stuff and save that note into your favorites. Hopefully, at some point, Evernote will get this sorted.
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    Is a PDF Searchable if OCR'd?

    Indeed, for many, many years the documentation has mistakenly said that PDFs are searchable for Premium and Business members. We've recommended before that they change the wording to indicate that PDFs get OCR'd for Premium and Business members. As DT noted, PDFs can be searched at any subscription level. One interesting thing about Evernote's OCR (still supplied by ABBYY?) is that it can be done in two languages simultaneously. That's pretty cool, and generally not available in other software, so it is sometimes a good idea to let Evernote do the OCR instead. If a document is OCR'd when you upload it, Evernote will use that version, and will not OCR it, so you have to make that decision before uploading.
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