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  1. You're welcome. Sorry I couldn't find you a solution, though the theory above explains the files I have and the ones you shared with me, so I would suggest looking through your account some more to see if (1) the theory holds up or (2) there is some other factor (as we discovered above) that is generating exceptions. As far as I know, there are no individualized settings within Evernote on iOS for viewing PDFs. Alternatively, you could contact support and see if they can help find a solution. They are the experts, after all.
  2. I see. But, in landscape orientation, right? That seems to be the issue, not the page size. I suppose, with a super small size, the PDFs might display two pages next to one another, but I am guessing (without having tried it) that Apple's PDF engine just sees "landscape" orientation in the files and that triggers individual pages. At any rate, the rules outlined above seem to be in effect.
  3. I am not on my computer right now to confirm the landscape orientation, but opening that in iBooks and other apps show the same thing -- A4 landscape orientation slides, so the same result.
  4. Hi. Thanks. Those look like (approximately) A4-sized landscape orientation slides from a presentation. There isn't enough room to display them side by side, so the iPad does one at a time. Mix in some vertical orientation slides (flip a few around) and they ought to display as individual pages (I have some PDFs with a mix of slides and vertical orientation stuff that operate this way). Apparently, this makes an exception to the rules I outlined above: when landscape orientation pages are mixed into a PDF, everything is shifted to individual slides, as far as I can tell. Thanks! I didn't catch that until now.
  5. I also have hundreds. Maybe thousands. All of mine follow the rules I outlined above, as far as I can tell. Imcould be missing something, though. Could you share a non-confidential PDF you have found that doesn't follow the rules?
  6. Hi. As far as I know, all PDFs display two pages at a time in landscape mode on the iPad in Evernote. Specifically, the first and last pages are individual pages, and all of the ones in between (pages 2 to 19 in a 20-page PDF, for example) are displayed two at a time. A two-page PDF, following this rule, is usually two individual pages. A 3-page document has the last two pages displayed together, probably because there are not two pages in between 1 and 3. My guess is that Evernote is using the iOS-supplied PDF viewer to render the PDFs, and this is a quirk in it, so there is nothing we can do to affect the display. If Evernote used its own rendering software (assuming it isn't already), it could make adjustments or give us the option to do so. I hope that helps.
  7. Time Machine works by just plugging in an external drive. Why Mac users don't use this perplexes me, because it is about as close to effortless as you can get (wi-fi external drives would presumably be completely effortless, though I haven't bought one to try). You can also make things a bit more complex, if you are a bit paranoid (like me). As a general rule of thumb, I would strongly recommend against relying entirely on a third party to take care of your data. I respect Brian's opinion (one of the few Evernote employees left that I've actually met in person, too), but in my experience (documented on this forum if anyone wants to dig around), Evernote has lost or deleted my data in the past (including note histories, which bizarrely were overwriting the newer data in 2011), so I'm not comfortable putting all of my eggs into one basket (or any third party's basket, for that matter) . I don't want to exaggerate the issue -- I've been a user from the beginning (back in 2008), so that's a lot of time to run across problems, and I haven't lost a whole lot of data over the last decade or so, especially with Time Machine to save me (ever since I switched to a Mac about seven years ago). I can't think of anything I've lost with my backup system (see link above), so I'm pretty pleased with the workflow I've got, and (like Brian) comfortable with Evernote's reliability and security. However, as Gazumped suggested, but in different words: "prepare for the worst and hope for the best." This goes along with the old adage: "an ounce of preparation is worth a pound of cure." If you use Time Machine (for Mac folks) to take responsibility for protecting your data, you can rest easy knowing that everything is in your hands no matter what happens (take, for example, the horror stories about ransomware -- all avoidable with a backup solution like Time Machine).
  8. Yeah. It is what it is. Until it isn't. It's up to Evernote if they want to change it, and I doubt that decision has a whole lot to do with technology or capacity. As with many other feature requests / improvements, it seems to be more about priorities.
  9. I prefer to use apps suited for the task (assuming we are still talking about committing words or phrases to memory). My favorite app for flashcards is Flashcards Deluxe, because you can pretty much fine-tune anything in it, but, more importantly for my purposes, you can easily share word/term/phrase lists (text files saved in Dropbox) with people. Evernote, though, might be more appropriate for larger chunks of data. For example, a review of some historical event (if you are a historian) that you took notes on a while ago but haven't seen for a while. In this case, if you date the notes (as I do) in the title, on a day like today (the 24th), you could review all the notes you've made on the 24th of the month. This spaces out the repetition without the need for a complex system of tags and so forth.
  10. Unfortunately, I have no idea what would or would not be required on the backend. What you said makes sense. But, other services I pay for (Dropbox, for example) have no such limits and seem to be doing just fine. Google, as I understand it, has no such limits, and Evernote is stored on their servers, so from a technical standpoint, this is a solved issue. Much like other things (encrypted notebooks, a higher limit for the total number of notes, a higher limit for the number of notebooks, etc.) this seems to be an arbitrary limit rather than a technical one. Perhaps it has something to do with cost, but if we are going to go there, we are talking about priorities, and as a paying customer, I prioritize this higher than a new iOS interface.
  11. I've got a lot of PDFs that exceed the limit, and I am not interested in going through them all to break them up, so It makes Evernote a lot less useful for me than it could be. I'd like to see them raise ut, especially for paying Premium customers.
  12. I think we'll have to agree to disagree then. Many of the apps I use on a regular basis (including the browser where I am writing this now) have mastered the art of presenting a simple interface with the ability to select font sizes, styles, colors, etc. Even the plain text editors I use are more advanced in this respect. I am not requesting clutter. I'm requesting power and control over my data. All of these things can be done in an elegant manner. I recommend the developers keep a few of Edward Tufte's books on hand for inspiration. The metadata request doesn't seem terribly burdensome or bloated. Again, other apps manage to do it. And, the inability to edit the metadata makes it impossible to do very simple things such as change the created date, change the author, or view the note history. All of these can be extremely useful, especially when you experience data loss and may not have access to your computer for days or weeks. I'll take streamlined, too. In fact, as I said, I think they did just fine making the app beautiful. But, having functionality and elegant simplicity are not mutually exclusive. I could list many, many apps (including competitors) who strike a very nice balance (in my opinion). But, fair enough. Let's agree to disagree. Let's say they streamline the app further and remove more features they deem unnecessary. OK. I'll support them. Just don't dump the app on users with no heads up. Instead of sending out marketing blurbs devoid of content ahead of a release, maybe let users know you're going to do X, Y, Z for "reasons." That'll give us time to prepare, even if we aren't too happy to be paying for an app that increasingly does less
  13. I agree. This nagging is probably a bug, but it comes about because Evernote designs the app to . I wish they'd rethink this, treat us like adults, and let us customize our experience the way we'd like. If I don't want the push notifications, I am not sure why Evernote thinks it is a good idea to nag me until I give in.
  14. I have decided to stop using Evernote in my classes; I really like it for the sharing options (more a potential benefit of the service than an actual one, because the emails won't even work properly, but that is something for another thread) and one of the main justifications for the premium subscription (in my case) was its classroom potential. This isn't the first time Evernote has removed a feature without notice (presentation mode), but I think it is the last time I am willing to let it affect my classes. If Evernote wants to make an app for professionals to rely upon, then they need to treat their users as professionals instead of infants who cannot handle complex user interfaces (actually, kids do well with pretty much any cluttered interface these days), and they need to be a lot more careful about meddling with peoples' workflows. I've been beating this drum for a few years, so many of my criticisms are nothing new. Why the decision to cut it out of classes now, when we have such a beautiful interface? It's simple. They shifted away from developing to increase the user base (the main focus now for eight years), asked us all to pay if we wanted to support development, and this is their first major release since the summer. It should be something that plants a flag in the ground and says this is how things are going to be at the newly slimmed down (they cut a bunch of staff and servers) company with a new focus. They're repeating the same mistakes again, though, by continuing to fiddle with the form rather than improving the function, and (yet again) unexpectedly removing features. Why they keep abandoning things without giving us a heads up is a mystery to me, but clearly (in this respect, at least) nothing has changed at the company, and it is business as usual. It's a shame, because they clearly did a lot of work, and all of that (for me) is wasted with a single surprise decision to remove a feature. When it just affects me, I suppose I have more patience for it (and, I can just decide not to update), but when it affects the classroom, it is a different story. I hope they get this stuff sorted, and I wish them well. Evernote is still a great app with tremendous potential. I am sure that it meets the needs of many individual users, I hope people really enjoy the new interface, and I am thrilled to see some good news for a change. I'll be sticking around as an individual user -- it does some things I really like, especially with searching. But, I'd say an update that makes me use the app less is probably not a huge success. Another unforced error, in my opinion. They spent time on that marketing blog post sent out a while back excitedly telling us about this app, but they didn't have the time (or interest), in telling us what features would (and wouldn't) be included. I guess they like surprises more than I do.
  15. LOL. Well, I've tried and failed to use Work Chat. Sometimes it is OK (when emailing notes, for whatever mysterious reason, fails). Sometimes not. It is never useful, though, at least in my situation. I admit that I don't really get why this was created. But, there may well be people out there who enjoy using it, so I think even those of us who have no love for the feature would be fine if they'd let us hide it away out of sight. I don't care if it is removed or not, as long as it isn't pushed on me, especially with nagging. I think a lot of the hate came from having this pushed at us by locking it into the UI and so forth. Anyhow, let's say the developers read my post and want to call me out on it -- fine, if they shouldn't be spending time fiddling around with the UI, what should they be doing? 1. Give me control over font size (with numbers, please, not "small" or "large") 2. Give me more sort options. One day, in another "exciting" update, they got rid of the sort options and dropped us down to three. Windows has a couple dozen, I think. Put that into iOS. Competitors have managed to do it, by the way, in an unobtrusive and effective manner (I count 10 options in one of them). 3. Give me control over the metadata (like we have in OSX). 4. Give us Context. We had it once, but then it disappeared in an "update." 5. Display clipped web pages correctly. 6. If I do a search, and it locates a note with the term inside of a PDF, open the PDF and highlight it for me. Don't make me run a whole new search on every PDF trying to track it down. 7. Allow me to display PDFs inline. 8. Is there a way to share a notebook publicly? If so, I just cannot find it. These are just a few things that occur to me right now. I am sure I could come up with more (besides the bug fixes). There is plenty of stuff out there to keep the developers busy, I think. Personally, search is one of the most important features for me, and when that is implemented in a clumsy manner (as it is now), that causes the most friction. Evernote still has one of the best searches on iOS, but there is room for improvement, in my opinion.