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  1. GoodNotes creates **searchable** handwritten PDFs !

    The OCR is working now. I must have been doing something wrong (manual backups?). It looks like your solution will work fine to get stuff into Evernote. That's great to know. Thanks!
  2. GoodNotes creates **searchable** handwritten PDFs !

    Good idea, but one thing to check, though, would be the OCR. I think it only gets supplied when exporting. In other words, while as a backup file, it hasn't yet been OCR'd. And, unfortunately, GoodNotes lumps multiple files into a zipped folder for some reason when it exports, so you either export one file at a time or unpack them in your computer. I've never found it terribly onerous getting things into Evernote, though. A couple of taps, and it is in there. I suppose, if you generate dozens of files a day in GoodNotes, it might not be so great. By the way, the other day my iPad lost consciousness for good, and I had to get it exchanged for a new one. All of my backed up stuff was there, and it was only a minor hiccup thanks to the GoodNotes backup feature.
  3. GoodNotes creates **searchable** handwritten PDFs !

    GoodNotes is amazing, especially with the iPad Pro and Apple Pencil. I easily get 90% recognition with Japanese / Chinese. My English handwriting (native speaker, but poor handwriting) is a little less effective. The OCR works in the background. You can also select some handwritten stuff, have that converted to text, and paste that somewhere. Wow. There's no particular integration with Evernote, as far as I know (don't use it that way), but it is easy to "open" notes in Evernote, where the OCR is still readable (of course). I've got a blog post about the app -- my poor handwriting is clearly shown there http://www.christopher-mayo.com/?p=2922 One cool thing that Evernote has, and no one else seems to have, is the ability to recognize text from multiple languages at once. I have a blog post on that as well. http://www.christopher-mayo.com/?p=876 Unfortunately, Evernote's handwriting support... could use some improvement... and Molekine notebooks (mentioned in blog post) have been abandoned since I wrote that.
  4. PDF in landscape mode on ipad

    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.
  5. PDF in landscape mode on ipad

    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.
  6. PDF in landscape mode on ipad

    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.
  7. PDF in landscape mode on ipad

    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.
  8. PDF in landscape mode on ipad

    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?
  9. PDF in landscape mode on ipad

    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.
  10. Relying solely on Web

    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). http://www.christopher-mayo.com/?p=962 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).
  11. REQUEST: Increase note size limit above 200 MB

    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.
  12. Spaced repetition with Evernote ?

    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.
  13. REQUEST: Increase note size limit above 200 MB

    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.
  14. REQUEST: Increase note size limit above 200 MB

    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.
  15. Evernote v8.0 for iOS Released

    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