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  1. @Pete Blakemore, did you read this just above, and try it on your Mac:
  2. Actually Mac Spotlight does an excellent job of searching within the content of just about every document type. If Spotlight is not finding your content, you may need to force a reindex of Spotlight. The answer depends on you -- what would be your objective of putting all of this in Evernote, particularly if a lot of is "random/useless junk". Why do you even keep that stuff on your hard drive? One of the main reasons that I put stuff in Evernote is that I want access to the information from multiple devices, from anywhere in the world. Do you have that need? Another is that I do a lot of web clipping of business, technical, and personal topics that I want quick access to. Evernote has a great web clipper that makes this very easy. I generally do NOT put books, or very large PDFs into Evernote. Instead, I put an abstract and a link to the book/PDF on my local drive. I do this mainly because I don't need world-wide access to them, and really large files are slow to upload and obviously take a lot of space. I have an external 6TB Thunderbolt drive I use to store books, large videos, and other stuff like that. Works very well. Spotlight index all of that, and I can easily find what I want. If you just have some unknown urge to keep all of this stuff, but you can't identify a specific need for the information, then I'd just put all of it on an external USB hard drive. You can get a 1TB (and much larger) USB drive for very cheap today, and it would be virtually effortless to move all of that stuff to the drive. You might try this: write down a list of keywords that you would be interested in. Then do a Spotlight search in the Finder of each keyword, or maybe combinations of keywords. This will yield a nice list of files and folders that you can browse through, as you have time. If you find any really interesting stuff that you might like to have access to in the future, then move it to a folder for later uploading into Evernote. Questions?
  3. It is not clear in what way it is not working for you now. What makes you think your organization is "messed up"? You will quickly learn that for the most part Evernote users who frequently post in this forum have organized their notes, and strongly advocate for, one of these two methods: Minimal use of Notebooks, rely on tags and keywords in the Note title Use Notebooks as the primary organizational tool, and may, or may not, have some use of tags. Of course that is an over-simplification, and there are many that use combinations of 1 and 2. But neither method is "right" or "wrong" in and of itself. It mostly depends on how you think, what is logical to you, what is intuitive to you, and the type of information you have. One thing that can help guide you is what kind of information do you want to store and organize in Evernote? Some real-world topics are well-suited for a hierarchical organization, things like Projects, Tasks, Property Management, Client Management, etc. Hierarchical Notebooks (like folders in Mac and Windows OS) are well-suited for these. Other topics might fall in several different categories, like Insurance, Computers, people etc. Tags are well-suited for these. I have found that my information falls into both of the above groupings, so I use a bit of both NBs and Tags. I would use NBs more IF Evernote fully supported multilevel hierarchical NBs. IMO, the word "organization" is sometimes misused. When I think of organization I tend to think of the structure of the information, like a book or magazine, or like a subject notebook. The organization is largely about presentation, controlling which sections and pages come in what order. Text books, for example, are laid out to first show the basics of the subject, and then to progressively get more complicated and detailed. The order of the chapters is meant to be followed by the students. However, if you want to find some specific information, you don't want to have to manually scan through the entire book. That's were the index at the back of the book comes in. And, of course now that the entire book can be digital, we can do a full text search very quickly. But that can be a problem in that it might produce too many false positives. Again, that's where the index helps. The index is really a set of keywords that we might call tags. So tags and keywords in a Note title are best suited for finding just the information we want, with a bare minimum of false positives. I will say one advantage I have found of tags vs title keywords, is that tags are a defined set of keywords that Evernote maintains for you. So when you need to assign a tag, you can pick from a list. Whereas Title keywords are subject to typos, misremembering, forgetting, synonyms, etc. Plus some keywords don't feel natural in a Title, but I still want to "index" that Note with that keyword, so it is a tag. Well, I don't know if all that will really help you or not, but maybe it will give you some ideas. Don't be afraid to experiment with small sets of information (Notes) to test and find out what works best for you. Please feel free to ask any follow-up questions you may have.
  4. BTW guys, if you are going to do much AppleScript work, then I highly recommend Script Debugger 7 . It provides a great IDE for development, exploring the scripting object models, real-time display of variables, and of course great full-featured debugging.
  5. Yes. Open the Script Editor.app, and then open the Evernote Dictionary by menu File > Open Dictionary, and choose "Evernote.app" There is a search box, where you can type "note" to see the Note properties, and "tag" to see tag properties. You want the "tag class" or "note class". Looks like this:
  6. As a workaround, you can try using colorful emojis at the start of the title, like this: "❗Here is My Important Title"
  7. That's very good. I original submitted a bug report, and was told the Devs were aware of the issue, but could not reproduce it. With so many people now reporting the same issue, one would hope that by now the EN Devs have been able to reproduce it.
  8. Did you see my script above? That should get you started. I don't have any scripts that create a JSON string from Evernote tags.
  9. There seems to be a lot of misinformation in this thread. I am NOT a security expert, that's why I do a lot of research to find reviews by those that are security experts and professionals. So, to clarify this review, PDF encryption standard weaknesses uncovered , that I cited earlier, please note their final recommendation: Also, you may want to read this article from NASA: Using GPG to Encrypt Your Data -- NASA
  10. Who are you to make that judgement? You have a forum username of "why?", and I don't recognize you has having any authority or expertise about internet security. So you can continue to pontificate all you want. I'll not waste any more of my time responding to you. Anyone that listens to you does so at their peril.
  11. It is NOT "scaremongering". It is a review of the issues with PDF 256-AES. There are other review that have found similar issues. Each person can decide if it is an issue for their needs. I have found GPG easy to use, using the GPGTools suite. Very simple: Right-click on a file in the Finder, and select "encrypt", and it creates encrypted file with "gpg" extension. Double-click on an encrypted file with extension "gpg" and it decrypts. No paranoia here. Just good, common sense, taking the proper security precautions where I need to.
  12. This is really off-topic for this thread. I'd encourage you to do a search on "Mac tags" to find many topics on this subject. For example: https://discussion.evernote.com/search/?q=mac tags&quick=1&search_and_or=and&search_in=titles
  13. It is really not up to you to say what is valid or not valid for me. I have no idea what "nope" means in this context. I did not ask you for anything. If you prefer not to use Mac folders, that's fine. I find them very useful.
  14. May be, but I don't know that for a fact, and I have not seen any third party reports on security of Google provided storage. I can learn to trust a person, an individual, but not so much so with companies. While you may like the current CEO and technical staff, that can change, and does change, in a heart beat. Evernote has now been through at least 4 CEOs, and a complete turnover in their technical staff. The venture capital companies that own most of the private stock in Evernote could decide tomorrow to radically change the focus and staff of Evernote, focusing more on ROI than on customer security. IAC, most computer break-ins are facilitated by an insider with the necessary access. So while the company, the investors, and the users may all think the company has great security from being hacked, that can all be undone in moment by an insider. Bottom line: I don't put anything in the Evernote Cloud that could harm me if read by someone else. And just to "keep the honest people honest", I have been using AES-256 encryption to further protect sensitive documents. I've just learned that may not be good enough, and so now I'm switching to GPG. For my highly sensitive documents, I just keep them on my local drive, encrypted with GPG if necessary. I don't bother with Evernote Local Notebooks because they offer no advantage to me. The Mac Spotlight search tool is excellent, I would say even better than Evernote Search. I can store my sensitive docs in well organized folders, with Finder tags as needed, and Spotlight easily finds them. The Mac also offers a "FileVault" which encrypts everything. Finally, just like a company insider can do the most damage, the same is true for our households. It is sad that the police report that most violence to a family member is done by other family members. So that means you must also keep your Mac or PC secure from others in your home, even your spouse/significant-other. At a minimum, that means that, if you share a computer, each person has a separate login, and each user account is properly secured from other users. Just my 2¢. YMMV. Good luck to all, and may all your stuff be secure.
  15. And none of us here are qualified security expert professionals. I would NOT guess, nor accept the opinions of anyone here without first doing your own research to either find the expert opinion of security professionals about Excel security (or any other file type), or to directly ask the security pro. I used to think that PDF files using 256-AES encryption were very secure. Looks like may not be true. From https://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2019/10/03/pdf-encryption-standard-weaknesses-uncovered/ Good luck to all. May all your data be safe and secure.
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