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llbean

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  1. 2 cents: I've been using Day One as my exclusive personal travel journal. In fact I have pulled all of my Evernote Food notes out to put in Day One. I'm a heavy Evernote user but using Day One is just a much more enjoyable experience, especially on iOS. Very very beautiful. Kinda like eating a meal with a nice set of silverware versus their trusty pocket knife. Also, unlike Evernote, it supports Markdown and Textexpander. While I like the couple recent updates to Mac/iOS, Evernote is still to me a really functional utility program, not someplace I want to keep my most treasured memories.
  2. Just downloaded it, TextExpander is not in Evernote 5 for iOS. Seems like a great upgrade otherwise. Pretty disappointed. I still don't think TextExpander is a niche or geek only use. Just look at how many other note taking apps and text editors support. It boggles my mind that a "note" taking app as big as Evernote should need another app in order to input something as simple as text! BTW, my current workaround is Drafts which I really like. My only issue is that I imbed a lot of photos in my notes, so unless I merge pictures in later, I cannot use TextExpander and make round trips in and out of Evernote iOS.
  3. Hi. Calling it a "must have" feature doesn't make it so. Lots of people have their "must have" features that range from two-factor authentication to backwards compatibility back to iOS 3. I am not saying that I am against having the feature. I am actually agnostic about it, because it isn't something I would be likely to use even if we had it. I wonder if you could describe your use case and give a little more detail about why you think this way. It might help developers understand better why there is demand for the feature. GM- I'll assume you know what TextExpander is. If not, check out http://smilesoftware.com/apps/ As far as case use, I will not enter a text note into EN in iOS. Why? I got tired of the poor formatting interface and having to retype text or note layout every time. For example, say I attend a weekly meeting which follows the same format. I use Notesy to enter a TextExpander snippet which acts as the shell, or layout, for my notes for that session. The other thing TextExpander gives is the ability to name titles more consistently. I use TextExpander all the time with Evernote in Mac OS. iOS is where it falls down. Include this and get faster search results and you will become something, well, actually use for taking quick notes on the go.
  4. +1 for Markdown I have to disagree with the sentiment that the basic user could not learn how to use Markdown. I don't consider myself a nerd but have picked it up easily. Contrast that with the current horrible, often changing note taking tools in EN. Add TextExpander support for iOS as well. Users will never learn how to use new features such as these unless you show them how. I thought that was what an innovative software company was supposed to do (see Day One, for example).
  5. Can anybody confirm whether TextExpander is finally coming to Evernote 5 for iOS? Thanks-
  6. Seems like the easiest mode is to just leave anything which needs to be read or reviewed in the default EN notebook (inbox). Once it is read you file it away. Curious if what everybody else was doing? Do you use a tag, notebook? LLBean
  7. Don't know, your notebook is the only shared one I have. BTW, I read your note on the minimalist approach and found it very interesting. I find that I spend way too much time trying to catalog everything for the sake of appeared order (especially in List View- which is why I really like the new card view so far). Perhaps it is an OCD trait or something. The real question I guess is not how to order, but how do I really need to retrieve the info. However, it is kinda like an infinite loop of insanity. I feel I need a high degree of cataloging in order to be able to find similar notes so that I remember how to catalog the new note so I can find it later and remember how to catalog the next note! I think also at issue is a genuine fear of losing that ability to find the note ever again which might be attributed to a lack of confidence in my (or my wife's) understanding of EN. I like really like your indexing/note link approach in some areas in order to gain continuity in focus areas. For example, instead of a distinct project tag, maybe I should simply have one note for that project with links on it to all of the other notes? This one note can explain the relationships between all of the associated notes within in that project much better than a single tag. The other thing I think I've realized is that it is not important to describe what something is as much as how it functions. Seems like most of your note title keywords are active, ending in -ing. I've struggled too much trying to decide if a a piece of paper is a statement or a bill or both because I confine myself to a somewhat strict set of tags. Instead, chronology, author, action seem much more important. So this is where I'm at. Changing engrained mental habits is really really hard. Thanks- LL
  8. I think it is a Mac bug, they were synced on my iOS device.
  9. Still nothing, I'm on the Shared panel (Mac version), I see your user name and the Mayo Notebook. I select it, hit the sync button, still no notes. Right clicked on notebook settings and Sync to This Computer is selected, but still nothing.....
  10. GM- I can see your shared notebook in my browser, but only the Notebook name in EN, no notes. What am I missing? Thanks- LL
  11. hi. hopefully more people will chime in, but i use unique projectidentifiers (see the notebook in my sig for more). iwas wondering, what do you get out of using of? Thanks, I'll look at your notebooks. I use OF to manage my actions versus EN which I use solely as reference/support material. What I get out of OF is the ability to collect, organize, and process my projects, utilizing EN note links in OF. I had tried doing everything in EN, however, I find the iOS version to be slow and bulky. Another reason is no start/due date in EN. I'm still new to OF but so far I like what I see. LL
  12. So I'm about 3000 notes deep into EN and finally get on board with GTD via Omnifocus. I've read Allen's book and May's paper and am in a little bit of a mental fork in the road.... I tend to overcomplicate things and am trying to take a step back to get a fresh perspective before continuing. A great number of my notes are either Statements, Receipts, or Checks/Deposits. The way I've been processing them up to this point is the are all in my Filing Cabinet notebook and each have their own tag. I also have a tag for each company (at least the major ones). I have a few saved searches using multiple tags to actually list what I'm looking for. To further organize, each note has the general format of "YYYY-MM-DD Place/Origin Amount". My goal is to have something concise yet easy enough to use that my wife will not get lost. I'm tired of long-templated note titles and notes where I have to sit and remember all 4 tags that should be associated. The result is that I usually have to stop what I'm doing and look up all of the similar notes so I can duplicate the info. After awhile, makes me not want to use EN. What I'm really wondering is if I am overly processing each note, namely do I really need a YYYY-MM-DD in the note title and a tag for Statements/Receipts/ or Checks/Deposits. So here are my options, all involve removing the first layer of tags- 1) Create a new sub-folder of Filling Cabinet for Statements, Receipts and Checks/Deposits. Pro- removes a tag from many notes. Con- where do I stop creating notebooks and when does an overly used tag get stripped and become a notebook? I'm reluctant to use this approach because I believe that notebooks should be used for general areas of responsibilities, not as electronic representation of a physical notebook. Our habits are so hard to rewire away from the paper/folder/file cabinet method it is staggering. 2) Place "Statement" or "Receipt" or "Check" or whatever else descriptor of the "thing" I am looking at as the first word of each applicable note. This one intrigues me but I've never used it before. I've heard of people here using it for things like "Tips" or "Thoughts". 3) Use sub-tags, ala "Statements-Schwab" instead of "Statements" and "Schwab". This seems easy enough, as usually when a note is associate with Schwab it is in fact a statement. The problem is what if it is not. What if it is just a letter from schwab. The risk here is I could easily double my tag combinations. Again, road down "over-complification". 4) Any other option I haven't thought of? Finally, how or should I have a tag or notebook for a couple broad areas, such as "Retirement" or "Rental Properties". I think they are both kinda like Projects, but with much longer horizons, however, they encompass such a large number of notes over time it is sort of impractical to ever view them all under the same umbrella. However, there are a few in each category with no other tags associate which I fear will lose their relevance somehow should I remove the tag. Sorry for the long post, I've looked all over and rather then try to piece the solution together thought I'd just toss the whole thing out there and see what others though- LLBean
  13. Hello- I've been spending an extraordinary time changing my EN habits to work with OF using mostly GTD principles. Here are my thoughts/questions: 1) I do not have a great number of projects, most actions are single-action list types or at most 2-3 step routine processes. Some of these actions have links back to an Evernote but no project tag associated with them as they are minor. These would include scanning in a flyer for one of my kids events and later referencing them later. I guess I'm reluctant to call anything a project unless it is a stand-a-lone no kidding Project versus "minor" projects. Also, generally speaking, if there is 1 note or less in EN referencing the task, it isn't a Project. 2) However, I can see the need, with the 20-30 projects I already have, for a way to identify and track the projects between OF and EN. #1 above doesn't work due to the complexity/multiple notes links required. My question is two fold: First, does anybody use unique identifiers or project codes to identify projects tag? If so, how do create and inventory these project codes? I'm assuming something like a "master" evernote list or something? Finally, do people generally track in EN when a project is complete. My current tag naming convention in Evernote is /Prj-XXXXXXX - my thought is once it is complete in OF I then change it to XPrj-XXXXXXXX. Any thoughts? LL
  14. Thanks for the clarification, makes sense. Bean
  15. Alright, maybe this is an obvious question but I've seen I seem to remember it being a couple different ways. Does actionable mean "presently" or is it not time-horizon specific? Somebody have a really good GTD definition? LLBean
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