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  1. My dissatisfaction with Evernote, especially v.10, grew when I wanted, like you to keep my notes all in one place. I discovered Evernote Legacy and used it for months. I wish there was a way to have a legacy iPhone app. Its hard to put my finger on the "one" issue. I very much dislike Evernote trying to get me to change to a monthly plan. I am already paying them annually. They seem to not care that I have been a paying customer since 2007 and it feels like they are taking away features. It was this impression that made me start looking for an Evernote replacement. Evernote "feels" sluggish to me, and Day One feels nimble and quick. Day One even has a beautiful font that I copied over and used while I was attempting to get used to journaling in Evernote. Like others in this forum, I am grandfathered into the Plus license of Day One and I am making the most of it. I have no use for the new "features" they are adding and are aggressively marketing in Evernote. I have no use for team features. I used to be able to scan a document with my iPhone with a single press of the Evernote icon. I used to be able to start a note with the cursor in the title field. I have decided that the Windows client is unimportant to me. I don't use Evernote for tasks or reminders. Why do tasks and reminders take any screen real estate whatsoever for users like me? I liked the old Evernote app for the iPhone. I do not care for the "filtered Notes widget' and don't like having to make an extra keystroke or touch to go to Notes. Is it me or does the iPhone Evernote seem very slow now and crashes a lot? What is a Calendar doing in a note taking app? I have a Calendar app already. It is the clean, quick interface of Day One that I like. Its just a personal taste. I never liked journaling in Evernote and it was so wonderful to go back to Day One.
  2. I am a long-time user of Evernote and a Premium subscriber. I didn't like the direction Evernote was going and I feel they have made some mistakes. My major mistake was trying to replace HoudahSpot, Day One journal and Things with Evernote and to do it on both Windows and Mac. I admit to expecting too much from Evernote and I own up to my error. I found out that I rarely used the Windows Evernote. I am a Mac guy. I went to an expensive Evernote alternative (I will call it MyAlt) available only on the Mac. What a disaster. I found out how much I missed my first "wife" after several months with the second. First, no product I have found has as good a web clipper as Evernote. In my opinion, there is no web clipper better than Evernote's and there is no one in second place. Evernote should sell theirs under subscription, support all the major note taking apps, support an open standard (of their creation) and get rich without having to endure all the complaints about their slow Electron client. The alternative product "MyAlt" I left Evernote for has a web clipper that is no where as easy to use and reliable as the web clipper in Evernote. It's terrible. Evernote's web clipper knows what do when clipping a GMail, a Youtube video or a regular web page. I had no idea their web clipper was this good until I tried a bunch of others. When I clipped with with the "MyAlt" clipper I had to go and check in the "MyAlt" client if the page got fully clipped or should I try one the other 8 clipping options and clip again. I couldn't trust the "MyAlt" clipper. I cannot say enough good things about the Evernote web clipper. I hope they consider productizing it and I would pay $20 a year for it, maybe more. When asked why their web clipper isn't as good as Evernote's, the "MyAlt" developers use the excuse that Evernote has 40 developers on their Web Clipper team. Add a product management team and productize the Evernote clipper. Companies like "MyAlt" might just concede the web clipper business to you and your customers will adore you. Second, Evernote's sync is reliable and easy to set up. I could not get MyAlt to synchronize with my iPad after trying three types of their synchronization. I was frustrated when I would clip something on the web on my Mac but couldn't find it in a search on my iPad. I found it on my iPhone but now I don't trust MyAlt. That never happened with Evernote. I never gave a thought about the Evernote sync until I switched to an unreliable, hard-to-configure alternative. You don't know what you got till it's gone. Third, Evernote has a clean, simple user interface on the Mac and on my iPhone. I will not go into what I don't like about the "MyAlt" interface except to say that until Evernote version 10, I never was confused about how to do anything in Evernote. Fourth, Evernote makes the data you put in Evernote accessible should you decide to leave. This is the reason I don't consider Apple Notes. No exit strategy and they only really support Safari, a browser I do not use for a variety of reasons. Even though I paid over $100 for "MyAlt" I may be coming back to Evernote. I never thought I would say that. I will use Evernote for what it is good for: data collection. I have already gone back to Day One for journaling and I notice my journal entries are longer and I now enjoy journaling more. I never left Things for my GTD work, as I feel it is the best GTD app for me. HoudahSpot finds my files in a flash and I don't have to put them into Evernote to search them. I still like to put PDF documentation in Evernote so I don't have to suffer the PDF viewer in Dropbox and I find putting documentation in Evernote is a really good use of the app. You have to leave to find out what was good about what you left, and be humble enough to admit it.
  3. My goal each day is simply to share my feelings about the day. I don't use a template for journaling because I have never found one that works for me. I simply record important events, feelings about the day and near- and long-term goals. BTW, I use a program called Things by Cultured Code for managing my GTD-style to-do list and not Evernote. I do all I can to turn off the annoying reminders and to-do "features" in Evernote. I might add that I teach software engineering to college students and I am opinionated. I have always felt that the UNIX/Linux concept of a single tool performing a single task is the best way to design software. Deviation from this single-minded focus is what causes software bloat and Evernote may need lap-band surgery.
  4. I agree with many of the complaints about the new Evernote. During this 10.x experience, I have tried a number of Evernote alternatives for the Mac. None of them have a decent web clipper (it's the first thing I test). Evernote's web clipper is the absolute best that I have found. But Evernote has not abandoned us. I just re-installed Evernote Legacy for the Mac and I am weeping with tears of joy! Evernote Legacy feels much faster. I can search all my notes from the main window. I never have to open the Sidebar which takes up valuable screen real estate. Links in notes open with a single click. Legacy opens new notes with the cursor in the Title field. Legacy lets me change notebooks in two clicks without having to open the Sidebar. If you have issues with the new Evernote, reinstall Legacy. I have been a Premium customer for eleven years and Evernote is crucial to my workflow. I migrated 8000 4900 journal entries from Day One (a Mac-only app) in April 2020 to Evernote. I am now journaling every single day in Evernote on Windows and Mac. I just wanted a single place for all my notes, web clippings and reference material. Evernote is that place for me, a university instructor. The good news about Legacy is that you don't have to migrate all your Evernote notes to use it. It runs alongside the "new" Evernote. Speaking of "new", I liken the new Evernote to "New Coke", if you get the reference. Evernote is receiving a lot of criticism about their new app, and frankly they deserve quite a bit of it. However, in their defense, Evernote is still the best at what they do, they gave us a way to escape the tyranny of Evernote 10 with Legacy and it is still quite easy to export all your notes when it is time to leave. I am grateful for Evernote and continue to use it every single day. I have tried most of the others. Most of them don't hold a candle to Evernote FOR ME. I say that while we provide honest and useful feedback to Evernote about the new app, we must give thanks and applaud them for the greatness of the Legacy app. Thank you, Evernote Legacy!
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