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  1. Oh, I only now saw your signature. That's most helpful. (The link for actual support to premium users).
  2. I haven`'t been able to use Evernote on Windows (i.e. at work) for a while, since the well-known botched update that send the installer looking for Evernote.msi in some random directory. Since most of my EN use is on the Mac (at home), I have been delaying trying to fix this, hoping that a few versions down the road there would be a fixed installer already. Now, before installing 5.0.2, which I just downloaded, I tried to remove two versions which were already on the Add/remove programs panel of Windows 7, 4.6.something and 4.5.7. The former went away, but the latter refused to. An the installer for 5.0.2, first tries to remove 4.5.7. This is very annoying. I expect to be yapping away on forums for some innovative open source plaything, but I also expect some things to work transparently. I've already stopped recommending Evernote because of the shoddiness of its Windows client (despite its wonderful Mac client...) -- is there something simple that can be done to get 4.5.7 out of this system and 5.0.2 working?
  3. The .msi apparently fixes it. But this is such a major disaster for the Evernote company. I mean the bug, sure, but 24 hours later and they can't push a fixed executable -- or the .msi -- to evernote.com? How much time must I spend browsing the forums to get my life back?
  4. This is such a major bug. The update pushed through the pop-up window in the EN client broke the thing, and downloading the client from the website doesn't fix it either. What if you were counting on this for a major meeting with a client? This is a disaster for the Evernote company. First the password security issue and now... Why hasn't the downloadable .exe on evernote.com's frontpage been fixed yet? Why do I need to muck about with the registry or whatever? I have an actual job to do!
  5. This is exactly what I needed. Already made it work. Thanks!
  6. Today? I received a thumb drive with a selection of papers as PDF files, and dragged them to a note. I would rather create 25 notes, but task number one is making them searchable together with the rest of the literature that's already on Evernote. Eventually cut/paste works, of course, but it's time-consuming enough that it's unworkable. Maybe the simplest solution to this problem, to cut awkward issues of how to split a note, would be a "paste as separate notes" menu somehow and originating separate notes from the get-go.
  7. I tagged this as Windows because it's what I use at work, but I also use a Mac at home; it kind of applies to both. It would be useful to be able to split all attachments in a note into individual notes. Use cases: Sometimes I get folder shares with academic literature reviews and individual PDFs for each paper reviewed. I have a curated collection of academic papers myself, and tend to write my own notes next to the PDF attachment in an "Academic literature" folder. I have rules in Gmail so that messages from people from certain groups that contain Word and PDF attachments get sent straight into Evernote. This is great automation, and makes the Premium feature of search-into-Word shine bright -- I can find files no one else can, because filenames only go so far when there's ad hoc versioning and merging going on. (I live poised on the edge of academia and corporate). I'd still like to be able to annotate received attachments easily.Right now I have a note with over 25 PDFs that's making me unhappy. Why dump so many PDFs into Evernote you say? Search, silly, search.
  8. Yeah. Or I can tag them by general region. The point was not having to do that manually for everything. While it's not core functionality or even within the reach of product description, Evernote does some content discovery already, like document scanning with smartphone cameras and OCR. Freeform location discovery in note text would be a tall order on the same page as auto-tagging (something else I would love to have), and I don't quite expect it to be implemented, but reading the metadata in attached images is within the realm of short-term possibility. .
  9. Use case. Very specific, but it's an instance of a larger problem. I have an IFFT recipe that sends my Foursquare check-ins to Evernote. This is useful both because I take pictures with Foursquare -- it ends up replacing Evernote Food for all but the fanciest, most expensive meals (which deserve memorializing on their own) -- and because I can search for (counterfactual example) "Burger King" and see how many times I've been to Burger King in a date range. What search can't do is differentiate between Burger King instances so they can be plotted on the Atlas. Right now the Foursquare note doesn't have any textual information re: location, just a map image, but it has a link to a 4sq.com page with the full information. (Fiddling with IFFT doesn't seem to fix this). In all likelihood it's unfeasible to just crawl links for Atlas info, so I don't have a solution. Maybe talk to Foursquare or IFFT. This is one specific use case, but there are others. Atlas should pick up on addresses in plaintext in general and metadata from images. It's a loosey-fuzzy problem in implementation space (so many syntaxes to parse), but Evernote excels at loosey-fuzzy problems elsewhere -- the related notes in Clearly are a spine-chilling sign of the impending kurzweillian singularity, and I work with machine learning for a $nondisclosure_agreement startup, I know the pain. The more general problem is that note generation location does not reflect necessarily content generation location. I hardly generate notes on the go, and when I do, it's because I'm using Evernote as a makeshift word processor in a pinch -- the location of where I finish writing isn't relevant because it's just where the train happened to be when I finished the technical note it took me 40 minutes to write. Another issue is content generated externally. I'm more likely to use the phone built-in camera and a voice-activated recorder app and then push those things Evernote -- the iPhone app doesn't handle corner cases gracefully, and I can't take the 3% chance, particularly with two hours of audio to be reviewed later. (And I'll still prefer voice-activated recording in the particular case). (Crash course on crashing soft: even if the VAR app crashes, which it actually never, ever does, it'd leave behind much of the audio chunks given that silences cause partial files to be generated. Another aggravating problem I had just today: when Evernote is photographing a document, but can't communicate to the image processing server, it just drains your battery off and gives up when you switch apps; in Rio the 3G coverage is a couple of orders of magnitude better than the average US city, but I was in a rough spot. Document photographing should crash softly: push a normal image note to evernote, try to contact the image processing server and leave the unprocessed note as a todo item) Back to the point: pushing more functionality into Evernote is cool and improving them for corner cases is even better, but you can't cover all the media generation one does in a phone, nor can you get a cat scalded by boiling milk to try to drink it again. It does not follow that note creation place reflects content creation place. Atlas looks extremely useful at face value -- I have a very "located" memory and workflow, I remember things by remembering context, yet what I Atlas knows right now my workplace, my home and one random location from long text writing in a moving car -- all while much note-type content is being generated in Foursquare and IFFT-piped into my green external brain, many times with location data embedded in image metadata. TL;DR: I love the idea of Atlas but it's nonfunctional right now.
  10. This may be an unique problem, but also may apply to people holding on to unmatched older devices like the Palm. I don't own one, but from what I've seen from my buddy, it's indeed unmatched in capabilitieis in anything short of a netbook + hundreds of dollars in software, and unmatched in usability even by the iPad. What I do own is a Kindle, e-ink version. It's where I do most of my free-association reading. It has a simple web browser, but can't handle the dynamic, emulate-the-desktop pyrotechnics of the web interface. I'd really, really, really benefit from a read-only, web 1.0-style interface to my Evernote. I'm sure this has some marginal demand in older device users, as well as people temporarily constrained by slow connections -- maybe on the go through the queerer parts of the earth. Please consider this. It's a weekend's worth of coding, if you let design aside altogether and ignore tags.
  11. Oh. This exists on the Mac after all. I would delete the topic if possible. Hint to others, while it isn't: it's besides the attachment button.
  12. The use case that motivates this request is this: I take pictures of my face many times a week and store them under a folder/tag. Just to keep track of my looks and whatnot. It would be really cool if going to a photo booth interface was an option on the desktop client. Probably easier to implement on the Mac than on the PC, but I use photo booth apps in both. Put another way: laptops have cameras, just like phones do. The phone clients take pictures, let us take pictures with the desktop clients as well. Just putting it out there.
  13. Alternatively, Evernote could have a simplified, standardized handwritten alphabet (like Palm's Graffiti, but hopefully more readable by human eyes) that the OCR can hack. This would be cool beyond words.
  14. If you're a casual programmer (I do some prototype and throwaway numeric code in my day job in MATLAB) and doesn't do stuff like object heirarchies across multiple files, snippets are the way to go. Ironically, since object wrapping isn't a core feature of MATLAB (it's there, but it's not idiomatic, and you never start out MATLAB code thinking of such things), the other use case for it is to keep track of the mathematical meaning of inputs and outputs to functions as they relate to your model, and sometimes the mathematical meaning of certain cryptic for loops and such. I mean, code comments are supposed to do that, but it's good to have that in a centralized place. Fair warning: code snippets I've done, the latter I'm planning to do for my next project. Last project I hand wrote so many emails explaining code to PHP people (who were going to run it in Octave and call from the web server) that could be avoided by keeping progressive documentation in Evernote and emailing periodically. Can I take this space to thank profusely the EN team for the ability to send notes over email independently of having a configured email client?
  15. I have half a foot in academia, but I'm not an academic myself -- we're a think-tank producing white literature, but rely heavily on the progress of academia itself. There's a good application for Macintosh called Papers.app; it will scan your .pdf covers and match them against JSTOR and such. I used to use that very extensively -- the metadata tracking is just fabulous -- it's iTunes for PDFs. But I recently dragged in all my collection into Evernote simply because I can't haul my Macbook all the places I need to be anymore, and I had no use for the extreme metadata tracking -- particularly since I don't do my own bibliographies, I send out the source PDFs so they can be checked and so on. So what I do is essentially an iteration of my "search and tag" routine. When I have some free time, I search for stuff that's been on my mind and tag the results. (Sometimes it's more automatic; I can flat out tag anything that answers for "Visa" as a receipt). If you're focused on one research area you can probably do some very fine tagging. That said, it's possible that Papers.app is the right knife for this meat.
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