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Austin Barry

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  1. I'm actually having a problem getting even small collections of notes to print on Windows. Sometimes you go and print a large number of notes and it sits and nothing happens. Even printing a very small number of notes sometimes not successful, and I have to print them in ever decreasing groups. I'm actually "printing" the notes to a PDF file (using some software called pdf995), and then have to join PDFs together. If I try printing large collections of notes, evernote sometimes crashes. I tried "print preview" (to see if it was Evernote or my PDF software) and I get the same results - a "printing" progress bar and then nothing. My notes are a mix of clipped images and typed notes. Many of them are not all that large. Finally - when are we going to get proper multi-note printing for the mac? Currently it simply opens the print dialog for each note to be printed, meaning much stitching of PDFs or waste of paper.
  2. I've used a wide variety of programs for keeping a diary, and have settled on Evernote. A few compelling reasons.. 1) Windows, Mac, iPad, web, and email-in access. on the iPad I use Evernote app, FastEver (a "write only" app which starts instantly and works offline), and aNote (though not as much). The great thing is that any note created on any of these is accessible everywhere (though aNote can only see it's folders). This also means that my diary is backed up on at least two machines and architectures (I save archives regularly) and in the cloud. 2) A bulk import process (not just the ability to import from a few services which I have never used). Although it required a little programming, I was able to convert other digital diaries to Evernote by producing enex exports. In the past I've used yeah write (a vintage 2007 plain text document management system that exports to pidgin-HTML), TreePad, Notetab (divided plain text), loose HTML, text, word, and pages files, emails to myself, and of course paper. 3) An export process. Although the cloud is great, I miss the security of having data on a flash drive or DVD kept in a safe place. Also, the export format is documented so that I'd have a chance of converting it to some other tool if I decide to. 3) web clipping and screenshots. It's the easiest way of capturing screenshots that I know of. 4) simple editing with text and pictures. I'm not producing stuff for publications so I don't care about image resizing, having to draw frames around images, deciding how text flows around images, and all the other stuff you sometimes have to do with word processors. 5) ability to attach files, and have PDFs visible in the body of a note. The one downside is handling of dates. Windows has the best interface for setting dates, and the web has no capability of setting dates. Since I mostly use .enex files for importing old entries, the main need for me to set dates is for future entries (reminders), late entries, and emails forwarded from my 2006-present collection of emails.
  3. it's possible to set the default sort order to "date created", which is what I do. I also use Evernote as a diary, and back (and sometimes forward) date entries. Windows is easiest to edit dates (display the note info, but the date windows sometimes gets a bit grabby). Windows also can pop up a calendar picker. On a mac, you show note properties (a popup window), and have to type dates as March 14, 2013 and no calendar picker, but you can paste dates. If I'm on the web, I'll put the date in the title and change the date when I get to a platform which can. Personally, I wish date setting were a lot easier.
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