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  1. +1 for adding true boolean search capabilities. While Evernote's search grammar is already an essential feature that sets it apart from competitors, the inability to mix AND / OR is a bit frustrating and impedes the efficiency of using the app/service for organising and accessing large Note libraries (I have 10,000+ notes...!). What I'd like is the ability to run/save searches like: tag:2016FY (tag:expense OR tag:income) -tag:entered Sure there are ways around that using temporary tags and/or notebooks, but this just adds an unnecessary (and clumsy) intermediate step that computers were built to do away with. Like several of the other posters, I disagree with some of the arguments against adding this (user complexity, technical limitations etc.), although concede that the technical demands at scale are probably not insignificant. Complex boolean database searches can quickly have n+1 performance costs at scale. As with many of these advanced feature requests though, perhaps the answer is to make them a feature only for premium customers? Purely from a marketing point of view, delighting the small but vocal segment of power users is essential in maintaining an evangelical base for the product - especially given the significant bleed of 'casual' users to Apple's Notes app and MS OneNote, neither of which is as feature complete as EN.
  2. This has now been implemented in iOS. The Evernote iOS share sheet now has a field for selecting tags - and is in fact FASTER for selecting tags than the method implemented in the main iOS app. (NB: This is in fact the 'Share sheet' which in this iOS Safari example is activated by clicking the share icon (box with arrow) then the Evernote icon. The iOS Evernote widget in the notification screen does not itself allow adding or editing notes - these actions are just bumped to the main iOS app.)
  3. I wonder if the OP means 'editing in place' rather than 'editing by Evernote' – similar to the edit PDF problem: I suspect the challenges are more to do with iOS restrictions - though it's worth noting that Dropbox on iOS has partnered with Microsoft and DOES allow editing of Word, Excel and Powerpoint in-place, rather than relying on 'Open in...' and then copying the edited document as a duplicate back to Dropbox/Evernote. I assume they do this by linking Word and Dropbox via the net rather than through iOS. Given that there is some crossover in how some people use Dropbox and Evernote (and both apps can serve as a quasi-file system for iOS), and as iOS (& Android) are slowly displacing traditional operating systems for many, the ability to edit files in place would be a great feature - even (especially?) if only editing by third party apps.
  4. Thanks DTLow! Wow, what a find. My main use for the classic/universal link is to link back to a note from Omnifocus (or your task manager of choice). I'm reasonably happy with my Workflow solution, though it's a bit of a fragile way of doing it - the regex will break whenever the link format changes.
  5. djol

    PDF page order

    No prob! To be honest, this is something I miss from Evernote on the Mac. Editing a note's PDF in place with Preview or similar was a joy to use. Really made Evernote feel like a virtual filing system. Pity not easily achievable with iOS.
  6. +1 Primolak. I too have moved to using iOS almost exclusively for my computing, and find it very slow to do any bulk organising in Evernote because of the inability to 1. Select multiple notes, 2. Modify them all together. On the Mac this was straightforward and allowed moving to a new notebook, deleting or (what I really miss!) adding a new tag to all the selected notes. This is probably the number one feature I'd like to see added to iOS Evernote, and would go a long way to sustaining Evernote's position as a powerful productivity app.
  7. djol

    PDF page order

    Hmm. That's interesting. This is certainly how it works on the Mac or Windows, but as far as I can see not iOS. I have multiple different PDF tools on iOS, and just installed Adobe to try this - like all the others the PDF share sheet only gives you the option of opening (as a copy) in these third party apps. Any changes made are not reflected in the original PDF in Evernote. Are you sure you're talking about doing this on iOS?
  8. Unfortunately the share sheet 'Private link' is only a partial solution. Although such a 'private link' works within the Evernote iOS app if it appears in an Evernote app, it DOES NOT work elsewhere in iOS. If this link is used within another application, the note is opened in Safari in evernote.com. This makes it annoying to reference evernote notes from other apps, like task managers. This is because the link is of the form: https://www.evernote.com/shard/yy/nl/xxxxx/zzzzzzzz In order for the note to open inside the iOS Evernote app it must use a universal link form: evernote:///view/xxxxx/yy/zzzzz/zzzzz/ It would be _great_ if Evernote on iOS gave the option to copy the local universal link. To get around this I use the Workflow app with an action extension to convert the private link to a universal link format using the 'Replace Text' action: Find text: https://www.evernote.com\/shard\/(.+)\/nl\/([0-9]+)\/([a-f0-9-]*)\/? Replace with: evernote:///view/$2/$1/$3/$3/ Then copy this to the clipboard. It works, but it would be much nicer to have this integrated into the Evernote app.
  9. djol

    PDF page order

    +1 westgard. The ability to do basic PDF editing (add remove pages, reorder, etc.) in Evernote is something I would really like to be able to do on iOS. Re: csihilling's 'reinventing the wheel' point, there's not actually any straight forward way to do this with 3rd party tools. Although they are many available, because of iOS and Evernote constraints you cannot edit a PDF attachment in-place. So even if you edit a PDF in another application, this is only a copy of the original PDF, requiring messy steps to actually copy it back into your original note (where it now co-exists alongside the original PDF, until you delete this from the note). Simple 'in Evernote' PDF editing avoids this whole mess.
  10. I often wish to quickly change the sort order of my notes in certain notebooks or after note searching; between 'title', 'date updated' and 'date created', and between ascending & descending. In older versions of Evernote this required a few annoying clicks, first to select the 'Sort by' field, then to set the ascending/descending order (not helped by the fact that sorting by Title in ascending order means A-Z, and sorting by a Date in ascending order means oldest to newest — so switching between a date and title sort requires two changes as most of the time I wish a date search to show the newest notes first (= descending order).) Evernote 5 makes selecting a sort order less efficient again: 1. We first click on the 'View options' icon in the notes list, 2. Drag pointer to 'Sort by' and select option from sub-menu, 3. Repeat all this again to set the sort order ascending versus descending. This is a frustrating and slow process if you wish to quickly switch back and forth between different sort orders in order to process notes in a particular order. Two solutions: 1. Create keyboard shortcuts for selecting sort fields and toggling between ascending and descending sort orders. 2. Add field sort-order buttons/links to the toolbar or note list top-bar. Both Windows & Mac UI convention solved this problem decades ago: single clicking on a field header sorts the list by that field. Clicking again reverses the sort order from ascending to descending. Thanks!
  11. Thanks Heather - that makes sense, so I will give it a try. Do you have a link to a non-Appstore Evernote dmg for download? All the Mac download links on evernote.com are to the Mac Appstore. Thanks.
  12. I'm having an almost identical problem to Erik with applescript creation of a new note now failing after upgrading to EN 3.3.0 (also via Mac app store). We even share the same workflow (scan -> OCR with PDFpen -> import to Evernote via applescript). For me though under Lion 10.7.2. I share Chris Lee's reluctance to remove EN and reinstall from a source outside the app store - it seems we would be potentially replacing one problem with another in the future. My applescript code is abstracted using the Ruby library 'appscript' and worked flawlessly until the recent EN update. Now my script creates the new note, with an appropriate title, file creation dates and note text (the original filename of the scanned PDF), but instead of attaching the PDF the note contains "(null)" in its place. The problem seems to be with the EN applescript bindings for attaching a file to a note rather than creating a note itself. Presumably note creation fails when a note containing only an attachment is attempted. The meaty part of my code for other's interest: # Create the note and attach the pdf file app("Evernote").create_note(:title => title, :with_text => File.basename(filename), :tags => tags, :notebook => notebook, :created => creation_time, :attachments => [filename]) After scanning a doc I manually name the file with something meaningful via a ruby-applescript dialogue box (ie. "MobilePhone.bill.house.051112.pdf"). After OCR'ed with PdfPen, Note tags are extracted from the filename (e.g.. "bill" & "house"), the title then becomes a beautified version of the filename without tags (eg. "Mobile Phone 05112"), and the note creation date/time is set to the last 6 digits of the filename (eg. "5th Nov 2012"). Like Erik uses, my scripts are all activated via folder action scripts. Evernote guys, any other suggestions for getting file-attachment via an applescript working again? My workflow has been nicely automated and humming along for some time now and it's a real pain to have this break. Thanks!
  13. I'm experiencing the same problem, both before and now after the most recent stable update, installed through the Mac App Store. I'm on Evernote 3.1.0 (246062) on Mac Os 10.7.2. Similar to lucybuykx, what I experience is certain notes freezing the note content panel in 'Snippet View', such that despite clicking on a new note the note content isn't updated. Notes that precipitate this problem tend to be those with larger inline image or pdf attachments. Quitting and restarting Evernote is the only solution. I have also noted three other related problems: 1. I cannot open a "New Evernote Window" at any time, even before the above problem happens. 2. I cannot "Open Note in a Seperate Window" at any time. 3. If I close the main Evernote window (but without quitting the application itself) then reopen the window by clicking on the Evernote icon, what I get is a completely empty 'Snippet View' showing only the left-most pane with my Notebooks, Tags and Saved Searches, but no lits of notes or note content. Again, quiting and restarting is the only thing that fixes this. These bugs all seem to revolve around application window issues, so I assume they're related. I have tried deleting and reinstalling Evernote, with no success (ie. the problem persists). I have also deleted Evernote and all the Evernote plist files in my Library folder, and reinstalled Evernote - again with no success. The only thing I have yet to try is deleting all the above and all my local note data in 'Application support' folder - as I have almost 5Gb of data, I'm reluctant to delete it all and have to re-download it. Any suggestions? Thanks!
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