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  1. Release notes are all well and good, but how do Evernote Forum users keep track of recent tweaks to the various EN platforms resulting from questions and comments submitted to the various forums? A knowledge management tool like Evernote certainly has the internal resources to hire a trained indexer to create and provide weekly summaries of changes made, doesn't it? Currently, requests for product improvements seen in the weekly Evernote User Forum email push merely provide a serendipitous means of learning more about EN's capabilities. It's better than nothing, but this isn't the way the mind works best. I'm always feeling like there are many greater efficiencies to enhance my productivity in EN, but that there's no clear path to discovering them. By the way, this is posting on the eve of creating my 30,000th note, 10 years and going strong!
  2. A fundamental methodology for refining one's search results within a taxonomy-based database (or Content Management System such as Evernote) is to inductively link a particular term or tag to its other occurrences within that realm. This process allows the user to gain a better sense of context for the term/tag. How hard would it be to render tags as linked hypertext?
  3. I don't mean to sound presumptuous (sure EN gave it some thought in creating the limit), but suggesting workarounds, and limiting the number of notebooks (while adding more tags instead) is a tad counter-intuitive...if one happens to be a librarian, which I am; and yes, even if one is an EN power user. The purpose of having a theoretically unlimited number of notebooks as well as an actual unlimited number of tags, I believe, is to allow the creation of what I call a UDO, or User-Defined Ontology. This requires the ability to create one's own hierarchical taxonomy as we now can do using the stack-notebook-tag system. Over time, with constant use, however, this can become problematic, leaving one wanting (though not necessarily needing) more. Analyst444, you suggested that perhaps I haven't been doing enough tagging. In fact, as I'm nearing 9,000 notes after 6 years as a Premium user, I can tell you that each of those notes contains at least 2 tags on average, so that ain't the answer, nor is your Folder001 etc. workaround...for me at least (glad it works for you though). Phil Libin recently ruminated on the composition of EN users. Those of us who've loved the tool from the start, and who have had few problems (while having many, many suggestions for improvement) with it over the years are bound to ask questions such as mine in time. The reality is, however, that the vast majority - like 95% - are using it for free, which is just fine, but it does little to motivate EN devs to enhance the product. I envision even greater applications of EN - Google Glass made a point of integrating its API during the Explorer testing phase - but don't expect it to occur any time soon unless there's some mammoth merger on the horizon. So I'll just hope for the best, post my suggestions to the forum, and, to use a favorite sports cliche, just take what they give me. Thanks for listening (if you've made it this far).
  4. As I recall there was and still may be a limit of 250 notebooks. Will this ceiling be raised (or has it been)?
  5. Very helpful comments, thank you. You referred to "the increased processing power of the S6...," and that "Any upgrade...is going to be a revelation..." I don't doubt any of this, but, all things being relative, could you expand on the processing aspect, and reference any sources (e.g. CNET) reviewing the S6, and other Android or iOS phones that make a point of the improved processing? By the way, do you access EN on your device from the desktop (i.e. RAM), or from storage (benefiting offline use)? There are a number of reviews around for the S6 and its competitors, with some of the most authoritative (in my view) produced by Anandtech (Galaxy S6 review here). GSMArena tests lots of new phones and are quite objective also. Both sites use a number of benchmarks, but you can try GeekBench3 for yourself. It's available for Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, and iOS so you can do cross-platform comparisons. I'm not sure what you mean by your last sentence. All my notebooks are online, so when accessing EN from my phone, I am relying on my data connection and whatever caching strategy EN uses. Here in urban Australia our mobile data is pretty reliable, with 4G available practically everywhere and I have Wifi at home and work, so there are few problems with this strategy for me. If I've missed your point, please let me know! Thanks for those recommendations. In ref. to my last sentence, I was focusing on one's ability to access notes without using the 4G, or having to connect to ambient Wi-Fi; rather, using EN offline. If you go into device settings (in my case on Motorola Droid Razr Maxx), and locate EN under Accounts, there is an option to "Search offline: Search notes stored on your device without a network connection." I have this option ticked, thinking that if I need to get to a note somewhere that I don't get a decent 4G signal, or if I don't want to risk my security by logging onto a public Wi-Fi network, I can do so. However, even with this setting in place, note retrieval is unbearably slow, hence my interest in a new device. An additional problem may be the limited amount of storage space on my SD card (EN takes up 250 MB currently while I apparently only have about 450 MB free). Hopefully increasing storage to 16 GB on whatever new device will help.
  6. Very helpful comments, thank you. You referred to "the increased processing power of the S6...," and that "Any upgrade...is going to be a revelation..." I don't doubt any of this, but, all things being relative, could you expand on the processing aspect, and reference any sources (e.g. CNET) reviewing the S6, and other Android or iOS phones that make a point of the improved processing? By the way, do you access EN on your device from the desktop (i.e. RAM), or from storage (benefiting offline use)?
  7. IMO, iPhones seem to be the best supported by Evernote. EN iOS often has more features, and is more frequently updated. I have seen a number of Android users complain about the lack of parity with EN iOS. I have an iPhone 6+ and love it. I really enjoy the larger size, but some people find it "too big". It's personal thing. You might test out the look and feel at an Apple Retail Store. Having said all that, I don't think I would let Evernote drive my choice of smartphone. Whether iPhone or Android, get the phone you like best for other reasons. I don't think there is a material difference between EN Android and EN iOS. Both are well supported. Thanks for your thoughts. The iPhone6+ is appealing, though I've been on Android forever. As a power user (with EN for 6 years now, btw), I'm totally disappointed in my Droid's performance with this, my primary go-to app, let alone with Google Maps for navigation, and several streaming apps. Maybe it's just the age of the thing (4 years), and all will be much better, whether it's a new Android or iOS device. Frankly, I don't think the technological reality of even the best mobile devices comes anywhere near the expectation we users have of them. But that's just me...and the reason for this topic posting. Hope to hear a bunch more from other Premium users (and not necessarily just about EN either).
  8. I'm ready to upgrade my smartphone, currently a Droid Razr Maxx. Until I get that chip implanted that hard-wires me asynchronously to my Evernote, I'd appreciate Premium users' (even developers') thoughts on which smartphone works best with Evernote, and of course, why.
  9. As a longstanding Librarian, I have amassed an enormous number of bookmarks that have followed me from one browser to the next (Netscape to Chrome). As a diligent Evernote user/packrat/information manager, for nearly 5 years, I often wonder how I can make my bookmark collection more actionable through Evernote. On the cloud front, once upon a time Delicious predated Evernote in this regard with respect to one's bookmarks, at least in terms of tagging. Proprietorially, Microsoft Windows 7 (maybe XP/Vista before) allows free-text searches of one's "Favorites" provided they are in Internet Explorer (which I have moved on from) - brilliant, but limited. Has anyone else pondered, or attempted to facilitate such a convergence with Evernote? Is there a 3rd party program that accomplishes this?
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