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  1. It is not EN's best interest to allow storing database in a cloud drive. Then would be possible to bypass EN free tier limitation to sync into multiple devices potentially having a local notes system bypassing EN server completely. EN wants your data to be in their server for a reason.
  2. I don't understand the advantage of Markdown. It is not 1980s that we need to work with text files. WYSIWYG formats like RTF are readable by almost any word processor and you can even include tables, images etc. without being locked to any proprietary format. In fact RTF files are actually ASCII. Even DOCX format is almost universal now. My empirical observation is that Mac users are inclined to Markdown compared to Windows users.
  3. Would it not be better to separate those sensitive notes entirely? You can either use a different EN a/c for that or use a completely separate app like Simple Note/Nimbus Note/One Note etc.
  4. Let me explain the title of the thread first. I am using Evernote for many years. My notes are predominantly text and some embedded images. Almost no handwritten notes. The beauty of Evernote is syncing across all devices. Then 2 things happened. [1] The sync was limited to 2 devices for free users. [2] My employer blocked all cloud storage at work (this includes Evernote, Dropbox etc.) The [2] is now reality for many corporate organizations to prevent people uploading confidential documents to cloud. This meant, at work, my only option to check all my notes is via my mobile. It was not a big issue as such because I could always use my mobile among 1 of 2 free devices to sync. But I still had to be online to access my notes. Now fast forward to Corona virus pandemic. Like millions of others, I am working from home and this is going to be the norm in foreseeable future. Full 5 day work from office is very unlikely even after this whole saga ends. I now have no need to check my notes in tiny phone screen! I can always check them in my large computer screen. For multiple computers, I can always open the Evernote web version. I don't use attachments in my notes (other than embedded images). So technically I can keep all my notes as DOCX/RTF or markdown/TXT text in any cloud storage - be it Dropbox, Onedrive etc. and run a search command on them when I need to find something. The speed is much faster as all notes are in my local disk (compared to accessing everything from web for free EN users). So that means, I can choose my own cloud (which could be my own NAS drives) and my notes becomes individual documents on disk. 99% of my notes are not needed regularly. Those notes which I want to store locally in my phone (say during holidays with no access to internet - typically 5% of time in a year max) I can simply copy some files locally before travel. Now my conclusion is that (for me) it is no longer necessary to keep notes in a proprietary format in any specific cloud storage. Please note that I am not saying Evernote is bad and Onenote or something similar is better. I am saying for users like me whole business model is unattractive. Notes can be individual documents on file system. As long as those file system is in cloud and some mechanism exists to search among those files, the user need is fulfilled. For example, OneNote allows to search across all Word documents. So an Office user can simply keep multiple Word document as notes. In conclusion, I feel for users whose use cases are similar to mine, the note capturing scenario might be very different post Covid19. Off course a lot you will disagree but that is fine. Everyone has different perspective and use case.
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