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(Evernote Version: Version 6.2 (452688 Direct), Mac: OS X Yosemite 10.10.5 on a MacBook Pro Retina 15", Mid-2014) I have had my Mac's Location Services completely disabled since I got it. I do not use any geotag or location services on my Mac whatsoever. I just found a group of notes created a year and a half ago, that I have not touched since, were updated in late October somehow. So trying to get to the bottom of it, I opened the info panel and noticed my complete, accurate address in the Location field. All 11 notes created at that time have my address in their info. Disturbed, I went looking at the Atlas feature I never use to see what other notes might have had my address automatically snuck into their info. I have found over 170 notes with Location data that I have not entered, stretching back about two and a half years to as recently as yesterday. The data ranges from random address taken from the news article being clipped or seemingly completely random addresses, to my completely accurate address when staying at home and when abroad internationally or nearby addresses on the same block. Obviously some kind of geo-tagging is going on, but what exactly and how? Again, Location Services have been completely disabled on both my Mac and my Android phone (which I used Evernote on as well) since I got them (on Mac: System preferences > Security & Privacy > Privacy; and on Android: Settings > Location). I turned them off day one, have kept them off since, and have confirmed today that they are still off. As far as I can tell, most if not all of these notes with locations added to them were created on my Mac. The only Evernote-specific option related to Locations I can find is in my Evernote for Android's Notes settings, which does have an "Auto-title new notes" option that can try to add titles to notes by drawing from location or calendar event data. This option was enabled by default on my Android phone, but I have since disabled it. It also purports only to add titles to untitled notes, which is not at all the case here where the Location field of a titled note is getting filled in. I can not find any other specific Location-adding options or features anywhere in my Evernote settings, either on my Mac or Android phone. And even if there was some such option enabled, how and why would it override my system's settings? Are there some other, more obscured and hidden auto-filling Location Services options that are enabled by default? I am more than a little unnerved by this seemingly arbitrary and random violation of the privacy options I have consciously set. EDIT - Did some more searching and found a thread with people having a similar issue with Evernote for Android, which would then sync its auto-added locations to desktop clients, but this only confuses me more. They found that, when their phone's Location Services were disabled, the option in Evernote for Android's Note Settings to "Add Location to New Notes" using GPS and Wifi was greyed out, and they were unable to enable or disable it. This option was not even present in my Evernote for Android's Note Settings, at all. So I went to my phone's Location Services setting, enabled it for once, and went back to Evernote's Note Settings. Suddenly, the "Add Location to New Notes" option was there, but it was still disabled, as I assumed it should be by default. I went back and disabled my phone's Location Services again, and now the "Add Location to New Notes" option is still there, but greyed out (and disabled). While this likely does nothing to affect why and how my notes have had Locations added to them, as still no option was actually enabled to add Locations, it evidences more strange issues with this set of features across Evernote's products. Why are people with Location Services disabled not seeing all location-based options in their settings? And why are such settings used when they are clearly disabled at every obvious level? Again, I believe most, if not all of my notes that had Locations automatically added were created on my Mac, not my Android Phone. Although some of the problem notes may have been viewed on my phone, and hence, possibly auto-updated with a Location(?) then based on some strange activation of disabled features, this is certainly not the case for all the problem notes.
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.
Since I can't find a place to make direct feature requests, or a consolidated thread with said content, I'll start one here. I'll start it off: 1. When adding place names for note locations, many cities are not available. Two examples I've run into are Bsharri, Lebanon, and Zakho, Iraq. In the info popover, when I enter these city names, it turns red, meaning it is not in the Evernote database. However, when I look at the atlas view in Evernote 5, those cities are appear on the map, spelled the same way I typed it in the location field for my note(s). 2. This is mentioned in another thread. Designating images for graphical notebook covers would be a great feature. 3. It's probably not in the plans, but it would be great to have some cleaner UI for images when there are multiple images in a single note. Instead of having them appear in-line, taking up much space in the note, the option for a single frame to tab through the photos (like the iOS Food app does) would be awesome. 4. Also, the ability to resize images in the body of a note would be really great.