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Thought I'd start this discussion in 3rd Party mostly to give those developers looking for ideas to develop into applications some inkling of areas that are not being addressed in EN, particularly for writers, researchers, academics, etc. So far, most developers are walking the well-worn path of getting information INTO EN, but few are working on organizing that data and getting it OUT of EN in ways that are useful in producing a written or visual product. I'm sitting on a treasure chest of 5500 notes, but they're a PITA to actually work with when producing product. I don't know if this is a weakness of the EN SDK for output or an oversight by developers. Once a person's notes are tagged pulled into a folder or stack, they are most difficult to organize and reorganize into Storyboards (corkboards) or Flowcharts. Yes, you can turn off automatic sorting, but clicking on a card pulls focus to that card and takes over the screen. If one is working on a draft in EN, you can copy, cut and paste the content of notes into your work, but you can't drag a small representation of that note onto the page you're working on. This would be particularly useful as a placeholder you flesh out an idea around or place two or more notes on the same page weighing which is the better quote. An A/B screen environment would be more than useful; your stack of notes (in free-form sort) on one side as cards, your draft on the other, where you could grab a note and drop it into your draft without losing focus on your draft. Maybe just better Scrivener integration is the answer. So, I see three or four features or products there. There are probably more rattling around in people's head.
Though I'm aware that Evernote isn't meant for writing books, especially books requiring references - though I do wish it were otherwise! - I am finding it more convenient than either Word or Scrivener for this purpose. How so? The elegant, minimalistic simplicity and high responsiveness of the single note screen.The ease of linking to other documents in Scrivener.No corkboard feature as in Scrivener, but chapters can still be easily shuffled around by keeping a "parent" note showing all the separate notes (i.e. chapters) as a list.My parent note has this, with tick boxes next to the separate chapters. These tick marks are filled in when I finish the first draft, the second draft, complete the final draft, etc.The killer advantage is Evernote's integration across platforms, which allows one to work on a PC at home, then seamlessly transition to a laptop or tablet at a cafe/while traveling. This is much clunkier with Scrivener (to say nothing of separate Word docs) where you have to take manual care of updates across all devices.The only weakness (and a pretty serious one, unfortunately) is the aforementioned lack of reference/citation support, or even of an exceedingly simple "Link to location on single note" that is accomplished in two lines in HTML. So my ad hoc solution is to link to either the Internet link, or just insert a symbol (*) if it is a footnote. On the other hand, with journalistic books - my book is a journalistic (non-academic) non-fiction book - having too many footnotes is a bad habit anyway. So I suppose that's the silver lining. Anybody else using Evernote to write stuff more substantial than just articles and blog posts? Any particular tips you wish to share?
As a writer, I use Evernote for all my notes for writing. I've been waiting patiently for Scrivener to complete their iOS version, but it's very slow going, and they hardly provide any updates on progress. What would we need to use Evernote as a writers tool? 1. Nested stacks. - We need to be able to put stacks (or folders) in stacks. 2. Duplicate notebook names. - Currently you can't create two notebook stacks and have "Outline" as a notebook name in each of them. 3. Outline view - With nested stacks, it would be nice to have an outline view, with "preview text" 4. Manual Sort - Be able to sort notes, sub-stacks manually Yes, I can limp along and use Evernote now, but a few additional features can make the process easier. Here is the layout of what I'd like to be able to do. Great American Novel - Stack Outline - Notebook Section 1 - Note Section 2 - Note Drafts - Notebook Chapter 1 - Note Chapter 2 - Note Characters - Notebook John Doe - Note Jane Doe - Note Notes - Stack Story Ideas - Notebook Note 1 - Note Images - Notebook Image 1 Image 2 Locations - Notebook USA - note Final - Notebook Chapter 1 - Note Chapter 2 - Note Feel free to add to this concept. I know there are a lot of people out there waiting for a great writing tool. Thanks