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Can anyone recommend an alternative to Evernote? It used to be the best thing since sliced bread. Now it seems the developers have abandoned its former staunch supporters.

After months of wasting my time trying to follow suggestions on how to actually get something typed into a note with waiting for the endless blue circle and white screens, I'm about give up. Check this, uncheck that -none of this ever helped. (rebuilding indexes, etc, etc, etc.) This is the same on two PC's. 

I have almost 30,00 notes that I need to access and add to on a daily basis.. I could finish a sandwich by the time I accomplish anything now in Evernote. It used to be snappy, now it's a whale washed up on shore.

Too bad, this app is no longer supported by passionate developers. Now, I just have to figure how to get out from under the pile of ineptitude.

These are my thoughts. What are yours?

-Bill Mozer, A VERY Disappointed Customer

 

 

  

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On my Mac, I can select all my notes, then export in html format 
I actually run this weekly for a full database backup

The result is an html file for each note, with a resources folder for attachments.

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On 5/27/2018 at 9:06 PM, billmozer@gmail.com said:

These are my thoughts. What are yours?

I think overall over the years Evernote got better. But it has grown and changed as well which generally brings other challenges and issues too.

There are definitely complaints about certain things but that happens to many apps and software as you cannot make everybody happy.

Having said that, there are times that the changes | added or removed features do not really make sense which makes it very frustrating to the dedicated users. But in the end, if the progress was on a chart, after the ups and downs, I think it is trending on a "positive" scale.

Currently on my work laptop, with the Windows Version 6.7, it just works fine. It is fast, responsive no issues. However, I keep my home PC which is older with the latest version and that one really is horrible. It is super slow and I get the non-responsive warning all the time. Luckily, I don't use that for work so it does not bother me. But if that was my only machine, I would be on the same boat as you are. Therefore, I would recommend downgrading a version that might have worked for you better.

I have close to 14K notes now and my digital life is around Evernote so I am happy with sticking it to it. But if it comes to a point that it is not bearable I would look into other solutions of course. Recently, I came across "Notion" which looked very promising to me, check that out.

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At this point, I'm done, too. The most important issue is that I don't trust that my data is safe with Evernote. 

The webclipper issue - prior to a certain date (2015 I think), anything you've clipped from the web is a broken link. This destroyed so many important things, and I have no idea where to find the images (some were from a course website that I don't have access to anymore since graduating). I have seen no fixes.

Missing notes - Now and then it's been relevant to search for an older note, and there are maybe a dozen that I'm unable to find no matter what I try. I'm sure a portion of these were my fault - perhaps I exited before the note was saved, or perhaps I thought I made a note but didn't. But there are some that I can visualize the exact wording of, especially if I uploaded an image that I remember so well, and I cannot find them no matter what search terms & synonyms I use, even if I go back to notes I know I created around the same time and scroll through a few hundred, I can't find them. I have 2,000 notes - that's a lot, but not so many that I'm just not finding these notes due to not looking hard enough.

Unsaved edits - similar to above, I'm sure some issues were purely my fault, like exiting before the edit was saved (although usually Evernote is constantly saving changes so it's hard to predict when an edit would or wouldn't be saved). Other issues were due to switching between platforms, and unfortunately a conflicting version wasn't saved.

Like you, I also have issues with bugs that take forever to fix or are still unsolved (bulleted lists being stripped of formatting when opened on a browser; having to double-click to continue writing a note if you clicked outside the Evernote client; fonts randomly changing when I go back to a note). And there are also some features that I want, but don't see coming on the horizon (symbols list for degree symbol, greek letters, accented letters, etc.; different highlighter colors; and so on).

Considering all this, plus the maddening inability to create a ticket if you aren't a premium subscriber, I am planning to leave Evernote.

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Thanks to all for sharing your thoughts my this issue. I'll try downgrading. (This is really stupid.) Not sure where to find old versions. Need help with a link. Thanks. 

 

 

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