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(Archived) Suggestion: Character and word count

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Hey there,

I just wanted to suggest showing character count at the bottom of a note window, a la Word. My particular use case is that I use Evernote to post messages to Twitter, and would like to know when I'm hitting the character count. I could also see this being useful for writing articles or reports.

Thanks!

Chris

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I think this is a great idea, as more and more I'm skipping Word and writing directly in EN. Is this something that's do-able?

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Doable? Probably. High priority? Probably not.

FWIW, their tag line is "Remember everything." Not "Your bestest social networking portal."

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Doable? Probably. High priority? Probably not.

FWIW, their tag line is "Remember everything." Not "Your bestest social networking portal."

I think you have missed to point here -- it is NOT about "social networking".

Every text editor and word processor I have ever used has provided a character and word count.

This is, and has been, useful for many reasons.

While this is not a critical high priority feature to me, it can probably be implemented with a relatively small amount of effort.

If the EN dev team can work it in somewhere, then so much the better.

Just my 2c.

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Everyone has their own ideas of valuable features but personally I find this to be extra bloat that I would prefer stay out of the app. Keep performance quick with the huge database I see myself getting. Features like this I am happy doing a copy and paste to ultraedit (word would do the same) to get an answer. May even be a low resource app out there to count words selected or in the clipboard. I found this on first search but sure there would be others out there http://www.nch.com.au/counter/index.html

But I'm sure people think some of my wants for the app are unnecessary bloat as well :D

Sam

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Everyone has their own ideas of valuable features but personally I find this to be extra bloat that I would prefer stay out of the app. Keep performance quick with the huge database I see myself getting. Features like this I am happy doing a copy and paste to ultraedit (word would do the same) to get an answer. May even be a low resource app out there to count words selected or in the clipboard. I found this on first search but sure there would be others out there http://www.nch.com.au/counter/index.html

But I'm sure people think some of my wants for the app are unnecessary bloat as well :)

Sam

But it's not very efficient though. Another way you could do this would be to open Terminal, cd into the Evernote folder, go through the minefields of the folder structure, pick out the correct document that you're looking for, and do wc on the file. Possible? Yes. Efficient? No.

Having a built-in word-counter system would be immensely helpful when people are writing things or taking notes within Evernote.

Doable? Probably. High priority? Probably not.

FWIW, their tag line is "Remember everything." Not "Your bestest social networking portal."

Word counting ≠ Social Networking. In fact, I think writing would be the opposite of socialising. Well, not exactly the opposite, but definite not socialising. In fact, it's quite ironic that this statement was brought up, because people are clamouring for features like shared notebooks within the Evernote application (I think a prototype is available on the web version of Evernote.), and those features are somewhat social.

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unitseven made a very important point: "Everyone has their own ideas of valuable features."

Evernote prioritizes their upcoming projects. Balancing issues involves bug fixes, customer demand, speed impact and development time.

For readers of this forum, it is obvious there are no shortages of requests, inquiries, and even demands.

  • If you are a writer, word count is important and MS Word provides this feature
    If you use Twitter, character count is important and Twitter provides this feature.

So Evernote has to weigh the issues: would the addition of a feature, available in other programs, be worthy of consuming code-writing time & testing over multiple platforms and mobile devices for a service that is already available. I wonder if Word Count could even be done on rich text on an Android.

If there really is a big demand for this function, then a 3rd party developer will step in and develop an app for this. There are several already available for Twitter on cell phones. Evernote can then add them to the Trunk vendor list.

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unitseven made a very important point: "Everyone has their own ideas of valuable features."

Evernote prioritizes their upcoming projects. Balancing issues involves bug fixes, customer demand, speed impact and development time.

For readers of this forum, it is obvious there are no shortages of requests, inquiries, and even demands.

  • If you are a writer, word count is important and MS Word provides this feature
    If you use Twitter, character count is important and Twitter provides this feature.

So Evernote has to weigh the issues: would the addition of a feature, available in other programs, be worthy of consuming code-writing time & testing over multiple platforms and mobile devices for a service that is already available. I wonder if Word Count could even be done on rich text on an Android.

If there really is a big demand for this function, then a 3rd party developer will step in and develop an app for this. There are several already available for Twitter on cell phones. Evernote can then add them to the Trunk vendor list.

Alright. I shall start learning Cocoa Touch from today onward and develop an application that integrates Evernote in it for the sole purpose of counting words in each note. Text in images would be supported too, as well as PDFs and audio recordings. I predict that the sales of the application will be breathtaking.

... Jokes aside, I understand your points about how "Everyone has their own ideas about valuable features" and how the Evernote team will have to be able to balance the different features that are required in order to make Evernote better. However, I still think word counting should still be on the roadmap, even if it is the last feature in the long "requested features" list.

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Thanks for the suggestion. "Word and character counts" is on our list of requested features from some users.

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Allow me to say that this feature would grab the nanowri obsessors that flock to word processing suites when the planets allign themselves for the bookwriting month. I would not say that some users wish this feature- rather I nearly sense that we all do.

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I'm a mac enthusiast and I'm new to Evernote. I'm doing an online uni course and I'm using Evernote to write up my responses to the discussion boards. A word count facility would really help.

Thanks :D

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I know that many people have asked for this, and I have in the past, but I am a Mac User who would LOVE word or word and character count. This is the one time that I am jealous of my Windows based friends :shock: since you guys already gave them the functionality. Hopefully you won't have us wait much longer.....Please?????? :)

Thanks for an amazing product with Evernote! You guys rock.

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I would love to have a word counter and character counter - I like to use my evernote for writing, and it would be nice to have some vague concept of how much I've actually written in comparison to my writing on a word document. I must admit, I do have some length perception issues without it.

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I back that for android.

I stopped using Evernote for android because it has no word count.

Because there was no word count on a tiny little Android screen, you dropped the program?

Really? Come on.

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My Gmail is about the speediest thing around, so if I can quickly fire a note or two into Evernote straight from email, I can capture my great ideas when they strike without breaking my concentration or leaving what I’m doing.

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My Gmail is about the speediest thing around, so if I can quickly fire a note or two into Evernote straight from email, I can capture my great ideas when they strike without breaking my concentration or leaving what I’m doing.

What's the reason for this OT post? Are you making a statement or asking if you can email to EN?

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registered so I can add my voice too. I know quite a few people who would love this feature, were all creatives working on macs who use evernote within work as a nice tool for keeping up to date with clients. Me personally, I use it for short stories, recipes and such and word count in particular would be amazinly handy, especially as i also use evernote on my notebook which is windows based.

I think its only fair you keep us mac users happy hey? :D:lol:

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registered so I can add my voice too. I know quite a few people who would love this feature, were all creatives working on macs who use evernote within work as a nice tool for keeping up to date with clients.

In case a chorus of voices matters to the development team, let me add mine and echo nicolafred. I totally understand BurgersNFries's comment (from over a year ago, above on this thread) that Evernote is for storing and organizing, and it's neither a word processor nor a social network, but it seems there are a lot of Evernote users who would love to be able to ditch other software and doing all text-based work in Evernote. I'm not asking Evernote to be a full word processer; I'm just saying that a word count feature would allow us Mac users to only use Evernote when composing just about anything. (As it is now, to get word counts on things I write, I have to open Microsoft Word and a document. I don't know about you guys, but that's a hellish experience for me.)

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Please, this forum is for general discussion of Evernote. If you want specific facilities for specific clients, you should probably post in those client-specific forums. Evernote for Windows already has word counf and character counts.

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