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Jon123

Smart Notebooks

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Mail for example has Smart Mailboxes. iTunes has Smart Playlists. DEVONthink supports this.

Yes, these are basically "Saved Searches". But, I want them to live alongside Notebooks.

I want to be able to do complex logic with an easy to use GUI and easily make changes to it.

I want to be able to reference a Smart Notebook within the rules of another Smart Notebook, for example: 

Notebook 1: tag_a AND tag_b but not tag_c

Notebook 2: Not in Notebook 1

Notebook 3: Notebook 2 & contains "TEXT"

I don't want workarounds for making saved searches to do these things. I want the actual feature as described. If I'm getting particularly demanding, it would be great if the iOS app worked with them as well (for creating and editing, viewing I'm assuming would work out of the box).

 

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7 hours ago, Jon123 said:

Yes, these are basically "Saved Searches". But, I want them to live alongside Notebooks.

The Shortcut Section is your "live alongside"
Create shortcuts for notebooks, saved searches, tags.

>>I want to be able to do complex logic with an easy to use GUI and easily make changes to it.  ... it would be great if the iOS app worked with them as well (for creating and editing, viewing I'm assuming would work out of the box).

Evernote supports a Search feature.  
Documentation at https://help.evernote.com/hc/en-us/articles/208313828

I find it easy to use but ymmv.  Mac's also have a "build search" feature.

There are other requests posted for improvements to the search feature.  It lacks the complex boolean logic common in other search engines. See full-boolean-search/

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As I mentioned, the search feature is not sufficient to accommodate the logic I described (at least not without a lot of bending and twisting). I was also being very simple with that example.

Saved searches may be able handle much of what I want to accomplish, however it's frustrating to use a different paradigm when the Rules based interfaces are so common and easy to use  even when building advanced AND/OR nested logic. OmniFocus, Mail, iTunes, DEVONthink, Hazel, etc all have them, and many others I'm not thinking of right now as well.

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No vested interest here,  but I am a subscriber to https://filterize.net/ - which allows you to create one or many 'dashboards' - essentially Tables of Contents that are automatically updated from user-defineable searches.  Haven't plumbed the depths of their search language yet,  but it appears more flexible than Evernote's inbuilt grammar,  and with multiple dashboards you can effectely have as many up to date saved search results as you like,  within a sync or two of the account...

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Thanks for the suggestion! It looks like an interesting service, I'd rather not pay for, or share my data with, another auxiliary service though. Cheers!

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