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windows (Archived) Free Siri-like app to search Evernote, supports AND/OR logic at the same time

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bullet-red.jpg Unlock the power of Evernote’s rich set of search operators for finding notes with BitQwik. You can filter search results by the date created or modified, by file type such as PDF files and more, by the tags used or the source application that created the note, and many, many, other useful ways. BitQwik is the Siri-like natural language search tool for Evernote users that understands plain English! Check out just some of the sample searches now. Also, Getting Things Done practitioners or Evernote users that manage their todo lists frequently with Evernote should read this page now.

"Evernote power users rejoice: the folks at BitQwik have made a search program that’ll bring your abilities to seek out the notes you want more powerful than ever. The great thing about this application is its ability to work with natural language – that meaning you can type in basically anything and it’ll know what you’re saying." - SlashGear Review of BitQwik.

UPDATE: BitQwik is officially in the Evernote Trunk, Productivity section.

MAJOR FEATURES LIST:

- Access to nearly all of Evernote's powerful reach search grammar via a natural language Siri-like interface. No need to learn Evernote's complex search grammar syntax or keyword set

- Support for mixed logic queries that combine AND & OR queries in the same query

- The ability to search for strings inside the source URL of notes during a search (E.g. - notes I clipped from the nytimes.com)

- Support for nested tags in a search so that the parent tag and all its children are automatically included in your query

- The ability to do searches that involve multiple notebooks, and the equal ability to exclude notes that are in one or more notebooks

- TagHunter: The built-in tag exploration and management tool that has a powerful fuzzy matching technology

finger-right.jpg Download BitQwik now

Note: BitQwik is a Windows program but you can run BitQwik on a Mac PC by following these instructions. Also, TagHunter is now part of BitQwik so its powerful advanced tag exploration features are in BitQwik too!

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bullet-red.jpg Why don’t more people use Evernote’s powerful search operators?

Because you have to memorize the names and the syntax of the special search operators and that is hard. For example, suppose you want to search for all your notes that do not have the words “school” or “breakfast” in the title, that you created in March of 2012, and were made with Evernote Hello. You would have to enter the following into the Evernote search box to find them:

-intitle:school -intitle:breakfast

created:20120301T000000 created:20120331T000000

sourceApplication:hello


With BitQwik you simply type:

Show me notes that do not have school or breakfast in the title that I created in March and were made with Evernote Hello


Or any almost other sentence that means the exact same thing! There’s no special commands or syntax, just plain English sentences that state what you want.

If you have any comments or questions, please post a reply to this thread and I'll answer them. Remember, BitQwik is brand new software so expect plenty of bugs and for it to misinterpret what you are trying to say fairly often. But in a few weeks that will all change and it will be the smooth, fun experience it is destined to be.

Here is a screen shot of the main screen and below it the resulting search shown in the Evernote client:

bitqwik-full-screen.png

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Also, TagHunter is now part of BitQwik so its powerful advanced tag exploration features are in BitQwik too!

Should I uninstall TagHunter before installing BitQwik?

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Hello jbenson2,

It's not necessary. They co-exist fine. It's just redundant.

-- roschler

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You are up to your usual top-notch standards. It looks impressive!

Some initial comments:

1.) Results can be sorted by the Title column or the Tags column.

Sorting by the Created column would be very helpful.

2.) I was going to suggest a visible count in the Search Results Preview. But I can get the count by clicking on the "Show Notes in Evernote".

3.) I was not able to get the "Show Me Some Examples" button to bring up examples.

edit - I figured it out. I have two monitors and the results were appearing as a new tab in my browser on the other monitor.

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Hello jbenson2,

Thanks!

But there is something strange here. I can sort on all the columns in the search preview window including Created and updated.

Sincerely,

Robert

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Just took BitQwik for a quick spin and it looks awesome! Will test out in more detail and comment further.. but thanks for a super bit of development. :D

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Hello @gazumped,

Thanks! I look forward to your feedback.

-- roschler

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Hello everyone,

Version 1.0.0.5 is available now.

What's new:

  • The problem with dates for international users has been fixed
  • The problems with users that had hyphenated tags have been fixed
  • Greatly enhanced ability to handle a wider range of TODO list phrases
  • New Treat Created Date as Due Date configuration option

If you are an Evernote user that practices the popular time management technique known as Getting Things Done (GTD) or make frequent use of TODO lists you will really want to read the following web page on using BitQwik with GTD.

-- roschler

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The combination of BitQwik and TagHunter are powerful diagnostic / investigative tools.

For example: I have a total of 1,083 tags.

With TagHunter, I can easily see the number of notes for each of my Tags (Calculate Note Counts).

I paste the Tag names and Note Counts into a spreadsheet to find tags that only have one or two notes.

Then I can then decide whether to keep the tag, rename it, or use a different tag.

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Yep, that is a very clever programme, thanks for your effort.

Will it ever be possible to use in an iPad or android phone?

Regards

Chris

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Yep, that is a very clever programme, thanks for your effort.

Will it ever be possible to use in an iPad or android phone?

Regards

Chris

Hello C6REW,

Thanks! I don't know at this time. It depends completely on how successful the program is and it will be a while before I can assess that since it's brand new.

-- roschler

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I absolutely loved your suggestion to:

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...contact Evernote technical support and ask them to do the following:

  1. Allow you to edit the hidden SubjectDate field manually
  2. Fix the search facility since it is currently broken for the SubjectDate field

If Evernote made those two changes, I could switch to the SubjectDate field and you would no longer have to mangle the Created field.

http://bitqwik.com/g...things-done.php

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Here is one additional tip for the users who edit the Created Date to reflect the actual Due Date.

If you sort your notes by the default sort using the Created Date field, you will end up with all your future stuff at the top.

It will be difficult to find the stuff for today, unless you manually scroll down through all the future stuff to today's stuff.

So I created a Future Stuff note to act as a separator between the future and the past.

The title of my note is ** Future Stuff **

I dragged the note title to the Evernote Favorite Bar at the top.

One click and I am automatically positioned between my Future Stuff and Past Stuff.

Caveat: What makes it work is a drawback to some users. Each morning I change the Created Date of this note to 23:00 hours with today's date. It is painless for me. Just click on the created field and change the date from yesterday to today. The reason for 23:00 hours is arbitrary. I wanted to be sure any note below this ** Future Stuff ** note is for something in the past or today.

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Hello Mhiggi02,

That video is coming next week. In the meantime please send me bug reports for each search you tried that failed. Follow these steps:

  • Enter one of the searches into BitQwik that did not work for you and try it again
  • After that click the Report A Bug button. Enter a simple sentence in the comments section explaining to me what you wanted to find and didn't
  • Follow the prompts to send that bug report to me (it's very easy)

Do this for each of the searches you tried that did not work for you. In other words, one bug report per failed search.

I would really appreciate this since the bug report carries additional information that will help me help you. Also, take a close look at the sample searches page and see if anything is similar to what you are searching for. That may give you some ideas. You might also want to sign up for the mailing list. That way you'll be notified when the video is ready or if a new version fixes the problem you are having.

Sincerely,

Robert

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I just communicated with the dev and he has some great things planned.

In case you're not aware, roschler (the OP of this thread), is the developer. So everyone in this thread is communicating with him. :)

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Hello Mhiggi02,

That video is coming next week. In the meantime please send me bug reports for each search you tried that failed. Follow these steps:

  • Enter one of the searches into BitQwik that did not work for you and try it again
  • After that click the Report A Bug button. Enter a simple sentence in the comments section explaining to me what you wanted to find and didn't
  • Follow the prompts to send that bug report to me (it's very easy)

Do this for each of the searches you tried that did not work for you. In other words, one bug report per failed search.

I would really appreciate this since the bug report carries additional information that will help me help you. Also, take a close look at the sample searches page and see if anything is similar to what you are searching for. That may give you some ideas. You might also want to sign up for the mailing list. That way you'll be notified when the video is ready or if a new version fixes the problem you are having.

Sincerely,

Robert

Success! I closed the app and reopened it and it is working perfectly. Thanks!

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Hello Mhiggi02,

That video is coming next week. In the meantime please send me bug reports for each search you tried that failed. Follow these steps:

  • Enter one of the searches into BitQwik that did not work for you and try it again
  • After that click the Report A Bug button. Enter a simple sentence in the comments section explaining to me what you wanted to find and didn't
  • Follow the prompts to send that bug report to me (it's very easy)

Do this for each of the searches you tried that did not work for you. In other words, one bug report per failed search.

I would really appreciate this since the bug report carries additional information that will help me help you. Also, take a close look at the sample searches page and see if anything is similar to what you are searching for. That may give you some ideas. You might also want to sign up for the mailing list. That way you'll be notified when the video is ready or if a new version fixes the problem you are having.

Sincerely,

Robert

Success! I closed the app and reopened it and it is working perfectly. Thanks!

@Mhiggi02,

I am very glad to hear that. Please (times 10) tell me what was not working for you. For every stalwart user like you that presses on till they succeed, there are several more who will just give up thinking BitQwik does not work. If we can figure out what went wrong together, it would be a big help!

Sincerely,

Robert

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In case you're not aware, roschler (the OP of this thread), is the developer. So everyone in this thread is communicating with him. :)

You're soaking in it!!

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Interesting concept, so I gave this a shot.

A few problems so far:

1. http://www.bitqwik.com/first-time-users.php suggests that there is a 'Report a Bug' button in the program; I can't find it.

2. Theoretically, it looks like I can search in a particular notebook, but is there any way to search in a particular stack? e.g., stack:Tips

3. I've tried two different searches that include a notebook name, and neither one returns with results, although I can clearly see the results in Evernote when I do the old-fashioned search.

For example, search in BitQwik for

are NOT tagged with SAMETIME

have HTML in the title

are in my TIPS notebook(s)

produces zero results.

But in Evernote, "notebook:tips intitle:html -tag:sametime" produces results. Note, I do have a stack called "tips" too.

I tried other combinations, in case having a notebook with the same name as a stack was the problem. Still failed. I also tried combinations where the notebook name did not start with any special characters, e.g., $, #, etc. If the query is just "in my X notebook", it works fine, but as soon as I combine it with something else, it finds no results.

4. Speaking of in the title, I have to write "in the title" instead of "in title". The latter just results in a popup of 'analyzing query' but nothing gets added to the Your Query field.

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1. http://www.bitqwik.c...-time-users.php suggests that there is a 'Report a Bug' button in the program; I can't find it.

On opening the version-check screen, click on the upper left vertical tab for BITQWIK

"Report a BUG!" is in lower right corner as a large blue button

The arrow on this link below points to the Report a BUG! option

http://www.evernote....d813e80100006b5

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3. I've tried two different searches that include a notebook name, and neither one returns with results, although I can clearly see the results in Evernote when I do the old-fashioned search.

For example, search in BitQwik for

are NOT tagged with SAMETIME

have HTML in the title

are in my TIPS notebook(s)

produces zero results.

I tried the 3 queries mentioned above and they all worked correctly. I substituted my tag and my notebook to check them out.

I'm not a tech guy, so I was surprised to find four notes contained the letters HTML in the title.

Use the Report a BUG option. It will copy all the relevant information and your most recent query to your notepad.

Send the information by pasting it into an email.

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4. Speaking of in the title, I have to write "in the title" instead of "in title". The latter just results in a popup of 'analyzing query' but nothing gets added to the Your Query field.

The most recent version is 1.0.0.5

When I shorten the query to include "in title" instead of "in the title" I get a helpful pop-up notice that says:

Please Rephrase Your Query

I did not understand your query. Please report this problem using the Report a Bug button and then try saying it [explaining] in another way.

This is how I run the same query and get the correct results:

Notes that have jbenson2 in the title

Other examples that work:

Notes that have geese in the title

Notes that are not titled with the words happy days

Notes that have polo, rocket, or famous folk in the title and are encrypted and have the tag marzipan
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@jbenson2,

A big thank you for helping crane out! :)

Ok, a few things.

re: "in title"

I'll take a look at adding support for that non-grammatical phrasing. If it doesn't hurt anything, you'll see it in the next version.

Please follow jbenson2's advice on the Report A Bug button and the parsing problems you are having. I am wondering if your screen resolution is small? One possibility is that the main screen is getting truncated at the bottom and/or at the right where the Report A Bug button is located (lower right hand corner).

Here's the ultimate diagnostic steps for problems like these:

1. Show the "raw search" window pane. You can find it by switching on the "Show Actual Search Query" option found here:

show-actual-search-query.png

The Actual Search Query display box will appear just above the button bar:

show-actual-search-query-2.png

However, if you are having problems fitting the main window on your screen (can you see the button bar at all?) this may be a problem. You can try maximizing the main window and see if that helps if you are having a sizing problem.

2. Compare what's in the Actual Search Query window to what shows up in the Search Explanation bar in the Evernote client when you show the notes in Evernote. They should match exactly. The first time user's page tells you how to turn on the Search Explanation bar in the Evernote client if you have not done so already:

http://bitqwik.com/f...-time-users.php

In either case, send me both screenshots to the E-mail address shown to you when you click the Report A Bug button. Attach them to your bug report. (please don't post/show that address in this thread to deter the spam bots).

- roschler

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