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What about for mac users? I can't find any way to do a find-and-replace on a Mac.

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1 minute ago, Amystoneus said:

This is so-ooo disappointing, and on the magnitude of making me think it's time to consider jumping ship. Not supporting their own products, much less their Mac user base, seems a clear message that EN is focused on priorities other than perfecting their products. A really bad sign that EN is heading for an ice berg. What's the alternative, Pages and Dropbox? Google Docs?

So true. What is most disappointing is that EN is not providing even the slightest bit of information regarding the delay of what is such a trivial implementation.

With regards to an alternative, I hate to admit it, but I've been looking at OneNote. I have an Office 365 subscription that I use for both of my Macs (iMac 5K and MacBook Pro), my Son's MacBook Pro, and my wife's MacBook Air. I was surprised at how well OneNote worked on the iPad. I will continue to test it out. One thing that I will miss is the Evernote Web Clipper. It is a great plug-in that I never had issues with.

Evernote, you screwed this up big time! It doesn't take years to implement and integrate the Find/Replace feature into your codebase. Seriously, is this intentional or is it complete incompetence? It's not like you are new to the scene and certainly not the only forum where this functionality is being requested (for years). For the love of Pete, I cannot think of any text editor that does not provide Find/Replace functionality; until now!

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11 minutes ago, DTLow said:

Not clear on what you find "so-ooo disappointing" and the "clear message"

Drop box would work ok as a sync mechanism; I use Apple iCloud

I use Pages/Word frequently for an attachment to notes in Evernote, but I don't see them as a replacement for the Evernote editor
I like features like OCR Searching, inline/attachment views, metadata list and sorting

 

What is "so-ooo disappointing" is that this most basic feature of any text editor has been requested for "years" and not one representative from EN has responded!!!! When I contact them, I receive the same scripted talking points: "We are aware of the Find/Replace issue on Mac and our development team is working on it".

I also believe a "clear message" is being sent by EN. One can only come to the conclusion that EN is ignoring this feature request. Dear Evernote: "IT DOESN'T TAKE YEARS TO IMPLEMENT THIS FUNCTIONALITY!!!". EN has known about this for years and has done NOTHING about it. They have not provided a scintilla of evidence that they are taking this issue serious let alone working on it.

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What I find "so-ooo disappointing" is EN's sketchy response to numerous and ongoing pleas for what should be basic functionality in word-processing software, which sends "a clear message" that they're not that into making their product a more full-bodied writing app. Who doesn't need to do a search AND a replace??? I don't get how this isn't at the top of the development team's whiteboard! I'm sure I'm not the only writer who's needed to change the name of a character in a story or a consistent misspelling. So yes, after wasting a whole lot of time working around this fatal flaw in EN, and seeing all the irate and frustrated comments (mine included) by those who have contacted customer support and have essentially been given "form-letter" responses, I'm left thinking that EN isn't the Mecca I had hoped for managing my writing with ease across all my various devices. I could accept the explanation that EN was never meant to play such a role, and my bad for thinking it could; but when the EN team blogs about how great a tool it is for writing a novel, I think, "Wow, I guess no one had to manually replace each occurrence of the main character's name across 200 pages."

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4 minutes ago, oraclejavanet said:

What is "so-ooo disappointing" is that this most basic feature of any text editor has been requested for "years" and not one representative from EN has responded!!!! When I contact them, I receive the same scripted talking points: "We are aware of the Find/Replace issue on Mac and our development team is working on it".

Got it - Find/Replace as per the discussion title

It hasn't bothered me, but then my notes are the size of ..... notes
As I mentioned, for more serious projects I use Word/Pages as note attachments
They have find/replace

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1 minute ago, DTLow said:

Got it - Find/Replace as per the discussion title

It hasn't bothered me, but then my notes are the size of ..... notes
As I mentioned, for more serious projects I use Word/Pages as note attachments
They have find/replace

Thanks. 

The issue really becomes how EN has positioned itself in a writer's market, despite the glaring lack of basic find/replace functionality. If they're going to entice the aspiring novelist, which they have been, they should be taking seriously the requests of this niche market and show they're serious about meeting the expressed needs. It's like they're saying they're into rock climbing and then showing up at the site in heels and a little black dress. As a writer, I feel I've been led down a long path to a dead end.

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30 minutes ago, DTLow said:

Got it - Find/Replace as per the discussion title

It hasn't bothered me, but then my notes are the size of ..... notes
As I mentioned, for more serious projects I use Word/Pages as note attachments
They have find/replace

The use case you describe works for you - got it. However, for EN to be taken seriously, their editor for Mac has to include what is considered core functionality of any editor. Not only does it not include the Find/Replace functionality, EN show no signs of addressing it. Extremely poor judgement on their part.

The groundwork exists for EN to make great strides in improving their product but for some unknown reason, they refuse to deliver on core functionality that has been requested for years. Not weeks or months, but years. The coding requirements are so minimal. As I've mentioned before, I can only assume this is intentional or EN simply doesn't care what their Mac user base needs.

I feel I need to clarify that I am not suggesting that EN is the be-all end-all editor for every use case. The mere fact that there are limitations on the size of a note clearly indicates that EN should not be the tool used, for example, to write a large novel - [ 25 MB (Basic) / 50 MB (Plus) / 200 MB (Premium and Business) ].

For example, when I'm creating mathematical articles or publishing data analysis reports, I use LaTeX. (Believe it or not, even TeXstudio comes with Find/Replace!). In other situations, I use Word/Pages.

While EN is not the tool for every use case, there are plenty out there that warrant EN to pay attention and deliver if they want to exist.

 

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Reminds me of when star office/open office/ libre office refused to support Engineering Notation for years. So I switched to the MS office with the ribbon interface.  And haven't gone back.  Time to take another look at One Note

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1 hour ago, Amystoneus said:

The issue really becomes how EN has positioned itself in a writer's market,

I wasn't aware of that.  I got focused on Evernote being a note app

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1 minute ago, HRudy said:

Reminds me of when star office/open office/ libre office refused to support Engineering Notation for years. So I switched to the MS office with the ribbon interface.  And haven't gone back.  Time to take another look at One Note

You are really taking me back in time! I still remember the first time I used StarOffice in the late 90's. I really tried to like it. Today, all of my documentation is either LaTeX (or Knitr within RStudio) or MS Word.

You'll have to let me know what your experience is with OneNote. My first impression was that it provided a great deal of functionality.

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32 minutes ago, HRudy said:

Reminds me of when star office/open office/ libre office refused to support Engineering Notation for years. So I switched to the MS office with the ribbon interface.  And haven't gone back.  Time to take another look at One Note

I understand using a word processing app that provides the editing features you need.

I don't understand dropping Evernote (digital filing cabinet)

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+1 Hard to understand why I'm looking at a multi-year request for something so reasonable and the value to easy to accept. 

Maybe someone knows one of these people:

https://www.linkedin.com/vsearch/p?keywords=Evernote&title=product&openAdvancedForm=true&titleScope=CP&locationType=Y&f_CC=62953&rsid=1099891485365715057&orig=ADVS

Erik Wrobel highlights they are "** we are hiring, contact me about joining our talented product team **" so maybe the new talent will be able to resolve this.

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On 2017-01-23 at 8:39 AM, PaoloAltobas said:

3 years and still no find/replace? I don't get it.

 

22 minutes ago, JamesHavelock said:

+1 Hard to understand why I'm looking at a multi-year request

You need to understand that Evernote isn't "The App To Replace All Apps"
It will not contain every feature available in other apps

There is a priority to development being done with the app
I don't know any of the priority details but I accept that not all features are consided
cue for response - But my feature is more important than all the others

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16 minutes ago, DTLow said:

 

"You need to understand that Evernote isn't "The App To Replace All Apps"
It will not contain every feature available in other apps

There is a priority to development being done with the app
I don't know any of the priority details but I accept that not all features are consided
cue for response - But my feature is more important than all the others"

I've been in hardware/software development for 35+ years and I've yet to encounter an editor that didn't have find and replace. 

Perhaps ED for CP/M didn't have find and replace.  I don't know.  I used Wordstar for text editing on CP/M and
that had find and replace.

The first Unix editor , also called ed, had find and replace as did edlin for MSDOS.

There is no excuse not to have this most basic feature.  What is galling for Mac
 users is that the Windows *does* have this feature and other enhancements.
I have an idea, why doesn't EN just port the Windows version to the Mac? Failing
 that just repackage the Windows version to run under Wine on a Mac?

 

 

 

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21 minutes ago, DTLow said:

 

You need to understand that Evernote isn't "The App To Replace All Apps"
It will not contain every feature available in other apps

There is a priority to development being done with the app
I don't know any of the priority details but I accept that not all features are consided
cue for response - But my feature is more important than all the others

@DTLow Why is it that you continue to defend what is absolutely indefensible? For years, Mac users have been asking for one of the most basic functions of any word processing application - Find/Replace. As I've mentioned in previous posts, this is something that can be implemented in less than a week. This is not rocket science. It is inconceivable that EN doesn't have this "easy" task at the top of their priority list.

Here is why this is so frustrating to me as a Software Engineer. While EN hasn't officially announced the language / framework used for Mac, I was able to deduce that it is written in Objective-C using the Cocoa framework (possibly with Swift). Keep in mind they are using the native APIs.

Multiple years have gone by with NO FEEDBACK FROM EN! When you call, which I have multiple time, they can only say that they are working on it. I could understand a week or even a month since the first feature request, but years? It is a joke.

Simply put, if EN doesn't get it together for Mac users, I can see many moving to M$ OneNote. While I'm not the biggest fan of M$, at least their implementation works on the Mac platform.

Hey Evernote - GET IT TOGETHER!!! Actually listen to your Mac user base.

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Ticket# 1990313 opened with EN. Will provide updates to this thread as I find out more about:

1. Why this functionality has yet to be implemented after multiple years of requests / demands.

2. Why the EN development team fails to acknowledge this on the forums. It is a clear oversight on their part and they fail to acknowledge it.

3. Over the past year, what other features / patches took higher precedence than implementing the request for Find / Replace.

4. A true date on when Find / Replace will be implemented on the Mac.

 

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2 hours ago, oraclejavanet said:

Why is it that you continue to defend what is absolutely indefensible?

Wow, can you say close minded

I was actually responding to the "Hard to understand" post
I'm able to understand things

As to "indefensible" everything has pro's and con's.  
We could discuss this but ultimately it's Evernote's choice of which features to implement
And my choice to use Evernote for my filing, and to use the editors that provide the features I need

Good luck on your Support ticket - it seems a foolish exercise but I'm interested in seeing the results.  There are hundreds of feature requests, and these forums are the method Evernote has set up to process them
 

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21 hours ago, oraclejavanet said:

Ticket# 1990313 opened with EN. Will provide updates to this thread as I find out more about:

1. Why this functionality has yet to be implemented after multiple years of requests / demands.

2. Why the EN development team fails to acknowledge this on the forums. It is a clear oversight on their part and they fail to acknowledge it.

3. Over the past year, what other features / patches took higher precedence than implementing the request for Find / Replace.

4. A true date on when Find / Replace will be implemented on the Mac.

 

As a support team, we always welcome feedback and requests for features, and pass these along to the development and management teams. We understand Find & Replace is a feature a lot of users want, and our development team is aware of this as well. While the dev team doesn't always have time to reply to feature request threads, your votes do have an impact on what they discuss for future implementation. However, feature requests are just that, requests. We do not promise to add requested features.

The Customer Support team does not have the ability to give you additional information behind why the development team has not implemented this as a feature, because we don't work behind the scenes to understand exactly what kind of manpower is needed to do so. We also do not share our timeline for the release of future feature additions.

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1 hour ago, amanda_h said:

As a support team, we always welcome feedback and requests for features, and pass these along to the development and management teams. We understand Find & Replace is a feature a lot of users want, and our development team is aware of this as well. While the dev team doesn't always have time to reply to feature request threads, your votes do have an impact on what they discuss for future implementation. However, feature request are just that, requests. We do not promise to add requested features.

The Customer Support team does not have the ability to give you additional information behind why the development team has not implemented this as a feature, because we don't work behind the scenes to understand exactly what kind of manpower is needed to do so. We also do not share our timeline for the release of future feature additions.

Possibly one of the most lame excuses for an organization to ignore a segment of their user community to perform what is a trivial implementation. As I've discussed at length, this is not a "feature request", it is for EN to fix an oversight on their part on the Mac platform. To date, EN is the only editor that I know of in modern times that does not provide Find/Replace functionality. Seriously, even character mode text editors that date back decades (vi, Emacs, ed) have Find/Replace.

As for votes, this forum, along with others, and the years it is still active should be enough to encourage the development team to consider this a high priority. To say that our votes do have an impact is simply not the case.

EN has had years to fix this - they made a conscious decision not to for reasons they will not explain. That is the height of arrogance; especially when the implementation is so trivial.

As for manpower; are you serious? As a software engineering project, this would considered such low-hanging fruit it would behoove the development team to simply implement it rather than take on the embarrass it continues to bring to the product.

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21 minutes ago, oraclejavanet said:

ignore a segment of their user community

I don't believe I'm being ignored

I believe that Evernote hasn't implemented this request (and others) for whatever reasons

I can live with that

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2 hours ago, DTLow said:

Wow, can you say close minded

I was actually responding to the "Hard to understand" post
I'm able to understand things

As to "indefensible" everything has pro's and con's.  
We could discuss this but ultimately it's Evernote's choice of which features to implement
And my choice to use Evernote for my filing, and to use the editors that provide the features I need

Good luck on your Support ticket - it seems a foolish exercise but I'm interested in seeing the results.  There are hundreds of feature requests, and these forums are the method Evernote has set up to process them
 

Close minded? Hi pot, meet kettle.

In all of your posts, you seem to be compelled to defend Evernote's decision to ignore the vast number of Mac users who are making this request based on the fact that "your" particular user case works for you. And I'm closed minded? It's great that the product works for you, but this thread, along with others, disagree with you.

Are you a developer / software engineer? If so, you might open your thought process to understand the frustration I and others are having with Evernote's oversight in not implementing for Mac what should be core functionality of any editor. As I've mentioned before, this would take no longer than a week to implement. Even if their unit testing takes a full week, there is no excuse to not implement such low-hanging fruit that has been requested for years.

You should realize that Find/Replace is not some type of extravagant feature that is being requested by the EN development team to implement. I would understand that if I submitted a request to include LaTeX capabilities to create dynamic articles within a note, that it would be thrown out! And I would hope they would. But to ignore years worth of requests for what is an oversight by the EN development team in implementing core functionality of an editor, I too don't know why. Either way, it is an embarrassment to their organization.

Finally, my support ticket has actually shown what EN thinks about their user community - absolutely nothing. Actually, I need to correct myself, they don't ignore "you" and that's what really counts. As I mentioned in my reply to them, possibly one of the most lame excuses by an organization for refusing to keep their user community updated on what has been years of requests. Maybe there's a "super secret" voting protocol that only exists for those willing to blindly stand behind an organization that ignores segments of their user base.

 

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Hmmn.  I added this to various threads a few times already,  so apologies if you've seen it -

Long story short - the original Evernote apps were developed by independent teams with instructions to 'do the best you can with your platform'.  Their designs were for basic editors without frills - little more than plain text plus any easy add-ins they could find within a deadline.  Problem was each app editor was baked-in platform specific code so adding further options would have been a root-and-branch rewriting exercise in Android.  And again for iOS.  And Mac.  And Windows.  And Web.  

So they recoded the whole app for all OS's so that all editor modules were the same;  a 'Common Editor' module with links into every OS-specific code.  Now improvements are able to be added to all devices at more or less the same time without completely separate development teams repeating the same work at least 5 times.

It took some years to develop the new code to be reasonably efficient on all platforms,  and work it into updates released over a period - finishing the last at the end of  2016.

Things have already gotten a little better.  They say there's more to follow...

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As an EN premium user since day one, I agree that this is a disgrace. Anyway, I found the instructions for the textedit hack that someone mentioned in this thread a few years ago (in case anyone else wants to try it). Works well, I just tested it. Maintains formatting, embedded images, etc.

If you want to try it,
Open the system preferences and go to the Keyboard pane.
Then click on the Keyboard Shortcuts tab and click on Services in the sidebar.
Find "New TextEdit Window Containing Selection" in the list under the text category and assign it a shortcut. (Click on it near the right end of the blue selection.)

Source: http://www.mac-forums.com/switcher-hangout/215139-shortcut-textedit-document.html

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On 2017-01-26 at 5:03 AM, cameronreilly said:

I found the instructions for the textedit hack

That's the spirit.  If you need features not offered by the Evernote editor there are lots of editors out there.  Not sure TextEdit would be my choice, but if it works for you

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4 hours ago, MFSOT said:

Hello Evernote? Is there anybody out there.... FIX THIS!!!!!!

What I've found is that Evernote "does" read these comments. Unfortunately, they have been ignoring them for nearly 3 years.

I refuse to call Find/Replace a "feature request". This is core functionality found in any editor and an oversight on Evernote's part for their Mac implementation.

3 years and no response from Evernote's development team on what is no more than a few day's worth of development and unit testing - what an embarrassment.

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On 27/01/2017 at 1:25 AM, DTLow said:

Not sure TextEdit would be my choice, but if it works for you

Only reason I used TextEdit is because it has a macOS service associated with it already. The service will grab the Evernote content and make it instantly available while retaining the formatting. 

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11 hours ago, oraclejavanet said:

What I've found is that Evernote "does" read these comments

When they get around to it.

11 hours ago, oraclejavanet said:

on what is no more than a few day's worth of development and unit testing

It took Evernote around 3 years of development to create a 'common editor' - code that could link into the OS-specific applications for MacOS / iOS / Android / Windows.  That saves them developing the same feature again and again in different applications for each OS.  Mac got their version late last year.  More is due to happen...

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F&R would be handy, yes. But what disturbs me the most is that when doing an in-note find, the text is selected but not made current. So you can't do Find Next / Paste as a F&R alternative. The text cursor remains where it was and when you paste text, it's therefore inserted at the wrong position.

The excuse is of course that it 'has to do with finding text in PDFs and images' but ... I am a IT guy and I know that they know if the current found/selected text is inside an attachment or not. So to simply add a few lines of extra code to really select the text with a Find(Next), shouldn't be that much of a problem.

 

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On 29/01/2017 at 3:38 PM, gazumped said:

It took Evernote around 3 years of development to create a 'common editor'

Like I said,  they just got through rewriting some important bits of the app.  As of late 2016 that's part of all the clients it's only now possible to work on upgrades that could be applied to every client.  More features will be in the pipeline.

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16 minutes ago, oraclejavanet said:

Their development / management team has obviously made a conscious decision that they have no intent on improving their product on the Mac platform.

It may be obvious to you.
I'm busy testing/reviewing the Mac improvements in v6.11

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Still no indication of Find and Replace

 

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2 minutes ago, DTLow said:

It may be obvious to you.
I'm busy testing/reviewing the Mac improvements in v6.11

Sounds like you have the inside dope on this--do tell. (If there's nothing to tell, don't worry, I'm sure you're still a cool dude/dudette.)

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1 hour ago, oraclejavanet said:

there are no more excuses that EN can provide that holds water

Hadn't noticed Evernote providing any "excuses".  They tend to get on with developing their products,  listening to user feedback,  and implementing features that seem to them most cost effective to adopt. 

This is not a democratic process.  Evernote have the exclusive power to introduce as many - or as few - changes to their products as they wish;  users can continue to subscribe, or not, as they wish.  No explanations or excuses required on either side.

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5 minutes ago, oraclejavanet said:

your constant mention of the 'common editor' and the time and effort they put into it.

As an Android user I keep seeing iOS apps I'd like to try out (the grass is always greener...) but when I post a query for the developers they almost always reply that they won't be developing for other platforms until they have their iOS product firmly (and presumably successfully) established.  That's for an existing iOS product that 'just' needs recoding to work in Android.  Companies won't risk doing that unless and until they have the cash flow and resources to support the work involved.

Evernote had existing and popular products in five major operating systems which all included differently coded editors written by different teams.  They came up with a method to provide an editor module that could be fitted into all five applications.  I'd guess that all the applications required a serious degree of re-editing to allow the editor to fit.  They were doing this while still servicing somewhere north of 100M users who - you may have noticed - tend to get tetchy if things don't work too well.

That's not something they could knock off in someone's lunchtime,  and I think it's a pretty good achievement which they've actually mentioned once to my knowledge themselves - a bit like the "Oh and by the way we moved 2 billion user documents from our servers to Google's" that they included in the blog the other day.

I tend to mention it to put in perspective all the glib "It's such a simple change" comments folks tend to make - something else I may have mentioned once or twice before..  managing Evernote is a bit like steering an oil tanker.  If you're planning to change direction you can't just do a quick u-turn and head back the other way.  Change is slow,  and something you need to plan for well in advance.  Evernote clearly think in terms of years for some projects.

The sort of feature you want may well be in the pipeline,  but whatever we say here,  no-one is going to know about it until Evernote decide to deliver.

 

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5 hours ago, jaume said:

This is a must-have feature, so I came here to upvote this idea.

Evernote Mac Team: This much needed functionality was requested in 2013, so we are going to get it any time soon, right?

 

Don't hold your breath...

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23 minutes ago, oraclejavanet said:

Evernote's management and development team has made a conscious decision to ignore what has been years of requests in two different forums

Did they publish this momentous decision somewhere?  I must have missed that.  

I understand the frustration that lots of groups experience when their preferred fixes aren't implemented despite apparent significant support.  But despite the heat this forum sometimes generates,  it isn't the only place from which Evernote get their customer feedback.  There are so many current requests that no matter what new feature Evernote introduces next, a significant number of users will scream that their much more worthy requests have been ignored.

Evernote will undertake whatever they consider to be the most cost-effective projects for their company in their own time.  If at any stage that doesn't include some process that you require,  then if you can find a better option,  you should probably take it.

Meantime there's only work-arounds and making-do.

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With (genuinely) no intended disrespect,  Evernote is a project larger than any you may have ever been involved with.  They service a user group larger than a small country (like Japan) and I'd imagine Rule #1 is: don't mess up the status quo*.  Ever.  

It's also been suggested in another thread that a good tactic would be to have a 'hit squad' of techs dedicated to minor fixes special projects such as this one - and that could even exist - but given the thousands of requests (and Rule #1) it might take a little while to get around to this one.

* Note I didn't say their success record in this respect was that good...

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4 minutes ago, enigma2me said:

as well as search for tags and rename those.

Renaming tags is a completely different function, and supported in Evernote
The tag is renamed using the tag page; the change is reflected in all notes

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On 2017-03-28 at 7:29 AM, enigma2me said:

Desperately needed. I have 20k notes, and some of mine are similar, but named differently, It would be great to search titles for specific words/acronyms, to change

Since we're working on Macs, you could script this with Applescript 
I used this to update the titles on 2000+ notes    FindReplace.scpt

tell application "Evernote"

    set theNotes to selection
    repeat with theNote in theNotes

        set theModdate to modification date of theNote
        set theTitle to title of theNote

       --  Replace " Bank - " with " "
       --  Prefix with "Banking "

        set theDelim to AppleScript's text item delimiters      
        set AppleScript's text item delimiters to the " Bank - "
        set the item_list to every text item of theTitle
        set AppleScript's text item delimiters to " "
        set
theTitle to "Banking " & item_list as string

        set title of theNote to theTitle
        set modification date of theNote to theModdate

    end repeat
end tell

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7 hours ago, Dissenter said:

I hope my baby can read in Evernote with the feature "Change Background Color" to protect her eyes 15 years later.

You can set the background colour in tables58f1122e03392_ScreenShot2017-04-14at11_16_59AM.png.d32a14f95a0fdddb5f4a5d14e0b12f89.png

This can be a simple one column table;
I find it useful to have a second column on the right side; it makes better use of the emptywhitespace in a note

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22 hours ago, DTLow said:

Don't let the facts get in the way of your ranting

 

DTLow - Thank you. Sorry. Even more embarrassing, I follow this thread and have posted to it before. Mindless expression of exasperation. Thank you for your contributions.

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I found a workaround:

- Copy into Microsoft Word

- Search and replace

- Just keep using Microsoft Word, because really, this is just sad

(I'm a premium Evernote user, been using it for years, and I'm sure I will keep using it, but come on guys.)

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On 2017-07-01 at 오후 1시 41분, Paferg said:

I found a workaround:

- Copy into Microsoft Word

- Search and replace

- Just keep using Microsoft Word

This would be my approach, store the document as an attachment to the note
Generally, I use the Evernote editor for short notes and dedicated apps for more serious work

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1 hour ago, DTLow said:

For myself, I'm happy using Evernote as my digital file.  This is not a feature I require for notes

Well, I'm glad you're happy with what you have.

Many of us, including myself, use Evernote for a variety of purposes.  I use it not only as my digital filing cabinet, but also to write and edit a number of simple notes that I don't want to switch out to a word processor to do.  I do believe that Find and Replace is in every other text editor I know of, certainly in all that I use.

  • Often I will capture a web page that I need to replace all of a certain term with another term.
  • I build and maintain a number of Public Notes for friends to use
  • I build and maintain a number of Public Notes as user guides.
  • and more.

I'm not leaving because Evernote doesn't have F&R, but it sure would be very, very useful if it did.

Just my 2¢.

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Just for the record, I switched to Apple Notes. All my notes could be imported. Yes, it not cross-platform. But it does the job well and has basic editing features that I need to write notes. Plus the interface is simple and looks nice. 

Highly suggest others do the same.  

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11 hours ago, JMichaelTX said:

I use it not only as my digital filing cabinet, but also to write and edit a number of simple notes that I don't want to switch out to a word processor to do.

Same for me; I find the editor adequate for simple notes, but for more serious work, I switch out to dedicated apps like word processing or spreadsheet apps

Its not just find&replace; I also need extended features like styles, tables, outlines, ...

I encourage all users to make use of alternate editors and not be restricted by the limitations of the Evernote editor

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On 9/7/2017 at 7:47 AM, kiddo said:

@Kiddo , I could not have said it better myself!  I do *not* remember any editors that did not have find and replace.  I have worked on UNIX Release 6, which did not have any screen editors .  They had ed , with  find and replace, using regular expressions no less!!!!  Even EDLIN on msdos had search and replace.

There are a couple of work arounds.  One is to install Wine on your MAC and install the Windows version.  The Windows version does have find and replace but apparently Macs are poor relations in this scenario.

I have an idea! How about laying off  the entire Mac team and hiring a new team to port the Windows version?  I would include some Evernote executives in the layoffs as well.

 

On 9/7/2017 at 7:47 AM, kiddo said:

How nice of you to reply. Except that apart from the flowery words and the obviously carefully treaded wordings to avoid any responsibilities or liabilities, you have shown two things essentially.

1. This forum, the ticket system, that was designed and managed by your department, does not communicate with the Engineering dept. Communication implies 2 ways communication, but from your flowery language, such is not the case. You are nothing but a pretty faced receptionists who takes messages and relay them to their mailboxes, who may or may not read them.

2.  Due to the typographical difference of your departments, your department is essentially unable to speak for the brand in any developmental capacity, nor speaking for the Engineering department, nor authorized in answering any technical questions, nor providing time tables toward any particular developmental goals. Thus explaining the robotic polite response template as we have read over the past few years. (English isn't my first language, is it true that Americans call this as "blowing off someone", or "jerking someone off"?)

Furthermore, through my observations/:

3. The issue has been raised from this thread since August 2013, which is over 4 years ago. And during this time, we have seen many changes in EverNote, both minor cosmetic changes, and major architectural changes alike. But it has been ignored or continued to be considered a lower priority. Then it would be quite fair to assume that any thing is considered higher priority than fulfilling this feature request, for an indefinite future. Which is another way of saying, it is unlikely that it will ever happen.

4. The complexity of EverNote is minuscule compared to Quantum Mechanics or engineering marvels like the LHC, I hope you have at least the sincerity to admitting to that. Despite such simplicity, a company with nearly 200 staff, owning a building tower of your own, owning as much resources as you have had yet in 4 years, you are incapable of fulfilling this feature request? Not even to acknowledge EverNote has this deficiency? Not even to provide a time table of when it will happen? When any one have come to realise this fact, one must dawn upon the truth by seeing the true colors of the company and culture you represent. It was never about developing a useful tool to meet the user's needs, but rather about how users and the naive are used to fuel the elephantine ego and to serve every whims of the white elephant god.

Conclusion:

I have subscribed to membership with Ulysses today, somehow I find the butterfly cult more accommodating and loving.

 

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On 1/26/2017 at 7:03 AM, cameronreilly said:

Anyway, I found the instructions for the textedit hack that someone mentioned in this thread a few years ago (in case anyone else wants to try it). Works well, I just tested it. Maintains formatting, embedded images, etc.

Would you mind pointing us to the exact steps to use this?

Thanks.

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18 hours ago, JMichaelTX said:

Would you mind pointing us to the exact steps to use this?

Thanks.

CMD-A the text of the note you want to edit.

Right Click inside the note then Services ▹ New TextEdit Window Containing Selection".  

Then in TextEdit "Edit ▹ Find ▹ Find & Replace".  

Then copy all and paste back over selection in Evernote.  

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3 hours ago, cameronreilly said:

Then copy all and paste back over selection in Evernote.  

I’d be concerned  this cutting/pasting might mess with the content?

I’d prefer a direct edit of the content.enml file; I use a script to identify the folder

My preferred process is to be working in a document attached to the note, for example a Word document.  My actual notes tend to be short and simple.

 

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3 hours ago, cameronreilly said:

CMD-A the text of the note you want to edit.

Right Click inside the note then Services ▹ New TextEdit Window Containing Selection".  

Then in TextEdit "Edit ▹ Find ▹ Find & Replace".  

Then copy all and paste back over selection in Evernote.  

Thank you! This should prove handy until the Evernote team gets off their collective a**!!

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On 14.9.2017 at 4:38 AM, DTLow said:

I’d be concerned  this cutting/pasting might mess with the content?

I’d prefer a direct edit of the content.enml file; I use a script to identify the folder

My preferred process is to be working in a document attached to the note, for example a Word document.  My actual notes tend to be short and simple.

 

good point - but not working on mobile devices. unfortunately. (attachments are „opened in“ -> duplicated, at least on iOS).

And I‘m working on iOS about 50% of my time...

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8 minutes ago, stocky2605 said:

good point - but not working on mobile devices. unfortunately. (attachments are „opened in“ -> duplicated, at least on iOS).

And I‘m working on iOS about 50% of my time...

Agreed.  Mac/Win handle attachments so well; IOS sucks so badly

It's an Apple thing.  It works better if I store the document in an iCloud folder and include a link in the note

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On 9/13/2017 at 5:48 AM, HRudy said:

 

 

Thanks. I was quite frustrated beyond comprehension. I don't care anymore whether EN will ever implement this feature anymore. But I check on this thread from time to time just to satisfy my curiosity if they ever will make the implementation. But I wouldn't hold my breath. It's 2018, and we are very close to curing AIDS, colonizing Mars is on the horizon, true artificial intelligence and quantum computing are transforming our world as we speak, I'd say it's more likely that EverNote bankrupts or I have been long dead before this gets implemented.

Even in my death, I would still have this undying curiosity towards the true reason behind this mystery. There was another mystery, I wondered if this forum was made just to divert people like us off their backs. I've realized by now the answer to this one.

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2 hours ago, kiddo said:

I wondered if this forum was made just to divert people like us off their backs. I've realized by now the answer to this one.

What does this mean; divert people?

These forums were made by Evernote for user discussions; this specific forum is for product feedback and feature requests (Mac)

Where would I be posting if not here?
There is a reddit forum at https://www.reddit.com/r/Evernote/

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Like everyone else, I am baffled by the lack of search and replace in Evernote. Both search and replace in a single note and across notes make a lot of sense. 

Anyone know if this is possible via AppleScript since Evernote seems not to care about users? 

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On 2018-03-13 at 1:12 PM, michaelbierman said:

Anyone know if this is possible via AppleScript

Yes, search and replace would be do-able  in Applescript.  

You can also do a direct edit of the note's .enml file. 

General Evernote Applescript documentation at

 

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9 minutes ago, DTLow said:

Yes, search and replace would be do-able  in Applescript.  It would require a direct edit of the note's .enml file

Any resources or code samples you could point me to so I can figure out how to do this? 

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On 2018-03-13 at 1:53 PM, michaelbierman said:

Any resources or code samples you could point me to so I can figure out how to do this? 

With my solution, you're editing file <some folder>/content.enml using your favourite editor.  I use Textastic

The script I use to identify <some folder> is documented here 

 

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4 hours ago, DTLow said:

You're editing file <some folder>/content.enml using your favourite editor.  I use Textastic

The script I use to identify <some folder> is below
Evernote_Note_Folder.scpt
Note, the database folder is hardcoded; update this for your own installation

Thanks for sharing.

To All:   Caution:  This leads you to directly accessing the Evernote SQLite database, and to directly editing the file containing the Note's contents.

  • Proceed carefully -- this could result in loss of data, even your entire Evernote database.
  • BEFORE you proceed, I recommend that you make backup copies of these files:
    • the SQLite database (LocalNoteStore.sqlite)
    • the Note Contents (content.enml)

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4 hours ago, DTLow said:

The script I use to identify <some folder> is below
Evernote_Note_Folder.scpt
Note, the database folder is hardcoded; update this for your own installation

Also, for my account, running Evernote 6.11.1 (455059) on macOS 10.12.6, the SQLite DB is NOT in a folder as indicated in your script:
set databaseFile to databaseFolder & "localNoteStore/LocalNoteStore.sqlite"

So I had to change this to:
set databaseFile to databaseFolder & "LocalNoteStore.sqlite"

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On 2018-03-13 at 7:58 PM, JMichaelTX said:

BEFORE you proceed, I recommend that you make backup copies of these files:

Backups are always a good idea.  As well as Mac TimeMachine, I also run personal backups using Evernote's export feature;  daily incremental and weekly full.

Also the master version of my data is maintained on the Evernote servers.  I can use this to rebuild my local copy of the database.  Evernote also maintains a Note History backup that can be used to restore versions of notes.

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On 3/13/2018 at 3:32 PM, DTLow said:

Thanks this is really helpful. However, I don't have anything under ~/Library/Application Support/ like "com.evernote.Evernote/..."

 

You're editing file <some folder>/content.enml using your favourite editor.  I use Textastic

The script I use to identify <some folder> is below
Evernote_Note_Folder.scpt
Note, the database folder is hardcoded; update this for your own installation; edit I'm using EN  v7.1 Beta 1 (456297 Direct)

The data you're accessing is a copy of the master version maintained on the Evernote servers.  After verifying my update, l make a dummy change (like adding a space in the note).  This ensures the update gets registered and sync'd to the server

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1 hour ago, michaelbierman said:

I don't have anything under ~/Library/Application Support/ like "com.evernote.Evernote/..."

To use this script, you have to identify the location for your database

As noted I'm using Evernote version v7.1 Beta 1 (456297 Direct).  I suspect you're using the App Store version; I don't know if the app store version works with Applescript

To identify my database location5aa9c96f2274d_ScreenShot2018-03-14at18_12_12.png.47ef21fd1113ad877935af0256a71906.png I use
Option Key Help > Troubleshooting > Open Database Folder

 

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13 hours ago, DTLow said:

You are correct, I'm using the production version which also doesn't have the troubleshooting menu you mention. :(

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To use this script, you have to identify the location for your database

As noted I'm using Evernote version v7.1 Beta 1 (456297 Direct).  I suspect you're using the App Store version; I don't know if the app store version works with Applescript

To identify my database location5aa9c96f2274d_ScreenShot2018-03-14at18_12_12.png.47ef21fd1113ad877935af0256a71906.png I use
Option Key Help > Troubleshooting > Open Database Folder


 

 

 

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6 minutes ago, michaelbierman said:

You are correct, I'm using the production version which also doesn't have the troubleshooting menu you mention. :(

Hold down the option key while selecting the Help menu

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1 minute ago, DTLow said:

Did you hold down the option key while selecting the Help menu

AH! I did not know that trick. Thank you! 

1 minute ago, DTLow said:

Did you hold down the option key while selecting the Help menu

 

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10 minutes ago, michaelbierman said:

AH! I did not know that trick. Thank you! 

 

So I found the path and tried the script but get this error. 

 

 

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19 minutes ago, DTLow said:

In his post above, @JMichaelTX included an image of his database folder.  If you post a similar image I will verify the location of your database.

I'm quite sure I have the right location. 

But I do notice that the script is calling ZenNote. I'm not sure what the last two lines are trying to do but I don't have ZenNote installed. 

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17 minutes ago, michaelbierman said:

I'm quite sure I have the right location. 

But I do notice that the script is calling ZenNote. I'm not sure what the last two lines are trying to do but I don't have ZenNote installed. 

A completely different location, but I think thats caused by the App Store version vs the Direct Download.  You're missing a / at the end of set databasefolder

ZENNote is the table name in the database5aaa9c1bf025e_ScreenShot2018-03-15at09_09_57.png.6e23440b995d8a02822a8ea5898f3703.png

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4 minutes ago, DTLow said:

Looks good so far.  A completely different location, but I think thats caused by the App Store version vs the Direct Download
I see you have a localNoteStore folder, just confirm the database name is localNoteStore/LocalNoteStore.sqlite

ZENNote is the table name in the database5aaa9c1bf025e_ScreenShot2018-03-15at09_09_57.png.6e23440b995d8a02822a8ea5898f3703.png

 

Yes, I added a picture above that shows the directory path and what is under localNoteStore.

And thanks. I thought ZenNote was a texteditor or something. 

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8 minutes ago, DTLow said:

You're missing a / at the end of set databasefolder

So Now I get the open directory... do I want to edit snippet.txt ? When I do,  I don't see any change in the note in Evernote. 

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26 minutes ago, michaelbierman said:

So Now I get the open directory... do I want to edit snippet.txt ? When I do,  I don't see any change in the note in Evernote. 

So attached is my work in progress. I found the right file to edit and it seems to work pretty well! I'm sure it could be improved but this is a nice start. 

I notice the changes aren't reflected in Evernote until you close and reopen that note. Is there a way to refresh without doing that? 

Evernote_Note_Folder.scpt

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30 minutes ago, michaelbierman said:

So Now I get the open directory... do I want to edit snippet.txt ? When I do,  I don't see any change in the note in Evernote. 

The file is content.enml

9 minutes ago, michaelbierman said:

So attached is my work in progress. I found the right file to edit and it seems to work pretty well! I'm sure it could be improved but this is a nice start. 

I notice the changes aren't reflected in Evernote until you close and reopen that note. Is there a way to refresh without doing that? 

I haven't taken it further than that.  You could add to the script, launching the text editor, even doing the find/replace within the script.

Also note (pun), after verifying your update, make a dummy change (like adding a space)

This is required so the note gets uploaded to the server where the master data version is stored.

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2 hours ago, michaelbierman said:

Here is an AppleScript that does a Find and Replace in EVERNOTE!

Further on the subject of editing the content.enml file

From another discussion this is a solution to changing the highlight colour

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20 hours ago, michaelbierman said:

here is an AppleScript that does a Find and Replace in EVERNOTE!

For the storage and access of Applescripts. see 

 

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8 hours ago, DTLow said:

For the storage and access of Applescripts. see 

 

Yup. Another option is to go to System Preferences > Keyboard > Services and you can set a keyboard shortcut of your own choosing. I made some minor improvements yesterday and uploaded them to github. 

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On 2018-03-21 at 3:46 AM, Evernope said:

My personal workround is to scoop out content into TextWrangler, edit it  ... Find and Replace on multiple notes would be a godsend on the occasions it's needed (in my case not often, but this is one of those times just now). If Dreamweaver can do it, surely EN can. 

 

10 hours ago, michaelbierman said:

The script's bottom line uses an external editor (TextEdit) for features not offered by Evernote's editor.
This works for me; it gets the job done.
The script could be modified to work on multiple notes instead of just item 1.

I like the TextWrangler app; it's scriptable.
For example   tell application "TextWrangler" to replace "[FIND TEXT]" using "[REPLACE TEXT]" ...

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So Broke. They've got our thoughts and lives in their hands and couldn't care less. Herd the sheep good dogs! Make them rain golden wool about our Sonoma mansions!
How long will it be till corporations learn that ethics pay off in the long run? It's also called investment.
The best post I saw was about how the very first computers had this feature. Ridiculous. I'll say it again. RIDICULOUS. There is no other word. That I couldn't find and replace. This is C++ level stuff so... What The Hell?

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I cannot believe they don't have FIND/REPLACE,

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This is staggering.

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5 hours ago, jaume said:

so we are going to get it any time soon, right?

Never say Never but Evernote has not indicated an interest in implementing this feature

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On 2017-03-18 at 2:32 PM, AyushSharma said:

Are you guys planning on doing something about this at all?

To date, Evernote has not indicated any plans to implement find/replace on the Mac platform

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3 minutes ago, PaoloAltobas said:

So many repeated requests and not even the courtesy of an explanation.

Don't let the facts get in the way of your ranting

 

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19 hours ago, Atrius said:

Could it be that they are not a viable business any more and in maintenance mode?

My opinion is that Evernote believes there are more important projects for the developers,
however if you really believed that Why are you interested in this product?

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On 2017-09-05 at 6:47 PM, godsoloved24 said:

I'm perfectly happy to find alternatives to your service

So far Evernote hasn't indicated this is a priority for development.  So good bye and good luck.

For myself, I'm still happy using Evernote as my digital file.   Find&Replace is not a feature I require for simple notes

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