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Running Evernote using WINE on Linux

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This post is intended as a basic guide for getting Evernote running under WINE in Linux. If people want to share tips etc, maybe we can build it into something quite useful.

Evernote (mostly) works fine for me under WINE and has the last few times I've tried, so I thought I'd share my setup, and if anyone has any further information to add that would be great.

 

*WINE can be a sensitive beast so maybe a list of known working combinations of "WINE version + Evernote version" may help some people?
**NOT intended as a "please make a Linux version" thread, there's plenty of those. :)

 

What doesn't work for me:
(I'm not a heavy Evernote user so probably missing a few things)
-New Audio Note (might be fixable haven't tried)
-New Webcam Note (might be fixable haven't tried)


I'm currently using:
Linux Distribution: Elementary OS 0.3 -Freya beta (Ubuntu 14.04)
WINE version: 1.7.25

Evernote version: 5.6.4.4632

Not sure if the below WINE settings make a difference, don't have time to test maybe someone can confirm?

WINE settings:
-32bit prefix set because using a 64bit machine
-set to Windows 7 in winecfg
-running gdiplus riched20 and msxml3 as native libraries in winecfg (msxml3 installed via winetricks)
-have corefonts package installed via winetricks (someone mentioned installing the Tahoma font in winetricks and using a font-smoothing hack but I haven't had any issues with fonts)


Installing WINE 1.7:
Here's how to install the latest version of WINE and winetricks using Ubuntu based distros:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-wine/ppa

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install wine1.7 winetricks

 

 

Screenshot of Evernote running on WINE 1.7:

 

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***On a side note, I remember that for quite a while Google were packaging a very usable combo of WINE and Picassa for Windows into an installable deb/rpm/etc for Linux because they didn't want to create a native Linux version for whatever reasons.
 

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Thanks for the detailed write-up. I'm sure it will be appreciated by many users.

 

I'd like to point you to https://appdb.winehq.org/objectManager.php?sClass=version&iId=30713 - the official Wine App DB entry for Evernote 5.5 . Over there you'll find the reported bugs - a few more than what you listed :-)  - and test results for more distributions/ Wine versions. It would be worthwhile IMO if you either moved your guide there or at least posted back a link, so it's visible to more people. As a user of Wine the AppDB is my first stop for finding out how well an application works with Wine.

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Thanks for the input. I will update my post with links to the wine db and other relevant sites. The wine db is great, but can be quite confusing and often fast out of date.

And while I do add relevant info to the wine db as I can, surely there's room on the Evernote forums for some helpful info on running it in Linux?

If you have any tips/tricks/known working combinations/etc, let me know and I'll add it to the post.

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Thanks this is great, I've got Evernote installed in Ubuntu 14.04 using POL (Play on Linux)
Adding your suggested dll's made the icons and notes themselves behave properly - loads better
 
Agree the WineHQ DB is a mess 
 
I have another thing I did which is useful, I created a .reg file that you can import into the registry in wine and get the important attachments opening in the native linux programs. So doc,docx,xls,xlsx open in Libre Office, pdf in Acrobat for Ubuntu etc

 

Import looks like this in POL - not sure if regular wine has a Registry Editor?
 
 Registry%20Editor_025.jpg?resizeSmall&wi
 

Just download it here or the code is below: https://www.dropbox.com/s/7mid0tgmpzhu655/MIME-Defaults-for-Evernote.reg?dl=0
 

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.doc]
@="DOCfile"
"Content Type"="application/doc"
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\DOCfile\Shell\Open\command]
@="C:\\windows\\system32\\winebrowser.exe \"%1\""
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.docx]
@="DOCXfile"
"Content Type"="application/docx"
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\DOCXfile\Shell\Open\command]
@="C:\\windows\\system32\\winebrowser.exe \"%1\""
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.xls]
@="XLSfile"
"Content Type"="application/xls"
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\XLSfile\Shell\Open\command]
@="C:\\windows\\system32\\winebrowser.exe \"%1\""
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.xlsx]
@="XLSXfile"
"Content Type"="application/xlsx"
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\XLSXfile\Shell\Open\command]
@="C:\\windows\\system32\\winebrowser.exe \"%1\""
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.pdf]
@="PDFfile"
"Content Type"="application/pdf"
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\PDFfile\Shell\Open\command]
@="C:\\windows\\system32\\winebrowser.exe \"%1\""
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.jpg]
@="JPGfile"
"Content Type"="application/jpg"
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\JPGfile\Shell\Open\command]
@="C:\\windows\\system32\\winebrowser.exe \"%1\""
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.mp3]
@="MP3file"
"Content Type"="application/mp3"
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\MP3file\Shell\Open\command]
@="C:\\windows\\system32\\winebrowser.exe \"%1\""

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In Skitch (version 2.3.1.169) that runs under Wine (version 7.1.31) does not have the capability of describing (annotate) the pdf files.

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In case any of you are interested on a 3rd-party client, take a look at NixNote 2. It's still beta, and it may take some time to synch if your EverNote database is big. But, a few glitches aside, it works quite well for me on Kubuntu 14.04. 

Version 2 is a Beta, and you'll have to download the source and compile. Quite common for Linux people, unfortunately. There's a stable version 1.5 and a version 1.6, but I don't know how well they are.

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I'm currently testing solutions for Evernote on Linux. So far every method has serious flaws.

 

NixNote 2:

- Does not display Shorcuts

- Can't copy a note

- Can't delete a note

- Window shading/unshading display error

- Sorting by Reminders from earliest to latest shows every note that does not have a reminder before any note that has a reminder

- Sorting by Reminders shows the notes that has been completed

- a running NixNote cancels Shutdown/Restart

- last update 2014-05-05

 

Wine

- Copy note crashes

- Context search appearance seriously messes up display affecting the note even if it gets opened in a new window (part of the note disappears and can't be edited)

- Notebook stacks do not work properly. For every Notebook in a stack it displays a new NotebookstackName/NotebookName. Also 

- Lag in performance/responsiveness 

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Wine

- Copy note crashes

- Context search appearance seriously messes up display affecting the note even if it gets opened in a new window (part of the note disappears and can't be edited)

- Notebook stacks do not work properly. For every Notebook in a stack it displays a new NotebookstackName/NotebookName. Also 

- Lag in performance/responsiveness 

 

I suggest that you file bugs for the crashes/bugs, if they're not already filed ( see https://appdb.winehq.org/objectManager.php?sClass=version&iId=30713) . Wine is a rapid-moving target and you have chances to have the issues fixed in future releases.

 

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I'm currently testing solutions for Evernote on Linux. So far every method has serious flaws.

 

NixNote 2:

- Does not display Shorcuts

- Can't copy a note

- Can't delete a note

- Window shading/unshading display error

- Sorting by Reminders from earliest to latest shows every note that does not have a reminder before any note that has a reminder

- Sorting by Reminders shows the notes that has been completed

- a running NixNote cancels Shutdown/Restart

- last update 2014-05-05

 

Wine

- Copy note crashes

- Context search appearance seriously messes up display affecting the note even if it gets opened in a new window (part of the note disappears and can't be edited)

- Notebook stacks do not work properly. For every Notebook in a stack it displays a new NotebookstackName/NotebookName. Also 

- Lag in performance/responsiveness 

I'm not sure I understood all the problems you described with Nixnote 2. I know it's a beta, and crashes from time to time, but:

  • My installation shows all links in note text, and the note link is shown when you click the small down arrow at the top right of the note metadata (right by the notebook);
  • There is a "Copy" option on the "Edit" menu, and if you right-click on a note on the note list, you can duplicate or delete it. There's a "delete" button on the toolbar as well;

Can't say much about the other issues you raised.

As for Evernote, you seem to have tried every trick I had in my book. This was the point when I decided to give nixnote a try. Truth be told, I tend to create stuff from the web interface, and use nixnote to access if offline, mostly.

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Thanks for this discussion.

I followed the instructions above, except I already have version 6 of the Microsoft XML parser installed so left that alone, installed Evernote in Wine. (1.6.2), current versoin of Evernote.   It installed but wouldn't open; said I needed to log in and sync my account but didn't give me a chance.

 

I installed it on Playonlinux following the same instructions, and it's syncing now -we'll see.   

 

I'm running Ubuntu 14.04.

 

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I'm currently testing solutions for Evernote on Linux. So far every method has serious flaws.

 

NixNote 2:

- Does not display Shorcuts

- Can't copy a note

- Can't delete a note

- Window shading/unshading display error

- Sorting by Reminders from earliest to latest shows every note that does not have a reminder before any note that has a reminder

- Sorting by Reminders shows the notes that has been completed

- a running NixNote cancels Shutdown/Restart

- last update 2014-05-05

 

Wine

- Copy note crashes

- Context search appearance seriously messes up display affecting the note even if it gets opened in a new window (part of the note disappears and can't be edited)

- Notebook stacks do not work properly. For every Notebook in a stack it displays a new NotebookstackName/NotebookName. Also 

- Lag in performance/responsiveness 

I'm not sure I understood all the problems you described with Nixnote 2. I know it's a beta, and crashes from time to time, but:

  • My installation shows all links in note text, and the note link is shown when you click the small down arrow at the top right of the note metadata (right by the notebook);
  • There is a "Copy" option on the "Edit" menu, and if you right-click on a note on the note list, you can duplicate or delete it. There's a "delete" button on the toolbar as well;

Can't say much about the other issues you raised.

As for Evernote, you seem to have tried every trick I had in my book. This was the point when I decided to give nixnote a try. Truth be told, I tend to create stuff from the web interface, and use nixnote to access if offline, mostly.

 

 

Copy:

I use(d) EN to manage my ToDo lists. I have templates for repetitive task, so I need an easy copy function which keeps the tags - this exists in the Win client where I can select multiple notes and copy them to a given notebook. The workaround with the duplicate function can work, however it is very frustrating especially with multiple notes (I have to search for each duplicated note and move them to a different notebook one-by-one). The Edit/Copy only copies selected text, not a note with tags.

 

Shortcuts:

Shortcuts is a feature where you can "bookmark" some notes and they appear in the Shortcuts section (at least on Windows and Android). I usually edit notes in a desktop often while offline (so the web client is not an option), and access them in a smartphone - so I put important todos to Shortcuts for fast and easy access.

 

Delete: 

As I understand deleting can't be done in a 3rd party client for safety reasons.

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Want to share my working configuration under linux

 

 

What doesn't work for me:
-New Audio Note (can't find audio source)
-New Webcam Note  (can't find webcam)

-Screenshot function


I'm currently using:
Linux Distribution: ubuntu GNOME 14.04
PlayOnLinux with WINE version: 1.7.33

Evernote 5.8.6.7519 (automatic update in evernote doesn't work)



WINE settings:
-32bit prefix set
-set to Windows 7 in winecfg
-running gdiplus riched20 msxml3 gecko dotnetfx
-corefonts Tahoma Tahoma2

 

Under this configuration evernote is running fast, smooth and stable. So overall you will have a better version of evernote than the webversion.

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For ElementaryOS : Freya 0.3.1 (x32)

 
 
# Initial Considerations #
 
I had never tried Evernote on Wine before. I used clones and the webclient, but always found them lacking. I wanted the full experience and I wanted it on Linux. I'm very happy with the results. It's fast. I mean REALLY fast.
 
 
# Installation #
 
  1. Install eOS
  2. Use SoftwareUpdater to recent version (0.3.1)
  3. sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-wine/ppa
  4. sudo apt-get update
  5. sudo apt-get install wine1.7
  6. Reboot (or not. but you should.)
  7. Configure Wine [i'm using the WinXP profile and didn't change ANYTHING ELSE
  8. Download Evernote_5.8.13.8152 (from filehippo)
  9. wine Evernote_5.8.13.8152.exe [install]
  10. [Go to shortcut on menu] Click Evernote (and test with dummy account, don't sync your life just yet!)
  11. Play around, see if the essentials work [create, delete, sync, edit, etc]
  12. If all ok, logout and log back in to Sync your life.
 
# OPTIONAL #
 

1. Smoothfonts (I needed it to make it really pretty)

 
bash winefontssmoothing_en.sh
 
 

2. tahoma.ttf & tahomabd.ttf (Don't really care for bold)

 
3. corefonts
 
 
# FINAL CONSIDERATIONS # 
 
I really wanted the latest version (1.9) running, but I couldn't figure it out. Everything kinda worked except the edit windows/preview panes. Editing notes was/is impossible, the WYSIWYG editor didn't show at all, the weird thing is that creating every other kind of note works great but still, no classic editing. If anyone knows the answer, do let us know.
 
This walkthrough also works with Wine1.6, but I had mixed results due to MONO and the fonts. Got very poor results on x64 distro and repos. Will post on WineHQ when I have some days of intensive use.
 
Thanks to rolabear for starting the topic.

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This also works on Ubuntu 15.04 with Evernote 5.8.13 GA which is still available here: https://discussion.evernote.com/topic/86114-new-evernote-for-windows-5813-ga-update/
Note that 5.9.X gives problems with the editors, so don't upgrade.

 

(Edit: ) Install winbind (through `sudo apt-get install winbind`).

According to https://www.codeweavers.com/support/wiki/diag/missinglibgnutls ,
I also had to fix libgnutls26 dependency by installing libgnutls28 (through `sudo apt-get install libgnutls-deb0-28:i386`) and symlinking the original libgnutls26 location to it through `sudo ln -s /usr/lib/i386-linux-gnu/libgnutls-deb0.so.28 /usr/lib/i386-linux-gnu/libgnutls.so.26` (NOTE: in the codeweavers article they accidently symlink to .28, which should be .26)

The notebook stack problems reported by user pez are due to problems with ordering, these are solved by installing the .NET 2.0 Framework (`winetricks dotnet20`)

Furthermore, disable the tray icon through:
1) Removing the evernote clipper startup shortcut from ~/.wine/drive_c/users/<yourUserName>/Start\ Menu/Programs/StartUp
2) Setting the following key to '0' in regedit: HKCU\Software\Evernote\Evernote\StartEvernoteClipper

3) Disable "Synchronize in the background" in Tools->Options->Tab "Sync"
 

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This also works on Ubuntu 15.04 with Evernote 5.8.13 GA which is still available here: https://discussion.evernote.com/topic/86114-new-evernote-for-windows-5813-ga-update/

Note that 5.9.X gives problems with the editors, so don't upgrade.

 

The notebook stack problems reported by user pez are due to problems with ordering, these are solved by installing the .NET 2.0 Framework (`winetricks dotnet20`)

 

 

 

# FINAL CONSIDERATIONS # 
 
I really wanted the latest version (1.9) running, but I couldn't figure it out. Everything kinda worked except the edit windows/preview panes. Editing notes was/is impossible, the WYSIWYG editor didn't show at all, the weird thing is that creating every other kind of note works great but still, no classic editing. If anyone knows the answer, do let us know.
 
This walkthrough also works with Wine1.6, but I had mixed results due to MONO and the fonts. Got very poor results on x64 distro and repos. Will post on WineHQ when I have some days of intensive use.
 
Thanks to rolabear for starting the topic.

 

Thanks for the update guys! I tried these and EN finally works for me (Kubuntu LTS, Wine 1.7, Evernote 5.8.13 GA). There are some minor hickups (like an occasional mouse lag), but I can live with those.

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Furthermore, disable the tray icon through:

1) Removing the evernote clipper startup shortcut from ~/.wine/drive_c/users/<yourUserName>/Start\ Menu/Programs/StartUp

2) Setting the following key to '0' in regedit: HKCU\Software\Evernote\Evernote\StartEvernoteClipper

 

 

This did not work for me.

 

Also EN hugged all cores 100% this morning after waking from a suspend to RAM.

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Furthermore, disable the tray icon through:

1) Removing the evernote clipper startup shortcut from ~/.wine/drive_c/users/<yourUserName>/Start\ Menu/Programs/StartUp

2) Setting the following key to '0' in regedit: HKCU\Software\Evernote\Evernote\StartEvernoteClipper

 

 

This did not work for me.

 

Also EN hugged all cores 100% this morning after waking from a suspend to RAM.

 

 

Please check my edit: "3) Disable "Synchronize in the background" in Tools->Options->Tab "Sync"

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Please check my edit: "3) Disable "Synchronize in the background" in Tools->Options->Tab "Sync"

 

Thanks for the tip. I have done it, however explorer.exe still sitting in my systray (after quitting and restarting EN, and making sure tray icon disappeared).

I'm going to test for the CPU hugging, it has occured again today (before disabling auto sync), although not after waking from suspend but during the day. I suspected sync as the troublemaker.

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A few comments on the above discussion!

 

The last version of EN that worked very well on Wine, for me, was Evernote_5.8.14.8221.exe - later versions didn't refresh the note window when you clicked on a different note. The latest version (5.9.3...) fixes this, but brings another problem - the editor toolbar (which usually pops up when you click in a note to edit it) doesn't appear. In fact it seems that all notes are being displayed effectively "read only". I can't make any edits at all. If anyone has a solution for this, I'd be very grateful!

 

NixNote2 is working very well in the latest release. Although official releases are not so frequent, the Github repository (https://github.com/baumgarr/Nixnote2) is updated often and the author is very responsive to suggestions and bug fixes. So if you're not afraid to do an occasional "git pull" and "make" then that's for sure the way to go. On the issue of shortcuts, if I understand correctly the Evernote API does not expose shortcuts. So NixNote also has shortcuts, but they are not sync'd with the Evernote service.

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Regarding new NixNote 2 version:

Thank you for the info on NixNote 2. Could you check the aforementioned problems in my #11 comment, please?

 

 

Regarding WINE:

 

I ran into two problems (Please, confirm them!):

  1.  ALT+letter menubar hotkeys does not work properly. Pressing ALT will jump to the menubar, however I can't use neither the underlined letters, nor the arrows keys.
  2. Using a docking station with a larger screen resolution monitor messes up the display in EN under WINE. The area outside the boundaries of the smaller screen do not refresh.

These are annoying, especially #1. So I find the Platinum score on WINE HQ an exaggeration.

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