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Problem with Mac OS spotlight and Evernote notes including scanned text

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Hi

 

I am new in this forum and could not find a better place for this troubleshooting question.

 

I run Evernote since many years mainly on Mac (but certain period also on PC) and very happy with it.

My question is around searching using OS X Spotlight which usually find text in Evernotes notes headline as well as text.

If the note also contain a photo with text and the text is successfully identified with Evernotes excellent central OCR software

also the text found in the photos have so far been available for Mac OS X Spotlight.

 

I just upgraded from ver 5.x to ver 6.0.5 for Evernote and I run on OS X 10.9.5 Mavericks.

Under ver 5 I could find in Spotlight words identified with OCR but after upgrade I cannot find them with Spotlight.

I can find other text in Evernote from Spotlight however. A further clue is that OCR identified text can be searched

within Evernote without problem. 

 

I have tried a new note with OCR-identification and also some older notes and both show the same problem.

 

I have difficulty to believe that in ver 6 the interaction between Evernote and Mac Sportlight should be limited

and that you many need some premium license to activate this, but if so let me know.

 

I tend to believe it is something related to interaction between Mac OS X and Evernote.

Have tried some trick related to recover Mac OS X Spoltlight indexing but did not help.

 

I have also exactly the same problem on an newly installed laptop with OX X 10.10.1 Yousemite.

 

Appreciate some help

 

Jan Peter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I have never been aware that spotlight OSX can find specific notes within Evernote....

 

This would be an AMAZING WELCOMED feature...

 

Could somebody shed more light on this?

 

I certainly dont find Evenote Note Results using Spotlight...

 

Is this even possible?

 

I would love to has this feature integrated.

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@janpeter:  As you noted, searching your Evernote Notes using Mac Spotlight has been a feature for quite some time.

See EN blog Evernote for Mac: Better Note Editing, Faster Sync, and 100s of Fixes for a description of Spotlight feature.

 

However, starting with EN Mac 5.7, there have been some issues/bugs related to Spotlight.

Supposedly, this has all been fixed as of Ver 6.0.5, but maybe you have identified some remaining bugs.

 

With regards to OCR, Evernote does require a Premium account to OCR scanned PDFs that you attach to EN Notes.

 

If you believe you have found a bug, then you can Submit a BUG report via an EN Support Ticket. In the Support Form, select "Report a bug, crash, or data lost", and start the Ticket Title with "BUG:  " to make it clear.  Reporting a bug should be available to all users, including Free Account owners.

 

My question is around searching using OS X Spotlight which usually find text in Evernotes notes headline as well as text.

If the note also contain a photo with text and the text is successfully identified with Evernotes excellent central OCR software

also the text found in the photos have so far been available for Mac OS X Spotlight.

 

I just upgraded from ver 5.x to ver 6.0.5 for Evernote and I run on OS X 10.9.5 Mavericks.

Under ver 5 I could find in Spotlight words identified with OCR but after upgrade I cannot find them with Spotlight.

I can find other text in Evernote from Spotlight however. A further clue is that OCR identified text can be searched

within Evernote without problem. 

. . .

I tend to believe it is something related to interaction between Mac OS X and Evernote.

Have tried some trick related to recover Mac OS X Spoltlight indexing but did not help.

 

I have also exactly the same problem on an newly installed laptop with OX X 10.10.1 Yousemite.

 

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Hi

 

Thank you JMichael for a detailed answer, and to lykoz yes individual notes should

you be able to get through OS X spotlight.

 

Concerning OCR what I mean is photos containing text and the photo is taken 

in either directly (say on a smartphone with Evernote) or indirectly from any camera as jpg

and then imported to Evernote. The photo is then processed by Evernote central OCR-engines

and after that text in the photo can ber searched from within Evernote normal search engine

that works on headline, tags, text in notes, and as well on text in images. Thus I have so

far not talked about PDFs that are attached to a note in Evernote.

 

Before I ran Evernote 5.5 (or perhaps 5.6) and could easily by Spotlight find text identified in images

in a similar way as I can in Evernotes search engine. On my own Mac I run Maverick.

 

I have just configured a brand new MBP running Yousemite and the same problem with Evernote there.

 

After upgrading Evernote to 6.0.5 the possibility I have the same capability to search

from within Evernote as before. I can also search in Spotlight from outside Evernote

almost as before. Problem is only that those words identified in images with Evernotes central OCR

does not show up from Spotlight as they do from inside Evernote search.

 

So my questions is whether this limitation of functionality is a bug

or a change policy from Evernote so that you need to buy Premium version now

for what you had for free in version 5.x.

 

I understand that adding PDF with OCR-identified words belonging to the PDF

require Premium version - and that is not my complain.

 

Jan Peter

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I am having the same issues as well.  Spotlight search of evernote OCR'd .jpg's are still not indexing; only typed note text and PDF's OCR'd prior to evernote upload.  

 

Updated to Evernote 6.0.6, Re-Indexed, and tried again; issue still present...

 

Note:  Utilizing direct d/l version of Evernote.

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I have a similar issue: Spotlight isn't finding any Evernote notes, at all. I've seen this issue occasionally, over the years, and reindexing Spotlight has usually rectified it. But not this time. I reindexed, last night, but no change.

 

Evernote Mac 6.0.7 (direct download)

Yosemite 10.10.3

Summer 2014 MacBook Pro

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I had an issue where spotlight on Yosemite did not read any of my notes.  In working with Evernote support, I deleted the APP downloaded from the App store  including libraries associated with Evernote and then downloaded the MAC version from Evernote directly.  Afterwards, I enabled all web clippers and waited some time and the notes finally showed up in Spotlight. 

 

Before you delete libraries from your MAC, consult a specialist to make sure your Evernote files are backed up properly and you do not delete anything else.

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