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Tim In PA

Editor on Windows Copy and Paste

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The editor in the Windows client needs improvement in a number of areas, specifically, the copy-and-paste functionality with rich text and HTML formatted text.

When copying text from Evernote into a MS Word document, formatting is usually way off; and, when copying text from a web page into Evernote, the formatting can be equally poor.  Compare this to the seamless and typically excellent copy-and-paste to and from MS Word.  For the amount of complaining people do about Word, they really got this and many other things right.

There are a number of good to great editor components on the market (I'm a long time Windows and web developer) and they provide this functionality and more.  Perhaps it is time to give up the in-house editor solution (if you are developing this functionality in-house).

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Hi.  Yes,  Evernote's editor does struggle with various to and from copy and pastes.  And yes,  they did write it in house - because Microsoft would probably object to someone stealing their code,  and Word doesn't (or didn't until recently) work on all the OS's and devices that Evernote support.  Improvements are almost certainly in progress.  Watch this space...

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and 

https://blog.evernote.com/blog/2015/09/22/the-future-of-writing-in-evernote/

Might shed some light. Short form from the first linked topic: the Evernote editor doesn't edit HTML, it edits ENML, the underlying Evernote note format. The work-in-progress is to build a single Javascript-based ENML editor that can be used across all Evernote clients, to provide consistent behavior. That being said, they're still almost certainly going to face bugs in implementing for odd corner cases, but at least they'll be consistent, right?

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Thank you both for your replies.

I'm not suggesting that Evernote rip-off MS Word, but there are editor components on the market which provide drop-in functionality, making a product like Evernote easier to maintain.  TX Text: http://www.textcontrol.com/en_US/

Here's to hoping things improve.

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