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I've been a Premium user for years.   I have several THOUSANDS of notes from software development to legal papers.   I hadn't notice the 'i'nfo button before.

There's probably a dozen features that I'm not aware of.

Thanks for the 'i'nfo.

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2 hours ago, marc_k said:

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Just a simple "Lock Notebook" option would suffice. To edit any Note in that Notebook, user can "Unlock Notebook". That's it.

It would help A LOT.

Across all platforms.

Thank you guys. Great product! I love Evernote!

Please start a separate thread. What you're talking about is different. We are talking about Notes, on a per-note basis, as locked/read-only. Not an entire Notebook. Thanks.

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+1 from me! I want to be able to set a note as Read Only or Archived, with an extra step beyond just clicking within the note or on the edit button. Something that says clearly: You are about to edit an Archive copy... or even better: The Archived note CANNOT be edited at all; if you want to add to or edit the information, you have to choose "copy this note" or whatever the menu wording is for making a new note with the same information.

Now for my tirade: I cannot count how many times I've been horrified to realize something got deleted or changed - especially since I often don't have a backup copy somewhere. I think what's happening is that perhaps EN designers/programmers aren't actually heavy EN users and think people are being needlessly careless and should simply try being more careful. That seems about the size of EN's attitude towards their users. (I don't use the word clients because it's so obvious that we're not considered clients.) One of the things I had hoped to be able to rely on when I subscribed was the note history feature, but like another user mentioned, the way the history is saved is somewhat random and almost never catches what it was I accidentally changed. One of the most common, and most annoying times I lose information is when I'm trying to copy and paste from a note. If I accidentally hit any other key, it's of course replaced by that letter and my precious info is gone... for some reason Undo doesn't always work.

This was actually one of the very first features I noticed was lacking when I first began using Evernote in... gosh, it must have been around 2007 or something? I was actually shocked; Evernote seemed to be such a forward-thinking, intuitive program that I just couldn't believe something like that wasn't already in place. I have to say that I am actually kind of disgusted that it's around 10 years (TEN YEARS?!) later, and this is nowhere near close to being implemented.

I've been growing more and more unhappy with EN ever since they began to charge for certain features which had previously been free. I would have been happy to pay for new features for premium users, but I felt quite exasperated with having to shell out just to continue using features I'd become dependent on. Now, on the one hand, it makes financial sense to hook people on something and then charge for it. I mean hey, that's the tactic used in certain other, um... shady deals, shall we say? But it doesn't make sense to me to alienate customers over it. I've been a subscriber to Premium since it was introduced, because like I said, I was dependent on certain features and the idea of changing the way I collect, store and access all my information was too overwhelming to consider.

But after reading about feature after feature that I have wanted and clearly other people have wanted for years just being ignored, I have come to the conclusion that Evernote designs Evernote according to what they think is cool. Not their users. The very first rule of coding and marketing is that if the end user (majority, of course) doesn't like it, it's useless. I have started researching other note-taking, information managing systems as many of them have improved over the years. I'd still be facing a sea change in terms of my entire framework of collecting, storing and accessing an actual metric ton of information (If it was on paper), but I'm starting to wonder if it's a sea change that just needs to happen in order to keep progressing and becoming more efficient. And that makes me really sad.

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It happened: I let a labmate look at a circuit diagram in one of my notes, and he accidentally deleted the diagram and closed out before the change could be reverted. Please implement this feature, Evernote! The current system makes our data terribly fragile, and it's extremely stressful!

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7 minutes ago, Elizabeth West said:

The current system makes our data terribly fragile, and it's extremely stressful!

I posted this feature request but I wanted to address the fragile and stressful comment
I'm recover lost data from backups.  I have personal backups and Evernote has a Note History backup feature.

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8 minutes ago, DTLow said:

I posted this feature request but I wanted to address the fragile and stressful comment
I'm recover lost data from backups.  I have personal backups and Evernote has a Note History backup feature.

Fair enough! I also have personal backups, but noticing and correcting these data-loss problems is time-consuming and stressful. Also, Note History is only accessible in Premium or above, and we can only afford Plus. The read-only feature seems like one that should be accessible at any price point.

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If you're a paid subscriber, such as I, then you should have access to your HISTORY.

It's located in the top-right corner with the three (3) dots: ...
Choose 'History' and go from there.

 

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17 minutes ago, UncleRic said:

If you're a paid subscriber, such as I, then you should have access to your HISTORY.

This is true for Premium subscribers but not for lower-tier paying Plus subscribers like me. I understand that Plus was phased out this year, but those who were already members got grandfathered in. This is the message I get when I select "Note History":

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Sorry this side-conversation is getting pretty far afield from the purpose of the thread. I just hoped that sharing my data-loss scare might help nudge Evernote in the direction of adding this requested feature.

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Hello everyone. I just wanted to let you know that I've provided a solution to this problem a while ago. Instructions are available here: http://onat.me/readonlymaker 

If you want to learn more, I have some more comments in this thread, a little old by now but this solution still works, there actually are a quite a number of users. 

It doesn't need anything to use, you just add "readonly" as a tag to a note, and they're locked in evernote in next sync, simple as that, works in every platform.

Best,
Onat

If you have any feedback, kindly reach out via evernote certified consultants page ( https://evernote.com/certified-consultants ) by searching with my name or via my website .

 

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This has been an issue for YEARS.
Evernote appears to believe that only Premium subscribers have access to history; which is different from having a mutable/immutable toggle switch installed.

I don't see the difficulty (from a software-developer's perspective) to have such a simple locking feature.

They are actually two features for Evernote.  The doc-locking should be standard  for ALL  users; the history could remain a PREMIUM feature... less useful for the general user.

I don't know how to get Evernote's attention to address this.

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44 minutes ago, UncleRic said:

I don't know how to get Evernote's attention to address this.

The read-only feature request is posted at the top of this discussion.  You can indicate your support using the voting buttons at the top left corner of the discussion.

I'm using a Mac and data backups are easily implemented using Evernote's export feature.

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read only or even revision history. I understand revision history is a big ask though.

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13 minutes ago, eric99 said:

What good are these backups if  you don't know which notes have been  altered accidentally?

Good question.  Though, typically I don't know something has happened until I access the note and realize something is wrong, or I can't find the note (one I'm sure I created).  Doesn't happen often, but at that point History does the trick mostly, but the backups support the oops delete.  Local notebooks I have to use my own ENEX backups for both altered and deleted.

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On 9/4/2018 at 8:03 PM, Shane D. said:

Hi All,

You may have noticed that all threads requesting the ability to lock notes and make them read only have been merged into this thread, regardless of platform specificity. 

This was done in order to better enable us to quantify and qualify user requests, and amplify their voice.

While this does not mean this is a feature that will be coming, we certainly want to relay user feedback/sentiment to our various teams.

Moving forward, please put all commentary and votes for the ability to lock notes and make them read only support here!

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1 hour ago, Bestranger said:

4 years and still nothing ? We need this function !

These forums are for feature requests - Evernote isn't obliged to deliver on any of them,  and may well have other work planned (or other, better supported requests) which have to be completed before a given request is considered.  This particular suggestion has 11 votes - some current requests have over 100.  And the CEO has just gone public with a statement that existing bugs and inconsistencies are being prioritised over new features - which may mean development being shelved for a year.  Although,  this feature already exists on mobile devices so maybe they'll bring desktops in line...

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hahaha, never.

only one thing they are able to do is refreshing logo.

bravo!

 

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On 3/31/2017 at 12:29 PM, onatbas said:

Hello everyone. 

It's been some tıme I had my eye on this feature. Today I reserved some time into doing this and created a simple web app.

It works like this: you tag your notes with a tag called 'readonly' and every five minutes, the system checks your notes and makes tagged ones read-only. You can subscribe to the service via : https://ro-app.run.aws-usw02-pr.ice.predix.io/

. Plese note that this is a 2-3 hour work and I will not maintain it in terms of look etc. It simply does what it promises to do. If there's a huge interest in the project I might allocate some more time into it, though. 

Cheers,
Onat

I'm getting a 404 for that link. then again, it is almost 2 years old. :^)  Anyone have news on this?

 

 

 

 

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I would love to have a read only option in the interface of my EverNote app (Mac OS, Windows and Android in my case). It is completely necessary, so I wont be able to accidentally modify or erase important content. For example, SSN, passwords, banks and credit cards information and other important stuff. I don't know why this has not been included yet in the app. It is very important to increase the user experience.

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I've been pursuing this for a half decade.

No response from Evernote.  😫

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Hello everyone. I've received a couple mails from new users saying they couldn't use the readonlytagger. I found a small bug that caused a failure in authentication. This should be fixed now. But users who authenticated in past 2 days, please re-login and things should be back to normal.

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+1!

Please implement such a feature!

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I really want this feature too. I know on android the default is to lock the note but on the PC I've sometimes edited and deleted things which is very annoying if you're not paying attention.

 

If they simply add another setting to notes to be either locked (read only) or unlocked. (You could have the option to default to either option in preferences. But also then just have a little icon on the toolbar with a padlock or something intuitive. It would take next to no extra data to store that feature and make things so much better.

I've considered using an online wiki instead because you can open the notes in read only mode or editing mode. And when I just want to look up my notes without editing them accidentally that would be really important as a feature to me.

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11 hours ago, Tburgueso said:

if I believe the state of a document to be precious, I want to be able to mark it as such.

My work-around solution is using a feature provided by third party Filterize.

>>I’ve asked for this repeatedly, and for years.

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Fortunately, paid users have the history option so it's possible to revert any inadvertent changes; via

the three dots (...) menu in the upper right corner.   image.png.aba11b200567c8f157a4a2a1b9f7f4a7.png

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I know.

I've been on this for YEARS.

Many of us use Evernote™ for assorted legal documents that must be read-only
I'm sure the Evernote people are aware of this concern; don't know why it is not remedied.

I only mentioned this feature since other solutions don't appear to help.

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It's great that they're working on a single cross-platform editor - surely this would be a great time to introduce the simplest of 'Lock Note' / 'Unlock Note' feature?  

I suspect that the best is the enemy of the good here, because there are many other things we'd probably also like, for example:

  • Default this note to Readonly again after close.
  • Default all notes in a Notebook to Readonly.
  • Restrict or give permission to lock or unlock a note.
  • And no doubt, dozens more

BUT - people are losing data NOW from typo's, accidental clicks, inadvertent changes, often without realising it.

A simple Lock/Unlock Note button would eliminate 99% of them!

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2 hours ago, Tburgueso said:

I’m uninterested in talking about Evernote. I’m interested in talking to Evernote, so they can build a tool which is better suited to my needs. I’ve used hammers for about 70 years, and am equally uninterested in talking about them.

You may want to avoid posting in Evernote/Hammer User Discussion forums?  😋

There is a feature request posted at the top of this discussion.  You can indicate your support using the vote buttons at the top left corner

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22 minutes ago, DTLow said:

You may want to avoid posting in Evernote/Hammer User discussion forums?  😋

There is a feature request posted at the top of this discussion.  You can indicate your support using the vote buttons at the top left corner

There does seem to be some level of participation by Evernote employees, who identify themselves as such; I’ll therefore assume that their presence here (“here” being a forum on the company’s website) is a part of their job. I’ve been griping about this lack of basic functionality (and I do recognize that my choice of vocabulary represents a value judgement, one perhaps not shared by others) since the ancient days when the support interface consisted of talking to a human on the phone. Over the past half-dozen years, each of my attempts to raise the issue again through the support link has been answered by a boiler-plate “That’s a great idea!” email, as I described before. My reluctant participation on the forum is an attempt to amplify the small squawk I’m able to produce. 

Thanks for the pointer to the voting button; I had missed that. However, it does bring me back to my initial contention, that although this forum is ostensibly of, by, and for the user community, the only way it can effect any corrective change is by means of the participation and responsiveness of the company.

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46 minutes ago, DTLow said:

You may want to avoid posting in Evernote/Hammer User discussion forums?  😋

There is a feature request posted at the top of this discussion.  You can indicate your support using the vote buttons at the top left corner

Are you a moderator or EN employee, DTLow? I don't see any icons or other designations, but I'm on mobile and might not see the same information as on desktop. 

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The rules are this:

They may come, may watch, may sometimes share some information.

But this is not an official forum, they come and go as they please, and if you need support, you should use the official means. As a Premium user, you have a choice of sending an email or use the chat (unfortunately, no live talking to a person).

The official, declared focus of EN for this year is to consolidate the core functions like the search or the editor, and to reduce complexity that has generated through the years leading to 5 different clients for the user interaction. Even if this means that most user requests going further will have to wait, I can live with that. I use the Windows, the Mac and the iOS client frequently, and sometimes the webclient. If these are more alike in the future, I am willing to wait for a lot of other stuff while they work on the redo.

There are statements from and videos with the EN CEO explaining all this in greater detail.

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39 minutes ago, Seraphym said:

Are you a moderator or EN employee, DTLow? I don't see any icons or other designations, but I'm on mobile and might not see the same information as on desktop. 

I am an Evernote user, not an employee.

Employees are clearly identified in the sidebar, near the image

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I also would very much like to see the ability to lock notes.   I have a new Android device on which I've installed evernote but I'm afraid to use evernote on it because my precious notes feel too vulnerable there!

 

 

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As a Premium member, you can delete, what you like - you can always go to note history and restore a former status of the note. Only thing: The note must have been saved once, and been synced to the EN server.

The note history is always running, for BASIC users as well - but access and restore is restricted to the paying accounts. If somebody on BASIC is afraid to have lost something, one can go for one month to PREMIUM, and restore, because the note history will have covered as well what has happened before.

I am using 70% of my EN time my iPad, and have not lost a single note up to now. And if: Note history !

For me, the reason for locking notes is more with shared or business notebooks. There you can control it on a notebook level, but not note by note.

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True enough.
But why isn't merely locking a single note a basic function across whatever plans the patron has?
It's merely neutering the ability to delete or modify via a toggle.
We could have BOTH history AND permanency. ☝️

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2 hours ago, UncleRic said:

But why isn't merely locking a single note a basic function across whatever plans the patron has?
It's merely neutering the ability to delete or modify via a toggle.
We could have BOTH history AND permanency. ☝️

There is a basic note lock function, not connected to any plans.  However Evernote has not given us access to the toggle.

I use third party Filterize to toggle notes read-only and non-deletable

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4 minutes ago, DTLow said:

There is a basic note lock function, not connected to any plans.  However Evernote has not given us access to the toggle.

I use the feature from Filterize to toggle notes read-only and non-deletable

... interesting.
Why hasn't Evernote given us access to a toggle?

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10 minutes ago, DTLow said:

There is a basic note lock function, not connected to any plans.  

It is used in shared notes.  When sharing you can select edit or just read capability.  The read only ones are locked.  I agree it would be nice if this function was exposed for all notes.

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Sure it would be nice (got my vote as well). Since the toggle can be switched through the API, apps like Filterize allow for this already today - but for an additional price.

You can find the description of how-to somewhere higher up in this thread.

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Please seriously consider this feature.

Ive been using Evernote for almost 10 years with the fear that I could accidentally erase or modify my precious data.

although I know I can restore from previous version on the web, i cannot do that on iOS. 

And what if I dont get noticed the fact I accidentally change data. This possibility makes me so anxious and keep me from using Evernote with important data.😭

I believe this is a common issue among many user!!

 

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The ability to read-only lock or protect a note would have been useful to me today. I hope you will add this feature.

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I have a note that locks up, trying to go into edit of the note, and it hangs.
(well i actually have several, that hang on my mobile devices, ok on mac)
(a lot of them are scrapes of websites / web pages)...

PLEASE allow me to set to read-only and "not" go into edit mode, no need to.

I imagine if it doesn't try to edit, the note might just easily be "read"

 

 

 

 

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