Evernote..Anyone Still Using It?

I saw that too, hopefully we will get to learn more about what changes they will be making specifically to help improve consumer confidence.

I’m reminded of The Who’s ‘Won’t Get Fooled Again’: “Meet the new boss/ Same as the old boss”. Or perhaps more pertinent, an East African song that got people (in Kenya?) arrested for playing on the radio a few years back during election season, whose chorus was ‘Same bus, different driver.’

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Evernote’s problem could just be competition. They still have the best web clipper, IMO, but most of the other features that were important to me are now available from many other vendors. I used EN primarily for PDFs, bookmarks, clipping articles, and their excellent full text search. Today I use Google Drive, which offers full text search, for my PDFs & Keep for bookmarks, etc. And now I clip articles with Instapaper.

I suspect there are many others that have found they can roll their own EN replacement as easily as I did.

OTOH, during my last two years before retirement, I set up a shared EN system that I used to document all kinds of data that I hoped would be useful to my company: network diagrams, vendor lists, contacts, procedures, howto’s, email threads from major projects, etc… EN Business made my task very easy.

But things change, remember myspace? In 2006 they got more hits/day than Google. . .

When it works. It stops working in Chrome every few weeks.
I gave up on it a long time ago.

Agree that competition, tech sophistication, changing customer demands, pricing, and fashion drive product acceptance. And … And…

A free Evernote account for heritage files I might want but am not interested in dragging to new apps or storage satisfies.

A few years ago, I wrote about fasting and ketogenic diets. Evernote was a fine tool to store and organize PubMed info. Then assemble the day’s story.

Now, I’m gratified if a reader enjoys a tiny essay. Different work different tools.

Evernote’s survival in this context… no big deal. Nor do I mourn the passing of Q-Link as it morphed into AOL…

Resurfacing this ancient thread to make a comment that my horrible mixed cursive and printed with shortcuts handwriting is being translated into typed text by GoodNotes with about 90% accuracy. I can then export the resulting text direct to DEVONThink or other formats for use later. The 10% it misses can usually be inferred by context. That is by far the best OCR of my handwriting I’ve ever experienced.


I’ll be curious to see how you do with the handwriting recognition in iPad OS 14.

I keep reading in reviews about how Apple’s handwriting recognition conquers even the most awful handwriting. But mine seems to thwart it.

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Me too, but I’ll let someone else be the guinea pigs for rev 0 of iPad OS 14

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I think my subscription is still active, but I need to move to everything to Notes.
I havent added nything to Evernote for several years. I got tired of Clipper breaking from time to time. Also, I’ve added a lot of stuff t Evernote, but never look at it.
It’s time to clean house.

As @MacSparky calls it (When Katie was stll in the Podcast)- Evernote is like a Roach Motel. What goes in never comes out :wink:

I recently spent a week using Evernote with the intention of including it in the new Paperless Field Guide. I ended up cutting it from the material. I just can’t recommend a service to hold documents that can’t export as PDF.


Hey David, I get you dislike using Evernote, but this is simply not true, at least on the macOS version:

If you select your notes (one or as many as you want) and right click them, you can select “Save attachments to folder…” (in English wording may be different).

If you’re dealing with a bunch of notes, Saved Searches and Cmd + A could be helpful for selecting the notes you need and you could even automate the whole thing via AppleScript, since its dictionary has a attachment class that works just fine.

I think that can’t be done in bulk via iOS, though, but it could be done file by file with the Share button.

You can certainly print as a PDF, just like with word documents, jpgs, excel spreadsheets, power points, etc.

So far I haven’t had an issue with Evernote. It’s not perfect, but haven’t found something better. It is my filling cabinet and I love that other services can plug into it directly. I haven’t found a better solution that doesn’t require a ton of maintenance.

For example, I have a service that sends statements to evernote. I’ve got a saved search that looks for notes / files that are not tagged with filed and came rom that service. it’s a custom inbox for the statements I haven’t reviewed. Once I’m done reviewing I add the tag filed and it’s out of the inbox but retains all the tags that came in with the service. Similar for scans from my snapscan. What is the better option?

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If you use the Edit Menu function under Print to PDF you can select a program from the Applications folder. I’ve added Notes which allows me to “Print” any text directly to the Notes app.

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Thanks @WayneG I do use this: I’ve added Evernote, MarginNote, Yoink and a few Folders that trigger automation routines.

Actually that Folder addition alone is really worth trying if you haven’t done it before.

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@ldebritto I never thought about adding a folder. Thanks!

Very well noted, @Jeremy! It could even be easily automated via AppleScript.

I thought @MacSparky was referring to the PDF attachments on a note as that is usually the file that goes into a paperless filing system…

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Very handy for receipts!

Oh yes, you could be right about that too. Especially if you’re attaching PDFs or Pictures of something like receipts. Save those to a folder, run some Hazel magic if you want, and off you go.

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I am afraid this is incorrect.
Evernote does export notes in PDF format.