Business and work Useful stuff

Evernote Rescue Project was a success

Just as I thought: my Evernote experience has improved noticeably by deleting the hundreds of tags with 0 or 1 note associated with them.

The trick was deleting the tags in smaller batches of 10 to 20 tags at a time. Evernote reindexes and syncs after each deletion and deleting too many tags in one go slows Evernote down dramatically.

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Evernote ninja and my 2nd borked database

I am an Evernote ninja. I have managed to maim my local database for the 2nd time and did it so expertly, I’m not even sure how I managed it.

Actually, I do have a thought or two. I realised that I have a lot (really, a lot) of tags which either aren’t being used by any notes or are used once or twice. It seems that all those tags are slowing Evernote down, so much so that anything I do with tags makes Evernote unusable for a few minutes or so. So, armed with this hypothesis, I decided to delete all the tags with 2 and few uses. Unfortunately the act of selecting all those tags was enough to crash Evernote and every time I opened the app after Force Quitting it on my Mac, Evernote remembered which tags I selected and tried to do that again, crashing the app all over again.

I’m backing up all 12GB of my local database and then I am going to remove Evernote from my laptop and download it all again. I should be done in March.

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Evernote and contextual experiences

Evernote is the app you use to remember stuff. Just about anything. Its apps run on a variety of mobile devices, Mac and Windows and the only reason its not ubiquitous is that there isn’t a Linux app (although the Web app has really developed in the last few years to the point where its a pretty decent desktop app alternative).

Evernote has launched a couple apps in the last few months that focus the general service on specific uses. Clearly, a Chrome extension, is a lot like the Readability extension and it renders a Web page into something more readable and which you can conveniently save into Evernote to read another time.

Evernote launched two more really interesting apps in the last week or so. The first is Evernote Food which immediately reminded me of Oink which I am using. The idea is to capture food you eat and enjoy along with information about location (posts can be geotagged) and people you were with. The result is a custom note in Evernote optimized for the content type (a photo, description of the food and other info). I’m not sure how often I’ll use it but it signifies a subtle shift in how users may perceive and use Evernote.

The latest app, Evernote Hello, excites me a bit more. This app encroaches on apps like LinkedIn’s CardMunch and Hashable although it takes the idea of capturing contacts a bit beyond business card captures (one of the uses Evernote’s Phil Libin mentioned in the earlier days was snapping business cards with Evernote with his camera phone) and addresses one of the challenges I face – recognizing people when I bump into them again.

I am curious to see how this would work in practice. It would obviously work best if people you meet are happy to take a snapshot of themselves and enter their data (or let you take the photo). As with Food, this app creates a custom note in Evernote with the data you capture along with the photo. I love the idea.

What interests me more about these apps is how it extends Evernote’s utility for me. Until now I have had the Evernote app on my phone and use it from time to time (I find the app is pretty sluggish so I don’t bother when I have a quick note to take – not the point). These two apps give me quick, specialized applications of the service to specific contexts. These apps make Evernote an experiential and contextual service and that interests me a lot.