Bryan Paul Sullo

Inconsistent and/or Unintuitive Behaviors in Evernote

In Productivity on 16 May 2014 at 4:35 pm

I really do like Evernote. For the most part, it works exactly as you’d expect, but there are a few items that are inconsistent or unintuitive. Here are the items I’ve been able to document, grouped by operating system:

Windows Desktop
 
Behavior: Searching by tag creates a visual representation of the tag and leaves the typed characters. Clicking the “X” on the visual tag does not remove the tag from the search criteria.
Image
Expected Behavior: If Evernote is going to convert the search to a visual representation, it should not also display the typed characters. Clicking the “X” (which appears when hovering over the visual tag) should remove the tag from the search criteria.
Steps to Reproduce:
  1. In the search bar, type the characters “tag:” and then a valid tag.
  2. Press Enter.
Last Confirmed: 20140516 in version 5.4.0.3698
Behavior: After changing the body of a note, operations in the title of a note are canceled by the note’s updating.
Expected Behavior: Selecting or typing in the title of the note should not be interrupted by any updating procedure, or they should be temporarily unavailable until the note updates.
Steps to Reproduce:
  1. Open an existing note.
  2. Edit the body.
  3. Click in the title and start typing. The selection will change to include the whole title, and you’ll overwrite the title.
Last Confirmed 20140321
Possibly resolved: 20140516
Behavior: After changing the title of a note, operations in the body of a note are canceled by the note’s updating.
Expected Behavior: Selecting or typing in the body of the note should not be interrupted by any updating procedure, or they should be temporarily unavailable until the note updates.
Steps to Reproduce:
  1. Open an existing note.
  2. Edit the title.
  3. Before changing the focus to the body, attempt to select some text in the body, or immediately after editing the title, click in the body and start typing. Whatever operations are done will be canceled as the note is updated.
Last Confirmed 20140321
As of 20140516 (version 5.4.0.3698) this behavior seems to have changed somewhat: Now when clicking into the body, the focus is removed as the title updates, and typing anywhere has no effect.
Behavior: Closing the main Evernote window using the “X” or using Close All Windows from the taskbar does not prompt to sync before closing, in the way that File>Exit prompts to sync before closing.
Expected Behavior: Closing the main Evernote window by any means should prompt to sync if a sync is necessary.
Steps to Reproduce:
  1. Create a new note, or edit an existing note
  2. Close all Evernote windows in an manner that doesn’t include the File>Exit menu.
Last Confirmed: 20140516 in version 5.4.0.3698
Behavior: After editing the title of a note, pressing Tab switches focus to the left panel (when in the main window) or the created date (when in a note window).
Expected Behavior: Pressing tab while focus is on the note title switch focus to the body, as it is the next field in visual order.
Steps to Reproduce:
  1. Create a new note, or edit an existing note.
  2. Place the cursor in the Note Title field.
  3. Press the Tab key.
Last Confirmed: 20140516 in version 5.4.0.3698
Behavior: When note is being edited in a separate window, the Annotate option appears soon after pasting a graphic into a note, but does not launch annotator. Clicking Annotate in the main window launches the annotator.
Expected Behavior: If the annotate button is visible, clicking it should start the annotator.
Steps to Reproduce:
  1. Create a new note, or edit an existing note.
  2. Open the note in a new window.
  3. Paste a graphic into the note.
  4. Click the Annotate button.
Last Confirmed: 20140516 in version 5.4.0.3698
Behavior: When using Annotate to crop an image, the resulting image that replaces the original retains the dimensions of the original, skewing the image aspect ratio.
Expected Behavior: The replacement image should retain the correct aspect ratio.
Steps to Reproduce:
  1. Create a new note, or edit an existing note.
  2. Insert an image into the note.
  3. Use Annotate to crop the image, being sure the aspect ratio is different.
Last Confirmed: 20140523 v 5.4.0.3698
Notes: To workaround this issue, after cropping the image, right-click, select Rotate Clockwise, then right-click and select Rotate Counterclockwise.
Behavior: Cutting or copying an image from a note does not place the image on the clipboard. Subsequent paste operations paste whatever was on the clipboard previously.
Expected Behavior: Cutting or copying an image should place the image on the clipboard, allowing it to be pasted into Evernote or any other Windows application.
Steps to Reproduce:
  1. Right-click an image.
  2. Select Cut or Copy from the context menu.
  3. Attempt to paste into Evernote or another application
Last Confirmed: 20140516 in version 5.4.0.3698
Notes: This does not always occur. Sometimes it works properly. I have not been able to identify the factors that cause it to occur or not occur.
Windows 8 Touch
 
Behavior: While editing a note that is longer than will fit on the screen, the view will frequently jump back to the top of the note, a new line will be added at the bottom of the note, and the cursor will be placed at the bottom.
Expected Behavior: The view should remain where it is unless changed by the user.
Steps to Reproduce:
  1. Open a note that is longer than will fit on the screen.
  2. Scroll to the bottom.
  3. Place the cursor at the bottom of the note.
  4. Type some text.
  5. Wait a few seconds.
Last Confirmed: 20140426
Behavior: No option to insert a check box into a note.
Expected Behavior: Evernote Touch should have an option for this, one of Evernote’s key features.
Steps to Reproduce:
  1. N/A
Last Confirmed: 20140425
Behavior: There is no option for justifies paragraph formatting, though this option exists in the Windows desktop application.
Expected Behavior: Formatting options should be the same across all platforms. It makes no sense to be able to open a note that has formatting that isn’t possible in the edition you’re using to open it.
Steps to Reproduce:
  1. Create a note in another platform and change formatting to justified.
  2. Open the note in Evernote Touch.
  3. Attempt to add content, matching the justified format.
Last Confirmed: 20140427
Web
 
Behavior: Check boxes cannot be clicked after opening the note. You have to click somewhere in the note body text first, and then you can click check boxes.
Expected Behavior: Just like the Windows or Android clients, check boxes should be active without going into a separate edit mode.
Steps to Reproduce:
  1. Open a note with check boxes.
  2. Click a check box before clicking anywhere else in the note.
Last Confirmed: 20140320
Android
 
Behavior: Search does not return results from within images or other attachments.
Expected Behavior: Search should return results from within images or other attachments as it does on Web and Windows platforms.
Steps to Reproduce:
  1. Perform a search in the Windows or Web version of Evernote that results in results from within images or attachments.
  2. Perform the same search on the Android platform.
Last Confirmed: 20140320
Behavior: Certain formatting of notes causes the Android client to revert to a strange line-by-line editing mode. There is no warning in the other platforms, or any way to stop notes from accepting the offending formatting.
Expected Behavior: Editing should be consistent across platforms, or a warning should appear when making changes on one platform that are unsupported on another platform.
Steps to Reproduce:
  1. TBD
Last Confirmed: 20140319
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