In my eagerness to get out of Evernote, I quickly selected a couple of options that seemed to allow me to easily import my Evernotes: Notion and Simplenote.

I recently came across this helpful page that compared the pros and cons of Evernote vs Simplenote, and it confirmed a couple of things about Simplenote that helped me decide to close my Simplenote account:

  • There seems to be no way to find notes that have both tag X and tag Y.
  • Simplenote doesn’t provide support for embedded attachments.
  • There seems to be no way to find notes that have both tag X and tag Y.
  • Simplenote doesn’t provide support for embedded attachments.
  • Notes are encrypted in transit, but remain unencrypted on Simplenote’s servers.
  • No way to import notes from anywhere – actually this is not true: I had no problem importing an Evernote enex file.

There are other “Cons”, but the above are enough: Simplenote may be for you, but it is not for me.

My Premium subscription for Evernote ran out November 30th, but I coughed up for 1 month simply to avoid the hassle of dealing with notes with attachments larger than 25MB. Everything is going into Bear. So far, so good, tho slow. I suppose I could just import one massive Evernote file with ALL my 10,000 notes in it, but I’m taking the opportunity to go through each notebook and delete ones no longer needed. (I’ve actually got some notes that I haven’t looked at since the day I made ’em! Yeah, imagine that.)

So, it’s one notebook at a time: selecting all the notes, tagging them all with the name of the notebook (in 1 word, no spaces), then exporting the sucker to Dropbox, then importing into Bear. Works smoothly for me.