Here’s a list of desired features and fixes, in order of importance…
(1) Better communication between MN support / developers and users! This is ongoing problem that really needs significant improvement: many of us have exchanged forum post with MN staff , and communicated with them directly, but often feel that we’ve received slow responses (sometimes no responses at all). Moreover, many of our most pressing requests seem to be deferred, and we’re often told that requests will happen sometime down the line – but we rarely know if / when that might actually occur;
(2) Reduced PDF size. Currently, the export file sizes are too large to archive, and that’s a major problem with MN. In fact, I’ve had to hold off on using MN until there’s a solution, because I just can’t save and store PDFs with bloated file sizes into my database;
(3) MarginNote users need some way to archive our PDF files after we’re done annotating them – i.e., offline, and not connected to the iCloud / MarginNote file & notebook management structure while still be able to use MarginNote-created URLs. As part of that, as @JournoProf put it, “[MN] users have been begging for the ability to archive our annotated PDF files offline (again, while still be able to use MarginNote-created URLs so that clicking them refers right back to that section of annotated text).”
In other words, and as we’ve discussed exhaustively in this post, users want MarginNote’s links to work for internal text for document files (i.e., URL schemes that connect to internal MN-created notes). In other words, enable users to use the MN3-created URL links in other apps (e.g., DEVONthink) – beyond expensive 3rd party apps! (e.g., Mac’s native PDF app, Preview) – so that when we click on MN3-created URL links they’re not opening MarginNote again and, by extension, opening that file online via the iCloud.
(4) Fix MN folders & categories. Basically, we’d like to simple folder / organizational taxonomy in which we’re able to group files by subject AND prioritize them. Also, while I understand the reasons for why you’ve divided two categories: Study and Documents, many users annotate their documents in Study mode – so we don’t really feel there’s a practical need for separating these categories. In fact, it seems like it leads to a lot of unnecessary confusion when we’re just trying to import documents into MN, and then store and organized them into MN folders & categories.
(5) Overall Hashtag set up, referring to the taxonomy - organization approach that I outlined here. I think I’ve detailed it enough over here! Part of the problem is that MN just retains hashtags that are used across all Documents and Study notebooks, and so can quickly build up and become unwieldy if you’re using them for multiple projects – which then results in a massive, disorganized mess!
(6) Create some kind of Find / Replace function. Also, provide an option to change Smart/Straight quotes. These things are just to help us clean up the text – esp. when the OCR is poor (in MN or another app).
(7) Enable user to just export notes with select hashtags. This would be hugely helpful.
(8) Redo your user manual! I appreciate some of the online tutorials, but there’s no substitute for a proper written manual.