I am looking for some advice as a new Joplin user migrating from Evernote with a huge database (30GB, with about 30,000 notes).
It's been less than a week, but I love Joplin so far. Thank you so much for that great tool !
I'm currently using a OneDrive E2EE sync with PCs on Win11 and MacOS, and phone/tablets on iOS and Android for trying it out. I plan to buy Joplin Cloud soon.
However, I am afraid my big collection of notes - and the workflow I am used to after 12 years with Evernote, will create problems.
From this poll on Joplin collection size I see I'm on the higher end in terms of storage needs. From several posts 1 2 , I see the phones (iOS / Android) tend to lag with larger collections.
And that should be expected, since all Joplin notes are synch'd every time I open the app - on a mobile, with bandwidth / CPU / memory limitations that can definitely create lag.
In addition, encryption seem quite costly in terms of local storage : from what I have seen, each resource file, when downloaded locally, is stored as both an encrypted and unencrypted copy, and the encrypted copy is about 2.5 times larger than the original file.
What is my use case?
For 10 years+ I have used Evernote as an easy dump for everything I ever imagined I could need to keep. With virtually no limitations on storage, I would save all my personal files both on my OneDrive/GoogleDrive and as a note in Evernote (redundancy), and I would copy also any "public/ semi-public" document (news article, research report, wikis...) in Evernote (both to find them back more easily, and also because web pages tend to change without warning, so saving only a URL is useless).
In my use case, a big chunk of my note collection (probably 2/3rds to 3/4ths) are those pages and documents copied from Internet. They do not really require encryption. They do not need to be downloaded every time to my phones: Evernote's feature of downloading them only when requested from a search was enough (unfortunately quite buggy).
But the rest of my notes do need both encryption (it's personal, and sometimes really confidential) and sync'd (I would need to access some of them easily from any of my mobile/tablet).
I understand Joplin is not designed for a similar large-scale "data dump" approach.
So how can I adapt my workflow?
Should I separate my note collection in 2, with all the "public/semi-public, non critical" stuff on a separate Joplin account syncd with OneDrive without encryption, and all my personal stuff on Joplin Cloud with E2EE?
In this solution I sync my phones only with my personal stuff, the non-critical stuff is no more accessible by phone (except in case of emergency). The storage of my personal stuff would become redundant again (on Joplin Cloud and manually saved in my OneDrive).
Then I lose the ability to search my stuff in a single place (e.g. : today, I tag with the same project name the relevant web articles and tutorials, and the notes on my work, so I can find both in a single easy step).
It doesn't seem possible to segregate the notes in a similar fashion by notebook, does it ? Having one notebook sync'd with the phones and not the other ? Maybe one notebook encrypted and not the other?
Thanks for your ideas and feedback