Thanks for your detailed write-up. I'm a 13-year veteran of Evernote and I feel your pain. Evernote has been so many things to so many people. There are other solutions that are better at parts of what Evernote has done. I love Roam Research for note taking (Markdown), ideation, thinking, curation, and writing my first several drafts of my articles. It is not intended as a document repository or "file cabinet" and I, like you, seek a suitable alternative. As Apple-only, I'm using DEVONthink.