Moving your data from one program to another rarely goes according to plan. (It’s right up there with Moore’s Law as a “techie true-ism”!)
So recently, I’ve been hearing that some new Evernote users who are trying to get their notes in from other note-taking programs are having a hard time getting their exported TXT or RTF files to format correctly inside of Evernote.
Import/Export is one of the spots where Evernote still lags behind the competition — but maybe we can find a way to improve the current situation ourselves…
- This AppleScript-based app takes advantage of the fact that Evernote is much better at working with HTML files than text or rich text. Once you have selected the files that you want to import, the app will convert them into HTML format and then batch import them into your default Evernote notebook.
- If you have GROWL installed, the app will notify you when the import is complete.
Current Limitations and Open Issues
(Otherwise known as “Places Where You Could Help Out!”)
- Works only with RTF and Text files currently;
- No tagging or notebook selection currently enabled (I will add it if enough people want this!)
- Errors that will undoubtedly arise when you do something that I didn’t think of or test for! 😉
How to Install and Use
Just double-click on the app’s icon to run and select the files you’d like to import!
If you’re importing a lot of items, I’d recommend that you change a few settings inside Evernote before beginning the import. In the “Clipping” tab of the Preferences menu, uncheck the boxes in the section called “After a clip:”
If the boxes are checked while importing a large number of items, Evernote will fill your screen with open windows and sound like it is repeatedly shooting you with a laser from a 70’s Sci-Fi movie. Trust me — uncheck the boxes first and you’ll be much happier!
- 1.03 May 25, 2010 REMOVAL OF VALIDATION ROUTINE
- 1.02 February 19, 2010 UNDERLINING FIXED
- 1.01 February 7, 2010 ADDITIONAL TUNING
- 1.00 February 6, 2010 INITIAL RELEASE
- My scripts, services, and apps are being provided for the benefit of the Mac community. While they work wonderfully for me, I cannot take responsibility for any data you might lose (or if it turns your laptop into a wild-eyed, file importing lunatic…);
- “Community” means “participation”. Please share with the rest of us *how* you use these scripts in your workflow, how you think they could be improved (and feel free to help someone if they don’t understand something!)