Some say backup, I call that copy-paste

I watched this video expecting to find out about some nice way to sync highlights and notes made via Kindle to Evernote. Turns out, the guy shows how to select text on the Amazon Kindle Page and paste it into Evernote.

Simplenote to Evernote export

I though that I would try to use Evernote instead of Simplenote for a bit. Why? I’m not sure, I just want to try. I guess one reason is to minimize the number of places I use to keep notes. At the moment, I have notes in far to many places:

  • DEVONThink is moving towards being the repository for archived web content (now as PDFs).
  • Tinderbox is becoming the place for structured notes, e.g. work projects, shell snippets.
  • Simplenote has been my thought inbox and a repository for short diary entries
  • Evernote has mainly been used for recipes, wish lists, pictures of stuff that I want to remember, and storing home reference stuff (like measurements of windows)
  • Dropbox (Trunk Notes, PlainText, iA Writer iOS apps) is sort of experimental. Not using it a lot, but I would like to use Trunk Notes more than I do.
  • SimpleText.ws (for Taskpaper) is not being used actively, but I do have some old lists there. Now my lists are in Evernote and Simplenote.

Anyway, I thought my use cases for Simplenote can be handled by Evernote. The only thing against the move is that Evernote has no plain text format which is sort of against my nerdier principles.

I found out that Simplenote has a nice export service that exports to Evernote’s archive format. However, when I imported the Evernote archive into Evernote, I ran into some synching problems. After looking at the generated Simplenote export and a Evernote generated export I found how to fix the Simplenote export. Each note in an Evernote archive file stores the actual note content inside the tag as a embedded xml document. The embedded xml document definition needed to be changed from

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" standalone="no"?>

to

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" standalone="no" standalone="no"?>

Also, the embedded xml document needed to use an updated dtd; i.e., change

http://xml.evernote.com/pub/enml.dtd

to

http://xml.evernote.com/pub/enml2.dtd

After applying these changes, the archive file was imported and able to sync just fine.