Jump to content

Exporting All Notes No Longer Possible???


Go to solution Solved by PinkElephant,

Recommended Posts

I have been using Evernote for 5 years and have always had the option the right click on "All Notes" and then select "Export" which I always do before updating to the newest version of Evernote. Just a moment ago I opened Evernote and it immediately began downloading the latest version which is also new behavior as it has always asked before starting the download. Anyway, that was not a problem because it still let's choose whether or not to install the update which I was going to do as soon as I backed up my notes, but when I right click on "All Notes" nothing happens. The the menu offering to export does not open and I find the only way to get it to open is by right clicking on individual notes.

Am I seriously expected to back up 600+ notes one at a time??? Is this a bug that will soon be fixed or is this the new Evernote way of doing things???

  • Like 3
Link to comment
  • Level 5
  • Solution

In general export should be done notebook by notebook. The relation of note to notebook gets lost on export, so it is better to have one export file per notebook, than all notes on a big heap.

If one does this, it can be done with the new client as well, because it allows to export one notebook at a time. If individual notes are selected, the current limit is 50 notes (which IMHO is way too little).

For a full export, especially when automation / scripting is used, it only works using the legacy client.

  • Like 2
Link to comment

Ah ha, ok. Thank you both,  gazumped and PinkElephant, for the info and advice. I never knew it was just save a pile of notes and not the notebook structure. I guess I don't even need that feature back then, and won't have to backup all of Evernote every time I update in the future. 

  • Like 1
Link to comment
  • Level 5
3 hours ago, PinkElephant said:

If individual notes are selected, the current limit is 50 notes (which IMHO is way too little).

I agree.  I have my select limit set to 500.  For anyone with a little coding courage it is possible to edit the config.json and change the select limit to a maximum of 1,000 notes. Of course an end user shouldn't be expected to be editing config files but for the time being it is possible for brave hearted... 😬

  • Like 6
  • Confused 1
Link to comment
  • Level 5

In general, the master copy (except local notebooks) is on the server anyhow. And because of note history it is even superior to any given backup, because you can go back in time for any individual note. Access is a Premium feature, but it runs on Basic accounts as well. The only gap is that when a note is finally deleted (from trash, not only from the active stock), it is lost together with its history.

On my desktops I have a job running on my PC, by Acronis True Image, that saves the EN data base. On the Mac, it is all in TimeMachine. I think it is plainly not necessary to export just to have it available. If I would export, it would be for a special reason.

  • Like 2
Link to comment
16 hours ago, PinkElephant said:

In general export should be done notebook by notebook. The relation of note to notebook gets lost on export, so it is better to have one export file per notebook, than all notes on a big heap.

 

As far as I can see the ability to export notebooks is gone. 

Link to comment
  • Level 5
7 hours ago, SparksinTexas said:

As far as I can see the ability to export notebooks is gone. 

One of those things that isn't where it used to be...

temp.thumb.png.13dafe3d675a42472a330bb225c8bd75.png

OPen the notebook | Click the three dot menu icon at the top of the column | Select Export Notebook

  • Like 4
Link to comment
  • 2 weeks later...

I've installed the new version of Evernote 10.4.4 and have to say that it's been working noticeably slower with a few drawbacks, so I am thinking of rolling back to version 6.25.

Below is the video link to demonstrate the most recent problem I've encountered:

I used to pre-select All the notes before I could export them. Now I can''t do that because by some reason when I go menu Edit -> Select All, Evernote highlights all the GUI elements so there is very little to none I can export. Had anybody done any user-acceptance testing before version 10.4.4 was put in production?

The other bad thing I've noticed is that Evernote does not allow now to select more than 50 notes. So effectively this means that a user has to check what was the last exported note before the user can select new notes created after that date, which is really a pain.

 

Link to comment
  • Level 5*
12 minutes ago, Jimmy Bionic said:

I used to pre-select All the notes before I could export them.

Your post has been merged with an existing discussion for this issue     
For now, the Legacy product seems to be the best solution

  • Like 1
Link to comment
11 minutes ago, DTLow said:

Your post has been merged with an existing discussion for this issue     
For now, the Legacy product seems to be the best solution

Thanks. I think it would be a better idea to notify users in advance about any changes / new limitations  they encounter by agreeing to the installation of a new version.

I've also noticed the newer 10.4 version does not support any other formats of exporting data except for native enex-format

Is there any way I can toggle off new suggestions for updating the Windows app?

  • Like 1
Link to comment
  • 4 weeks later...

I don't understand why is this happening. I'm premium user, and I think I need a way of export all my data. We need a way to backup all our info.

Please, give us back this option.

  • Like 4
Link to comment
  • 3 weeks later...

Cutting off the ability to select >50 notes at a time seems arbitrary enough that it feels more like a change intended to discourange migration to other products, than anything needed to help long-time users.

Link to comment
  • Level 5*
23 hours ago, crugen said:

it feels more like a change intended to discourange migration to other products

Either right-click a notebook name and select export notebook or use Legacy to export a selected range.  I'd guess this change is more to discourage excessive bandwidth being tied up on a new system - or - to make sure that the system works at scale (200M users!!) and avoid crashing it completely...

  • Like 1
Link to comment

Hi folks, curious if anybody knows what Evernote plans to do in regards to this set of questions. 

Will Evernote provide an export option other then enex for a notebook or set of notes in a future version? Either the export option to html plus linked note files worked fine, an improvement would be export to pdf's (like the print option does) plus linked included files (like in the old version). 

I need to know the answer to make a decision to either stick to Evernote or likely leave it. I use Evernote as a full fledged note and task management system. I use it to organize and annotate all my meeting notes, emails, files, etc. Without this feature of non-enex export, Evernote is just a task management system with note-taking ability, but not with the ability that made Evernote so popular, which is to do way more than with notes. Note management to me has to include the ability to archive in a file format easily read in the future and not limited to just one software like html or pdf. 

Hopefully somebody knows the answer. I would really like to stick to Evernote and have enjoyed most of the upgrades.

Thanks, skirsten

  • Like 4
Link to comment

Thanks to those pointing how the new UI provides for us to at least export one notebook at a time, but that will be laborious (if not unacceptable) for any with dozens or hundreds (or more) of them. And while switching to the Legacy app is a short-term workaround, I sure hope SOME better solution if forth-coming in the new client. (All this discussion of export options led to a new discovery for me, which I'll share in a different note.)

  • Like 1
Link to comment

This discussion of exporting has helped me realize something I never paid attention to even in the Legacy client: the enex file does NOT track what NOTEBOOK notes were in! For those who knew that already, you can move on. (And yep, PinkElephant mentioned it above.) For those like me who never considered that, and its implications, you may want to read on (if you do use lots of notebooks and a hierarchy of them).

With the discussion here of how we could export one notebook at a time in the new UI, it made me wonder how that differed from my years of using the Legacy app's ability to select and export "all notes".

I just checked (in such an enex created in the old client) and I see now that in the xml underlying the enex format, it's simply got each note (in HTML format). There is no indication of what notebook each note was in.  I never considered that THAT "metadata" would not also be exported.

In fact, there's NO mention in the enex of notebook names at ALL, so not only do you lose what notes were in what notebooks, you also have no backup of any representation what notebooks you had, or what stacks, or any hierarchy to notebooks.

I'm sure some will say, "dude, that's all the export ever was". I'm just saying I didn't even think to confirm that until this discussion led me to wonder.

Again, I HOPE that among the improvements in the new UI is a "true" export with even just notebook metadata. (And sure, others will wonder also about tags, favorites, saved searches, and more.)

Others may argue we should "just backup the exb file" (what EN processes as out evernote db), as it has "everything". And sure, if one just wants to restore it for recovery within EN, that works. But some of us are indeed wanting a "backup" for the sake of perhaps taking our notes (and their structure) to use with another apps. And I'm not aware that other apps yet import from the (binary) exb file.

I just never realized until today how it would be impossible to retain that relationship or note to notebook (or notebook hierarchy), in any more based on having saved the enex as an export.  (I'm sure some will be wanting to point out how they knew this and have lamented it, and perhaps it's been discussed in other forum threads here. Sorry, I don't read them all.  I came to this one today in tripping over more things in the new client, and wanting to "export all" from the new client, only to find out how hard it is.)

And I do realize others will point out how this is all just more of the evil plan the Evernote team has to "lock us in". Maybe they do. Maybe they will be reconsidering btter export capabilities. A boy can have dreams.

  • Like 3
Link to comment
  • Level 5*
7 minutes ago, carehart said:

And while switching to the Legacy app is a short-term workaround

I see no reason to make any messy migration decisions until I absolutely have to,  so I haven't 'switched' - I'm firmly committed to staying with the last public GA releases  (the ones even before Legacy) unless and until I'm advised that the infrastructure behind them is being closed down.

For the record (and because I can't resist the opportunity) 

3 minutes ago, carehart said:

dude, that's all the export ever was

-which is why I use Backupery (as a subscriber) which backs up each notebook (of my 300 or so) to ENEX individually and automatically each evening.  If you're worried about the online aspect,  have a look at CloudHQ - https://blog.cloudhq.net/how-and-why-you-should-backup-evernote/

And for @skirsten - Evernote doesn't usually share its intentions or comment on threads like these,  but backing up to HTML or ENEX should come back - and until it does,  Legacy beckons... 

Link to comment
  • Level 5*
15 minutes ago, carehart said:

I just never realized until today how it would be impossible to retain that relationship or note to notebook

If this is important, use separate exports for each notebook    
I use a script on my Mac to control this

>>or notebook hierarchy

Confirmed; notebook/tag hierarchy is not maintained in the export     
I use a naming standard that identifies the hierarchy; for example Budget, Budget-Computer, Budget-ComputerHardware

Link to comment

Hi @DTLow, thanks for the reply. Export to ENEX for notebooks is available now. I am looking for hints the export to html or other non-enex is coming back. Glad to hear you are optimistic there.

As it looks I need to back up my past notes/notebooks using the old Evernote version, which I still have on a different computer. Depending on the answer i will either severely limit my use of Evernote moving forward to just note and task taking, or I will start using Notion which can do the same on this basic level of task and note organization. On that level, notion is actually way more attractive since it has excellent timeline and calendar view options for just basic organization. Still hoping you are right and Evernote brings non-enex export back, since managing my work with notes and tasks is the most important function I want and no other system designed and payable for single users can do that, Evernote trumps it, but not without proper non-enex archive option. For now I am busy on a big project, so will finish that out first with my current system. In fall I'll reevaluate to either stick with Evernote or not, depending on the software status then. So far, Evernote has pleasantly surprised me overall with nearly all moves they've made, so crossing my fingers. 

Link to comment
  • Level 5

You can install legacy side by side with v10 on the same computer.

Some do it and stick with legacy, using v10 for testing. Others use v10 as their main client, using legacy for these jobs that are not yet supported by v10. The only caveat is not to use both intermittently, because this may cause note conflicts.

  • Like 2
Link to comment
3 hours ago, skirsten said:

Hi @DTLow, thanks for the reply. Export to ENEX for notebooks is available now. I am looking for hints the export to html or other non-enex is coming back. Glad to hear you are optimistic there.

As it looks I need to back up my past notes/notebooks using the old Evernote version, which I still have on a different computer. Depending on the answer i will either severely limit my use of Evernote moving forward to just note and task taking, or I will start using Notion which can do the same on this basic level of task and note organization. On that level, notion is actually way more attractive since it has excellent timeline and calendar view options for just basic organization. Still hoping you are right and Evernote brings non-enex export back, since managing my work with notes and tasks is the most important function I want and no other system designed and payable for single users can do that, Evernote trumps it, but not without proper non-enex archive option. For now I am busy on a big project, so will finish that out first with my current system. In fall I'll reevaluate to either stick with Evernote or not, depending on the software status then. So far, Evernote has pleasantly surprised me overall with nearly all moves they've made, so crossing my fingers. 

The only issue with Notion, that may or may not be an issue, is how big is your file... I like evernote from the standpoint that you can keep uploading and so far, while there are monthly upload limits, there are no total storage size caps

 

  • Like 1
Link to comment
  • 1 month later...
On 11/28/2020 at 1:26 PM, agsteele said:

I agree.  I have my select limit set to 500…it is possible to edit the config.json and change the select limit to a maximum of 1,000 notes…😬

Thank you!  

On 11/28/2020 at 9:44 AM, gazumped said:

I had no idea Legacy existed. All y'all just solved so many gripes I had about recent Evernote!

  • Like 1
Link to comment
  • 3 weeks later...

I definitely believe that Evernote needs a way to bulk export / backup Evernote files in a non-Evernote format. I am currently dealing w/ the death of a parent and trying to archive and backup their digital files. I do not want to pay for Evernote forever in order to keep their files from deletion. In order to create a digital archive I need a universal format that I can backup to a hard drive.

I currently am running:

10.9.10-mac-ddl-public (2439)
Editor: v119.1.15375
Service: v1.30.2
and when I try to export a single notebook, the only option I see is .ENEX. 

So, if I understand correctly, if I want to backup/export my notebooks in a .HTML file, I have to install the Legacy version? Wow! Is that inconvenient! 

Does EN have any plans to create a way to create a bulk backup system in a universal format? And if so, when?

  • Sad 1
Link to comment
  • Level 5*
8 minutes ago, mettasong said:

Does EN have any plans to create a way to create a bulk backup system in a universal format? And if so, when?

We expect/hope the Version 10 product will be updated with the HTML option, and the note # limit to be removed
No timetable specified - this is a work-in-progress

Link to comment
  • 3 weeks later...
On 11/28/2020 at 2:26 PM, agsteele said:

I agree.  I have my select limit set to 500.  For anyone with a little coding courage it is possible to edit the config.json and change the select limit to a maximum of 1,000 notes. Of course an end user shouldn't be expected to be editing config files but for the time being it is possible for brave hearted... 😬

Here is my file:

{
  "dev": {
    "mainUrl": "http://localhost:3003",
    "isDebug": false,
    "isFleEnabled": true,
    "ceVersion": "",
    "isOfflineSearchEnabled": null,
    "isNapLoginEnabled": null,
    "tracingEnabled": false,
    "checkForLocalNotebooks": null,
    "isNetLogEnabled": null
  },
  "general": {
    "defaultServiceHost": "https://www.evernote.com",
    "forceUpdateOnStart": true,
    "popupNoteWindowLimit": 20,
    "isSentryEnabled": true
  },
  "qa": {}
}

 

I dont see anything about the select limit. Am I missing it ?

Link to comment
  • Level 5*
2 hours ago, sassoon12 said:

Here is my file (config.json)

1591284771_ScreenShot2021-04-15at15_15_18.thumb.png.14461de2479d0a2d3866a20da3eb4b89.pngfwiw  Here's my version from a Mac   

I increased my limit to 100 notes (MultiSelectionLimit)

Link to comment
4 hours ago, DTLow said:

1591284771_ScreenShot2021-04-15at15_15_18.thumb.png.14461de2479d0a2d3866a20da3eb4b89.pngfwiw  Here's my version from a Mac   

I increased my limit to 100 notes (MultiSelectionLimit)

Thats great. thank you. is there a document showing what properties can be adjusted ?

 

Link to comment

Hi,

having issues with the current export, with the new version can not select all the notes to export them to ENEX, it gets stuck at 50 notes, how can I solve this?

Is there a button that I am missing somewhere to select all of them or do a complete export?

 

Alternatively, can anybody confirm an older version that is still working without this issue and where to download it from?

Had a quick look at the forum and other people mentioned this bug, but have seen no solution yet.

Link to comment
  • Level 5*
17 minutes ago, Francescos said:

can anybody confirm an older version that is still working without this issue and where to download it from

I merged your post with an ongoing discussion on the not selection limit

The Evernote Legacy product can be downloaded at https://help.evernote.com/hc/en-us/articles/360052560314-Install-an-older-version-of-Evernote   
It does not have a selection limit

  • Thanks 1
Link to comment
  • Level 5
On 4/15/2021 at 10:34 PM, sassoon12 said:

Thank you.

Can you tell me the exact format needed ? or at least where i can find it ?

The simple piece is for a Windows 10 installation is:

Edit the config.json file is a text editor such as notepad

Add the multiselectionlimit line to one of the sections in the file

I added it to the qa section as follows

"qa": {
    "multiSelectionLimit": 500
    }

NOTE: If you add it as the last line in the section then add a ' ,' at the end of the line before if there are any. For example "multiSelectEnabled": true,  But I just have the single line so no commas needed.

There is a limit of about 1,000 notes that can be selected so there is no point in trying to add 5000. I find 500 is a workable number for me.

 

Link to comment
On 4/17/2021 at 6:51 AM, agsteele said:

The simple piece is for a Windows 10 installation is:

Edit the config.json file is a text editor such as notepad

Add the multiselectionlimit line to one of the sections in the file

I added it to the qa section as follows


"qa": {
    "multiSelectionLimit": 500
    }

NOTE: If you add it as the last line in the section then add a ' ,' at the end of the line before if there are any. For example "multiSelectEnabled": true,  But I just have the single line so no commas needed.

There is a limit of about 1,000 notes that can be selected so there is no point in trying to add 5000. I find 500 is a workable number for me.

 

Thank you. There must be a document showing all the possibilties. Do you know where i can find it ?

Link to comment
  • Level 5
7 hours ago, sassoon12 said:

Thank you. There must be a document showing all the possibilties. Do you know where i can find it ?

This is an unofficial workaround. I'm not sure, now, who worked it out.  I know that in the beta phase this line was in the config.json file but with a null value.  I suspect that someone tried changing its value and discovered that it made a difference.

I'm not aware of any official document of work arounds like this.

Link to comment
4 hours ago, agsteele said:

This is an unofficial workaround. I'm not sure, now, who worked it out.  I know that in the beta phase this line was in the config.json file but with a null value.  I suspect that someone tried changing its value and discovered that it made a difference.

I'm not aware of any official document of work arounds like this.

Got it. thanks for your help. 

Link to comment

Hi all - when i run the legacy with the latest version side by side then the legacy version is empty and all my notes are in the latest version. Is there a way to move the notes from the latest version to legacy? 

Thank you. The latest version is a disaster. Such a pity.

Spyros

Link to comment
  • Level 5*
25 minutes ago, Markaseos said:

the legacy version is empty and all my notes are in the latest version

Confirm you are using the same userid/password for each login

  • Like 1
Link to comment
  • Level 5

If the login is correct: Both versions use the same server data base as master. A note that is shown in one is in general the other as well.

But legacy runs from a local copy, whereas v10 runs from the cloud directly. In your case maybe the local Legacy database is corrupted.

Press and hold alt/opt (Mac) or Strg/ctrl (Win) before clicking on the help menu. Below the usual menu items are additional ones to repair the database.

You can as well try to force a sync. Shift+ctrl Win or shift+opt Mac pressed down and held before clicking on the sync wheel.

No such options for v10, because it runs from the server directly.

  • Like 1
Link to comment

Thank you both. Everything is solved now. My login was not the same. Now I have the old nice/great version. Multiple selection of tags with the mouse, when in desktop select a file, right click and directly send to the evernote and so many other great features that for some reason disappeared in the new version. Thank you I will never move from here.

 

Spyros

  • Like 1
Link to comment

The more I work the Legacy the more I appreciate it. This newer version killed my productivity. I am using Evernote as my main support tool for years so with the newer version I got upset. Thank you PinkElephant and DTLow for releasing me from this mess of the last version.

Spyros

  • Like 1
Link to comment
  • 1 month later...

I am using Evernote 6.25.1.9091. When I export, all I get is a skeleton enex file with no notes. Isn't this the legacy version people mentioned in the previous comments  which supports exporting all the notes in one file?

Also when I check the 'No not show this message again' checkbox in the last dialog, it still keeps popping up when I export. Looks like a bug.

Link to comment
  • Level 5*
1 minute ago, abdu said:

enex file with no notes

Do you have notes selected for export?

Link to comment
  • Level 5

… looks like a bug …

Maybe it looks like, maybe it is one - EN have made it clear that there will be no more changes (including bug fixes) for the old clients. So no need to talk about it !

Link to comment
57 minutes ago, DTLow said:

Do you have notes selected for export?

That did it. Thanks. I thought when All Notes is selected in the left side that meant to export them all.

Link to comment
  • 4 months later...
  • Level 5
1 hour ago, Nadya De Angelis said:

So... Evernote Legacy version that I used for export no longer works. 


Evernote Mac client is beyond bad, totally unusable. You can't export all notes, only 50 at a time. 

No export in web version. 

No other options? 

Nothing has changed with Legacy so I'd suspect a temporary issue. Have you tried the classic shutdown and restart your PC?

Link to comment
  • Level 5*
3 hours ago, Nadya De Angelis said:

So... Evernote Legacy version that I used for export no longer works. 

Legacy is working well for me; daily incremental exports and weekly full exports
What issues are you having?

>>You can't export all notes, only 50 at a time. 

With the v10 product, we can export all notes in a notebook

Link to comment
  • Level 5
1 hour ago, Nadya De Angelis said:


Evernote Mac client is beyond bad, totally unusable. You can't export all notes, only 50 at a time. 

The same with Windows. The default limit is 50 notes. Exporting individual notes in batches isn't a great option anyway. Better to export as Notebooks so that you can reimport the notebook structure later.

Link to comment

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
×
×
  • Create New...