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Evernote is a wonderful platform, but I have a concern and I am sure I am not alone. I want to use Evernote for managing all sorts of information related to work projects, but I want to have the ability to export them to a desktop folder to use elsewhere if I want to. As far as I can tell, Evernote supports exports in PDF and HTML, but this is not very useful to me. I would like to be able to export to .doc or .txt so I can use my data outside of Evernote if I ever choose to. 

 

Right now it seems that content is basically trapped in Evernote's ecosystem forever. Please tell me I am wrong. 

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If you store a DOC file in Evernote you can get it out again;  if you export to PDF or HTML - which are common formats - there are conversion utilities on the web to create DOC files if you need them.

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Evernote is a wonderful platform, but I have a concern and I am sure I am not alone. I want to use Evernote for managing all sorts of information related to work projects, but I want to have the ability to export them to a desktop folder to use elsewhere if I want to. As far as I can tell, Evernote supports exports in PDF and HTML, but this is not very useful to me. I would like to be able to export to .doc or .txt so I can use my data outside of Evernote if I ever choose to.

Right now it seems that content is basically trapped in Evernote's ecosystem forever. Please tell me I am wrong.

No, content is not trapped in Evernote. Exporting to html is the best way to get information out of Evernote.

http://discussion.evernote.com/topic/42066-copy-all-evernote-notes-to-google-drive/

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I definitely sympathize with the trapped data feeling.  I wish there were more export options directly from Evernote.  
In the meantime, here's a PHP script for batch converting to .txt files.  Just be aware that it won't work if you use notes with slashes in the title:
https://github.com/panicsteve/enex-dump

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The Evernote rhetoric is NOT to trap your data. I remember this being said several times in the early podcasts. Not heard it for a while - but I'm sure it's still true.

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The Evernote rhetoric is NOT to trap your data. I remember this being said several times in the early podcasts. Not heard it for a while - but I'm sure it's still true.

I just started using Evenote (migrated from Notational Velocity, mainly so I could sync my Evernote Mac desktop with iPads).  But I do want to export txt files as a safety measure and it is a bit beyond my skill to use the apps on github.

 

Evernote:  If you are listening, please include an Export to txt file option under Export.  Thanks.

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I just started using Evenote (migrated from Notational Velocity, mainly so I could sync my Evernote Mac desktop with iPads).  But I do want to export txt files as a safety measure and it is a bit beyond my skill to use the apps on github.

 

Evernote:  If you are listening, please include an Export to txt file option under Export.  Thanks.

Here's why Evernote exports to html...

https://www.evernote.com/shard/s137/sh/e10c37c9-be36-40f4-b7b4-3501c4bcbc61/e1f2636a2d024c13de29b10c8544b65b

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I just started using Evenote (migrated from Notational Velocity, mainly so I could sync my Evernote Mac desktop with iPads).  But I do want to export txt files as a safety measure and it is a bit beyond my skill to use the apps on github.

 

Evernote:  If you are listening, please include an Export to txt file option under Export.  Thanks.

Here's why Evernote exports to html...

https://www.evernote.com/shard/s137/sh/e10c37c9-be36-40f4-b7b4-3501c4bcbc61/e1f2636a2d024c13de29b10c8544b65b

 

So it seems like the main reason to have only html export is for the attached files to be included.  Makes sense.  Still, for folks like me who don't have any attachments, it would be nice to have the additional capability to export notes as txt.  Oh well.

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I just started using Evenote (migrated from Notational Velocity, mainly so I could sync my Evernote Mac desktop with iPads).  But I do want to export txt files as a safety measure and it is a bit beyond my skill to use the apps on github.

 

Evernote:  If you are listening, please include an Export to txt file option under Export.  Thanks.

Here's why Evernote exports to html...https://www.evernote.com/shard/s137/sh/e10c37c9-be36-40f4-b7b4-3501c4bcbc61/e1f2636a2d024c13de29b10c8544b65b

So it seems like the main reason to have only html export is for the attached files to be included.  Makes sense.  Still, for folks like me who don't have any attachments, it would be nice to have the additional capability to export notes as txt.  Oh well.

Ideally, we'd have many more export options. I think it is a minor annoyance, though. I mainly use text, and I find it quite easy to move smoothly from one app to another.

http://www.christopher-mayo.com/?p=1564

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For those that want to export notes into txt or even MS Word docs I recommend cloudhq. This site will sync notes from evernote to another service like dropbox and vice-versa. A fault I find is that cloudhq does not export the notes directly onto the local directory but to other cloud services. You would have to then download the exported notes from that cloud service. 

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I have been using Evernotes for 2 years (Premium Accounts), and lately have another premium account for my wife.  But I am struggling with data export.

 

Over time, I have more notebooks and some have hundreds of notes in it.  When a project is complete I would like to export the *WHOLE* Notebook to PDF (like an e-Book) but don't know how.  There is apparently also no "archive" function for notes/Notebooks.

 

Even on individual note basis, the only options I have are to export as Evernote xml or HTML format.  Both are not ideal for me.  I hate the folder think with HTML export. It will be difficult to ask to all my co-workers and associates to use Evernote just to read a piece of my work.  I know I can "print" it to PDF in OS X, but this will be a clumsy way of export for multiple notes, or a whole Notebook.

 

I am wondering if Evernote is planning more export options.  This is becoming a concern and driving my decision if I should continue using Evernote after the current subscription expires.

 

Other export options like to Word or Pages format should also be considered - so that I can do further formatting and word processing with the information captured in my Notebook.  I want to be able to compile professionally formatted documents using data in my Notebook [The formatting and word processing features of Evernote is severely lacking].  Again, copy and paste is not really a productive way.

 

Hope other members can share their thoughts and tips too.

 

F. Lo

from Hong Kong

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Evernote is tight-lipped about their development plans so whether they are working on more or not is mostly a matter of just waiting and seeing. 

 

There are some challenges with export due to the richness and variability in note content. Plain and rich text are reasonably easy to export, but web clippings and other stuff that might have some underlying HTML is a bit more of a challenge. The HTML and XML are the most straightforward because the results will almost always be predictable regardless of content. Pages is especially hard since it is a highly proprietary format and Word is not much better, and both will very likely produce highly inconsistent and likely terribly erroneous results with most things that aren't just straightforward plain text. This could be extremely frustrating from a UX standpoint, as users expect their notes to look more or less the same on export, but in the end some might look terrible! Then begins the trial and error process of figuring out how to manipulate the troublesome note so that it exports properly, and probably failing at that. 

The exception is that you could likely get HTML exported files into Word without much fuss, then from there into just about anything else, but the workflow might be a bit onerous. 

 

I think direct PDF exporting would be the most likely pursuit because PDFs can reasonably faithfully reproduce the rich content often found in notes and is almost universally readable (editability is a different matter, but it sounds like you and many others are not too concerned about editing, more about viewing/sharing/read-only archiving). Evernote is ALMOST there in this respect, since you can already print individual notes to PDF. It would be great to be able to do this in a batch and end up with a PDF containing all the selected notes. 

 

So, in the meantime, if you want to get a bunch of notes into a single PDF, here's a few workarounds that come to mind:

 

1)Merge and print

Select all the notes you want to archive, copy them to a new, temporary notebook. In this new notebook using the copies, MERGE them all into a single note. Print as a PDF this single note containing all the notes. Then delete the originals or the merged note, or both, or whatever suits your needs. 

 

Troubles: The order of notes upon merging is a bit haphazard, I believe it is dictated either by the date created or date updated. If you are merging a small number of notes, this is relatively easily manipulated by hand to dictate merge order. If you have a large number of notes, it's a real pain. 

 

2) Select all notes, print as individual PDFs, combine in external application

Select all the notes you want to bind together. On mac, you can just select print/cmd-p and it will bring up a single dialogue box no matter how many notes you have selected. Print these to a PDF and you will end up with one PDF per note, with the note title as the file name. Using an external application (such as Preview on Mac, not sure about windows. Perhaps Adobe Reader, but Acrobat sure could. PDF Expert on iPad would do this well too) combine these separate PDFs into a single PDF file. 

 

This is likely the best option as you can use note titles to sort the order of the resultant PDF, it will not manipulate your formatting (merging as in (1) adds header text for each merged note), and you can take advantage of any optimization features in your external PDF application.  

 

Hope this helps a bit!

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I'm presuming there's no way to export my notes through the web client, since I don't run MSWin or MacOS.

 

Don't believe so - unless you can use a desktop Win or Mac machine to access your account and export the notes,  then move that file somewhere else...

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I've only ever visited these forums once, and that was when I was trying to export my data from Evernote to a format that I thought I could work with properly. All the options/suggestions that have been provided on this site and on others were third party apps/ programs and needed payment to export the amount of notes that I had (I had 250+).

 

I ended up finding an article about LibreOffice (which I already had; its FOSS); it had the ability to convert to different formats from the windows command prompt, and with some extra code, it can all be done automatically in a batch from one directory.

 

So I thought I would provide a summary of what I did here; as this was the first place I looked (it appeared first after a google search).

 

1. I exported the files as html files (notes separated, not one whole html file) from the Evernote desktop application

2. I created a .bat file (write batch code in a text file then save it with the .bat extension) (I can't attach .bat files on this forum, sorry)

    and ran the .bat file

 

The .bat file I created, converted all the html files to .rtf (rich text format) and I've stored all the different notes on my home server that I sync with Bittorrent Sync. It's easily changed to convert it to other files, but please beware that the html file may not create the play well with the format you're conveting it too and you may need to edit the end result, so that it will look the way you want. But, as for just storing the information that you have saved in Evernote, saving my files as .rtf was perfect and this way is free and can be tailored to different needs.

 

Below is the code of the .bat file I used, I had to implement a waiting period of 3 seconds, so that all the notes would be converted over in a batch automatically. I'm happy to answer any questions. HTH  :D

 

REM This displays the files being converted in the command window
@ECHO
 
REM This changes the working directory to the location of the original files
cd "<location of original files>"
 
REM You can change the 'rtf' to 'doc' 'docx' 'odf' .. whatever you like.. as long as LibreOffice can handle it
REM Make sure leave the quotes "" when you replace the pointy brackets with YOUR directories that corresponds to the description.
FOR %%f IN (*.html) DO "<location to soffice.exe>" -headless -convert-to rtf -outdir "<file output location>" "<location of original files>\%%f" & ping 1.1.1.1 -n 1 -w 5000 > nul
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I've only ever visited these forums once, and that was when I was trying to export my data from Evernote to a format that I thought I coud work with. All the option that have been provided needed to pay a sum of money to export the amount of notes that I had.

Then you stumbled upon a third party app.  There is never, repeat never, a charge from Evernote to export your data out from Evernote. 

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I've only ever visited these forums once, and that was when I was trying to export my data from Evernote to a format that I thought I coud work with. All the option that have been provided needed to pay a sum of money to export the amount of notes that I had.

Then you stumbled upon a third party app.  There is never, repeat never, a charge from Evernote to export your data out from Evernote. 

 

I'm sorry, did I offend you? Did u miss the part when I said 'All the option that have been provided needed to pay a sum of money to export the amount of notes that I had'

(I blame the keyboard :P )

 

I don't think I mentioned anywhere that they were options provided by Evernote..

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I've only ever visited these forums once, and that was when I was trying to export my data from Evernote to a format that I thought I coud work with. All the option that have been provided needed to pay a sum of money to export the amount of notes that I had.

Then you stumbled upon a third party app. There is never, repeat never, a charge from Evernote to export your data out from Evernote.

I'm sorry, did I offend you? Did u miss the part when I said 'All the option that have been provided needed to pay a sum of money to export the amount of notes that I had'

(I blame the keyboard :P )

I don't think I mentioned anywhere that they were options provided by Evernote..

I can't imagine why you think you offended me and no, I did not miss any part, thankyouverymuch. I am simply clarifying your post for you. If your post had been more explicit (IE, if you *had* mentioned you were talking about a third party option), it would not have needed clarification for others who are reading this thread. I can't imagine why you would object to that.

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The question is why you'd be driven to a (paid) third-party application to export your notes, @Voryzen. Care to elaborate?

 

No, Thank you. I feel I may have helped someone else down the line, I'm content  :)

 

 

 

 

I've only ever visited these forums once, and that was when I was trying to export my data from Evernote to a format that I thought I coud work with. All the option that have been provided needed to pay a sum of money to export the amount of notes that I had.

Then you stumbled upon a third party app. There is never, repeat never, a charge from Evernote to export your data out from Evernote.
I'm sorry, did I offend you? Did u miss the part when I said 'All the option that have been provided needed to pay a sum of money to export the amount of notes that I had'

(I blame the keyboard :P )

I don't think I mentioned anywhere that they were options provided by Evernote..

I can't imagine why you think you offended me and no, I did not miss any part, thankyouverymuch. I am simply clarifying your post for you. If your post had been more explicit (IE, if you *had* mentioned you were talking about a third party option), it would not have needed clarification for others who are reading this thread. I can't imagine why you would object to that.

 

 

Ohhhhh, you were helping.  Shucks. Thanks Darl, you're a champ

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OK, let's back up a bit here. So you wanted to work with your Evernote files in a different format than HTML, but all of the options discussed cost money, so you were looking for a free solution. Then you found LibreOffice (a free product) could do conversions, in a command-line mode that could work with batch files. And you're presenting your .BAT file that does this. Did I get that all right? :)

 

Just one question: what's the purpose of the "ping" command at the end of the script?

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OK, let's back up a bit here. So you wanted to work with your Evernote files in a different format than HTML, but all of the options discussed cost money, so you were looking for a free solution. Then you found LibreOffice (a free product) could do conversions, in a command-line mode that could work with batch files. And you're presenting your .BAT file that does this. Did I get that all right? :)

 

Just one question: what's the purpose of the "ping" command at the end of the script?

You're spot on, Jeff. Thanks for the question, I'll answer it as best as I can

 

The ping is there so that the script will wait a couple of seconds before progressing to the next file; LibreOffice (or 'soffice.exe' while in headless mode) seems to need that pause. When it isn't in there, the batch stops at one file; and while I've had it in there, I've successfully processed 250+ html notes during one run of the script. 

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OK, got it. Nice tip.

 

If I needed to do something like this, I'd probably have mucked around with the PAUSE command, or tried something else, possibly unsuccessfully. Or tried PowerShell (I wrote a PowerShell script to do my Evernote backups).

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Yes! I tried pause first and my tinkerings were unsuccessful, 'ping' seemed to be a popular alternative and worked well in this case.

 

I chose a .bat file because I thought it would have been easier for others; I'm a big fan of Powershell but batch seems more widely used and I had planned to share whatever I could find even before I had started searching

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Oh boy... great.

 

I have only recently came upon situations in which I needed to export to something like Word.   

 

I exported as an HTML, but the note failed to format properly.  It wasn't a horrible mess, but required fixing if I wanted to make it look reasonably readable for the recipient.   Both Google Docs and Word produced some errors in formatting the HTML.   I use a lot of bullets in my writing.  They come through, but the indents can be way off.

 

Evernote feels light and efficient in use, but don't like the idea of being trapped in this sketchy format.

 

I may have to migrate to another note-taking solution before getting too dependent upon Evernote....just don't like the idea of feeling stuck with HTML or PDF.

 

Amazing that there isn't some sort of Evernote "add on" that will allow nice, tight conversions.

 

Google Docs may be my next choice.   Imperfect, but cheap ...allows offline work... and the format is readily recognized or converted.  I'll make the decision when this year's Evernote subscription ends (and no better solutions are found).

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CloudHq looks like it might be a very clever, easy way to export Evernote Notes.

However, I have NOT used it, so I'm not sure.

 

By setting up a CloudHq sync between Evernote and Dropbox, and having DropBox installed on your Mac/PC, then you easily get an export of EN to your local drive.

 

The question I have is what format is used for the CloudHq sync?  HTML, Word, RTF, other?

I have sent CloudHq support asking them this very question.  I'll report back here when I get a response.

 

There is one con,  CloudHq requires a monthly fee after a 15-day free trial.

 

For those that want to export notes into txt or even MS Word docs I recommend cloudhq. This site will sync notes from evernote to another service like dropbox and vice-versa. A fault I find is that cloudhq does not export the notes directly onto the local directory but to other cloud services. You would have to then download the exported notes from that cloud service. 

 

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Wow!  I got a VERY quick response from CloudHq Support.  Here is their answer:

 

This looks very promising, assuming that the export formats work well.

 

 

We have a short support note explaining how we sync Evernote with Dropbox:

https://support.cloudhq.net/how-cloudhq-sync-evernote-with-dropbox-google-drive-or-other-file-system-cloud-services/?a=1

 

In short, cloudHQ can export Evernote notes into following formats when syncing with Dropbox:

  • PDF
  • HTML
  • MS Word
  • OpenOffice
  • TXT
  • ENEX format 

The note attachments are exported as they are - i.e., if note attachment is a ZIP file, then cloudHQ will create a ZIP file in Dropbox. 

 

The attachments will be also included into PDF export. For example, if you have note which have two images as attachments then your PDF will contain also these two images.

 

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I don´t like all these workarounds. Are there other alternatives to Evernote?

I have got 3500 notes from text notes, scanned documents, pictures, links, and others accumulated in two years.

If I decide to abandon evernote (because they keep increasing the prices to an unacceptable level, last increase was 50%), how do I get all these notes out to seperate files on the windows (or maybe IOS) file system? .
 

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Hi.  As to alternatives,  here's a lengthy discussion that also includes some exporting chat.

 

... And here are some options that came up in a web search..

https://www.quora.com/What-is-a-good-alternative-to-Evernote

https://opensource.com/life/16/8/open-source-alternatives-evernote

http://www.freelancerbundle.co/blog/top-five-alternatives-of-evernote/

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On 2016-11-30 at 11:19 PM, pschneiderw said:

If I decide to abandon evernote (because they keep increasing the prices to an unacceptable level, last increase was 50%),

The basic account continues to be free
- that will be my fallback if I'm unable to pay the fees

>>how do I get all these notes out to seperate files on the windows (or maybe IOS) file system? 

IOS has a file system?
I'm on a Mac, and I've been happy with the html export feature
I export to an Apple iCloud drive, so my backup notes are available on my iPad

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On 12/1/2016 at 2:19 AM, pschneiderw said:

If I decide to abandon evernote (because they keep increasing the prices to an unacceptable level, last increase was 50%), how do I get all these notes out to seperate files on the windows (or maybe IOS) file system? .

In the Windows client, Evernote supports exporting notes as Multiple Web Pages, one HTML file (and possibly one folder, for attachments) per note, plus one master index file. Notebook information is not retained, so if that's important to you, you'd want to export on a notebook by notebook basis. Tags are not exported in HTML export as well, so that's a downside.

The Evernote format (.ENEX) is a documented format (text-based); you may be able to find a program that understands it to be able to to convert it to some other desired format. 

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