Bug Report: Data Loss Importing from OS X Notes App

Notes.app uses the first line of text to generate the name of a Note. If the line is too long, the name is truncated.

When you import from Notes.app to DEVONThink Pro Office, each newly created document has the same name as the OS X Note: the first line of text, sometimes truncated. In the new document, the first line of text that was in the original Note is omitted.

This means that not only is the first line of text missing after importing, you can’t reconstruct it from the title of the note. That information is just lost.


OS X Note


DEVONThink Import from Notes


As you can see, the entire first line is missing from the imported Note, and cannot be reconstructed from the title. It’s just missing.

This is a big data loss bug, and makes it impossible to use the Notes.app import feature.

This seems to be a bug/limitation of Notes’ AppleScript support - DEVONthink uses the name & body returned by Apple Notes but doesn’t modify them on its own.

So Apple returns a message with the first line excised, plus a truncated file name?

I believe you, but that’s INSANITY.

Is there any way to copy the entire note itself, not query the database, but copy and paste the entire note?

They must store the entire note somewhere as accessible data (as they display the entire note in the Notes apps themselves. Any way to access that?