I am disgusted with Evernote and their stance to remove local notebooks and now am searching for apps to replace Evernote. I downloaded Devonthink trial and it seems like a good replacement. But I need some help how to move my Evernote files to Devonthink. As a new user, it would help me if there was a tutorial so I dont have to do it trial and error setting up the structure and doing the import.
Also, is there a way to interface a Scansnap so that it auto imports to Devonthink?
I’m also an Evernote refugee
The actual conversion is automatic; but make sure you’re running Evernote Legacy on your Mac (I renamed it to Evernote)
In DT, select File > Import > Import Notes from Evernote
I basically had a single EN notebook of 14k notes, but I split it up to simplify the import to DT
An EN note converts to a DT note, but if there’s attachments we get a Group container
Notebooks convert to Groups
Tags convert to Tags
Thanks all. I tested the import by selecting one local notebook from evernote and then importing Notes from Evernote. It moved the files from Evernote to DT but for every note in Evernote, which consisted of one pdf file, there was now in DT, a group? of 2 files: the pdf and an extraneous useless file with just the name of the file. I couldnt figure out how to delete the extraneous useless file automatically. Help would be appreciated! Thanks
So i downloaded the Clean Evernote Imports.dtSmartRule.zip attachment
Double clicked it and it installed into DT. Then I went to Tools menu and clicked on Perform Rules and selected Clean Evernote Imports. A pop up window appears and I clicked OK. Nothing happened. What did I do wrong?
I see. Umm, how do I remove the old one and install the new one. (Sorry, I’m new to DT). The extraneous file contains the title of the pdf, e.g.
and that is it. The name of the file is 2012_05_24_22_43_29, which happens to be the exact same name as the other file, the pdf.
No need to remove it. Probably easiest if you just copy the new version of the script, then right click on the Smart Rule (in the Navigation Sidebar) to edit it, then click „Edit“ in the script action, delete the old script and paste the new.
To test the Smart Rule make sure to set a search scope (at the top of the Edit window). When you close the Edit window you‘ll see all records that the Smart Rule matches. You can run it via its contextual menu.
I just did the standard import through the file menu and it worked well. It was a clear reminder of how much crap I actually shoved in Evernote, how much of it I no longer need, and how I need to be vigilant of not letting that happen again.
I’ll be deleting my Evernote account shortly.
I transferred my entire Evernote local notebooks to DT with the help of the advice provided by people here. So many thanks.
One question though - I deleted my 50GB Evernote local database and found that my imported DT database was only 5 GB. Its not obvious what the difference in sizes are due to. Anyone have any insight? Did I lose data? Thanks
I decided to contribute and put in one place, a tutorial on Evernote to DT. Contributions are taken from other people, but placed in one place here.
Installation: Install DT, install Evernote Legacy,
Start launching Evernote Legacy - it must be running for exporting to work. Launch DT.
In DT, Under File-> Import → Notes from Evernote. It will provide a selection of notebooks to chose from. Select all of them to import. It will take a while for all the notes to be imported into a Folder named Evernote. . For each note in evernote, it typically gets translated to a group of 2 docs, one with the note, one a file with the filename of the note. We need to get rid of the extraneous file and convert the group to a single file, using a smart rule.