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Import text files into Evernote without losing “date created” metadata

Hallelujah! In light of Evernote’s recent 4.0 iPhone app update, I’ve decided to give the whole Evernote ecosystem another shot. It’s a little too early to provide any feedback on my return to the green elephant, but I’ve already got one useful little bit of information to share.

I have been keeping all of my notes in plain .txt files and have relied on Notational Velocity (Free) for Mac and Notesy ($2.99) on my iPhone to keep everything organized by the “date modified” field (i.e. most recently modified notes shot up to the top of the list). Dragging these .txt files into Evernote to import them works out well enough, except for the fact that the notes are created anew — thereby erasing all of the “date created” and “date modified” metadata that I’ve come to rely on. I tend to remember where a note is based on the last time I accessed it, so having an unorganized mass of 750 notes that were all created at the same time (according to Evernote) really isn’t very helpful to me.

Fortunately, after a little bit of desperate Googling, I managed to stumble upon this great little Applescript that’s hosted on Veritrope.com. This script, which required all of two clicks to activate (one within the browser, another in Automator), magically imports a folder’s worth of notes into Evernote while maintaining all of the “date created” and “date modified” fields. The process can take a little while, so it’s best to have a ham sandwich and a coffee ready, but it works beautifully.

Frankly, I’m surprised this functionality isn’t built right into Evernote, since it would probably help net users who are antsy about making a switch and losing meaningful metadata.

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  • Orks

    Hi Thomas, i’m also in the same need as you. How did you run the script to import your txt files into Evernote? Can it be run on a pc or I will need a mac?
    Thanks much.

  • Michael

    Thank you, this helped a lot.

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