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Plaintext Export Add-in for Tomboy

The Plaintext export add-in for Tomboy Notes allows you to export
all your notes or a selected notebook to plain .txt files, using the export functions introduced in Tomboy 1.7.1 on Linux and 1.9.7 on Windows and Mac. (In other words you must have that version or higher for it to work!) It’s licensed under the LGPL. As always, if you have anything to report just email me!



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  1. arams permalink
    January 13, 2012

    I have Tomboy Notes installed on a Windows7 machine. I recently installed this plugin to Tomboy. I went preferences and made sure this plugin was enabled. I then went to “Search All Notes/Tools” but didn’t see the plugin. I have Tomboy 1.8.3. Please help!

    • robpvn permalink*
      January 13, 2012

      It should be under Search All Notes -> Tools -> Export -> Export All Notes to Plain Text Files. From your description it sounds like it should work. Does the Search All Notes -> Tools -> Export -> Export All Notes to HTML option work? (It’s included with Tomboy.)

      • arams permalink
        January 13, 2012

        “Search All Notes -> Tools -> Export” is not shown. What is shown is “Search All Notes -> Tools -> Synchronize Notes”.

        • robpvn permalink*
          January 16, 2012

          Strange it seems that it’s not my add-in but the add-in infrastructure that’s malfunctioning. Do any other add-ins work?

          • arams permalink
            January 17, 2012

            The “Export to HMTL” add-in on the note itself does work.

            • robpvn permalink*
              January 18, 2012

              OK, sounds like the problem might be with Tomboy. Are you absolutely sure you have Tomboy 1.8.3 installed?

            • robpvn permalink*
              January 23, 2012

              See my reply to noelia, I’ll investigate the problem.

            • robpvn permalink*
              February 13, 2012

              See my new comment to noelia for an update. ;-)

  2. noelia permalink
    January 22, 2012

    Hi! I’m having the same problem and I’m aboslutley sure I have version 1.8.3. Did you come up with any solution?


    • robpvn permalink*
      January 23, 2012

      OK, I’m guessing something might be wrong with the Windows build of 1.8.3. I’ll have a go at installing it on my Windows machine soon and see if the same happens for me, and then I’ll talk to the Tomboy developers about it.

      • noelia permalink
        January 30, 2012

        Ok. I’ll keep checking to see what happens. I think this is the application most important feature Tomboy is missing. Thanks for developing it!

        • robpvn permalink*
          February 13, 2012

          I’ve found the problem, it’s a fault with the Windows version of Tomboy. I’ve submitted a patch and bugged the dev team about it, so fingers crossed it’ll be fixed in the next release of Tomboy for Windows. :-)

          • noelia permalink
            February 28, 2012

            awesome! Can’t wait!
            This is the most useful add-in I’ve seen. Thanks for creating it! :)

            • October 18, 2012

              Doesn’t appear the patch made it into the latest version (1.10.2).

              • robpvn permalink*
                October 18, 2012

                I checked, the patch was committed for release 1.9.7 and I just downloaded 1.10.2 to make sure it has export all built in and that my add-in works. So there must be something else wrong. ;-)

                By default the tools menu should at least show Search All Notes -> Tools -> Export -> Export All Notes to HTML, is that there?

  3. jose permalink
    January 11, 2013

    Hi there, I have more than 1000 notes, and your plugin seems lifesaving, but I cannot use it. Maybe doing something wrong, of course. I’m in tomboy 1.12, and I’ve dragged ExportToPlanTextAddin.dll to .config/tomboy/addin-db-001/addin-data/global

    sorry, I’m not a very experienced linux user…

    • robpvn permalink*
      January 11, 2013

      I think that’s the wrong folder, you probably want to put it in ~/.config/tomboy/addins (you can make the folder if it doesn’t exist). :-)

  4. December 18, 2013

    Doesn’t seem to be working for me.

    Export to Plain Text 0.10
    Tomboy 1.15.1
    Windows 7 x64

    When I try either exporting all notes or a single notebook, after selecting a destination, an error window pops up: “Could not save the files in D:\exampleFolder” “Unknown error.”

    The only choice in response is OK.

    The only output it creates is a folder containing a folder, empty of any text files.

    I experimented a bit with this, and a new notebook containing no notes successfully exports (of course it just produces an empty folder). Adding even a single note whose only text is “test” to the notebook caused the export to fail as I outlined above.

    • robpvn permalink*
      December 31, 2013

      Sorry that I took a while to reply!

      I don’t know what might be causing the problem, but an easy way to see if the problem is in the add-in or in Tomboy is to try to export all (or notebook) to HTML and see if that works. :-)

  5. sm8ps permalink
    June 8, 2014

    Many thanks for this useful add-in! It works perfectly well with Tomboy 1.10.1 on Ubuntu 12.04 (Precise).

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