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Migrating from Evernote to Apple Notes

9to5Mac published an article on OS X 10.11.4’s ability (in beta, as of this writing) to migrate from Evernote to the new-and-improved Apple Notes app found in El Capitan and iOS 9.  I went through this migration myself a couple of months ago once I saw how well executed the new Apple Notes app appeared to be, and I used an extremely helpful AppleScript from Larry Salibra, which worked very well—not perfectly—but very well.  I had a few thousand notes stored in Evernote, most of which had attached PDF files from my scanner and/or ScanBot on iOS.  During the transition, I lost about 50 of those notes for one reason or another during the transfer, and Mr. Salibra’s script attached the metadata stored in Evernote to the bottom of the note as text.  This was neither a perfect nor a native solution, but as Apple had neither included a native importer nor indicated any thought of doing so, I gladly and thankfully went forward with Larry’s script and closed my Evernote account.

Today’s news makes me wish I had held-off on deleting that Evernote account, as the thought of a native conversion from Evernote to Apple Notes leaves me wanting to roll back the clock.

Regardless, if you are considering making the switch from Evernote to Apple Notes (and really, I think that’s probably a good idea for the majority of Evernote users in the Apple ecosystem), hold off until OS X 10.11.4 launches officially and import your Evernotes the appropriate way to ensure the most successful transfer possible.