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« Thread started on: Nov 16th, 2016, 02:30am »

Hello Tom,

I really like Stickies. I love how fast we can open a new one using shortcuts. I am enjoying using it in my writing workflow. Whenever inspirations strike, no matter what apps I am currently opening, when I hit Win + S, stickies will be there for me to take notes. Unlike other apps which require changing tab using mouse before even creating a new note. Really unpractical. I begin to get used with Stickies and really like it, I intend to make it my main apps for my knowledge management system, but for me to be able to do that may I suggest the ability to export the stickies to plain text? If it is possible that would be fantastic.

Otherwise, thanks for the great job! cool cool cool
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« Reply #1 on: Nov 16th, 2016, 4:29pm »

Of course you can always copy and paste, but you can also save a note (control-s), and change the type to be .txt file, which should be what you're looking for?

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« Reply #2 on: Nov 19th, 2016, 8:13pm »

Hi Tom,

I am sorry for not being specific, what I mean is, is it possible to export all of our stored stickies to separated .txt file? From the menu in one click?

Since I'm not an Apple user, I've been looking for a Windows alternative for Notational Velocity (http://notational.net/), including it upgraded version of nvAlt, which some of their strongest features includes support for mouseless workflow through keyboard shortcuts and the ability to save to .txt.

Other Windows client app

I've tried before another note-taking Windows desktop client namely ResophNotes (http://www.resoph.com/ResophNotes/Welcome.html) and Notation (http://getnotation.com/), although they support .txt extension also could sync with Simplenote (https://simplenote.com/), -which in turn overkill it by simultaneously sync with DropBox-, to me they are all lacks the sense of writing in a physical note.

I am not comfortable writing in those apps because I simply forgot what I've wrote as if it is gone in the cloud. Well, it was mainly because I am too lazy to review all of my notes in the app, but it simply because when I opened the app's windows where my intention is simply to write and write only, we've already bombarded with the view of other files (even a glimpse) that we might don't want to think about for now .

I have tried to punch my way through bearing with those apps, but eventually it felt too bloated. I think that's why there is this trend in "distraction-free writing apps" on the web.

Having Stickies (I use v.8.0c because it's already powerful), I can't praise your apps enough for hiding all of the menu which could easily accessed with a right click and shortcuts. That is distraction-free.

What I like about Stickies

Oh, didn't I mention it before? Behold, there is more! grin

I really like the Manage Stickies feature (ctrl + M) where I can search all of my saved stickies there.

And what I like more from your app compared to the other note-taking apps such as Evernote, is the fact that in addition of being accessible via ctrl+M, it also suit my preference where I could move around my notes in my desktop screen when I write it.

It gives me the sense of writing a physical note that I am talking about. I could stop from writing and do something else and even after my laptop rebooted it still there. On my desktop wall at the same exact position. Like the good 'ol paper. Reliable and really intuitive. Except that I kept losing my paper. cheesy

I am inspired by the way of Christian Tietze and Sascha Fast (http://Zettelkasten.de) and Michael Descy (http://plaintext-productivity.net/) in taking notes which endorse plain text approach because they believe .txt will be here and compatible to many future devices for a long time thus suitable for making a long living notes library, and I agree with them. That's why I am really passionate about suggesting this feature. smiley

If we can have the feature to export our stored stickies to separated .txt files from the Manage Stickies menu, we can sync it with any cloud services of our liking, and that would make it more awesome.

Sorry for this wall of post, keep up the great work! grin cool

P.S. Since I've already mentioned about note-taking, I want to mention another cool influential blogs reviewing note-taking apps (mainly for academic purpose): Dr Andus (https://drandus.wordpress.com/)and Prof. Manfred Kuhn (http://takingnotenow.blogspot.com/). I thought others would find it useful.
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« Reply #3 on: Nov 21st, 2016, 5:53pm »

An impassioned wall of post, certainly!

I certainly like the idea of your data not being locked into some proprietary format. That's why Stickies stores data as RTF and PNG files, along with putting records into an MDB file. All three of those formats are very accessible from outside Stickies, although you may need some coding skill to be able to process them, of course.

As for saving to TXT - well it looks like someone else has already done the work - saving me the job!

http://www.emreakkas.com/localization-tools/convert-rtf-to-txt

I've not tried it, but it looks like it's as simple as it needs to be. It's not a hard thing to write, but nonetheless Emre has, and I have not.

However, depending on how you use Stickies, perhaps you were instead meaning the data in store categories? Getting that out programmatically/automatically would take an additional step?

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« Reply #4 on: Nov 23rd, 2016, 04:30am »

Hahaha... I had a lot of free time to wrote that grin

Thanks for pointing me out the RTF converter! I'm not aware about the "rtf" folder until you mention that. Yeah, is that possible to extract them from data in store categories? Like the "rtf" folder?

I notice the folder specifically contains the active stickies?

Anyway, much appreciated, Tom! cool
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« Reply #5 on: Nov 24th, 2016, 1:06pm »

It's possible, yes, but it's not something which is built into Stickies at all. You'd need to put together some code which either synchronised between, or extracted to text files from an MDB file table. That's not a particularly difficult thing to write, but it's not code which exists in Stickies at the moment...

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« Reply #6 on: Nov 27th, 2016, 07:30am »

Hello Tom,

Wow, that's cool. Unfortunately I am not quite savvy with the likes of MS Access. Do you have any plan to include this in the future development?

In the meanwhile, I could use ctrl+s and the RTV converter. cool

By the way I just found out another cool feature from your apps. Besides being a seeker of the ultimate notetaking apps, I am also a productivity geek.

You probably might've heard about this productivity method called "the Pomodoro Technique", and I've tried using many apps to execute this method but never done it consistenly.

I just found out the use of "Sleep" feature, write notes and set sleep for a few minutes and voilą.. a reminder. I wonder why I didn't use this before.

What I like about it is after specific time the notes will show up. Unlike any other timer which will just beep after a while and just easily ignored, in a sleeping sticky notes I could write the reason why I put this reminder from the first place, which will increase the chance of it succeedly executed. Plus, no need any internet connection.

A Windows app could be this great, all I can say is huge thanks!!!

Another one, another one... The awesomeness is just keep coming,lol grin grin grin
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« Reply #7 on: Nov 28th, 2016, 2:21pm »

Perhaps it's a little more complex than you'd want, but maybe this:

http://mdbtools.sourceforge.net/

(found by just a quick Google!) might be something which already exists which does what you want?

If you really get stuck, I could probably put something together which would dump all unencrypted text notes to RTF files - quick 'n' dirty like.

I'd not seen the Pomodoro technique before - perhaps it might help me get through more work, at work, so I'm not quite as late with everything as I am... smiley

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« Reply #8 on: Nov 30th, 2016, 12:04am »

Will check that one out.

Yeah, give it a try. No need for a timer, "stick" with Stickies. grin
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