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Evernote Sandbox - Data Import Process

(Or Lack Thereof)

I have been using the PlaceMe App on my iPhone for a while now. I save the location data to my Evernote account. I love this feature. I’ve got some 700+ of these notes saved in my Evernote account. Being able to search my location history from within Evernote can be very useful.

I’ve been working to learn Ruby and Rails via the IronYard. I’ve all been looking for a way to analyze all my location data. Unable to find an existing solution, I decided to flex the muscle between my ears and be my own miracle.

My journey to scratch my own itch has led me to learning the Evernote api. One of the first things I learned was that testing in the sandbox has some challenges. For the life of me, I couldn’t figure out how I was supposed to be able to import existing notes into the sandbox environment. At least not without getting really sad from all the recommended workarounds. I went searching the developer forums and found the following discussion, but that was the best I could do. It wasn’t good enough.

After some experimentation, I found a more workable solution:

  • Export .enex files from my Evernote on the Mac.
  • Save the .enex file (or files) to Dropbox.
  • Open Evernote on an iOS device. If you are logged in already, log out. Log back in, but append “#sandbox.evernote.com” to the end of your username, per the testing in the sandbox guide.
  • After you login to Evernote, close the app and launch Dropbox.
  • Find your export file in Dropbox and “Open in Evernote”

Boom! At this point, you should be winning at life.

I hope this helps.