New script to export notes to RTF or OPML (now with RTFD for images)

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Dana Leighton

03 Aug, 2010 02:21 AM

**** There is a new version of this script - click here for the most current version.

**** Please note: 20-Nov-2015 - This script is no longer being actively maintained or enhanced.

**** Update: 25-Feb-2013 - If you're running Mac OS 10.6.8, an update to Sente's Sqlite engine seems to have broken the script's functionality. For a fix for this see this post

**** Update: 16-Aug-2010 - If you're running Mac OS 10.5 Leopard, and have trouble invoking the script from the Scripts Menu, see the workaround below - click here

Suggestions seemed like a reasonable place to post this, although it's not a suggestion, but rather a solution.

I use a writing program called Scrivener, and wanted a way to export Sente notes to it. I used the houthakker script that exported to DevonThink, then exported the DevonThink files to OPML and imported to Scrivener. After the DevonThink trial ran out and I decided not to license it, I decided to modify the houthakker script to write out to OPML for import to Scrivener.

Well one thing led to another, and I created a script that exports Sente notes to either OPML or RTF. I learned a lot about Applescript and relived my previous career as a software developer, but I'm an academic now, and have to get back to some real work.

Anyway, The attached file is a disk image which contains the script, an installer that installs it in the right place, and installation and use instructions. It is licensed under the Creative Commons GNU GPL license which means you can use it, modify it, and redistribute it to your heart's content. i just hope it's as useful for you as it was for me. It is distributed without any warranty for its fitness or usefulness. Details of the license are in the disk image, or here:

I created a video tutorial on using the script to export notes from Sente into Scrivener. It is available from the following link:

If you do find it useful, and you feel the urge toward reciprocity, please consider donating to my favorite charity, the Lance Armstrong Foundation, which does great work for cancer survivors:

If you run it and encounter any problems or have suggestions, use the email address in the Installation Notes or post a message in this thread. I'll do my best to work on it some more, but I am getting really busy with research. Better yet, if you find a problem and can fix it or modification to improve it, send me the details so I can fix it for the next release (if there is one).

Dana Leighton

**** NOTE: Do not download the dmg linked to this comment. See the newest version linked to at the top of this comment! ****

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  1. 181 Posted by Dana Leighton on 04 Jul, 2015 12:44 AM

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    OK I am glad to know it worked on your system. On mine, textutil is dysfunctional. I create a txt file, try converting it to RTF with font and size, and I just get Helvetica 12. I will be getting a new Macbook at work, so I may try it on there and see if it's some weirdness in my OS installation.

  2. 182 Posted by Dana Leighton on 20 Nov, 2015 09:53 PM

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    As of now, this script will no longer be maintained or enhanced. I am moving away from Sente as my reference manager, and so won't be actively using it. It has helped a lot of people, and I'm glad if you found it useful.

    I will leave this thread open in case you want to discuss the script, but I won'd be monitoring it.

    Best wishes, and thanks for the fish!

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  3. 183 Posted by aap on 21 Nov, 2015 10:42 AM

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    Sorry to hear this. I have enjoyed your script.

    As many of us are looking for a Sente substitute in view of our concern about its future I was wondering what your new reference manager of choice is.

    Thanks for your your wonderful script.


  4. 184 Posted by ManPer on 21 Nov, 2015 03:46 PM

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    thanks for improving for such a long time this wonderful tool. I agree with aap: since you are the go-to guy in this matter, we would really benefit from your advice, especially since the transition might not be an easy one. How to migrate not only references but also PDFs and annotations?
    Thanks again.

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