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Notes as Text Files

Notesy turns your notes into text files, so that you can work with them on your computers as well as within Notesy.

Notesy saves your notes encoded in UTF-8 format, without a BOM. UTF-8 is capable of representing any Unicode character. It’s also the most compact of the Unicode encodings, which saves space and bandwidth.

So if you create a note as a text file on your computer, be sure to specify UTF-8, no BOM, as the format. Notesy will try its best to figure out what encoding you used if you didn’t use UTF-8, but it isn’t always able to guess correctly, so it is best to stick to UTF-8 if you can.

Similarly, if you create a note in Notesy then open it in an application on your computer, you may need to tell your application that the note is in UTF-8 format.

Luckily, it’s easy to open and create your notes in UTF-8 in most text-editing applications.

Here’s how for TextEdit, Notepad and Word. If you use another application, or still see problems after reading this post, please email and I’ll see what I can do to help you out.


Here’s how you could create a note in TextEdit. Start by creating the text of your note:

Then go to the Format menu and select the Make Plain Text option:

You’ll notice that TextEdit will hide the fomat bar and your text will look a bit different:

Then save the note to the notesy folder in your Dropbox:

Make sure that Plain Text Encoding says Unicode (UTF-8) before you press Save.


To create a note in Notepad choose Save As from the File menu and select UTF-8 as the Encoding:


You can even do it in Word, if you really want to; choose Save As as in Notepad and select Plain Text as the Save as type:

A File Conversion dialog will then come up; select the Other encoding radio button, then choose Unicode (UTF-8) from the list. Press OK to save your note.