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My notes look funny in Notepad on Windows

[This post is only relevant to Windows users of Notesy 1.0 who like to use Notepad.]

Notesy saves your notes as text files, to make them easy to open in many applications on your computer. So far, so good.

However, Notesy 1.0 saves notes with UNIX line endings (this is what Macs use) rather than Windows line endings. Unfortunately this makes your notes look funny if you open them in Notepad on Windows. We’re very sorry about this, and it’s fixed for 1.1 already, but that doesn’t help you while you’re running 1.0.

To work around this you can open your notes in more sophisticated applications such as WordPad, Word, or the excellent and free Notepad++; actually, if you try Notepad++ you may never go back to plain old Notepad. Notepad++ adds an Edit in Notepad++ option to the Windows Explorer context menu, so you can open a note by simply right-clicking on it and choosing that option.

If you prefer to keep on using Notepad you can grab the free todos utility that comes as part of the Tofrodos package. The simplest way to use it is to open the Tofrodos ZIP file and drag the todos.exe utility onto your desktop. You can then just drag any note from your notesy folder onto the todos utility’s icon and it will automatically be converted for you, and you can then open it in Notepad by double-clicking on it as normal.

Here’s an example of a note created in Notesy 1.0 opened in Notepad and in Notepad++:



Again, we’re very sorry this slipped through, but we’ll get Notesy 1.1 out there as soon as we can.

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 support@notesy-app.com and I’ll see what I can do to help you out.

TextEdit

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.


Notepad

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




Word

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.