DynoNotepad Converter

Background

Early in the life of my NOS 1.3 based MessagePad 120, I purchased DynoNotepad and took 250K of notes. After upgrading to NOS 2.0, DynoNotepad would no longer run; meaning I lost access to my DynoNotepad-stored notes.

When I first upgraded to NOS 2.0, Apple Support promised me that the Newton Connection Utility would allow me to convert my DynoNotepad data into something that was NOS 2.0 readable. As we all know, the NCU doesnít do this. So, Iíve now cobbled something together to perform that conversion for me.

 

More Details

The DynoNotepad converter is simly a Perl script which takes a DynoNotepad soup (dumped with "Pour") and converts it into a data stream suitable for loading into NOS 2.0 Outlines via Slurpee.

The converter is used as follows:

  1. Use the freeware Pour utility (by Matthew Dixon Cowles <MattC@online.apple.com>) to dump the Outlines and Topics soups to your desktop computer.
  2. Run the converter, dnp2slrp.pl, on the dumped soups.
  3. Use Slurpee (by Steve Weyer <weyer@kagi.com>) to load the notes back into your Newton.
  4. Optionally, run the dnp2tm.pl script to produce a report of the timestamp value of each outline; then use one of the many Soup Editors to manually reset the timestamp of each outline. This manual step is necessary because Slurpee always resets the timestamp slot when it creates a notepad entry.

I have provided some test data so that you may try the script out to see how it works. A welcome addition to this package would be a Slurpee DUMP template so that Pour would not have to be used. There nothing wrong with Pour, it would simply be less trouble if one less tool had to be used.

 

Disclaimer

THIS SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED ``AS IS'' AND WITHOUT ANY EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTIBILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.

 

Obtaining The Software

The converter package is available for downloading from this page. Choose the most suitable format from the menu:
  • Dnp2Slurpee.tar.gz - a UNIX generated gzipíed tar file
  • if someone will supply other formats I will gladly place them here
  • Please drop me a quick email if this script was useful to you.

     


    Last updated: 2007/02/16 @ 09:53:01 ( )