Export your data from Catch Notes before it shuts down

Are you a Catch notes user? Wondering where you'll go now that its service is shutting down? Here's how to pack up your data and move on.

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Catch Notes sent out an e-mail this week stating that service will be terminated August 30, 2013. According to the e-mail, the company is "headed in a different direction," and evidently your notes are not invited for the ride.

After the end of the month, Catch Notes and AK Notepad will have their sync and collaboration abilities discontinued, and the app and Web interface will stop working. So now it's time to export your data and move on. Here's how:

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Step 1: Log in to your Catch account on the Web. The export tool that the company is recommending is only available when you use the Web interface.

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Step 2: You should see the export page right away. If you don't see it, there's a link on the main account page on the left-hand side.

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Step 3: Time to choose between the types of backups that Catch is offering. CSV will only capture your text from notes, not your images. The ZIP archive will grab notes, photos, recordings, lists, and files -- basically, you'll leave nothing behind!

You can also choose to only backup one of your "Spaces," or categories, or even just pick one year's worth of notes. The notes will be exported in ENEX, HTML, and TXT formats, so you'll have plenty of options when you import to a new service.

Where will you take your data? Evernote? Google Drive? Share your favorite note-taking/saving service in the comments.

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