Four places that import your Google Notebooks

With Google Notebook no longer getting development updates, other services have stepped up to the plate with importers that will get all your stuff off safely.

Just a little more than a week ago Google announced it would no longer be developing Google Notebook , its free collaborative notes and bookmarks service. While this doesn't mean the service is closing its doors--and more importantly, not allowing people to create and work on new notebooks--most folks will want to move to something that's (hopefully) going to have bugs fixed and a person to talk to when things go wrong.

On Friday we put together a short list of possible alternatives, and now several of those have come up with import tools that will grab whatever you had put together in Google Notebook so you can continue to work on it.

The latest service to come up with an importer is Zoho Notebook. Late last night the company rolled out a new version of its Zoho Notebook plug-in that lets you slurp up all your Google Notebook entries with one button. To go along with this there's also a new option in Zoho Notebook called "text pages" that attempts to emulate the drag-and-drop text list ordering found in Google Notebook. For now the tool is Firefox-only, and cannot display anything besides text clippings when viewing your notebooks from the its small pop-up window.

Ubernote's co-founder Joshua Ho pinged me to let me know that he and his team had a 24-hour coding "marathon" to put together a Google Notebook importer. After working out some kinks with duplicate tags and some stray parsing errors the tool looks up to snuff.

The good news about Ubernote's iteration is that you don't need to install a browser plug-in like Zoho is requiring. The bad news is that you have to go into Google Notebook to export each notebook individually, then re-upload the files to Ubernote one at a time. If you have a ton of Google Notebooks this might be a royal pain in the you know what.

If you want to offload Google Notebooks to your local machine there's always the HTML option. CNET Networks

Coming really soon:

Diigo, which I did not originally include in the Google Notebook alternatives post, but offers many things that Google Notebookers might find attractive, is also working on an importer. It's not out yet, but should be soon.

Likewise, Evernote is hard at work on an import tool of its own. I'm told it will be ready on Thursday. In the meantime, if you have a healthy knowledge of coding language Python, Livejournal user rainyrhy has put together this script which will take exported Google notebook pages and convert them into .enex files which Evernote can then import. This probably isn't the best option for most folks, and will chop up any pictures you might have saved on the service.

About the author

Josh Lowensohn joined CNET in 2006 and now covers Apple. Before that, Josh wrote about everything from new Web start-ups, to remote-controlled robots that watch your house. Prior to joining CNET, Josh covered breaking video game news, as well as reviewing game software. His current console favorite is the Xbox 360.

 

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