Evernote Daily Journal for Mac OS X

Several months back (March 2010 in fact) I posted how to create a daily journal in Evernote on Windows using a bit of script. The script creates a new note in evernote with a dynamically generated title (the current date) and pre-populated with an Evernote tag. Whilst I use this to log everything I do at work, at home I have an Apple Mac that I use most of the time and I hadn’t quite got around to porting the script to OS X … until now.

The original script was a simple DOS batch script but fortunately it was quite simple to port over into AppleScript. On Windows I use a portable application launcher to give quick and simple access to the script, but on my Mac I just call it from my scripts menu on my menu bar (though you could of course save the script as a service in Snow Leopard to assign a shortcut key or use QuickSilver).

The script begins by building the content for the import file. The file is in the Evernote ENEX format, but it is fairly simple to read straight from the script below. Should you need to modify it to include something in the body of the note put the text between the ‘en-note’ tags. As it stands the tags are actually taken form the TAG_DEFINITION constant at the start of the script and the title is generated by the ReverseDate() function.

With the content built the next step is to write the note content to a file on the desktop (though you could edit this to be an alternate location if you prefer). With the file written, Evernote then gets called to import the file and finally the import file we created is deleted. The Evernote notebook into which the note is imported is defined by the IMPORT_NOTEBOOK constant which again is defined at the start of the script.

-- Constants
set TAG_DEFINITION to "Journal"
set IMPORT_NOTEBOOK to "Sand Pit"

    -- Build the content of the Evernote file format to write to the import file
    set theText to "" & return
    set theText to theText & "" & return
    set theText to theText & "" & ReverseDate() & "<?xml version=\"1.0\" encoding=\"UTF-8\"?>" & return
    set theText to theText & "<!DOCTYPE en-note SYSTEM \"http://xml.evernote.com/pub/enml2.dtd\"><en-note></en-note>" & TAG_DEFINITION & ""
    -- Create the import file
    set theFilePath to (path to desktop as string) & "today journal" & ReverseDate() & ".enex" as string
    set theFileReference to open for access theFilePath with write permission
    write theText to theFileReference
    close access theFileReference
    -- Import the file into Evernote
    tell application "Evernote"
        import theFilePath to IMPORT_NOTEBOOK with tags
    end tell
    -- Delete the import file
    tell application "Finder"
        delete file theFilePath
    end tell
    -- Error handling
on error errStr number errorNumber
    display dialog "Unfortunately an error occurred:" & return & "[" & errorNumber & "]" & errStr
end try

-- Return the current date in format yyyy-mm-dd
on ReverseDate()
    -- Start with the current date
    set theDate to current date
    -- Pick out the year
    set intYear to text -1 thru -4 of ((year of theDate) as text)
    -- Pick out the month
    copy theDate to tempDate
    set the month of tempDate to January
    set intMonth to text -2 thru -1 of ("0" & 1 + (theDate - tempDate + 1314864) div 2629728)
    -- Pick out the day
    set intDay to text -2 thru -1 of ("0" & theDate's day)
    -- Return the date parts separated by hyphens
    return (intYear & "-" & intMonth & "-" & intDay) as string
end ReverseDate

So that’s it. The principle can of course be expanded to any number of automation scripts you might have logging anything into Evernote, so enjoy.

Author: Stephen Millard
Tags: | applescript | evernote |

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