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  • GuyNash Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Apr 12, 2012 3:12 PM (in response to Coppertiger)

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    As the Notes are in the TFSM why do you think I failed to pick them up, did Iget one instruction wrong?

     

    Regards, Guy                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

  • Coppertiger Level 2 Level 2 (490 points)
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    Apr 13, 2012 8:44 AM (in response to GuyNash)

    http://www.zubrag.com/tools/html-tags-stripper.php   Will take care of most of the formatting - go from first <div> to last </div)

    However there is a deliciously simple way of doing it.  If we take the following:

     

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    If you copy and paste this into a new Notepad doc, then save it as Mynote1.htm - using the notepad Save As option under the File menu - be sure to select the save as All Files *.* option at the bottom of the save As dialogue box - choose a folder to save to and then hit Save button.  If you see a box next to the save button marked Encoding - be sure it is set to UTF-8.

     

    Go to your newly created file and right click and hit Open - it should open in a browser window - I tested a paste of your message into notepad and multiplied it several times.  Saved it as an htm - then opened it in Internet Explorer.  Should give you what you are looking for.

     

    Theoretically Internet Explorer should recognise a complete copy of your Database file saved as an htm file in this way.  Make a copy.  Then rename it data.htm.  Open in explorer and it should be automatically formatted to give you what you want.

     

    Best Regards, Nick

  • GuyNash Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Apr 14, 2012 2:49 PM (in response to Coppertiger)

    I have got all the information on the missing notes I need.  After following your instructions I made the Mynotes1 file and could see all my notes.  There was still a lot of unwanted formatting when opened in I.E and I did try running this through Zubrag tools, but that seemed to make it worse.  I am copying and pasting the text from MyNotes1 without any difficulty and will soon have the notes as I want them.

     

    Thank you for all the time and effort you have put into this problem.  I do not think the cause of the loss has been resolved, but I hope so or others may have had the same problem.  At least they will also be able to follow your guidance.

     

    Many Thanks Again,

     

    Guy

  • sherriefromtn Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Apr 23, 2012 7:03 PM (in response to GuyNash)

    Not to butt in on your conversation, but I am having the same problem with iTunes. I finally found where the "signature" is not valid. I had this problem with another program and had to go into the program and update from the properties. I have done this with iTunes several times though and it will not update, even though it said it was installed. I did that on my Vista at the office about 5 times. iTunes will not update. I just tried on my home Windows 7, but it requires a restart I believe and I am downloading (items) off internet and a slow one at that and not about to shut down in the middle of a 450+MB file, which will probably take "me" all night! HughesNet.. yeah! "lightning fast" NOT! anyway...  try to update your digital signature and see if your itunes will update then for you. you can tell I am computer illeterate.. and you seem to be gettin great help and I am missing NOTES also.. so, I'm copying for later reading.. I have to call in help when it gets this techy!.

  • CuriousAngry Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jul 26, 2012 5:18 AM (in response to GuyNash)

    Like many, I too had this problem happen in the third week in July, 12 and I lost many more seriously important pages than one, so I am livid beyond comprehension. Anyone thinking they’re helping by talking iCloud or saying things like, “if you backed up your device, all you have to do is obtain your lost material from your back up,” is water over the ****. Those aiming the lost info victims in that directions, is redundant all over the web, and about as helpful as nothing at all. Duhhh…like who doesn’t know that??!! WE NEED A REASON THIS HAPPENED! WE NEED TO FIND OUT WHY THIS HAPPENED SO APPLE CAN GET THEIR BUTT IN GEAR AND SEE TO IT THIS DOESN’T HAPPEN  AGAIN!!

    All this talk of iCloud is only for those who leave their doors unlocked and windows wide open when they leave the house: A crime waiting to happen. Many don’t trust on-line purchasing or banking, yet they saturate the servers of iCloud with every fact and figure in their life, and yet sleep well. What is the world thinking? Anyone ever heard of HACKS???? What a mistake.

       Speaking of HACKS, why don't one of you fine gentleman or ladies discover and fix this disappearing note problem so, well, you'll have something to find when you hack into iCloud!!!!

  • Brad Purvis Level 1 Level 1 (55 points)
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    Aug 23, 2012 2:49 PM (in response to brunosmash)

    Just lost all my Notes on iCloud as well. I am so ****** right now. It is simply not possible to rebuild the years of information I had stored on there. People, places, etc. Un - ******* - believable.

  • snapple007 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Aug 24, 2012 3:19 AM (in response to Brad Purvis)

    Yep, I just lost all mine but for one (the most recent one) too. I think the system got confused at some point as I was trying to get everything onto the Cloud. I (unfortunately) checked my phone without disabling the intenet connection so lost the notes on that too. I am hoping I can still get them off my iPad. Will need to shut down its connection first thing and then hopefully copy them over before they disappear. What a nasty problem we have all uncovered here. Has anyone heard of any similar problems with Evernote?

     

    James

  • nowclouds Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Aug 24, 2012 1:04 PM (in response to snapple007)

    I lost my notes as well, even recently when I upgraded to Mountain Lion.  ARGH!

    What worked for me was SPOTLIGHT.   I used a key word from one of my notes and deep in the

    entrails of the computer, up popped the Note.   Not easy but not lost, either.   Hint for the future.

    About once a month now I email myself the notes just to have belt and suspenders.  On the Ipad,

    swing over to spotlight - (FAR LEFT on the choices, and type in a word or two from the Notes

    and you should find them.

     

    Good luck

  • GuyNash Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Aug 25, 2012 3:29 AM (in response to brunosmash)

    Sorry to hear this problem has not been solved by Apple yet.  Does no one from the firm monitor problems customers are having and keep them informed of remedies to their software?

    Coppertiger was very helpful and patient with me in restoring my notes.  Possibly he may be able to help you if you contact him.

  • Anchann Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Aug 25, 2012 5:55 AM (in response to brunosmash)

    Another here who had his notes disappear after switching to Lion. Up until that point, all of my notes were fine on my iPad running iOS 5. After the switch on my MacBook, half of them disappeared. Not sure why only half did, but they're gone. I posted a thread about iCloud about six months ago, questioning what the whole point of it was. There doesn't seem to be one if people's data is disappearing. Wasn't the purpose of iCloud the opposite of that effect? To save data so it doesn't just magically go bye bye? Luckily I have used Time Machine for a long time, so I'll have to go looking for the notes. But this makes me question why I should be using such a service. I'm aware it's free, and beggars cannot be choosers. Still, if you're going to offer a service, make it work.

  • colin N Calculating status...
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    Nov 4, 2012 2:32 AM (in response to brunosmash)

    Hi all,

     

    I just experienced this problem.

     

    I checked the box to sync "Notes" under iCloud in System Preferences.

    When I opened Notes (the application) in Mountain Lion, I watched all my local notes disappear.

    Closed Notes (the application) and re-opened = nothing left.

     

    So I closed the Notes (application)

    and unchecked the box in System Preferences.

    Checked the box again

    And all the notes came back form the iCloud server.

     

    Don't have a clue how or why it happened. But my notes were safe

  • Brad Purvis Level 1 Level 1 (55 points)
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    Nov 5, 2012 8:33 AM (in response to colin N)

    Nope. Didn't work for me.

  • rm357 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Dec 4, 2012 11:10 AM (in response to Brad Purvis)

    As of a Dec 4, 2012 attempt to formally sync my Notes using iCloud, I too have lost ALL my Notes.

     

    Goodbye iCloud!

  • JF Grissom Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jun 23, 2013 8:47 PM (in response to rm357)

    Yep... I have lost about 2 hours worth of notes...

     

    Sigh...

     

    So hard to find good help...

     

    I'm looking for an alternative too now that I can't trust iCloud...

     

    Apple's products have REALLY gone down hill (no wonder the stock is plummeting)...

     

    My heart is broken. Just no such thing as quality anymore.

  • The_Drew Calculating status...
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    Jun 24, 2013 12:51 AM (in response to JF Grissom)

    I find the weeks running up to WWDC or a new product release are very stressful for iCloud services, that may be coincidental but problems happen with alarming frequency at these times of year.

     

    Can you do a system restore from a Time Machine backup? (perhaps do this offline - so iCloud doesn't jump in and try and sync your Notes with it's now empty database).

     

    As for an alternate, you could take a look at SimpleNote which is free, or you could consider Drafts, which is about $5 iirc (and possibly iOS only), however it is immensely powerful, supports Actions to help automate your workflows as well as Markdown and Remonders integration - The MacPower Users Podcast, episode 136 did a big write up of this app if you want more info.

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