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prairiefire

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Jun 8, 2007
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Yup, I know, I'm very late to the party. I've just upgraded from a 10 year old MBP to a new one. On the old, CPN worked. I knew it would not work in Monterey. I've been told that OneNote, which I have, will take CPN's and that Evernote will, too. But, How do I get them into a format that will allow OneNote to open them? I still have my old MBP with CPN on it -- so if the export has to be there, I can do it. Sorry to bring up this ancient topic. Please know, I've done a ton of looking before bothering you with this question. Thank you in advance for the help. sjh
 

mailbuoy

macrumors regular
Jan 16, 2014
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Davidsonville, MD
Yup, I know, I'm very late to the party. I've just upgraded from a 10 year old MBP to a new one. On the old, CPN worked. I knew it would not work in Monterey. I've been told that OneNote, which I have, will take CPN's and that Evernote will, too. But, How do I get them into a format that will allow OneNote to open them? I still have my old MBP with CPN on it -- so if the export has to be there, I can do it. Sorry to bring up this ancient topic. Please know, I've done a ton of looking before bothering you with this question. Thank you in advance for the help. sjh
You might consider Aquaminds' Notetaker 4. This is not a perfect answer but potentially it gets your CPN data into a similar format on a modern app. I do not believe that Aquaminds intends an iOS version, which for me has limited my use of the app. I copied the FAQ from Aquaminds website on importing from CPN and perhaps this discussion will help in your transition to Evernote or OneNote.

  • Can NoteTaker 4 import Circus Ponies Notebook (CPN) documents?​


    Not directly. However, NoteTaker 4 can import RTF, OPML, HTML, and (to some extent) NBML files.

    You must first export or copy your CPN content into files in one of these formats. Then create a new NoteTaker 4 notebook, and use the File->Import… command to import the files. Each of the formats has advantages and disadvantages.

    NBML may preserve the most formatting and metadata, but in our limited experience, CPN can only export a single page of NBML at a time.

    On the other hand, CPN's OPML export may allow an entire notebook's data to be imported at once, but formatting and attachments will be lost.

    You should experiment with transferring your data in all of the available formats and choose the one that provides the best results for your content.

    In general, if you import several files at the same time, they will all be placed in a single section. When importing NBML, NoteTaker 4 will attempt to also import attachments. It may prompt you for the location of the folder containing the original attachments. For embedded attachments, this is a folder called “attachments” within the original notebook.

    To view it, control-click on the notebook in the Finder, and select “Show Package Contents”. You can then copy the folder out of the notebook where it can be accessed by NoteTaker 4.

    (Updated September 2019)
 
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julie500

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Aug 3, 2022
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Hi, I have the same story, in a way. I have just changed my Mac 2011 to M1 Monterey. I managed to get circus ponies on my new Mac though, but its not accepting my licence code. I have found my licence 3 code, but as its a 4 not accepting, and the 4 licence code is to short. Driving me crazy. Can't contact support, as they no longer exist
 

BanditoB

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Feb 24, 2009
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Chicago, IL
There is a Mac app called Outline by Gorillized Software that can import Circus Ponies Notebooks. However, it appears to just bring you into another proprietary format that could also go away at some point in the future.

At any rate, they have a two-week trial that you can download from their website to see if you like it. Outline is $39.99 to purchase.

https://outline.app/mac
 

DHeNr

macrumors newbie
Dec 26, 2009
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Hendersonville, NC
I find Outline to be very clutsy. Circus Ponies was so clean, allowed searching on so many criteria and to view listings of the number of hits: Searching for "W" eg.in category: All Capital letters: Website (5), Windows (2), etc. Searching in Outline is lame. When speaking to support, they told me that it was a very difficult task in Outline because of the way it is coded, but they are working on it. If there is a young coder out there that wants a success, write a Mac app with features like Circus Ponies Notebook.
 
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