[ltp] Transition sticky notes Win 10-Mint

Tom Roche linux-thinkpad@linux-thinkpad.org
Fri, 14 Oct 2016 14:27:42 -0700

[endnotes follow .sig]

Stuart Friedman[1]
>> not sure how to transfer [Windows StickyNotes] and read the .snt file format

James Lacey[2]
> would it be time-effective to simply copy and paste [their text?]
> This may be the only way to do it without reverse engineering the SNT file.

... but reverse engineering StickyNotes (SN) file format doesn't seem too difficult, and seems to give insights toward copy/paste, at least if these SE answers ([3] and [4]) are correct. I don't have any window$ locally to verify the following claims, but it appears that

1. every SN user has a single file at a path like '\path\to\home\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Sticky Notes\StickyNotes.snt'

2. that StickyNotes.snt is a compressed file containing a list of dirs/folders, each of which represents each individual note

3. each note folder has a file name='0' containing note content as RTF[5]

So try extracting the RTF (e.g., renaming each file name='0' to 'useful_description_of_its_content.rtf') and then reading the collection into a Mint-compatible app with similar function, like Tomboy[6].

HTH, Tom Roche <Tom_Roche@pobox.com>

[1]: http://mailman.linux-thinkpad.org/pipermail/linux-thinkpad/2016-October/052798.html
[2]: http://mailman.linux-thinkpad.org/pipermail/linux-thinkpad/2016-October/052799.html
[3]: https://superuser.com/a/505535/98270
[4]: https://superuser.com/a/895240/98270
[5]: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rich_Text_Format
[6]: https://wiki.gnome.org/Apps/Tomboy . Note that I'm not recommending it--I use POTL[7] for notetaking--but I've been a Mint (now LMDE) user for awhile and Tomboy has always been included.
[7]: 'Plain Old Text Logfile', suitable for `grep`ing