Converting Phatnotes to Evernote

Over the weekend, I convert over 800 notes from Phatnotes to Evernote.  I originally used Phatnotes (from a company called Phatware) to sync notes from my PC to my old windows-mobile phone.  When I switched to Blackberry, I gave up and did without the notes on my phone.  But now that I have an Android phone, I decided to give Evernote a try.

Too Many Post-Its?

I like the cloud-based, anywhere access concept.  The only problem I’m having so far, is some of the limitations of their searches (for example, if you have a note with “ABCXYZ Corporation” they won’t find it if you type in “XYZ”, you have to type ABC* or corporation or something else.

Originally, years back, I moved all my Microsoft Outlook notes to Phatnotes.  I was using notes for a replacement for the yellow-sticky style notes that many of us keep around the office.  But sticky notes pile up too fast, you cannot sort or search them, and you can’t carry them with you everywhere.

Getting from Phatnotes to Evernote was a bit of a challenge.  Fortunately, since I’m a programmer, I created a Python program to do the conversion.  First I exported from Phatnotes to their .CSV format (one export per database).  Then I wrote a Python program to convert the .csv (the acronym stands for “comma separated value”) file to Evernotes published .ENEX format.  ENEX apparently stands for EverNote Export, but they allow you to export and import from this format, at least on the Windows version of their tool.

I decided to share the program and procedure with the world, my first “open source” project, at


  1. Thanks Neal! Works perfectly!! I just converted my ~980 PhatNotes notes to Evernote, everything works as you described. Your script saved me lots of time. I switched to WP7 (Evernote just published a beautiful WP7 client) and was missing all the notes, not anymore 🙂

  2. Thank you very much! You’ve saved me a bunch of time. Since I’m a programmer too, I have cleared out what to do very quickly. For a regular user this shouldn’t be very clear, so I suggest you to create a GUI, if you have time 🙂

  3. Hi Neal

    I am also making that switch from Phatnotes to Evernote, and it looks like your tool could be very handy.

    Except–I am not a programmer. I know nothing about Python, nor how to compile code.

    Your utility would be so much more useful (for so many more people!) if the downloaded file could be executed by the user, to either start or install your conversion app. Any chance that this will be available soon?

    Thank you,

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