I hope to get a more complete tutorial up at some point, but I wanted to make sure you could at least get started.
Select Import Pattern
After loading the program, go to Settings and click on the Import Tab. The drop-down shows you the available import patterns. Find the name that matches your system, select it, and ensure the default checkbox to the right of the name is checked.
If you don’t see your Kindle in the list, you have three options:
- We may have a copy of the pattern you need in our blog (click the Import Patterns Category on the right).
- If you don’t find what you need, we’d be happy to add a pattern for you. We’ll need details about your Kindle (hardware and software version) and a sample of your “My Clippings.txt” file. Please contact us and we’ll let you know where to send the information.
- If you want to try and customize the pattern yourself, please check out our guide on Import Patterns.
You are unlikely to change this pattern often so you shouldn’t need to come back here very often. If you find yourself importing frequently from two different devices, you can also choose an alternate pattern using the dropdown next to “Import” on the main screen.
Select Default Direction
If you use personal documents (particularly PDFs), you should also ensure that we’re matching notes and highlights in the correct direction.
- For Amazon files, this isn’t usually a problem. Notes and highlights include location numbers and we can automatically match the ranges with great success. The “Automatic (default)” configuration will try both directions.
- Personal documents, however, often list pages instead of locations. You may find that you have several highlights from the same page along with each note. If we’re matching in the wrong direction, we’ll match notes to the wrong highlight.
The best way to determine which direction we should use is to open up your “My Clippings.txt” file, search for the phrase “Your Note” and look at the adjacent highlights. If the Notes are before their associated Highlight, leave the setting on “Automatic (default)”. If the Notes are after their associated Highlight, change the setting to “Above highlight. This option can be fond on the Application Tab under Settings:
Select Export Pattern
Next, decide what format you want to use as an export. This is configured on the Export Tab under Settings. If you want to select a default, find the name in the dropdown, select it, and ensure the default checkbox to the right of the name is checked.
If you don’t see an Export Pattern that meets your needs,
- We may have a copy of the pattern you need in our blog (click the Export Patterns Category on the right).
- Export patterns are much easier to make yourself. Check out our guide on Export Patterns.
- You can contact us and ask us to make the pattern you need. In most cases, we will ask you to pay for this service (keep in mind that we do not charge for the software or for new Import Patterns).
If you find yourself exporting multiple formats, you can access these options more quickly using the dropdown next to “Export” on the main screen.
Import My Clippings
The next step is to import your my Clippings file. Click “import” on the main screen and select your file. If everything went well, the main screen should be populated by entries:
If you do not see entries, the import has failed. We’re trying to improve the error reporting. However, the best option is to contact us. We’ll get back to you with instructions on how to provide diagnostic information.
If we have successfully imported your file, quickly review the highlights and notes columns. Make sure that notes are being associated with the correct highlight. If they are not being associated with the correct highlight, try changing the matching direction as we discussed above (Select Default Direction).
Export Notes and Highlights
Once you get your import working, you’re ready to export your Notes and Highlights. Assuming you want to use the default Export Pattern you selected above, you can simply click on the “Export” button. If you want to choose a different Pattern, use the dropdown next to “Export”:
Select the file name you want and hit save. If you do not see the file you selected, the export has probably failed. We’re trying to improve the error reporting. However, the best option is to contact us. We’ll get back to you with instructions on how to provide diagnostic information.