Monday, April 2, 2012

Howto retrieve text from crashed stickies on OSX

Documentation on Apple's OSX Stickies is rather thin on the ground. So when they crashed and displayed no text, I thought I'd lost them. I recovered backups, and although the file had plenty of data in in, I was unable to find how to restore directly.

You can open the .plist of course, its just xml, but its very messy, looking like


and so hard to navigate.

To at least recover the contents, I used a Plist Editor, in my case PlistEdit Pro, and this makes the text appear on a single line, so then you only need to remove some HTML codes:

I copied out each line, pasted into a text editor, and then I'm done.

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