Developing import from a cancelled app turned out to be a tricky thing. However, the users trying out the import turned out to be so responsive, smart, and patient, that we couldn’t help going on working on the thing. Check out the update!
UPD: check out the latest of CircusPonies-to-Outline import.
- Circus Ponies is supposed to be v4.0.1 or newer.
- Outline for Mac is supposed to b the latest.
Step 1. Open Circus Ponies and proceed to the notebook you want to get imported into Outline.
Step 2. Export the thing as a website to Disk.
Step 3. Now it’s time for magic! Enters Terminal.
Step 4. Access a Secret Folder by submitting the following command in Terminal:
open ~/Library/Group\ Containers/6WN928JT76.com.gorillized/Library
Please mind the space between
- “open” and ~;
- “Group\” and “Containers”.
Note: in older versions of import there might have been other folders involved, like Import or even CircusPonnies (that ‘nn’ has become a legendary misspelling among Outline developers; one day we’ll tell the story). Make sure to use Processed and CircusPonies.
Step 6. Copy the folder with the exported Circus Ponies notebook files to the CircusPonies folder.
Step 7. Make final preparations:
- Check that your opened Outline notebooks have names different to the folder you copied to the CircusPonies secret folder (e.g. no other sample_import notebook in Outline in my case);
- Stop Outline.
Step 8. Now run the import command in Terminal:
open -a /Applications/Outline.app --args -ImportCPN ~/Library/Group\ Containers/6WN928JT76.com.gorillized/Library/Processed/CircusPonies/
(Giving the “Group\ Containers” in bold here; to tell how important the space in “Group\ Containers” is. It must be there)
Bingo! Outline gets opened and there are newly imported notebooks.
One might notice that at first the notebooks seem to be empty (grey-covered).
Don’t’ panic! (c) ‘The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’
It takes some time for the notes to arrive, but finally they will be there (color-covered).
Q: What if I might want to import several / all notebooks (while the instruction above seem to be about a single one-by-one notebook import)?
A: Every time you run the import command in Terminal, all notebooks located in the CircusPonies get imported into Outline. So, you can at first export as a website all notebooks you want, place them into the CircusPonies folder, and then import them all at once.
Q: What if I get a message “open ~/Library/Group\Containers/6WN928JT76.com.gorillized/Library” does not exist.
A: It means there is a space missing between “Group\” and “Containers”. The thing must be there. Also, check if there is a space between “open” and ~.
Q: What if Outline opens after Step 8 but nothing happens?
A: Double-check that Step 7 was completed successfully. Outline opening and no import magic happening sound a lot like the situation when Outline is hiding around the corner, up and running.
Also, check that the space is there in “Group\ Containers” in front of Containers.
If you are sure that Outline was quit and all the spaces are where supposed but still nothing happens after Step 8, please don’t like how the import looks and feels and use the answer to the question right above (contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for investigation).
Q: What if I don’t own Outline for Mac?
A: You can give the import a try before purchasing Outline. Just download the trial version from our website. The trial is 14 days. Just in case there is also the coupon code CIRCUSPONIES resulting in an exclusive 31% discount for orders in the Outline Store.