This page was written a couple of years ago and is vastly outdated. The linked Perl script still works (again), but it is really a bad hack and I don't use it anymore. However, it is still a neat idea to watch for changes in your Simplenote account (Hello NoteTote!), so I keep this page available.
Watch for changes in your Simplenote account and trigger user-defined actions based on the changes. For example, you can edit a note in Simplenote and it is automatically published to the web after a minute or two. Or export your notes to another notetaking system. Or backup your notes as revisions every other minute.
SimplenoteWatch.pl is a Perl script which checks your notes in Simplenote for a special tag inside your note, e.g.
[SimplenoteWatch][youraction]. If there is such a tag, a program of your choice is started on your machine with the note's content and unique ID as parameters. Your program of choice is only started if the note has actually changed on the server.
Think about what you want to do with your notes. Let's assume you want to save all revisions of your notes every other minute. So, you write a short program/script called
simplerevision, which takes the following arguments:
simplerevision <notefile.txt> <note-key>
The program takes a file with the note's content and its unique ID provided by Simplenote. The program may store the revision into a place such as
<note-key> is the unique ID and
<current-date-time> refers to a time-based string like
4. Put a file called
.simplenotaction.yml in your
$HOME directory. Check here for a sample file.
email: email@example.com password: <confidential> cmds: revision: /path/to/program/simplerevision
Part of the sourcecode is based on SimplenoteSync (fletcherpenney.net).