In an effort to write more often and more legibly, I recently bought myself a Rocketbook Core, an erasable pen-and- not quite-paper notebook with a companion app. The app will scan your notes and send a cloud service of your choice. For work, OneNote is supported which suits me fine. However, at home I use the Nextcloud Notes app to keep my notes on my own server, which stores notes in .txt files and gives you a markdown-aware editor on web and mobile.
There is a beta Rocketbook app with Nextcloud Support, but it relies on WebDAV and I couldn’t get it working, so I decided to roll my own. The first step is to share my notes via email. I set it to a dedicated address with OCR transcription enabled.
On my Nextcloud server, I run the following script :
The heavy lifting is done by
offlineimap will syncronise your email
account to a local directory in my case
I configure it to sync a single folder.
My offlineimap config looks like this:
munpack will extract the parts of an email (such as attachments) into separate files This gives me a .pdf containing the image, a .txt file containing the transcribed text, and and the email body in a .desc file which I discard. At this point, you could use the txt and pdf files however you like. I move these files to Nextcloud’s Notes folder, delete the email and re-run offlineimap to sync the deletion. The script runs on a cron job to check for new notes every 5 minutes.
How well does it work? I hand-wrote this blog post, so if you’re reading it, it worked pretty well!