Goodbye VoodooPad

vp I’ve used VoodooPad for years, probably since 2006. “You put your brain in it” is the slogan on the webpage and so I did. My vp file is 48mb with only tiny images, no pdfs. It’s all text. And I loved it. I love wikis and the flexibility they have. But two days ago I hit a problem.

I opened the file and a couple of seconds later it crashed and quit. Fully uninstalled VP, reinstalled, tried again – same result. Sent an email to Plausible Labs support along with what I had tried and the full crash log and their first solution did not work. Got an email this morning saying it would be escalated. Given there is work in there I want to access I thought I’d try various things to see what would work.

Right-clicked the app, ‘Show Package Contents’ and tried removing various folders while reopening VP to see when the crashing stopped. Turns out that /Pages/0 holds the crash culprit and with that removed I can now access everything else. Thing is though I have no idea what was in /Pages/0. Apart from .plist files all my data is in a format I cannot decipher.

One page in VP was encrypted by me. The rest were normal and could be seen when the app opened. But I have no clue how to find out what I removed in that folder and I certainly can’t remember. So this shows me that as much as I love VP I can’t now use it. It was sold by it’s creator so Support is by the purchaser and creators always know more. The fact that I’ve lost information with no way to recover is annoying.

together I will transfer everything I can now see in VP into Together and then uninstall VP. I have used Together for years too for keeping track of pdfs, some images and various other files. It’s a solid app which is still being enhanced and with good support. I just need to get used to writing in it. And unless I encrypt everything is stored normally so even if it did crash I can still access everything.

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  1. Each pair of two files inside those pages/0…f directories correspond to one page in your document. The .plist file contains metadata for the file. From it you can see if the corresponding file is a PDF, or rich text for example (look for the uti key/value pair in it) and if it is encrypted. If it is rich text, you can just open the corresponding file with for example TextEdit or BBEdit. It won’t look pretty, but it will give you the chance to recover any text. If it is a PDF, you can just open it with Preview.

    My take on the sale always has been that Plausible Labs only purchased VoodooPad to have a product. VoodooPad is long dead.

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