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I'd like to be able to use a little bit of the space in my Dropbox account to create a backup of Evernote. This way if anything happens to Evernote cloud service I'd still have access to the Dropbox backup. Any ideas?

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You should accept Robert's answer - it's dead on. –  Matt Mar 7 '13 at 1:55
    
@Matt - Robert's answer is nice, except for the price tag, handing out account credentials to someone else, another point of failure, etc. So far the answer I've provided is the only one that is free, doesn't require allowing someone else access to your credentials, and doesn't increase points of failure. –  Everett Mar 7 '13 at 22:40
    
I was surprised that your solution works since wouldn't the Evernote database file be open all the time and Dropbox not able to sync it? If Evernote wasn't running certainly this should work like a charm. –  Matt Mar 10 '13 at 20:01
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My article at wn7ant.com explains how to do this using the App store version of Evernote:

  1. Move ~/Library/Containers/com.evernote.Evernote/Data/Library/Application Support/Evernote to /Users/my_user_on_the_system/Dropbox.
  2. Create an alias of /Users/my_user_on_the_system/Dropbox/Evernote.
  3. Move the alias of /Evernote back to ~/Library/Containers/com.evernote.Evernote/Data/Library/Application Support/
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It's just ~/Library/Application Support/Evernote here. And a simple ln -s "~/Library/Application Support/Evernote" ~/Dropbox/ in Terminal should get the same result (Dropbox follows symbolic links) –  patrix Jan 1 '13 at 19:28
    
You may want to point out your connection to the website. –  DMan Jan 1 '13 at 22:35
    
@patrix - You're not using the App store version, I am. Thank you for adding that though. +1 –  Everett Jan 2 '13 at 0:04
    
@Everett, I tried this solution, but when I move Evernote folder for any directory outside ~/Library/Containers/com.evernote.Evernote/Data, the software considers an empty account and download the data from the server. When I move Evernote for other folders inside of this Data, it works properly. –  Marcos da Silva Sampaio May 6 '13 at 14:04
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One other way to achieve this is to use cloudHQ: http://cloudHQ.net service meant to replicate and synchronize data.

  1. So cloudHQ can basically sync and replicate all your Evernote notes with Dropbox, GDrive or some other cloud services (we also support also Basecamp, Salesforce).

  2. cloudHQ will export all you notes into TXT, ENEX, PDF, OpenOffice, and/or MS Word. Since our sync is continuous any change in Evernote will be immediately sync'd to Dropbox (or GDrive, Box, SugarSync, etc.)

  3. You can do two-sync: so any change from GDrive/Dropbox will be automatically uploaded into Evernote

  4. Even if you change Evernote via mobile or via web interface changes will be backed up immediately.

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Using the ifttt.com service you can automate your evernote activity to dropbox. Here is a recipe to use: https://ifttt.com/recipes/38980

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The article at wn7ant.com points out that the method I propose (in answering my own question) is more secure than handing out your credentials for Dropbox and Evernote to another service, and eliminates a point of failure (using another service). –  Everett Jan 1 '13 at 17:09
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