working with a corrupted XML file
April 20, 2009 3:01 PM Subscribe
Seeking any way to view the contents of a (possibly corrupted) XML file. It's the database file from a Mac app that manages plain-text notes.
posted by sparrows to Computers & Internet (11 answers total)
Please help me force a look at the human-readable text that's somehow inside this file. I hope I am just missing something basic.
The file is about 6MB and it has the extension .nbdb. The app that created it is called Mark/Space Notebook. I'm running Mac OS 10.4.11.
The result when I open the file with Text Edit is an XML document where most of the contents is just a stream of text like UAcgBlABoAGIA... (Details in the first answer below, if you need.)
More info, if helpful:
Mark/Space Notebook is the text-notes-management app that came with Missing Sync for BlackBerry, which I bought in 2007. Both the syncing and this notes app worked fine for a year. Then I stopped using the BlackBerry and I switched to a better notes-management app from another company. So I started manually transferring my notes from M/S NB to this new app, but I wasn't close to finished when, one day, M/S NB suddenly wouldn't start up. Instead, any attempt to open it resulted in the dialog, "Your database was created with a pre-release version of Notebook and cannot be opened."
After a long and frustrating experience with two tech support people -- including installing and reinstalling other versions of the app -- their conclusion was that there is no issue at all with app version; my database file is just corrupted. (Yes, the app can produce new, openable databases just fine, so I think the support guys are right and it is the file itself.)
Their only solution now is that I email them the file so they can open it and send me back the text it contains. I can't do that; this is confidential info I would never share with a stranger (even one who'd inspired trust already with consistently clueful communication, which these guys have not).
All my backups of the file produce the same error because I apparently don't have any from before whenever it was corrupted (yes, I have definitely learned a lesson about retaining old baks). The Blackberry itself is long since wiped and sold, so I can't just look at the copies of the notes that were on the BB.