Capture your thoughts, discoveries, and ideas in your very own digital notebook using OneNote for Mac. Now it is easier than ever capture your thoughts, add pictures or files, and share notes across your devices and with others. Share your notes and collaborate in real time with colleagues or friends. Type anywhere on this free-form canvas, use a digital pen to write or draw, and add pictures and files right in your notes. Whether you’re at home, in the office, or on the go, OneNote in your go-to digital notebook.
• Write memos, make a digital sketchbook, or jot down notes.
• Save pictures of whiteboards, photos or printed documents in your notes. Take a picture, crop, and insert right into OneNote.
• Highlight can’t-miss notes with Important and To Do tags.
• Use a variety of digital pen colors and settings to create handwritten notes and drawings.
• Draw with confidence with tools like “Convert to Shapes” which automatically converts hand drawn shapes into crisp, perfectly regular polygons and circles.
Organize, Search and Secure
• Organize your notes in a way that works for you using tabs, labels, and color coding to keep track of all your projects.
• Create, rename, search, sort, and copy pages, sections, and entire notebooks.
• Find your most recent notes quickly and pin the pages you most use to the top.
• Secure your notes with a password and control permissions when sharing with others.
• Track daily to-dos, flag questions to raise after a meeting, or mark important points.
Collaborate and Share
• Share ideas and your notes with friends and colleagues.
• Collaborate in real time using a shared notepad.
• Sync your notes to the cloud (OneDrive, OneDrive for Business*, and SharePoint), making it easy to access your notes anywhere.
*For you to sign in to OneDrive for Business, your organization needs to have a qualifying SharePoint Online or Office 365 business subscription plan. You cannot sign in with an account from an on-premises directory.
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Powerful Note taker, annoying to have to “reopen” notebooks every time you’ve been away...
Great app. Takes some time to build up a workflow, but once you do it’s miles ahead of almost every other note taker. Only exception is Notability, which I think has a little bit better handwriting capability, but not nearly the organizational ability that OneNote has. If you want to be able to organize your notes into more than just one tier of folders, then you have to move to OneNote. The organization is way better than any of the other apps out there, and there’s way more support on the backend as this is synced through Microsoft’s OneDrive cloud, so you know that it has the support of a company that’s not going anywhere.
The only annoyance I have with it, and the reason it’s 4 stars and not 5, is that I have to “Open” all of my notebooks again on each device if I haven’t used OneNote on it for more than a few days. I don’t know if this is to simplify syncing issues between devices and save space on each device, but I would rather there was an option to keep notebooks on a device and keep them synced. That way if I want to start taking notes right away, I don’t have to keep throwing all of my impromptu notes into whichever notebook is the most synced and then move it later. I use this exclusively on iOS/MacOS devices, so maybe there’s some compatibility issue built in by Apple to handicap Microsoft’s apps just a little bit, or vice-a-versa.
As a writer, one never knows when an idea strikes. When it does, OneNote is there to capture lightening in a jar. If you can write it, paste it, or record it, OneNote is a repository for inspiration of any sort. The features I find the most useful are the ease in categorizing ideas, accessing the files from anywhere, and meeting minute creation (more on that later.) Create your projects, insert sub-folders and then begin to add pages and pages of materials. I have a “binder” for my writing and a “folder" for each project. In each folder I add pages (chapters) and have a few pages for notes on relative subjects. The ability to return to my writing cave and have all that info at my fingertips is a Godsend - infinately better than carrying a hardcopy note book (although there is no feeling like pencil to paper) or finding that napkin you used to scribble the outline of the next Hemingway novel.
Then there is the creation of meeting minutes. If you have Outlook, go to the Home tab, then select Meeting Details. It will give you a listing of your scheduled meetings. Select your meeting and watch OneNote pull in the meeting details, including Subject, Date and Location, Attendees and the details listed in the messasge section of the invitie. I used this recently and the feedback from management was laudatory. Microsoft’s OneNote is a hidden gem worth discovering.
I really wish, either Notability or OneNote would reach out to the other and work on combining some components within their note taking ability. I love that Notability allows you to write on powerpoint slides directly without have to type to the side and then pull it over onto the slide like OneNote does. I also love how Notability allows you to highlight and draw a straight line by just keeping your apple pencile or curse at the end of the line for just a second and it completely straightens the line for you or if you draw a circle and hold it down, it will create a complete perfect circle. OneNote, you have to do to many time consuming things to make that happen which is a let down.
One of the great things about OneNote is the ability to create Notebooks and dividers/drop downs/etc. This makes it easy to store the notes. I also like how you can have unlimited space beside slides to write or type, which Notability does not allow.
So with all of that being said, the PERFECT note taking app would be a combination of different aspects from both apps into one, which would be unbelievably useful. But for now, I am using both to take my notes while I am in physical therapy school, which makes it time consuming and a little hectic sometimes to transfer files, but in the end, its what I have to do to take effective notes for class.
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