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Microsoft OneNote

By Microsoft Corporation

Editors’ Choice

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Chosen *Best of 2014* by Apple.

Capture your thoughts, discoveries, and ideas with OneNote, your very own digital notebook. With OneNote you can seize that moment of inspiration, plan that big event, or track that list of errands that are too important to forget. Whether you're at home, in the office, or on the go, your notes are available to you on all your devices.

-- Your notes… your style --
Type anywhere on this free-form canvas and easily rearrange and move your content to any place on the page. Style your notes as you wish. Make your notes bold, italicized, or colorful and organize your content with tables.

-- Capture anything --
Add pictures of recipes, your PowerPoint doc or PDF for school, links to your favorite sites, and web articles for future reference. Capture it all in OneNote and add your annotations.

-- Powerful organization --
Organize your notes in a way that works best for you. Create, rename, search, sort, color code, and copy pages, sections, and notebooks to organize your content as you'd like. Keep your private notes safe.

-- Tag it --
Easily tag your notes so they stand out. Track a list of your daily to-dos, flag questions to raise after a meeting, or mark the important points from a lecture.

-- Think together --
Share your notes with your friends and colleagues, whether it's a party your planning with others or a school project you’re working on with your group. Work together in a shared notebook at the same time.

-- Always with you --
Access your notes on your Mac, iPhone, iPad and other devices. Your notes are synced to the cloud (OneDrive, OneDrive for Business, and SharePoint) making it easy to access your recipe notes on your iPhone at the store, your homework on your Mac in class, or your itinerary on your iPad during your trip.

OneNote is free on Mac and many other devices. Get started today! Download OneNote and sign in with your Microsoft Account or the account assigned to you by your work or school.

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Customer Reviews

Great app with the exception of menus of robbing me of half of the workspace on my screen

This app is great and I use it with a wacom tablet to annotate pdf documents. It is one of the few programs that will allow this on a laptop so its very useful. The only problem I have encountered is the side menu with pages taking up uncessary space on an limited laptop screen. I use the app to annotate pdf documents while watching videos and these features inhibit my ability to do this with ease. A feature that allows customization of where these menus can go and their size would be helpful. its extremely irritating that when you expand the window past more than half of the computer screen another side menu showing the notebook sections automatically appears and can’t be hidden. The previous format of this app where the pages were on the top of the screen was less intrusive. When it comes to taking notes and space utilization the new location of this page menu does not optimize use. I’m not sure if there is already a way to hide these menus that I am not aware of but there is nothing obvious in the menu.

additional issues:
Every time I write something a message pops up with “please wait” and take 10 sec to clear. Then part of the word I wrote will move with the screen as I scroll to another area causing it to freeze or disappear. Sometimes the word will randomly go back to where I wrote it.

Excellent Alternative to Evernote

I started using OneNote a few months ago after Evernote bumped their prices up and I think enough time has passed to be able to give it a fair review. A few things caught my eye right off the bat, primarily the way in which OneNote allows for a better folder/organizational structure for your different sections and pages. I do wish there was a feature to tag pages like you can with Evernote, but the ability to create a “book”, have sections and then subsections makes up for it I’d say. Another big plus for me is the sheer amount of editing tools and options you get within your individual pages. I use my iPad Pro and Apple Pencil extensively to create notes and drawings and it’s really easy to annotate them with text on my iMac as required. I can also create spreadsheets within a document, link to other Microsoft apps/documents, create to-do’s, the list goes on and on.

Overall, I’d say if you’re well invest in the Microsoft ecosystem within Apple, it only makes sense to at least give OneNote a try for a few weeks to see whether or not it benefits you. I was pleasently surprised with how robust the software is and I’m excited to see how Microsoft progresses it in the future.

The way to get things done

The notebook concept has been around since Steve Jobs Next Computer and is a wondrous interface for managing almost anything. Using notebooks means you can find anything in seconds and putting together plans/documents/analyses, etc. is much easier. Notebooks take computing to the next level.

Over the years there have been a variety of good products. Some of the smaller companies have disappeared (leaving us users with data that is difficult to access) now that Microsoft provides a free Notebook. Nonetheless, the OneNote product is excellent in a variety of ways: stablity, making data accessible across multiple and diverse devices, real-time collaboration, ease of use, and other attributes.

I have only a few small complaints: I would like to be able to open two notebooks at once without resorting to either using two devices or using the web version with the local version. I would also like to be able to add files greater than the current 100MB limit to notebooks i.e. longer videos; I wish the add page button were not so easy to confuse with the add tab button— an harmless but irritating UI issue.

Those minor issues aside, this is an excellent, highly reliable product that I use as much as I use my computer i.e. all day, everyday. If you use notebooks, this is a very commendable product. If you are new to notebooks, you won’t know how you ever lived without them.

Microsoft OneNote
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  • Free
  • Category: Productivity
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  • Version: 15.30
  • Size: 412 MB
  • Languages: English, Arabic, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Traditional Chinese, Turkish
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Compatibility: OS X 10.10 or later, 64-bit processor

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