This post was authored by David Rasmussen, Group Program Manager for OneNote
The past two weeks have been exciting for everyone working on OneNote. We have been designing, developing and testing the OneNote 2013 release for quite some time, and now that we’ve released the Office Customer Preview feedback is flowing in. Thank you.
In this post I’ll provide a high level overview of the major investments for the OneNote 2013 release wave. In subsequent posts we’ll go into more detail on the feature areas.
The areas we invested in are intended to make OneNote a great experience for taking notes on clipped content, particularly on touch tablets with pens, to provide easy access everywhere, and to improve sharing with others. Specifically these investments include:
Getting content into OneNote from other sources has always been an important part of collecting information and taking notes. Sources include web pages, Word, PowerPoint, Excel, screen clippings and so on. In OneNote 2013 we’ve made this even easier by introducing the OneNote Clipping Tool.
The OneNote Clipping Tool gives you a single location on the Windows task bar that you can tap with a finger (or click with a mouse) to take a screen clipping; send the current web page to OneNote; or send the current Word, PowerPoint or Excel document to OneNote, so that you can take notes on it; or just take a quick text or ink note. It’s context sensitive depending on what app you have top most.
The Clipping Tool makes it easier to get content like PowerPoint decks or Word documents into OneNote, but we also wanted to make it a better experience once you’re there. So we’ve improved the experience of taking notes on embedded documents in OneNote in several ways:
Now that you have content in OneNote that you want to take notes on, we wanted to make that a great experience on touch tablets with pens. OneNote has always been designed to take full advantage of pens on tablets. But now that touch is standard on tablets and they are getting thinner and lighter there was an opportunity to improve the experience.
Beyond personal note-taking, OneNote is also designed to easily share notebooks with others, edit together in real time, and to facilitate collaboration in meetings. We have improved these experiences in the following ways:
We repeatedly hear that access to your notes and the ability to take them anywhere is very important, whether you’re at work, home or on the go. Since we released 2010 we’ve been hard at work creating a great OneNote experience for you, no matter where you are:
We’ll write more in future posts to explain each of these areas in more detail. We hope you enjoy OneNote 2013!
David Rasmussen Group Program Manager, OneNote
I love all the little things you've done (like smoother panning, the new full screen view, inviting people to a shared notebook from within OneNote, etc.) They make OneNote a joy to use (especially as a student).
I see that you can now embed Excel sheets, and I've found it useful (particularly for the sciences: physics & chemistry experimental data), but how about embedding YouTube clips (even Word can do that now!) or HTML content as well? With more and more edu content on the web (Sal Khan, Udacity, Coursera, etc.), I'd love to be able to combine my notes with the lectures / videos.
Not to mention cooking, travel, or how to videos.
Overall the OneNote improvements are much welcome, but would have loved to seen a merge cell option with the table improvements.
Looks amazingly good. My only niggle is the OneNote MX app. Would love to know what's in store and when we should expect it. While I like it, basic stuff like pen selection (size, color, etc) and the ability to open password protected sections (really?) are sorely missing.
That said, as I explore the main version, I'm really enjoying what I see. I second the request for the ability to bring in video from YouTube, though if I'm not mistaken, you can bring in video from your desktop, so this should be a relatively simple add.
@Malte, AMP, Cliff: thanks for the feedback about embedded videos, I'll pass this along to the team.
Though we don't support cell merge in OneNote today, a workaround would be to convert complex tables into embedded Excel docs, so that you can take advantage of excel's powerful features inside of OneNote.
One main disadvantage for me in OneNote is Find functionality - it can't find substrings. It finds only strings at the beginning of the words. Is this improved in OneNote 2013 ?
I really like the new navigation in OneNote 2013,but am having trouble converting ink to test.
I am using an HP 2740p. I lassoed the inked test and then clicked on convert ink to test, but nothing happens.
I am able to concert ink to match without ans problems.
Does this release has Clipping tool for mail messages from MS Outlook 2010/2013?
I'm thrilled to see you've thought of portrait mode users like myself. I do most of my inking in portrait mode.
Also, I was thinking a while back of how I'd like my tables to have some spreadsheet like features and I'm glad to see you've included embedded excel spreadsheets.
Haven't used visio much for personal use but embedding them in ON opens up some opportunity for mindmaps.
Great work ON team.
I LOVE OneNote, but will finally PDFs be searchable?
@UB: You might need to add your language as additional (or primary) languange in the settings and install the equivalent proofing tools of your language if it is not EN-US. At least this helped me! It's easy to test, just switch your keyboard language (virtual keyboard, right lower corner) to English, close/open OneNote and retry converting. If this works, it's most probably the proofing tools...
I've mentioned this on other blogs and MANY others have as well...
When, oh when, will you add the ability to GROUP OBJECTS in OneNote? I love so many of the features, but the inability to group objects CRIPPLES the application. I take many screenshots, etc. and then annotate them along with arrows, circles around important items, etc. Unfortunately, OneNote (unlike Word, Publisher, etc.) is so stupid that it does not keep the objects together - so if I add something at the top of a page, it pushes the text down but NOT all my carefully placed arrows, etc. How dumb is that? Not trying to be mean, but I'm frustrated by the lack of such a common feature.
PLEASE - EITHER ADD THE FEATURE OR TELL US WHY YOU WON'T (or can't) ADD IT.
Here's another vote for being able to group objects. I totally agree with scion111. Please let us know when this is likely to be available, or why it can't be made available. Thanks
Another for the wish list..being able to sort pages.
This is driving me nuts..
I agree with John Walton. Why can't we sort pages?? Please give us this option.
I agree. Why can't we sort the tabs. I've tried the sort add-in for 2010 but it doesn't seem to work on 2013.