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  • Engineering OneNote Blog

    Announcing the OneNote 2010 Beta

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    Exciting day everyone!  We are releasing the OneNote 2010 beta today, so you can try out the newest version of OneNote right now!

    Download the Office 2010 beta here: www.microsoft.com/2010

     

    We are super excited to unveil the work we as a team have been doing since releasing Office 2007 and we hope that you all are excited as we are, David talked about what's new in OneNote 2010 so please check out that post if you haven't already.  OneNote 2010 is OneNote's 3rd release and we have come a long way from where we started in Office 2003 to where we are today.  We are now part of every Office install, we have a web client, a mobile client and a desktop client which is better than ever.  Most importantly we have you all, people who use OneNote everyday in school, at work and at home...we are just so amazed to see how you all use OneNote and how it helps you everyday.  We have been listening to you all and I hope you all are happy with the release.    Hence the beta, now is the perfect time for you to submit your feedback and we will listen : )

     

    That being said you can download the beta here: www.microsoft.com/2010 and try it on your computer right now.  Please remember this is a beta and there will be bugs, hopefully not too many but please report anything you see in the beta.  I will have a post later today outlining how we will be listening to your feedback and submit bugs.  Also over the next weeks I will be posting about the new features and showing step-by-step how they work and why we designed them the way that we have.

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    Onetastic adds Macros for OneNote

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    Those of you following the blog may remember Omer's Onetastic add-in that added many new features to OneNote - if you haven't seen this already, check out our previous post on it.  Omer has now added support for macros, which are a really cool way to automate tasks within OneNote. For instance, you can create a macro which removes all hyperlinks within your notebook, or one that can remove all images above a certain size.  Onetastic also ships with several macros like: 

    • Clean Author Info
    • Clean hyperlinks
    • Increase / Decrease Font Size
    • Search & Replace
    • Search & Highlight
    • Resize Images
    • Select Images
    • Auto-Fill
    • Function 

     

    Onetastic comes with an editor that lets you create your own macros:  

     

    Once you've created macros, you can import/export them as XML to share them with other Onetastic users:

     

     There's even a tutorial to help you get started! Let us know what you think about Onetastic macros in the comments below.

  • Engineering OneNote Blog

    OneNote 2013 COM API XML Schema - OneNote 2013 XSD

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    Omer wanted to make sure we uploaded the OneNote 2013 COM API XML Schema so customers could get it if you are programming against the OneNote 2013 API.  You can get it here: OneNoteApplication_2013_xsd.  It will download as a text file so please just rename it as an .xsd and then you can view it in your XML viewer of choice.

    For earlier versions you can see here: OneNote 2010 XML Schema & OneNote 2007 XML Schema.  Take care and happy programming! 

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    OMSpy - A OneNote developer’s tool

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    I know a few people have created their own app which does this but I finally wanted to release the one that Ilya Koulchin created for us on the OneNote team. Introducing..OMSpy

    OMSpy Overview

    OMSpy is a tool to get you started using the OneNote API, it allows you to export the XML for an entire OneNote hierarchy, sections & pages. It also lets you update the hierarchy with one click of a button. Additionally you can update the page content and see if you edits are valid before updating them on a page.

    Screenshot

     

    Commands

    1. Refresh – This will refresh the current hierarchy of what you see in the view
    2. Release – This will release OMSpy's COM reference to OneNote
    3. Get Content – If you have an item selected this will give you the XML for the content. This is mainly useful for the pages
    4. Update Content – If you make changes in the content field it will update the XML accordingly and make a change on the page.
    5. Publish PDF – This will publish a PDF for the current item selected, via the API
    6. Save Archive – This will create a OneNote Package (onepkg file) for the item selected
    7. New Page – This will create a new page in the section selected
    8. Navigate To – This will launch OneNote and navigate to the item selected
    9. Update Properties – This will update the page's properties as listed under the main content
    10. Exit – Well I think you can understand this one

    All you need to do is to download OMSpy.zip and extract it wherever you want, make sure you have OneNote 2007 installed and then you are done! I believe it needs the .net 2.0 framework.

    Download: OMSpy.zip

    If you have problems please let us know. <applause> Otherwise a big thanks to Ilya for his help on this! <applause>

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    OneNote 2013 Preview is now available

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    OneNote

    OneNote 2013 was announced earlier today as part of the Office Customer Preview , and we're really excited to show you what the team has been working on for the last two years. Over the next few weeks, Engineering OneNote will explore each of the changes we've made in detail, but for now you can check out What's New in OneNote 2013

    Try OneNote 2013 today

    We'd love to hear what you think of the new OneNote, so please let us know in the comments below. 

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    Send a Smile feedback tool - no comments accepted after October 14

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    I have written about Send a Smile before and it looks like it is time for it to be over. It has been a very valuable feedback tool for us on the team and we value your input however we are transition from finishing Office 2007 (Office12) we are now moving to planning and working on Office14; that being said the Send a Smile tool will be discontinued on 14-Oct-2006. Here is the announcement:

    Thank you for using the Send a Smile tool to tell us about your 2007
    Microsoft Office system experiences! Starting with early builds of the 2007
    Office system and continuing through the Beta2TR build, you have sent us more
    than 40,000 smiles and frowns, and we are thankful for every one of them.
    Reading your comments has been fun and insightful, but most importantly, it
    has continually helped us improve Office. Your Send a Smile feedback had a
    tangible impact on the product and your comments influenced many of our
    decisions over the last year.

    The Send a Smile tool has been designed exclusively for managing beta
    feedback. Due to the manual nature of processing feedback submitted using the
    tool, we regret we will no longer be able to respond to Send a Smile feedback
    after October 14, 2006. We will continue to investigate ways to make it easy
    for you to provide us with feedback of this nature in the future with an eye
    toward improving our processing system for this feedback.

    Please uninstall the Send a Smile tool before October 31, 2006, by following
    these steps:

    1. From the Start menu, point to Settings and then click Control Panel.
    2. Double-click Add/Remove Programs.
    3. In the list of currently installed programs, select Microsoft Office
    Information Worker Feedback Program and then click Remove or Add/Remove. If a
    dialog box appears, follow the instructions to remove the program.
    4. Click Yes or OK to confirm that you want to remove the program.

    Thanks again for using the Send a Smile tool!
    --
    Mirko Mandic - Office User Experience Program Manager

    (Link1) (Link2)

    Thank you all for your feedback via this tool, but please uninstall it and get that hard drive space back : )

  • Engineering OneNote Blog

    Submitting Watson Crash inforamtion

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    Have you ever seen a crash dialog while using a beta product (and maybe even some released products)?  It looks something like this:

    (I actually had to go back to an old build to find this dialog).

    However when you see this in Beta2 please make sure to click on the "Send Error Report" button because this will send inforamtion to us, and on the next prompt click on "Continue" to send the data to us.  We go through those reports to see what is casuing major problems in the product.

    If you submit a bug on the Connect site regarding a crash please make sure to include your Watson bucket number.  What is a Watson bucket number?  Well when you click on that "Send Error Report" it will actually talk to a server about your problem and then determine if we need more inforamtion and then you get a number back to say what your problem was, that is the number we need when you submit you bugs.

    How to find your Watson bucket number:

    1. Start-->Run, type "eventvwr" and hit enter
    2. Click on the Application section
    3. Now look for a pair of items for an Error and Information and the Source will be "Microsoft Office 12"
    4. Double-click/open the Information item
    5. In the Description it will start with Bucket XXXX, where XXXX is your number.

    There you are, just use that bug when you submit the problem to us via the OneNote Connect site.

    For more infomration about Watson please see here: Watson by Chris Pratley

  • Engineering OneNote Blog

    A teaser on how OneNote storage and replication works

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    The other day someone internally was asking how OneNote stored its files and how often the save behaviour actually happened. You know if you were to pull the power cord on your computer what would you lose and what wouldn't you lose? Well Irina Yatsenko from the OneNote Test team wrote up the following to answer the question and she wanted me to post it for all to see:

    Now, I'll describe in more details what we do in OneNote 2007:

    1. Internally all data from a single paragraph on a page up to a notebook are represented in a graph, which is split in areas we call "graph spaces". This allows us to load/save incrementally per a graph space, so when you open a notebook, you'd see all section tabs popping up almost immediately though pages inside those sections aren't yet loaded. When saving we can also choose which piece to save, rather than saving everything.
    2. We never save directly to the server hosting the files (even if it's a local machine). First we save into local cache file. Because the cache is local and OneNote has exclusive access to it, we can guarantee that save always succeeds (if not, OneNote will force an exit, because running without a cache means users might lose data, and we think it's better to exit then lose data). Save into cache happens every 30 sec or on exit ([descapa] I have found this to be faster at times though I am not pulling my power cord out)
    3. To propagate the data from the cache back to the original location of the sections we use background process – replication (=sync). Schedule for the sync depends on the actual store: UNC servers / local machine replicate every 30 sec, but for SharePoint it's by default set to 10 min. If replication fails (e.g. because the machine has lost power) the cache will still have the data and will try to replicate again after OneNote is restarted.
    4. Actual mechanics of the incremental save are rather technical. The bottom line is that we have our own binary format and all changes are stored in form of "revisions", sort of diff between current state and previously saved state. As these revisions grow OneNote will run optimization to clean up the revisions and update the main base state.

     

    Hope it clears things a bit, let me know if you have any questions.

    Thanks Irina! So I hope this explains things like why we have a cache (which allows OneNote to go offline, merge changes and more) as well as explain why our app works certain ways. The storage tech is actually quite complex and innovative; I haven't really appreciated it as much until I deal with other sync technologies that make me choose which copy is the most up-to-date, etc. There is still a lot more going on under the covers but this is a good overview, if you have more questions please let us know.

  • Engineering OneNote Blog

    Outlook Sidebar Gadgets, should OneNote get one too?

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    Over on Melissa's & Ryan's blog they announce the Outlook 2007 Sidebar gadgets for download:

             Outlook Upcoming Appointments – shows you your upcoming appointments.

             Outlook Tasks – shows you your tasks and flagged mail all in one place, plus gives you an easy way to enter tasks, just like the To-Do Bar.

    Go check them out!

    Now I wanted to ask you all in the blogsphere would you like a Sidebar gadget for OneNote? What would you want it to do? We have some ideas and I wanted to get a pulse from you all. The Sidebar is a great technology which allows you to just have some information up on the screen. On my desktop I have the weather for outside (since I am indoors all day!) and the weather back where my family is. I also have a stock ticker and some beta gadgets that will be coming out shortly. I like the Sidebar but do you all use it? Please let me know in the comments or email me!

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    Pen Attention - highlights your pen cursor for giving presentations

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    I wanted to pass on something I saw from Kenrick Mock which helps give presentations with the Tablet.  Here is a quick description:

    I've been using my Tablet PC to deliver lectures for years, and I love having the ability to record lectures, mark-up PowerPoint, and write by hand using OneNote. However, it's always bothered me that the pen cursor is a tiny little dot. An example is shown below from OneNote:

    In that image, the cursor is right below the number "2" but it's REALLY hard for my class to see on a projector since it's a teensie weensy dot. The problem is that I like to use the pen to "point" at things as I give the lecture, but it doesn't help if the class can't see it. To remedy this, I've been using the eraser mode of the pen while in hover mode to "point" at things I want to talk about. It works, but is a little klunky.

    After lots of searching around for ways to change the pen cursor to no avail, I finally (after 5 years!) got the idea to make my own program to highlight the cursor. A few afternoons of hacking later, and the result is PenAttention v1.0. This program draws a circle highlight, pencil, or pointer at the location of the pen, when the pen is detected on the screen:

    The class can easily see the location of the pen…

    You can download the software from here: http://www.math.uaa.alaska.edu/~afkjm/PenAttention/ and read his blog where he updates everyone on new features: http://www.math.uaa.alaska.edu/~afkjm/techteach/

     

    I thought this would be useful for all of the teachers or other educators who are using a Tablet to present their material.
    Thanks Kenrick!

  • Engineering OneNote Blog

    Include OneNote in Start menu search results - WDS OneNote

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    If you are using Vista you might have fallen in love with the new start menu which automatically includes Windows Desktop Search results when you search for something.  This enables you to search for programs, files and emails all from the same place.  The other day the OneNote PMs where in a meeting and someone said that they didn't see OneNote hits in the search menu results and I told them that this wasn't the case as I use it all of the time.  We I found the difference, I had changed a start menu search option which included the OneNote files and by default the option was set differently.  I wanted to share this with you all, here is how to set this up:

    Include OneNote hits in Vista start menu search results:

    1. Right-click on the taskbar and choose properties:
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    2. Start Menu tab and then the “Customize..” button
    3. Scroll down to “Search files” and set it to “Search entire index”
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    4. Click Ok & Ok.
    5. Success!

    For example I have an ING Direct account and I never remember my account number so I just type this into the search results and hit enter:

    image

    Enjoy!

  • Engineering OneNote Blog

    Creating a C/C++ Add-In which works with OneNote!

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    I thought I would take some time today and write up how to program a C/C++ add-in that works with OneNote 2007. Here are the directions I had and downloads below.

    1. Open Visual Studio and create a new C++ project.
    2. For my example I am creating a Win32 Console App:

    3. Now I want to add the OneNote2007 header file, OneNote12.h. You can find that attached with this document. Make sure to copy it to the folder with your C++ source files as well as add it to your header files like this:

    4. Add a new #include for OneNote:

      #include "OneNote12.h"

    5. Now just connect to OneNote like you would any other COM API. Please see here for an example:

          CoInitialize(NULL);

          IApplication* piOneNote;

       

          CoCreateInstance(__uuidof(Application), NULL,

              CLSCTX_LOCAL_SERVER, __uuidof(IApplication), (void**)&piOneNote);

       

          if(piOneNote)

          {

              BSTR temp;        

              HRESULT hr = piOneNote->GetHierarchy(NULL, hsNotebooks, &temp);

              wprintf(L"%s", temp);

          }

    A huge thanks to Ilya Koulchin for his help with this, I couldn't have done this without you!

    Downloads:

    This should be all that you need to get this working, but if you need anything please let us know!

  • Engineering OneNote Blog

    Fix for Daily Journal in OneNote 2007

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    I was reading my feeds, I am way behind, and I saw this great post from AdminID over @ OneNote PowerToys, which discusses how to fix the Daily Journal for OneNote 2007. Here is what AdminID says:

    I was manually recreating the functions of the Daily Journal PowerToy using the same format and a "Links" page with a hyperlink to the section, but came across a tip by Ilya Koulchin this morning…To get the Daily Journal PowerToy to work in OneNote 2007…

    • Have to use the first open Notebook
      • Create a Section Group named "Journal"
      • Inside of that create a Section Group named "2006
      • Start up OneNote Daily Journal and press Windows-J for it to create a Section for the month and a page for today.

    And you can see what Ilya said earlier:

    We've tried to maintain compatibility with existing plugins for this release, however, due to the many improvements (such as allowing users to have multiple notebooks), it is not always clear how to map previous functionality into the new model, as evidenced in this case. In the future, if you discover other plugins that don't work as expected you can log them as bugs on the connect site.

    Ilya is one of the kickass developers on the team who have been working on sync'ing, the API and more. Thanks Ilya & AdminID!

  • Engineering OneNote Blog

    Freedom Writers using OneNote to write a book

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    Looking to work with a bunch of people over large distances to create something?  Use OneNote!  Today at the National Educational Computing Conference Erin Gruwell the founder of the Freedom Writers Foundation gave a keynote where she talked about how the Freedom Writers used OneNote to collaborate and write a book.  Here’s the PR speak stuff:

    WASHINGTON, July 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Although teachers collaborate on lesson plans and projects across schools and districts every day, the Freedom Writers Foundation has proven that the power of technology enables this across time zones and even various levels of technology familiarity. The Foundation brought together 150 teachers from across the United States and Canada to jointly compose their new book Teaching Hope: Stories from the Freedom Writers Teachers, (Broadway Books, August 2009) with the help of donated tools and support from HP and Microsoft Corp. Today, in her keynote presentation at the National Educational Computing Conference, Erin Gruwell, founder of the Freedom Writers Foundation, will share the supporting, yet critical role, that technology played in easing the teacher/author collaboration, relationship building and ultimately impacting change.

    "Thanks to technology, our 150 teachers have successfully authored and completed a new book that is sure to have a lasting impact on today's and tomorrow's teachers," said Gruwell. "We couldn't have collaboratively composed and edited the book without HP's and Microsoft's involvement, ongoing support and training, which allowed us to write, edit and virtually collaborate, anytime and anywhere, as if we were all sitting in the same room."

    Collaborating with technology

    The Freedom Writers Teachers came together last summer as part of the Foundation's teacher-training program, spurred on by the success of Paramount Pictures' "Freedom Writers," starring Hilary Swank, based on the book The Freedom Writers Diary, by Gruwell and her students. The teachers, representing fresh approaches to "teaching hope" from all school settings and geographies, received the donated tools and training as they commenced writing their personal classroom stories featured in the new book.

    Staying connected with the HP Mini and Microsoft Office OneNote 2007, allowed the teachers to access information, collaborate in real time, and communicate via e-mail, IM, and blogging with the integrated wireless technologies. Office OneNote 2007 (www.iheartonenote.com) is a "digital notebook" that provides people one place to gather notes, audio and visual information, powerful search to find what they are looking for quickly, and easy-to-use shared notebooks to manage information and work together more effectively.

    "Given the immense inequity in skills and access to technology going into writing this book, we were worried true collaboration would be next to impossible," said Zachary Chase, a Freedom Writers Teacher. "Our new tools leveled the field for technophobic and technophilic teachers alike. We were able to work together across a common platform. I hope this unified and connected spirit comes through for everyone who reads Teaching Hope."

    Applying technology lessons learned in the classroom

    Beyond the book, some of the Freedom Writers Teachers are also using this technology in their classrooms and to share with colleagues across their districts. This next school term, Christine Neuner, a Freedom Writers Teacher, plans to use Office OneNote 2007 to give students a chance to send drafts of their works for peer-editing.

    "I think it is imperative for the students to use such technology at the high school level because they will be using similar technology in post-secondary schools and training," said Neuner. "They will have to be technologically prepared for the workplace as well. Using OneNote is just another way for me to help prepare them for the future."

    The HP Mini can change how K-12 children learn today and is the practical answer to one-to-one computing. Students can learn collaboration, problem solving and creative skills, which will prepare them for life after school. With the right technology, students learn to communicate effectively with multimedia and think critically as they decide how to present knowledge effectively - giving them a bigger voice in the world.

    Teaching Hope: Stories from the Freedom Writers Teachers will be available for sale on August 18, 2009 wherever books are sold. Teaching Hope unites the voices of these Freedom Writer teachers, who share uplifting, devastating, and poignant stories from their classrooms, stories that provide insight into the struggles and triumphs of education in all of its forms. Mirroring an academic year, these dispatches from the front lines of education take us from the anticipation of the first day to the disillusionment, challenges, and triumphs of the school year. These are the voices of teachers who persevere in the face of intolerance, rigid administration, and countless other challenges, and continue to reach out and teach those who are deemed unteachable. Their stories inspire everyone to make a difference in the world around them.

    About The Freedom Writers Foundation

    The Freedom Writers Foundation provides educators with transformative methods to engage, enlighten and empower vulnerable, at-risk students to reach their full potential. For more information, please visit www.freedomwritersfoundation.org.

    Website: http://www.freedomwritersfoundation.org

    Pretty cool if you ask me and also cool to be part of a product which has press releases!

    Anyhow Mike’s OneNote & Education blog has some more details.

  • Engineering OneNote Blog

    Information on OneNote Misplaced Sections

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    I saw someone ask about Misplaced Sections on the OneNote newsgroup so I thought I would blog about this.

    1. Misplaced Sections are created whenever OneNote could not sync some changes from the local cache to the master copy of the file. This might happen if you make some changes offline, then delete the master .one file and then come online; OneNote will move that section to the misplaced sections. You might also see this if you make changes to some notebook and while offline you try and close the notebook. OneNote will prompt you if you are sure you want to do this and if you choose to do so OneNote will create a Misplaced Sections virtual notebook and store the changed sections in there.
      The main point here is that OneNote will not delete changes to your content, we want to be very conservative with your content and lose it.
    2. Misplaced sections are only in the cache. These misplaced sections are not in the file system, you can only get to them from the cache and by running OneNote.
    3. They work like other sections so you can move them to other locations or deleted them; but they are read-only while they are in the Misplaced Sections notebook. If you have lots of misplaced sections and you want to quickly clear them out you can navigate to one of the sections and then choose File-->Delete all Misplaced Sections.
    4. If you reopen the notebook in question OneNote will attempt to patch up problems and move the misplaced sections out of that virtual notebook and move them to the master copy of the file. It works magically in certain cases, I was really impressed when I saw this working well.

    If you have more questions please let me know and I will add to this.  Ideally you should never see misplaced sections : )

  • Engineering OneNote Blog

    Learn from Microsoft IT! Manage OneNote Notebooks

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    Microsoft is not a small company and therefore we have a pretty good IT Department. One of the jobs that the IT Dept does is provide training and how-tos for Microsoft employees. As you can imagine there is a lot of new software and versions at Microsoft and the IT group does these quick informational sheets about different applications. Well I just found out that I can share the OneNote 2007 & 2003 training materials with you all. They are just a few quick tips for new OneNote users (and for those who haven't had time to explore fully). These are meant for busy people who need help. If you are training your friends I would recommend mailing these to your friends. That being said here they are:

    Managing OneNote Notebooks Learn More (ppt – 1.32meg)

    Managing Your OneNote Notebook Learn More (2003) (ppt – 1.4meg)

    A big thanks to Parker and the rest of the IT Productivity Education group! Thank you! For everyone else I hope this is useful for you

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    Microsoft Connect, Send a Smile: your feedback & bugs

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    First of all I would like to say thank you! Many of you are submitting bugs and taking time to let us know what you think about OneNote 2007. Over the past few months as we have shipped Beta1, B1TR and Beta2 we have gotten a great amount of feedback from you all, our wonderful customers. We mainly have these avenues of feedback:

    1. OneNote Newsgroup
    2. Microsoft Connect – OneNote
    3. Office Send a Smile

    I wanted to give you all a quick rundown of what happens with the feedback that you all submit.

    OneNote Newsgroup

    With the newsgroup feedback parts of the team goes through all of the posts and looks for potential problems as well as suggestions and what people are saying. As the general beta-guy/customer feedback PM I have been looking @ most of the posts and I have forwarded them to the people who own those features. If there is a person complaining about ink I will send the newsgroup thread/post over to the people working on ink. When there were problems with note flags not being upgraded I looked into the problem and worked with the team to get a fix in. You get the point, I read your comments and they go directly to the people coding, designing and testing the features, your voice is heard.

    Additionally other people on the team look through the newsgroup posts and report back weekly on what has been going on. We try and help whenever we can but we have some great people on the newsgroup (Patrick, Ben & Erik) who reply, we generally see what people are doing with OneNote and what people are confused about.

    Microsoft Connect

    For those of you who have submitted bugs on the Connect site you are our best helpers. You all have more types of computers and more interesting ways that you are using OneNote and we want to see the issues you all are facing. Each of your bugs are examined and we look to see if they are already fixed or if we can reproduce the problem with the most recent builds.

    If there is indeed a problem we track the bug and it goes to a developer who will look @ your comments and make a fix. I know there have been many bugs that have come in and we work on the fix. Your feedback is key for this.

    Additionally many of your submit suggestions for OneNote, which is great however there isn't much we can do right now. We are all focused on finishing OneNote 2007 and because of that we aren't get your suggestions in OneNote 2007. However please let us know what you think so that we can get great customer feedback for the next release.

    Send a Smile

    Finally there are Send a Smile reports, which allows you to send us a screenshot and your comments about what happened and what you didn't (or did like). Sadly most of the reports we get are frowns, which is understandable but I love hearing what people like about OneNote as well. That being said I look through all of your Send a Smile reports and I look for potential problems. Most of them we already know about but there are some great gems in there that I create a bug and start tracking it. Finally I take all of your comments and I send them out to the team and everyone reads them.

    For more info about the Send a Smile program please see Jensen Harris' post: Where do the smiles go?

     

    I guess the moral of the story is this: the OneNote team is listening to you. Your feedback goes directly to the people who work on the product and we love your feedback. There have been many fixes we have done based on your feedback. I can't discuss all of them but I will be able to in the near future. I think the OneNote team has a great customer connection and we are looking to maintain this relationship with you all. Again thank you.

  • Engineering OneNote Blog

    Encryption for Password Protected Sections

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    I just saw this question on an internal mailing list so I thought I would pass it on to the blogging community. The question was:

        What underlying security technology is used to protect OneNote content with passwords?

    Well the answer is:

    OneNote uses 3DES encryption, with 192 bit key length. We do encrypt all the content that you enter into the page, so once protected there is no way for someone to read it without knowing (or guessing) the password.

    What that means is the longer the password and the more complex the better. It takes some time but people can still brute force an attack on your files by guessing your password. Note that you cannot unlock password protected sections via the OneNote 2007 API. You just can't get to it unless the user opens OneNote and unlocks the password (even then they can still lock out API apps from getting encrypted content).

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    Open as Notebook in OneNote - get it back in OneNote 2010

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    Right-click on a folder and choose “Open as Notebook in OneNote” was a little used power feature we had in OneNote 2007 was removed in 2010 because many people were confused by it.  Many people just didn’t know how to use it and we improved our open experience in OneNote to people wouldn’t need to do this.  That being said I wanted to let you know that if you _really_ missed this you can add it back via the registry, just add this:

    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell\OneNote.Open]
    @="Open as Notebook in OneNote"

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell\OneNote.Open\Command]
    @="C:\\PROGRA~1\\MICROS~3\\Office14\\ONENOTE.EXE \"%L\""

    (or whatever you have for your location of OneNote)

    This should be it and you are done. 

  • Engineering OneNote Blog

    Follow-up to WebDAV support with OneNote 2007

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    I saw this on the OneNote newsgroup and I wanted to pass it on:

    Subject: OneNote + WebDAV Update

    Given the interest in the area, I  wanted to set the story straight (so far)
    for hosting OneNote notebooks on plain WebDAV servers.

    This does NOT apply to SharePoint.

    For clients running Windows XP
    =====================
    Unfortunately in XP, OneNote notebooks on plain WebDAV servers won't be
    supported. The reason being XP issues unauthenticated OPTIONS, PROPFIND, and
    MOVE WebDAV requests even when the client is authenticated. Because these
    requests fail on secured DAV servers, OneNote fails to sync.

    If you insist, there is an UNSUPPORTED work around to enable this scenario.
    To do this, enable unauthenticated OPTIONS and PROPFIND requests on your DAV
    server. Please do not, I repeat, DO NOT, allow unauthenticated MOVE requests
    for security reasons. This allows XP OneNote clients to host notebooks on a
    plain DAV server, but won't be able to rename or move sections.

    To do this on Apache, edit httpd.conf to allow unauthenticated access for
    PROPFIND and OPTIONS requests to the notebook.
    For example, it may look like this:

    <LimitExcept OPTIONS PROPFIND>
    AuthType Digest
    AuthName DAV
    AuthUserFile conf/digest.passwd
    require valid-user
    </LimitExcept>


    For Clients Running Vista
    ================
    In Vista, accessing WebDAV with basic authentication over non-SSL servers is
    flat out not allowed. That's because we don't ever want to send your
    login/password in plain text through the wire.

    For all other WebDAV servers, OneNote notebooks on WebDAV servers should be
    supported in Vista. However, we've hit some issues that prevent this from
    working and we're working with the Windows WebDAV team to fix that up. Stay
    tuned for an update on this soon...

    Hope this helps,

    David Tse[MS]

    -----------------------------

    Thanks a bunch Dave!

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