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why do you want OneNote on your Mac?

why do you want OneNote on your Mac?

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I've been noticing several requests for us to add OneNote to our Mac product portfolio. I have some questions for those of you who want OneNote. Tell me how you have used OneNote. Where is it especially useful? How would you compare it to the Notebook Layout View in Word:Mac 2004? Be as explicit and detailed as possible!

I should say that, as a non-Windows user, I've never used it myself and have no personal opinion about it. I've heard good things about it from both Windows and Mac users, though, so I'm curious.

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  • I used to use a Tablet PC extensively and OneNote was the MOST useful application for digital ink that I found. I am a professor: I teach, do research, serve on multiple committees, and administer several large university programs.

    My workflow consists of organizing my notes, scribblings, etc. into folders. In hindsight, I did not organize my OneNote folders the best I could, but it worked reasonably well. The ability to easily mix handwritten notes, typewritten snippets, scans, etc. was tremendous. Then, I would sync the OneNote file with my other computers, and I would my complete Notebook with me anytime, at any computer. I realized that I really only used the tablet at work, and rarely at home.

    Other Mac products seem reasonable, but it is the Tablet integration that really made OneNote indispensable. If Apple never produces a tablet, I would purchase the latest and greatest Windows tablet, use OneNote, and then sync with my Mac OneNote at home. Interoperability between PC and Mac (as with any Word, Excel, or PowerPoint file) would be crucial.

  • Key Benefits of OneNote over Notebook Layout View.

    1. Write without having to save the file.

    2. A place to throw, paste, save anything.

    3. Ink capability.

    4. Write anywhere without having to conform to line by line structure demanded by Word.

    5. Capture a screenshot quickly by hitting Win + S. You can't do that with a Word document.

    A long list can go on. The point is that NoteBook Layout View in Word is still a Word document.

    OneNote in Mac would allow users to take advantage of many great capabilities only available in a great one package called OneNote.

    Why is it sorely needed in Mac?

    There are going to be some people that still use Mac.  As far as the notetaking goes, OneNote is the best without contenders.  Why don't you bring that to the Mac platform so that Mac fans can use and benefit (and pay you $$)?

  • Key Benefits of OneNote over Notebook Layout View.

    1. Write without having to save the file.

    2. A place to throw, paste, save anything.

    3. Ink capability.

    4. Write anywhere without having to conform to line by line structure demanded by Word.

    5. Capture a screenshot quickly by hitting Win + S. You can't do that with a Word document.

    A long list can go on. The point is that NoteBook Layout View in Word is still a Word document.

    OneNote in Mac would allow users to take advantage of many great capabilities only available in a great one package called OneNote.

    Why is it sorely needed in Mac?

    There are going to be some people that still use Mac.  As far as the notetaking goes, OneNote is the best without contenders.  Why don't you bring that to the Mac platform so that Mac fans can use and benefit (and pay you $$)?

  • I was a daily user of OneNote for a long time.  Then, along came Office 2007.  It upgraded my OneNote files.  While I liked OneNote 2007, I hated the rest of the Office suite.  I "upgraded" back to Office 2003.  Unfortunately I could no longer use my OneNote files.  I haven't touched OneNote since then.  I've learned to do things differently now.

    If it comes out for the Mac, I'll try it.  I'm a bit bitter about Microsoft's latest product releases which seem to cost me money and offer very little benefit so forgive me for being cautious.

  • This is interesting. Microsoft’s Mac Unit is hearing from users that they’d like to see OneNote

  • I am a huge OneNote fan it is by far the most used program on my computers after Outlook.  OneNote is one of the greatest programs that Microsoft has made.  If it were to be ported to mac the file format MUST stay the same so I could share files.    I would love to be able to use OneNote without having to boot up windows on my Macs.  Plus I really would like to start pushing OneNote with our Mac laptop sales team.

  • I'm switching from Windows (Thinkpad X41 Tablet) to iMac and MacBook this Fall-- finally got exasperated with all the hassles with XP and Vista.  I'm a pastor & do lots of research & notetaking for my sermons-- OneNote has been the greatest & the main reason I haven't made the switch before this.  Mac OneNote would be a definite purchase!

  • Our information architects use OneNote for all their note taking and interviews, it would be great to be able read the OneNote files they create and send. In addition the ability to create tasks and have them emailed to different people is wonderful. Amazing program — would love to see it on the Mac.

  • The lack of a Mac version of OneNote is one of the only things stopping me from switching (back)to Mac. It's that important to my workflow.

  • I am a hybrid mac user - running parallels for programs such as visio, outlook and One-Note, and mac applications for occasional word/excel stuff. I'm an information architect and LOVE using One Note to document my copious notes for interviews, requirements sessions, idea generation and status reporting.

    I blogged about it a while back (http://ueblog.habaneros.com/2007/02/13/mac-vs-pc-or-should-i-say-mac-and-pc/). Since then, I've been exploring notebook sharing and have an even more profound appreciation of the search (finding an obscure quote from an interviewee in 3 seconds flat is impressive).

    I would use One Note in Mac because it would be faster and easier for me than having to deal with parallels to open the program.

  • I'm an avid tablet pc user and OneNote is my daily core application; its less structured approach really makes this knowledge worker more productive.

    When I'm not using my tablet pc my desktop replacement laptop and the machine I use for creative tasks (video editing etc.) is a MacBook Pro.

    I already run OneNote on the MacBook using Parallels and a Windows install.  The notebooks here and on my tablet are synchronized to a server so I always have the information I need and my favourite work environment with me whichever machine I'm carrying.

    A native version of OneNote for Mac would obviously bring this great application to wider audience and, presumably, integrate even more smoothly than it does for me now.

  • It is a great program for taking notes. The integration with Office would be a plus.

  • How can you even ask?  It's the single best piece of software Microsoft ever produced.

    Look.. let's put aside the Word notebook setup - it is not even CLOSE to the level of functionality OneNote has, so it's not even fair to compare.  Onenote has wiki functionality, Onenote can post to a blog, Onenote has a billion tags and links and amazing little things built in that makes using it an absolute joy.  It works beautifully with Outlook, making the two together the single best productivity suite in the universe (if you bring Onenote over, getting it to play that well with Entourage would be a must.)  What I'm getting at is it's not even a comparison.  If Onenote was just about putting notes in, it'd be one thing - but it's not.  It's great for collecting, storing, and sorting information.  It's the best whiteboard you'll ever have on a computer (and I've tried them all!).

    And the Mac?  It doesn't have anything quite like it.  Curio is close, but it's kind of like TextEdit compared to Pages (no offense to the guys at Zengobi, it's an amazing piece of software still.)

    And finally.. with this delay, and iWork 08 being such a nice alternative, I had absolutely no plans to buy Office 08 now.  If Onenote was included?  I'd buy two, instantly.

    The trick here is not to critically wound it in the process.  If you can't make it 99% like the Windows version (dropping files in, etc) don't even bother.

  • Nadyne,

       Here's a recent link from Lifehacker about productivity between Outlook and Onenote.

    <a href=http://lifehacker.com/software/microsoft-outlook/getting-things-done-with-outlook-and-onenote-2007-293963.php>Getting Things Done With Outlook and Onenote</a>

    I'd also like to echo the sentiment by others...  Onenote/Outlook are the ONLY reasons I miss a Windows PC.  But there are times I seriously, seriously consider going back even though I love my Mac experience so much more in every other capacity.

    Unfortunately, using these programs through Parallels or VMware doesn't really work.  The beauty of these programs is their level of integration, and when all your life is on your Mac, these options just don't fly.

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