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Microsoft OneNote

October 31st, 2003 · No Comments

WSJ (Walter Mossberg) writes about the a $99 product designed to help people take and organize notes:

OneNote was developed to help people jot down and collect all kinds of ideas and notes too random to fit easily into a traditional word-processor document or spreadsheet. These are the kinds of notes people might scrawl on a napkin, even if they are computer users. In fact, the code-name for OneNote was “Scribbler.”

Unlike a word processor, OneNote arranges pages into tabbed sections, labeled by topic. Each section can have many subsections and note pages. The pages can have blank backgrounds, or look like ruled notepad paper or grid paper. Whole sections can be color-coded.

OneNote is nonlinear, in the sense that each note you jot down can appear anywhere on the page, in its own little “container,” a box that’s normally invisible but can be made to show up in pale gray. Unlike in a Word document, the notes don’t follow each other line by line down the page. You can make one note appear in the upper left-hand corner, and the next one in the lower right-hand corner. And you can rearrange them.

Overall, I like OneNote. It’s a good idea well executed, especially for a first effort at Microsoft. A 60-day trial version is available for download.

Probably worth a try…

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