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I have been using OneNote diligently for the last week. And this time I have come across several features of one note that I find are superior to Evernote and several items where Evernote clearly takes Microsoft out to the proverbial woodshed. One of these days, a smart software developer is going to develop software, specifically the way I want to work. Until then, I will be doomed to live the life of a typical software user who has to take the good with the bad.
On the positive side, I found the text editing features of OneNote to be superior to Evernote. The ability to move content from Microsoft Word tables into one note was seamless. I was also able to copy and tables of various complexities from the web and other sources into one note without any need for reformatting. I also enjoyed the fact that OneNote’s Notes are essentially a series of independent text boxes. This allows me to put text anywhere in my note where I wish it. I treat OneNote like a light version of Microsoft Word as it has more text editing features as compared to Evernote but obviously less than the full version of Word. I will start playing with the equation editor in OneNote before much longer…
Being able to print directly into OneNote was a feature that I thought I would not use. To my surprise, I found it to be very helpful. For example, I printed PDF files into OneNote and then use the text editor to overlay notes on top of the PDF pages. Yes, I can do this with Acrobat but the whole point is having all my notes and information in one place. I placed comments on PDFs of trail hikes where I wanted to remember information about our past hikes or stopping points. I was never able to do this in Evernote as cleanly as I can in OneNote.
I really like how one note lays out its search process. You can restrict your searches down to notebooks, section groups, sections or pages. I find this feature to be very helpful as I lay out my notebooks and sections in a very organized manner and generally know roughly where the content is that I am looking for. This does reduce extraneous results that tend to cloud my searches.
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I have been an Evernote user for a long time. I have been delighted with the product and have never experienced a single problem or glitch. With that being said, I moved my content out from Evernote and into Microsoft OneNote.
If it is not broke, why fix it? Well, I am in IT, and sometimes we are just gluttons for punishment. When I test something, I really test it. I do not play with things that I test. I want the full experience of what it is like to be an actual user of the platform. This includes the migration of my information on to the new platform and subsequently fully using the platform for several weeks to a few months. Then I will decide about which platform I like better and either stay with the new system or migrate back. Yes, it is a pain to do so. I do this with my hardware as well as software. I will be testing the Surface Pro in about a week and will turn in my corporate laptop and try to exist solely on a Surface Pro tablet.
With about half of my content now moved (by hand as it was better than any other option I tried) on to Microsoft OneNote, my initial reaction is one of pleasure. I like the full OneNote application as it is more visually appealing and organized a bit better than Evernote. On the other side, Evernote has much stronger mobile applications than Microsoft. OneNote on iOS devices (iPhone and iPad) cannot read encrypted content. This is very disappointing and a series gap on Microsoft’s part.
In a week or so I will drop in another note and let the cyber world know how I am doing with OneNote as my primary digital note capturing application. What the heck ever happened to pen and paper anyway???
I am sure that I am like most “techie” people right now who jumped onto the iOS 6 bandwagon today. I have to give it to Apple on this iOS release. I ran into absolutely zero issues with my upgrade on my iPhone and iPad. When iOS 5 came out, we all had serious issues for the first few days with servers being overloaded and corrupt iOS download files. I did not even have to connect my devices to a computer to complete this upgrade. This was truly a nice feature that they had added to a prior iOS release. At the time, I discounted its value, but I was very wrong to dismiss it as a nice-to-have but not that important.
As of yet, I have not seen major changes or major improvements in iOS 6, the upgrade simplicity may be one of Apple’s largest triumphs and great legacies to leave the technology world. Could you even imagine a Windows upgrade as easy as it is to go from iOS 5.5 iOS 6?
Oh, I do feel for the folks over at RIM. I recently completed an update to a Blackberry for a friend of mine, and it was painful. That is the company that needs to take a couple of lessons from Apple and Google.
My Windows 8 installation was a snap and took me just a few mouse clicks to complete. I think all the tech companies have realized the paramount importance of simplistic as possible updates to their operating systems to support wide-scale deployment of new features and security enhancements that come with updating the operating system.
Now the wonderful technology industry needs to move some of the simplicity of consumer design into enterprise architecture.
No, scratch that…all of us IT folks need good jobs. Tech industry please continue to design overly complex enterprise systems.
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I am sitting in a car waiting to pick up a relative and noticed how slow time goes by while doing nothing. So I am taking the time to really look at my phone and see all that it can do.
Guess what!! The modern-day mobile phone can do a ton of things! For example, I am creating this blog post from a phone. Think about how close we are to have a full computer in our pocket! All you have to do is add a projected keyboard and screen on to flat surfaces, and you would have an awesome mini computer.
Minor issue in the grand scheme of things, but the WordPress app does not support setting a featured image.