Microsoft OneNote Review
Microsoft OneNote is a powerful data management, information collection, and document organization tool originally developed by Microsoft for Students using Microsoft Office. It started taking off with OneNote 2007, but was not available in the business editions. But, its ability to store virtually any kind of information in an organized and easily retrievable manner make it a powerful tool for professionals as well. (Here is the Microsoft Office OneNote 2007 review.)
OneNote is designed to mimic a paper notebook. The OneNote interface parts parallel those found in a three-ring binder type of notebook with sections, section groups, pages, and notebooks themselves. Users put data and information on these pages in the same way that they would a paper notebook except that the words are typed on a keyboard and pictures are pasted electronically instead of with tape or glue. Of course, if you still want to "write" in your notebooks, you can use a digital notepad with OneNote as well.#mce_temp_url#
At first glance, OneNote seems like an unnecessary remake of Microsoft Word. With the right template Word can also store and organize text, graphics, pictures, and multimedia. However, there is one very big difference.
What OneNote does that makes it so useful is that it eliminates the typical boundaries associated with Microsoft Office applications like Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint. While everything in Microsoft Word must eventually be able to be paginated in some way into printable form, OneNote notebooks are subject to no such restrictions. Users are free to paste whatever size picture they want without concern about how it fits within the margins. (In OneNote, there are no margins.)
Furthermore, OneNote allows users to insert not only text, graphics, and pictures, but also multimedia as well. Sound files, like lecture recordings, videos and even animations can all be put into OneNote.
Of course, the biggest challenge of collecting lots of information and data in both real notebooks and electronic notebooks is being able to find and retrieve the desired information at a later time. OneNote takes advantage of the advanced search features of Windows 7. OneNote notebooks are indexed using Windows 7 indexing options by default so that searching for a newspaper clipping is as easy as remembering a particular phrase, tag, or any other piece of information.