I love Onenote and don’t know how I lived without it.
I used to make lots of lpp (Little Pieces of Paper), and leave them in piles around the desk, house, purse etc. On days of frustration and procrastination I rewrote these LPPs into my journal/day book, made lists of “to buy” and “to do”, synced these to Outlook, my palm (which I used to be surgically attached to but now only use a game machine as Vista and my palms are talking to each other).
My bookmarks in explorer (or any other broswer) were numerous, and in desparation I have printed them out, annoted the URLS to review. I email myself stuff from the net just so Outlook could capture it.
My job at one time had me work on various OS machines, and I briefly fell in love with hypercards. The idea that notes could be cross-linked to other notes, easily flipped through, dated and sorted by various methods. This was puppy love. True love had to wait….
I have the luxury of surfing for a leaving – don’t leave your day job, I get paid for what I do with my surfed gained knowledge, not my surfing time. The hazards of living on the net is distractions, that twisted road that leads from one idea to a website, wiki, forum, blog and finally realizing that your own blog/forum/email has been neglected.
My passion for all things creative has lead me to form Many Many Notebooks. I capture many ideas – my own, others, images, sound and video from many places. Thanks to my iphone I capture out-and-about now, Oh how I wish I could sync that beloved gadget with my favourite program (and I have a HTC phone in a box somewhere just for ON – if I just got that phone working).
Where was I ? Ah,,,, notebooks,
My working style is to capture while on a roll, write when inspired, and to sort and annotate whenever else. This leads to a large unfiled section, a Sorter Notebook (to eliminate opening each other notebook separately) . I group, sort to the Sorter Notebook, and finally opening other notebooks and using the Sorter section to deal out into the specific notebook.
This was all a bit easier in ON2003 in some ways. Internet explorer (5/6?) ON plugin was adjustable – such that I could set the notebook and section that the clippings would be saved to. Due to the limits of OneNote I was restrained to sections and thus didn’t have the option of multiple books.
The things I’d like:
- to save my web clipping to a “pulldown” selection of notebooks and sections – or even just a default section in each notebook on the list
- Open a selection of notebooks, rather that one at a time.
- Add backgrounds, or templates to existing pages
- Have the Taskbar/Tag Summary etc panels act like regular windows and be draggable by a top bar, rather than the current format which causes me distraction and the top bar is the dropmenu and the space below it is the dragable part. Arrgh
- Search for duplicate notes (or sections of notes)
Things I’d like to try, learn to do
- allow onenote into the web mesh, the share-ability with my phone, and non-windows gadgets
- Voice Control – Vista’s voice recognition is almost useable – the almost part is my problem recalling to dictate punctions and Microsoft’s unusual ability to spell words incorrectly (Where did they find a Canadian with that bad a mishmash of US/UK spelling?)
- Canvas – since so many of my ideas are picture based. I’ve started it up, and got distracted with the content and left oft playing with the software
- Tablet – yes I know that ON is often thought to be a Tablet software program, but I use my tablet only with Adobe programs and haven’t really played with the ON tablet and Vista tablet features. Yup, I’m off to get a laptiop and thought a tablet would be cool, not realizing that almost no retail has one for me to try. And with Windows 7 on the horizon (yup the beta makes me drool) I’m procrastinating all the tablet play.
- Writing a plug-in. I’ve written scripts, macros, and batch files, but never something that might mess with my beloved ON. So many other lovers, each writting plug-ins and blogs on how-to-do but so far noone seems to want to write the plug-in I”m looking for. Is there some way to search for a picture with mostly blue? (Canvas?) or no tags? I guess I’ll have to tag more consistantly. How about duplicates? Since I clip without editing I must (and probably do) repeatly clip the same information.
- Learn to work with “printed” pages. I just want to clip a picture or phrase out of the printed bit, but the screen clipper doesn’t work for items inside of ON.
- Thumbnails. I’d love to be able to print thumbnails of pages. I can use explorer on the icon view and create a screen clipping of my pictures or thumbnails of documents. It is a bit of a bother but I can create links back to the original files (wouldn’t it be great if the screen clip could put the links in automatically?) If I could create a thumbnail page of a notebook’s pages of ON and create links back to the actural pages then I could quickly find the right page without a lot of screen loads – I’m thinking of web sharing here. Canvas may be the answer, but as mentioned above, I’m not fully aware its features.
Besides Onenote, I don’t know how I survived without audio. I used to live with the radio on, andd loved my car’s radio station selection buttons. Then walkman, and ipod and now my iphone, internet radio and the various players. Podcasting, audiobooks…… maybe I’ll do a bit in ON on this……