|So, I am on a quest to identify all the ways you the OneNote fans are using OneNote and i stumbled across this post today thanks to Twitter (I am such a freaking Twitter fan!)
What can be cooler than using OneNote to analyze motor racing tracks. Here’s how it’s done:
As you develop your skills in Open Track events, and start to become comfortable with a particular racetrack, you will start to realize that you need to analyze each part of the track in detail. This allows you to methodologically focus on improving how you approach the turn, where you turn in, where your apex is and how you cross it, and how you exit the turn. Plus of course the relationship of that turn to the next one, and so on.
In other words, you start to document each aspect of the event. And not only information about the track, but starting with a list of what you need to pack for the weekend, the latest alignment specs you setup the car with, tire temps after each run, maps to the event and hotel reservations, and lots more.
This is where a great piece of software comes in: Microsoft OneNote. OneNote is a software notebook. Pages, tabs, and sections allow you to organize your information the way you want to. The ability to import graphics or to draw in freehand allows you to visualize and mark up information. If you have a Tablet PC, you can use a pen to draw diagrams and to annotate them with your notes.. A Tablet PC isn’t necessary, but it’s a nice addition to the capabilities and of course it’s very powerful to be able to carry the laptop around your garage area and to take notes with the driver during and following each track session.
If you have instrumented your car, and are storing the data in a file such as Excel, that file can be linked to or even imported into OneNote, where it can also annotated and highlighted. Now you can look for issues and start to methodically address them.
The example shown here is from Target Chip Ganassi Racing in 2004. Engineers at the track use information store in and organized by OneNote to immediately modify the car for better performance. Engineers analyze the data to design car components and plan strategies to help win future races. They previously used pen and paper, but that information was difficult to share and inconvenient to use in the track environment. Imagine these kinds of notes for your local track. If you are an instructor, you could even build your instruction notes here and print them out for the student or class.
Whether you’ve got a TabletPC or not, this is the killer way to store your notes at the track. Alignments, tire pressures, other setup information, notes on the track, events results, and more. Everything stored in OneNote, even handwriting and images, is searchable and sharable. This is an extremely powerful tool and we consider it a must-have.
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I know this one is pretty out there, but I thought seeing as how many of you enjoyed the Fantasy Football post, you may also appreciate this interesting use case for OneNote as described in the Dragons Eye blog.
Click on the images below to view them at a non-eye test size.
Let me know what you think. Can you top this?
OneNote has been written about ad-infinitum as a tool for note taking in meetings and classes, as a general information repository and as a collaboration tool but I’d like to introduce you to another use that I’m putting OneNote to.
Or more specifically, documenting both the process I go through when creating a hologram and the results from that process in the form of notes and pictures.
As most of you will probably know, OneNote is a great repository for all sorts of information. It has allowed me to combine a number of sources into one place so that when needed, I can easily refer back to previous results when I’m making a new hologram.
Holography is a complex process
For those that aren’t familiar with holography I’ll give a short description. Those that are familiar can skip to the next section.
In the strictest sense the holography I engage in is the recording of interference patterns in a gelatin emulsion. A more appealing description is that holography is the act of making interesting 3D images using a laser and light sensitive film.
To do this I use a laser, special table and a number of lenses and mirrors to guide the laser light where I need it. If you think of a set up for a photo shoot you’ll have the general idea. Now add in some stringent stability requirements that mean there can be absolutely no movement (just standing next to the table will result in your heartbeat ruining an exposure) and you’ll have some idea of the challenges involved.
Below is a view of the table I use. (Remember, you can click on the images to see them bigger)
On the table is the holder where the film goes (the U shaped frame) and an assortment of mirror mounts and light blocking cards. Plus all the other little things that go into making a hologram.
After setting up the scene and lighting I expose some film to the laser light and end up with an image like the one below.
Keeping track of variables
Some of the things that go into making a hologram are:
- Room temperature and humidity.
- Light readings.
- What film and chemicals were used.
- The subject of the hologram.
- How the film was prepared and when.
- And so on.
A sample of the datasheet that I used for tracking these variables is given below
As you can see, there’s a lot of information that can be tracked as part of the process.
Ideally this would be kept in an inkable form tool but for my purposes OneNote does a fine job.
I can easily write anywhere on the form, erase at will and add information as I see fit.
While I could also do this with a paper form, and was for several years, what OneNote also allows me to do that paper can’t is easily add additional information such as photos of the final film and holograms.
Done the old way I’d have to print the photos out and keep all of it in a traditional folder with clips and staples to make sure they all stay together.
This is a big help down the road when I want to know how the hologram looked (brightness, noise levels, etc) or how foggy the film was at the time the hologram was made.
Frequently I need to compare this information with how the hologram appears as it ages and by storing this information in OneNote I can very easily add to it as time goes by. I also have a very convenient “file” to refer to when starting new experiments. Since I take my tablet just about everywhere I always have that file with me if I need to refer to it.
I also make use of OneNote’s ability to index audio recordings by recording many of my sessions in the lab. I tend to talk to the recorder as though I’m going to make what I call a “labcast” and store that with the rest of the data on the hologram I’m working on. This gives me a good searchable commentary on what I was doing as I was preparing to make or processing the hologram.
The one thing I’d like that OneNote doesn’t have is the ability to set a particular page as read-only.
Because I tend to copy an existing page when starting a new hologram, the parameters are frequently the same as the last hologram I made, it’s easy to get off and start editing the wrong page. Being able to set a page read-only would ensure that the data I’ve recorded is never accidentally modified or erased.
A tablet PC and OneNote are excellent tools for keeping track of lab data. Microsoft has made a sleeper of a killer application and while I will readily admit, perhaps too readily, that I’m not a Microsoft fan I recommend OneNote to anyone that has any need for data storage.
Hi there IheartOneNoters – sorry about the long-ish silence. I am on a family vacation in the Aspen, CO area and have been more interested in being in the great outdoors than in front of my computer. Needless to say, it is fantastically beautiful here and I am loving every minute of being in the mountains. We did get a bit of culture yesterday at the Aspen Music festival. Although, I think my Dad near had a stroke when they started playing the piece by George Crumb. Can you spell avant garde? Not quite the classical music he signed up for!
Anyway, to get my mind around all things OneNote, I thought I’d see how the members of the iheartonote facebook page use OneNote. Here goes:
This way each member of the team has access to them at all times.
During our meetings, we are actively using OneNote. When we assign tasks, etc. We do so in OneNote and it syncs with Outlook. During the week, we can check to see if the tasks have been completed and read any notes about them.
It has provided the most organized, easily accessible way to share information among so many people. I don’t know how we could accomplish so much without it!
I also act as a mentor within our organization, and many of my mentoring sessions are on a monthly basis. It is very convenient to capture the career guidance topics for the mentee in OneNote and quickly refer back to the objectives and goals we set in the discussion from 30 days ago. The mentees are thankful and surprised by my ability to articulate the exact conversations we’ve had over the past month (or past year in some cases).
In personal life, I use it to organize everything from cooking recipes to honey-do lists, and medical reference articles. Heck, I even have started to use it for pasting and organizing schematics for home improvement/electronics projects around the house.
I took notes and recorded lectures daily. I needed to brush up on my Accounting for an upcoming assessment test. It has saved me so much time finding topics for this test. Being able to search audio is so nice.
I printed PowerPoints to OneNote pages. Finding text was easy. The search capability took me to the text within the PowerPoint slide printouts in OneNote. How cool is that?!!
In a previous application, I had used OneNote during data collection activities with my field teams and it worked like a charm.
One question I would like to pose to the group, is if anyone has successfully saved a shared notebook on Blackboard Vista, in the same way that it is shared using SharePoint.
To keep records of my online banking and shopping (no need to print everything). Comparision shopping and big wishlists that I can share!
To “print” out craft patterns, crafting ideas and pictures – and onenote automatically records where I found that idea so I don’t “poach”
Green ideas, recipes, downloaded equipment manuals are all tracked in this versatile software.
Tell us how you use OneNote/
The leaves are starting to turn here in Seattle, which means it’s time for students to gear up for the new school year. Clearly taking notes is a HUGE part of being a student – so, I thought it may be time for a little note-taking 101 – OneNote-style.
Here are four ways you can improve your note-taking with OneNote:
Jotting phone numbers on scrap paper, writing addresses on sticky notes… These strategies may help in the moment, but what about when you need that information later? Or how about trying to decipher the notes that you scribbled in your binder during class? Imagine being able to grab all of your daily thoughts and sketches, keep them within reach at all times, and share them with others. You are well on your way to a clearer head when you open Microsoft Office OneNote 2007 on your Tablet PC and follow these four strategies: capture, organize, share, and enhance. With OneNote, you can capture almost anything: record an entire lecture for later review; create a diagram for your landscaper or teacher. And you can organize your thoughts and plans. Nothing gets lost—everything that you write is automatically and continuously saved.
Using OneNote to draw a landscape diagram
OneNote is not just about organizing. Share any of your notes during your busy day, with coworkers, friends, family. Enhance the presentation of your thoughts and ideas: put them into action with pictures, sound, and video. Format them with professional style. And because of the auto save feature you should never lose a scribble! This article tells you how.
When OneNote is running, you can resize the OneNote window and place it anywhere you want on the screen. Just open a new page in OneNote and you’re ready to go. Your note pages can include text, pictures, graphics, sound, video, screen shots, documents, links, and web content.
- Type text with the keyboard. Click anywhere on the note page and begin to type notes using the keyboard.
- Enter text by using a tablet pen. Some people are scribblers, and prefer the freedom of jotting down notes. Need to write down a phone number? Just open OneNote and write it down freehand by using a pen. You can then change fonts, and format your text in whatever way you like.
- Create diagrams. OneNote is perfect for doodlers, too. Illustrate your notes by using your pen to draw diagrams directly on the page. You can easily resize the diagrams, move them around on the page, and paste them in other notes or documents.
- Add pictures. It’s easy to add pictures to your notes. You can copy pictures from the web, from other documents, or from your hard disk, and paste them anywhere on your note page. Here’s how to insert a picture:
- Place your cursor where you want the picture to appear on the page. If you are using a Tablet PC, make sure the selection cursor for your tablet pen is active by clicking the Type Text or Select Objects icon on the toolbar.
- On the Insert menu, point to Pictures, and then click From Files.
- Click the picture you want to insert, and then click Insert.
You can easily move the picture on the page or resize the picture by dragging it from any corner.
Using OneNote to organize research for a report
- Include audio. With OneNote, you can record or import audio to store, edit, and include in your notes. You can record audio by using the built-in microphone on newer computers or by attaching an external microphone or other audio input device. Here’s how to record audio:
- On the Insert menu, click Audio Recording.
- Add video. Want to insert video into your notes? Just attach a video camera or a webcam to your computer to include moving footage and the sounds of any subject in your notes. You can play back a video that you made for class or record one to edit later. Here’s how to record video:
- On the Insert menu, click Video Recording.
- Import Excel lists. OneNote helps you keep track of numbers, too: you can import formatted lists from your Microsoft Office Excel files. Just copy columns, rows, and cells from any Excel spreadsheet and then paste them in your note page.
Organizing your thoughts
OneNote not only helps you organize your thoughts, it helps you rearrange them. Critical information, random ideas, diagrams, videos—you can place any information wherever you think it can help you express yourself better. Whether you’re a power user or a newcomer, OneNote makes use of multiple media to help you organize, plan, and simplify your daily life.
Here are some examples of how OneNote can help you organize your thoughts.
- Drag text and pictures anywhere on the screen.
- Move text and pictures to other notes and documents.
- Capture your thoughts in bulleted lists.
- Create folders for projects, classes, and personal files.
- Jot down a numbered to-do list.
- Sort and flag lecture notes to prepare for an exam.
- Keep all of your meeting notes for a project in a single location.
- Search through all of your notes, even the handwritten ones, to find that phone number you jotted down between appointments.
- Create marginal notes about a document, to save and move later.
- Plan your meals and grocery shopping.
- Track your travel and expenses for your next vacation.
- Draw and finalize the seating chart for your wedding.
- Move a picture to another note, and then send it in an e-mail message to your grandmother.
Enhancing your notes
After you capture your notes, give them a professional polish with the text and picture formatting features of OneNote. OneNote also includes Spelling and AutoCorrect commands to help you create neat, accurate notes.
OneNote files are easy to share… and share again. Send your notes to other people, or open up notes for group feedback and input.
- Share in real time. With OneNote you can collaborate with others, gathering their input for instant feedback. Here’s how to initiate a live session:
- On the Share menu, point to Live Sharing Session, and then click Start Sharing Current Section.
You can choose to begin a new session or join one that is already in progress.
- Send your notes in an e-mail message. Using Microsoft Office Outlook, you can send a page of your notes to others in an e-mail message.
You can also send your notes and recordings instantly to a Pocket PC or smartphone.
- Export your notes. Convert your notes to a Microsoft Office Word document by using the Save As command, or publish your notes as a Portable Document Format (PDF) or XML Paper Specification (XPS) so you can share your notes without them being easily changed. Here’s how to do it:
- On the File menu, click Publish as PDF or XPS.
No more crumpled sticky notes, messy notebooks, or lost doodles. Use OneNote for everything you can think of.
Happy Friday Tweeple!
I was over at my Aunt’s house this week and was shooting the breeze with my 19-year old cousin who is over at UW. He, of course is a rapid iheartonenote.com and was giving me a hard time for spending absolutely zero time blogging about using OneNote with a Tablet PC. He pointed out that just because my boss is too cheap to fork out some $$$ doesn’t mean that everyone else shouldn’t get to read about this ‘freaking amazing combo.”
So, Jesse, this one’s for you (and all the rest of the Tablet fans).
Read about how students can use OneNote with a Tablet PC
OneNote is the one program I would recommend to any tablet user to make the most of their device. Although somewhat difficult to describe, a simple example will explain its usefulness:
Walking into class, I start OneNote and open my “Classes” virtual notebook. From here, I go to my class’ section of tabs, in this case the “EC 101” group of tabs. This opens up a virtual notebook subdivided into as many tabs as the user desires. In my case, one section each for Lecture Notes, Discussion Notes, Homework/Notes on Readings, Questions, Resources, and a To-Do list for this class. I choose the “Lecture Notes” tab, where I can see all of my notes I have taken, separated by pages for each lecture session. They can, of course, be broken up by any other metric (one may find it useful to divide it according to topic). I create a new page for each lecture and OneNote really makes a difference when I can “print” the online lecture slides onto the page I’ve just created.
Selecting the class & inserting slides
Slides have been inserted
With this feature, I can take notes on these slides just as easily as I could if I had printed them on paper. In addition, I can add extra space in-between slides should I need it. I can also insert a screenshot from any document, website or PDF directly where I want it in my notes. OneNote allows the user to take anything visible on any source and create a copy directly into OneNote that can then be treated as an object to write or type on. Alternatively, the user can copy only the text from a picture, say a chart, but this also allows the user to make the text from the picture searchable thereby making notes much easier to accurately search.
If I decide that I would like to hear an important lecture again, I can have OneNote create an audio recording of the lecture and index it to my notes. Later, I can listen to the lecture and see a moving highlight of what notes I was taking during that section of the lecture. I can also start at a specific line of notes and play the lecture from that point forward.
In an unexpected move from Microsoft the program is actually easy-to-use, somewhat intuitive and reliable. Synthesizing these features allows me to quickly create a rich notebook on the fly with everything I’d like to see when studying. I don’t need to go back later and reconcile my handwritten notes with the slides and then find the supplemental information from a website and compare to my book. I can have them all included in my notes, ready for easy review. Additionally, a handy search feature means I can search everything in my notebook, for example: all of my notes – typed, handwritten, pictures and graphics for a specific word or phrase.
Tablet Tips and Tricks: Maximize your effectiveness
Battery and Performance
Like any laptop, weight, dimensions, battery life and performance all play an important role in how likely you are to fully utilize your machine. There are simple ways to improve battery life and maximize performance, useful for any PC, but especially pertinent to tablets. One way is to pump more power into your PC via extended batteries or AC power. By tweaking my tablet with the tips below, I’m generally able to use my tablet during two to three 90 minute lectures without having to recharge. The other is to limit the amount of resources your tablet has to expend while you’re using it. Consider these battery saving tips:
- Invest in your battery: Although an extended battery might be pricier up front, being able to fly from Boston to Los Angeles (on power saver mode, running Word and OneNote, antennas disabled and screen dimmed) and still have 45 minutes of battery is great justification.
- Dim your screen: Although a bright screen is necessary in some cases (eg. outdoor use), dimming your screen to a comfortable level is one of the easiest ways to improve your battery life.
- Mute your mic: Laptops are increasingly coming with built-in-microphones, useful for recording audio, VoIP and instant messaging. Having them always on however means your soundcard is being unnecessarily used. To avoid this, mute your mic and speakers and enjoy a few extra minutes of battery.
- Explore native battery/performance settings: Your OS will have built in battery settings and likely, your hardware manufacturer may also offer some settings. Your OS settings will offer a range of options, but you may have better luck with unit-specific manufacturer settings as they may be customized for that specific model.
- Antenna aces: If it’s not necessary, disable your wireless and/or Bluetooth antennas. This will improve your battery life, and in many cases will curb your temptation to check email, read up on gossip or sports and IM while in lecture or at work.
- Screensaver settings: Consider adjusting your screensaver/power saver settings to turn off your screen when not in use (2 minutes in my case).
- Limit your applications: The more applications you run the more resources your computer will have to devote to managing them and making sure they all run optimally. Don’t shy away from opening something you need, but consider if you really need all 20 IE windows open (hint: use FireFox! I know IE has the same features, but still.)
Sit, stay, good battery! With PC’s constantly monitoring shock levels to pause spinning hard drives, if you can limit your movements your tablet will devote fewer resources to protecting itself and perform better. Everyone has their own methods and tips for saving battery life and maximizing performance, I just wanted to share my tips and OneNote experience for those users who may need some advice.
I have to admit it, but I love Top 10 Lists. Today, I found a Top 8 list – which is only a little less appealing than 10! So, here is Donovan Lange’s Top 8 list of Reasons to use OneNote.
Let’s see if we can make it a Top 20 list (much better than 10 even) – so share your reasons in the comments section.
1. OneNote allows me to put all of my little bits of information into a single place, organize them how I like, and always be able to find them instantly.
- There’s a ton of information that doesn’t naturally have a good home otherwise. Like the URLs I find when researching a topic, or the notes that I take during meetings. Sure, I could use text files and notepad or post-it notes; but I’d have to create my own method for filing them into folders, navigate to the correct file to open them when I want to read them again, make sure I remember to hit Save (and give it a filename) before my laptop battery runs out and I lose my content, etc. It really doesn’t scale when you have a lot of data.
2. It’s page surface allows me to outline, brainstorm, and collect rich forms of data better than any other tool out there.
- Specifically, the ability to click anywhere on the page and just drag-drop any line of text to anywhere else on the page means that I can use this for random brainstorming and when writing out document outlines/drafts. Things that don’t have linear or well-known structures.
- Plus, there’s a million features built into the application that allows me to embed non-textual forms of information. So I can use screen clippings (via the Windows + S key) to take a picture of something currently on my screen, or embed a full document via the included OneNote Printer or the Insert Menu, and then annotate on top of that information. And I can find it again, since we’ll OCR the text within the pictures.
- Even without a tablet PC, the drawing shapes and click anywhere to type means that I can create simple diagrams without having to load up Visio. With a tablet, I can draw directly on a page, and use a pen when I’m in a meeting where typing may be viewed as distracting.
- It works with audio as well. We record the audio for all of our spec reviews using the built-in laptop microphone. Any notes typed during the meeting will be synchronized into the audio timeline for later review. And OneNote will search the speech in the audio file as well.
3. It’s really good at capturing information quickly.
- Sometimes I need to get information written down as quickly as possible. I don’t want to worry about making space in my word document, I can just click anywhere on the page and type.
- Ditto for inserting tables. Just hit tab!
- I can launch a side-note window (which is a lot like a post-it note) from the system tray and grab down that phone number that someone just spouted off while I’m on the phone.
- I can paste web content from a web page and it automatically includes the URL the content came from. Huge time-saver.
- I can apply metadata (flags) to my information or create Outlook Task items “in situ” along with the rest of the context that gives that task meaning.
- I’m no longer restricted to keeping a single task list in Outlook. When I’m in a meeting, or estimating a feature in OneNote I can tag a line as an Outlook Task, and it’ll create an Outlook Task for me, which is automatically kept in sync as I mark it completed, etc. As a result, all of my ToDo items can live in the place where they’re most appropriate (like in the middle of my meeting notes, or in my shared notebook with you on a page of house projects) and yet have them rolled up appropriately in either OneNote or Outlook.
4. Outlook Integration, Outlook Integration, Outlook Integration.
- In addition to task sync’ing, I find that there’s a ton of information that gets sent to me in email, which should live in OneNote instead. (As email is more of a dynamic source of changing data, vs. an authored knowledge base.) I can send an email to OneNote directly from Outlook 2007 via a single toolbar button click. For someone who tries to keep their inbox nearly empty, being able to store messages like “how to access the internal newsgroups” (for instance) in a Notebook feels much cleaner than keeping them in my inbox
- In addition, I can also take notes about meetings (and have it find my previous meeting notes for a recurring meeting) or keep information about people from my Contact List / GAL in OneNote directly from the Outlook meeting and contact windows. The link between the two stays present regardless of how that gets filed in my Notebooks.
5. My stuff is available everywhere.
- I can’t emphasize how much this rocks. My OneNote notebook is available at work, at home, on my phone (using OneNote mobile) and on my laptop. All I did was point OneNote at a file share or Sharepoint Site, and OneNote takes care of the rest. Plus, it synchronizes embedded documents as well, so I don’t have to use Sharepoint to upload a document or email it to myself. I just drag-drop it right onto the OneNote page, and voila it’s everywhere I need it! No sync’ing, no file locking, nothing. It just works.
- Moreover, it works when I’m offline. Even those embedded documents… when I pick up my laptop and go to a conference room in another building, I can still keep typing, regardless of whether or not I’ve got wireless. Go on vacation to the beach, and make changes to my notebook. Whenever it comes online, it all merges back in without any user interaction.
6. It allows me to collaborate with others.
- Word track-changes? Sharepoint edit locks? Yuck. OneNote is a breeze by comparison. Think of it like a Wiki on crack. Everyone just opens up the same Notebook (or Section or page) and just types away. It’s magic.
- For those without OneNote, I can create PDFs of my pages, or send a page as an email with a single click. The person on the other end of that email doesn’t even need OneNote to view my stuff.
7. I can store sensitive information and password protect it.
- I generally use this for my personal notebook, but I find it invaluable to store my Credit Card numbers, Bank Account Information, Website Passwords, Frequent Flyer accounts, etc. all in a section that I then password protect. Because the bits stored on disk are encrypted, I can access that file from a server and not worry about the security of the server, across the network, etc.
8. I can automate repetitive things.
- I keep a work journal, and find that it’s really convenient to create a stationary (templates) page which is applied automatically to all new pages created in my Journal section. It’s such a simple idea, but saves me a ton of time.
- Not to mention all the cool add-ins that power-users have created that extends the functionality of OneNote.
If you are a little more technically inclined, here is how OneNote is changing how this Software Architect who is the author of the TechSoda blog works:
For the last several months, I have had several changes in my environment that has caused me to take a look at how I collect information. I am now doing more research than ever, my job has changed, and I am working to become a more organized person (although I will never reach GTD nirvana). Lately the questions for me have been:
- Where did I see that sample?
- Which email account did I get that information in?
- Do you mean I have to retype all of these meeting notes?
- What are my next priorities?
Sound familiar? After playing around with OneNote for a couple of years, it took an aha moment for me. I learned about sharing notebooks across computers. This concept has now become invaluable. Below are a few tips and tricks that I am starting to use with OneNote:
- Poor mans Tablet PC. Last Christmas, I was given a Digimemo L20 for a gift. This is a pretty ingenious piece of equipment and one I take with me whenever I go to meetings. The software now includes a way to transport my notes (even in digital ink) to OneNote very quickly.
- Use a command line argument to start OneNote on a specific page/section (/hyperlink). I usually take a little bit of time to discover command line arguments. This time I was a little late in looking at these, but what a time saver. Every OneNote section or page has a hyperlink that is associated with it, which can be discovered by right-clicking on the page tab/section tab and selecting copy hyperlink to this page. Combined with SlickRun, this is truly invaluable. OneNote Command Line Switches
- Using a notebook on multiple computers. Here is a link.
- Using it as a ToDo list manager. I combine a Slickrun magic word with Todo to go to a specific page in my notebook that is shared across computers. Get this, the tasks even integrate well with Outlook 2007.