Posts Tagged ‘Upgrading’

Here’s a review from webworkerdaily.com  of the OneNote 2010 beta as a blogging tool:

Now that Microsoft Office 2010 is in beta (as I noted here ), I’ve been spending more time using the applications, especially OneNote 2010 beta. have long used OneNote for capturing project information when I am working on one of my Windows machines, but its potential as a blogging tool has been on my mind recently. One of the features Microsoft ( GigaOM Pro company profile here ) touts I It makes a lot of sense, because OneNote can serve as an organizer for ideas, a repository for pictures and images, and has tools for composing text.

For purposes of this post, I created a fresh notebook in OneNote 2010 beta running on Windows 7. The publishing process from OneNote to your blog is straightforward. First you compose your post in OneNote and then choose “Send” from the “File” menu. Choose “Send to Blog.” If you haven’t used OneNote 2010 beta to publish to your blog previously, you’ll receive a prompt to set up a new blog account and then the New Blog Account dialog box appears.

The blogging feature supports Windows Live Spaces, Blogger, SharePoint blog, Microsoft Community Server, TypePad and WordPress. (Disclosure: Automatic, maker of WordPress, is backed by True Ventures, a venture capital firm that is an investor in the parent company of this blog, Giga Omni Media. Om Malik, founder of Giga Omni Media, is also a venture partner at True.) Follow the prompts to set up your new blog account. This is the only time you’ll have to set up your blog for publishing.

The post you composed in OneNote 2010 beta now appears in Word 2010 Beta. It can be easy to miss at first, but what you are actually seeing is Word with the “Blog Post” tab open. From this tab, you have options for publishing and inserting categories. I encourage you to test these features out prior to using them because I noticed some subtle differences between the options available for TypePad and WordPress.

When publishing to your blog, the following scary warning appears:

Whether you are comfortable with this or not, it’s certainly off-putting — I would like to know whether my password is being encrypted or not.

I was disappointed that the “Send to Blog” feature relies on MS Word for publishing my posts, because I was expecting a strictly OneNote-to-blog publishing experience. However, if you use OneNote to capture ideas and research information you may still get some mileage out of this feature. Personally, I probably won’t be using the feature on a regular basis because I think using two desktop applications just to compose and publish a blog post is a little too much, though it could be handy if I am writing posts based upon source material I already have in OneNote.


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I am sure that you have been wondering about whether everything you have created in OneNote 2007 will be compatible with OneNote 2010 –  I personally would be hosed if I had to convert all my stuff to a new format. Thankfully, this won’t be necessary as Daniel Escapa from the OneNote team points out (clearly, he has access to more functioning brain cells than I do. I wonder if he was indoors all weekend playing Halo?)

Anyway, here’s the skinny on version compatibility:

Key points:

  • OneNote 2010 will fully read & write OneNote 2007 format notebooks, no need to convert a notebook
  • There is a new OneNote 2010 format to support new features (such as versions)
  • OneNote 2010 can convert notebooks from 2007<–>2010 formats and back

OneNote 2010 will fully read & write any OneNote 2007 notebook; you do not need to convert your notebooks to use OneNote 2010. When you are on a 2007 notebook you will see that the title bar of the application says “(Compatibility Mode)” like this:


When you see this you are in a 2007 format notebook, conversely if you do not see this then you are viewing a 2010 format notebook. Also certain features will be disabled and greyed out in the UI this is normal and to use the new features you should convert the notebook to the 2010 format

There is a new OneNote 2010 format to support new features such as:

  • OneNote Web App
  • Versions
  • Equations
  • Linked Note Taking
  • Recycle Bin
  • And more

By default when you create a new notebook in OneNote 2010 the format of the notebook will be in the 2010 format so you can use all of these new features.

If you are sharing with people who do not have OneNote you will be able to share your notes in the cloud (Windows Live) and they can view & edit those notes in the browser. If you need to work with others who have OneNote 2007 you will need to make sure the notebook is in the 2007 format.

You can convert any notebook between versions by:

  1. Right-click on the notebook on the navigation bar (on the left)
  2. Choose Properties
  3. Click to convert the notebook to whatever version you would like, see here:


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Unless you’ve been under a rock, you’ll be aware than Microsoft has released Windows 7 (those ads……). If you’re planning to upgrade, you may be interested to know how OneNote will work on this new operating system.

If so, check out the Note Bena Blog where Michael Oldenburg provides a few tips about Using OneNote 2007 on a Pc running Windows 7.


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