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In praise of an MS product..

(Yeah, go figure)

Microsoft OneNote. Part of MS Office Enterprise & Ultimate (also available as a standalone app).

This product is designed to help people compile notes (surprise, huh?)--You get a "blank sheet" where you can click anywhere and start typing. You can take partial screenshots and they will insert into the page you're working on, fully positionable anywhere on the page.

There are some projects I'm working on in my *cough* infinite spare time *cough*, and this is making it so much easier to do. It's kind of like Word on acid. (Or like a cross between Word, with QuarkXPress light and a screen capturing program.)

Things are organized in "notebooks" and "tabs" just like a real paper notebook. Searching notebooks not only searches text, but will also do word-recognition in images. It also supports exporting to XPS (XML Paper Specification) and PDF.

I'm really looking forward to working with this more. It's one of the best things I've seen come from Redmond in a very long time.



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Feb. 20th, 2007 01:30 pm (UTC)
When Da Bear is happy, we're all happy!

(wtf happened to wing?)
Feb. 20th, 2007 04:36 pm (UTC)
There was a network outage. :-/
Feb. 20th, 2007 05:12 pm (UTC)
Sounds great. Andy will be upgrading to one of the better new editions of Office this summer when he finally breaks down and gets HIS new machine so hopefully he'll share, unless they've somehow made that impossible. ;)

Dude, whatcha think of Vista overall?? Granted I'm only a day into it but nothing terrible has happened so far and I...I really like it! Like you say, go figure...
Feb. 21st, 2007 05:19 am (UTC)
Vista's ok--it's not as stable as they purport, but it is very prrty.

Which version did you get? Home Premium? Ultimate?
Feb. 21st, 2007 06:11 am (UTC)
Home Premium. Stable so far but slooooooowwwwwweeerrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr to boot up than any version of Windows since 3.1, I think! (and I've already disabled a lot of crap). I'm mostly annoyed with Epson, though, as the printer I bought less than two months ago doesn't have drivers for Vista yet! Grrr...

My impression on Day 2 is that Vista is more style than substance - but that's not a bad thing. 'Til now, when the hell have you ever said of a MS product, "It's pretty!"?? :b
Feb. 21st, 2007 09:51 pm (UTC)
I'm also annoyed with Epson. When I asked "When can I expect to see drivers for my cx4800?" I got an answer of "Keep checking this webpage (link) to look for new drivers!" "Um I know about the webpage, thanks. I wanted to know when I can expect to see the new drivers?" "Oh, well just keep checking!"


Some of the Vista stuff is pretty cool. You have Home Premium, so you should have some of the bells-n-whistles for things like photos, searching & such, right?
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