The one app that can convince me to get an iPad - OneNote

Discussion in 'iPad Apps' started by etjazz, Jan 28, 2010.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Dec 13, 2006
    I was somewhat underwhelmed by yesterdays new god device-unveiling. I don't care that there is no camera in this device, but lack of multitasking (Spotify anyone...) is the major drawback as far as I'm concerned.

    There is however one app that would make me buy this thing ... Microsoft OneNote with sharepoint synchronisation and pen input for note-taking. I use OneNote for both filing and note taking in my job, and being able to do all my scribbling on a sexy digital device would be very attractive.

    Not sure if Apple is able or even willing to come up with a pen that works on the touchscreen surface... or if its even possible. What do you guys think?
  2. macrumors 604


    Jul 4, 2008
    Silicon Valley
    Pogo has a stylus for the iPhone. Most likely works for iPad too since the screen technology is the same.
  3. macrumors 6502a


    Jun 18, 2009
  4. Eso
    macrumors 68000


    Aug 14, 2008
    What's the word for thinking that it is possible MS OneNote will be released for the iPad - optimistic... or delustional?
  5. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 13, 2006
    @SnowLeopard2008: Good, so it should at least be technically possible :)

    @Eso: I may be overly optimistic, but MS already produce apps for OS X, and they have a mobile version of OneNote for windows mobile. It's not entirely improbable they will deliver... and in case they dont, we might get OneNote compatible apps from third party developers.
  6. macrumors regular

    Jul 19, 2002
    I use OneNote as well. It was a big reason why I got a netbook in the 1st place ...

    I could maybe see using Evernote on the ipad. Its got some decent functionality as well.
  7. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 13, 2006
    @bevo: is your netbook equipped with a touchscreen?
  8. macrumors member

    Sep 23, 2003
    Melbourne, Australia
    iPad is not a Notepad

    I use my HP Tablet PC daily with OneNote, mostly via Stylus input. It is a great way to enhance the value of my notes (sharing / searching / linking / embedding relevant stuff etc).

    IMHO the iPad is largely a data OUTPUT device, not a data INPUT device. The onscreen keyboard would not be good for typing large bodies of text, and iWork is not a feasible tool for organising notes (a la OneNote).

    Apple calling it "iPad" implies it can replace a Notepad. I don't see how the device could decently do this, without:
    1/ a good stylus
    2/ ink to text conversion (Inkwell....)
    3/ a good note organisation tool

    I'm a big Apple fan, but iPad is not a serious data INPUT device. It's a toy, not an all-in-one business or education tool
  9. macrumors 68040


    Jul 30, 2007
    I agree that OneNote would find a very comfortable place on the iPad.

    I don't think we are within even a year of that happening.
  10. macrumors G3


    May 18, 2008
    Hartford, CT
    Have fun waiting, then being disappointed.

    IF they did make it (they aren't right now) and made it live up to the concept videos (thats all they were, concepts) I'd buy it in a second. When was the last time MS lived up to their concepts?
  11. macrumors newbie

    Feb 12, 2010
    Hello guys,
    Our team is working on an app called MobileNoter, it allows to view OneNote notebooks on the iPhone/iPod Touch, take short notes with pictures (including taken by iPhone's camera) and send them back to OneNote.
    Now we are going to implement the feature to edit ON notebooks on the mobile device and also we consider making an iPad version of our app.
    So I want to ask: What feautures are "must-have" for iPad OneNote solution?
    I would be glad to read your suggestions.
  12. macrumors newbie

    Apr 15, 2010
    Features for MobileNoter

    I've looked at MobileNoter, and if you guys can get it right, this will be a killer app.

    I would NEED the following:
    * Stylus input (ink, finger-drawn, whatever you want to call it)
    * Edit of OneNote notes (actual input and not just read-only like MobileNoter is now)
    * Simple collaboration with other iPhone/iPad users - edit of shared notes (maybe this can be done purely on the OneNote side, but I'm not real clear about how this would work)
    * Image and simple text input

    I would WANT the following:
    * Tab/Level formatting
    * Table formatting
    * Font formatting
    * Better search than OneNote 2007 currently allows (maybe 2010 will fix this - "search in current page" anyone? Like Firefox perhaps, but maybe that's asking too much)
  13. macrumors member

    Apr 12, 2010
    One thing that any of these note apps need is an area where you can rest your hand on the screen without registering the touch while holding and using the stylus. I need this for any of these apps to be functional.
  14. macrumors member

    Jul 23, 2007
    Stylus? You mean your finger? Have you ever seen an iPad or iPhone? They are really cool. You should check one out sometime.
  15. macrumors newbie

    Feb 12, 2010
    Thanks for sharing your opinion!
    Ability to edit Onenote notebooks will be implemented in the Mobilenoter 2.0. We've already submitted its prerelease version to the App Store.Handwriting options are also in development, but they will be only in the iPad version of MobileNoter.
  16. r0k
    macrumors 68040


    Mar 3, 2008
    Is there another sync option besides onenote? I'm a Mac user and I don't run any ms software on my Mac, but I do like the look of your app. Perhaps the ability to export as PDF would do it for me. Btw, thanks for posting here. It's always nice to see developers in the forums.
  17. macrumors newbie

    Feb 12, 2010
    Synchronization with OneNote was the point of MobileNoter from the beginning of its development. But we consider making our own desktop application in future, possibly there will be versions for both Windows and Mac OS X.
  18. macrumors newbie

    May 2, 2010
    Just buy a really thin glove and cut the tips of the fingers out. That is what many do with the varied drawing apps out there for the iPad. Then you can rest your hand all you want.
  19. macrumors regular

    Jan 31, 2009
    Isn't one note pretty much the same thing as ever note?
  20. macrumors 68040


    Mar 27, 2009
    Seattle, WA
    Unfortunately, not even close.
  21. macrumors regular

    Jan 31, 2009
    well arent they at least based on the same idea?

    I havent used OneNote yet on my Windows 7 machine.

    Im only asking becasue I have justm looked at 14 websites that most say that Evernote is better or its too close to call or whatever
  22. macrumors 68040


    Mar 27, 2009
    Seattle, WA
    It really depends on what you want. I use Evernote daily and it is one of my key apps. It works great as your information repository. The big advantage is that Evernote is cloud-based, and has clients available for most devices. I love the fact that any info I enter on my MacBook Pro is instantaneously available on my iPad or on iPhone.

    The absolutely huge advantage for OneNote is its flexibility in terms of how you can input your notes. It is literally a pad of paper, where you can place any information wherever you'd like. It is far more flexible this way than Evernote.

    If MS were not MS but any other company, they would without much doubt transition OneNote to operate in a similar fashion to what Evernote does. If they were to do that, and made also clients available for different devices, they would have one very hot-selling product on their hands. As it is, MS is simply not flexible enough, or they don't believe that the potential revenue stream is significant enough for them to pour any resources into the development of this application.

    Evernote has slightly improved its text-entering capability, but it is still very limited. Hopefully we'll see some solid progress in this area in the future.
  23. macrumors newbie

    Jul 24, 2010
    The latest version of Onenote (2010) has the ability to save the notebook to the cloud using skydrive and then use web based clients to access and edit the notebook.
  24. macrumors 68040


    Mar 27, 2009
    Seattle, WA
    Yes, I noticed that recently as well. But I like to have my notes with me, and the lack of clients for iPad etc. is very unfortunate. It is cool that I can access the notes from another computer, but I need access through iPhone/iPad. Oh well....

    The cool thing is that EverNote now has numerous other vendors providing add-ins through the Trunk. We could see some useful apps coming from there!
  25. macrumors newbie


    Jul 13, 2008

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