What is the Mac equivalent to Microsoft OneNote?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by tkjazzer, Feb 2, 2008.

  1. macrumors 6502

    Nov 30, 2004
    Hey guys,

    My girlfriend really wants and likes Microsoft one note but she only has a mac and hates being frustrated by having to run parallels, etc. She needs a program that works just like Microsoft OneNote but runs natively in the mac.

    She wants to be able to click and drag Powerpoints slides, Microsoft word documents, drag an image from the web, resize it on the page, write notes in text boxes, etc etc etc.

    Word is too difficult to take a PDF document and make it work easily in word.

    I don't know how to help her since I would just run parallels and run it, but she gets frustrated by things going wrong with software and has little patience to try and fix it.

    Please help,
  2. Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 7, 2002
    Whakatane, New Zealand
    I've never used OneNote but I've heard that the notebook mode in Word is similar.
  3. macrumors 6502a

    Jul 23, 2007
    She might want to look into OmniOutliner.

    I believe it actually even comes on the Mac.
  4. macrumors newbie

    Feb 24, 2008
    Journler as great substitute

    Hey all -

    I've long be a microsoft onenote user on my pc at work and have been looking for something equivalent for my mac. I found this program:


    Its great! has most of the functionality, but there is no easy way to transfer your onenote files. Personally I don't use my work notes while I'm at home anyway, but I do like to document my thoughts, etc.. in a trusted system for personal stuff.

    These guys are also working hard to update it and make it a killer product, especially recently, as they just started charged for licenses. If you ask me, its well worth it.

  5. thread starter macrumors 6502

    Nov 30, 2004
    why can't mactopia people just get onenote for macs?
  6. macrumors 601


    Dec 31, 2007
    La La Land
    Or she can get VMware, you can make programs run native on the desktop.
  7. macrumors regular

    Jul 31, 2007
    Salt Lake City, UT
  8. macrumors 603


    Aug 22, 2007
    I guess no one knows about Circus Ponies Notebook. It's the number one note taking software designed exclusively for the Mac and it works well. They are at Macworld every single year.
    There's a free download (trial) but it's $49., $29 for students. http://www.circusponies.com/
  9. macrumors newbie

    Aug 27, 2008
    The one thing that I haven't been able to find in any of the many note taking programs is something that the original author of this thread mentioned: Being able to write text in boxes.

    In OneNote, you can write text wherever you want on the page. The page is not like a text page. To type something on the right side of the screen in OneNote you just click on the right side and type. Don't like it there? drag it down to the middle of the page. Then go to the bottom of the page and make a list. Drag that to the top right.

    With these other programs, unless I am mistaken, you can type notes in either an outline format or a text editor format. If I wanted a sentence to be in the middle right of the page I would have to hit enter to get the cursor to the middle, then type, then justify it to the right. If I then decide to add something to the top of the page things get messy.

    I may be overlooking this in one of the suggested programs and if so please let me know. With an overwhelming selection to choose from I wouldn't be surprised if I was.
  10. macrumors 601


    Oct 3, 2006
    Unity is in no way native. It is still running in an emulated OS.
  11. macrumors 6502


    Jul 31, 2008
    New York City
  12. macrumors G3


    Jan 9, 2008
    Sunny, Southern California
    What about something like this:


    It is more for organizing your ideas etc. I found this via a third party and they really like it. I have not used it yet but I am really looking into it.
  13. macrumors 68020


    Jan 30, 2006
    Strange that Microsoft would not port onenote that is basically a student application to the platform that most students use.
  14. macrumors 6502a

    Aug 22, 2003
    Word 2004/2008 have something just like onenote built in. It is even better then the windows version.

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  15. macrumors 6502

    Oct 17, 2006
    It might be too different from what everyone wants, but after trying Evernote I've never given OneNote a second chance. I was a LONG time OneNote user using it constantly and for my needs EverNote just KILLS it. The ability to have all my notes sync'd across multiple devices / computers for free is just unbelievable. I can't think of being without this application at times.

    Same as OneNote? No. Not exactly. Can it be used for many of the same tasks? Absolutely.

    Give it a try... you probably won't regret it!

    - Wayne
  16. macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    San Jose (CA)
    I like the Windows version. Of course I also have tablet computer so it's not the same.
  17. macrumors regular

    Aug 31, 2008
    Anyone tried Evernote? Really good and plus, it syncs so you can access it everywhere you go!
  18. macrumors 6502


    Jan 1, 2007
    and how is that even remotely close to OneNote :confused:
  19. macrumors regular

    Aug 31, 2008
    ^^ I'm sorry. I used OneNote like years ago and forgot what its main functions are. Just thought that evernote was something similar.
  20. macrumors newbie

    Oct 21, 2008
    New England
  21. macrumors newbie

    Dec 24, 2008
    Chandler, AZ
    OneNote for Mac

    I use OneNote at work on a PC, but at home, to gain the same functionality, I use Curio by Zengobi. While Word 2004 does have the notebook format and the ability to record audio and video, it is too structured for me to use as my primary journaling tool. Curio has more features, plus more flexibility options and templates for the introverted right-brainers out there.

    Evernote is great, but it 's now "in the air" and I don't like having to login to every time I want to use it. Curio can now synch with Evernote including the graphic text recognition, so the next time you login you can sync everything to work with Evernote or MobileMe. I've tried all of the programs noted above this post, but for me and my special set of needs, Curio tops the list. Oh, by the way... I emailed for support on a newbie issue, and -- get this -- I received a reply back on a Sunday :0)

    I now keep all my journals in Curio, although I have OneNote at home as well. I run all my Win apps on Parallels, but after being a PC user since day one, I've now made the switch to Mac after the Intel offering appeard and Leopard was deployed. I heard a rumor that OneNote may be added to MS Office for Mac, but I'll wait and see if it tops Curio.

    I especially love the Mac when doing photographic and video work -- seems to be a much more stable platform. Too bad Adobe hasn't ported Captivate to the Mac environment.
  22. macrumors newbie

    Apr 2, 2009
    OneNote equivalent for mac....?

    I am also desperately seeking a mac equiv of OneNote... I am currently trying Circus Ponies Notebook and it's not even close.... with OneNote, you can plop any thing anywhere on any page. Not so with NB, which has these annoying cells that prevent you from putting things where you like on the page.

    Anyone else have any suggestions for a OneNote for mac? It seems like a no-brainer to have something as user-friendly and intuitive on the mac......
  23. macrumors newbie

    May 27, 2009
    more OneNote for Mac

    just joined and very pleased to see ChandlerBob's highlighting Zengobi's Curio.
    I work in a University ICT Innovations Centre and watch many students and teachers struggle to force software to behave as they would like: Intuitively.

    And I really do not understand why others have not discovered the power of Curio. It shows how note-makers, outliners, eportfolios and research tools should work. Things would have been so much better and certainly easier if the developers of OneNote could have used Curio in the real world first. OneNote would not exist!
  24. macrumors newbie

    May 31, 2009
    Circus Ponie's notebook is actually very similar to onenote. To make a text box anywhere just double click where you want it to be. Then you can drag it around just like in onenote
  25. macrumors newbie

    Aug 31, 2009
    One Note for MAC

    Yohimbe and SoHo Notes are the closest to One Note for Office.

    SoHo notes is working on a snow leopard upgrade... not sure if Yohimbe works on snow leopard but both work with leopard

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