OneNote to go …

September 1, 2009 at 12:55 pm | Posted in Research | 3 Comments
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mobilenoter_logoIn my very first blog post, I described how Microsoft OneNote 2007  forms the heart of my information management architecture.   In that post, I mentioned that an iPhone app is in development.  Well, this app is now in beta and you can register for more information at the MobileNoter web site.  It looks like the first version of the app will be released at the end of September (not long to wait then).  Using this app, you will be able to:

  • Take notes on the fly. The first version of the application supports simple text-only notes, called Quick Notes. Support for pictures, audio recordings, outlining support and inking will be in further versions later this year.
  • Easily synchronize with Microsoft OneNote. It is possible to synchronize Quick Notes back and forth with Microsoft OneNote. Quick Notes from your iPhone will appear in a special chapter of the OneNote Notebook that is automatically created.
  • Access your Microsoft OneNote notebooks on your iPhone. Select which OneNote notebooks to take with you on your iPhone and synchronize. The selected notebooks will be read-only (for now), but with layout and formatting support.
  •  The whole solution consists of 3 parts:

    • A web-based sync service, hosted by MobileNoter on their web site
    • A small footprint desktop sync application, which syncs changes with the web-based service in near-real time
    • The iPhone app, which manually syncs changes with the web-based service.

    MobileNoter plan to add a direct wifi-based sync option in a later release.  They’re also looking at syncing with cloud-based storage as this becomes more popular (I’m currently experimenting with syncing between my desktop and laptop copies of OneNote through Live Mesh , but more of that in a later post).  This latter option is in the very early stages of discussion.

    MobileNoter maintain a blog to keep you up-to-date with progress on the beta programme, but you can also find a good account from one of the beta testers (no, sadly I didn’t get invited) here, including some screen shots from the iPhone app.

    More on this, as and when I get my hands on the app!

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    2. […] was desperately keen to find a way to copy all that information to my brand new iPhone.  So, when MobileNoter was released for public beta, I was quick to sign up.  The first version was released to GA in November last year and I’ve […]

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