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Microsoft OneNote for Mac: Compelling but not yet ready to compete with Evernote

Jeffery Battersby | April 15, 2014
OneNote for Mac may not yet be all it needs to be, but it is a compelling note creation tool that makes the creation of notes simple and intuitive.

You can also insert images into your notes, although this doesn't include PDF files. Short of resizing, the app offers no options for making changes to the images you've inserted in the document. And, unfortunately, there is no way within the app to associate your favorite image editor with images double-clicked in the document.

OneNote does have flaws. A long list of flaws that, at this point in time, make it a questionable replacement for Evernote, if that's something you're considering. You can't open existing OneNote files you may have saved on a local disk. You cannot print directly from the app, although it is possible to email yourself a PDF file and print that. Other than images, there is no way to add a PDF file or any other document created with other applications to your OneNote notes. This includes Microsoft Office documents. A feature currently available in the Windows version of the app. You can only insert Web links, not Web pages, a feat you can accomplish using the OneNote Web clipper. Drag-and-drop is not supported from the Finder, so your only option for adding text from an external document is copying the text and pasting it into a text field. Pasting data from an existing table into a new table in your notebook does not behave as expected as well. Instead of being distributed to all the cells in your table, the data is pasted into the first cell. You get the picture... not yet what it needs to be. But don't let this deter you. Microsoft states that these features, and more, will be added at regular intervals.

Bottom line

OneNote for Mac may not yet be all it needs to be, but it is a compelling note creation tool that makes the creation of notes simple and intuitive. If you're using Evernote for all that it's worth, OneNote won't offer you enough to want to make the change. But, if collaboration, freeform text entry, simultaneous note editing, and the promise of far more features in the very near future seems intriguing, OneNote for Mac is exactly what you need.

 

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