69 – OneNote

Note-taking software for capturing all of your ideas and to-dos on the go, brought to you by Microsoft Office.

Create one centralised resource for all your ideas.  Manage information with tools that save time and simplify your work.  Collect information, brainstorm, and share ideas from more places.

OneNote contiunues its rise up the list, possibly due to its availability also as an iPhone and iPad app.

Website Cost Availability
www.microsoft.com/office/onenote/ Commercial Download
RANKINGS
2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007
 69  71  100  85=  -  66=  -

Comments from some of those who selected OneNote as one of their Top Tools 

“I began using OneNote early last year for note taking for work and school. Utilizing cloud storage and the cross-platform applications, I’m able to access my notes on my computer, phone, or iPad anywhere and anytime.” Rob Wiltbank, 2014

“A notes management system, by far the most useful in its category”  Brij Bhushan Huria 2013

“Superior notetaking, research and eportfolios”  Jason de Nys 2013

“super tool to keep organized and you can sync your notes too! Reminds me of a virtual bulletin board and notebook combined” Christina Carboni 2013

Pre-2013 comments

“This must be the forgotten jewel in the suite of Microsoft Office programs. I don’t understand why it isn’t far more popular. It is fantastic as a rough and ready repository for all kinds of nuggets and jottings.”  Patrick Mayfield

“A great tool that helps me keep my notes organized. Because it’s on a tablet PC, it’s easy to add drawings and diagrams to notes.”  Pattie Mascaro

“Simply an amazing program that I have only been using since January and wish that I had been using for the last 5 years.  I am reducing my paper use tremendously.”  Harold Shaw”This is easily the most important application I use. It is so simple, yet so versatile — I have completely eliminated the need for post-it notes, scraps of paper, short text files, word docs, etc., to keep track of ideas, projects, goals, research, websites to investigate, and much more. It complements one’s email/calendaring application beautifully. OneNote must be one of the most poorly marketed applications ever, as few people besides students and Tablet PC users are very familiar with it — even though it is great for all computer users, and even can be used collaboratively through shared notebooks on a network share. By now I know many people who use it, and I have yet to meet someone who tried using it for a few weeks who didn’t get addicted and then swear by it going forward”  Thomas Stone