Sunday, 25 April 2004

One of the other new things in OneNote SP1 Preview is added funcionality that allows programmers to build connectors that will import content into OneNote from other applications. Andrew May has a couple of entries on his blog that provide an early look at using the new Type Library:

“The new OneNote 1.1 Type Library includes functionality which enables you to programmatically import images, ink, and HTML into OneNote.”

Andrew also posted the OneNote Simple Import XML Schema.

Chris Pratley outlines a few ideas about what kids of power-toys for OneNote might be interesting to see some day, and offers to collect real, practical ideas from users and developers about what we think the OneNote dev team should build into the product:

“We're also interested in hearing details of any kind of extensibility you would actually use if we were to add it. The details are important - we plan to add extensibility only to support real scenarios, not just allow anything to be extended.”

SideNote: It's great to see this kind of two-way communication in the blogosphere. Thanks to Chris and the OneNote team for watching the user community and soliciting input!



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Sunday, 25 April 2004 22:26:00 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
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Motorola MPxLooks like maybe the future is starting to look up for PocketPC-based phones.

I used a Motorola SmartPhone (MPX200) for a while, but gave up on it because of poor performance in the Exchange sync department (on the part of the phone, which bogged down under the pressure).

As far as T9 text input has come, it drove me crazy trying to type email on a phone keyboard, so I switched back to the Blackberry Phone, which does a great job for me and others where I work. It just doesn't run the Windows Mobile OS.

MPx keyboard viewBut, looks like Motorola has some new models up its sleeve. While the new SmartPhone (MPx100) looks interesting, the new MPx PDA-Phone looks very cool. With a full keboard built-in, a true HTML browser, WiFi built in, etc., I'll be all over this (if it ever makes it to the US, that is). Availability is set for 2nd half of 2004 according to Motorola's press releases.



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Sunday, 25 April 2004 21:39:31 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
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 Saturday, 24 April 2004

First Glance at the OneNote SP1 Preview

Saturday, April 24, 2004

11:40 AM

 

 

So, I figured I'd just jump in and take a first look at the new OneNote SP1 Preview and see what stands out. So far, a lot. Too much to play with this morning, and some of it I'll need to try at work with the team.

 

The above image was clipped directly into OneNote using the new "Capture Screen Clipping" tool, which lets you activate the function, and then use the pen or mouse to drag a rectangle around what you want captured. The clip is saved to the memory clipboard and/or to a SideNote (your choice).

 

Sharing with Others:

 

This is a big improvement area, and I think it will be a popular item in the future where I work. The previous OneNote email capabilities appear to be improved, as are the SharePoint capabilities, and newly added in this preview release are Shared Sessions - live note-taking sessions on the network between multiple participants. Password protect the sessions if  necessary, and share the OneNote sections relevant to your need. Chris Pratley described it well in a web log entry he made describing the new preview release: See  http://weblogs.asp.net/chris_pratley/archive/2004/04/20/117053.aspx

 

Audio and Video recording:

 

Support for webcams is added (uses WinMedia 8 and 9 codecs configured for typical PocketPC optimization, but you can tweak that, too). Found some weird behavior in the video player interface, but hey, it's complicated and this is a preview release. But at least people who care can see my cat (see below for the video file). :-)

 

Video recording started: 11:49 AM Saturday, April 24, 2004

 

Integration with Other Devices/Apps:

 

Ability to create appointments, contacts and tasks are in the Tool menu, and PocketPC integration is there, as well - You can copy your notes manually or automatically from your  PocketPC device.

 

Wish-List:

 

Odd behavior and bugs don't get listed here (since I am reporting those anyhow elsewhere), but rather the few things I can think of that I don't see in the program just yet. In fact, for now I can only think of one glaring thing. Hyperlinks.

 

It appears there is still not an option to insert a hyperlink on one or more words of text (which you can do in other office apps, so was hoping to see that here in the service pack). This image is from Microsoft Word:

 

 

Screen clipping taken [from Microsoft Word]: 4/24/2004, 10:38 AM

 

You know - highlight a block of text, right click, choose "Hyperlink" from the menu and from their either add or edit the hyperlink associated with the text block. Link to a web page, or whatever. Maybe there is something about OneNote that makes this difficult to do, or maybe it's there and I just can't find it. But I have definitely tried!

 

Verdict:

 

Very cool. OneNote is already a great example of smart product building by a clearly talented team. It's a power-productivity tool, is able to be used by a wide variety of end users for an equally wide variety of purposes. The SP1 preview has addressed not only the top problems in the initial 1.0 release, it's added the low-hanging-fruit functionality that a) people are asking for and b) the product team could realistically deliver in the context of the service pack.

 

It's pretty nice. Will be interesting to see what the blog entry looks like.

 

More later.

 

Created with Microsoft Office OneNote 2003 (SP1 Preview)
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Download: Side Notes - First Glance at the OneNote SP1 Preview.WMV



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Saturday, 24 April 2004 11:26:47 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
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EDIT/UPDATE: After originally posting this, I was able to work around and resolve the problem. By reducing the formatting being done both in OneNote and Word/Outlook during HTML conversion, I was able to get a relatively normal blog entry to work the way I expected. It is posted here.

Before I get too far into this, let me say that the OneNote Service Pack 1 Preview is, for al intents and purposes, awesome. Keep in mind I am trying to do something with OneNote (specifically blogging) that it was not really built to do. Plus, it’s a preview release, so no one can expect perfection.

Anyhow - OneNote SP1 Preview didn’t quite format my test blog entry in a way I was hoping, so I need to play with it and see what’s up. I’ve tried two posts, and the first one was definitely the worst of the two, but the second one was only somewhat better. Unfortunately, for some reason OneNote decides on its own to convert text into graphics. Not so good:

Second try resulted in a smaller mess, but still not workable At least most (but not all) of the typed text was formatted as text in the second try. In the first one, 95% of the text was converted to a graphical format:

So, time to figure out how to change the behavior!



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Saturday, 24 April 2004 11:15:52 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
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It's been a busy couple of weeks, so I'm late in publishing this one, but Microsoft released the OneNote SP1 Preview earlier this week. LOTS of new fixes and enhancements, too much to go into in this post, but will say more shortly. Chris Pratley (OneNote Group Program Manager at Microsoft) made a post on the release date that explains a lot, though. Better Sharepoint integration, big improvements in shared notebooks, and fixes for all of the top 25 issues from the 1.0 release are just some of the things that have changed - and there's more. Go read about it!

Can't wait to try a blog post from the new version... :-)



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 Monday, 19 April 2004

Aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoetnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be at the rghit pclae. The rset can be a total mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe and the biran fguiers it out aynawy.

Thanks to Scott for the interesting email. I've noted before (and have used it in teaching methodology) that kids have a tendency to be able to repeat the first and last things in a list that you read to them, or that they read for themselves. But, the in-between stuff tends to get jumbled up somewhere along the way. I wonder if this phenomenon is related - must be. Cool.



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