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OneNote has been one of the most popular note taking tools for Windows for some time now but more recently, Microsoft brought OneNote to Mac.

OneNote for Mac is a powerful productivity tool allows you to capture thoughts, discoveries, and ideas in a digital notebook. OneNote is ideal for those that want to improve their productivity, brainstorm ideas, plan a big event or just have a more structured way of collecting masses of clippings you want to save online. OneNote for Mac is fully integrated with all other versions of the software for PC and mobile so not matter what device you use to save clippings, OneNote brings it all together.

For business purposes, OneNote isn’t nearly as powerful as other collaborative project management tools like Wrike, eXo Platform, or even Zoho Docs, but its ease of use makes it a worthwhile addition to your arsenal of Mac productivity tools.

Accepts notes in any shape or form

OneNote is basically an open canvas that allows you to type anywhere and rearrange content on the page in any way. You can format your notes with different fonts or colors, and organize your content with tables. You can add pictures, PowerPoint documents, PDFs, links, articles, diagrams, annotations – just about any kind of content fits into OneNote.

Taking snapshots of articles and web pages on the internet is made even easier in OneNote thanks to a clippings extension or add-on which allows you to save pages instantly to OneNote. It can even extract text from photos and pictures and copy them into your notes although the accuracy depends on the quality of the image.

OneNote can even copy text from pictures into your notebooks.

OneNote can even copy text from pictures into your notebooks.

In place of spreadsheets, OneNote uses simple OneNote tables to make sense of information. Start on a new line of text by typing a word, phrase, or number, and then press the Tab key to create the next column and press Return to create a new row. Alternately, you can click Insert > Table on the ribbon or on the menu bar.

Tag, you’re it!

You can edit your clippings in many different ways. You can create, rename, search, sort, color code, and copy pages, sections and notebooks to organize your content as you’d like. Or you can tag notes to highlight them, compile and track to-do lists, flag questions and more.

The Tags gallery on the Home tab lets you visually prioritize or categorize selected notes. Tagged notes are marked with icons that prompt you to follow up on your important action items, or to check off completed tasks on your to-do lists.

OneNote offers several different tags to helps organize your notes.

OneNote offers several different tag icons to helps organize your notes.

Customization and color coordination is a big part of OneNote. For example, when you first launch OneNote, a default notebook with the Quick Notes section is created for you, but you can easily create additional colorful notebooks for the subjects and projects you want by clicking plus sign (+) in the Notebooks list or by clicking File > New Notebook on the menu bar.

OneNote for Mac gives you a choice of notebook styles when you open a new notebook.

OneNote for Mac gives you a choice of notebook styles when you open a new notebook.

Adding new pages or notes to notebooks is also very easy. To create a new page in the current section of your notebook simply click (+) Add Page over the page tabs, or click File > New Page on the menu bar. To create a new section in the current notebook, click the plus sign (+) next to the section tabs, or click File > New Section on the menu bar.

OneNote automatically saves all of your changes as you work. If you want to see when OneNote last synced your changes, click the name of your current notebook, and then click the arrow next to it in the Notebooks list and it will show the time of the last sync.

When it comes to collaboration, OneNote allows you to edit the same workbook at the same time as another colleague or friend whether they are on PC, mobile or Mac. Notes are automatically synced to OneDrive, OneDrive for Business or Microsoft SharePoint, making it easy to switch between devices. Note, however, that Apple’s iCloud is not supported.

Conclusion

OneNote is a very well organized and clinically executed tool which is one of the main reasons why it has been popular for so long. However, you will find yourself doing a lot of clicking as there are very few keyboard shortcuts and when you’re cutting and pasting a lot, this would certainly help.

It’s also a bit frustrating when you can only open one notebook at a time especially if you need information from another notebook to add to the current one you’re working on.

OneNote is great for jotting down ideas or managing your personal projects, but if you’re using it for business within a team, check out a cloud-based collaboration application or project management solution, as these are much more robust and generally work seamlessly across Mac and all your other devices.

Evernote’s a great notebook app. It makes it simple to write notes down, record audio or drag in images to remember everything, and then find it all again quickly with a click.

But then, what makes Evernote so nice — something so many people rely on — is far more than just being a notes app. There’s plenty of places you can jot down notes, from the built-in Notes app to services like Simplenote. Evernote, though, ends up being far more than just that since there’s so many ways to add info to it. You can clip web pages with the brilliant new Evernote Web Clipper, snap pictures and add notes on the go with the new iPhone app, or use IFTTT to save stuff to Evernote on the go. If only you could do something with all that info.

Well, now you can. That’s where Evernote’s new Presentation Mode comes in.

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All right all you note taking app aficionados, there’s a new plain text note taker on the block: Just Type. You may be familiar with its iOS counterpart, which has been out for a while, but this popular iOS note taker just recently hit the Mac App Store.

This app is definitely worth a look, but is it worth switching to? Can it replace Simplenote? Read on to find out.

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You’ve got a lot of things to write down, but you want to keep them safe. Sure, there are a lot of notes apps to choose from, but how secure are they? Bluenote not only keeps your notes secure with AES-256 encryption, but it will also manage your passwords for you, too.

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So you’re focused working on something, when suddenly you come up with an amazing idea, or think of something that you’d like to remember for later. If you’re anything like me, you feel the need to write it down right then and there before it goes away forever. But, if you follow any sort of productivity discipline, you also don’t want to lose focus on your main task, or get involved with other intricate apps that could take your precious attention.

A simple piece of paper next to your computer might do the trick, but since you’re already working on your computer, why not do it there? Why not have a simple, small note taking app that runs in your menu bar? We’ve got one of those for you today. It’s good, it’s free, and it’s called Noteworthy+. Why don’t we get deeper into it?

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It’s hard to consider yourself a true Mac power user until you’ve got a project management or todo list app that can handle anything you throw at it. Historically, that’s meant picking between a few big-name tools like Things or OmniFocus, and while those are undoubtably great options, I never stopped my search for something that could fit my workflow just a little bit better.

Enter Doit.im – a Getting Things Done app that promises a beautiful interface and incredible cross-platform compatibility. But wide compatibility often comes at the expense of the end user experience. Does Doit.im offer an experience on-par with the best or has it’s broad focus relegated it becoming a jack of all trades, and master of none? Read on to find out.
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Cute eyes, button nose, a sweet smile—I must admit that I was drawn to BlankDesk’s Noted and its adorable app icon. Officially launched just a couple of months back, it’s a “simple, yet powerful note taking app” that may just bring something interesting and useful to the round table of notes apps.

In spite of the fact that there are many (maybe even too many) notes apps for the Mac, I wondered if Noted could have something that other notes applications lacked. I’m sure you’re asking the same questions as you’re reading this: What new features does Noted bring to the table? Is it capable of doing all and more than what my existing notes app can do? And why does Noted look like the foster child of Evernote and Notational Velocity?

Let’s find out.

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I know what many of you are probably thinking. Another notes app? Really? But Notebooks is truly a unique take on a notes app, enough to pay attention to. Notebooks started out as a powerful note taking / task management / file storage app on iOS. Demand for a desktop version with similar features prompted the Notebooks team to put out beta versions of Notebooks for Mac and PC.

I have had my eye on the iOS version of this app for a while now and jumped at the chance to test out the beta version for Mac. Comparing Notebooks to two of its main competitors, Evernote and Simplenote, I would say it is more Evernote than Simplenote, but still very distinct. Read on to find out more about this compelling note app.

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There are two ways I get a job done: I keep copious notes from start to finish and do really well, or I don’t take any notes and I fail miserably. This means I’m utterly dependent on some sort of notes editor at all times, and if it has syncing, well, that’s even better.

I’m always on the lookout for a better way to do what I do, including keeping notes, so I was happy to give Moccanote a spin. With an uncluttered interface and iCloud sync with the companion iPhone app, Moccanote is definitely a contender. Can Moccanote’s notetaking and organization features cause me to jump ship? (more…)

Taking down notes, whether by hand or on my computer, has always been an integral part of my workflow. Capturing information wherever and whenever, notes always in handy considering that I have such a short memory span to work with.

As such, note-taking apps like NotesTab are of great interest to me, and since version 3 of FIPLAB’s note-taking menu bar app is available for download, I thought I’d take a look at what has changed and what features were added since reviewing it a couple of months back. Likewise, the pro version offers several additional features to make the note-taking experience even better, which I will touch on later in the review. If you’re hesitant to spend an extra $4.99 for the upgrade, but would like to know what you’d receive if you do, read on.

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