OneNote and Origami

Update: if you use OneNote 2003 with an Origami (Ultra-Mobile PC) device, you should get this hotfix which takes care of an incompatibility between the two (only get it is you find that ink strokes disappear after you write them). This hotfix does not apply to normal Tablet PCs – only the UMPCs that let…

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OneNote 2007 and the Tablet PC

I promised some time ago to write about the Tablet experience in OneNote 12 (2007) and how it has changed. This is a tricky topic to cover since there are still a lot of people out there who think OneNote is only or primarily meant to be used on Tablets. I still feel I have…

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OneNote and Journal

Those of you who have a TabletPC are probably familiar with the built-in note-taking application called Journal. You’re probably also confused as to how Microsoft could release two programs (OneNote and Journal), that seem to behave so differently, and don’t even interoperate well. The answer to that is everyone else who does not have a…

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Humility and handwriting

Designing the actual experience of handwriting in OneNote 2003 was quite a challenge. We didn’t want to just replicate paper, since that didn’t seem to be adding enough value. So we got quite interested in the idea of trying to determine the structure of ink. That is very hard and the subject of ongoing research,…

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Handwriting on the wall

When you are trying to replace a technology like paper, it helps to know how it is used. You can roughly split paper usage into two categories. What you put on the paper, and what you do with the paper. For the first question we knew we had to build a surface for recording notes…

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The Myth

Myths are fun to believe in and perpetuate. Myths are also amazing in their immortality. But myths suck if you find yourself on the wrong side of them. Working at Microsoft on products like Word you run into a lot of myths which get repeated so often, they become treated as “fact” in the general…

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