OneNote Powertoys from the PM team, and a one question survey about them


 

A few astute readers pointed out I (intentionally) missed a few addins the OneNote team finished last year.  Here they are:


 


 Search and Replace


 http://blogs.msdn.com/descapa/archive/2007/06/23/onenote-search-and-replace.aspx


 


 Send to OneNote


 http://blogs.msdn.com/descapa/archive/2007/02/15/send-to-onenote-2007-powertoy.aspx


 


 Sort Pages


 http://blogs.msdn.com/descapa/archive/2007/02/17/sort-pages-powertoy.aspx


 


 Sort Sections


 http://blogs.msdn.com/descapa/archive/2007/03/03/sort-sections-powertoy.aspx


 


Blake Handler sent me this list, and keeps a TERRIFIC archive of all the addins released via Microsoft at http://bhandler.spaces.live.com/blog/cns!70F64BC910C9F7F3!1822.entry.  Wow – he categorizes the freebies by product, lists the “official” and the “community” addins and has done a great job of keeping the list up to date.  Bookmark that page!  Thanks, Blake.


 


I left them off my list for a subtle reason.  I wanted to showcase the work the test team had done for the previous year, and these 4 addins were written by Dan Escapa.  He’s a Program Manager on the team.  I won’t hold that against him, though, and give him the credit for his work.  Plus, he is the designer of the API anyway, and without his patient answers to my questions, I could not have created the addins I did last year.  Thanks Dan!  No slight intended!


 


Not all addins work perfectly, though.  The reporting tools for the downloads on the ISP I use are turned on sometimes, and off others (it’s a perpetual “beta” type of server).  It’s hard for me to figure out how many people actually download the addins, but my reasonable guesses are in the low thousands.  Every so often, I will get a report that looks something like this:



  1. I installed your powertoy.

  2. I clicked the button for it.

  3. Nothing happened, and the button grayed out.

  4. After I restarted OneNote, the button remained grayed out.

 


 


We are trying to track that bug and need your help.  If you have installed one of the powertoys (not necessarily the ones Dan and I released, but any OneNote powertoy) which uses a toolbar button, can you answer this one question survey at http://vote.sparklit.com/web_poll.spark/1066399?  I realize this is a self selected type of survey and we need to keep that in mind when interpreting the results.  We just need to find out a rough percentage of people that have hit this problem.  Thanks!


 


Questions, comments, concerns and criticisms always welcome,


John

Comments (5)

  1. PeteJacobsen says:

    I just installed my first PowerToy – Merge Pages – with a failure much as you describe.  The variation is that the Merge seemed to start because it gave me the "are you sure, there is no undo" message.  Still, it did not merge the pages and the button is now gray.

    Vista Home Premium, OneNote 2007, no SP1 yet, not sure what other info you need.

    If there is a better place to document problems, let me know.

  2. PeteJacobsen says:

    Ok, I’m an idiot.  I went to try it on my XP laptop, but this time instead of immediately downloading the toy, it took me to the page about it.  Once I read that, and found the part about "look behind the onenote window" for the dialog box, I got things working on my Vista machine.

    My apologies!

  3. JohnGuin says:

    Limitation of the .net framework.  Gary Neitzke figured out a partial workaround.  Its limitation is that it only forces the dialog to the top the first time per session, and if you use the addin twice, the dialog doesn’t necessarily open on top.  

    John

  4. As a proud and daily user of OneNote , I was happy to see Terry Gold’s summary of his favorite OneNote

  5. As a proud and daily user of OneNote , I was happy to see Terry Gold's summary of his favorite OneNote