Gear: Series 7 Slate, MS OneNote.
What is MS OneNote?
This is a note taking program that allows you to use finger touch and pen input.
Each Page is thrown into a Section, and each Section into a Notebook. With this hierarchy you can organize your notes and find them quickly.
MS OneNote can use a mouse and keyboard, but because I'm covering a tablet I will focus on finger touch and pen input.
- Single touch - Pan up/down, left/right
- Pinch - Zoom in and out
- Press - Draw notes and sketches
- Right click selection - Manipulate notes
- Eraser - Delete notes (it uses a stroke erase method)
MS OneNote has the best palm rejection technology that I have seen on a program. It acknowledges that finger touch and pen are different. With this in mind they have done a great job at stopping those "accidental palm clicks". On programs like Windows Journal accidental palm clicks can be annoying because they will smudge up your notes. Ms OneNote does an excellent job.
There are many things you can change with MS OneNote. Two things you may want to customize if you are a tablet user are Quick Access Toolbar and Ribbons.
Quick Access Toolbar
This is a small toolbar that can be placed at the top of the MS OneNote Window, or right next to the Sections area. With the possibility of customization you can add commonly used shortcuts. If you hide the Ribbons you will have a much leaner looking MS OneNote.
If the Quick Access Toolbar is a too small for your liking you can create a brand new Ribbon. Ribbons have the benefit of displaying bigger icons.
Once you have customized your MS OneNote the experience will be very pleasant because you won't have to be switching between Ribbons (more clicking = more work = unpleasant experience).
One neat feature about Evernote has been the ability to sync with the web and any machine, MS OneNote can do the same. I used to be an Evernote fan until I lost tons of my precious notes, and ever since that situation I ditched that program. With MS OneNote notes that I wrote back when I had the Lenovo ThinkPad X201 Tablet are now synched with the Samsung Series 7 Slate (great stuff)
If you have a tablet with finger touch and pen input and don't have MS OneNote then you are missing out on a great piece of software. Download a free trial and try it out.