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  • 1.0 stars

    "WARNING - Mac Version-is Terrible. CANT Print!Horrible!"

    May 12, 2014  |   By KickingIT

    Version: Microsoft OneNote 2003

    Pros

    Heaps of them, its a fantastic product NORMALLY. Bloody pity the MAC version EXCLUDES SO MANY features. Bloody pity the NON TABLET versions don't include any drawing features. It be very handy to connect boxes of info. Use it like a mind map partially. I just don't understand why they think only tablet uses want certain features, sure might be easier to draw a line on a tablet - BUT GUESS WHAT? I have a drawing pen I can use on my macbook air too?

    Cons

    WASTING MY TIME.

    I am just so sick and tired of Microsoft releasing Mac versions of their software that EXCLUDE key features that your used to having when on a windows machine.

    I have historically bought both Mac and via a VM I have run windows and other windows only microsoft and 3rd party products. I too as an apple iPad user was intrigued about office for iPad.

    But I ask ALL APPLE USERS - BOYCOTT MICROSOFT - for years now (and don't think it will stop) microsoft has been releasing 2nd rate or even 5th rate rubbish versions of their software for Mac. It says to us they don't care about apple users actually getting high quality products, they just don't care about us as a market segment. But now, with new devices/mobile changing the game and PC sales in an ever increasing dive into oblivion, they now make an effort with an iPad version.

    BOYCOTT THEM!! There are so many new software companies and other 3rd parities who have remained loyal and given us great software.

    Summary

    MICROSOFT - has shown the world it is an arrogant monolith that has little concern about adapting or producing anything innovative. When it does it shows a major market segment, well its major now but has been a small segment historically, that being Apple users that sure we will sell you a version of our products but because your using the WRONG platform we are going to make sure the version you get is 2nd rate. We won't tell u upfront about what we have missed out. We will just fool you again and again into thinking its the same, wait until you've invested hours, days or weeks learning how to use it, population it with data and then 'bang' you hit that space where suddenly you try to do something thats normally included with ALL SOFTWARE - like print functionality for example - only to discover - hey the only reason they released it was to take the **** and remind you as an Apple customer how much they don't want you as their customer.

    So all you iPad users using Microsoft Office, don't forget Mac Office has and continues to be a light weight version of office. There are key features not included in that product also. Isn't it time to just say lets forget microsoft. Heck Apple's free release of its iPad and Mac versions of Keynote, Pages and Numbers along with Mail - offer 90% of users more than enough functionality. If you need anything more heavy duty, why not support a 3rd party who is working hard to be both innovative and offer a really high quality experience. Why continue to buy products from a company that has for more than a decade treated ALL apple customers as 2nd rate. That culture doesn't change overnight.

    Forget Office for IPAD. Forget Microsoft - for goodness sake they have forgotten us for a decade. Let them keep on making their products for windows only. Let a company that treats its customers with integrity get your hard earned money.

    I am just sick of it. Had I known Mac Onenote was so suckful or even better non-existent, I would have simply chosen another product or booted up my VM version of windows and deployed that activity in that space. I wouldn't have wasted days getting to this point and now an hour expressing my anger in the sole hope I might help 1 other person avoid having my ***** experience.

    Microsoft you should be ashamed.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "What works one day doesn't work the next day"

    April 8, 2014  |   By BettyAndretti

    Version: Microsoft OneNote 2003

    Pros

    See Cons below.

    Cons

    Initially I began using, creating, and saving OneNote notebooks to Skydrive (now Onedrive), so I could us them across different devices. But after time they would no longer sync. I even went to the Microsoft store and their help desk technician couldn't determine what the problem is. I finally had to move my files off of OneDrive, and save them to my harddrive. Additionally, multi-page pdfs used to save to multiple pages in the OneNote (yes the multi-page checkbox is checked). Now all 30 pages of the pdf file are on one page in OneNote. I am extremely frustrated and ready to bag the whole program, which if frustrating because I wouldn't have bought my Surface Pro if I had known OneNote was so incredibly inconsistent.

    Summary

    Microsoft needs to provide relevant support for this product, and address these syncing issues.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Excellent program, bit clunky"

    October 11, 2013  |   By Peerseidon

    Version: Microsoft OneNote 2003

    Pros

    Personally I love bullet point so if you want to start them press - and then space and boom bullet list.
    It is so free form it is perfect
    the tabs allow you to have tons of different notes, without having them all open at the same time.
    Can open multiple versions of itself (view >new window) so that you can alt tab between them and copy and paste your old notes into a new outline
    customizable toolbar= heaven
    password protection allows me to keep a personal journal

    Cons

    A bit clunky, I notice my laptop runs pretty hard with my onenote on. Although my Note is absolutely massive, several hundred pages of notes
    Crashes kind of often (but it has never lost my data, not a single word)
    Skydrive is a bit difficult to get thru
    high learning curve, many of the best features arent shown to you

    Summary

    The note taking ability of OneNote is unparalleled in my experience. It is very free form and works imo better than word for everything. I am a law student and graduated undergrad with an engineering degree (so I know how to take notes).

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Awesome Program"

    April 6, 2011  |   By kiwichef07

    Version: Microsoft OneNote 2003

    Pros

    I like the fact that I can store and recall info in once place when and where I want.`

    Cons

    The curve ball in trying to set up a connection between OneNote on my SkyDrive and OneNote on my WIndows Phone 7. There are some hoops to jump through, but once you work it out, awesome.

    Summary

    I am using the trial version now, and have to save up for the Stand alone version of OneNote, here in NZ the exchange rate makes buying software a Thing you have to budget for ;), but Buy it I will, I really like this program and it intergrates with my Office 2007 seamlessly. Awesome.
    Cheers,
    Bill

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  • 5.0 stars

    "I recommend to any college student!"

    October 1, 2010  |   By Da Bob

    Version: Microsoft OneNote 2003

    Pros

    Very easy to organize. It even helps me organize things I forget to organize or set up!

    Cons

    When you tag a box it will tag both the 'header' and whatever else is in the box separately. This is inconvenient because when you search in your tags it separates the word from the definition.

    Summary

    You can start typing anywhere on the page, just as you would while taking notes with paper and pen.
    Symbols are easy to get, and tables quick to make.
    You have an unlimited paper size, meaning you can always write more to the left, right, down, up or even create a space where you didn't leave any; easy.
    You can tag items as ToDo, Contact, Website to visit, Definition, Important, etc. Even create your own!
    With these tags you can search within any of your notebooks, subjects, groups, or pages! When I go to study for a test I simply select my chemistry section, for example, and click search tags to find all of my definitions.
    Lastly, it connects to outlook, word, and all other of your Microsoft Office (2010 at least) programs. You can even "print" to it from ANYWHERE you print!
    It's amazing. Get it. Now. It's worth the price of the 2010 microsoft sweet alone!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "exceptional for distance,on-line learnig"

    August 21, 2010  |   By lberry2450

    Version: Microsoft OneNote 2003

    Pros

    easy to use, set it up the way that works for me, can have more than one notebook

    Cons

    so far like everything about it.

    Summary

    Very easy to go between, power pointe presentations, make and take notes while listening to audio tapes, and or watching videos, can record directly from one note sure makes it easy. Can also share thru sky drive with other class members, notes ect. every student shoulkd have this program..

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Without a trial key, this is useless"

    May 20, 2010  |   By chatombreux

    Version: Microsoft OneNote 2003

    Pros

    Great for people like me who have no printer. I can use THIS as my printer and then email the item to Kinko's to be printed there.

    Cons

    Trial key not provided, so software is useless.

    Summary

    It was nice of you to advise at the very bottom of the article that a trial key would be required. It was even nicer that you failed to provide information on how to obtain one. You failed miserably on this one!!

    Updated on May 20, 2010

    So - just how do you uninstall this useless thing? Control panel doesn't see it and it won't allow me to delete it.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Unable to use product"

    April 8, 2009  |   By MESCH25

    Version: Microsoft OneNote 2003

    Pros

    Unfortunately can't say anything at this time

    Cons

    Download page stated that is a Trial period download but no product key was provided. Unable to install therefore haven't been able to try the product.

    Summary

    If anyone has the product key or any other information other than the one found in the website, please reply to this review. Thanks.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "great tool"

    December 21, 2008  |   By vkjim23

    Version: Microsoft OneNote 2003

    Pros

    great tool

    Cons

    great tool

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  • 5.0 stars

    "great.............."

    December 10, 2008  |   By vinsana1

    Version: Microsoft OneNote 2003

    Pros

    great.............

    Cons

    great.......

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