Here’s part of the product description:
Office OneNote 2007 is a digital notebook that provides people one place to gather their notes and information, powerful search to find what they are looking for quickly, and easy-to-use shared notebooks so that they can manage information overload and work together more effectively.
I have been using a combination of Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Docs, Google Notebook and del.icio.us to organize (and capture) information (partially inspired by this setup). The big problem here was synchronization. I ended up copying URLs to Google Notebook since I would never be confronted with them again if I stored them in del.icio.us. There were no explicit links between meetings, documents, and other resources (e.g. websites or short notes in notebooks). I would add gadgets for each of these apps to my iGoogle page to keep an overview. Although I could cope with this setup, it was not ideal. Gmail and Google Calendar are great services which I still love to use, but for quick notes and jotting down ideas I often resorted to paper notes.
Although OneNote is not perfect either, combined with a laptop (or tablet PC) it has the potential to eliminate most paper note taking. To get a good overview of what’s possible with OneNote, have a look at these resources:
- Max Zuckerman’s OneNote: the Mega-Tool for Learning
- Dian Chapman’s OneNote Introduction
- the OneNote 2007 Guide if you have OneNote installed on your PC.
Here are a few of OneNote’s features that I like:
- text search in images and audio
- audio and video recording with synchronized notes
- shared notebooks
- embedding any file as a printout
- screen clippings
- the ability to write and draw anywhere on a page
- tags (e.g. todo, important, question, etc.)
- calculator support
- inking support (if only I had a tablet PC)