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Computers and keyboards may have displaced pen and paper, but the basic human need for handwritten and hand-drawn expression has never really gone away.
While Microsoft OneNote already supports handwriting and drawing when used on a Tablet PC, those of us without that kind of hardware now have a highly portable and less expensive option for bringing digitally hand-crafted creations directly into OneNote.
Smartpens are wonderful devices that can record everything you write by hand (and everything you hear, such as in a lecture). With the new version of Livescribe Connect, users of Livescribe smartpens can now transfer pencasts of their handwritten notes and audio recordings directly to OneNote 2010, where such content becomes fully searchable, thanks to OneNote's fantastic ability to search for text in handwriting, images, and even audio recordings.
"The marriage of pen, paper and OneNote opens a whole new way of capturing and organizing information," says Microsoft Office senior director Jason Bunge. "Livescribe Connect improves digital note taking by making it simple for people to move handwritten notes and audio recordings to OneNote, so they can recall every meeting, lecture and discussion."
Livescribe Connect is supported on Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP. For more information about this new version, read this blog post from the folks at Livescribe.
-- Michael C. Oldenburg
This is pretty cool news. My only grievance against OneNote these days is that OneNote Web App and OneNote Mobile (regardless of platform) doesn't support "inked" notes, so this is really only useful on the desktop/laptop/tablet platform since I can't sync them to my portable devices.
Fantastic news!! Now a smartpen has become a really viable tool I may consider purchasing. This has been one of two gripes that I have with using onenote as a 'memory-dump' tool. The other gripe which still has to be addressed is an official Onenote android application! I think others would agree that a marge majority of Onenote users are most likely 'power-users' as the program places great emphasis on hierarchy of notes, tags, outlook integration, etc. It just seems to me a logical choice to marry onenote with android users as android is geared more towards the power-user.
Thank you both for your comments (and for visiting the blog).
@GoodThings2Life, I hear you on the non-supported objects issue in the Web App. It's still a young development effort, so I try to set my own personal expectations accordingly. The same is true for our Mobile apps. I'm hopeful that the full OneNote canvas will one day be universally supported across all devices, but I have to wait and see just like the rest of the world. ;-)
@samjohnno, the OneNote team is very aware of the immense interest that people have expressed in us supporting additional platforms. Thanks for casting your vote, too. They do see and value this feedback. If there's any news to share on that front in the future, you'll definitely hear about it here. With regard to the Livescribe pen, I'm very intrigued by this technology, too!
Hi, I want to know if there is a way to have web access of my OneNote info in my laptop??
@luis.001 If you have a Hotmail account, all you have to do is create a OneNote notebook in Skyedrive. You can then access from any computer that has an internet connection. You can even sync it with a laptop or desktop what has OneNote installed.