OneNote is a program that has revolutionized the way I work with its stellar note-taking features. It is also one of the best programs for a Tablet PC (although it works well on any PC) with superb ink-handling capability. I have taken literally thousands of pages of notes using ink on the screen of my Tablet PCs and it is hard to imagine life without OneNote.
One of the coolest features of OneNote is nothing new, it’s been around for a long time but I often hear OneNote users mention that they aren’t aware of it. That technology is the audio recording feature of OneNote that can be used for a variety of functions. OneNote will use a computer’s microphone to record a meeting or lecture for example and it compresses it on the fly so the audio file is not huge. Once a recording is made OneNote puts the player controls right on the note page for easy access but this is just the start of the coolness.
Audio recordings on a OneNote page are synchronized with the notes being entered on the note page. This happens for typed notes and inked notes as well. This means that in the future when you are going back over your meeting notes that if you read a note and wonder exactly what triggered it in the meeting you can hit play on the controls that appear when you hover near that particular point in your notes. You can thus listen to the audio recording of the meeting or lecture from the EXACT POINT IN TIME that you made that note. I have done this countless times and been able to hear right away exactly what was being discussed in the meeting that led to my note. This is just awesome, there is no other way to describe it. Try it and see for yourself.