MobileNoter: OneNote for the iPhone?

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Microsoft OneNote remains one of the best note-taking solutions around. It allows taking notes consisting of text, ink, images, links and more. What makes OneNote so powerful is the sophisticated search capability that makes it easy to find any nugget of information in an instant. About the only downside to OneNote is its incompatibility with mobile devices outside the Windows Mobile domain. That’s where MobileNoter for the iPhone comes in — it’s a simple note-taking app for the iPhone that syncs with OneNote on the desktop. Now it’s possible to take notes on the iPhone and have them appear in OneNote back home. Select OneNote notebooks can be synced to the iPhone for reference on the go.

MobileNoter has two different editions, and which one is right for you depends on how you want to use it. There is a Cloud version which syncs your notes to the cloud. This version has a monthly subscription fee. The Wi-Fi version syncs notes between a Windows PC and the iPhone locally. Since OneNote notebooks can be quite large, users select which ones to bring over to the iPhone.

The program is in its early stages and is somewhat limited. Notes taken on the iPhone are limited to text only, but the developers are working on the ability to add audio recordings, pictures and outlines in the next version. OneNote notes can only be viewed on the iPhone; they are read only by design. The pages look “99% the same” on the phone as they do in OneNote.

I have not used MobileNoter, but I intend to give it a try. I am excited about two versions the developers indicated they are currently working on — an Android version and an iPad version. The iPad version could be a very productive tool for OneNote users.

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