Microsoft updates OneNote for iPhone and Mac with new features

Microsoft has been busy on the OneNote front lately, adding new stand alone versions of the note taking software for the Windows desktop and the Mac. Today, the Mac version got some new features in an update and the OneNote iPhone app also received a new version.

The Mac app now allows users to print notes for the first time, according to the Office blog, and there's a way to drag and drop images into the application, along with the ability to copy and paste text. The Mac app also adds Format Painter, which lets users quickly format text inside their notes. Finally, the new version lets users add a display name for any hyperlinks in their notes.

The iPhone port now allows owners to finally create new notebooks and sections for the first time, rather than just read them. The new version adds support for Office Lens, which lets users take pictures of objects that have text, like a whiteboard, and then search through the text via the app. Finally, the iPhone OneNote app has received some general improvements that "make note taking and navigation of your notes much more fluid and efficient" with iOS 7.

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I quite like all the iPhone changes. I use OneNote religiously at work. Might start using the iPhone app more. Being able to quickly take photos into a note will be handy.

The new version is really snappy too.

And once again Microsoft snubs Windows Phone in favor of a competitor. The Office team needs to have it's priorities adjusted.

Forjo said,
And once again Microsoft snubs Windows Phone in favor of a competitor. The Office team needs to have it's priorities adjusted.

WP already had all those features for a while now ...The only thing missing is the ability to add a new notebook.

-Razorfold said,

WP already had all those features for a while now ...The only thing missing is the ability to add a new notebook.

... Or a new section. Bottom line is product features should come to Microsoft's platforms first -- not to a competitor.

Cosmocronos said,
What abou WP? Do we have to wait for Office MX or whatever is called?

The WP version has always been more feature packed than the iOS one. I've been able to add, edit, view Onenote notes and sections since like WP7 lol.

Stokkolm said,
How do you make a new section, I was just trying to do that today?

Hmm why did I think you could add a new section via the app, just checked and I couldn't. Oh well, my bad on that part.

-Razorfold said,

The WP version has always been more feature packed than the iOS one. I've been able to add, edit, view Onenote notes and sections since like WP7 lol.

In WM I was able to create a new Notebook, WP7 and 8 I cannot.
Besides, personally I am not in the comparing game: I am interested that my device does what I need and Office for WP is not so good. I was hoping that among the many improvements 8.1 brought there was something for Office too; regrettably it was not the case.

I stopped using the old version because you couldn't just open it and note something down you had to traverse several levels before you could write anything.

Even though this one adds a + for a new note you still have to tap twice because it asks to confirm for it to go into quick notes. How hideously un user friendly.

But then so is the + for a new tab and it doesn't prompt you for that. And there doesn't seem to be a way to delete a tab once created like you can for a note.

For a note taking app to be useful you need to be able to just open it quickly and write.
This new version is a mess.

Finally the iOS app was so far behind that I had uninstalled it. Looks good now but still can't match Evernote