Microsoft OneNote, Redux

Okay, I admit it: I’m a program hoarder. Back in the CP/M heyday, I had over a hundred disks with software on them. To be fair, these were only 390Kb disks, but still. In the end, I donated them to my local public library.

But I still look for new, different, and exciting software. The programs I like best are useful, elegant, do the job I need them to do and do it well, and best of all, are free.

OneTastic

Since my previous post about OneNote, I’ve been researching ways to use it. I’m definitely an information junkie, especially when it comes to using a newly-discovered tech tool like OneNote. So I Googled “OneNote tutorials,” and discovered a nifty little add-on called OneTastic. If you use OneNote, or even if you think you might use it someday (and what are you waiting for? It’s free! Stop right now and go get it!), you need OneTastic.

Why? Because it’s free! Duh! Okay, let me be serious for a minute. OneTastic is like putting OneNote on steroids. Seriously. It greatly enhances OneNote to the point where I find myself using it more than I use my beloved Evernote.

Omer Atay is a developer on the OneNote team, and he created OneTastic in his free time. Here’s what the official Microsoft OneNote development team’s blog says about it:

Onetastic [is] an add-in to enhance OneNote functionality with a set of built-in features and an extensible macro processor that allows you to download and modify macros and add new ones yourself.

Here’s a brief list of some of the things OneTastic can do for you:

  • Automate routines tasks with macros.
  • View your OneNote pages in a calendar view.
  • Crop or rotate your images and printouts or select and copy text from them.
  • Customize styles in OneNote just like you can do so in Microsoft Word.
  • Access your favorite pages from a menu or pin shortcuts to them on your desktop.

In short, OneTastic elevates OneNote to a whole new level of usefulness and productivity. And while I stay believe that it will never replace Evernote—at least not for me—the three products—Evernote, OneNote, and OneTastic—together form a complete set of information-gathering, organizing, and managing that can’t be beat.

Besides, I’m so impressed with OneNote and OneTastic that I’ve created an entire Pinterest category for them!

Want more information? Watch the recording of a Webinar held last year by Microsoft.

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