• Mac Apps, OneNote 28.02.2006

    Lately, we have been getting Google queries for “OneNote Mac”, “OneNote for Mac”, etc. Sadly there is no version of OneNote for Mac. Microsoft does release Office for Macintosh. The last version of Office Mac was called Office 2004. It includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Entourage (Mac version of Outlook), and Virtual PC (available only with Office 2004 Professional).

    Here are the options I see available for Mac users:

    1. Install a note-taking program that works on Mac (Jarnal, Curio, etc).
    2. Use Virtual PC. Virtual PC lets you install Windows XP on a Mac. It lets you install and run practically any program available on Windows XP. For this you will need Virtual PC, Windows XP, and OneNote.
    3. Wait for the next version of Office for Mac and hope it includes OneNote.

    In the meantime, I am going to contact Office for Mac developers and ask what they are planning for the next version.

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    Posted by Sid @ 2:14 pm

  • 43 Responses

    • Hey, great article, thanks, I hope they do something ASAP! ITS THE ONLY thing preventing my move to mac..cuz I love OneNote, and thats the only thing I love about windows.

    • Hey, great article, thanks, I hope they do something ASAP! ITS THE ONLY thing preventing my move to mac..cuz I love OneNote, and thats the only thing I love about windows.

    • I hope so too, I love OneNote, but i still jumped ship and got me a Macbook Pro, and I’ll never look back, especially after seeing how messed up Vista is, and how they are stealing our rights to use our OWN MEDIA that we paid our hard earned money for, the DRM in Vista is 100x worse then the one in XP!!!!

    • I hope so too, I love OneNote, but i still jumped ship and got me a Macbook Pro, and I’ll never look back, especially after seeing how messed up Vista is, and how they are stealing our rights to use our OWN MEDIA that we paid our hard earned money for, the DRM in Vista is 100x worse then the one in XP!!!!

    • i always thought that the notebook view in word 2004 was Microsoft’s answer to OneNote for mac. it allows tabs on the left like pages in OneNote, definately very familiar anyway.

      perhaps that should also be on your list?

      regards,
      Phil

    • i always thought that the notebook view in word 2004 was Microsoft’s answer to OneNote for mac. it allows tabs on the left like pages in OneNote, definately very familiar anyway.

      perhaps that should also be on your list?

      regards,
      Phil

    • your title is called: How to Install OneNote on Mac or OS X, but you dont say how to install Onenote for mac, so what is the point of your article? Virtual PC is terrible, Mac Office 2008 doesnt have Onenote either. your article is deceptive and that is not appreciated.

    • your title is called: How to Install OneNote on Mac or OS X, but you dont say how to install Onenote for mac, so what is the point of your article? Virtual PC is terrible, Mac Office 2008 doesnt have Onenote either. your article is deceptive and that is not appreciated.

    • I totally can identify with this! Being a full-time seminary student, I understand what taking notes is about. But I am also a part-time webmaster, and let’s face it, the Mac just performs so much better in programs like Flash, Dreamweaver and Photoshop.

      I put up a link to my blog where I have outlined a new feature in Parallels called Coherence. It is really bridging the gap a lot! In case the link didn’t make it through, here it is again:

      http://web.mac.com/dbthree/iWeb/The Barber Family/Dan’s Blog/013F1E5B-7797-424C-A5C5-96F2DBF104A2.html

      Notebook view on the Word for Mac simply doesn’t do justice to what OneNote is capable of. Subpages may be the biggest example. The fact that I can’t have subpages in Word for Mac is a big disadvantage.

      That is why I like this new Coherence feature so much. I simply click on my OneNote icon in my dock (no, that’s not a typo—you will see on the blog entry) and the program opens, and I am off and running. It seems to run great. I have my Parallels VM running Windows XP SP2, with a 20GB hard drive and 512MB RAM. It does just great.

    • I totally can identify with this! Being a full-time seminary student, I understand what taking notes is about. But I am also a part-time webmaster, and let’s face it, the Mac just performs so much better in programs like Flash, Dreamweaver and Photoshop.

      I put up a link to my blog where I have outlined a new feature in Parallels called Coherence. It is really bridging the gap a lot! In case the link didn’t make it through, here it is again:

      http://web.mac.com/dbthree/iWeb/The Barber Family/Dan’s Blog/013F1E5B-7797-424C-A5C5-96F2DBF104A2.html

      Notebook view on the Word for Mac simply doesn’t do justice to what OneNote is capable of. Subpages may be the biggest example. The fact that I can’t have subpages in Word for Mac is a big disadvantage.

      That is why I like this new Coherence feature so much. I simply click on my OneNote icon in my dock (no, that’s not a typo—you will see on the blog entry) and the program opens, and I am off and running. It seems to run great. I have my Parallels VM running Windows XP SP2, with a 20GB hard drive and 512MB RAM. It does just great.

    • I would pretty much bet that Microsoft will NOT release a version of OneNoe for the Mac. Onenote is the killer app, and popular amongst college students. Macs are also popular to college students. Providing that combination would be a negative for Windows. Right now, Onenote is the only app that I need Windows for in my personal life, and I run that in Parallels.

      So don’t count on it, they won’t shoot themselves in the foot.

    • I would pretty much bet that Microsoft will NOT release a version of OneNoe for the Mac. Onenote is the killer app, and popular amongst college students. Macs are also popular to college students. Providing that combination would be a negative for Windows. Right now, Onenote is the only app that I need Windows for in my personal life, and I run that in Parallels.

      So don’t count on it, they won’t shoot themselves in the foot.

    • Ok, this is driving me crazy… I’ve had my mac for over 6months so far but am just now getting to fully use it to it’s capacity and I find myself getting lost with almost everything. I am trying to set up and use my Microsoft Entourage, but I don’t even know where to start… When I tried just following the system, I get stuck on adding my email address. Now I was able to add my hotmail address, but I have no idea how to manage it…
      Please help I need to either figure out how to use it , or how to turn it off if I can’t use it…
      Thanks you so much for your time!!!

    • Ok, this is driving me crazy… I’ve had my mac for over 6months so far but am just now getting to fully use it to it’s capacity and I find myself getting lost with almost everything. I am trying to set up and use my Microsoft Entourage, but I don’t even know where to start… When I tried just following the system, I get stuck on adding my email address. Now I was able to add my hotmail address, but I have no idea how to manage it…
      Please help I need to either figure out how to use it , or how to turn it off if I can’t use it…
      Thanks you so much for your time!!!

    • One thing I hate about this article is that there ARE alternatives to OneNote on Mac, but the article doesn’t mention them. It mentions apps like jarnal and curio. I just visited VersionTracker, where jarnal doesn’t appear at all and curio has less than 500 downloads. I’m not saying these are bad, just that they may not be what most Mac users have. It’s pretty clear from a short search that there are many similar Mac tools, including Circus Ponies Notebook, Aqua Minds Notetaker, OmniOutliner, Hog Bay Mori, Tinderbox, Voodoopad, DevonThink, Yojimbo, and SOHO Notes. In addition, Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard (not available at this writing) supposedly has a lot of OneNote features built into it.

      What would have been useful would have been some kind of map from a OneNote user, telling us how near and how far each of these alternatives is to OneNote.

    • One thing I hate about this article is that there ARE alternatives to OneNote on Mac, but the article doesn’t mention them. It mentions apps like jarnal and curio. I just visited VersionTracker, where jarnal doesn’t appear at all and curio has less than 500 downloads. I’m not saying these are bad, just that they may not be what most Mac users have. It’s pretty clear from a short search that there are many similar Mac tools, including Circus Ponies Notebook, Aqua Minds Notetaker, OmniOutliner, Hog Bay Mori, Tinderbox, Voodoopad, DevonThink, Yojimbo, and SOHO Notes. In addition, Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard (not available at this writing) supposedly has a lot of OneNote features built into it.

      What would have been useful would have been some kind of map from a OneNote user, telling us how near and how far each of these alternatives is to OneNote.

    • Ok so one note’s not an option on the mac and there are other options out there but can those other options read my historic one note files and convert them into there format without significant loss of integrity?

      If this is possible then great I can learn an new package no prob… I just need my historic files!

      Any guidance would be great!

    • Ok so one note’s not an option on the mac and there are other options out there but can those other options read my historic one note files and convert them into there format without significant loss of integrity?

      If this is possible then great I can learn an new package no prob… I just need my historic files!

      Any guidance would be great!

    • Pleased to find this discussion… nice to see others in a similar quandary. I picked up a MacBook last summer after nearly 30yrs of cp/m, DOS, and Windows… but I still have to use two programs in Windows where much of the material I have gathered for a book I am writing is store: Eudora, and OneNote. Eudora I’m now thinking I might be able to import into the MacOS version of Thunderbird, that leaves me with OneNote.

      I see there are a couple of other programs mentioned here, but what’s missing for me is the ability to import my OneNote folders and notes into a program on the Mac platform.

      So the question is: are there any programs that have an import function that I can use to get my info from OneNote into a Mac-based program.

      When I get that piece of the puzzle solved, I might be able to leave Windows behind once and for all…

      Thanks,

      –PS

    • Pleased to find this discussion… nice to see others in a similar quandary. I picked up a MacBook last summer after nearly 30yrs of cp/m, DOS, and Windows… but I still have to use two programs in Windows where much of the material I have gathered for a book I am writing is store: Eudora, and OneNote. Eudora I’m now thinking I might be able to import into the MacOS version of Thunderbird, that leaves me with OneNote.

      I see there are a couple of other programs mentioned here, but what’s missing for me is the ability to import my OneNote folders and notes into a program on the Mac platform.

      So the question is: are there any programs that have an import function that I can use to get my info from OneNote into a Mac-based program.

      When I get that piece of the puzzle solved, I might be able to leave Windows behind once and for all…

      Thanks,

      –PS

    • Sorry, Zong. I am an intensive OneNote user and have not found a MAC substitute, particularly not in the Leopard OS. I am a faculty member at the University of Arizona and have introduced students to One Note for their daily note-taking and research. All have found it a killer application. If Office 2008 does not include it, it would be a major mistake….as if MS has never made any. I will probably sell my MacBook Pro and go back to a less desirable PC. Sad.

    • Sorry, Zong. I am an intensive OneNote user and have not found a MAC substitute, particularly not in the Leopard OS. I am a faculty member at the University of Arizona and have introduced students to One Note for their daily note-taking and research. All have found it a killer application. If Office 2008 does not include it, it would be a major mistake….as if MS has never made any. I will probably sell my MacBook Pro and go back to a less desirable PC. Sad.

    • This NoteMind looks like a great alternative. Can you import OneNote notebooks into this? Like many I sure, I’ve invested so much already into OneNote; hate to start from scratch.

    • This NoteMind looks like a great alternative. Can you import OneNote notebooks into this? Like many I sure, I’ve invested so much already into OneNote; hate to start from scratch.

    • I read this article 6 months ago in my search for some sort of note taking software for my classes to use with my tablet that I had bought for my mac (Wacom Bamboo). I wanted something that aloud me to write on top of the music that my professor would release in .pdf format as well as let me have more room to bring up my own staff paper to write on. I had looked at just buying acrobat, but I really didn’t want to spend that much money for just a few of the features. Enter Curio. The article mentioned it off hand, and I noticed a comment from someone here that said it had few downloads so they were skeptical, but they give you 14-day free trial of the FULL software, which can be extended for 60 days after that giving you a whooping 74 day free trial. That’s more than enough to test it, and see if it meets your needs. I used it pretty much for the whole last half of our semester and was able to bring in pdf “previews” to write on in the idea space, and have another file “preview” of my staff paper right next to it for notes. I also used it to draw out blue prints for instrument designs and for mathematical calculations. You can do brainstorming, mind mapping, and tons else! It’s great, and for us students it’s only $69 so it was a great buy, even though it wasn’t necessary for me to purchase it until after my semester was over, I still bought it the instant my free trial was up. I’d even venture to say that it is way better than OneNote. Try it out at http://www.zengobi.com . I tried jarnal, zebra, and a bunch of others, but this is definitely the best one. Only problem I’ve had is that the idea space can start to take up too much hard drive space after awhile, but supposedly thats been fixed. Also, if you write real small sometimes the pointer gets a lil jumpy, but I think that has something to do with the way the computer reads the input from the tablet.

    • I read this article 6 months ago in my search for some sort of note taking software for my classes to use with my tablet that I had bought for my mac (Wacom Bamboo). I wanted something that aloud me to write on top of the music that my professor would release in .pdf format as well as let me have more room to bring up my own staff paper to write on. I had looked at just buying acrobat, but I really didn’t want to spend that much money for just a few of the features. Enter Curio. The article mentioned it off hand, and I noticed a comment from someone here that said it had few downloads so they were skeptical, but they give you 14-day free trial of the FULL software, which can be extended for 60 days after that giving you a whooping 74 day free trial. That’s more than enough to test it, and see if it meets your needs. I used it pretty much for the whole last half of our semester and was able to bring in pdf “previews” to write on in the idea space, and have another file “preview” of my staff paper right next to it for notes. I also used it to draw out blue prints for instrument designs and for mathematical calculations. You can do brainstorming, mind mapping, and tons else! It’s great, and for us students it’s only $69 so it was a great buy, even though it wasn’t necessary for me to purchase it until after my semester was over, I still bought it the instant my free trial was up. I’d even venture to say that it is way better than OneNote. Try it out at http://www.zengobi.com . I tried jarnal, zebra, and a bunch of others, but this is definitely the best one. Only problem I’ve had is that the idea space can start to take up too much hard drive space after awhile, but supposedly thats been fixed. Also, if you write real small sometimes the pointer gets a lil jumpy, but I think that has something to do with the way the computer reads the input from the tablet.

    • Look no further! There is an alternative to OneNote for the Mac – it’s called Journler and it is amazing check it out here – http://journler.com/ – I promise you it will impress you. I am a recent convert to Mac ( I have a MacBook) and I love it – was missing OneNote which I used for my research and found Journler – a request I will be making to the developer, Philip Dow, is for OCR capability (something lacking on the Mac so far) – OneNote is capable of copying text from a jpeg image which is a very useful feature. I HIGHLY recommend you take a look at JOURNLER

    • Look no further! There is an alternative to OneNote for the Mac – it’s called Journler and it is amazing check it out here – http://journler.com/ – I promise you it will impress you. I am a recent convert to Mac ( I have a MacBook) and I love it – was missing OneNote which I used for my research and found Journler – a request I will be making to the developer, Philip Dow, is for OCR capability (something lacking on the Mac so far) – OneNote is capable of copying text from a jpeg image which is a very useful feature. I HIGHLY recommend you take a look at JOURNLER

    • I CANNOT recommend curio..! I bought a license and have spend hours on lost work. The program is full of bugs and the staff seem quite reluctant to fix them, though eager to ad new (useless) features

    • Ive trialed all of the Mac alternatives – and none are anything like the flexability of Onenote.a

      Sure, many have other stregths…
      Curio is nice to look at (it includes a mind-mapper, but then mind-mappers are a dime a dozen to find these days), and a nice sketch pad; but lacks even basic tabs and organisation…so its difficult to understand how people could see this as a replacement..sigh!

      Circuis Ponies Notebook is ok, and has some incredibly detailed automatic indexing features to show off (that I seem to just delete each time, or is it only me..?), has some basic tabs but lacks -any- document flexability (and even worse, its much touted 'Cornel note taking' page is essentially useless – lacking even outlining support!), and has some bizare page-turning design in it..

      Devon-Note seems very indexing focused, and its page editing archaic and basic..great for lawyers I guess, but for engineering/science students..I doubt it..

      Yojimbo is so basic I am suprised that people were even touting its advantages…

      Scrivener – Is designed just for writing novels.

      Heck Mac application developers…is this so hard to get right..!?
      I just want a notebook application – for…taking notes..!
      That means people want -full- page flexability, full tab support and basic indexing….not a program that automatically indexes and appendicies and does my dissertation (is'nt that what word is for..?)

      Oh-well…

      The best solution..?
      While I do run VMWare Fusion 2 (which is a great program, and I be suprised if Windows->Mac users in a corporate environment can get away without ever needing it..) I've settled on Crossover – but purely for my Office requirements (it does'nt support much else..!) – as it does'nt require you to 'boot up' a virtual Windows OS, and has a -much- lesser memory footprint…no brainer really..!!

    • One good alternative to OneNote is EverNote. It's a OneNote clone, crossplatform (runs on OSx and Windoze). It even have a iphone apps. http://evernote.com/ I don't remember if we could import OneNote things in it without loosing formatting, but certainly you could run booth on windoze to copie much of the stock and move on.

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