Microsoft’s OneNote is great for research, especially when used with Windows 8 and 8.1’s SkyDrive integration. And the popular note-taking app has now had a major update on the desktop OS that brings some cool new functions, including ‘Camera Scan’ for smart scanning and the ability to read and search scanned items.
Camera Scan lets you capture important data like what’s written on the whiteboard in a meeting or that crucial document you don’t want to lose. Train your device’s camera at it, use OneNote’s Camera Scan and it will automatically crop, rotate, straighten, remove shadows and sharpen the image to make it look like a scanned document. It sounds a little difficult to believe, but here’s a video of it in action:
Once you have scanned something, you would want to be able to search for it later. But if it’s a photo, how do you search for the text in that photo? Well, OneNote now supports Optical Character Recognition (OCR), just like SkyDrive. So the software will “read” your scanned document and you can search for its contents like you normally would.
OneNote is also integrated with the Share Charm menu in Windows 8.1, which lets you easily and quickly add any page you are viewing to OneNote. You could even take a screenshot of your screen and add that. Plus, OneNote has enhanced handwriting tools now to let you annotate your captures more easily. And finally, there’s a full-screen view so you don’t feel like your content is scrunched up on a small screen.
Source: OneNote Blog