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Microsoft’s OneNote is great for research How SkyDrive And OneNote Web App Can Help Your Online Research How SkyDrive And OneNote Web App Can Help Your Online Research I was really excited to learn was that SkyDrive provides you with a free OneNote web app that you can use to do just about everything you do with your desktop OneNote application. When it... Read More , 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 SkyDrive Brings Smart Files With OCR Search In Windows 8.1 SkyDrive Brings Smart Files With OCR Search In Windows 8.1 With Windows 8.1, SkyDrive will be rolling out “smart files”, previously called placeholder files, complete with Bing-powered OCR search. Read More . 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.

You can download the OneNote app for Windows 8 for free. If you are using it, here are 10 awesome tips for OneNote 10 Awesome OneNote Tips You Should Be Using All The Time [Windows] 10 Awesome OneNote Tips You Should Be Using All The Time [Windows] I am going to ruffle a few feathers here by saying that Microsoft OneNote is just as good as Evernote. Evernote is probably more barebones and easier to handle, while OneNote is the digital equivalent... Read More .

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Source: OneNote Blog

  1. Penny
    November 30, 2013 at 9:25 pm

    I have Onenote on laptop dont have office anymore. Onenote on. Win 8 takes its place along with a couple of others. Have used Makeuseof . Great job guys. Straight up reviews

  2. Penny
    November 30, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    I know. I have one. Note on laptop but wld it fit on phone and not slow it down. (Actually I do think I have it on this phone)Absolutely enjoy and use site.. Makeuseof. Thx

  3. Paul Werner
    November 29, 2013 at 4:19 pm

    I don't have a Windows Phone to check this and a Google search didn't really show much but does OneNote do this in the Windows Phone app too? If not it'll be nice when they add it. My mother in law will love it

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