Microsoft announced the release of Microsoft Office OneNote 2003 Service Pack 1 (OneNote SP1) Preview, a software update that delivers technical updates and feature enhancements requested by users. The company says customer feedback from newsgroups, surveys, focus groups and customer visits directly impacted 90 percent of the new SP1 features, including increased integration with Microsoft Office 2003 Editions, the ability to copy notes from a Pocket PC into OneNote, and the ability to password-protect notes.
With SP1, customers will benefit from changes ranging from user interface enhancements to major updates that will help users capture rich information in their notebooks, organize that information more efficiently, and use it with other Microsoft Office programs. With improved sharing and security capabilities, customers using desktops, laptops or Tablet PCs can improve how they work with one another and share information with their teams. The updated features include these:
Copy notes from a Pocket PC or Smartphone. Users can take written and audio notes on the go with a Windows Mobile Pocket PC or Smartphone; the notes are automatically copied into OneNote when the device is synced with the PC.
Record video notes. Users can save important meeting or event details by using a webcam or camcorder to synchronize video notes with typed or handwritten notes.
Capture screen clippings. Users can easily capture screen images directly into OneNote. Content is captured with time and date stamps and URLs to help users manage notes effectively.
Import pictures into OneNote. Users can better illustrate notes and ideas by adding scanned images or photos taken with a digital camera or webcam.
Insert documents from other Office programs into OneNote. Users can insert Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents into their notebook as pictures and annotate them with typed or handwritten notes.
Import meeting details from Microsoft Outlook. Users can insert all meeting details from Microsoft Office Outlook 2003 into OneNote for future reference.
Create Outlook contacts and appointments. Users can send contact and appointment information to Outlook 2003 to easily access and use it later.
Publish pages to Microsoft Word. Users can easily create formal documents by sending notes to Microsoft Office Word.
Improved Sharing and Security
Share OneNote sessions in real time. The same note pages can be simultaneously viewed and edited by multiple users in different locations.
Password-protect and encrypt notebook sections. Password protection and encryption can help users ensure that only they or those with permission can view specific sections of their notebook.
Share with others using SharePoint. Users can place notes on a personal site or a team site on Microsoft Office SharePoint Portal Server 2003 or Windows SharePoint Services more easily. If the decision is made to publish to a SharePoint site, a separate pane will appear that guides the user through the process, making this feature even easier to use.
Assign names to subpages. SP1 delivers on the No. 1 user request: Users can now specify a title for subpages that are part of a group.
OneNote SP1 is scheduled for release following the Microsoft Office System Service Pack 1, which will be available worldwide in US summer 2004. The OneNote SP1 Preview is now available as a free download from the Microsoft Web site.