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Simplicity: What a Concept



me Yesterday in rehearsals for A Christmas Carol we spent the afternoon working through Act 1 and then the evening we ran through the first act twice to see what our work in the afternoon had accomplished. Fortunately, a hard afternoon paid off with excellent results in the run-thrus. But what made the evening more beneficial in my case, was the fact that I was finally able to get back to note taking instead of running around like a chicken with my head cut off, while fixing what needed to be fixed on stage. I love all phases of the rehearsal process, but I especially relish the phase when I get to sit back and watch from a distance with a Tablet PC in hand.

Last night was one of those instances. I had Evernote fired up and was ready to take notes as the evening progressed. Before I knew it, the first run was over and I had taken a slew of notes, almost without thinking about the note taking process. These were quickly related to the cast and then we got ready to fire things up again. All good so far, yes? Well, sorta, kinda.

This time, I decided to take notes directly on the script in OneNote, which has been my traditional note taking method. The script is printed into OneNote and I can follow along and put the note directly at the moment whatever I’m remarking on occurs. This helps in my recall of notes during note sessions or the next day.

I’ve been doing that of late and importing those notes into Evernote, but I’d like to see a simpler solution. While I can ink on the script in OneNote and then import it over to Evernote, I have to create a new Evernote notebook each time I do so, and that is just a PITA. It makes me anxious for what I hope will be a viable syncing solution in the next version of OneNote.  Evernote also doesn’t allow me to mix Ink and text with direct input, so that is a bummer as well.

At the moment it is a workable solution, but far from seamless or effortless. I know I’m being picky about how I want the technology to work in my scenario, but hey, I’m the one paying the freight to purchase the products. 



  1. Brian W

    11/23/2008 at 9:14 am

    Can't you just use Live Mesh to sync the OneNote folders between multiple machines? Or is there something weird about the way OneNote works?

    Try this:

  2. Gordon

    11/24/2008 at 12:12 pm

    You don't need to create a new notebook in EverNote if you don't want. Just select the tab (whole page) in oneNote and copy. Then right click in an evernote text note and "paste special". Done

  3. seifip

    11/25/2008 at 8:52 am

    Why don't you use Dropbox or Live Mesh and save the OneNote notebook to it? It's extremely easy and works great… I have OneNote on my TabletPC and on several computers synched that way and it works very well…

  4. Mike

    11/26/2008 at 1:15 am

    My experience with Live Mesh and OneNote left me with multiple notebooks all over the place (eg Lectures, Lectures (1), Lectures (2). etc.). What I have found to work a lot better is to put the notebook on a shared drive, and install hamachi vpn on my computers. Then I open the notebook from the share, OneNote creates a local cache that it syncs with the share whenever it has an internet connection. Sometimes the local cache becomes corrupt and I it has to recreate it, but I've never lost information and things stay in sync. If I was paying large data rates this could become a problem as the size of the notebooks get pretty large after semester of recording my lectures.

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