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How Does UltraRecall Compare To OneNote?

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Posted by Gary Carson
Jul 11, 2012 at 02:15 PM


Is there any major difference between UltraRecall and OneNote? Does UR have any capabilities than OneNote doesn’t have? Better web capture, etc?

Just asking because UR’s on sale for $19 at Bits Du Jour. If it’s a better PIM, I was thinking today would be a good time to pick up a license.


Posted by Stephen Zeoli
Jul 11, 2012 at 05:53 PM


Personally I like OneNote much better than UltraRecall, but the two applications are very different. UR is more like a standard two-pane (although it can grow to more panes than that) hierarchical info organizer. UR is a database front end. I do not think that’s the case with OneNote. You can create custom fields (attributes) and forms in UR. It has a more standard word processor feel to the editor.

I’m assuming you have OneNote, hence the question and the reason I’m not going to describe ON.

If I had to choose one or the other, I’d take OneNote in a heart beat. But that’s just me.

Steve Z.


Posted by Wolfgang
Jul 11, 2012 at 07:46 PM


Ultra recall can index external files, and do proper outlining with OPML export import, and of course outlining if you use MS Word as an internal editor. OneNote cannot do these things (its outline mode is not compatible with MS Word headings and anyway doesn’t speak OPML so it ain’t Pucka) although it is a very pretty program especially if, like me, you have a Fujitsu convertible tablet. But I live inside Ultra recall and would do so whatever the price. But then, I do a lot of hard-core information handling, and the ability to add keynotes, attributes, and inter-alia, make many-to-many internal links is important to me, it may not be to you, that depends on your needs.


Posted by Gary Carson
Jul 12, 2012 at 02:29 AM


Thanks. UR sounds good, but I guess I’ll stick with OneNote. I mostly just use it for long-term archiving.


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