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Posted by MadaboutDana
Mar 17, 2014 at 10:11 PM


From what I’ve read, it doesn’t have drawing/sketching or proper outlining (sigh!); so it’s actually much closer to the web or iOS versions than the Windows desktop version.

For those who want something a little more sophisticated, don’t forget Outline (http://outline.ws/mac), which does support file embedding, although not yet drawing (they’re working on it!).


Posted by Lucas
Mar 17, 2014 at 10:51 PM


A quick follow-up on the Outline app: The syncing problems I mentioned earlier in the thread appear to now be fixed.


Posted by jamesofford
Mar 18, 2014 at 10:45 AM


Another quick follow-up. Apparently it is out now, and it’s free. Take a look here:



Posted by Stephen Zeoli
Mar 18, 2014 at 01:10 PM


I have mixed feelings about this. On one hand, it really makes me see OneNote as a universal option. However, it causes me to worry that innovative apps like Outline and MagicalPad are just going to die out because they can’t compete with Microsoft—especially if OneNote is free everywhere.

Still, that’s not going to stop me from using OneNote. I have started a list of areas in which OneNote Mac has limitations:

1. As far as I can tell, the only way to export your notes is to save as a PDF (other than simple cut and paste). On the PC, there are a host of export formats.
2. No custom tags.
3. No drawing tools.
4. Can’t customize the date format.

Additionally, OneNote requires Mavericks (OS 10.9), which I am reluctant to install on my MacBook Air. It has slowed my MacBook Pro to a crawl at times. So that’s an issue I’m going to have to wrestle with. Maybe I’ll have to rely on Outline on my Air.

Steve Z.


Posted by Alexander Deliyannis
Mar 18, 2014 at 01:35 PM


Stephen Zeoli wrote:
>However, it causes me to worry that
>innovative apps like Outline and MagicalPad are just going to die out
>because they can’t compete with Microsoft—especially if OneNote is
>free everywhere.

I agree, this is called unfair competition in my book.


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