local storage on Mac
How about giving Mac users the option to locally store their notebooks just like PC users get? If not why do you charge the same for a less feature rich product?
It is one of the most essential functions of a note-taking application. Without it, users cannot take notes or revise notes at locations that do not have the Internet.
Want a good reason for offline notebooks for Onenote for Mac? I've just been rearranging my notes, deleting some, moving others around, generally having a damn good tidy up. After about an hour of this I started sifting through my notes, checking they were OK and I started to notice extra section tabs appearing: Exercises, Exercises 1, exercises 1 1, exercises 1 1 1. So I checked them out ... they're all versions of a section named 'Exercises' and every note in them shows: "Page Not Available. The page was added from another device that hasn't finished syncing. Please try again later". So I head on over to the online Onenote and see: "Content Not Available" And something about content added by another computer.
This has ripped through my notes, I've lost about 50% of them going back around 5 years. And guess what ... there's no f* backup. Because no offline storage for Mac and no backup system provided online. So I'm f*d. Totally.
so ... Offline file storage for Onenote for Mac, please. Although it's too late now, isn't it.
You want a dose of irony? This quote from the Onenote support pages:
"OneNote automatically saves your notes while you work, but you should always back up your notebooks, just like the rest of your computer’s files and data. Hard drive crashes can happen to anyone, and if it happens to you, your notes will be gone forever. If you back up your notebooks, you can restore your notes if you ever need to."
I loved OneNote but without the offline function I am now looking elsewhere!
Trevor C. commented
I'm an attorney and wish I could use it, but I would never store client information in the cloud (local and encrypted is the only option I can use).
Not allowed to put business stuff in the cloud and we don't have SharePoint (we're a small business). No way to sync between desktop and laptop without this feature. What a pain.
OneNote is useless without this feature.
I have been a dedicated OneNote fan at work on Windows for years. I wanted to use it on my Mac at home for personal stuff too but it is completely useless to me if I have to be online at all times. It seems to defeat the entire purpose.
If I could put 7 votes here, I would. Unable to use OneNote without this feature.
Lindsey Balogh commented
I want to be able to use OneNote like an actual notebook - open it at any time, regardless of internet access. Otherwise, what's the point?
I dropped OneNote and switched to EverNote over this feature.
Scot Hildebrandt commented
OneNote for the Mac is completely useless without the ability to store and open local .one files. In a workplace with a reasonable level of security one is not allowed to store to onedrive and sharepoints do not provide the same flexibility for private notebooks. Also windows users regularly share .one files, which microsoft provides no reader for. The lack of feature quality between the OneNote products is puzzling, especially as it is not being done for technical reasons.
Paul Halverson commented
Please add support for offline (local) OneNote notebooks - this is a major requirement if you want to use OneNote in a work environment.
I am an HP Employee that uses Microsoft products at work with Windows extensively. I also happen to have a mac - as we also support Mac OS with our storage products. I am not allowed to store anything on non-HP cloud. I am allowed to store locally as long as I follow the strict confidentiality rules.
I was overjoyed to find that OneNote was available for Mac so I could take notes, etc as I worked on my Mac OS projects. But was surprised to find that this was unavailable.
I would pay extra for the ability to have OneNote with local storage - oh wait - I used to pay extra for it with Office! Now that you are giving it away for "free" I find it unusable because of well known IT policy limitations.
Two words "Use Case".
Microsoft folks, this is the lousiest way to market your onedrive product. Make OneNote compatible with iCloud, dropbox, etc and people will love OneNote. I used to have OneNote in my windows partition and I had high expectations for the Mac version. But now I am disappointed because I can't have local notebooks. Microsoft, it is your lost!
Laughable that you can't have local notes?! Goes against the fact of having a digital notebook.
It should be that you can have all your notes in the app offline, and then have the option to have them stored in the cloud so that all devices can stay in sync. Syncing 101!!!
Shame, I would gladly pay for OneNote if it support this feature, password protection and ability to make notes via Wacom tablet.
Victor Carrillo commented
As everyone said, (and I don't think there is need for me pointing it out all over again) offfline storage of my onenote files should be there and the cloud services not mandatory. It is functional for some cases , but some stuff should not be storage in a third party service, so I would like to know if this is the final version of one note. I would gladly pay for the "full version" that would allow me have that option since I'm a huge fan of one note.
In the other hand, some other thing I would like to point out, I can't convert my old files from pc to mac version of onenote. I tried upload them into this cloud , even try to open them directly and nothing works. That means I won't be able to pass over my old files from pc to mac? All office programs had functionability I don't why you would take that out from onenote specifically?? That's absurb!!!
After converting to a MAC and loving all elements the one real organizer of my work is MS OneNote. Without the local version I cannot take my notes on the subway or in a park where I may find some creativity. Thus relying on the cloud only is not a good approach. I was now thinking of installing Windows on my MAC just OneNote. LOL.
A lot of people are waiting for the offline ability similar to OneNote for Win since years and nearly all set their hope on the new office release.
I tried a lot similar products like outline and so on but until now I did not find a true alternative for mac.
Under Windows I like the ability to use OneNote pages as file container. Among others the data volume is the deal breaker for this "cloud only" version of OneNote for mac.
If the offline feature is missing in the final MS office version for mac I will drop OneNote on Mac and Windows.
Ethan Song commented
The stupidest design ever...
When I downloaded this software I was very surprised it doesn't allow me to store my notes locally. Im my opinion the cloud should be optional, not the standard.
Without this functionality Onenote is completely useless to me.
For as long as Onenote does not support local notes, I (unfortunately) have to stick with Evernote.