Onenote on Surface Pro 3 Feedback
First I would like to congratulate Microsoft for Surface Pro 3. For me it's a perfect hybrid (although I would have liked the back of the chassis to be scratch resistant, wifi and battery to be more robust, the border of the frame to be as thin as possible so to be more street friendly and a few other things). The screen size is just perfect for for any task on the go and at home. The first windows device that I feel I can use to Ink.
Anyway, about Onenote (Modern UI). I've been using the iPad to take notes with a Pen and to be sure, SP3 inking abilities are far superior. Yet, the standard Onenote app falls shot on featurse and has for me some very annoying features in comparison. Features that I don't understand how with so much experience in MS came to this (mostly take notes with the SP3 positioned horizontally). Sorry for this remark, but it's our of frustration and because I've been a MS customer since I was 14 (I'm now 42).
- I understand that the paper paradigm of One Note is one like a never ending paper. It does not work for me as well as the paginated paradigm. This is the one people are more used to and it works extremely well with a Pen. Why change?. One caveat of this is that the output of printing is not at all good. Things get cut for instance for any side because the page has no physical counterpart. Along with this, allow us to change pages like with do with the physical paper, by swiping one finger to the left or to the right.
- Crashes. In a writing session Onenote crashes, sometimes more the once. Every day it crashes!
- The pen thickness is either too fine (light) or too thick (medium). Something in between. The light (fine) setting is useless for me on SP3, and the medium looks unnecessarily thick, unpleasant.
- Changing pen colors is a pain. I change physical pens faster then I do with this virtual pens. What's is wrong with having a tool bar at the top for these basic tasks. I'm suggesting a toolbar at the top has we could be writing with one hand (right hand) and the other to change the pen color for instance (my left hand). I used this technique quite efficiently with some iPad apps for writing.
- Grid lines for math are just too tight, I can't write a number inside a square. It's basically useless.
- Grid lines for writing are just too tight in SP3. So much that after writing, if we remove the grid lines, it looks like letter's are almost on top of each other.
- Lack of grid lines for graphs.
- Lack of ability to recognize forms.
- Voice recording while I'm writing. Yes. the ability to record while I'm writing and later play back the recording along with things I wrote.
I'm also an Office 360 subscriber. Yes, Onenote for Office is more powerful yet it suffers from the same problems and is way too complex. We need something lean, focused on simplicity and creativity. Most people take notes in real time, usually following what other people are saying!!!! All those toolbars are mostely useless in this task. If wanted to write a document I would use word, If I wanted to do some writing on a white board and do some coop brain storm with ideas I would use a board.
Just some suggestions.