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Features requried to make O+ a value add over OneNote

Eugene Jul 19, 2016 01:09PM PDT

Now that OneNote is being actively developed by MS for all platforms, O+ needs to be more than just a pretty skin on top of ON notebooks. It needs features that don't exist in ON to stay relevant, especially given the price.

My personal take:

1) Ability to store files in other services is a very big +
2) Ability to export PDFs from iPad is a small +
3) Inability to move pages to other notebooks is a -
4) Inability to rename attachments is a big -. When using Office lens or Scannable to send PDFs to Outline, I always have to change the nondescript templated name of the file later.
5) Inability to free form move attachments the way ON does it is a -
6) Sync has improved but is still slower than ON -
7) Beautiful interface is a + but with sections and pages shown too much screen space is taken vs Onenote for iPad a -

I think there are some features that ON doesn't provide and likely won't in the nearest future, that could really make Outline stand out & justify the added cost:

1) Ability to expand and collapse outlines, just like in desktop ON
2) Ability to search for tags, just like in desktop ON
3) Ability to export pages, sections or notebooks in HTML format preserving hierarchy structure (i.e. pages are separate HTML pages linked to the top section) and attachments. This would be a huge advantage that ON doesn't have and is unlikely to get anytime soon.
4) Ability to unlock all password protected sections that have the same password at once. I.e. somehow automatize sending this password to every section instead of doing it one by one.
5) Ability to select text & create an iOS Reminder from it.
6) Search and replace function

Thanks !

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Valya Jul 21, 2016 12:20AM PDT OUTLINE Helping Hand
Hi Eugene,

Thank you so much for bringing us such valuable feedback!

We are now analyzing the number of user votes for the "move pages" and "rename attachment" features.
So here with your message they are definitely going up the list!

Then another feature we're currently having in consideration is collapse / expand option for notebooks / pages which corresponds to your №7.

What about synchronization, have you tried it already in the new version?
We've added some improvements there.

And thank you for the new suggestions (such as HTML format export), we definitely will mark them with "analyzing" tag!

All in all, I'm bringing ALL your feature suggestions to the team and will get back to you later with more details after discussion.
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Alex B Sep 10, 2016 01:58PM PDT
I would also add that you *keep* the corporate-friendly sync alternatives like Box and local notebook options. The must-use-Microsoft-cloud in the Mac version of OneNote is a problem for corporate users. Microsoft recently closed off the user request to have local notebooks. See this page (and note the # of votes for it):
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Valya Sep 12, 2016 02:28AM PDT OUTLINE Helping Hand

Thank you so much for the link!
I'm forwarding it to our manager, I'm sure it will be interesting.

And did you know that we also added the WebDAV support?
We're still working on it but you can already open and sync your ownCloud notebooks, for example.

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