Not long ago Microsoft launched its major update of OneNote which is its new version for iPad, iPhone and Android. Now we seem to have a nice company, as prior to us there was no chance to read and edit your OneNote notes on iPad. Truth be told, we don’t mind your placing its icon next to ours. Moreover, now users have a choice, which is always good.
When it comes to choosing between the two apps, in fact, we guess that’s not just a choice between two OneNote clients. Rather that’s a choice of ideology, what users want to view on their iPads daily: Windows system brought straight to the AppStore or OneNote notes wrapped in Outline which was initially designed in harmony with iOS ecosystem. IPad version from Microsoft doesn’t correspond to the principles of UI and style of Apple apps: Microsoft style was simply transferred to your Apple iPad without any dramatic changes. Certainly if you like it or not, it’s your choice.
So, that’s what we did: we installed both apps to clear up the difference between Outline and Microsoft OneNote on your iPad:)
Comparing Features of OneNote for iPad and Outline+ for iPad
OneNote for iPad lets you sync your notes automatically with SkyDrive and SharePoint. Microsoft only supports its own servers and you cannot use an app unless you have SkyDrive or SkyDrive Pro account. Outline, in contrast, has always been cloud agnostic – we allow you to store your notes on your favorite cloud, not only those designed by Microsoft. At the moment, we support Dropbox, Box and SkyDrive. Outline users are also free to work with files directly via iTunes or open sections right from e-mail. SharePoint (SkyDrive Pro) support is coming soon with the next update.
If you’re new to Outline, you can start taking notes with Outline immediately. There are no barriers, like requirements to have a user account on MS servers, or gigantic app size. It is easy to start. We think it is important.
In case with OneNote, to get inside you need to sign in first or sign up if you’ve no Microsoft account. To get an access to your notes here you should open them from your SkyDrive (Sharepoint/Office365) account.
Match with your iOS version
OneNote app for iPad is compatible if your iDevice has iOS 6.1 or higher, with Outline+ it’s already valid starting from iOS 5.0.
The sight from inside: Organization
Organization of your notes isn’t the same, there are some slight differences. For instance, in OneNote version for iPad there is a bar on the right where you’re free to add new pages or find the existing ones. Outline has it just the other way round, on the left.
The UI of Outline is outstanding. It differs much from other note-taking apps and from OneNote for iPad in particular. We wanted Outline both to work and look beautifully. We came up with a logical solution while designing it for you: we separated groups of sections from sections (in OneNote for iPad users cannot add sections or move ones, by the way). See how it works in Outline:
For easier navigation within your notebook we added a “tree” with a notebook structure which you are probably familiar with after using OneNote on your PC. If you swipe to the right, you’ll get a “tree” with all the way from groups of sections to the section which is on.
Unlike OneNote, Outline lets users move sections or pages and make sub-pages. Basically everything’s a few taps away: it doesn’t take you long to get to the point of destination, as the space in Outline is used efficiently.
Edit with comfort
In case some corrections are needed, it’s always simple to edit your notes. Let’s say you want to move your outlines to rearrange your ideas or something. It takes just a tap with Outline, while in OneNote there’s no such option.
As for the copy-paste option, it’s possible to copy the whole text within one text box in OneNote for iPad. Currently in Outline you can copy not more than one paragraph at a time. We’ve reconsidered and greatly improved selection in Outline already. All the changes will be available in the upcoming version 2.6. You’ll be able to copy and paste all sorts of content like multiparagraph texts, images, graphs and so on simultaneously (worth mentioning that it’ll be available to keep the title of the page. Watch the amazingly improved selection in Outline+: http://youtu.be/ymS_Y4z7vfo
Our users say the app is “worth every penny”. Indeed, you can get Outline for $14.99 (before that you can try our free version on the AppStore) and have further updates for free. Likewise, somewhat like a month ago we offered SkyDrive sync for those who had a paid version of Outline.
As AppStore description declares, now OneNote is free for a limited time.
Sweet bonus from Outline
There’s a bunch of additional features making your app even sweeter. Outline is especially proud of these:
- Any attachment from compatible programscan be opened (note that in iPad version of OneNote you can’t do it, while a business app is supposed to support it)
- UI perfectly matching iOS
- Export PDF
- E-mail delivery
- External keyboard support which works better than in OneNote for iPad
We are not showing off, but we’ve covered a long road and aren’t going to stop. Microsoft OneNote is in the game now holding all the aces, but Outline has royal flush in reserve In the upcoming update Outline users will enjoy:
- Advanced selection (http://youtu.be/ymS_Y4z7vfo)
- Encrypted sections (read it in the next blog post coming soon)
- SharePoint sync
Dear users! We make Outline for you relying a great deal on your needs and requests. Your review is critically important to us. So, if you’ve already downloaded OneNote on your iPad, can you possibly share your impressions? Which app you like better on your iPad: Outline or OneNote? Leave comments, as we want to hear you and keep getting better:)