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TreeView

Posted by anirudhsaraf on February 8, 2009

This blog has been quiet for a while now as I have been ( am) extremely busy at College. I did however get a chance to make some changes to TreeView. I have been using it for a while now without any trouble so I thought I’ll post it up ( link at bottom).

TreeView

TreeView

As the above Screenshot shows, it has undergone a few enhancements.

Some Added Features

Favorite Folders : You can now create as many favorite folders as you wish. Use it to create alternate views of your notes.

Make Root ( The up arrow button):  Allows you to select any node and make it the topmost element in the TreeView. Specially useful if you are working within a single notebook and section and want to get rid of all the other noise.

Find Page in Tree : Are you on a particular page in OneNote and wish to locate it in the TreeView. This funky two page button will do just that.

Refresh : Refreshes the content of the TreeView to reflect the current hierarchy of OneNote.

Note : This is a standalone executable. There is no installation and it does not run from OneNote. Consequently, it does not make any changes to your system.

Feedback will be appreciated !

Update: Rev 1- Fixed Bug with TreeView Crashing if pages contained tags. If you had problems when TreeView crashed on startup, try the new copy. Thanks John for bringing it to notice !

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OneNote : Moving things in OneNote

Posted by anirudhsaraf on May 2, 2008

Picking up on John’s post on using OneNote in the classroom, I realized that class notes need a lot of restructuring. I thought i’ll share the technique I use to move things around in OneNote. OneNote is great for moving around text in containers, however it doesn’t always behave so well when moving ink. A technique I often use to move things around is a combination of zoom and the lasso tool. The lasso tools allows me to select exactly the things I want to move – meaning I can move graphs and associated text together; while the zoom in function shows me exactly how the placement is going to affect other text.

Quick Tip : The right click button on the pen is mapped to the lasso tool by default I think, hence you can quickly move things around with the lasso tool even as you take notes 🙂 . Lasso is also very handy to delete large portions of text.

View at 75% Zoom ( my normal writing setting)

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At 25% I can see a larger portion of the page ; hence making it easier to move things around. I can even select multiple things and move them at once 🙂

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It takes a little practice to use the lasso tool if you haven’t used it before, but once you get the hang of it, it is much quicker.

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Bringing together OneNote and PDF Annotator

Posted by anirudhsaraf on March 26, 2008

So you have all these PDF Files flying around. Research files, Professor Handounts, ebooks etc. etc. You love annotating with PDF Annotator ( check out the new version – IT SIMPLY ROCKS), but everything you have is in OneNote. Do you just shrug and print the PDF to OneNote and suffer?

You don’t need to. OneNote has this great feature called Insert -> File ( note :- not as PrintOut). This creates a copy of that file and embes it into OneNote. Clicking on it will open it in the associated program, but the file still remains embedded in OneNote. Now clicking on the PDF opens it in PDF Annotator where you can edit it. I recommend deleting the original file after inserting it into OneNote so that there is no confusion. Optionally, you can drag a file into OneNote and it will ask you whether you want to link to it or embed it.

The only drawback of this is that the embedded file is not searchable in OneNote. And be careful, otherwise you’ll soon find yourself using OneNote as a Windows Explorer replacement !!

For those interested in knowing how the files are actually embedded into OneNote follow this excellent post on how OneNote embeds file on Dan’s blog. http://blogs.msdn.com/descapa/archive/2006/09/22/766897.aspx

Inserting a File Steps from the Office Help Website

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Marking up PDF’s

Posted by anirudhsaraf on March 11, 2008

There are several solutions/ workaround to getting this done. I just want to share my thoughts on some of them

1) Print to OneNote : This method works pretty well for single page/ small pdf files. A major disadvantage though is the loss of page demarcation as printing just puts them all together. All together a clumsy solution if the PDF is more than a few pages. Also printing large pdf files takes a very long time.

2) PDF Annotator : Great for filling out forms etc. since it opens the PDF file directly. No need for conversion. It however takes a serious performance hit for large files with frequent errors. It’s better than OneNote since it atleast retains the formatting but fails when it comes to annotating large PDF’s. I also find the double scrollbar really irritating.

3) Windows Journal : I just discovered it yesterday 🙂 I assume most users neglect Journal in favor of OneNote. However the minimalistic nature of Journal is simply great for marking up PDF’s. I printed a 600 page pdf to journal in less than a minute. Journal also gave each page in the PDF it’s own page. In my opinion it beats OneNote and PDF Annotator for annotating PDF’s. PDF annotator has the advantage that it can work directly with PDF files, but Journal coupled with PrimoPDF ( free PDF printer) can achieve the same effect. So if you have large PDF files ( e-books) which you want to mark up, give Journal a try. Note: There is a loss of quality when using the Journal Writer. Thus if the PDF is not of high quality, you are better off using PDF Annotator I think.

Sample Renderings of a PDF Page

1) Adobe Reader

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2) OneNote

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3) PDF Annotator

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Along with the frequent error message

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4) Windows Journal

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Does anyone have a better solution? Feel free to comment on how you mark up those PDF’s.

Ani

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Double Hyperlink

Posted by anirudhsaraf on February 3, 2008

I know I have been sporadic with my posts, but its just that I have been keeping super busy, with little or no free time. However, to make up for it I am finally releasing Double Hyperlink with Inking Support 🙂 .

Double Hyperlink – What is it? It creates a new page, with the user specified title, pastes a hyperlink to the new page in the current page, and navigates to the new page where it puts the hyperlink from the current page.

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he default values i.e if you just click OK are

New Page Title = Blank

Hyperlink Text(new page) = Title of Current Page

Hyperlink Text(current page) = Extra Info

The installer creates a separate windows application. Since a lot of people have issues installing/uninstalling a plugin for OneNote I have not integrated this into OneNote but let it be a separate windows application. If enough people think that they want it integrated inside OneNote, leave a comment and I’ll release a separate installer. Also I have tested this only on my machine running Windows XP tablet version, so install at your own risk. I would appreciate feedback, comments and criticism.

Ani

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