OneNote update shows why iPad would benefit from a stylus

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Pen meets paper. Kind of. Photo: Microsoft

Anyone wanting to see what productivity tools would look like on an iPad with stylus need look no further than Microsoft’s updated OneNote iOS app.

Having just updated its OneNote app for Mac, the iPad app adds OCR scanning of text within images, alongside the neat ability to add handwritten notes — either using your finger or, better still, a third-party stylus. While this feature has previously been available for the Windows and Android versions of the OneNote app, this is the first time iPad users can get in on the fun.

Microsoft modernizes note-taking with OneNote iOS 8 extension

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Screengrab: Cult of Mac
Screengrab: Cult of Mac

If you use OneNote to keep all your digital stuff in one place, you’ll be excited to know that Microsoft’s note-taking app is getting an iOS 8 update today.

Microsoft announced the new update on its official YouTube channel Tuesday with a fun little video showing how you’ll be able to clip bits of the web and share photos from your iPhone to OneNote.

Take a look at it below.

Doxie Scanner Software For Mac Adds ‘Send to OneNote’ Compatibility

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OneNote is one of the few Microsoft apps that Mac users seem to have actually been pining for. Like aging pro wrestlers, Excel, Powerpoint and Word have become bloated, slow and boorish over the years, and have been forgotten for more nimble Mac-friendly options like Keynote and Numbers. OneNote, on the other hand, is fairly unique and remains extremely useful and hugely popular — so it was no small thing today when it finally popped up at the Mac App Store (an iOS version has been around for a while).

Apparent, the company behind Doxie scanners, lost no time in partnering up with Microsoft to make their software OneNote compatible — the Doxie desktop software already contains a one-click button that sends any scanned document straight to OneNote.