Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Putting OneNote & MindManager together

I've been a fan of both Microsoft OneNote and MindJet MindManager for several years.  They both occupy important places in my toolbox.  I use OneNote almost daily for project tracking, reference and the core of my productivity workflow.  I use MindManager for planning, brainstorming, sermon writing, agenda creation and taking notes of conversations.

Now the folks at MindJet Labs have released the OneNote 2007 + MindManager tool which increases the ability of these two tools to work together.  Basically the tool provides:

  • OneNote 2007 Send To MindManager
  • OneNote Hyperlinks in MindManager
  • OneNote Notebook Hierarchy Mapping

These function allow the passing of data between the two applications:

  •  From MindManager, you can easily map out the Notebooks, Section Groups, Sections, Pages, and Subpages, including hyperlinks:       Select File...Open...OneNote 2007 Notebooks.
  • From MindManager, you can send the current map to OneNote as an image that you can sketch on and annotate:       Select File...Export...Microsoft Office OneNote 2007
  • From OneNote, you can send a page to MindManager as a hyperlinked topic:  Press the Send to MindManager MindManager button on the Standard toolbar in OneNote.

Rob Bushway previously outlined how to hyperlink from MindManager to OneNote, but this new tool should make it much more natural to share data between the two applications.  Some of this functionality is really already of part of OneNote.  But the new open OneNote API is going to make this kind of development all the more common and I'm looking forward to seeing how real geeks leverage the power of OneNote for by connecting it other applications.

via David Rasmussen


John McCracken said...

I use onenote for sermon preparation. I just googled onenote and sermon and found this post. I had not heard of the project manager software, but it sounds like it could be helpful for all kinds of ministry planning. Thanks for the post! I'll explore it and see if it could work for me.

John McCracken

Jeff said...

Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to commenting. MindManager is more, and perhaps different, from project management software.
It's software that helps you create visual maps, especially of things that might not be linear. For example, it's great for taking notes/minutes in team meetings.
Using a video projector I've just thrown the agenda up on the wall and visually mapped out the meeting in real time.
I like it for writing sermons for similar reasons. Researching sermons doesn't always happen linearly. I get an idea here,
I find an illustration there. MindManager helps me to get it all out on "paper" and then rearrange it a very simple and intuitive way.
If it interests you check it out. It's a great tool

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