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MobileNoter with direct OneNote file access Beta

Monday, 02/07/2011, 01:24 AM by admin

We are going to publish a new beta of the MobileNoter for Android soon. Its main feature is direct work with OneNote files (*.one) stored on the device or in a shared abortion recovery source like Dropbox (instead of the traditional Cloud/Wi-Fi synchronization with OneNote on the PC).

This will be a new branch in our application family which will continue to develop along with the versions with Cloud/Wi-Fi synchronization.

If you want to participate in Beta testing, please send us your requests to


2/3/2011 2:15:24 AM #

Great news!

The transfert will be a lot faster from the PC to the phone. Do you plan to also make it possible to modify the files on the phone?

Jocelyn Bérubé |

2/5/2011 3:54:24 AM #

Yes, sure, but not in this beta.

amolokoedov |

2/6/2011 11:11:58 AM #

When updates on the phone is possible, how will sync work?

My experience with using Dropbox to sync OneNote 2007 files between multiple PC's has not been that great.
OneNote has great syncing features, and in my view it's difficult to have that working "on top" of other syncing products (dropbox etc)

Hans Henrik |

2/7/2011 10:49:11 AM #

This is not an update, it is a separate new version. You'll need to place your notes into a folder on your Android device, then select this folder and load files from it into the app.

amolokoedov |

2/8/2011 3:03:22 AM #

Does it mean that I can drop my OneNote files from PC into my Android device through a USB connection, for instance?
How would sincronization work in this case without having to become a one-way sync?

Igor |

2/10/2011 10:15:00 PM #

Yes, or simply place your files on a memory card. There is no automatic sync in this version, you'll need to do it manually.

amolokoedov |

2/8/2011 1:13:54 AM #

What are the pluses/minuses of this approach vs. the Sync via cloud or wifi?

Mike Waguespack |

2/10/2011 10:16:25 PM #

It is faster and you don't need a Windows Sync Client.
Though it'll require more actions on your side.

amolokoedov |

2/10/2011 6:57:50 AM #

When will the ability to edit the one note notebooks be available to the android device users?  This is what is holding me up on getting an android table to use at work rather than dragging my laptop around.

Dan Kelly |

2/10/2011 10:17:47 PM #

That will be soon, we're planning to make it available in February.

amolokoedov |

2/13/2011 8:11:34 AM #

Is there any timescale on when a version of Mobile Noter will be released that uses *.one files and allows for notes to be edited/created on the Andriod device?

Also, if people purchase the upcoming Mobile Noter for Android with editing functionality, will they need to pay again in order to buy future versions which can use *.one files?

Adam Bunting |

2/14/2011 12:17:39 PM #

Such version is planned to be released approx. in Q2 2011.

Yes, these are seperate versions which are purchased separately.

amolokoedov |

2/18/2011 6:54:30 PM #

I agree with Hans Henrik about syncing. I have OneNote on three computers on my home network and they are all instantly synchronised whenever a change is made on any of them. The master .one files are all on one machine and are shared. If that machine is down for some reason, the others work seamlessly with local copies and sync with the master machine as soon as it is running again. I never get any problems or conflicts with this set up. However, when I tried experimenting with putting the .one files in Dropbox I soon found myself with lots of versions of them, mostly labelled along the lines of XXXX's Conflicted Copy.

The bottom line is I'm not keen to mess up the efficient and dependable sharing system of OneNote by keeping its files in Dropbox just so that I can work with them in MN. Obviously, I would much rather MN be able to work with the shared .one files on the network. This may be possible on the Android version, but I doubt if it would be for the iOS versions due to stupid Apple restrictions. For that platform, Dropbox may be the only way forward.

Craig |

2/18/2011 9:26:29 PM #

I have just done some more experimenting with Dropbox and OneNote on multiple PCs. Here is the way it works best...

On the master PC create a new notebook in OneNote. Name it and press next.

Select "I will use this notebook on multiple computers" and press next.

** Make sure to save it to a location within your Dropbox folder. **

On your other computers, within OneNote, go to File > Open > Notebook

Locate the new notebook on the network - it will be shared on your master PC. Do NOT open the notebook from within the Dropbox folder on the other computers.

By doing it this way OneNote controls the changes rather than Dropbox, so you don't end up with multiple conflicting copies.

What concerns me is that when we get an iPad/iPhone version of MN it will want to work with the Dropbox copy rather than the shared copy on the master PC due to Apple restrictions. If this is the case then there seems little point in MN bothering with it. The only way to work on a OneNote notebook directly in Dropbox is if you make sure that it is not open on any other computer at the same time. This would be too much of a nuisance to me since I keep OneNote open all the time with all my shared notebooks open on all my computers! I'm really beginning to hate Apple.
I just hope the MN developers can find a way to work around the limitations.

Craig |

2/27/2011 6:33:12 AM #

Craig, thanks for the report about your experiments.

amolokoedov |

2/21/2011 4:29:40 PM #

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2/26/2011 5:47:59 AM #

I think the question many of us are asking is this; will this new beta app support native OneNote sync?  Meaning, will you be able to open a Notebook from a network location and sync to it?  The way a PC syncs to a One Note file over the network is by working from a local cache and syncing to the master file so changes are synced both ways.  

Is this new app only for opening/editing local Notebooks, or will it have support for direct network sharing?  THAT'S what I'm most interested in.  Having a 3rd party sync tool (running on the PC) is not only unnecessary, but seems cumbersome in light of how efficient and how well the native sync works over a network.  

Garry |

2/27/2011 6:29:39 AM #

Garry, this beta version can work only with notebooks that are accessible on the Android device locally. But it's possible there will be some options to work with shared notebooks in future.

amolokoedov |

2/26/2011 6:07:41 AM #

If it can connect to and edit the *.one files in my Windows Live Mesh store in SkyDrive and this version has good conflict resolution, I'm sold.  I mean I'd pay a lot more for this than the other MobileNoter versions, which require a lot of extra time on my part to keep synced up.

thx1200 |

2/27/2011 6:32:27 AM #

Current version of the MobileNoter SE doesn't allow it, but thank you for suggestion.

amolokoedov |

3/1/2011 7:20:24 AM #

Are there Plans to show Encrypted Pages from Onenote? (Beta 2)

Patrick |

3/8/2011 11:03:58 AM #

Possibly it will be supported in the release version.

amolokoedov |

3/1/2011 7:19:52 PM #

So is this a planned feature for the iPad version of MobileNoter?

And when are iPads going to be able to create new notebooks, sections and pages?

Travis |

3/8/2011 11:06:03 AM #

There will be MobileNoter SE for iOS also. Possibility to create pages (but not sections and notebooks, that will appear later) appears in the version 2.4 which will be released in about a month.

amolokoedov |

3/4/2011 1:44:48 AM #

Some questions on the sync via drop box...

Do I understand correctly that the process to get this to work is as follows:
1. From PC, get a onenote notebook stored in Dropbox
2. From Dropbox on Android, get it downloaded on the device
3. Configure MN SE to use this folder created on SD card
4. Press sync from within MN SE

Then if I change things on the PC OneNote, to be able to see it on Android, I need to:
1. Go to dropbox on Android, manually download the files which have changed
2. Go to MN SE and ask it to sync
3. Read the note...

Do I miss something? There must be a way to get to something a bit more practical, no?


thefa |

3/8/2011 11:02:59 AM #

With our current beta version it is performed this way, you are right. But we are working on some improvements that will make this process more automated.

amolokoedov |

3/6/2011 9:41:48 AM #

Comments on MobileNoter ES (.one):
  • Is significantly slower in operation.
  • Does not preserve the order of notebooks/sections/pages as set out in OneNote.
  • Does not syncronize with SD files properly.   I have made changes in OneNote, then sync'ed copied all OneNote files to SD - using Total Commander.  I have checked that the files on SD are actually updated - by opening them directly with OneNote.  After I have sync'ed MobileNoter to SD, some revisions appeared in MobileNoter, but some did not.

agdam |

3/8/2011 11:06:41 AM #

Are you using Beta 2?

amolokoedov |

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