Microsoft updates OneNote for iPad with Handwriting support; Android, iPhone, Mac and Windows (PC + Phone) with OCR support. Today, Microsoft introduces two big improvements for capturing content into OneNote and enriching that content to make it easier to recall. First, Microsoft have added handwriting to OneNote for iPad. This has been a top requested feature, and is now available in OneNote across all of the most popular platforms. Second, Microsoft have added optical character recognition (OCR), which enables text search within all images that are added to notebooks saved on OneDrive. OCR works with any version of OneNote, from Windows Phone to Mac, even OneNote Online!
With today's update, you can pen notes in all OneNote apps for tablets, including OneNote, OneNote for Windows Store, OneNote for Android and now OneNote for iPad. To get started on iPad, just tap the new Draw tab on the ribbon. Select a pen, marker, or highlighter and write, sketch or doodle until your heart's content.
Many students color-code their notes in class. They'll take a paper notebook and an array of colored pens with them to class to write, circle, highlight and underline in a variety of colors. So in OneNote for iPad, Microsoft give you four classic pen colors front-and-center. And if that's not enough, just tap the color wheel to display 16 more! Surely you'll find your favorite.
OneNote also gives you the benefit of an endless digital canvas. When you're writing, you'll never run out of space. OneNote automatically expands pages as you type or write so you always have more room for fresh ideas. When you're writing, just use two fingers to scroll the page. And unlike paper, you can pinch to zoom in and to work on the small details, or zoom out to get the big picture.
If you have a stylus, go ahead and just rest your hand on the screen as you write. OneNote for iPad detects your palm so that you can write without worrying. The best part? It works with any stylus whether you're left-handed or right-handed. To set it up, just tap Palm Rejection on the ribbon and then tap the image that most closely resembles how you normally hold a pen.
Enrich and Recall: Search for text within images
More and more, people are capturing images of receipts, recipes, menus and shopping lists into OneNote with mobile scanner apps like Office Lens and Genius Scan. In addition, people often use the share extension to capture websites, PDFs and phone screenshots.
With today's update, text within any image inserted into a notebook saved on OneDrive will be searchable in OneNote on all PCs, phones and tablets, as well as OneNote Online. Once added, the OneNote service will process it and it will start showing up in search results typically within a few minutes.
OneNote recognizes printed text in many languages, and Microsoft continuously adding support for more. To try it out, just add a picture that contains text to any notebook saved on OneDrive. About five minutes later, you'll be able to use OneNote to find the image using search. And OCR isn't limited to iPhone and iPad-it works on any OneNote client, even OneNote Online!