Microsoft Launches OneNote Import Tool to Help Mac Users Transition From Evernote

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Microsoft today announced the launch of its OneNote Import Tool for Mac, which is designed to allow Mac users to quickly and easily transfer all of their notes from note-taking app Evernote to Microsoft's own note-taking app, OneNote.

Transitioning from Evernote to OneNote is as simple as downloading the import tool, letting the app locate Evernote notebooks, signing into your Microsoft account, and hitting the import button. From there, all of your Evernote content is available in OneNote.

Microsoft's OneNote Import Tool is timely because Evernote recently made a policy change that has pushed users into seeking other note taking services. As of late June, customers who use a free Evernote basic account are only able to access their notes on a total of two devices. Accessing Evernote content on more than two devices now requires an Evernote subscription, priced at $3.99 per month or $34.99 per year.

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OneNote requires notes to be stored using Microsoft's OneDrive cloud storage service (which comes with 5GB free storage) but there are no restrictions on accessing notes across multiple devices. OneNote also offers many of the same features that are available in Evernote and it can serve as an alternative to Apple's own Notes app.

OneNote lets you work the way you want. You can get your ideas down in a range of ways that include typing, inking, embedding videos, recording audio, or clipping web content. If you prefer to use paper and pen, you can even scan that content with OneNote to make it digital, searchable and available from your phone to your laptop. We've heard that many Evernote users rely heavily on their clipper. OneNote has a great clipper for all major browsers, available for free at OneNote.com/clipper.

Microsoft's new OneNote Import Tool can be downloaded from the OneNote website for free.

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52 months ago

Microsoft can import my ass.

For what!? To make me an hostage of their platforms?

Like they said in their ad "the iPad doesn't run the full Office, but only the App version".

That's another way of saying "if you want to use your Word and Excel documents, you need to keep buying Windows PCs and paying us a subscription for Office".

Because right now you aren't a hostage of Evernote?

That quote is out of context. Their point is that their Surface is running full windows (on Intel cores) so it's better than MS Office versions on iOS (and Android).
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52 months ago
I did this on my Windows PC (OneNote import tool) the very day Evernote announced the premium price change. While I love Evernote, the increase in price was more than I was willing to justify when other options, like MS OneNote are available.

So far, I've been able to assimilate and accomplish everything in OneNote that I did in Evernote.
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52 months ago
Microsoft can import my ass.

For what!? To make me an hostage of their platforms?

Like they said in their ad "the iPad doesn't run the full Office, but only the App version".

That's another way of saying "if you want to use your Word and Excel documents, you need to keep buying Windows PCs and paying us a subscription for Office".
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52 months ago

Hm Im really thinking about switching to OneNote. Only thing that's bothering me is the web clipping capabilities of OneNote... Last I tried them it wasn't comparable to Evernote. Any experiences from "recently-switchers"?

I've recently switched. Evernotes clipper is still better but it's very usable. I wouldn't stay on Evernote just for the clipper.
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52 months ago

Wow they really jacked up the prices! I subscribed to Evernote Premium via the Mac Appstore for $44.99 a year. They now charge $69.99 yearly for Premium (10GB monthly uploads) and have a new Plus tier at $34.99 (1 GB monthly). I just checked to see the status of my subscription. It seems that I am grandfathered in at $44.99 yearly.

This reeks of them hiring MBA consultants to “maximize revenue” and of course they came up with the age old bundling ploy to extract more revenue out of customers. I will certainly not be paying $69.99 a year if it ever comes to that.

Why can’t Apple make a competing product? I already pay for the 200GB tier on iCloud; if they made a comparable product I would be set. I do not want my notes to be held hostage by Evernote or Microsoft. Evernote realized that once they have customers so reliant on their product, they are basically hostages to price increases.

You're not grandfathered in; your next renewal will be at a higher rate.

Apple has an Evernote wannabe: Notes. I've had entirely too many problems with it - it doesn't seem to scale.
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52 months ago
Same here. I'm considering this as well, but I'm scared OneNote's gonna freak up all my Ever-notes and tagging etc. Love to hear reports from anyone who braved the switch...
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