OneNote’s Evernote Importer A No Go For Me

in Productivity

one note evernote importerMicrosoft’s attempt to unseat Evernote  as king of the digital brains continues. The Seattle-based company has announced that it has released a tool that enables Evernote users to export their notes to OneNote.  You will need a PC running Windows 7 and above and, rather obviously, have Evernote installed on the PC.  Although a native Mac importer is being developed, if you import your Evernote data into OneNote for Windows then that data will be synced across all platforms and devices.  In a rare bout of curiosity I downloaded the tool and imported all of my Evernote data into OneNote, but it is not something that I shall be repeating. Here’s why.

Although a native Mac importer is being developed, if you import your Evernote data into OneNote for Windows then that data will be synced across all platforms and devices.  In a rare bout of curiosity IO downloaded the tool and imported all of my Evernote data into OneNote, but it is not something that I shall be repeating. Here’s why.

OneNote Importer Clunky

The first issue is the importer software itself. It was very clunky on my, admittedly quite old, PC and the whole process of importing the notes took almost an hour –and I don’t consider myself to be a power user with many thousands of notes.

Second, OneNote doesn’t like a lot of Evernote’s formatting and will not touch some aspects of Evernote data such as encrypted text.

Third, and this is something I may be wrong about and will look into in greater details, OneNote doesn’t always show the imported content and only shows the URL of notes captured using Evernote’s webclipper.

Fourth, there is seemingly there is no webclipper equivalent in OneNote and that is a big game breaker for me.

Fifth, I tried syncing OneNote across my Android devices and it was a tortuous process of having to set OneNote to liaise with OneDrive and a whole load of other issues. I want something to work out of the box, I don’t want to faff around for ages setting things up to talk to other things and then getting those things to sync.  As an old fart I don’t have that time to spend buggering about.

An Evernote Bias

Here I have to admit to an Evernote bias. I have used it for years as a premium subscriber and have worked out how it can best work for me.  The webclipper is a stunning tool and I really like the ability to scan directly into Evernote.

When I was employed in the day job I played around with OneNote in the rare moments of peace and tranquillity and I was not impressed. I did not find the free form note creation methodology intuitive enough.

It is early days and I will look at OneNote in more detail but I don’t think Chris O’Neill has anything to worry about here despite some merchants of doom predicting Evernote’s demise.

PS: Just realised OneNote cannot do content search through PDFs.

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