Saturday we had a big retreat — large group sessions to break-out committees, then back to large groups. We did that process a couple of times Saturday. I brought my laptop to the retreat and took bulleted notes using my Office OneNote, which is the component that actually sold me on biting the bullet and installing any version of Office on my new Dell.
OneNote was soooo easy to take notes with — quickly and efficiently. A separate page for each session, common formats for each session. Just a neat way to keep track of the major topics and to-dos coming out of the sessions.
Yesterday I was ecstatic to see how easy it was to convert OneNote to a blog post of my choice. 15 minutes of work had all the notes uploaded to a common private blog I’d set up. Properly formatted and everything.
So I was bragging to Tom about how easy it was to convert from OneNote to a blog post, or even to a Word doc.
An hour later, I realized I would hafta share the notes via Word with many of the team members — the whole idea of the blog technology was just too much for them right now. So I came home for lunch and e-mailed my Word 2007 docs to the office computer, which runs on Office XP. Ain’t no way that was happenin.
So when I got home tonight, I tried to backwards convert the 2007 documents into something most of the world could open. It took FOREVER to sift through the commands and find “save as” much less find the option to convert to an older version of Word. Finally got the job done, though. Should be able to distribute tomorrow. I’m anxious to see what the conversion does to formatting on Office XP.
Kirkham believes Office 2007 isn’t something every Office user should run out and buy too quickly. I think he’s right. However, I still really, really like the OneNote feature. I’m using it to help me keep track of household improvement chores and the hardware items I’ll need to complete those tasks. I can electronically clip an interesting comment or story, give it a key word, and file it away for future reference. And I can later blog it or write about it. Complete with citations and credits.
However, I wouldn’t want to see an en masse conversion to 2007 at the office. People would go nuts.
And I agree with Tom about Vista – while I’ve purchased the upgrade as part of my new Dell Inspirion package, I’m not anxious to install the new OS as soon as the shipment arrives on my doorstep. Ipod and Lexmark need to catch up with the technology — what good is a printer without the driver to the OS? So I’m glad I’ll have the Vista box in my house but I ain’t in no hurry to throw it onto a new machine that so far is working flawlessly.