Friday, November 11, 2005
OneNote as Bible / book tool ?
How many of you would be opposed to using OneNote as the bible / book tool, if some good look up controls, etc could be built in? I would use the OneNote API to build it.
I’m not oppossed to buidling my own custom interface, but I want to gauge the interest. One of the good things about building it into OneNote would be the built-in audio capability.
I have to admit when I first read your post I thought, naw, it'll never work. As I've thought about it though, it has definite possibilities.
With OneNote 12 due out next year ( I'll be beta testing it in the next couple of weeks ) and the number of improvements it will bring, the question needs to be asked. I'll certainly be examing the beta in light of what I can do with it Tablet Bible wise.
That is the organization I'm currently looking at, although I could add in some verse lookup that would make the paging process much simpler to navigate.
Having beta tested GoBinder 2006, the internal hyperlinking isn't there and there are no searching by flags or flag summaries. Those are, however, built in to OneNote.
I'm not opposed to writing my own app and I believe I can pull it off - it would just take a tremendous amount of time and effort to duplicate what OneNote will be offering or even what GoBinder is doing.
I've not received any word from any of the bible software folks about ink enabling their apps. Everytime I talk to e-sword, Rick tells me that it won't be happening.
Given what I've read on Chris & Owen's blog, I don't think you could ask for a more powerful foundaton. I was just thinking about the added bonus of everything scanned/inserted becoming instantly OCR'd. The metaphor doesn't see quite right, but let's see.
I had a prof in college who recommended this enormous Bible in a 3-ring binder. It was printed with huge margins. The binder nature gave you the flexibility to add photocopies of commentary notes, sermon notes, personal study notes, etc. I looked at these monsters (wanting to be like the prof) but I never bit...they were too expensive. Anyway using Onenote would allow one to do these types of things. I could see some great applications for journaling, pasting in commentary notes (which would then be searchable).
I know you know all this, I'm just thinking out loud.
The neat thing about OneNote (if everything becomes searchable as Chris Pratley says) will be ability to import texts of commentaries, scans, and as you say voice - attaching MP3 sermons to various texts, recording your thoughts as opposed to, or in addition to inking them, etc.
If you mind map this project for ideas the possiblilities are pretty awesome in terms of what you can come up with as to things you could do with it.
If you need a beta tester down the road keep me in mind (I'll still pay for the software when it goes production).
I'd probably pay more than $20 for this - even $50 or more - depending on the capabilities.
my two cents. :-)
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