Back in April I mentioned that my GM binder was Evernote, and at the time that was correct. In fact Evernote has been my tool of choice for many things over the years but over the last several months, for me at least, it became evident that I needed to move on, and so I have, to OneNote. I mentioned this on my non-gaming blog in the post, Goodbye Evernote, Hello OneNote and now I’m following through to my gaming material.
Is OneNote the silver bullet everyone should move to? I don’t believe so. Each GM and player needs to choose the tool that will work for them and not just follow blindly behind someone else. OneNote hits on several of my “hot buttons” when it comes to software.
- It’s free. That’s right, earlier this year Microsoft lowered the price tag of all of the clients to nada, and it’s hard to argue with that price tag.
- It’s available on all the major platforms. I can use it on my Windows PCs, my Android phones and if I want my iPhone (carried for work) as well as the web.
- It syncs with the cloud. It should be noted that it uses OneDrive to do the syncing which is similar to the service Dropbox has but will a lot more storage space. (It’s also free, sign up through my referral link and we both get an extra 0.5 GB (restrictions apply))
- I can create a separate notebook for gaming. This isn’t as much of a hot button for me as for others but it’s worth mentioning, you can create a gaming notebook and keep all of your RPG related material there – no cross-contamination with work or other projects.
- Tagging is much better than Evernote. This is one area where OneNote does it right, you can tag anything in a note. I have notes that include to-do items, items flagged for follow up, items that are important, that I need to schedule a meeting for, the list is yours to create (or use the stock ones).
- I can get my data out. With Evernote you are limited to HTML or their propriertary data format for export but not so with OneNote. If I want to pull a page or a section out of OneNote I can export them as Word files – a format that there are tools beyond the Microsoft walls that can read.
I’m sure I could go on for quite a while singing the praises of this software package, and of course I’m sure there are issues with it too (I still consider myself in the “honeymoon” stage), but it hits the things I want for now without any of the challenges I’ve faced recently with Evernote.
I would be interested, do you use OneNote for your gaming material? Are you entrenched in Evernote and not willing to come out? Is there another tool similar that you prefer?
Take a minute and sound off below – you might just convert someone to your favorite tool.
May your dice roll well.