Microsoft partners with FiftyThree, enables powerful OneNote inking experiences

Microsoft OneNote is one of the more popular notetaking apps today, and an important member of the Office stable of productivity products. The company has done a great job of putting OneNote clients everywhere, and arguably the best mobile OneNote app runs on Apple’s iPad. As the Office blog points out, Microsoft is adding some new functionality that solidifies the iPad version as the most functional.

If you’re familiar with Apple’s tablet, then you’ll know that FiftyThree makes Pencil, one of the more impressive styluses for the iPad. OneNote now supports Pencil to enable the stylus’s Surface Pressure, Erase, Blend, and Palm-Rejection capabilities. Furthermore, FiftyThree has also enabled sharing between their Paper app and OneNote.

OneNote now supports FiftyThree's popular Pencil stylus.

OneNote now supports FiftyThree’s popular Pencil stylus.

Select "Save to OneNote" to send drawings from Paper to OneNote.

Select “Save to OneNote” to send drawings from Paper to OneNote.

Microsoft also supports the new Apple Pencil for iPad Pro, as Apple was kind enough to highlight at this year’s main event.

Inking in OneNote on Apple's iPad Pro.

Inking in OneNote on Apple’s iPad Pro.

Finally, OneNote for iPad, iPad Pro, and Windows 10 will soon support Ink Shape Recognition. Draw a circle, and OneNote will convert it to a circle shape–and the same goes for triangles, squares, pentagons, hexagons, and more. The new tool is intended for pen-based inking, but via the toolbar can be toggled for mouse and finger input as well.

Ink Shape Recognition will help make up for poor drawing skills.

Ink Shape Recognition will help make up for poor drawing skills.

Microsoft didn’t want to leave the Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book out of the picture, and so they mentioned the new Pen Tip Kit that lets users easily lock and load a pen tip providing everything from low-friction inking to a fine point pen experience. The kit will be shipping on October 26.

Lock and load new inking experiences with the Pen Tip Kit.

Lock and load new inking experiences with the Pen Tip Kit.

OneNote is a great example of how Microsoft is committed to creating strong cross-platform productivity solutions. OneNote for iPad and iPad Pro is an important part of that strategy, and represents the best mobile OneNote experience available.

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