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Some favorite new things in Notes 8

By Andrew Pollack on 01/24/2007 at 03:28 PM EST

I'm in a repeat session of "What's new in Notes 8" and seeing things that are great. Some are long over due, some are new and brilliant ideas, and many are important incremental improvements. Here's some favorites:

  • In views, the ability to select multiple documents using shift-click and ctrl-click on ranges and documents respectively.
  • In rich text (like mail) inline spell check, multiple level undo, and better sections.
  • Recent Collaborations -- I really like this. Just right click on anyone's name and see recent things you've emailed, or otherwise worked with that person on. From there you can quickly find and open the thing you're looking for. I have a question or two on this I'll ask. In particular, does the email show up with the whole thread collapsed as well?
  • Dynamic Personal Address Book -- this is damn brilliant. It keeps track of the last 2000 'people' you've communicated with (usually by sending email). They then show up in typeahead when you're sending email or doing other things. The cool thing is you don't have to do anything to make it happen. You can open this as a recent contacts view as well, and it's all available off line with you. Two questions I'll ask about this. Can I use this dynamic list as my spam blocker white list? Does it replicate so it's the same on my workstation and laptop? Obviously there is a way to move someone from dynamic to permanent status.
  • Floating the Side Shelf Apps -- like the day at a glance, activities, and RSS feeds are great. What really adds to them, is that you can "float" that side pane and make it its own window, treated as a distinct operating system window. I don't know if it's on its own thread. A very fast demo showed the RSS feeds floated and then made wide. It make it look and feel like having a separate RSS feed reader.
  • The new search bar, with its extensibility and results getting their own tab are fantastic. It looks like you can pre-configure specific domain searches, and that leads me to think I could create google or local searches of things that exclude sites I don't like as well.

I'm sure there will be much more to talk about, but these are the kinds of things I was looking forward to finding out.

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