- Jul 24, 2019 Notion is a note-taking app with a cult-like following, and with good reason. It's an extremely powerful and versatile option that supports simple to.
- May 28, 2020 The note-taking app is rich in features and gives many things for almost free. With the integration of Office tools like Word, Excel, and others, the tool becomes more powerful to use. The tool allows you to type, write as well as draw the content on the note.
- Note taking apps need absolutely clean interface to allow unobtrusive note taking and not a struggle to search for which buttons to click. It focuses on the search feature so much that it doesn't encourage or make it immediately easy to organize your notes and thoughts. It's essentially a sophisticated notes dump with good search.
- We’ve landed on the Mac App Store! 🚀 Streamline your note-taking experience, complete with our brand new macOS app. Find your notes where you need them. Keep it simple with all the core features including full editing, indexing and exporting. Covers all your iOS and Mac devices; Noted+. Month / Yearly.
Jun 02, 2020 Overview: Microsoft’s free cross-platform note-taking app gives Evernote a run for its money, though the interface leaves something to be desired. Compatibility: Browser, Windows, Mac, Android, iOS. It has everything Evernote can do, but there’s no premium tier. So you get the full feature set out of the box.
- Make sure that your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch has the latest version of iOS.
- To use the latest features of Notes, make sure that you set up Notes with iCloud or have notes saved on your device. Many Notes features won't work with other email providers.
- If you have drawings in Notes, make sure they have been updated so you can use the latest features.
Create a new note
You can create a new note directly in the Notes app. Or you can ask Siri to start one for you.
Create a note manually
Open Notes. Tap to enter your note. When you're finished, tap Done. The first line of the note becomes its title.
Ask Siri to start a note
Need to take a quick note? Just ask Siri to 'Start a new note.' Then tell Siri what you want the note to say.
Delete or pin a note
To delete a note, tap or swipe left over the note in the Notes list, then tap Delete.
To recover a deleted note, go to the Folders list and tap Recently Deleted. Tap the note that you want to keep, tap in the note, then tap Recover.Learn what to do if you're missing notes.
To pin a note, swipe right over the note, then release. If it's the first note that you pinned, a pinned icon appears at the top of the Notes list. To unpin a note, swipe right over the note again.
Do more with Notes
With Notes, you can draw, create checklists, scan and sign documents, and add attachments — like photos, videos, or web links.
Create a checklist
Tap in a note, then tap . Enter your list, then tap the empty circle to complete a task. You can also automatically sort checked items to the bottom, swipe to indent, and more.Learn more about creating to-do lists with Notes.
Format a note
To add a table, title, heading, or bulleted list, tap in a note, then tap or . On an iPhone or iPod touch, tap Done when you're finished. You don't need to tap Done on an iPad.
Add an attachment
To add something from another app, like a location in Maps or a website in Safari, tap in the app that you want to share from. Tap the Notes app, then select the note that you want to add an attachment to, then tap Save. You can add the attachment to a new note or an existing one.
Add a photo or video
To add a photo or video, tap in a note, then tap . You can tap Photo Library to add an existing photo or video or you can tap Take Photo or Video to add a new one. Tap Done, or Use Photo or Use Video.
Create folders and organize your notes
You can create folders and subfolders to help keep your notes organized. Here's how:
- If you're in the Notes list, Tap to see your Folders list.
- In the Folders list, tap New Folder.
- Choose where to add the folder. To create a subfolder, drag the folder that you want to be a subfolder to the main folder. It will move below the main folder and be indented.
- Name your folder, then tap Save.
Move a note to a different folder:
- If you're in a note, tap to see your Notes list.
- In the Notes list, tap Edit , then tap Select Notes.
- Tap the notes that you want to move.
- Tap Move To, then select the folder you want to move them to.
See your notes in Gallery view
With iOS 13, Gallery view gives you a new way to see your notes — making it easier than ever to find the note you're looking for. Just tap to see your notes as visual thumbnails. Tap again to see your notes in a list.
To sort your notes inside of folders:
- Go to the folder that you want to sort.
- Swipe down on your screen, until you see the Search field.
- Tap the Sort by field, then choose how you want to sort your notes. You can sort each folder by date created, date edited, or title.
To sort all of your notes automatically, go to Settings > Notes, and tap Sort Notes By. Then choose how you want to sort your notes.
Search for a note or attachment
To search for a specific note, scroll to the top of the Notes list, tap the Search field, then enter what you’re looking for. You can search for typed and handwritten notes. And with iOS 13, search can even recognize what's in the images inside of your notes. For example, if you search for 'bike,' search will show you all images you have with a bike. Search can also find specific text inside scanned documents, like receipts or bills.
To search within a specific note, select the note that you want to search within, tap and scroll until you see Find in Note. Then enter what you're searching for.
You can also search for attachments. Tap in the top-right corner, then tap View Attachments. To go to the note with the attachment, touch and hold the thumbnail of the attachment, then tap Show in Note.
Create an instant note from the Lock Screen
You can use an Apple Pencil with a compatible iPad to create an instant note from the Lock screen or pick up where you left off on your last note. To change these settings, go to Settings > Notes, tap Access Notes from the Lock Screen, and choose an option.
Tap the Lock Screen with your Apple Pencil and create your note. Whatever you create is automatically saved in Notes.
Keep your notes secure
The Notes app lets you lock any note that you want to keep private from anyone else that might use your device. Depending on your device, you can use Face ID, Touch ID, or a password to lock and unlock your notes.
Learn more about keeping your notes secure with password-protection.
Set up Notes with iCloud
You can use iCloud to update your notes across all of your devices. To set up Notes with iCloud, go to Settings > [your name] > iCloud, then turn on Notes. You’ll see your notes on all of your Apple devices that you’re signed in to with the same Apple ID.
Learn more about Notes
- Learn how to draw with Notes on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.
- Share your notes with friends and family, and invite others to collaborate on select notes.
As of Apple's launch of the iPad Air 3 and the iPad mini 5, all-new model iPad devices support Apple Pencil. That's the 9.7-inch iPad, iPad Air, iPad Pro, and iPad mini. Whether you need to take handwritten notes, annotate documents, record audio, create sports playbooks, and more, the App Store has a number of fantastic apps for note-taking. Here isç the cream of the crop based on our extensive testing.
Starting out? Try The Notes app
The iPad's default Notes app is perfectly suited for use with Apple Pencil. It has text recognition search, inline scanning and annotation, and sketching or handwriting support. With Apple Pencil 2, you can assign the double-tap tool to either erase or the last tool used. It has more limited features than the best third-party notes app — you can't sync your notes anywhere but iCloud, and there's no easy way to link various notes together — but if you're just jotting down a quick note or sketching an idea, the Notes app is that perfect quick-hit app. Sort of like having a napkin with you at all times.
Notability is the best for general note-taking
Notability is a fan favorite of many note-taking aficionados, including me. It has an excellent interface full of tools for handwriting, drawing, annotating PDFs, making shapes, highlighting, moving objects around, adding audio, integrating photos and web clips, and more. If you want your note-taking experience to feel more real, you can choose from a number of different paper styles, including grids, which is very useful for vector line drawing. You can share your notebooks to just about every major service and print them, along with importing notebooks from Dropbox, Google Drive, Box, or a WebDAV service. Notability also offers iCloud sync support and a companion Mac app.
Because it's so feature-rich, it can seem a little intimidating to newcomers. Luckily, Notability has a really nice tutorial that guides you through its features when you first open it.
It also works flawlessly with the Apple Pencil — whether you're writing, sketching, or drawing shapes. It's an excellent, well-designed app if you want a little bit more power than what the default Notes app provides.
GoodNotes is for the power-using note-taker. It is packed to the brim with a robust list of pro features. I'd never heard of the app until developer Chris Liscio pointed it out, and I'm so happy he did.
For starters, GoodNotes offers a truly massive selection of paper types for its digital notebooks, including lined, graph, design, and music notation; there are even advanced options that let you upload custom templates. Better still, most templates are available in specific paper sizes (if you're working for print). GoodNotes also offers a ton of different cover styles and choices, all of which can be written upon and further designed.
Like the other apps in this roundup, GoodNotes supports writing and drawing with the Apple Pencil — along with a number of third-party stylus options — using two different digital writing tools: a digital fountain or ball pen in a preset or custom color spectrum.
GoodNotes also has built-in handwriting search recognition and text conversion (done via MyScript's engine, which also powers MyScript Nebo).
Note: As friend-of-iMore Jason Snell has pointed out, apps like GoodNotes do this largely by guessing your words. You might get a hit for 'app' after writing the word, but searching for 'ape' might bring you to the same page.
If you're looking for a more extensive option than Notability, GoodNotes is a feature-rich app well worth the download.
For Office users, OneNote is great
Microsoft's note app is more of a note storing receptacle than a full-featured note-taking app. That being said, it's got plenty of useful features for iPad owners with an Office 365 subscription. Even if you don't you can import and edit documents for free. You just need a Microsoft or Skype account. With OneNote, you can share links to your notebooks to the public, email a PDF of your notebook to others, and annotate documents with your Apple Pencil. In a single note, you can sketch an idea, add photos and audio, type notes, create calendars, and more. It's similar to Evernote but is designed to work seamlessly with Office 365.
PDF Expert is the king of PDF annotation and markup
Though you can quickly highlight, edit, and markup PDFs on your iPad using the built-in Markup extension, if you regularly need to annotate PDF files, you should consider PDF Expert instead. It's got a list of comprehensive markup tools to make things easier for you. You can open up PDFs from iCloud or pretty much any other online service with the PDF Expert app, fill out forms, and sign documents; you can also work with items with a digital pen, shape tool, underline, strike-thru, or highlighter option, as well as create 'stamps' for often-used wording. All of these changes, after saved, are not only fully editable in PDF Expert, but in apps like Adobe Acrobat and Preview — so you can move from Mac to PC and back again with your iPad.
PDF Expert also lets you edit the structure of PDFs themselves: You can rearrange pages, delete sections, extract parts of the PDF, and even add new blank pages to your documents. Once you're finished with a PDF document, you can even zip it (or multiple documents) with PDF Expert's built-in compressor, and password-protect crucial documents.
Should you want to further tinker with your PDFs, Expert offers a Pro upgrade in-app that allows you to physically edit the text, images, and links inside a PDF, as well as redact information.
If you need handwriting recognition, get MyScript Nebo
Forget mere note-taking: If you want your scribbles converted to text, you're going to need an app that supports handwriting conversion. We've come a long way from the Newton and egg freckles, but the apps available for such things are still few and far between. Apps like Notes and GoodNotes scan your text for search purposes, but don't offer outright handwriting recognition. In contrast, there are apps like MyScript Nebo, which offers full handwriting-to-text conversion.
MyScript has been a big name in handwriting recognition for years (including a handwriting recognition keyboard), but the Nebo app is the company's first attempt at an app designed for Apple Pencil and iPad Pro, and it's excellent. It's simple enough to use and offers a silky-smooth digital pen tool in multiple colors. In addition, users can add photographic and video content, diagrams, and equations alongside handwriting or digital text.
Nebo's notebooks can be converted a paragraph at a time or as a full notebook; those conversions are entirely non-destructive, too, so you can preserve the handwriting if the type conversion isn't perfect. You can also export notebooks as text, HTML, PDF, or Word documents. Sync is available through MyScript's proprietary service, as well as iCloud, Google Drive, Dropbox.
Here are some other great note-taking apps that don't necessarily fit this list, but are still worth mentioning in their own right.
- Evernote, Free with in-app subscription: Like Microsoft's OneNote, Evernote is an incredible import repository for organizing a ton of data, notes, documents, and sketches. But to take full advantage of its sync capabilities, PDF annotation, and more, you need a monthly subscription. Evernote is great if you need all the features a subscription provides, but not quite worth jumping in for the free version.
- LiquidText, Free with in-app purchases: LiquidText is a brilliant concept for organizing and annotating PDFs but it's a little too specialized to be considered equal to PDF Expert.
- Noteshelf, $13.99: This app combines many great features from Notability and GoodNotes, including custom page templates and audio recordings, but the writing tool isn't quite as good.
- Notes Plus, $9.99: Notes Plus is a strong entry in the handwriting recognition category with support for Apple Pencil — but it's a little clunkier in the looks department, with iffy palm rejection.
- Whink, $4.99: Whink is a great entry-level handwriting app, and it's still quite nice, offering nice pen tools, audio and photo integration, and basic document annotation. But the stock Notes app is a better overall recommendation for most users.
These note-taking apps are the perfect fit for iPad and Apple Pencil users. They're not the only ones in the App Store, though. Do you have a favorite you'd like to see on this list? Put them in the comments!
Updated April 2019: Updated for Apple Pencil 2 and support for iPad Air 3 and iPad mini 5.
Serenity Caldwell contributed to an earlier version of this guide.
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