Wed. Oct 20th, 2021

Transform your iPad into smart digital paper and a powerful document management system with these awesome note-taking apps. These note-taking apps are used by students, teachers, and professionals every day. Most of these apps are free-to-use and most of them you can use on both iPhone and your iPad simultaneously. Let’s take a look at these apps:

Nebo: Note-Taking & Annotation

Nebo will revolutionize your note-taking at work, at your studies & in daily life. Handwrite documents, annotate PDFs, or get creative on an infinite canvas. Nebo is the ONLY note-taking app that makes handwriting as powerful and versatile as typed text. Turn handwritten notes into professional documents thanks to the world’s best handwriting recognition and write-to-text conversion. Nebo understands and accurately converts even the untidiest scribble in your choice of 66 languages. No more transcribing! Create freely and evolve ideas on a limitless freeform page. Import PDF files or Word and PowerPoint documents as PDFs, ready to annotate. Nebo simplifies your information workflow and boosts your productivity.

Pros

  • Convert handwriting and math to typed text
  • Convert hand-drawn diagrams to perfect shapes.
  • Add a selection of emoji and symbols.
  • Organize library via drag-and-drop.
  • Create unlimited notebooks.
  • Sync Nebo library with iCloud, Google Drive, or Dropbox
  • Publish or share pages via a private weblink
  • Mark up, highlight, and annotate freely

Cons

  • Not Available for iPhone
  • Big screen UI is not much comfortable
  • It distorts the entire page sometimes while exporting PDF
  • On some ios version, the app might crash sometimes.
  • To create Unlimited Notebooks, you need to buy paid packs.
  • Syncing is not available in the free version.
  • Sharing via web link is not available with the free version.
  • For Mark up, highlight and annotate freely you need to buy PDF Pack

GoodNotes 5

GoodNotes’ iPad version on your Mac and work with your documents where you want and when you want. You can create digital notebooks and type text with your keyboard or write and draw with the mouse/trackpad or the Apple Pencil using Sidecar on your iPad. Also, you can import PDF and images to annotate them in GoodNotes and add documents from your Mac to existing GoodNotes notebooks via drag and drop.

Pros

  • Import PDF and images to annotate them in GoodNotes
  • Add documents from your Mac to existing GoodNotes notebooks via drag and drop
  • Organize your documents in folders and create unlimited subfolders
  • Create custom outlines for easier navigation through your documents
  • Instant export of documents or pages as PDF via drag and drop
  • Sync notes across all your apple devices.
  • Prepare documents on your Mac and pick them up on another device to continuously work on them
  • Navigate through imported PDFs with existing hyperlinks

Cons

  • This app is not free-to-use
  • No way to share on google drive or via a web link.
  • Sometimes glitches on the Mac app.
  • The sensitivity or the palm rejection is not much good.
  • Not much good for a small screen like iPhone.

Notability

Notability is a powerful, yet wonderfully simple note-taking and PDF annotation. Apple Editors’ Choice on iPad, iPhone, and Mac! Top selling paid app on iPad App Store, regularly ranked #1. Students, teachers, and business professionals use Notability daily to enrich their lives. It is uniquely designed for each device to provide the best note-taking experience at school, home, and work.

Pros

  • Import PDF and images to annotate them in GoodNotes
  • Add documents from your Mac to existing GoodNotes notebooks via drag and drop
  • Organize your documents in folders and create unlimited subfolders
  • Create custom outlines for easier navigation through your documents
  • Instant export of documents or pages as PDF via drag and drop
  • Sync notes across all your apple devices.
  • Prepare documents on your Mac and pick them up on another device to continuously work on them
  • Navigate through imported PDFs with existing hyperlinks

Cons

  • This app is not free-to-use
  • No way to share on google drive or via web link.
  • Sometimes glitches on the Mac app.
  • The sensitivity or the palm rejection is not much good.
  • Not much good for small screen like iPhone.
  • More expensive than other similar apps.

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