Cons: No audio recording ability in the Web app. A few of the most unique features of Evernote include the ability to clip web pages and images, search for text inside images and use it as a collaborative tool to share and work on notes with other users. Finally, the free account comes with some limitations that make it less than ideal as a note taking app no syncing, limited export formats , so be prepared to pay for a Pro subscription. Google Keep also supports location-based reminder feature. Wunderlist has a premium tier that grants you more. The collaboration feature lets your colleagues access and edit notes in real time. Pros: Effortless note-taking and syncing.
On the downside, you cannot draw with fingers in the app which is a let down for people who want to add handwritten notes. Compatibility is never a problem. The two square up rather equally, though they couldn't be more different in their look and feel. For those who want to write and sketch on iPad in an uncomplicated way. Keep an eye on everything your team is doing with this simple app. If you prefer to type on a keyboard, you can do that as well, writing text notes, checklists, and so forth. You can now search handwritten notes from the Library and within a specific note.
Inputs in the app are supported in the form of text, images, videos, audio and, checklist. It costs more than any other note-taking and syncing app. You get little more than an unlimited number of blank white pages for making plain text notes. With the Multi-Note feature for iPads, you can work with two different notes side by side. This online app lets you work with others on notes, documents, and spreadsheets while discussing the work in the same place. This app was built for collaboration, allowing users to chat with each other in real time while editing any document.
Conversely, both Microsoft OneNote and Evernote earned high marks for having a wealth of excellent features, which is what they advertise. It's an excellent, well-designed app if you want a little bit more power than what the default Notes app provides. Additional reporting by Mona Bushnell. There are many font templates to choose from to make your content stand out. Once uploaded, you can sort your content through a notebooks system, with sections, tags and text search to help you easily keep track of your notes. .
While a solid note-taking app is a necessary piece of any suite of , figuring out what to do with it in the first place is half the challenge. It has a healthy array of features and is available on all major platforms although as of this writing, the Windows version isn't freely downloadable; and you have to request a copy from Zoho. And Bear stores all your notes as plain text, which keeps the app lightweight. And a new note switcher makes it easy to switch between notes quickly. Simplenote doesn't support uploads, multimedia, or even formatting—just text. The reason is Simplenote aims to provide a distraction-free note taking environment, and it achieves that promise by not overwhelming its interface with excessive tools.
I find that getting the best results out of Nebo requires writing slowly and deliberately, which for me nixes the appeal of writing by hand in the first place. With OneNote, you can type text, drag and drop images and file attachments into notes, use a digital highlighter, create checklists, record audio, draw sketches, and so forth. Microsoft's OneNote , is another strong option, especially if you're looking for a note taking solution that integrates closely with Office. We also considered each app's feature set in light of what the app promised to do or deliver. Editor's Note: Originally published in October 2015 by author Jimmy Daly and then updated in April 2017, we've updated this post with new selections and app descriptions.
Markdown notes even support LaTeX blocks, for those writing hefty mathematical formulas. OneNote Simplicity is always best when it comes to notetaking apps. Requires OneDrive for some management features. We used Trello for this in the past. There are some showstoppers worth knowing about before you choose Bear. The developers who make the app have said that a web app is in the works, but they have yet to pin down a release date.
If you want the ability to sync your notes across all of your devices without paying a subscription, then Simplenote has you covered. You can also chat in real time with your team so that you can eliminate the need to send multiple emails back and forth. The simple note structure can also be easily transported to a new environment, either when leaving the service or archiving your notes. Zoho directly manages saving and syncing, and the company gives you as much storage space as you need, with no limit. Simply click on the appropriate menu item, doodle the shape on the screen with your Apple Pencil, and GoodNotes automatically converts it into the perfectly formed circle or triangle you had in mind. In a matter of seconds, you can find whatever notes you need, even if they are years old. Evernote handles all the syncing and storage.
Why we love it Evernote is what Apple's Reminder app wants to be when it grows up. If you've ever dreamed of creating your own font, give iFontMaker a try: I built my own font in a few hours. Pages note taking also supports Apple Pencil. Vladimir Nabokov, for a bit of trivia, even wrote the entirety of some of his novels on index cards, as they allowed him to easily rearrange paragraphs as needed. Keep is not without its shortcomings, though.
Built for speed and efficiency, you can create as many notes as you like and keep them all organized with just the basic organizational features you really need—like tags and search. You can also share notes with other users and collaborate. I'd never heard of the app until pointed it out, and I'm so happy he did. It also gives you the option to sync all your notes across all your devices. It doesn't have some of the features that more robust note-taking apps sport — you can't sync your notes anywhere but iCloud, and there's no easy way to link various notes together — but if you need a simple starter for school or work, try out Notes before jumping onto a more comprehensive program.