Some can even turn your handwritten notes, no matter how sloppy, into text that others can read. This list covers both iPad and iPad Pro apps that can help you convert your stray bits of paper into a digital folder to help you stay focused and organized, and never lose an important idea again.
Add PDFs, word documents, and spreadsheets, and check stuff off your checklist as you work through tasks. Move lines of text to create space for insertions, and the app converts your handwritten words into titles, paragraphs, and bullet points alongside your own diagrams and doodles.
Easy to type notes and quickly switch to a stylus, along with the ability to cut and paste between documents. Can be difficult to take notes quickly, with a lag in loading new pages.
Agenda also provides the ability to tag, create lists and put notes directly on your calendar. Provides a complete timeline of past, present and future notes to track progress against deadlines.
Specifically created for novelists and writers, Transom has the ability to let you tag your iPad notes by character or setting, and the name of the piece. Fluid, no-frills app that makes it easy to quickly capture thoughts as inspiration strikes.
Use your finger, stylus or keyboard to type your notes, or mark-up images, you can choose from pens and highlighters in an array of colors. Annotate and edit files wither they are in PDF, Excel, Keynote or Numbers.
The ability to hide sensitive information in documents with the blur tool. With the ability to support 52 languages, Notes Plus can convert your handwriting, no matter how sloppy, to text.
With no lag in writing, Notes Plus recognizes when your palm is resting on the iPad, and also includes left-handed support. Simple Notes, by Elias Seaman, will collect your iPad notes whether you type them, or speak them.
Syncs easily and quickly between the iPhone and iPad, making Simple Notes a great collaboration tool. With its ability to zoom in and out on a page by pinching, Note Taker HD, by Software Garden, allows you to type or handwrite notes, and annotate PDF pages right on your iPad.
The app also comes with more than 60 customizable shapes and lets you insert images, and crop them within your notes. It allows you to write in large letters, and automatically inserts and resizes text to fit on the screen.
Drafts 5: Capture Act, by Agile Tortoise, offers a fast way to take notes and lets you turn them into text messages, emails or posts to social media. The customizable extended row above the keyboard can quickly convert, manipulate, and transform your to-do lists, notes, messages, and emails.
Price: Free, with in- app purchase $1.99 per month, or $19.99 per year With its searchable handwriting recognition feature, Good notes 4, by Time Based Technology Limited, ensures your iPad notes are preserved, and retrievable.
Privacy and password protected, this note-taking app includes back-up and syncs between iCloud for iPhone and iPad. Ability to use Good notes as a digital whiteboard, just choose which part of the page to display.
With its ability to sync between iPad, iPhone and Apple Watch, Simple Notes by Sarah Software Solutions, LLC, presents a simple, efficient way to take and sort your notes chronologically or alphabetically. Taking full advantage of iOS features, shake your iPad to undo, redo, delete and restore.
And until recently, the best compromise we’d found was taking notes on paper and then scanning them into an app like Evernote. With a bit of practice, these apps will give you all the benefits of writing by hand without sacrificing the convenience of digital organization.
The app offers a delightful writing experience, yet it also makes it easy to embed images, annotate PDFs, and even record voice memos. Being able to doodle and quickly sketch out illustrations is one of our favorite things about taking notes on paper.
Notability does an excellent job of emulating this experience, while also allowing you to do things you can’t do on paper such as resizing and moving your drawings. Finally, Notability gives you plenty of options for exporting and sharing your notes, including Google Drive, Dropbox, and AirDrop.
It has many of the features we love in Notability, including the option to annotate PDFs and multitask with the iPad’s split screen. Finally, Note shelf lets you export your notes to iCloud, Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive, and Evernote.
This app has everything you want for taking notes, including the ability to switch between typing and writing. Notably, Woodnotes 5 lets you adjust the sensitivity and palm recognition of the pen to match your writing style.
Finally, Woodnotes 5 includes a “Presentation Mode” that lets you turn your iPad into a digital whiteboard. Using either AirPlay or an HDMI cable, you can project what you’re writing onto a larger screen while still being able to see the Woodnotes interface on your iPad.
The app comes free with macOS/iOS devices, and it does a great job of letting you type or take notes by hand. The app’s drawing features are also solid, making it easy to add sketches and illustrations to your notes.
If you use iCloud and other Apple devices, you can effortlessly switch between taking notes on your iPad, iPhone, and Mac. It has all the standard note-taking features you want, including a variety of layouts and the ability to search your handwritten notes with optical character recognition.
OneNote lets you write notes either on a blank page or a layout that emulates a sheet of lined paper. The general setup of the app mimics a physical binder, allowing you to organize your notes by topic.
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Apple has native text recognition search and inline scanning and annotation support too. The built-in Notes app has built-in handwriting and sketching features that work nicely with Apple Pencil.
Woodnotes is packed with plenty of robust features, including handwriting and sketching with Apple Pencil. You can choose from a massive selection of digital paper types to suit any need you have: lined, graph, design, music notation, and more.
If that's not enough, you can also upload your own custom template too, and there are different cover styles for digital notebooks that you can write or sketch on to be further personalized. It has tools for handwriting, drawing, annotating PDFs, making shapes, highlighting, moving objects around the page, adding audio notes, integration with photos and web clips, and so much more.
You can share your digital notebooks with third-party syncing services, like Dropbox, Google Drive, or Box, and even print them out with ease. It may seem a little overwhelming at first, but Notability does have a friendly tutorial to help guide you through the basics of using the app on the first launch.
With OneNote, you get a fully-featured note-taking app, complete with handwriting and sketching tools that work perfectly with Apple Pencil. This means you can handwrite important notes, sketch diagrams and ideas, and even annotate existing documents that you already have in OneNote.
Other features include rich text notes, photos and audio, calendars, and more. Microsoft OneNote is a capable note-taking app that can handle anything you throw at it, including handwritten notes.
If your note-taking is more about annotating and marking up PDFs, then PDF Expert is a great contender, since it does so much more than Apple's own built-in Markup extension. With PDF Expert, you can open up PDFs from iCloud or any other third-party syncing service with ease.
You can even make stamps out of frequently used wording, edit the structure of the PDF document itself, and so much more. The free version of PDF Expert allows you to read, annotate and highlight, draw, fill forms, and more.
There are multiple digital pen tools offered in Nero, so you can choose whatever you like best, and you can add photos and videos, diagrams, and even equations alongside your text. With Nero, you can convert handwritten text a paragraph at a time, or as an entire notebook.
Note shelf is an excellent alternative to Woodnotes and Notability, making it one of the best note apps for Apple Pencil and iPad. With Note shelf, your notes can consist of your handwriting, as well as PDF annotation, and even recorded audio.
Think features a gel-pen tool with natural ink colors, so it's definitely geared towards professionalism and simplicity. Typing is just a tap away, and Think also has PDF and photo annotation features, shape tools, and audio recording capabilities.
Think offers natural yet professional handwritten note tools, and the price is right. Footnotes is one of the few apps out there that provides a huge zoom range so that you can handwrite notes, sketch diagrams, and ideas on a near-infinite whiteboard, right on your iPad with Apple Pencil.
It provides eight different pen types, from gel to nib to pencil, and it has handwriting recognition, so you can search all of your handwritten notes. There is also support for layers, split-screen (two views of the same document), internal linking, unlimited paper sizes and styles, and so much more.
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