The best app for notes on the iPad?

Discussion in 'iPad Apps' started by frances2art, Apr 22, 2013.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Nov 21, 2012
    Hello I have new iPad mini and I'd like to ask you for tips on paid or unpaid notes application. Classic apple notes do not satisfy me so there arent clear categorization and function that would appreciate such as creating notes at school or writing long documents. Evernote is too complicated and iWork is too expensive, you can send me some alternatives?

    Another question is on you, what features you like from notes editor you would expect (there is no app with this function and features).

    I'm very glad for your tips and look forward to them.

    Thank you Regards Frances
  2. macrumors 68000

    Dec 9, 2011
  3. macrumors member

    Aug 21, 2012
    San Francisco
    According to me Notability is the best note taking application.
  4. macrumors 6502a

    Nov 16, 2011
    And according to me, GoodNotes is pretty...uhhh...good. :)

    But, are you asking for an app that you use a stylus to handwrite notes?

    If not, Notesy is a very simple, yet powerful note app that can sync automatically with dropbox. It uses a folder structure for organizing notes, but has little in the way of formatting (no bold, italics, etc.) -- just plain text.

  5. macrumors 6502a

    Apr 21, 2013
  6. macrumors newbie

    Apr 15, 2013
  7. macrumors 6502a


    Jul 10, 2008
    Orlando, Florida
    I'm liking Evernote. Not only do I use it on my iPad, but it's on my iPhone, iPad mini, MacBook Pro and Windows Laptop. All notes are synced perfectly.
  8. macrumors regular

    Mar 26, 2008
    Dont listen to the responses...look for the features you want. Some people are literally just taking short notes and want it synched. Others need it for long classroom notetaking session. Others need to import PDF, pictures, etc..

    Here are a few things you should look for:

    1. Comparability with at least a couple cloud servers.
    2. Zoom. This is critical since you cannot write decently with any stylus unless you zoom in.
    3. Smooth stylus. It varies from program to program.
    4. Good filing system. You dont have one in IOS so the app needs to be able to save and keep your notes in an organized manner.
    5. PDF opener..a note taking app that lets you open a PDF and write on it will make your printer/scanner obsolete.

    If you are missing one of the above, dont get the app.
  9. macrumors 68020

    Jun 29, 2009
  10. macrumors 6502a

    Nov 16, 2011
    Hey wait! YOU'RE a developer, right OP? Why don't YOU write the "best app for notes on the iPad"!

  11. macrumors 6502a

    Nov 11, 2009
    The Netherlands
    The choice of a note taking app is personal and depends on your needs. I think cryingrobot's advice is good and you should check for features that are important to you.

    I myself started with Daily Notes after some research. It is a good app, but now I'm using Notability because it fits my needs even better.
  12. macrumors member

    Nov 13, 2012
    Sounds to me you're looking for a note solution for mostly typing. If that's the case, then I recommend iA Writer. It's only $0.99 and its a great in between app from native iOS notes to iWork.

    However, if you want the ability to choose between handwritten and typed notes along with annotating PDFs along with other features, I highly recommend Notability. It's a great all around app for different uses. I think if I'm not mistaken its currently on sale for $1.99.
  13. macrumors 6502a

    Sep 23, 2008
  14. macrumors member

    May 24, 2008
    Murfreesboro Ar
    I use a combination of apps for note taking. I keep everything in evernote. I use penultimate for handwriting notes it syncs to my evernote notebooks. If I need to open a pdf doc and edit it for hand written notes or highlighting important sections etc etc I use the bluebeam revu app.
  15. macrumors newbie

    Sep 13, 2010

    Call me biased, but I created Notable for iPad and designed it as a product I use myself in University. Here's a link to the App Store:

    It has two methods of storing notes, one, a timetable of dates which can be shared across one appointment. So for example, say I had two of the same lecture in one week, no matter which date I select, all of the relevant notes are there.

    The second is a bookshelf of notebooks. These notebooks are beautiful in my opinion (if I do say so myself).

    It's easy to use and I've just made it free to use too!

    There's also an update coming soon which includes full iPhone and iCloud support :)

    I always love hearing feedback so please don't worry about sending me some!

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  16. macrumors regular

    Jun 15, 2012
    + 1 for noteshelf
  17. macrumors 6502


    Apr 15, 2009
  18. macrumors member

    Dec 22, 2012
    Hampshire, UK
    +1 for Notability.
    I also use Evernote which i find useful for inserting screen shots, web links et al

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