App for note taking

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  1. Fireball Dragon macrumors 6502a

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    Which is the best note taking app? Ideally one that syncs across iOS and macOS.

    I really like Moleskine, but there is a little lag and cannot view the virtual notebooks on my Mac.

    Notes is fine (no lag), but I notice that the writing appears more jagged than Moleskine. Also, no page lines (or are there?).
     
  2. spiderman0616 macrumors 68030

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    I really like Notability and OneNote for note taking--both fantastic.
     
  3. Fireball Dragon thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks. I had a feeling OneNote would come up! I have that on both my MacBook and iPad so that may be a potential option.

    I just checked out notability which is £9.99. Is it worth it over OneNote?
     
  4. topdog9000 macrumors newbie

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    Notability is good. I've also used Goodnotes a lot and probably one of my favorites.
     
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  6. Fireball Dragon thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I'll add Goodnotes to the list to check out.

    I used to use Evernote, but stopped after the subscription for multiple devices came in.
     
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  9. willmtaylor macrumors G3

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    He mentioned "jagged writing," so I'm assuming he's looking for an app with handwriting for the Apple Pencil or a stylus. I don't think Pages offers that, does it? (I honestly don't know.)
     
  10. spiderman0616 macrumors 68030

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    I believe all the Office and iWork apps have integrated Pencil support.
     
  11. willmtaylor macrumors G3

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    Really? I didn't know that. Very cool if so!
     
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    Office does but can't see a draw mode in iWork, at least not in numbers which is the only iWork app I use!
     
  13. Fireball Dragon thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks for the suggestions, everyone.

    I've been 'testing' One Note this evening (which I already have on my iPad and mac). Actually working quite well!

    Does Penultimate sync across iOS and macOS?
     
  14. 00Insomnia00 macrumors newbie

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    Take a look at Myscript Nebo. It has an awesome handwriting
    recognition. My workflow looks like this: Writing with pencil in nebo, export it to words, where i can add something or print. It's great!
     
  15. GerritV macrumors 65816

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    Yes, through Evernote...
     
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    I started using One Note as I already had it on my iPad and Mac. Actually quite good so far! No lag, syncs well, nice interface.
     
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    One thing to watch out for when using OneNote on any platform... the constant syncing to sync every little change that is made. It can have an impact on battery life. I've gotten into the habit of going into airplane mode (on my iPad Pro) or disable WiFi when using OneNote on my Macbook Air during meetings.
     
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    Thanks for the heads-up. I did not factor that in.
     
  20. GerritV macrumors 65816

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    Now that is what I'd call a smart move :)
     
  21. Dave Meadows macrumors 68020

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    Has anyone tried Scrivener? Supposed to be good but £19.99!
     
  22. willmtaylor macrumors G3

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    That's really more for longer documents with multiple drafts/revisions.
     
  23. ipos, Jul 8, 2017
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    bought Goodnotes 4 note and pdf. fantastic good
     
  24. Rajani Isa macrumors 65816

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    At least in iOS 11 under the "share this" option you can add lines and grids in notes. Noticed this while sketching something today.
     
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    Does Notability have OCR for searching words that are hand written? Anyone know?
     

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