Simple app for taking notes in class

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Snookerman, Nov 9, 2011.

  1. Snookerman macrumors 6502

    Jul 6, 2008
    I'm looking for a note taking app that is clean and simple. The best description would be that it should be as close to a notebook as possible. I've been using the notebook view in Word 2008 for taking notes in class but it's too buggy and restricted, probably because it's more like a skin for word than a standalone app. What I need is an app that lets me write but also draw if I need to and that lets me organize my notes in different chapters or sections and then into different notebooks.

    The reason why I want an app instead of a real notebook is because I take a lot of notes and don't want to carry them all. Also, my handwriting is not that legible so sharing a pdf of my computer written notes makes a lot more sense.

    I've searched a lot but couldn't find exactly what I want. Can you help? Thanks!
  2. jamesr19 macrumors 6502

    Nov 7, 2009

    Online syncing between devices and it's free! Can arrange things in notebooks within groups. Audio & video notes. Very good software really!
  3. shyam09 macrumors 68020


    Oct 31, 2010
    yeah i guess evernote too.
    i used it once, but i just couldn't get used to it, so i used the notebook for Office 2011 which i find is much better.
    [it has sections, audio, and can let u draw stuff too]

    alternatively, you can use bootcamp to install windows then buy office 2010 or something and get OneNote on your computer
    And to be honest, OneNote is like the best note taking software i have seen.

    ^obviously those are not free and the steps are extensive, so from that EverNote is a beast!

    There is also an app called PearNote but as i recall, it isn't free :(

    So my conclusion after all that, is what i said in the beginning: EVERNOTE!
  4. Snookerman thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jul 6, 2008
    Thanks for the tips! I have tried evernote but I don't really like the interface. I would like something that looked a lot simpler so I can concentrate on my notes. I don't see much difference between evernote and just a normal word processor.
  5. fastmax macrumors member

    Nov 2, 2011
    You might want to check out CourseNotes which you will find here:
    It's only $8 and offers syncing as well.

    If you want something that offers a really minimal and efficient interface there is always Notational Velocity that works great with Dropbox for syncing.
  6. exegete77 macrumors 6502a

    Feb 12, 2008
    Consider,Circus Ponies Notebook. Yes, it costs money, but very powerful and allow syou add photos, video, audio, etc.
  7. jahala macrumors regular


    Feb 7, 2008
  8. t0rr3s macrumors 6502


    Dec 23, 2010
    i'm more of a sketcher so noteshelf and bamboo paper are my go-to apps for note taking.
  9. fastmax, Dec 6, 2011
    Last edited: Dec 20, 2011

    fastmax macrumors member

    Nov 2, 2011
    Circus Ponies Notebook was mentioned as a more expensive but robust note-taking alternative.

    The Productive Macs bundle has this app included for $40 along with a slew of other amazing productivity related software: Fantastical, BusyCal, LaunchBar, Default Folder X and a few more.

    Those of you interested in this type of software should definitely check it out as it's one of the best bundles going.

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