Which are the best apps for writing notes with the pencil?

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  1. Ffosse macrumors 65816

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    I'm currently using Nebo which is fairly good but I can't change the background colour.

    Does anyone have some better suggestions?
     
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    Notability and I are getting married. It is a good apps than I had with Wacom Bamboo Paper.
     
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    The one I settled on was Notes Plus. There are several apps that will use OCR to make your notes searchable, but that was the only one I could find that would actually convert your notes to plain text. That's handy in case you want to send your notes to someone else, but don't want to subject them to your handwriting.

    Other options I investigated were:
    Microsoft One Note
    Penultimate
    Notability
    GoodNotes

    All of these are good options, and each has their strengths and weaknesses. Take a look through their features and see if any of them have something that appeals to you.
     
  5. Ffosse, Jun 27, 2017
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    Nebo also converts into plain text as you write; I don't want to spend £10 checking out each app.
     
  6. Krevnik macrumors 68040

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    I think my two favorites right now are Notability and Paper.

    Paper isn't explicitly a note-taking app, but it's generic enough that I find it the best one I've come across for doing free-form diagramming, annotation and note taking. Organization is somewhat poor though. No sync (backup, but no sync, which is odd), and no search.

    In practice, I tend to use Bear + Paper. Paper for collecting scraps, ideas, and allowing me to manipulate it like paper. I then migrate anything useful longer term out of Paper and into Bear. Bear does a better job being a bit of a scrapbook of things to refer back to, while Paper does a better job letting me manipulate things naturally.

    I honestly haven't found an app that does it all by itself well. Maybe I won't.
     
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    Notability is the one I use most, excellent with Apple Pencil, you can also type, record audio. I haven't had Nebo long but I like it, the handwriting conversion is excellent.i use Apple notes for shopping lists and other quick notes. There are heaps of tutorials for the major note apps on YouTube, check those out rather than buying and trying them all.
     
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    Bought this app also . UI very intuitive
     
  9. Ffosse thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I'm going to stick with Nebo for now, and I understand the Notes App will get a major revamp with iOs 11.
     
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