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The Best Note Taking Apps for iOS

Looking for the best note-taking app for your iPhone or iPad? These iOS apps let you keep your notes close and your ideas in sync.

Access Notes On All Your Devices

You can stay organized and on top of things with note-taking apps available across devices and platforms. Sync with your iPhone and iPad or via the web so that your notes are always close.

Notability

Notability is a powerful all-in-one note-taking solution.

Notability

Create smart notes on the fly

For those who need a note app that does it all

Notability - Notability's combination of numerous features, an intelligently-designed interface, a fluid, readable handwriting experience, and value is enough to make it unbeatable. Notability has virtually every feature available in other notetaking apps (aside from text conversion) and they are virtually all implemented in a highly intuitive, user-friendly manner: pencil, highlighter, a palm rest that works, a zoom mode that advances the text as you type, a typing mode with extra keys on the keyboard and the ability to type in the body of the note, a voice recording function that syncs recordings to the text typed at the same time, import from and autosync to Dropbox, any WebDAV server, or iDisk, an outline format, the option to turn and use any page in a notebook in Landscape or Portrait mode, pdf annotation, a left handed writing mode, and even the elimination of the need to turn the page by automatically adding a new page at the bottom of the last one. The one hiccup is that it hasn't been updated for the new iPad yet, but the developers have announced that an update is imminent.

Why we love it

Notability has a ton of powerful features and tools to make note-taking a breeze.

Evernote

Evernote changes the way you organize your notes & projects. Even works in iMessage

Evernote

Choose your plan

Looking for a full-service notes app? Look no further than Evernote.

Evernote is free, universal, and an essential app to share audio recordings. Evernote now includes a 90 minute recording limit. The app even allows you to record audio in the background. Evernote can share that audio to anyone through a simple email. The audio will be instantly accessible to you on any one of your computers or devices with Evernote installed. The app also supports background playback of your audio with controls through the multitasking dock If you opt for an Evernote Premium account, you also get great tools like OCR, more storage space every month, and more. The app is simple and effective and if all you need to do is share audio recordings, then this is the app for that.

Why we love it

Evernote is what Apple's Reminder app wants to be when it grows up.

ZoomNotes

Draw, diagram, and be creative with your notes.

ZoomNotes

For those who want a note app with sketching and diagram features.

ZoomNotes is a wonderful tool for creative note-takers. The editable guide lines help you to scale, rotate, and flip objects in your diagrams. Unlimited paper sizes, styles, and colors give you complete freedom. And, the various pen types, shapes, and symbol library provide you with great flexibility. For sketches, diagrams, and note-sharing, ZoomNotes is a terrific app.

Why we love it

ZoomNotes provides an array of robust features for sketching, note-taking, and creating diagrams with ease.

Mark It Up

For a great app that offers awesome annotation options, PDF support, and rich note-capturing, check out one of these full-featured tools.

MetaMoJi Note - note taking and PDF annotation app

MetaMoJi Note - note taking and PDF annotation app

MetaMoJi Corporation

MetaMoJi Note is a note and sketchbook app, PDF annotation tool, voice memo and digital scrapbook for your life. Capture your ideas anytime with quick voice recordings, advanced handwriting recognition and handwriting to text conversion, or annotate Office and PDF documents. Use the app as a high resolution sketchbook with a vast color wheel palette, pastel colors and advanced calligraphy pens. MetaMoJi Note is a virtual whiteboard for sketching, annotation, scrapbooking or digital mashup of notes and voice.

MetaMoJi Note is the only note-taking app available across all major mobile platforms. Winner of multiple awards: Tabby Award for Best Personal Productivity App - Silver Stevie® Award for International Business - Finalist for Appy Award for Productivity - #1 Productivity App in Japan


Key Features

NEW – Gold Service is a premium add-on that allows you to make advanced use of the MetaMoJi Cloud and the app itself. It includes:
- The Shared Drive capability allows co-editing of documents
- Auto sync intervals to ensure your notes are always backed up
- Additional storage for the MetaMoJi Cloud
- Unlimited access to optional inks, premium items, papers and note styles
- Customizing the navigation bar


• Write, sketch or draw notes with a variety of pens, paper layouts and graphics, including calligraphy pens and inks
• Grab your great ideas quickly with voice memos which you can tag to your visual content – convenient audio editing features allow you to index voice cues to any document or part of a document – even drawings, annotated graphics or PDF documents.
• Scale your document up to a whiteboard or down to a sticky note while still maintaining 100% visual integrity
• Import images, graphics and Microsoft Office files via Google Drive
• Import a PDF file, mark it up as needed, and save it as another PDF file
• Share creations by email or upload to Twitter, Facebook or Tumblr
• Easy file storing and sharing via Google Drive, Evernote and Dropbox
• Sync all folders to the MetaMoJi Cloud, a cloud service that allows you to save and manage your documents (up to 2GB for free)
• Save drawings as individual JPEG graphics in the items library for later use
• Interactively browse the web from within the app and mark up sites
• MetaMoJi Note Lite is free to download and use. This version, MetaMoJi Note is a paid app, has the great features above, along with the following advanced capabilities:
• Password protect your notes to ensure your information is kept safe
• Advanced pen styles including highlighters, fountain pens and brushes
• Enhanced Jump functions allow for you to assign visual points to easily navigate around complex compositions while you are presenting
• Shapes tool provides editable shapes
• Smart cropping tool vastly extends photo editing

Here are some ways to use MetaMoJi Note for your personal and business life:
• Generate quick notes and to-do lists, add voice memos and tag for easy retrieval later
• Capture and markup website pages
• Sketch drawings for illustrating lesson plans
• Mark up and sign contracts and critical business documents in PDF form
• Use as an interactive whiteboard to brainstorm and present during team meetings
• PDF and photo annotation
• Review/edit documents and share feedback through email
• Draw a mind map or flowchart of ideas and assign audio files

Learn more:
More about MetaMoJi Note: http://noteanytime.com/en/quick_guide.html
Support: http://noteanytime.com/en/support.html
Twitter: https://twitter.com/noteanytime
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NoteAnytime

Voice Your Thoughts

When you are on-the-go, there is no easier way to capture your thoughts or important ideas then with note-taking apps that offer audio recording. Effortlessly record a meeting, lecture, or your own voice.

AudioNote™

Record lectures, interviews, or simply speak your own notes with this handy app.

AudioNote™

Easy navigation

For those who like speaking their notes instead of writing them.

When you are on the go, it is not always easy to take the time for capturing your thoughts. This is when AudioNote comes in handy because you can simply speak your notes. Along with the one-tap recording feature, the app includes traditional note-taking options with touch or text modes and a few drawing tools.

Why we love it

AudioNote is a convenient app for recording meetings at work or lectures at school. And, when you are out and about, you can record your own notes and thoughts with a simple tap.

Audio Memos Free - The Voice Recorder

Audio Memos Free - The Voice Recorder

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Audio Memos Free - The Voice Recorder

For those looking for a voice recorder for their notes with extra features.

Audio Memos Free lets you record your notes easily and offers extra features you will enjoy. You can record when your device is in sleep mode with an automatic pause for incoming calls. Then, view an advanced listing of your recordings, email them, and play recordings back with easy controls. The app is available for iPhone and iPad and provides additional features with the pro version such as stereo recordings, FTP upload, and timer activation.

Why we love it

Audio Memos Free is an intuitive app that makes recording your notes simple.

Jot Down Your Notes

With all of the amazing apps for taking notes, some people just prefer to keep it traditional. If you like to jot down notes with a pencil and paper, then there is a mobile app that lets you hand-write your thoughts just as easily.

Draw and Diagram

For designers or those creating diagrams for work or school, a note-taking app that brings drawing capabilities is a no brainer. Sketch, draw, diagram, and keep it all together in your notes.

Paper by FiftyThree - Sketch, Diagram, Take Notes

Your note-taker, sketchbook, and diagramming tool.

Paper by FiftyThree - Sketch, Diagram, Take Notes

Swipe to stylize

For those who want to take simple notes, draw sketches, or annotate photos.

This one burst onto the scene and immediately became the darling of artists and non-artists alike. It is just so easy to pick up and start using, with or without a stylus. Its free price tag makes it an absolute must-download, though of course, in-app purchases unlock even more features. It's simply beautiful on the iPad's retina display and a pleasure to use.

Why we love it

Paper is simple to use and comes packed with a ton of useful tools that make note-taking, photo annotation, and drawing easy.

Linea - Sketch Simply

Sketch and Write With Ease

Linea - Sketch Simply

It is Simple

For those who want to write and sketch on iPad in an uncomplicated way.

Linea comes with a wide range of pre-defined colors or you can customize colors with a single tap. Auto-generated tints and shades are also included. Simplified layers are easy to merge or rearrange. A Touch Eraser allows you to wipe the screen clean with ease.

Why we love it

There's a lot of sketchpad apps on the App Store and Linea doesn't offer anything new in terms of the features it provides. However, if you're new to digital sketching, Linea is a great product to consider.