Notes organization into sections and notebooks, easy navigation and search. Highlighting and ink annotation features, web clipper, tags, sharing options.
Best for: professionals, students, teams
Availability: iOS/Mac (built-in)
Apple notes provides simple note-taking abilities. Create checklists, tables, images, documents, and sketches to your notes. With basic text-formatting, Apple Notes is many people’s first note-taker.
Best for: students, casual note-taking
Pricing: FREE (with Pro, $14.99 annually)
Bear is one of the friendliest note-taking tools for Apple lovers. Combining advanced text-formatting with a basic organisation structure using “tags”. Inside notes, you can add sketches, images, documents and even customise your account with themes and fonts.
Best for: students, scripting, writing
SimpleNote is very much simple. Add new notes with basic text, organize notes with tags and share notes with others. Use history and search to span your past notes.
Pricing: Free, open-source. With optional Pro plan: here.
Standard Notes is the swiss-bank of note-taking. Standard Notes markets itself as a private note-taker, with open-source and encryption all buried in their free package. With a stunning UI, and a host of customisable features, Standard Notes is steadily becoming a respected Evernote alternative.
Best for: private note-takers, security conscious.
Google Keep is your note-taking hub. Keep allows you to create reminders, organize notes with tags, add checklists and long or short notes. Connect with Google Calendar using reminders and surf Keep inside of Gmail with their add-on.
Best for: google lovers, students, casual use
Paper by 53
Availability: iOS only
Pricing: FREE (with Pro, $11.99 annually)
Paper by 53 is perfect for creative note-takers. Sketches, notebooks and even a custom pencil accessory will help to create beautiful looking notes. Text abilities are limited, but present.
Pricing: FREE (Premium: $24.99 for iOS/Mac, $9.99 for iOS)
Agenda combines note-taking with calendar-like features. Agenda is perfect for meetings. Winning the Apple Design award of 2018 combined with their constant development is refreshing for the future of their application.
Best for: meetings, calendar lovers, planning
Availability: iOS-only (with plans to add Mac/Android/Web)
Pricing: Free, with no limits. $3.99 - Creator Plan
Things 3 meets Agenda. Gooba 3 is the new kid on the note-taking block with its note-taking app for iOS. Praised by many for the simple design, Gooba also includes note encryption, task lists, reminders and folder management. This note-taker is making waves.
Best for: iOS lovers, task and note-taker fans
Availability: Web-only (invite only)
Pricing: Free (pricing unreleased)
Coda is a new resource combining document creation with interactive tools like gantt, kanban, tables and more. Coda is a combination of Dropbox Paper and Evernote. With a growing audience and template gallery, Coda is becoming a fluid place to store your notes.
Best for: doc lovers, Google users, professionals
Pricing: Free w/ Dropbox account
Dropbox Paper is one that many praise for its flexibility and connection with storage tool Dropbox. Paper allows users to create documents, meeting notes and assign and delegate tasks across a team. These collaborative documents are similar to Google Docs and Coda but combine more media and project management tools to the table.
Best for: doc lovers, professionals
Availability: Desktop (Mac, Windows, Linux)
Designed and crafted for programmers and developers. BoostNote focuses on markdown, snippets, and customizability. Designed mainly for editing and creating notes on code and crafting wikis for your team to use.
Best for: developers, programmers,
Availability: Mac/iOS/Android + Web Clipper
Zoho Notebook is one of the most useful tools for simple note-taking. Imagine Google Keep with more interactive features, that’s Zoho Notebooks. With a Mac and newly introduced Windows app, Zoho Notebook provides a way to capture all things across your day, from text, to checklists, to audio and images.
Best for: google keep alternatives, simple note-takers, colorful
Pricing: 14-days free, Pricing: $39.99 annually or $4.99 monthly
Ulysses is more of the writing application in the space. However, many use it as a note-taking tool. Ulysses brings notebook organization, advanced text-formatting, distraction-free interface and plenty of text modes for focused writing. Ulysses is definitely the go-to writing tool but doubles up as a note-taker.
Best for: writers, long-form note-takers
Pricing: Free, with 1k blocks. $4.99 per month (personal)
Notion is the rising star of the personal productivity space. Notion combines the interactivity of Coda and Dropbox Paper whilst allowing you to add elements anywhere, anytime. Notion doesn’t have a structure, but for those who want the add more than just text and images to their notes.
Best for: project management, visual thinkers
Pricing: $9.99 on Mac and iOS (one-off per device)
Notability has caught the eye of many visual thinkers and note-takers. With advanced sketch tools, PDF annotation, iCloud storage and even a note replay function for revision of notes. Commonly on Apple’s Editor Notes list, Notability provides all you need for visual notes.
Best for: students, visual thinkers
Developed by: Ginger Labs
Pricing: Free, with 500 items a month. $4.99 Pro per month.
Workflowy is a structured note-taking and writing plan. Create a list or begin a string of notes easily using the app, whilst Workflowy is simple, many praise its resource strength and reliability. Perfect for organizing your mind.
Best for: project management, professionals
Pricing: One-off fee $7.99
GoodNotes 4 is a visual note-taker for handwritten notes. Combining flexible note-taking, with PDF annotation for iOS users. Organize everything into notebooks, search handwritten notes and back-up notes in Box, Dropbox, Google Drive, or OneDrive
Best for: visual note-takers, handwriters, planning
Pricing: Free, with 100 notes and links. $9.99 Pro (monthly)
Milanote is the king of visual planning applications. Like Pinterest and Evernote had a baby. Milanote is a mural for your own notes. Create boards, upload images, create checklists and bring in any interactive elements, Milanote is loved by many creatives. With an upcoming iOS application, Milanote is growing.
Best for: creatives, visual thinkers
Pricing: $30 (5 team members)
Perfect for teams, Quip is designed for internal wikis, similar to Dropbox Paper, Coda and Notion. Quip does provide users with a collaborative document space for mastering workload and sharing checklists, chat and notes.