• Evernote icon


    Evernote easily captures information in any environment on most devices and platforms, and makes this information accessible and...

    Freemium Mac Windows Web / Cloud Android iPhone Blackberry ... Windows RT Android Tablet Windows Phone iPad Apple Watch Android Wear Kindle Fire Pebble

    • It is far and away lacking many features of onenote, most noticeably the ability to have sections and subsections of notes in binders. Making it not good for keeping ORGANIZED notes.
      Guest 10/21/2016
    • Evernote can't be used to draw with the stylus
      Guest 6/2/2016
  • Google Keep icon

    Google Keep

    Google Keep has several features including color coding notes, inserting images, creating lists, geo-fencing, shareable notes, and...

    Free Windows Web / Cloud Android iPhone Chrome OS Android Tablet ... iPad Chrome Android Wear

    • You can save simple notes to Google Keep but OneNote does a whole lot more.
      Guest 8/12/2016
    • I can't write like a pencil and in several spaces in the screen
      Guest 12/27/2015
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    Laverna is a web application written on JavaScript. It's built to be an open source alternative to Evernote. Laverna stores...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Web / Cloud Self-Hosted

    • Writing with a stylus is a major feature of Onenote. Laverna doesn't support that.
      Guest 8/5/2016
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    Simplenote is an easy way to keep notes, lists, ideas, and more. Your notes stay updated across all your devices. No buttons to press....

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Web / Cloud Android iPhone ... Android Tablet iPad Kindle Fire

    • I tried it on my chromebook nad as a extension it does not allow to have more than one file, everything is in the same file. This may not be the case with another os but for the one I have this is not an alternative. That's not to say it is not good if that is what you're looking for, It does what it does well.
      Guest 8/20/2016
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    Zim brings the concept of a wiki to your desktop. Store information, link pages and edit with WYSISYG markup or directly typing some...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD

    • synchronization across platforms is missing
      Guest 11/8/2015
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    RedNotebook is a graphical diary and journal helping you keep track of notes and thoughts. It includes a calendar navigation...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Xfce

  • CherryTree icon


    A hierarchical note taking application, featuring rich text and syntax highlighting, storing data in a single xml or sqlite file. ...

    Open Source Windows Linux

  • TagSpaces icon


    TagSpaces is a multiplatform application, which allows you to manage and organize your local files with the help of tags.

    Freemium Mac Windows Linux Android iPhone Self-Hosted ... Chrome Firefox

  • Notezilla icon


    Colorful & powerful sticky notes app for Windows & Phones. Set reminder alarms, attach them to any website or document...

    Commercial Windows Web / Cloud Android iPhone Android Tablet iPad

  • wikidPad icon


    wikidPad is a Wiki-like notebook for storing your thoughts, ideas, todo lists, contacts, or anything else you can think of to write...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD

  • CintaNotes icon


    CintaNotes is an ultra-ergonomic, productivity-boosting notetaking app for Windows. It will help you collect, organize, and find any...

    Freemium Windows

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  • NixNote icon


    NixNote, formerly Nevernote, is an open source client for Evernote . It is written in Java so it will also run on Windows &...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

  • DEVONthink icon


    Meet DEVONthink — designed to manage and keep in order all those disparate pieces of information so important to your work or studies....

    Commercial Mac

  • Quip icon


    Quip is a modern word processor that enables you to create beautiful documents on any device, including the iPad, iPhone, and the...

    Commercial Mac Windows Android iPhone Android Tablet iPad

  • WizNote icon


    WizNote is a Note software, which is especially designed for Internet users and mobile Internet users. WizNote focuses more on notes...

    Freemium Mac Windows Linux Web / Cloud Android iPhone ... Windows RT Android Tablet iPad

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    KeepNote Discontinued

    KeepNote: note-taking and organization. KeepNote is a note taking application that works on Windows, Linux, and MacOS X. With...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

  • Flamory icon


    Flamory remembers things, so you don't have to. Make snapshots of web pages, files and desktop apps. You can find snapshots later...

    Free Personal Windows Internet Explorer Chrome Microsoft Office Powerpoint Microsoft Office Word Adobe Reader ... Notepad++ Firefox Adobe Acrobat

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  • TreeSheets icon


    The ultimate replacement for spreadsheets, mind mappers, outliners, PIMs, text editors and small databases. Suitable for any kind of...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

  • Alternote icon


    Gorgeous note-taking app for Mac with Evernote integration. Alternote has pixel-perfect interface...

    Commercial Mac

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    Nimbus Note

    Nimbus tools will make sure you never forget or lose your valuable data again. Create and edit notes, save web pages, screenshots and...

    Freemium Windows Web / Cloud Android iPhone Chrome OS Windows Phone ... Chrome Chromium

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    KeyNote NF

    KeyNote NF is a flexible, multi-featured tabbed notebook, based on Windows standard RichEdit control. It's always accessible with...

    Open Source Windows

  • Notational Velocity icon

    Notational Velocity

    Notational Velocity is a mouseless application for storing and retrieving notes. With Notational Velocity, searching for notes is...

    Open Source Mac

  • Transpose  icon


    A smart workspace. Manage your notes, data, clients, workflow, calendar, audio notes, projects, team collaboration, and more with...

    Commercial Mac Windows Android iPhone Android Tablet iPad

  • BasKet icon


    A note taking application for KDE. Lots of features. This multi-purpose note-taking application helps you to: * Easily take all...

    Open Source Linux BSD

    • It has essentially the same functionality as One Note. I was happy to find it offers password protection of the various baskets.
      Guest 7/7/2015
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    Turtl is a private place to keep your notes, research, passwords, bookmarks, dream logs, photos, documents and anything else you want...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Android Self-Hosted

  • nvALT icon


    nvALT is a fork of the original Notational Velocity with some additional features and interface modifications by Brett Terpstra and...

    Open Source Mac

  • Leanote icon


    Leanote is an open source cloud notebook. Everyone familiar with Golang and mongodb are welcome to contribute code to it! Leanote...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Web / Cloud Self-Hosted

  • AllMyNotes Organizer icon

    AllMyNotes Organizer

    AllMyNotes Organizer is a multi-functional hierarchical information manager for Windows. Store all your Notes in virtual folders in...

    Freemium Windows

  • Quiver icon


    Quiver is a notebook built for programmers. It lets you easily mix text, code and Markdown within one note, edit code with an awesome...

    Commercial Mac

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    MyTetra is open source and cross platform personal manager for information accumulation. It is powerful program for data memorization...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

  • Piggydb icon


    Piggydb is a Web notebook application that provides you with a platform to build your knowledge personally or collaboratively. With...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Self-Hosted

  • Gruik icon


    Well, Gruik is for you if... - You take a lot of notes (post-it, gists, evernote, blog entries, .txt on your desktop (Oh you know...

    Open Source Web / Cloud Self-Hosted

  • Omni Notes icon

    Omni Notes

    Note taking open-source application aimed to have both a simple interface but keeping smart behavior.

    Open Source Android

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    nvPY is a note-taking tool inspired by Notational Velocity, nvALT and ResophNotes. It syncs with simplenote, and runs on Linux...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

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Microsoft OneNote Comments

OneNote rocks

Positive Comment by mwoffenden
about Microsoft OneNote Jul 2016

Pretty amazing what you can do with OneNote. I tried it a couple of times -- and at first, could not warm up to it.

Then more than a year later, I decided to give it a full, open-minded evaluation. I ended up loving it, and closing down 10 other places where I was storing important information. Now, all that information is in one place.

Keep in mind that the Windows version has the most capability, with the exception of searching all notebooks, where the Mac version has the edge.

Don't forget: For Windows, you want the full featured Windows version, NOT the Windows "app" version, which has far fewer features.


Requires a Microsoft account

Negative Comment by alterkenji
about Microsoft OneNote May 2016

I was very disappointed to see it requires a Microsoft account to even get it started, so I uninstalled right away. I want locally stored notes ONLY, no "cloud" bullshit for me. Guess I'll look into Zim instead.


Absolutely essential for me. Love it!

Positive Comment by menace97
about Microsoft OneNote Aug 2015

Onenote is an amazing piece of software. For any time of information gathering or note-taking, scrap-booking style brainstorming. Easy to use and plays well with many applications. Never need to save, as it's running in the background using a low level of resources. Easy to copy or move, and very easy to share with others (collaborate as well; so you will see who made changes to what areas). Each page will nicely keep a history of changes where you simply right click on a page, and you can see the many iterations a page has gone through, seeing exactly what changed and when, and select the state of that page from any point in its timeline.

If you use the Getting Things Done philosophy, I find this particularly useful for collection of all non-actionable reference items. Much better than Evernote imo.

The way it is simply set up as a school-type notebook, makes it naturally very logical to use; in terms of what a new book should be, its sections and pages hierarchy, and then a bonus to have pages that can be nested in a hierarchy as well. OCR abilities built in are surprisingly good. The search function is amazing; incredibly fast and accurate.

Those who have never checked this out should give it a try. I truly think that short of Outlook, OneNote should really be the flagship product of Office. If you like Outlook... then Outlook and OneNote are a killer combo!


Looking good.

Positive Comment by Satuim
about Microsoft OneNote May 2015

Just looking around and it will take notes fine.
Also the offline capabilities for the free versions is far better then Evernotes


This one was my number 1, until ...

Negative Comment by drpeppercan
about Microsoft OneNote Feb 2015

I could no longer sync between my Android phone and my Windows desktop computer.
A real shame, because other than that it's an excellent choice. I normally prefer Google services, but Google Keep, it's counterpart competitor, it's not nearly as complete in terms of tools/features. For now I'm using WizNote, better than Keep too, not sure I like it better than OneNote yet, but it does sync just fine.
Hopefully Keep will catch up with OneNote soon.



Comment by User1022101
about Microsoft OneNote Aug 2013

What the hell do they mean onenote is free?
It's great but because I had to change computers often MS stole my money.

So goodby ms office I don't pay for shit 2-3x at you whim.


I LIKE IT! but it is sometimes hard to view

Comment by Joseph864
about Microsoft OneNote Jun 2013

it is somewhat hard to use but it does the job, its simple and it works for me so i am happy with it


Microsoft OneNote

Negative Comment by PeresGil
about Microsoft OneNote May 2012

I really would like to clean my computer of this application. I never really understood what is this for or how it works. Currently I am using Zim on windows. On the Mac VoodooPad is still better than Zim, but Zim is free and VoodooPad is Mac only. So Zim is a good option for Windows.


I miss onenote badly, currently using xinote.com

Comment by johnbastin86
about Microsoft OneNote and Xinote Nov 2011

I miss onenote after getting my Mac. I use xinote.com and it is pretty similar to onenote in terms of interface. It is quite good for me as of now.


Seems pretty cool, but...

Negative Comment by Software
about Microsoft OneNote Oct 2011

I'm tempted to use this in my lectures, to note-take with PDFs. Unfortunately its PDF handling is awful - it rotates all landscape PDF's 90 degrees, so everything is sideways. Unbelievably, there is no option to rotate a PDF back to normal.
This program has a lot of potential, but Microsoft ruined by messing up its PDF handling.


OneNote is arguably the best piece of software of the offic ...

Comment by CarvedBlock
about Microsoft OneNote Jun 2011

OneNote is arguably the best piece of software of the office suite.

Don't forget to install the PRINTOUT MANAGER plugin.


So I can't view Evernote on my phone if I am offline and I ...

Comment by elommal
about Microsoft OneNote Jun 2011

So I can't view Evernote on my phone if I am offline and I can't edit notes on my phone. It is like having a bike but can't use it in certain conditions. Pointless.


I'm a big Onenote fan and never really used Evernote. They' ...

Comment by pobox90210
about Microsoft OneNote Jun 2011

I'm a big Onenote fan and never really used Evernote. They're different though and each have their strengths and weaknesses. It depends on what you really want to do with your notes/screen clippings/URL's/documents...etc. If you want something like Onenote but free, I suggest you try Zoho Notebook. So far, it's the closest thing I've seen and it's online so accessible from many places.


Because of the very uncomplicated Web- and "Windows Mobile" ...

Comment by em4020
about Microsoft OneNote Jun 2011

Because of the very uncomplicated Web- and "Windows Mobile" Synchronisation, I prefer EverNote (2+3).
However, if somebody has very confidental data, the online synchronisation could be seen as not so optimal.
OneNote Mobile (1) cannot sync with Online Storage (neither with Live SkyDrive nor with Live Mesh), only with the Desktop PC about Active Sync or WMDC.
The greatest advantage of OneNote in my opinion is the great and unique OCR function of the OneNote Desktop version.
(1) http://alternativeto.net/mobile/onenote-mobile/
(2) http://alternativeto.net/desktop/evernote/
(3) http://alternativeto.net/mobile/evernote/