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Note Taking Apps

If you want to remember something, make sure to write it down! Whether it is a shopping list or what you decided at a work meeting, we need to take notes to assist our memory. Today, there is a plethora of note taking apps available – and here you find the best ones available for all devices.

Make sure to read the app descriptions and user reviews to find a suitable product. While some memo apps largely resemble an analog pen and notebook, others have more elaborate features where you can save images, audio and even take photos of handwritten notes and turn them digital with text-recognition software.

  1. Joplin is a free, open source note taking and to-do application, which can handle a large number of notes organised into notebooks. The notes are searchable, can be copied, tagged and modified either from the applications directly or from your own text editor.
  2. A second brain, for you, forever. The human brain is non-linear: we jump from idea to idea, all the time. Your second brain should work the same.
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  3. Standard Notes is a simple and private notes app. It allows you to write and sync your notes across all your devices, including your iPhone, iPad, Mac, and web browser.
  4. With so many tools, it's hard to keep everyone on the same page. Notion is a new tool that unifies them all. It's like Google Docs, but everything is organized and discoverable by your team. Real collaboration in real-time.
  5. Microsoft OneNote, part of the Microsoft Office Suite, is a digital notebook application that gives people one place to gather notes and information.
  6. Google Keep is a service provided by Google which integrates note-taking and web surfing.
    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Online
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Blackberry
    • Windows S
    • Android Tablet
    • Windows Phone
    • iPad
    • Apple Watch
    • Android Wear
    • Kindle Fire
    • Pebble
    Evernote is a cross-platform, freemium app designed for note taking, organizing, and archiving.
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  7. Typora will give you a seamless experience as both a reader and a writer. It removes the preview window, mode switcher, syntax symbols of markdown source code, and all other unnecessary distractions.
  8. Made by the company behind WordPress, Simplenote enables users to take notes, lists, and ideas. These notes are stored on the cloud and are accessible across multiple devices.
  9. A hierarchical note taking application, featuring rich text and syntax highlighting, storing data in a single xml or sqlite file.
  10. Zim brings the concept of a wiki to your desktop. Store information, link pages and edit with WYSISYG markup or directly typing some lightweight markup syntax and see it previewed as-you-type.
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  11. Capture inspiration from Pinterest, YouTube or web pages, organize ideas in one place and add your notes. Make mood boards or quick sketches to visualize and present ideas!.
  12. TiddlyWiki is a single html file with all the characteristics of a wiki - including all of the functionality (including editing, saving, tagging and searching) and the style sheet.
  13. Workflowy lets you organise your brain into easily manageable lists. It also works as a single-pane outliner with inline notes. It offers one-click hoisting (zooming into branches). The online version syncs with mobile apps.
  14. Dynalist is a web app that lets you break down and organize your thoughts in the format of lists.
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