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Free GoodNotes Alternatives

The best free alternative to GoodNotes is NoteLedge. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 25 alternatives to GoodNotes and many of them is free so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting free alternatives to GoodNotes are Microsoft OneNote, Google Keep, xournal and Xournal++.

GoodNotes alternatives are mainly Note-taking Tools but may also be Todo List Managers or Audio Recorders. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of GoodNotes.
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  • FreemiumProprietary
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  • iPhone
  • iPad

GoodNotes for iPhone and iPad is a notetaking app with the theme of "digital paper." It's usable for all your...

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  1. 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!.

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    Almost everyone thinks NoteLedge is a great alternative to GoodNotes.
    blarticuspaul

    cloud capabilities and super simple to use

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    The audio recording helps a lot for blind people, don't you think?

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    emperorenderman777

    Probably my favorite, really versatile!

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    Microsoft OneNote

    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Online
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Chrome OS
    • Windows S
    • Windows Phone
    • iPad
    • Apple Watch
    • Android Wear
    • Kindle Fire

    Microsoft OneNote, part of the Microsoft Office Suite, is a digital notebook application that gives people one place to gather notes and information.

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    Microsoft OneNote vs GoodNotes opinions
    This alternative is disputed. Microsoft OneNote is still a legitimate alternative to GoodNotes, but it might have issues that some users think are important.

    one note insistence on sign in bothersome. Force feeding cloud concept when all evidence indicates that centralized storage invites hack attacks

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    Your scope is too wide. The only thing they have in common is the ability to take notes, which really covers thousands of apps. This does not take into account the primary functions of GoodNotes. OneNote is an alternative to EverNote.

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    Google Keep

    • FreeProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Chrome OS
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad
    • Google Chrome
    • Android Wear

    Google Keep is a service provided by Google which integrates note-taking and web surfing.

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    emersongazzoli

    It doesn't compose complex noten in one note together like goodnotes. It is very far from similar.

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    Only simple text notes, no pdf import, export, bad pen support, etc. This is not an alternative to Goodnotes

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    ZetiX

    Google Keep is just just for simple and quick notes.

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    VaiTon

    Google Keep is made to take simple notes, while GoodNotes is made to write virtual notebook full of notes, as one would do in class.

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  4. Xournal is an application for notetaking, sketching, keeping a journal using a stylus. It is free software (GNU GPL) and runs on Linux (recent distributions), Windows and other GTK+/Gnome platforms.

    Discontinued

    It hasn't been updated since 2017, but there is an active fork Xournal++ icon Xournal++

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    Xournal++

    • FreeOpen Source
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    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online
    • Android
    • Chrome OS
    • Android Tablet
    • Self-Hosted

    Xournal++ (a fork of Xournal) is a handwriting Notetaking software with PDF annotation support. Written in C++ with plattform independent GTK, supporting Linux, e.g. Ubuntu, Debian, Arch, Suse, macOS and Windows 10. Supports Pen input like Wacom Tablets.

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    Most users think Xournal++ is a great alternative to GoodNotes.
    violoncello

    It allows you to store your notes wherever you want and doesn't force you to use whatever cloud synchronisation

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    Pen works with cursive but not so well with print.

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    FiiNote

    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Windows
    • Online
    • Android
    • Android Tablet

    FiiNote is the most convenient note app for android.

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    Most users think FiiNote is a great alternative to GoodNotes.
    emersongazzoli

    More a text recognition app than handwrite note app

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    Did not like the way it handles manuscript summaries.

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    Squid

    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Android
    • Chrome OS
    • Android Tablet
    • Kindle Fire

    Take handwritten notes naturally on your Android tablet, phone, or Chromebook supporting Android apps! With Squid you can write just like you would on paper using an active pen, passive stylus, or your finger.

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    Most users think Squid is a great alternative to GoodNotes.
  8. Documentation and Note taking tool.

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    Most users think Notability is a great alternative to GoodNotes.
    emersongazzoli

    It is a post-it like app. No handwriting.

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  9. INKredible is an app with a single mission: to make your handwriting experience on tablets as good as, if not better, than pen on paper.

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    Almost everyone thinks INKredible is a great alternative to GoodNotes.

    I like things simple and easy instead of a lot of icons and options to select froms. I like the simple way of taking notes. What I would like is it would be nice to be able to draw forms and combine them that automatically recognize and correct the forms. I have been using mostly some rectangles line and square, but when you want to move or make big, it is complicated to shore one piece as it does select the other instead of the one you want. Overall it is good but still need some improvements.

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    Really nice app for diary and most incredible hand writing notebook

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  10. OpenBoard is a cross-platform (Linux / Windows / macOS) interactive whiteboard application. It is currently maintained by the Education Department (DIP) of the Canton of Geneva in Switzerland.

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