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MarginNote Alternatives

MarginNote is described as 'Integrating powerful tools for book annoation, mindmapping, flashcards and more, to build up your reading notes as never before' and is a Note-taking tool in the education & reference category. There are more than 10 alternatives to MarginNote for a variety of platforms, including iPad, iPhone, Mac, Android Tablet and Android. The best alternative is Xodo, which is free. Other great apps like MarginNote are PDF Expert, Skim, LiquidText and Noteshelf.

MarginNote alternatives are mainly PDF Readers but may also be Note-taking Tools or PDF Editors. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of MarginNote.
This page was last updated Apr 8, 2022
  • Mac
  • iPhone
  • iPad

Integrating powerful tools for book annoation, mindmapping, flashcards and more, to build up your reading notes as never...

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  1. Xodo is the ultimate cross-platform PDF viewer and annotator. Powerful, fast, and optimized for all phones and tablets, Xodo makes it easy to access, edit, mark up, sort, share, sync, manage, sign, and more with even the most complex PDF documents.

    Xodo vs MarginNote opinions
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    Only support standard PDF annotations.

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  2. PDF Expert

    • Mac
    • iPhone
    • iPad

    PDF Expert lets you read and annotate PDF documents, highlight text, make notes and save these changes being compatible with Preview and Adobe Acrobat. Moreover, PDF Expert is the only iPhone application that can fill PDF forms!

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    1. Less supports for annotation, e.g., color/styles of notes, batch changing style of notes, advanced search in notes.
    2. Does not support epub.
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  3. Skim

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac

    Skim is a PDF reader and note-taker for OS X. It is designed to help you read and annotate scientific papers in PDF, but is also great for viewing any PDF file.

  4. LiquidText

    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Windows
    • iPad
    • Mac

    LiquidText offers a fast, natural way to review, gather, and organize information across all your docs: then apply the results to writing reports or simply studying. Pull out key facts and connect them together.

    LiquidText vs MarginNote opinions
    Almost everyone thinks LiquidText is a great alternative to MarginNote.
    1. Needs subscription to sync between iOS and Mac.
    2. Much worse performance on Mac.
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    Pen functions in LiquidText are much better

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  5. Take beautiful handwritten notes or annotate PDFs on your iPad, and now even on your iPhone.



  6. Readit - Save and Read

    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Mac
    • iPhone
    • iPad

    Use Readit to save and manage your articles at a click of a button. Keep growing with your own library from everywhere.

  7. PDF annotation, reading and management.

  8. Zhizhi Reader

    • FreeProprietary
    • Windows

    Knowledge management software based on reading notes.

  9. Highlights

    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Mac

    Highlights is a PDF reader for note takers. Highlights lets you highlight text and select images in the PDF, but take notes in a regular text-editor. No more typing notes and comments into tiny text boxes.

  10. With iAnnotate you can read, annotate, and share PDFs, Microsoft Office files, images and web pages!

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