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Microsoft OneNote Alternatives for iPad

There are many alternatives to Microsoft OneNote for iPad if you are looking for a replacement. The best iPad alternative is Joplin. It's not free, so if you're looking for a free alternative, you could try NoteLedge or Standard Notes. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 100 alternatives to Microsoft OneNote and loads of them are available for iPad so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting iPad alternatives to Microsoft OneNote are Obsidian, Notion, Evernote and Simplenote.

Microsoft OneNote alternatives are mainly Note-taking Tools but may also be Todo List Managers or Task Management Tools. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Microsoft OneNote.
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  1. monday.com Work OS is far more than a project management tool. It is an intuitive platform that helps transform the way teams work together, meet deadlines, and build a culture of transparency.

    ⚫︎ Real time collaborationMultiple users can work together in monday.com simultaneously.
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    Joplin

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    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.

    ⚫︎ Support for MarkDownJoplin supports MarkDown for document formatting.
    ⚫︎ Cloud SyncSync your data (notes, documents, bookmarks, etc.) across your different devices and to the cloud.
    ⚫︎ End-to-End EncryptionJoplin has E2E Encryption, for entire or parts of the app.
    ⚫︎ Privacy focusedJoplin is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
    ⚫︎ Web ClipperSave any page or content from the web with a single click with Joplin.
    ⚫︎ Works OfflineJoplin can be used without the need to connect to the internet.
    ⚫︎ Hierarchical StructureOrganize your notes, pages, documents, etc., hierarchically with Joplin.
    ⚫︎ LightweightJoplin consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
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    Joplin vs Microsoft OneNote opinions
    Most users think Joplin is a great alternative to Microsoft OneNote.
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    thepisu

    It's simple enough when you need to write small notes or to-do quickly, with a clean interface, but it's also powerful with cloud sync, cross platform (Linux included), and support formatting, images and attachments.

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    Your data is YOUR data. I'm able to keep my data on my own Nextcloud server. Not on Microsoft OneDrive. And, it can be encrypted as well (mine is).

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    martinligabue

    it doesn't have pen input support

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    RemovedUser

    Joplin doesn't allow files to be attached, it doesn't support colors, and you have to learn a special programming language to use it.

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    naxawo7733

    it is a markdown editor with integrated sync for nextcloud

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    You Fan usw it on Linux. Persona who search for Open Source appriciate that very much.

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    elu

    Better interface and privacy with the same functionality of OneNote

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  3. Powerful knowledge base that works on top of a local folder of plain text Markdown files.

    ⚫︎ Support for MarkDownObsidian supports MarkDown for document formatting.
    ⚫︎ Works OfflineObsidian can be used without the need to connect to the internet.
    ⚫︎ No registration requiredYou can use most of the features in Obsidian without registration.
    ⚫︎ Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsObsidian can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    ⚫︎ Dark ModeObsidian supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
    ⚫︎ No TrackingObsidian will not track or use your personal data.
    ⚫︎ Calendar ViewObsidian has a built-in calendar view to have a clear overview of your content over time.
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  4. 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!.

    ⚫︎ Web ClipperSave any page or content from the web with a single click with NoteLedge.
    ⚫︎ PortableNoteLedge can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    ⚫︎ Handwritten NotesNoteLedge supports writing by hand (or a stylus) and your text will be converted to text.
    ⚫︎ Video ImportYou can import external video material into NoteLedge.
    ⚫︎ Cloud SyncSync your data (notes, documents, bookmarks, etc.) across your different devices and to the cloud.
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    Almost everyone thinks NoteLedge is a great alternative to Microsoft OneNote.
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    With this app you can organize everything including your daily activity or special event.

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    With so many tools, it's hard to keep everyone on the same page. Notion is a new tool that unifies them all.

    ⚫︎ Support for MarkDownNotion supports MarkDown for document formatting.
    ⚫︎ Support for LaTeXNotion supports LaTeX for text and math equation formatting.
    ⚫︎ Real time collaborationMultiple users can work together in Notion simultaneously.
    ⚫︎ Hierarchical StructureOrganize your notes, pages, documents, etc., hierarchically with Notion.
    ⚫︎ CustomizableNotion is easy to customize with themes or similar features.
    ⚫︎ Web ClipperSave any page or content from the web with a single click with Notion.
    ⚫︎ Syntax HighlightingNotion supports syntax highlighting for various programming and markup languages.
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    Notion vs Microsoft OneNote opinions
    Almost everyone thinks Notion is a great alternative to Microsoft OneNote.
    HiKE

    Notion is better for vizualisation and is free, but the huge drawback is the desktop application. It is an embedded browser (Chrome actually), so its RAM and CPU usages are far behind OneNote : around 1% CPU average for Notion, vs OneNote with 0% average ; 300Mb RAM usage, vs 60Mb for OneNote. This impacts directly user experience and battery life, and also loading times. OneNote is loading quasi instantly, and Notion is taking 5s to load.

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    raphaelaguiar

    Better visualization and flexible organization. Keeps your information in a multi-hierarchical wiki, not in notes,

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    Biggest feature of Onenote is drawing & typing everywhere, which Notion doesn't support. Notion is good to store highly structured data, while Onenote is more like a digital paper.

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    rongmu

    Notion is aesthetic, powerful and highly flexible. You can mix different types of contents within one page. Markdown formatting for texts. Sub-pages for wiki-like or hierarchical organization. Databases for a of lot data; a database comes with multiple possible views and you can choose the one that best suits your data.

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    infinite nesting, cross platform, powerful edting and embed tools

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    Standard Notes

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    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.

    ⚫︎ End-to-End EncryptionStandard Notes has E2E Encryption, for entire or parts of the app.
    ⚫︎ Privacy focusedStandard Notes is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
    ⚫︎ Cloud SyncSync your data (notes, documents, bookmarks, etc.) across your different devices and to the cloud.
    ⚫︎ Support for MarkDownStandard Notes supports MarkDown for document formatting.
    ⚫︎ Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsStandard Notes can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    ⚫︎ Works OfflineStandard Notes can be used without the need to connect to the internet.
    ⚫︎ File VersioningStandard Notes has a version system that lets you view and go back to older versions of the project/file/document.
    ⚫︎ CustomizableStandard Notes is easy to customize with themes or similar features.
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    Standard Notes vs Microsoft OneNote opinions
    Most users think Standard Notes is a great alternative to Microsoft OneNote.

    Encrypted, very lightweight and not owned by Microsoft.

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    The free version is only plain text editing - can't even paste images or use bold and italics. There simply aren't enough features in the free one to determine whether I like it enough to pay for premium.

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    k71

    Good for those options to store online or sync between devices. Devices: Windows app, web-browser, android app...

    I prefer this one than SimpleNote, in any case, to share between devices nowadays i recommend telegram or protectedtext. For text, Onenote. I didnt like turtl, joplin or elephant.

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    Anipe

    Very, VERY BASIC, its open source and free but its basic and the features it offers are paid compared to one note's free model

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    Don't have sections or pages, just notes.

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    Extremely feature-light. Does only the bare minimum to be considered a notes app, whereas OneNote does much more.

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    OneNote is way more powerful

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    Evernote

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    Evernote is a cross-platform, freemium app designed for note taking, organizing, and archiving.

    ⚫︎ Sync Across DevicesEvernote can sync your data across devices like your phone, desktop and tablet
    ⚫︎ Cloud SyncSync your data (notes, documents, bookmarks, etc.) across your different devices and to the cloud.
    ⚫︎ Works OfflineEvernote can be used without the need to connect to the internet.
    ⚫︎ Support for MarkDownEvernote supports MarkDown for document formatting.
    ⚫︎ OCRExtract the text from a screen capture or file and paste it into another document for edits.
    ⚫︎ PDF annotationEvernote support PDF Annotation for highlighting, notes etc
    ⚫︎ Web ClipperSave any page or content from the web with a single click with Evernote.
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    Easy to use, and easy to search.

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    Evernote is clunky, overwhelming, and slow. It has a lot of cool features that used to be relatively unique, but it's grown stagnant. Also the mobile version is pretty buggy.

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    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.

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    k71

    I dont use it for writing text (much better OneNote), i just use it for saving webpages or text from webpages. I think it´s quite slow, and somehow i dont like that much. Also, I dont trust neither expect any privacy with Microsoft, but it´s the best option i have to store the webpages.

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    frankzhang

    Evernote's handwriting is seriously lacking. Especially on the android platform.

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    Whilst Evernote is a wonderful lightweight note organizer, Onenote it is a FAR cry from.

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    No insert latex formulas in document

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  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.

    ⚫︎ Cloud SyncSync your data (notes, documents, bookmarks, etc.) across your different devices and to the cloud.
    ⚫︎ Support for MarkDownSimplenote supports MarkDown for document formatting.
    ⚫︎ File VersioningSimplenote has a version system that lets you view and go back to older versions of the project/file/document.
    ⚫︎ Full-Text SearchSimplenote lets you search for specific words or phrases from inside a document or database.
    ⚫︎ Sync Across DevicesSimplenote can sync your data across devices like your phone, desktop and tablet
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    It doesnt feature writing with a pen on screen. (Wacom etc.)

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    It is more akin to Apple's iNotes, albeit a little less feature rich (No sketches, folders, etc.). In terms of functionality, Simplenote and iNotes is not a viable alternative to OneNote.

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    Simplenote is more similar to Notepad than Onenote. It's basically a plain text editor that lets you store your notes online. Some of the very basic features of OneNote can be approximated, such as inclusion of images, links and text formatting, but it requires learning markdown, which is extremely cumbersome to use and time consuming to learn. Simplenote has only rudimentary organization and search features. Better than Notepad. Not even close to Outlook.

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    No support for web clippings. No separation of Notebooks. Really not like OneNote at all

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    Not even the same category

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    No drawing, no hand writing.

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    Simplenote is great for super simple plaintext notetaking but it only has one feature in common with OneNote which is syncing. Not an alternative

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    Google Keep

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

    ⚫︎ Works OfflineGoogle Keep can be used without the need to connect to the internet.
    ⚫︎ Handwritten NotesGoogle Keep supports writing by hand (or a stylus) and your text will be converted to text.
    ⚫︎ Dark ModeGoogle Keep supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
    ⚫︎ Sync with Google CalendarGoogle Keep can be synchronized with Google Calendar
    ⚫︎ Real time collaborationMultiple users can work together in Google Keep simultaneously.
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    I love Keep, but it's not anywhere near as detailed as OneNote. Keep is basically for making sticky notes, which is helpful, but OneNote has way more features. I know a lot of students, as well as myself, who use OneNote for taking school notes. You can draw, add tags to notes, and add formattings, such as fonts, colors, bullets, and number lists. You can even draw on top of things you type. You can't any of that in Google Keep.

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    Far more basic than OneNote and not a comparable alternative

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    Keep is like sticky notes which is completely different from Onenote

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    It's too lightweight and lacks many features compared to OneNote.

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    Keep is a sticker board while OneNote is a full notebook.

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    It lacks too many options compared to onenote. Keep is much more simpler.

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    Google Keep is basically a digital sticky note application the syncs to your google account

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  10. An award-winning cloud-based Project Management software aims to help collaborative teams organize and manage from small enterprise projects to large-scale initiatives.

    ⚫︎ Hierarchical StructureOrganize your notes, pages, documents, etc., hierarchically with Quire.
    ⚫︎ Works OfflineQuire can be used without the need to connect to the internet.
    ⚫︎ Sync with Google CalendarQuire can be synchronized with Google Calendar
    ⚫︎ Cloud SyncSync your data (notes, documents, bookmarks, etc.) across your different devices and to the cloud.
    ⚫︎ Real time collaborationMultiple users can work together in Quire simultaneously.
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