Notability Alternatives

    Notability is described as 'Documentation and Note taking tool' and is an app in the Office & Productivity category. There are more than 25 alternatives to Notability for a variety of platforms, including iPad, Android, iPhone, Windows and Online / Web-based. The best alternative is Microsoft OneNote, which is free. Other great apps like Notability are NoteLedge (Paid), Zoho Notebook (Free Personal), WizNote (Paid, Open Source) and GoodNotes (Paid).

    This page was last updated Jul 21, 2021

    1. 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 Notability opinions
      This alternative is disputed. Microsoft OneNote is still a legitimate alternative to Notability, but it might have issues that some users think are important.
      Same draw and text anywhere functionality. It also supports PDF annotation and sync backup.
      Top positive comment  over 3 years ago

      Handles PDFs by converting to screenshots, which eliminates all the advantages of the PDF format (text search, vectorial graphics, lightweightness...).
      Top negative comment  about 2 years ago

      OneNote is awful. I get especially annoyed that you can't really make the note full screen because the side panel with the notebook/section/pages is always there
      Negative comment about 1 year ago

      The app OneNote is pretty close and would be a pretty good alternative but the web version is not the same thing and doesn't sync. If they could give all the features of both versions at the same time it would be a great alternative.
      Negative comment about 1 year ago

      too simple and halfbaked on android
      Negative comment over 1 year ago

      You cannot record your classroom session and have the notes you take appear as the professor is talking, you cannot search for words that you've taken, you cannot slip the screen (eg see the powerpoint on one side and take your notes on the other).
      Negative comment about 2 years ago

      OneNote doesn't handle editing of PDF's as easily. It requires file conversion and doesn't intuitively save annotations over the pdf being edited.
      Negative comment about 3 years ago

    2. 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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      Most users think NoteLedge is a great alternative to Notability.

    3. Online Notebook application: Zoho Notebook lets you combine text, images, audio, video, RSS feeds, documents and much more.
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      Some users think Zoho Notebook is a great alternative to Notability, some don't.
      Notability is very focused on handwritten notes and sketches. Zoho Notebook is way off in this comparison
      Negative comment over 2 years ago

    4. WizNote is a Note software, which is especially designed for Internet users and mobile Internet users. WizNote focuses more on notes of rapid collection, management, reading and sharing. WizNote is smaller, more stable, and more suitable for computers, phones and mobile devices.
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      WizNote vs Notability opinions
      Most users think WizNote is a great alternative to Notability.
      Notability is all about taking handwritten noted and annotating pdfs by hand - not the closest thing in terms of notability
      Negative comment almost 2 years ago

    5. GoodNotes for iPhone and iPad is a notetaking app with the theme of "digital paper." It's usable for all your handwritten notes and formerly paper-based information.
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      GoodNotes vs Notability opinions
      Most users think GoodNotes is a great alternative to Notability.
      There is no ability to record. Also, they have discontinued support for previous versions and forced users to upgrade without notice. I bought GoodNotes 4 and it stopped working within 3 months. Notability also has issues, and there is no dependable note taking app at the moment. OneNote seems good, but can't record while taking notes at the same time, unless using separate apps, and it has a clunky interface.
      Negative comment over 1 year ago

      Because you can do almost anything that notibility allows you to do.
      Positive comment over 1 year ago


    6. 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 Notability.
      • Free PersonalOpen Source
      • Online
      • Self-Hosted
      { wreeto } is a fast, cluttered-free knowledge organisation toolset. With { wreeto }, you can: - Take Notes: Write everything down in markdown format and quickly search to find data.
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    7. Take beautiful handwritten notes or annotate PDFs on your iPad, and now even on your iPhone.
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    8. Powered by the highly acclaimed MyScript Interactive Ink, Nebo® is the ultimate way to take notes.
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    9. Write is a word processor for handwriting, designed primarily for tablets with an active stylus. Write has the functionality of a vector drawing application, plus a unique set of tools which ease the editing of handwritten text.
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