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Free Notability Alternatives

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

Notability 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 Notability.
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  • iPhone
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Documentation and Note taking tool.

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

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    Onenote is not so intuitive. Its just awkward. And i dont know this yet but would bet you need good internet access to use it. Notability was easy first use if i remember right. Who are those clowns and why dont they have an android version yet???!!!!

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    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

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    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.

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    too simple and halfbaked on android

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    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).

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    Handles PDFs by converting to screenshots, which eliminates all the advantages of the PDF format (text search, vectorial graphics, lightweightness...).

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  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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    Notability is very focused on handwritten notes and sketches. Zoho Notebook is way off in this comparison

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  4. 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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    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.

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    Because you can do almost anything that notibility allows you to do.

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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 Notability.


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    wreeto

    • Free PersonalOpen Source
    • Online
    • Self-Hosted

    A simple workspace to help you focus. Expand your brain with a fast, cluttered-free knowledge organisation toolset!.

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    Notesnook

    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • iPad
    • Software as a Service (SaaS)

    Notesnook is a simple and cross-platform private notes app that keeps your notes organized and synced on your phone, tablet and computer. Take notes, capture ideas, create to-do lists, keep a journal, write your assignments and manage projects, we have got you covered.

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    Noto

    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Mac
    • iPhone
    • iPad

    Noto is a modern writing app. With delightful interactions, powerful editing tools, and a beautiful design, Noto helps you capture the best of your everyday life.

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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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