Notability Alternatives for iPad

    There are many alternatives to Notability for iPad if you are looking for a replacement. The best iPad alternative is Microsoft OneNote, which is free. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 25 alternatives to Notability and many of them are available for iPad so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting iPad alternatives to Notability are NoteLedge (Paid), GoodNotes (Paid), WizNote (Paid, Open Source) and Noteshelf (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  almost 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 10 months 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 12 months 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 almost 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. NoteLedge is a digital notepad that comes with powerful multimedia tools for creating notes and presenting works straight from a smart device.
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      Most users think NoteLedge is a great alternative to Notability.

    3. 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 about 1 year 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 over 1 year ago

    5. Take beautiful handwritten notes or annotate PDFs on your iPad, and now even on your iPhone.
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    6. Powered by the highly acclaimed MyScript Interactive Ink, Nebo® is the ultimate way to take notes.
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    7. 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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    8. 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. SIMPLE
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    10. Inkflow works like a word-processor for visual thinking. Capture your ideas as easily as with pen and paper, then arrange and reorganize them with your fingers!
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