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xournal is described as 'Xournal is an application for notetaking, sketching, keeping a journal using a stylus. It is free software (GNU GPL) and runs on Linux (recent distributions), Windows and other GTK+/Gnome platforms' and is a popular app in the photos & graphics category. There are more than 25 alternatives to xournal for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Mac, Linux, iPad and iPhone. The best alternative is Microsoft OneNote, which is free. Other great apps like xournal are Xournal++, Foxit Reader, OpenBoard and GoodNotes.

xournal alternatives are mainly Note-taking Tools but may also be PDF Readers or Whiteboards. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of xournal.
This page was last updated Jun 3, 2022
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  • FreeOpen Source
  • Windows
  • Linux

Xournal is an application for notetaking, sketching, keeping a journal using a stylus. It is free software (GNU GPL) and...

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  1. 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.

  2. Xournal++

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online
    • Android
    • Chrome OS
    • Android Tablet
    • Self-Hosted

    Xournal++ (a fork of Xournal) is a handwriting Notetaking software with PDF annotation support. Written in C++ with plattform independent GTK, supporting Linux, e.g. Ubuntu, Debian, Arch, Suse, macOS and Windows 10. Supports Pen input like Wacom Tablets.

    Xournal++ vs xournal opinions
    Almost everyone thinks Xournal++ is a great alternative to xournal.
    violoncello

    Xournal++ is the successor of Xournal

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    Direct successor, working in MacOS ;)

    Positive comment almost 2 years ago
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    openyost

    It's the new version of it.

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  3. Foxit Reader

    • Free PersonalProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Windows S
    • Android Tablet
    • Windows Phone
    • iPad
    • ReactOS

    Foxit Reader is a free and light-weight multi-platform PDF document viewer. Its core function is compatible with PDF Standard 1.7.

    Bundleware

    The installer tries to install McAfee WebAdvisor and PhantomPDF Business. These can be skipped by clicking Decline on each.

  4. OpenBoard is a cross-platform (Linux / Windows / macOS) interactive whiteboard application. It is currently maintained by the Education Department (DIP) of the Canton of Geneva in Switzerland.

  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.



  6. Notezilla is the leading sticky notes app for Windows, Android, iPhone/iPad and the web. Set reminders to sticky notes, Pin sticky notes, attach them to websites, docs & folders, sync between PCs and other devices, organize using folders and tags.

    This alternative is disputed. Notezilla is still a legitimate alternative to xournal, but it might have issues that some users think are important.
  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.

    Stylus Labs Write vs xournal opinions
    Almost everyone thinks Stylus Labs Write is a great alternative to xournal.
    cristobalvio

    It has a very intuitive UI. It's easy to zoom, pan, erase in various modes. There's the insert space feature, you can move stuff around, etc. Also exports are quite easy and it automatically saves notes in html.

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    After a first pratice where it is poor you see that it's minimal but very functional and it become easier to control thing than xournal. Pdf export is great, writing is better than journal, making frame is quite easy better than xournal. But you don't have the option for drawing circle.

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    It's like Xournal but with much more functionalities for really good handwriting note taking on the go

    Positive comment almost 7 years ago
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  8. 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.

    Skim vs xournal opinions
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    Skim cannot create pages (blank or with given background) which is essential for a scratch book

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  9. 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!

  10. NixNote

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    NixNote, formerly Nevernote, is an open source client for Evernote .

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