xournal Alternatives for Mac

    xournal is not available for Mac but there are plenty of alternatives that runs on macOS with similar functionality. The best Mac alternative is Microsoft OneNote, which is free. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 25 alternatives to xournal and 16 are available for Mac so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Mac alternatives to xournal are Foxit Reader (Free Personal), Xournal++ (Free, Open Source), GoodNotes (Paid) and Stylus Labs Write (Free).

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


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    3. 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.
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      Xournal++ vs xournal opinions
      Almost everyone thinks Xournal++ is a great alternative to xournal.
      Direct successor, working in MacOS ;)
      Positive comment about 1 year ago

      violoncello Xournal++ is the successor of Xournal
      Positive comment 10 months ago

      openyost It's the new version of it.
      Positive comment 6 months ago

    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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    5. 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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      Stylus Labs Write vs xournal opinions
      Almost everyone thinks Stylus Labs Write is a great alternative to xournal.
      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.
      Positive comment almost 4 years ago

      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.
      Positive comment about 4 years ago

      It's like Xournal but with much more functionalities for really good handwriting note taking on the go
      Positive comment about 6 years ago


    6. 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
      pros, cons and recent comments
      Skim cannot create pages (blank or with given background) which is essential for a scratch book
      Negative comment over 3 years ago

    7. 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!
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    8. NixNote, formerly Nevernote, is an open source client for Evernote . It is written in Java so it will also run on Windows & OS-X, but the primary focus has been to try and get a usable environment for Linux.
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    9. Jarnal is an open-source application for notetaking, sketching, keeping a journal, making a presentation, annotating a document - including pdf - or collaborating using a stylus, mouse or keyboard. It is similar to Microsoft .
    10. NoteLab brings the power of digital note taking to Linux, Windows, Mac OS X, and Solaris.
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