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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 many of them are available for Mac so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Mac alternatives to xournal are Xournal++, Foxit Reader, OpenBoard and GoodNotes.

xournal alternatives are mainly Note-taking Tools but may also be PDF Readers or Todo List Managers. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of xournal.
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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 icon

    Microsoft OneNote

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    464 alternatives to Microsoft OneNote 

    Microsoft OneNote, part of the Microsoft Office Suite, is a digital notebook application that gives people one place to gather notes and information. It also offers shared notebooks, syncing between multiple computers and devices via Windows...

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    1.  Handwritten NotesMicrosoft OneNote supports writing by hand (or a stylus) and your text will be converted to text.
    2.  Web ClipperSave any page or content from the web with a single click with Microsoft OneNote.
    3.  Hierarchical StructureOrganize your notes, pages, documents, etc., hierarchically with Microsoft OneNote.
    4.  Works OfflineMicrosoft OneNote can be used without the need to connect to the internet.
    5.  Cloud SyncSync your data (notes, documents, bookmarks, etc.) across your different devices and to the cloud.
    6.  Pressure SensitivityMicrosoft OneNote can change attributes like thickness or opacity, based on how much force you apply to your stylus/finger.
    7.  Dark ModeMicrosoft OneNote supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
    8.  SubtasksMicrosoft OneNote allows you to create and manage tasks inside of a parent-main task.
    9.  WYSIWYG SupportMicrosoft OneNote integrates a WYSIWYG editor to edit the look and content of a document, page, or file.
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    Xournal++

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    32 alternatives to Xournal++ 

    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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    1.  Handwritten NotesXournal++ supports writing by hand (or a stylus) and your text will be converted to text.
    2.  PDF annotationXournal++ support PDF Annotation for highlighting, notes etc
    3.  Works OfflineXournal++ can be used without the need to connect to the internet.
    4.  Pressure SensitivityXournal++ can change attributes like thickness or opacity, based on how much force you apply to your stylus/finger.
    5.  Support for LaTeXXournal++ supports LaTeX for text and math equation formatting.
    6.  Ad-freeXournal++ doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
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    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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    Guest

    Direct successor, working in MacOS ;)

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    openyost

    It's the new version of it.

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    Foxit Reader

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    109 alternatives to Foxit Reader 

    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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    1.  PDF annotationFoxit Reader support PDF Annotation for highlighting, notes etc
    2.  Fill PDF FormsFoxit Reader supports forms in PDF files.
    3.  Sign PDF filesFoxit Reader support signing a PDF document digitally on a touch screen etc.
    4.  LightweightFoxit Reader consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    5.  Support for scriptingFoxit Reader supports scripts and macros to automate or customize tasks.
    6.  Spell CheckingFoxit Reader can detect and correct all types of grammar and spelling mistakes.
    7.  Text to SpeechFoxit Reader allows you to transform written text into spoken text.
    8.  PortableFoxit Reader can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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    The installer tries to install McAfee WebAdvisor and PhantomPDF Business. These can be skipped by clicking Decline on each.

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    OpenBoard

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    59 alternatives to OpenBoard 

    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.

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    1.  Handwritten NotesOpenBoard supports writing by hand (or a stylus) and your text will be converted to text.
    2.  Real time collaborationMultiple users can work together in OpenBoard simultaneously.
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    GoodNotes

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    48 alternatives to GoodNotes 

    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. Take handwritten notes in digital, multi-media notebooks or annotate PDF, PowerPoint, and Word...

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    1.  PDF annotationGoodNotes support PDF Annotation for highlighting, notes etc
    2.  Pressure SensitivityGoodNotes can change attributes like thickness or opacity, based on how much force you apply to your stylus/finger.
    3.  OCRExtract the text from a screen capture or file and paste it into another document for edits.
    4.  Handwritten NotesGoodNotes supports writing by hand (or a stylus) and your text will be converted to text.
    5.  Support for GesturesGoodNotes supports touch or mouse gestures and interactions.
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    Notesnook

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    167 alternatives to Notesnook 

    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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    1.  Works OfflineNotesnook can be used without the need to connect to the internet.
    2.  Support for MarkDownNotesnook supports MarkDown for document formatting.
    3.  Privacy focusedNotesnook is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
    4.  Dark ModeNotesnook supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
    5.  End-to-End EncryptionNotesnook has E2E Encryption, for entire or parts of the app.
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    Stylus Labs Write

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    37 alternatives to Stylus Labs Write 

    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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    1.  Handwritten NotesStylus Labs Write supports writing by hand (or a stylus) and your text will be converted to text.
    2.  Drawing Tablet SupportStylus Labs Write supports the use of external drawing tablets as input devices.
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    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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    Guest

    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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    Guest

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

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    PDF Expert

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    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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    1.  PDF annotationPDF Expert support PDF Annotation for highlighting, notes etc
    2.  Fill PDF FormsPDF Expert supports forms in PDF files.
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    Skim

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    74 alternatives to Skim 

    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.

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    1.  LightweightSkim consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    2.  PDF annotationSkim support PDF Annotation for highlighting, notes etc
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    Guest

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

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    NixNote

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    387 alternatives to NixNote 

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

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