xournal Alternatives for Windows

    There are many alternatives to xournal for Windows and since it's discontinued a lot of people are looking for a replacement. The best Windows 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 Windows so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Windows alternatives to xournal are Foxit Reader (Free Personal), Xournal++ (Free, Open Source), Notezilla (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. Colorful & powerful sticky notes app for Windows & Phones. Set reminder alarms, attach them to any website or document, organize them using folders/tags, sync sticky notes between devices & send notes across LAN or to any contact across the globe.
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      This alternative is disputed. Notezilla is still a legitimate alternative to xournal, but it might have issues that some users think are important.
    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. 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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    7. 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 .
    8. The top AEC PDF app to markup and manage drawings and documents. Ideal for replacing pen and paper, avoid printing documents again by using our intuitive feature set that makes marking up a PDF easy.
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    9. NoteLab brings the power of digital note taking to Linux, Windows, Mac OS X, and Solaris.
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    10. Flashnote is a quick notes manager created for such cases. When you need a rough copy to save or to process some pieces of a text, Flashnote is small, quick and convenient. Press the shortcut-key combination and a rough copy is on the screen in a flash of a second.
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