7 Best Writing & Note Taking Apps for iPad

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Here are some of the best writing and note taking apps for the iPad if you still like the old style notepad or to just quickly scribble an idea or a thought. You can even use these apps as a sketchbook to quickly illustrate your point.


1. Noteshelf

If you liked the traditional notebook, then you’re gonna love this app. It lets you take notes with your finger or stylus pen and also has many templates for you to choose from. Also has zoom handwriting feature for you to write in large print which is then minimized to the original size.


Cost: $4.99
Category: Productivity
Size: 17.5 MB


2. Sketchpad HD

Sketchpad is a good app for note taking or even for sketching those great ideas that you have. This app lets you easily write text or draw with the pen tool. It’s a simple and intuitive app that gets the work done.


Cost: $0.99
Category: Utilities
Size: 1.6 MB


3. WritePad for iPad

This app has a handwriting recognition engine to detect your writing and save the text document. Has features like spell check, Palm Rest for resting your palm on the iPad while writing and others.


Cost: $9.99
Category: Productivity
Size: 11.2 MB


4. Penultimate

Another sketch book app that lets you take notes and share your great ideas or sketches. It allows you to save as pdf format and also has a lined page template which can be used as a manuscript. Great app!


Cost: $1.99
Category: Productivity
Size: 16.6 MB


5. Note Taker HD

Note Taker HD is a powerful note taking app for the iPad that lets you solve complex math problems or to draw diagrams and more. Easily shrink your writing to fit more into the many custom backgrounds that you can choose from. You can also insert images from Photo Albums & camera, a wrist guard feature to prevent unwanted accidental smudges, multi-level undo and redo buttons as well as an eraser.


Cost: $4.99
Category: Productivity
Size: 3.5 MB


6. Notability

Notability is an organizer powerhouse where everything you need to do can be done with this app. You can sketch, write, highlight, audio record, annotate, type and more. Import PDF lecture notes and add your own notes and highlight sections. Add audio recording to your notes for taking memos and presentations. Comes with plenty of paper choices and pen colors to fit your style. It also comes with a word processor with spell check if you want to skip the stylus and just typewrite. An indispensable app for all kinds of students.


Cost: $0.99
Category: Productivity
Size: 23.2 MB


7. Notes Plus

Notes Plus is another fine app that lets you write, sketch, voice record and more. Writing looks good thanks to the smoothing feature that makes your writing look better than it should. It also allows you to type write with a keyboard anywhere on the page. There’s also an auto shape detection that lets you draw basic shapes like a rectangle and it’ll insert the perfect shape on the page. Once you’re done, you can even export the pages as PDF format.


Cost: $7.99
Category: Productivity
Size: 24.6 MB

3 Replies to “7 Best Writing & Note Taking Apps for iPad”

  1. What about ‘ZoomNotes’ – which works really well on the iPhone because of the unlimited zoom feature (the only app available with this feature I think). It is amazing. You can import PDF files and write on these too

  2. Good list, but slightly outdated already. Apps like PocketPhonics and iWriteWords (not in the list) are quite boring IMHO. I’ve recently come across an app called Letterschool (letterschool.com

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