Are there times when you need to take notes outside of your workspace or need to take notes with you on the go? Is paper a hassle for you to carry around everywhere you go and memorizing a list is too tedious? Then you should “take note” of these apps that could save you time and hassle.
With this list of note-taking apps, you can pull out your smartphone or tablet and start taking notes – then easily access them again at your own convenience.
Google Keep [ web, iOs, Android]
Google Keep uses a card interface as opposed to other note-taking apps that are notebook- based and list formats. This makes it easier on the notetaker visually to know what is more important. Each note is its own card which you have suit options to choose from to fit your specific needs. There are different styles to take notes based on your preference of note taking needed whether it is creating a to-do list and check off items as you go, or use a drawing card using your finger, stylus, or mouse to make a quick sketch. Audio notes are also available that are automatically transcribed so your notes are also in text. The best part about Google Keep is that it is a Saas, so no matter where you go or what device you are on, your notes will be with you.
Microsoft OneNote [iPhone, iPad, Android, and more!]
OneNote is a digital notebook for your notes (handwritten and text), audio recordings, to-do lists, webpage clippings and pictures. It will automatically sync your notes and you will be able to share your notes for collaboration with others. It does requires a Microsoft account to use though.
Simplenote [iOS, Android, Mac, Kindle]
Perfect for the no-frills enthusiasts. Their focus on simplicity provides a speedy and efficient experience. Don’t be fooled by their simple design – you still have a good amount of features such as being able to search through your notes, pin notes to the top of your list, create drafts, add tags, and even publish your note to the web using a public URL. It saves versions of each document every time it syncs as well, so you can go back and see what you’ve done.
Letterspace [iOS, Mac]
Letterspace provides a swipe bar that allows you to easily go between letters for editing. I know I’ve had problems with editing one letter when it’s in the middle of a word because selecting it is rather difficult. You can even use #hashtag and @mentions anywhere in your notes and it’ll automatically index and group them together.
MyScript Smart Note [iPad, Android]
MyScript Smart Note is the only note-taking application that turns handwritten words and math formulas into interactive text, making it easy to edit, search, and take action on your notes. Additional features include an adjustable palm-rest feature, a drawing mode, and you can insert media such as math equations, images, sound or PDF files from various cloud storage services including Dropbox and Evernote.
Paper by FiftyThree [iPad]
Who said note-taking had to be text- or voice-based? Capture your ideas and exercise a bit of creativity in the process. This app is their answer to your need for a digital notepad – it’s great for jotting down notes, creating diagrams, and more! All on a beautifully simplistic interface.
Notice I didn’t mention Evernote?! Because that’s a whole other blog post. #TGIF!
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