The 7 Best Note-Taking Apps for iPad and iPad Pro

3. Notability

Notability is the best note-taking app for iPad if the ability to annotate PDFs is important to you. Since it facilitates note-taking with the Apple Pencil or a stylus, Notability makes a great app for creating beautiful bullet journal spreads.

Some of the app’s most noteworthy features include:

  • Convert handwritten notes into text
  • Multi-note support so you can work on two notes side-by-side
  • PDF annotation
  • A search function that can scan both text and handwritten notes
  • A powerful sketching tool that lets you use custom colors and draw shapes
  • Drag-and-drop support for files, text, photos, GIFs, and web pages

As with the other apps here, Notability is compatible with iCloud so you can sync your notes across all your other iOS and macOS devices.

Finally, Notability also supports audio files. The app will sync your notes with the recording, allowing you to listen to what was said at the time you made the note. The feature is perfect for presentations and lectures.

4. Notepad+ Pro

notepad+ pro app store screenshot

Notepad+ Pro is the most expensive app on this list—it’ll set you back $20. But it’s the best option for anyone who wants that traditional pen-and-paper feel on their iPad or iPad Pro. There are several ink pens, highlighters, and color tools, all of which aim to replicate the paper approach to note-taking.

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