What are the best handwriting note apps for iPad?

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    Notability is a premium app for iOS devices in which you can take notes and annotate PDFs all in a simple and clean interface that works both on mobile and desktop. Indicated for students, teachers, and business people.



    $9.99- with in-app purchases

    David Garza
    Written on November 21, 2017
    "This is probably the best Note taking app I've used since I've owned an iPad. I love that I can hand write the notes on existing PDF's without altering them. There are some minor bugs here and there, and the lack of tabs is a little frustrating, but I still love the app, and will continue to use it."
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    Penultimate is a free iOS app for handwriting and sketching as if you were using pen and paper. It uses Evernote's sync and search feature so users can have documents in all his/her devices, and organize and find them easily.



    Free- with in-app purchases

    Paul Harrison
    Written on June 26, 2018
    "I use penultimate to take notes for my classes on my iPad and it's nice to just be able to write and not type notes. It is the most seamless creating tool i have ever used and I have not yet felt the need to try any other note taking app. I highly recommend in conjunction with Apple pencil."
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    Evernote is an app that allows users to create all kinds of notes and keep all their ideas organized and collected in the same spot. The app also offers a lot of tools to share ideas and even create agendas for their teammates.   


    Web, Android, iOS, Mac, Windows

    Free- Varies by plan

    Scott Jackson
    Written on November 24, 2017
    "If you need an app to handwrite notes for yourself on your iPad, a great place to look is Evernote. It allows you to keep your thoughts and writing organized and even attach photos and videos to them. In addition you can share them with others if you'd like"
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    Noteshelf is an app for iPad that lets users take handwritten notes and annotate PDF documents. Users can also type notes, record audio, sketch ideas, draw shapes, sign contracts, fill forms, and more.


    iOS, Android


    Nicole Alvarado
    Written on November 14, 2017
    "A lot of the time I want to write myself a note but don't feel like dealing with typing in a message and then autocorrecting every other word. I just want to get the thought down and be done with it. Noteshelf lets me do that. I can write a quick note or draw something and it saves it for me for future use. Definitely it's helpful to me."
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    #5Notes Plus

    Notes Plus

    Notes Plus is an application for devices running an iOS system. It is capable of converting handwriting to texts and also has support for various devices such as Apple Pencil and iPad Pro.




    David Douglas
    Written on November 17, 2017
    "Taking notes is something i often do on my Ipad. Taking a chance on an app thats 10 bucks and has some negative reviews made me apprehensive. I took the jump. It has a lot to get through, like audio dictating. Which i like. talking to a screen is super keen to me. I do like being able to doodle while i take notes and with a basic note app with a built in keyboard i cant do that."
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    NoteLedge is a notepad for iOs, Android, Windows and Mac that allows you to write and organize your notes, save pictures, record audios and videos, and much more, in just one place.

    Web, iOS, Android, Windows, Mac

    José Angel Herrera
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "NoteLedge is an easy to use App perfect for those who want to organize thier notes in a digital format and without needing to switch fonts and want to use thier own handwriting at thier own time. The App organizes the notes really well and is very receptive to the format you wish to write in. It's very responsive and is easy to fill in notes without feeling disorganized. "
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    #7Amazon Kindle

    Amazon Kindle

    Amazon Kindle is a free cross-platform to download and use. With this app, you can carry with you all the ebooks you want! It is the best option for those who want to read any type of publication such as books, magazines or newspapers.


    Android, iOS, Windows, Mac, Chrome


    Nathan Bishop
    Written on November 18, 2017
    "Reading to me is a hobby and this has made me discover different apps and Amazon kindle is a very good app that is easy app to use and with it I carry all the eBooks I want.I do also like reading economists books and there are very many of them which keeps me informed."
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    #8GoodNotes 4

    GoodNotes 4

    GoodNotes is an app that lets users take handwritten notes and annotate PDF files. All those are searchable and will sync between a users iPhone and iPad through the cloud.




    Joe Hamilton
    Written on June 22, 2018
    "I use GoodNotes 4 on a daily basis to keep notes of what I need to do at work and at home while I'm out and about. I have found the interface of GoodNotes 4 to be very intuitive and it run's very quickly. "
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    Scribble is an app that allows you to draw and take notes in an easy way. Create instant whiteboards, share them with other people and draw together in real time. You can add hand-drawing notes on PDFs or images and export the results into a PDF file with your annotations.



    Free- with in-app purchases

    Hansika Jindal
    Written on February 27, 2018
    "Just like "paint" for windows this app can help you take notes, make something colorful or just help you to keep your kids busy while you await an appointment. This app works with ipad and iphone. The colors are vibrant and give you a world of options to choose from. What a great fun app!"


Best What are the best handwriting note apps for iPad
1NotabilityApps 12 Paid
2PenultimateApps 12 Free
3EvernoteApps 6 Free
4NoteshelfApps 6 Paid
5Notes PlusApps 4 Paid
6NoteLedgeApps 3 Free
7Amazon KindleApps 3 Free
8GoodNotes 4Apps 3 Paid
9ScribbleApps 0 Free

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