Writing is a very fluid process, and an experienced writer will know that a good idea can strike at pretty much any time. That’s why it’s so important to be able to note things down on the go, and while there’s nothing exactly wrong with a pen and a piece of paper there is plenty of note-taking apps that would work a lot better and would have all of your ideas and thoughts stored in an unassailable digital space!
Listed below are ten of the best note-taking apps that we’ve found which are especially suited to the needs of the modern writer. Don’t let the rankings fool you, while some of these apps might be better than the others any of the entries in this list can help you take notes easily and efficiently.
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This fantastic app doesn’t get nearly as much credit as it deserves. While it is definitely a bit pricey and is only available to Apple users, this doesn’t change the fact that this app has incredible organizational capabilities with nested hierarchies and powerful search features as well as a full-screen focus mode that can help you write easily and without distractions. This app can help you write an entire novel in no time, so it’s far beyond a simple note-taking app!
- Excellent organization
- Connects to WordPress
- Focus mode
- Only for Apple Users
If there is one word that you can use to describe Evernote, it’s versatility. This app allows you to type notes out as well as write them, and it supports a very wide range of file types including PDFs. What’s more is that you can add photos that you take of physical notes to add to your repository, thereby allowing you a lot more options in terms of keeping things clear when you actually sit down to write. The app can be a bit pricey, and it can be unorganized if you let it get that way, but overall it’s quite a great option
- Extremely versatile
- Supports multiple file types
- Great for working on the go
- Requires frequent organizing
- Google Keep
Google makes some great productivity apps, and Keep is one of its best offerings. This app can be incredibly intuitive and it can allow you to stay organized in a much easier way, though it does lack an effective tagging feature which might clutter up your various ideas. If you happen to own an Android device, you can incorporate Keep into the overall ecosystem. However, non-Android users might not be able to fully utilize this app, and it can be limited for people that take large quantities of notes.
- Easy to use
- Free of charge
- Easy organization
- Works better for Android users
- Lacks tagging feature
- Apple Notes
It’s not always necessary that an app made by a tech juggernaut will manage to perform well, but Apple truly does a great job with its notes app. Most Apple users tend to use this app by default, and recent updates have given it plenty of folder creating capabilities as well as formatting options which can broaden the range of fonts that you have at your disposal. This is one of the best free note taking apps and it’s only the fact that it lacks compatibility with non-Apple devices.
- Simple interface
- Easy categorization
- Only for Apple users
- Roam Research
This is a new app that has been making waves recently due to its innovative design. Not only does it allow you to take notes but it manages to links the dots between notes as well thereby allowing you to obtain a much more organic writing process since the app would find the connections between ideas for you. This is a browser-based app which limits some of its capabilities, and it does take a while before you can wrap your head around how the app works. It’s still a pretty unique and interesting option that everyone should try out, though.
- Smart design connects ideas for you
- Visual data display makes analysis easy
- Learning curve
- Microsoft OneNote
In a way this app gives you both the best and the worst of Evernote, except this time everything’s on steroids. You can jot things down quite quickly and in numerous file types but organization will be a real nightmare. At least the app is free which helps it rank a bit highly than might have been the case otherwise. The interface can be a hassle to use, though, because of how cluttered it is.
- Free to use
- Multiple capabilities
- Free placement of text boxes/notes
- Very messy interface and organizational capabilities
Bear is a cheaper option which makes a lot of people ignore it even though it actually has some pretty solid capabilities. You can use Markdown with Bear which is great for people that want to note things down very quickly, and what’s more is that it’s quite light which makes it perfect for lower end phones. The search feature is quite unique too and you can archive notes to separate them from your main notes without deleting them.
- Simple, unique search feature
- Quite affordable
- Compatible with Markdown
- Only basic features
Notion is a great app if you’re looking to boost general productivity, and one feature in particular that we liked was the ability to create templates. This can help you create multiple versions of the same kind of note, but we decided not to rank this app any higher because it is a little too feature dense for our tastes. Writers generally don’t need this many variables and it can make the note taking experience unnecessarily difficult for some.
- Let’s you make templates
- More affordable than others
- Unnecessarily complicated
- Only for team based work
- Standard Notes
A lot of writers are paranoid about losing their ideas due to hackers and the like, and Standard notes tends to be a great option because it takes this issue quite seriously. You would be hard pressed to find an app that does as well as this one in the security department, and the fact that it supports Linux is a major plus point too. However, the free version has a very limited text based interface and the lack of drag/drop functionality can be a bit of a pain.
- Highly secure
- Compatible with Linuxs
- Limited functions
- Lacks versatility
- Zoho Notes
This is a cute little app that can help you get organize your notes into little cards. The card based design might not be for everybody, but this is a free app so it definitely gives you an option that you can use from time to time. Card based organization can actually be useful if you want something super simple and easy to use, and the color coding can help you to differentiate between notes you take for different projects.
- Free to use
- Card based organizer
- No advanced features