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Notebook: A Stunningly Visual Note-Taking Experience

What We Like

  • Design is bright and appealing.

  • Text, checklist, photo, audio, sketch, and file cards.

  • Supports Mac, Windows, iOS, Android, and web access.

  • Customize notebook covers, use your own images.

What We Don't Like

  • Needs more art for notebook covers.

  • Not geared toward collaborative note-taking.

If you like the idea of Google Keep's card-like interface, then you might find Zoho's Notebook app useful, too. Create a checklist card for your grocery items, a card for a story you're working on with inline images included, a sketch card for some doodling, or even an audio card of your voice. 

Zoho features smooth, intuitive, gesture-based functions that help you organize, reorder, copy, group, and flick through notes to find what you're looking for. Notebook is free and syncs everything across your account automatically, so you always have your notes no matter which device you're using.

  • iOS.
  • macOS.
  • Android.
  • Windows.
  • Web.

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Dropbox Paper: A Collaborative Note-Taking App for Your Whole Team

What We Like

  • Strong features for collaboration.

  • Clean and uncluttered look.

  • Add a variety of media; not just links.

What We Don't Like

  • More complex than a simple note-taking app.

  • Paper documents are separate from Dropbox folders.

  • Takes time to get used to.

If you already use Dropbox to store files in the cloud, check out Dropbox Paper. It acts as a flexible workspace built to prevent distraction while helping people work together. This app focuses on collaboration, allowing users to chat with each other in real time while editing any document.

Don't be fooled by its minimal design: Dropbox Paper has lots of advanced features tucked away that are easy to access and intuitive to use once you're familiar with the app. Create new documents, edit existing ones, see all your team activity in an organized list, post and reply to comments, prioritize documents, and more.

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Squid: The Best App for Taking Digital Handwritten Notes

What We Like

  • Designed for handwritten notes; use your finger or a stylus.

  • PDF markup is easy.

What We Don't Like

  • Not available for macOS, iOS, or Windows devices.

  • Not easy to sync with other devices.

Squid modernizes the old-fashioned pen and paper with digital features that enhance the note-taking experience. Just use your finger or stylus to handwrite notes just as you would on paper. Similar to Google Keep and Notebook, Squid displays all your most recent notes in a card-like interface for easy access.

Every note has a toolbar at the top that allows you to customize your ink, duplicate what you've written, resize it, erase mistakes, zoom in or out, and more. You can insert PDF files for markup, highlight text, and insert new pages wherever you want.

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Bear: The Most Flexible Note-Taking App

What We Like

  • Import notes from other apps.

  • Simple, easy-to-use design.

  • Export to a variety of formats, including PDF and JPEG.

  • Supports Markdown.

What We Don't Like

  • Available only for Mac and iOS devices.

  • Requires a paid plan to sync devices.

Bear is one of the most flexible, beautifully designed note-taking apps available for Apple devices. Made for both quick notes and in-depth essays with advanced markup and options to insert images, links, and more, the app offers a "focus mode" to help you concentrate.