I also have a iPad keyboard case that allows me to use my iPad as a very small laptop, or have the screen propped up for use as a presentation device at work for logging into Microsoft teams.
I have a few complaints about GoodNotes, and functions that I would like to see included.
I use GoodNotes on my iPhone to a far lesser extent, mostly in that case to read notes rather than edit, or write notes.
- The text entry system (the small window that auto advances and carriage returns as you get the the end of the line).
- The ease of use on the iPad
- Free Form entry on the pages
- Easy to move selections around on the page
- The top toolbar for changing tools.
- Palm rejection and the ability to move the ‘wrist rest part of the screen).
GoodNote Dislikes / Things to Fix / Things to Improve:
- Better desktop app
- Better keyboard / typed text input.
- The ability to insert Audio, Video, PDF or any other file as an attachment.
- Audio recording while taking notes
- unlimited page size, for things like mind-maps
- Bookmarks and hyperlink support
- Ability to order pages in a hierarchy (like One Note)
- Headers on pages
- Markdown support for typed text
- Syncing between devices by Files App / WebDav / etc (I use Next Cloud for syncing data between devices).
I do Like GoodNotes, and with a few additions it would be even better, It’s what I use for writing Lab-books and making notes. I know a lot of the BuJo1 community use it, and it has good support for annotating PDFs.
Tamarisk uses GoodNotes for all her university notes, and her BuJo.
Nebo is about £6.
- OCR of handwriting
- Cross platform
- Page layout is not as pretty, or free-form
- no desktop app
Noto is ‘free’, but you will need to unlock Noto Pro to enable all features including:
- All kinds of Markdown support
- All kinds of attachments supported (in-app purchase required)
- Preview of pages
- Folder support
No desktop app
- Unknown cost, all endpoints need in-app purchase
Notes HD, this looks like it could be good if it gets an update, however it looks to be a bit of a dead duck
- Hand writing input (Not as good as GoodNote)
- No Desktop app in the UK store
- Deprecated – no update since 2018
Microsoft OneNote is not bad, its what I use at work for keeping track of work stuff, It is great for dealing with lots of project data.
- Inline of all types of attachment
- You can import PDFs (I assume MS office documents as well) page by page.
- Multiple workbooks
- Hierarchical sorting of notebooks, pages and sections.
- Cross Platform apps
- Text support
- Made by Microsoft
- Uses OneDrive for syncing (no local storage on mac).
- Handwriting / Pen support sucks
Evernote is progressively getting worse value for money, it is subscription based if you want to do anything.
- All kinds of attachment support
- Cross Platform
- Poor layout control