Few notetaking apps offer as many features for
free as Microsoft OneNote. The app lets you
create a collection of digital notebooks, making
it easy to keep separate sections for work and personal proj-
ects. Once you create a note, you can type, draw, or attach a
slew of other documents like audio files, spreadsheets, and
PDFs that you can annotate. A favorite way that we’ve seen
this app put to use for home renovations, helping take your
idea from vision to reality. You can start by snapping a photo
of a room and then creating a plan of attack by writing in di-
mensions and using color-coding to represent different materi-
als you’ll need to complete the project.
If you’ve ever needed to sign a PDF while you
are away from home, then you understand how
frustrating it can be—especially if signing the
document is an urgent matter. In just three steps, GoodRead-
er allows you to sign your document, as well as make nec-
essary edits. You can also use GoodReader to extract text,
combine files, create ZIP archives, and listen to audio files.
Although the iPhone’s Markup lets you make notes on PDF
files as well, you won’t find the extensive list of features that
GoodReader offers. You can easily view everything you need,
from books and maps to movies and pictures. The app will
even read your PDF and TXT files to you!
If you love adding your own personal touch to
notes, then this is the app for you. Noteshelf
allows you to customize your notebook by
providing a range of notebook cover options (i.e. stripes, leath-
ers, florals, basic colors, etc.) and even allows you to select
a paper template that suits your needs best. Want to create
a planner or a log to keep track of all your freelance work?
There’s a template for that! Noteshelf also provides one of
the smoothest writing experiences on the iPad. You can take
notes by hand (or type them out) and annotate PDFs and
photos. You can also password protect notes, sync and share
notes, and record lectures for later.
This sticky notes app is about as simple as it
gets—which is exactly why we love it. Creating
notes is simple and oddly satisfying, no pen
and paper needed! The app does have the ability to transcribe
handwritten notes if you prefer writing them out, although we
have found this feature to be a little faulty for those with less-
than-perfect penmanship. Once created, you can pin impor-
tant notes to the top of your Notes page or search the app at
whim by topic, color, and images. As expected, Google Keep
works well with Google’s other services, meaning notes are
automatically searchable within Google Drive.