After holding the temptation for several months, I finally cracked down this week and purchased an Apple Pencil. I purchased the initial iPad Pro back in November when it first launched, but exchanged it and switched to the 9.7-inch model last week, and so far I’ve been very pleased with that choice. Figuring that I’ll apparently stick with this size iPad Pro for at least a year, I determined the Apple Pencil would be a worthy investment. And I was right.
List Of Best Handwriting Apps for iPad and iPad Pro
1. GoodNotes 4
GoodNotes is an app that I wasn’t totally familiar with until I bought my iPad Pro and Apple Pencil, but I’ve immediately realised that it’s one of, if not the most, full note taking apps available in the App Store. You have the capability to create multiple notebooks – like one for each class or subject – and then create specific pages within each notebook with changing page styles. There’s also the facility to insert charts and images which surely comes in handy.
To me, GoodNotes 4 felt most comparable to traditional notebooks when it came to getting notes. It really felt like writing with pen and paper, just regenerated with many new features. You can download this app Here
Notability and GoodNotes are very similar apps on the outside, and if anything, Notability feels somewhat more polished and comfortable to use than GoodNotes. It gives many of the same features as other handwriting apps, comprising palm rejection, pressure sensitivity detection, and the facility to insert images, charts, and even full web pages.
That last point is notable as it means you can import a web page and highlight and point it up as you go, something that’s necessary for working through research projects and the same. You can download this app Here
3. Notes Plus
Notes Plus is another solid note taking the app with iPad Pro and Apple Pencil optimisations. Apart from standard characteristics like PDF and image support, folder management, and shape detection, Notes Plus combines a few standout features.
For one, it supports a built-in browser for fast and easily looking up facts and statistics. Additionally, it supports the capability to convert handwritten notes to text. You can download this app Here
In terms of pure writing practice, Noteshelf offers one of the delicious experiences of any of these apps. The app supports the Apple Pencil and offers alliance with Spotlight on iOS so you can instantly find different documents and notebooks.
Sadly, there’s no way to search within handwritten notes similar with Penultimate and GoodNotes. You can download this app Here
Evernote isn’t the extremely feature-rich app when it comes to using the Apple Pencil for note taking, but if you previously use Evernote across other devices, it’s kind to stay in the same ecosystem. The stylus can be used for actually handwriting notes in the most basic setup.
Evernote is more flexible to use if you’re typing notes and need to immediately sketch a chart or a diagram. For use cases like this, Evernote’s “Snap to Shape” feature is valuable. You can download this app Here
Made by Evernote, Penultimate is the company’s more exceptional take on a handwriting app. Penultimate features a distraction-free interface that makes it simple to immediately and easily take down notes without randomly changing settings or navigating away from the writing interface.
The app is optimised for iPad Pro also, which indicates that it supports pressure sensitivity, so you can force harder for thicker lettering and lighter for more feeble writing. You can download this app Here
7. Apple Notes
You can’t argue note taking apps without mentioning Apple’s own Notes app that arrives pre-installed on every iOS device. Prior to iOS 9, Apple’s Notes app was rather dull in comparison to many note taking apps on iOS. With the new operating system, though, the app is gaining on third-party solutions. It still doesn’t support things like seeking notes or even different page styles, but it’s progressing. You can download this app Here
Eventually the moral of the story here is that the Apple Pencil and iPad Pro have assured me that the iPad is now a viable way to immediately take notes in a variety of settings. Whether it be in meetings or in class, the Apple Pencil and iPad Pro paired with any of these apps make for a note taking exposure similar to that of pen and paper.
Which app do you use for taking notes with your iPhone/iPad? Let us know in the comments!