Winthrop University: Notetaking Apps and Software

Notetaking Apps and Software

Free/Low Cost AT for Notetaking



  • Synchronize your notes with the audio recording of your lecture
  • Take hand-written
  • Import lecture slides as the background to your notes

Cost: Free and Paid Version $5.99-$12.99

Compatibility: Windows; Mac; iOS; iPad; Android



  • A one-stop place to collect notes, files, web clippings, and images with the ability to access them on virtually any device
  • Collect and find your information easily
  • Great tool for researching, planning events and everyday organizational use
  • Collaborate with others on projects using the sharing features

Cost: Free or Premium $7.99/month

Compatibility: Windows; Mac; iOS: iPad, iPhone; iPod Touch; Android; Windows Phone; Blackberry; hp WebOS



  • Take notes in class or with online learning
  • Combine audio, slides, and your own text notes in one place
  • Focus on active listening by highlighting moments with Quick Labels
  • Come back and review whenever you need to

Cost: Free trial, then $12.00/month

Compatibility: Windows, Mac and Chromebooks that are running the Chrome web browser; iOS (iPhone and iPad); Android



  • Annotate PDF, Word Doc, PowerPoint, and image files with this app
  • Use the typewriter, pen, highlighter, stamp, note, underline, photo, voice and other tools to annotate your document
  • Import PDFs or compress and export for secured sharing with others

Cost: $9.99

Compatibility: iOS: iPad

Microsoft OneNote


  • Take all your notes in OneNote by typing, writing with a touchscreen, importing pictures, video, web links, and other resources
  • Ability to record your lecture with this program
  • Divide up your classes and work by notebook, section, and pages
  • Using OneDrive online, share your OneNote document for others to work on and interact with
  • Search your notes for the ability to easily find what you need

Cost: Free with a Microsoft Office account

Compatibility: Windows, Mac OS, iOS: iPad, iPhone, Android, Windows Phone



  • Write, type, or use highlighters to annotate your notes using the all-in-one notetaking app
  • Ability to take pictures and audio record with the sound being linked to your notes
  • Use Google Drive, Dropbox and Box to import, export and share documents such as PowerPoints and take notes directly on them
  • Organize all your notes in one place

Cost: $8.99

Compatibility: Mac; iOS: iPad, iPhone

Note Board


  • A web application that creates a note-taking board to gather notes
  • Ability to upload PDFs, Docs, images, and website links (varies between demo and premium version)
  • Create multiple note-taking boards
  • Collaborate with others by sharing your note-taking board
  • Customizable background and note style

Cost: Free; $3/month for Premium

Compatibility: Online Resource with Chrome extension


  • Record conversations using Otter on your phone or web browser
  • Import or sync recordings from other services, including Zoom
  • Get real-time streaming transcripts and, within minutes, rich searchable notes with text, audio, images, speaker ID, and key phrases
  • Share or export voice notes to inform others and get on the same page

Cost: Basic version is free, an Educational Discount of 50% off the regular subscription price of a Pro plan is available by signing up or logging in using your school e-mail address

Compatibility: Online Resource; iOS: iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch; Android



  • Write, sketch, draw or doodle notes and information on your iPad
  • Lifelike paper in-app imitate writing on real paper
  • Sync with your Evernote account for access anywhere, anytime using your computer or mobile devices
  • Search your notes using the search feature in your Evernote Account

Cost: Free

Compatibility: iOS: iPad



  • Type or write out your notes while the audio recording is synced to each word or pen stroke
  • Tap on the word and then the play button to playback what was being said at that moment in the audio recording
  • Share your audio recording and notes via e-mail, Dropbox, or transfer directly to your computer

Cost: $4.99

Compatibility: Mac; iOS: iPad

Last Updated: 1/30/23