Sebastien Barrau
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What is a good note taking app for mac that syncs on iPhone?

To be honest I wish there was a better Apple Notes editor app, something that would edit notes and save them in my apple notes app so it syncs on all my devices.
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  1. 112

    A beautiful, flexible writing app for notes and prose

    Justin Mitchell
    Justin Mitchell9Keeping remote teams in sync @ Yac.Chat · Written
    Bear is amazing and well on it's way to eclipse Evernote. Their pricing is awesome and the team is constantly updating the apps with new features.
    Robert van Hoesel
    Robert van HoeselCo-founder Crowded · Written
    Bear is amazing. It's very straightforward, has incredibly reliable sync and many awesome export options from markdown.
    Mattan Ingram
    Mattan IngramLead Product Designer at Agrilyst · Written
    Relatively cheap to get sync feature, tags instead of folders, native markdown support, great design.
    • Justin Deardorff
      Justin DeardorffHunter/Gatherer of Ideas

      I searched high and low for a replacement to the Mac OS default Notes app, which is incredibly limited in functionality and insufficient for my needs. I had one twist - I needed to find a note taking app for Mac that did not sync or store notes in the cloud. Bear does just that and it happens to be great. I really enjoy the hashtag categorization system and ability to have multiple tags on a note. It's a twist on Evernote style tags, but with a lighter-weight style of notebook organization and management.

    • Scot Krueger
      Scot KruegerFounder of

      Overall I love Bear. It is beautifully designed. I love the simple interface and the ability to tag notes is amazing. It makes searching for old notes so much easier. This is better than Apple Notes and I love it so much more than Evernote.

  2. 70

    Note taking gets even simpler

    Kate53Head of Social @ GitHub · Written
    Evernote syncs to the cloud so no matter what platform / device you're using (PC, Mac, iPhone, web) you'll have the same notes that all match perfectly. I use Evernote religiously and refer to it as my "second brain". Couldn't live without it.
    BenBenSites · Written
    I use Evernote all the time in School. It's amazing - everything is literally everywhere. No matter if I'm on my phone, my computer, or even online through a school computer, I have all of my notes. It even makes Word documents, scanned pages and handwritten notes searchable. There's no way I would be organized without it.
    • Emily Kellert
      Emily Kellerttech lover & travel freak & tractive PM

      Absolutely love Evernote. Use it for work and personal use and that is easy with the ability to make notebooks. Tags are super helpful as is annotating a document or editing a picture with Skitch. Makes my life easier and more organized!

    • David Neira
      David NeiraChape Fitness - Online Personal Training

      Evernote is a platform that allows you to organize, store, share and then search your information. Evernote impacts a business's productivity by streamlining the collection and distribution of critical information by enhancing its retrieval. Evernote's gives your business enhanced control of the information you own or information already collected by your employees. It's your business. It's your information.

  3. 51
    Dropbox Paper

    Collaboration tool built for teams

    Stefan Theofilos
    Stefan Theofilos8Product Designer, Entrepreneur · Written
    I've recently started using Dropbox Paper. I love the simple UI of it.
    Dan S
    Dan SiOS Engineer · Written
    Paper is great for team collaboration! I work at Junto ( and we use Dropbox Paper for almost every internal document. It's simple and powerful
    Shivam Dewan
    Shivam DewanDesign Guy. Product Guy · Written
    Well designed and as dropbox user, works well for me. Though I love Bear much more cos of nesting architecture but paper is available literally everywhere that's one of reason, I used paper as my default note taking app. P.S Please make a native app for mac as well 🙏
    • zedgoat
      zedgoatChemist, Developer, Stoic.

      Use Paper to manage technical stuff and my team, and love it. Just the right number of features, document crosslinking and image embedding fits my needs exactly, and works for quick notes or longer documents.

    • Instant Expert
      Instant ExpertInstant Experto, Vlogger

      Its a great tool for starters, For teams I do not recommend. there are lots of apps that do the same, even google docs is more intelligible when collaborating and working with. But we already have OneNote, Evernote, Word Online, with lots of features way ahead Paper.

  4. 49
    Zenkit for iOS

    Work with Zenkit on the go

    Jessi Lu
    Jessi Lu14Change the future. · Written
    Note taking is just one part of Zenkit. It's a WebApp with Mobile and Desktop Apps. They sync and it's possible to work in an offline mode as well.
    Simple note taking tool for quick project meetings. It means that my team's task's are already synced to the planning system once the meeting is over. Just needs a bit of tidying up and the next tasks are 'good to go'.
    • Patrick Schüller
      Patrick SchüllerMarketing/SEO @Zenkit

      My team and I have been using Zenkit primarily for day-to-day, collaborative project management and delegation. Looking forward to also using it, when I´m on the go. So happy, that the app is finally out.

    • (Tested on iPad) Clean interface, the important features of Zenkit cards and boards are here. OK there are no Kanban, Calendar or Mindmap views in this version, but to quickly check a project, update or add cards, it is fast and easy.

  5. 23
    Notion for iOS

    A collaborative editor for notes, tasks, and wikis

    Luca Halma
    Luca HalmaCo-founder, Noow · Written
    It's the best. It's the first note taking app I ever could find my notes in.
    Rebecca Bowden
    Rebecca BowdenMarketing @ AgencyAnalytics · Written
    This is my favorite note taking app that I've ever used - and I've tried a lot. I've all of the upvoted ones on this list. Notion make it so easy to find what you're looking for and keep notes organized. Markdown editor so you can write and format quickly. Their table features are great too (not going to replace airtable or excel) but if you have some notes that are easier to organize in a table, this is the app to use! Syncs perfectly with iPhone.
    • Andrea Di Marco
      Andrea Di MarcoStrategic Designer

      It's the best note taking app by far and I use it for almost everything, from planning, writing documents, note taking, issue tracking, literally whatever... It grows steadily and it's well supported, with new features coming out frequently. Can't wait for Notion to support offline data and receive improvements to it's search engine and notification system. All of which is coming up next 😊

    • Klein Maetschke
      Klein MaetschkeDigital Developer

      Notion can do it all. When other apps have said that, they'd have some glaring weak points where they'd stretched themselves thin. Notion has none of those.

      Notion is like a LEGO table for your content.

  6. 17

    The note app for teams

    Laure Albouy made this product
    Slite is a very simple collaborative team notes app that syncs across all your devices. It helps team write, organize and retrieve important information.
    • Benjamin Pipat
      Benjamin PipatCTO @ Seelk

      We've been using Slite for a few months and it finally solved our long research for the perfect knowledge sharing app :)

      The adoption by our team was impressive, and Slite makes our knowledge management a breeze

    • Luc Chaissac
      Luc ChaissacDesigner

      We've been using Slite for few months, and we can't be more happy. Best benefit is that it's a perfect way to improve transparency inside our team and to onboard new teammates!

  7. Why not use a pre-installed app that's deeply integrated into the Apple system? Since they added the possibility to file notes in folders and draw sketches directly in the app, I switched back and gave up looking for alternatives...
  8. It's a team knowledge management tool but it's also great for taking notes. The iOS app syncs with the web app and the desktop app.
    Cross Platform; Lightweight but feature-rich
  9. James Welch
    James Welch5CEO @ · Written
    I've tried a few and stuck with Google Keep - good for taking voice notes, too, when driving. Syncs across everything.
  10. 2

    Simple, lighter alternative to Evernote

    Bruno Balzani
    Bruno BalzaniProduct Manager @ Bualá! Jobs · Written
    Simple AF. Light, clean, and free. Easy to share links. Simplenote is available for iOS, Android, Mac, Windows, Linux, and the web.
    • Arun Sathiya
      Arun SathiyaHappiness Engineer, Automattic

      Simplenote is one of those finest note-taking apps you can ask for. Coming from Automattic, the company behind, it enables seamless ability to publish the notes online. Great app, to sum it up!

    • Simplenote truly was the most beautiful app of its day. It completely transformed what productivity was for me. There aren't many apps you expect to still be using ten years later.

  11. 2

    Be less busy. Real-time messaging, archiving & search.

    Jason Hargrove 🌱
    Jason Hargrove 🌱Familiar Bot and sipping green tea <3 · Written
    This is obviously not the first thought you might have when thinking about taking notes, but between Slack and iMessage, I really don't find myself needing something extra or any more refined. I just message myself! In fact, I'm pretty sure that when you first message yourself on a Slack team the app suggests using it that way. Generally I use whatever Slack team I'm on for contextual notes regarding that thought space. (Where I might otherwise use iMessage for more personal stuff.) I also use the DM with our Slack Bot for notes as well. Especially in conjunction with some of the skills. For example the wikipedia skill we just released. Of course you don't have some of the features you'd find in dedicated note apps. But hey, they're just notes!
    • Amrith Shanbhag
      Amrith ShanbhagCommunity + Social at Product Hunt

      I'm a part of a ton of Slack communities but I'm active in only a handful.

      Slack works to its fullest only when it is implemented in a team and everyone's supposed to use it for communication. Slack could/should improve on making the communities on it better by adding relevant features.

    • João Oliveira Simões
      João Oliveira SimõesDesign Lead, 44 Studio

      As a remote designer, this is a must have. I'm always contactable and available. Super easy way to also have quick calls and communicate with other team members on different teams.

  12. Alice Tribuleva
    Alice TribulevaHacking productivity and nutrition. · Written
    Would you try out a web app? I'm working on a very simple note-taking app called Vivie. I use it a lot it on mobile too and it doubles well as a personal wiki. Appreciate all feedback! Alice
  13. 1
    Ulysses III

    A powerful writing tool for Mac, iPad, and iPhone

    Amos Wu
    Amos WuIndependent programmer (AmosTime) · Written
    I use this one, good looking and full support to Markdown.
  14. 2
    Notebook for Mac

    The beautifully simple note-taking app from Zoho. Now on Mac

    I use this all the time - It works cross-platform and is super easy. Save with browser extensions, or just a few taps on your phone. It's easy to set up and I found it much more intuitive to use than any other mentioned here, and I've tried them all. Save photos, URLs, and all sorts of items with your note effortlessly, to as many notebooks as you'd like. The UI is really nice, too - very pretty, I think. I do like Ulysses to write in, but for a note-taking app? Hmm.
    Simple, and free unlike bear and some of the other options on the list. The interface is great and simple. My favorite note app.
  15. 2
    Standard Notes

    A simple and private notes app.

    Maybe you are looking for something more private than earlier mentioned alternatives. Then Standard Notes is a good choice. The pricing is good, though you might miss some features as this still is a young product.
    • Ian Greig
      Ian GreigIan Greig

      A worthy alternative to OneNote (slow start up, freezes and glitches, too bloated), Evernote (can fall down out of wifi area), Bear (Markdown lacks rendered view).

    • John Haas
      John HaasRecent UMiami Graduate

      I use this throughout the day to save thoughts and write notes on both my phone and laptop. It's become an essential part of my daily routine. It's been useful in both school and work. I haven't had a problem with it in the 2+ years I've been using it.

  16. 1

    Notational Velocity with MultiMarkdown features

    Brandon Wu
    Brandon WuCo-founder, · Written
    I use nvALT with Dropbox sync, and keep notes in either .txt or .md files. This way they can be used across platforms and I don't have to rely on a cloud service if I ever want to export them.
  17. 1

    Instantly transcribe audio & search through voice

    Richard Rizk
    Richard RizkCTO of Blackbox · Written
    Richard Rizk made this product
    This is a great one but it's only iPhone/iPad. It does all the transcription for you instantly for every meeting/conversation and makes voice searchable