Sebastien BarrauCo-founder, htmlsig and passpass

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. 26

    A beautiful, flexible writing app for notes and prose

    Justin Mitchell9Launching a VR design tool at · 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 HoeselCo-founder Crowded · Written
    Bear is amazing. It's very straightforward, has incredibly reliable sync and many awesome export options from markdown.
    Mattan IngramLead Product Designer at Code Climate · Written
    Relatively cheap to get sync feature, tags instead of folders, native markdown support, great design.
    • 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 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. 13

    Note taking gets even simpler

    Kate52Head 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 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 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. 8
    Dropbox Paper

    Collaboration tool built for teams

    Stefan Theofilos8Product Designer, Entrepreneur · Written
    I've recently started using Dropbox Paper. I love the simple UI of it.
    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
    • 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.

    • 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.

  4. 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.
  5. James Welch5CEO @ · Written
    I've tried a few and stuck with Google Keep - good for taking voice notes, too, when driving. Syncs across everything.
  6. 3
    Notion for iOS

    A collaborative editor for notes, tasks, and wikis

    Luca HalmaCo-founder, Noow · Written
    It's the best. It's the first note taking app I ever could find my notes in.
    • 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 😊

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    • I cannot recommend Notion. As soon as I hit my trial limit I upgraded without hesitation. I'm using Notion to deliver design documentation with a slew of different kinds of deliverables. Notion is the only solution I've come across that actually allows me to deliver these items in one cohesive link, rather than sending out a link dump of many different services.

      The iOS companion just makes this service even more powerful. If you're not using Notion, I'm sad for your productivity.

  7. 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
  8. 1
    Ulysses III

    A powerful writing tool for Mac, iPad, and iPhone

    Amos WuIndependent programmer (AmosTime) · Written
    I use this one, good looking and full support to Markdown.
  9. 1
    Zenkit for iOS

    Work with Zenkit on the go

    Jessi Lu8Change 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.
    • (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.

    • Sammy SchuckertCo-Founder & CEO @ thangs

      I like the way Zenkit is thinking beyond static one view only representation and interaction with content. They figured out a neat way to combine the advantages of spreadsheets, mindmaps, lists, and Kanban into one single tool. The flexibility to jump between these representations of your content, based on your needs, is the ultimate adavantage of Zenkit. Looking forward for see this capability on mobile too – probably on their roadmap.

  10. 1

    Simple, lighter alternative to Evernote

    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 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.