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. 125
    Taskade 2.0

    Team tasks, notes, and chat, in one unified workspace. 🧠✍️✅

    Dionis Loire made this product
    Taskade syncs in real-time across all devices on web, mac, and iphone. It is simple, flexible, and free to use for individuals and teams.
  2. 112

    A beautiful, flexible writing app for notes and prose

    Justin Mitchell
    Justin Mitchell9Founder & CEO @ 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 54
    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 🙏
  5. 51
    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'.
  6. 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.
  7. 18

    One combined workspace. All of your team documentation.

    Laure Albouy
    Laure Albouy3marketing @ slite · Written
    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.
  8. Nancy Hamilton
    Nancy HamiltonUser Experience Designer · Written
    I've actually been a big fan of an app called NoteLedge. I create notes and to-do lists on both my iPhone and my MacBook Air, and everything I generate on either device syncs with no problems, and it works with a variety of cloud services. The app is quite useful overall, I use it daily
    Blaise Curtis
    Blaise CurtisSoftware Developer · Written
    This is a pretty useful application for taking notes, drawing and organizing everything - both on your iPhone and Mac. All my files sync very quickly. Two thumbs up.
    Carol Hart
    Carol HartSenior Software Developer · Written
    NoteLedge makes it easy to work on one device and have it synced to all your other Apple devices. Work can be done from anywhere and that's quite convinient.
  9. 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...
  10. 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
  11. 8

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

    Jason Hargrove 🌱
    Jason Hargrove 🌱Familiar team 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!
  12. 6

    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
  13. 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.
  14. Alice Tribuleva
    Alice TribulevaDesign @ Kraftful · 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
  15. 3

    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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.