What is the best app for taking handwritten notes?

Looking for a clean iOS app with some way of organizing handwritten notes. Bonus points for: * Cross-platform * Text conversion or searching handwritten notes * Including images and pasting text * PDF annotation
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    Notion 2.0

    The all-in-one workspace - notes, tasks, wikis, & databases

    Yoginth
    Yoginth🤟 Designer, Developer, and Toolmaker · Written
    It has kinda everything!
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    Evernote

    Note taking gets even simpler

    Dhruv Agrawal
    Dhruv AgrawalCo-founder, Shipsy · Written
    Amazing product. Both for beginners and advanced users
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    Shamit Khemka
    Shamit KhemkaM.D. - SynapseIndia · Written
    Merge Several Notes into One Create Stacks and Stacks of Notebooks Add Reminders Make a Task List reliable security
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    Google Keep

    Save your thoughts, wherever you are

    I would always recommend Google Keep for its simplicity and simply fluid user experience. Keep may feel a basic note-taking app at first sight but it does a lot than one can expect. Moreover, Keep Android app just received Google's new material design 2.0 interface, which makes taking notes on your Android phone extremely easy and interesting. It shows you link previews, you can create lists, to-dos add images, color-code your notes, sync it with your Gmail and lot more. While Evernote is the beast of note-taking apps, it may get somewhat difficult to understand the app better. Keep, on the other hand, may not provide all the features of Evernote but it's exactly what you need.
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    Ricardo Alamino
    Ricardo AlaminoFront-end Developer · Written
    I just use that everywhere.
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  4. Jerry Shan
    Jerry ShaniOS Developer · Written
    1. iOS & Mac app with sync 2. fluent writing experience. 3. you can select your write copy/move to anywhere 4. I have used it for 4 years during my university study The best handwritten app I found on iOS. NOTE: I personally have not yet used the mac app. I only used the iOS app on my iPad. The mac version comes later when I have graduated from the university and do not need to hand write notes anymore.
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  5. ElFitz
    ElFitzRocking the 🌍, one step at a time · Written
    It... ...has text conversion & hand written notes search ...includes images and text pasting ...allows you to annotate PDFs! ...even has an option for recording while you write down It does not... ...require a subscription (hello Evernote!) ...allow some random employees to read your notes (hello again, Evernote!)
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    Lauren Jones
    Lauren Jonesengineer/designer/analyst · Written
    Love this app! I used it to record studies, meeting minutes and to even create flash cards. Love it!
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    Shamit Khemka
    Shamit KhemkaM.D. - SynapseIndia · Written
    Use Notability to combine multiple inputs such as sketching, typing, & handwriting.
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  6. Available on all major platforms. Best ink support. Additional features like embed videos, record audio and insert that in the page, OCR, save PDFs, easy math and more.
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  7. Personally, I really like NoteLedge. It's a good app for all kinds of note-taking, both handwritten and typed. It features quite a few pens and paper styles so you can make your notes as creative as you'd like. Another cool thing is that you can draw and sketch in this app and the overall experience does feel quite realisitc (talking about the handwriting functions). All your notes are synced so you can work on several devices, but even if you're just working on your phone, it's still pretty convinient.
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    Nancy Hamilton
    Nancy HamiltonUser Experience Designer · Written
    Sweet app - it's hard to find a notes application that's fun to use and NoteLedge is definitely a winner for writing down your notes. It's both easy and the available tools are quite useful.
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  8. Celine Carpet
    Celine CarpetProductivity, travel · Written
    PDFelement for Mac is a speedy, lightweight, yet surprisingly powerful PDF editing application. Product page: https://pdf.wondershare.com/?utm... And PDFelement also releases a basic version for those people who require to edit pdf in a simple and fast method with an affordable price. PDFelement Pro for Mac-it helps to read, edit, or annotate PDFs with ease. Convert PDFs to words/text/PPT/EXCEL. Product page: https://pdf.wondershare.com/pdf-...
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  9. Emma Giles
    Emma GilesTechie, founder, trail runner · Written
    This one's a bit different, but if you're keen on notetaking on videos!
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    Good Notes

    Highlight and hand write notes on PDFs

    Eddie Rodriguez
    Eddie RodriguezI make balloons @ Google [X] · Written
    It's great at bringing in PDFs and images to markup quickly. Text recognition is pretty solid. Easy to export!
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  11. After buying/trying every one I could find, nearly 2yrs later; I can conclusively say that Concepts is the best option out there. It's got the pixel-perfect abilities of any art/drawing app, yet it uses a (virtually) infinite canvas, so brainstorming and sketching can flow unrestricted, layers, vector editing (on-par if not better than AI or equivalent), brushes, "folders", import/export (even to different filetypes), I could go on. It's everything you're looking for.
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  12. Léo Benoit
    Léo BenoitOracle engineer consultant · Written
    Write! is an elegant workspace to create notes, to-do lists, writing projects and texts of any kind. It has all features of a good word processor packed into a clutter-free interface.
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    Standard Notes

    A simple and private notes app.

    Yoginth
    Yoginth🤟 Designer, Developer, and Toolmaker · Written
    Very secured simple app!
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    Bear

    A beautiful, flexible writing app for notes and prose

    Yoginth
    Yoginth🤟 Designer, Developer, and Toolmaker · Written
    It's great but not cross-platform!
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  15. Niels Bosma
    Niels BosmaCreator of SeoTools for Excel · Written
    The best notetaking product for the iPad. Incredible.
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    Journal

    Organize all your ideas

    I recently got access to this journal, I've been using it regularly and I'm really impressed by how they have added integrations and the UI is very clean and easy to use.
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    I recently got access to this journal, I've been using it regularly and I'm really impressed by how they have added integrations and the UI is very clean and easy to use.
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    RealtimeBoard 3.0

    Enhanced whiteboard. Your guide to the future of teamwork

    Rico Trevisan
    Rico TrevisanApostle of Broadband Jesus · Written
    My current workflow is to take notes on pen and paper (Neuland markers, Bikablo technique). Afterwards digest them, take a photo, and scan them to Miro (née Realtime Board). Having it on the board allows me to further annotate the image and the notes will be in context, in the middle of our the team's board, backlog, etc..
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    Penultimate

    The best digital handwriting on iPad

    Kavir Kaycee
    Kavir KayceeProduct at Emtropy Labs · Written
    Been using this on and off for the past 4 years. It syncs with Evernote, so all the handwritten notes are available on the desktop.
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  19. Runs with self-hosted platforms like Nextcloud and supports full end-to-end encryption! Runs on any desktop and mobile platform. Powerful searching, easy attaching images and files. Also, Markdown.
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  20. Varadarajan AR
    Varadarajan ARProduct Marketing Manager · Written
    Zoho Notebook is a beautiful note-taking application, that allows you to take notes, add files, create checklists, sketches, record audio, and capture moments. Notebook is available across Android, iOS, Mac, Web & Windows platforms. Notes taken on one device can automatically sync to another device, using a Zoho account. Notebook allows you to add images as an image card, and also inside a text note card. It also allows you to paste text directly into a note card. You can annotate PDF's in Notebook for iOS.
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