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Top note taking apps for Mac OSx

 There are many note-taking applications out there, many of them offering a ton functionality. In this article we are going to look at the apps that stand out from the rest.


Evernote is an app designed for note taking, organizing, task management, and archiving.

  • Evernote handle notes in almost any format. A user can add text notes, audio clips, images, PDF documents, scanned hand-written pages, Slack conversations, emails, websites, and anything else you can think of. 
  • Create searchable tags for your notes. 
  • Search images of a sheet of paper, a business card, a menu, a sign, or anything else with text, 
  • Evernote let users search handwritten notes as well - User have reported the writing must be clear for this feature to work. 
  • Attach, Scan and search PDFs 
  • Integration with Zapier.
Pricing: $7.99/month Premium Evernote subscription to avail all feature of the app. 

Microsoft OneNote

OneNote is a digital notebook that automatically saves and syncs your notes as you work.

  • OneNote pages are built to be a free-form canvas
  • You can highlight, draw, enter text, and pinch and zoom just like on your smartphone.
  • OneNote can be a home for quick lists or keeping track of to-do items.It can become a depository for articles that you need for research
  • OneNote for Windows 10 is a free
  • Offers Real-time collaboration
  • Access revisions & track changes
  • Securely store information - Integrate with Microsoft apps & plugins it automatically locks your password-protected sections to ensure they’re kept private.
  • Allow you to scans handwritten notes & convert them to text
  • Record audio & video into your notebook
  • OneNote is designed for use on any device, and it’s available on all major operating systems including iOS and Android. 
  • Ability to enter text (processed or handwritten), images and other media types that are possible through Microsoft Word. 
  • You can record audio and video straight into your notebook - Recognizes spoken words, so you can search through recordings to find exactly what you’re looking for.
  • Integrates with tools like Zapier, Salesforce, Trello and Slack. 
What we don't like:
  • The ability to search through notes is limited.
  • Difficulties in adding documents created in other applications

Google Keep 

Google keep is simple note taking app by google.

  • The interface is colorful and easy to use.
  • Supports photo notes, voice notes, and checklists. You can save those notes, photos, voice memos, and checklists to Google Drive.
  • Google keep let's you record voice notes. The app converts your speech to text, but it also attaches the original voice recording to the note so you can play it back and hear yourself.
  • The interface is fast, minimal, and functional.
  • You can use search and archive. The app makes organizing notes crazy simple.
  • Available on all platforms including android and iphone devices.
What we don't like
  • Not interoperable with another service like Dropbox or
  • No option to organize notes via tags 
Pricing: Free, you will have to pay for google drive.


Notion is the all-in-one workspace for your notes, tasks, wikis, and databases

  • Simple & Visually stunning interface 
  • Supports Flexible layout of a page. You can turn a page into a To-Do List, Outline, Plain Text Editor, or add any other element app offers. 
  • Supports dark mode and light modes that are tied to your  system's settings 
  • Option to maintain completely different workflows 
  • Offers simplified version of task management
What we don't like
  • Lacks integration options with other services like iCloud or Gmail calendar
  • No widget support for iPhone and iPad.

5) Apple Notes:

Apple Notes is full featured note taking app by Apple available across iOS and Mac devices. 

  • Offers nesting folder structure, you can nest your folders up to 5 levels deep
  • Name folders using emojis that makes it easy to remember what the folder is about 
  • Offers OCR (optical character recognition) technology, which simply means that you can search through your handwritten, scanned documents, images or attached pdf notes
  • Can automatically detect what's in a image in your notes & tag them appropriately .
  • Offers formatting essentials like heading, subheading, tables etc.
  • Opens really fast on the iPhone or Mac
What we don't like

  • OCR doesn’t work with any other document formats like .docx
  • Looks terrible when switching between dark and white modes
  • You can't link notes with each other
  • Exporting data to another app is not easy.
  • If you are an Android or Windows user, keeping all your information in Notes could mean a huge hassle later

Honorable Mention


Justnotes is a simple, beautiful and powerful notes app for OS X and iOS devices.

  • Capture your thoughts, ideas and todos - no formatting, just plain text. One window for one note lets you focus just on the text.
  • Assign tags to your notes to organize them in your way. Favorite your most important notes with a simple click
  • Find your notes by searching for keywords and tags.  Just type in the search text and use the hash sign (#) for tag search.
  • Synchronize your notes with Simplenote or a local folder to access them from another computer and your iOS device
What we don't like
  • The app lacks a lot of features compared to the note taking apps listed above.
  • No android version.
Pricing: $9.99

Update: Justnotes is no longer available.


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