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These are the applications you need to be an ace with the Apple Pencil

Want to take notes on your iPad or jot down documents with the Apple Pencil? Then be sure to check out what we have in store for you, because it’s worth a look. Whether you need to take handwritten notes, annotate documents, record audio, create notebooks, or even make your own fonts, the App Store has a number of great note-taking apps .


The iPad’s Default Notes app is a true writing and notation program in itself, with iOS 11 adding text recognition search, online browsing and notation, and drawing or handwriting. If you need something basic but effective , this is your app.


These are the applications you need to be an ace with the Apple Pencil
These are the applications you need to be an ace with the Apple Pencil

The application has a great interface full of tools for writing, drawing, annotation of PDF files, creating shapes, highlighting, moving objects, adding audio, integrating photos and web clips and much more. You can choose from various colored paper styles , share your notes with almost all major services and print them, as well as import them from Dropbox, Google Drive, Box or a WebDAV service.

Notability also **offers iCloud sync support **and a companion Mac application, as it works on both Mac and iOS It’s an excellent, well-designed application if you want something a little more powerful than the default Notes application.


GoodNotes is a real cannon: it is less intuitive than any of the other applications, but it is full of some very valuable features.

To get you started, GoodNotes offers an overwhelming selection of paper types for your digital notes, including lining, graphics, layout and music notation, there are even advanced options that allow you to load custom templates . Moreover, most templates are available on specific paper sizes if you want to print. GoodNotes also offers a wide range of different styles and options.

Like the other applications, GoodNotes supports writing and drawing with the Apple pen using two different digital writing tools. GoodNotes has built-in handwriting search recognition . Although it will not automatically convert your handwriting to text, you can search any of them with good accuracy.

If you are looking for a more extensive option than Notability, GoodNotes is a feature-rich application that is well worth downloading.

Microsoft OneNote

If you have a Microsoft account, OneNote is a good choice. Microsoft has impressed iOS enthusiasts around the world with great iPhone and iPad apps, and OneNote is no different. Although you need a Microsoft or Skype account to use it, you don’t need an Office 365 subscription to edit documents . That said, OneNote is primarily designed to be an import repository so that OneNote laptops can share links with the public.

OneNote is a good note-taking application and a general repository; you can write with your pencil to add photos, audio, files, PDFs and links, transcribe mathematical equations or even create a calendar .

PDF Expert 6

If you’re planning to make PDF annotations and fill out forms on your iPad Pro, you can make one or two with Apple’s built-in Markup extension in iOS 11 – but for more comprehensive annotation tools, you’ll want a dedicated App to help you. There are plenty of great ones, but the iCloud PDF Expert’s synchronization and advanced markup features blow it to the top of my list.

You can open PDF files from iCloud or virtually any other online service with the application, fill out forms, and sign documents. You can also work with a digital pen, a shape tool, an underline, or a highlighter option. All of these changes, after you save them, are not only fully editable in PDF Expert, but in applications such as Adobe Acrobat , so you can switch from Mac to PC and vice versa with your iPad.

PDF Expert also allows you to edit the structure of PDFs: You can rearrange pages, remove sections, extract parts of the PDF, and even add new blank pages to documents. Once you’re done with a PDF document, you can even compress it with the built-in compressor and password-protect sensitive documents.

MyScript Nebo

If it’s handwriting conversion you need on the fly, Nebo is the best application out there. Forget about note-taking: If you want your scribbles converted into text, you’ll need an application that supports handwriting conversion . There are applications like this that do this completely.

It is quite simple to use and offers a soft digital pen tool in various colors . In addition, users can add photo and video content, diagrams and equations along with handwritten or digital text.

The notes can be converted into a paragraph immediately, or if you prefer, these conversions can be kept. You can also export notes as HTML, PDF or Word . Synchronization is available through MyScript’s own service, but unfortunately not in iCloud.Nebo is still the best application in the shop for handwriting recognition.

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The iFontMaker application allows you to create great built-in fonts by hand and install them on your iPad or computer.

All the tools you may be used to in a desktop typography program are included, including freehand drawing , vector curves and support for virtually all characters available for writing online, including characters for various Asian languages.

iFontMaker does not officially support the Apple pen, but can be used without any problems If you’ve ever dreamed of creating your own font, iFontMaker can do it for you.


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