Nebo: Notes & PDF Annotations 4+

Notebook, Handwriting to Text


Designed for iPad

    • 4.5 • 3.9K Ratings
    • Free
    • Offers In-App Purchases

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Meet Nebo, the award-winning digital notebook. Create beautiful notes and professional documents by hand, sketch ideas on a limitless canvas and annotate imported PDFs. Powered by the world's best handwriting recognition, Nebo can understand every word you write in your choice of 66 languages – then convert it to typed text, ready to share.

Now with *Dark Mode* and *Apple silicon* support – download and use Nebo on Mac M1 and M2 devices!

Get read-only access to your notes on your iPhone with handy companion app, Nebo Viewer. Search your library, copy/paste content into other apps and export pages. Note: Nebo Viewer requires access to cloud sync and a free MyScript account.

• Digital handwriting:
- Write¹, type or dictate in the same document, sentence or even word.
- Accurately convert handwriting and math to typed text, and hand-drawn diagrams to perfect shapes. Hand-drawn diagrams even stay editable when pasted into PowerPoint!
- Write emoji and symbols with your pen.

• Edit with your pen:
- Use intuitive gestures to edit and format content without breaking your flow.
- Create headings, lists and checkboxes, add or remove spaces and line breaks, delete and emphasize text.
- Use the marker to highlight or color, the lasso to select, and the eraser to delete entire strokes or precisely defined content.

• Write and draw freely in a Nebo Note:
- Enjoy an infinite canvas ideal for brainstorming.
- Pan around and zoom in or out for a fresh perspective.
- Use the lasso to select and move, copy, delete or resize content.

• Switch to a Nebo Document for a responsive experience:
- Create and edit structured notes – your handwriting will automatically reflow as needed.
- Make edits, adjust layout, rotate your device or split your screen without worrying about readability.

• Enrich your notes:
- Personalize content using a range of pen types and page backgrounds.
- Add photos, sketches and smart objects like math and diagrams.
- Handwrite math equations and matrices across several lines, solve simple calculations and copy math as LaTeX or image.

• Paperless management:
- Organize your library via drag-and-drop.
- Back up your notes as needed.

Try Nebo free, then add premium features in-app.

Nebo’s Productivity Packs offer powerful features like unlimited notebooks, cloud sync, multi-page export and PDF import/annotation. Or purchase the Full Pack for max power at a discounted rate!

Note: Productivity Packs are not compatible with Family Sharing.

- “Perfect with Apple Pencil” (App Store)
- “For note-takers with needs that go beyond the basic” (TechRadar, 2019)
- Best App 2017 (CES Mobile Apps Showdown)

Nebo respects your privacy and never stores content on our servers without your explicit consent.

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¹You can use any compatible active or passive pen, including Apple Pencil, to write in Nebo. More details at

What’s New

Version 3.5.1

** Dark Mode **

Nebo now supports Dark Mode, and has been optimized to ensure your content remains clearly legible whichever background and ink color(s) you use.

** Page backgrounds **

Change the background color of a page to help categorize your content or simply to suit your preference.

** Notes and Documents **

Nebo's page types have new names that align more closely with their features, benefits and uses. A freeform page is now a Note and a regular page is now a Document.

** Stability improvements **

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Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
3.9K Ratings

3.9K Ratings

Editors’ Notes

Our iPad Pro becomes an awesome on-the-fly notepad with this app built specifically for Apple Pencil. With a few taps and strokes, we can format handwritten text as titles, paragraphs or bulletpoints. And creating diagrams or marking up photos? Dead simple. Ah, the simple joy of taking old-fashioned notes—and decorating the page with random doodles!

Boishaai ,

At last!!!

Three days ago I was looking for an app that would allow me to convert handwriting into text on my iPad Pro, using the Apple pencil. The search led to Notes Plus. But while there, I saw MyScript. It was free and had some rave reviews from people with bad handwriting. I installed it and immediately found that a £1.99 add-on was required to make it work. I followed the link to get this, only to be told that this was only available in the US. Outraged, I posted a scathing review, giving it one
* - and would have given it less if I could have. I paid my £9.99 for Notes Plus. I soon found that, good as it was for many things, it was completely unable to decipher my handwriting. I can't blame it - only three people on the planet have been able to read what I write, and, sadly, two of them have passed on. I gave up the search. The next day - I'm nothing if not determined - I started again. This time the search led to Nebo MyScript. When tried to install it I found that it was already there. Overnight it had morphed. This time without the €1.99 add-on. I have now spent some time going through the tutorials and can announce that I'm In Love. Finally, and at last, I have found the Holy Grail! This whole review has been written with this more-than-5 * miracle. I am beyond grateful, not to mention filled with wonder. Thank you, thank you, thank you. The digital world continues to amaze me.

Generator33 ,

Can’t open since new update

I love this app, it’s fantastic and the developers deserve a lot of praise, but since the new update I have not been able to open the app. I have tried looking on their website but I can’t find any way to contact the developers or anyone else who might be able to help. Does anyone know how to solve this?

As a more general review, the app is brilliant. It is very rare for the system to misunderstand what you are writing once it gets used to your handwriting (unless it is a name or made up word, though it soon learns them) and adding images is quick and easy, as is moving text and separating paragraphs.
The only negative points would be that it does not allow you to paste paragraphs from one language to another (a problem in my case because I accidentally made my initial notebook in America-English rather than UK-English) and copying in general is awkward at points, as is the maths feature. However, these are very minor points for the app as a whole.
I would definitely recommend this app to writers everywhere.

Developer Response ,

Hi, there. Please contact our support team so they will help you : Thank you. Jules

App Privacy

The developer, MyScript, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

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