Transform the way you take notes with AxNote.

Built for the Mac, AxNote makes it seamless to type up notes and markup documents. Simple formatting tools make it easy to create exactly what you need, and its easier than ever to write on PDFs.


QuickTool: Quickly switch tools with a keyboard shortcut to pop up a mini tool picker. Then, cycle through pens, highlighters and text. It's like Command + Tab, but for note taking.

PDFs: Here's what you'll need to write on a PDF - Open the file. With AxNote, you can instantly write on PDFs and images by just double clicking and the app automatically adds, positions and scales a text box exactly where you want it. You also get all the smart features of AxNote making PDFs feel just like printed paper, only better.

Simple formatting: Make your notes look exactly how you want them to look through precise text controls in the menu bar. Or, format your notes without the need to lift your arm with Touch Bar support.

Freeform images: Add images to your notes without breaking your whole layout. All it takes to add images is a drag and drop into your canvas.

Autoshape: Straighten ink-drawn shapes and scale them with Autoshape. This enables you to create perfectly accurate diagrams.

Layouts: Transform your iPad into a real notebook with a selection of preset Layouts, including lined and grid paper, typed paragraphs and a freeform canvas. Customize your layouts with specific measurements for line and grid spacing and colors.

Reminders & Pins: Pin what matters most to your notes simply by drawing a rectangle around important content. You can also set reminders for your pins to keep on top of your work.

Spaces: Silo your notes by category and set Cover Images to freshen up your workspace. Cover Images and 3+ Spaces requires the purchase of AxNote+.


- Create unlimited Spaces
- Set Cover Images

These features are available with a one-time in-app purchase to AxNote+. Please read the terms of service at

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Made by Jonathan Benjamin.

What’s New

Version 1.1.6

This update contains bug fixes.

Ratings and Reviews

emriyun ,

Best free note taking app!

I have tried ALL of the free note taking apps but and this one by far is the best. This includes PDF exporting, a clean display, and looks very similar to Apple’s Files app which I love. It has multiple sections and folder so organization is not a problem. Very simple and efficient. One specific detail is that the highlighter highlights UNDER the writing, which is AMAZING. Seriously don’t know why there aren’t more reviews on this app.

App Privacy

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

Data Not Collected

The developer does not collect any data from this app.

Privacy practices may vary, for example, based on the features you use or your age. Learn More


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