Nebo: Notes & PDF Annotations 4+

Notebook, Handwriting to Text


Designed for iPad

    • 4.6 • 15.8K Ratings
    • Free
    • Offers In-App Purchases

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Brainstorm ideas & take freeform notes mixing handwriting, text, drawings, diagrams & images on an expandable canvas. Erase & edit content with pen gestures, and convert handwriting and shapes to typed text and perfect forms.

Nebo understands every word you write in your choice of 66 languages, and works on all platforms - so you can access and search your notes from any device.

Enjoy 3 powerful experiences in one app:

** Create freely in a Nebo Note – the world’s most advanced freeform canvas with full write-to-text and shape conversion **
** Handwrite a responsive Nebo Document, adding math and diagram objects as needed **
** Import existing documents as PDFs, ready to annotate **

Get companion app Nebo Viewer for read-only access to your notes on your iPhone. Search, copy-paste and export content as needed. Note: requires access to cloud sync and a free MyScript account.

• Digital handwriting:
- Write¹, type or dictate in the same page, sentence or even word.
- Accurately convert handwriting and math to typed text, and drawn diagrams to perfect shapes. Diagrams 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.
- Use the marker to highlight or color, the lasso to select, and the eraser to delete entire strokes or precisely defined content.

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

• 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.

- “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 4.0.6

** Handwriting conversion in Notes **

Our write-to-text engine now works in Notes - simply select handwriting with the lasso and tap "Convert" to convert it to typed text.

** Keyboard in Notes **

You can now use the keyboard to type, dictate and edit text in Notes.

** Pen gestures in Notes **

Notes now support our intuitive pen gestures - so you can erase, edit and format both handwriting and typed text without breaking your flow.

** Perfect shapes **

New for Notes and diagram objects within Documents: hold your pen to the screen after drawing a line or shape to convert it to a perfect, regularized form.

** Copy-paste to Notes from other apps **

You can now copy-paste text or images from other apps into Notes.

** Background patterns in Notes **

We've added new background patterns for Notes - you can now choose from the classic grid, lines, dotted lines or a blank background.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
15.8K Ratings

15.8K Ratings

rtt6 ,

Suggestion about Latex

Not sure if anyone in the fields of math/physical sciences who uses this app has already suggested this, but it would be GREATLY appreciated if nebo was able to provide a mode where the entire handwritten text could be converted to Latex, so that it would be functional for writing proofs, derivations, theorems, laws, etc. As of now there is no app with this capability, which is why it is so crucial for math/physical sciences students to learn Latex typesetting in order to write research papers and longer works that include both natural spoken language and mathematical symbols. However, I feel that Nebo has the potential to fill this space, seeing how powerful the "Math" section that can be added to regular pages already is. While it is very useful and well made, it is limited since ordinary languages like English cannot be recognized in the same section. If Nebo were able to develop a way to recognize and convert hand written mathematical proofs and other similar types of text to Latex, it would absolutely be the primary notes app of choice for EVERY individual studying higher level math, physics, or chemistry. Suggestions aside, Nebo is an amazing app with all of its other features!!

Developer Response ,

We're super happy to hear you're enjoying Nebo – and we're grateful for your support.
We listen to all feedback and your remarks about LaTeX and math-inline have been noted. Best of luck with your studies! Mila

rebeccatoner ,


This has been one of my favorite apps until recently- I love that I can keep a personal journal, one for podcast ideas, one for work purposes, etc. The integration with Google Drive and the ease of syncing all journals as well as saving and sharing specific pages is fantastic, and the conversion to text from writing is pretty accurate.

However, in the past month I have struggled massively with extreme lagginess, app crashing or having to force restart the app, disconnection from google drive sync, and lack of responsiveness from customer service outreach which leaves me disappointed and seeking other apps. It’s taking upwards of 10 plus minutes to be able to finish writing a sentence or for the app to move to the next line, and whenever it does read the text it’s choppy and illegible most of the time. I’ve tried in multiple places with different WiFi connections, I’ve restarted the app, I’ve uninstalled and reinstalled, and even got a second Apple Pencil thinking that was the issue. I’ve tried other pencil-compatible apps and even did a hard reset on my iPad, all to no avail. I know it’s the app, and I really hope changes are made soon so I don’t have to switch everything over to another service. I’m hoping google comes out with something similar soon, or that there will be an update to fix all of this. Nebo started out really strongly for me and has been almost unusable the last several weeks.

Developer Response ,

Sorry you're seeing this behavior. We're working on a fix for this bug and will do our best to make this available at the earliest opportunity. In the meantime, you can disable the "Full keyboard access" in the Accessibility settings of your iPad, which may cause crashes and lags. Thanks for your patience! Mila

Theblast99 ,

Just what I needed :)

I’ve been looking for a replacement for apple’s notes app and google docs that wasn’t word, and luckily, I came upon this beautiful, easy to use app. This is, hands down, the best app to use if you want to convert your handwriting into typed format. It works very well with my handwriting and is easy to edit and learn different shortcuts for your writing. I’m also glad it has an option to create a free form note, where I use it to brainstorm ideas, writing floating where ever I want it to be.
You can organize your notes in collections and notebooks, which is very handy and a feature I needed.

Even though this will become my main writing app, 😉 there’s only one small thing that would make it even better... a night/dark theme. Maybe I just haven’t found it yet, or it’s not there, but I would love to write in whatever color I like on whatever colored paper I like. So far it has the option to change writing color, just not paper. If you had the option to change the color of paper, there wouldn’t even be a need to have color themes- the writer could just change their paper and pen to whatever color they needed and voilà! Thanks :)

Developer Response ,

Thank you - we're so glad you're enjoying Nebo! Thanks also for letting us know what exactly you love about the app. The dark mode is already available - have you tried it in Nebo's settings ➡️ Display? Hope this helps, Mila

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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