Nebo: Notes & PDF Annotations 4+

Notebook, Handwriting to Text


Designed for iPad

    • 4.6 • 14.2K Ratings
    • Free
    • Offers In-App Purchases

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Meet Nebo, the award-winning digital notebook! Create beautiful notes, handwrite professional reports, sketch ideas on an infinite canvas and annotate existing documents. With its world-beating AI, Nebo understands every word you write.

Nebo for iPad is the ONLY note-taking app that makes handwriting as powerful and versatile as typed text. Now with added Mac M1 support - download and enjoy Nebo on Apple silicon devices!

Turn handwritten notes into professional documents thanks to the world's best handwriting recognition and write-to-text conversion. Nebo understands and accurately converts even the untidiest scribble in your choice of 66 languages.

Create freely and evolve ideas on a limitless freeform page. Import PDF files or Word and PowerPoint documents as PDFs, ready to annotate. Nebo simplifies your information workflow and boosts your productivity.

Nebo Viewer is a handy companion app that gives read-only access to your notes on your iPhone. Search your library, copy/paste content into other apps and even export pages, ready to share.

Nebo Viewer is available now from the App Store on iPhone. Please note: you'll need access to cloud sync and a free MyScript account to access your notes in Nebo Viewer.


• Empower your handwriting:
- Write¹, type or dictate - all in the same document, sentence or even word.
- Accurately convert handwriting and math to typed text, and hand-drawn diagrams to perfect shapes.
- Add a selection of emoji and symbols with your pen.

• Edit with your pen:
- Use simple gestures to edit and format 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 either entire strokes or precisely defined content.

• A uniquely responsive experience:
- Nebo’s regular page automatically reflows your handwriting as needed.
- Make edits, adjust layout, rotate your device or split your screen without worrying about readability.

• Enrich your notes:
- 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.
- Hand-drawn diagrams stay editable when pasted into PowerPoint.

• Write and draw freely:
- Nebo's freeform page is an infinite canvas that’s ideal for brainstorming.
- Pan around the page and zoom in or out to get a fresh perspective.
- Use the lasso to select and move, copy, delete or resize content.

• Reuse freeform content in regular pages:
- Copy content between freeform pages or sections, and into regular pages or other apps.
- Freeform content stays editable and convertible when pasted to a regular page.

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

Try Nebo free. When you're ready to take your note-taking to the next level, you can choose the features you want in-app.

Select from a range of Productivity Packs offering powerful features like unlimited notebooks, cloud sync, multi-page export and PDF import/annotation. Alternatively, purchase the Full Pack for max power at a discounted rate!

Please note that Productivity Packs are not compatible with Family Sharing.

- “Perfect with Apple Pencil” (Apple 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 your content on our servers without your explicit consent.

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Check the minimum and recommended requirements for Nebo:

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

What’s New

Version 3.4.0

** New pens **

Get creative and personalize your notes with new brush and fountain pens.

** New text symbols **

Nebo now recognizes handwritten superscript characters and 17 new symbols.

** Learn word **

It’s easier than ever to add a word to Nebo’s dictionary. Simply select a word, then tap “Learn” in the menu to ensure Nebo recognizes it in the future.

** Stability improvements **

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Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
14.2K Ratings

14.2K 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 ,

Hi Jeff, thank you for your positive feedback. I'm happy to tell you that dark mode is coming later this year, but it is not at the top of our 2021 development timetable. We have a number of other great new features that will be rolled out before dark mode is introduced to the app. Best regards, Leo

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