Noteful: Note-Taking on PDF 4+

Good handwritten notes & paper

Noteful Technologies Ltd

Designed for iPad

    • 4.7 • 4.2K Ratings
    • Free
    • Offers In-App Purchases



Noteful is your one-stop note-taking app to experience the new paperless revolution on iPad.

Perfect for annotating documents, taking class notes or even building your personal knowledge system. It is time to put aside the paper clutter, as Noteful is a versatile tool that helps you to accelerate your learning and knowledge work.

Take Beautiful Handwritten Notes
• Natural, fluid and precise handwriting experience
• Precise handwriting on iPad with Apple Pencil native support
• Custom-built ink engine InfiniteStroke that captures and converts your strokes into high-resolution vector ink
• 3 brushes available: ballpoint pen, fountain pen and highlighter
• Switch between pen sizes and colours
• Recognise geometrical shapes

Markup, Highlight, Annotate
• Import PDFs, MS Office documents to a notebook
• Add images, shapes and typed text to notes
• Use multiple paper templates in a single notebook
• Export and share handwritten annotations as PDF
• Use Quick Create to create a new notebook for quick sketching

Powerful Tagging
• Organise quickly by tagging with #tag or even #nested/tag anywhere in notebooks
• More flexible than folders; Notes can be organised by subjects, by topics or by priorities
• Browse notebooks or pages by tags
• Rename, delete or re-assign tags to easily re-organise your library

Layers in Notebook
• Add annotation on separate layers without changing original content*
• Hide or show layers independently
• Rearrange layers
• Make it possible to composite complex layout*

All Your Notes, All the Time
• Sync to all your iPhone and iPad devices*
• Take textbooks, slides, handwritten notes and PDF documents with you wherever you go
• Notebooks synced with iCloud are encrypted via account-based keys

Powerful Editing
• Erase strokes with eraser
• Double tap on Apple Pencil to switch to eraser tool
• Move and resize annotations with lasso tool
• Unlimited undo, redo
• Support Split View for multitasking

Audio Record Notes
• Record audio while you take notes
• Audio playback position synced with the notes

Modern App Design
• A minimalist UI that maximizes content space
• Streamlined design that requires fewer taps for common functions
• Different orientations are available for the main toolbar
• A clean UI that lets you focus on note-taking and the content

We will be adding new features so please stay tuned for future updates.

Noteful is free to use without time limit but with certain features (marked with*) only available to users who upgrade to Noteful Pro via In-app purchase.

Noteful Pro is available for one-time purchase and the features will be unlocked forever.

If you have support questions or product suggestions, please contact us by support.

Wishing you good note-taking!

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What’s New

Version 1.2.37

- New: “Draw on Hover” option for Pen Tool. Some users experienced with drawing broken lines with the Pen Tool but not with other tools such as the Lasso Tool. It might be casued by a hardware problem if Apple Pencil’s pressure reading is too low. When enabled, the app will attempt to resolve the problem and the results may vary.
- Fixed a potential issue where data export could produce archive files with missing files. It is recommended that the user re-export the data.
- Fixed an issue where TabBar would not work properly when setting the bottom position on iOS 17.
- Improved multiple selection in notebook thumbnail view. Slide your finger horizontally to select multiple pages.
- Minor UI changes in Presentation Tool.

Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
4.2K Ratings

4.2K Ratings

TGuyM ,

Minimal, Efficient, Refined & Nearing Perfection

I'd really like to thank the developer(s). This really is a joy to use. All of the features that I need, with no unnecessary ones, and an extensive free mode to let me fall in love with it naturally. At this point, I have tried every note taking app and this one is the best deal. The biggest reason for me has got to be the shape input. I don't think the AppStore listing sells this feature hard enough, so here's my experience. 1. Draw approximate shape, and hold at closing vertex 2. While still holding, adjust size and rotation. 3. Release pen to enter vertex edit mode, where the shape can be fine tuned. (Once you've stopped editing vertices though, the shape is locked in) No other app gets this right. Shape input is *so* natural, versatile, and consistent. The only improvement I could ask for is allowing the editing of a shape that has already been finalized. I understand that if the shape is no longer a vector object that this makes it impossible, but a nerd can dream. - A very very happy customer


Wonderful news: They have continued improving this app. The new keyboard shortcuts are quite handy, even if some of them are placed on the right-side of the keyboard. I hope they offer options for customizing these hotkeys soon.

EZE Ruthless ,

Noteful: the new king of writing apps

After 2 other well known writing apps cost themselves customer loyalty (one because of a terrible update, the other because of another tired bait-and-switch tactic of charging a subscription for an app already paid for), I went on a search for an alternative. One where the developers respect their customers and listens to feedback. One with a respectful privacy policy (which definitely was NOT the case with one of the aforementioned popular writing apps). And one that refrains from this greedy trend of charging subscription fees instead of a one-time reasonable price.

In Noteful, I think I’ve found such an app.

One-time price? Check. Clear and concise privacy policy? Check. Feature rich? Check, check, and checkmate. This app has everything I need. It’s layout is beautiful, it’s UI is intuitive, and the developer seems committed to the user base.

One more “note” about privacy: when a developer has the talent to make an app this good, yet still has a privacy policy that makes it very clear that data mining is not part of his business structure? THAT is the kind of developer who we should all be supporting. In fact, I would encourage this developer to consider putting in a tip jar, because users like me who are fed up with apps cavalierly violating that basic principle will gladly contribute regularly to someone doing things the right way. Thank you, Noteful.

me:displaysanickname ,

seamless transition

I’ve used Notability for about 10 years, but this year, the cost to keep the app is ridiculous. So, I switched to Noteful because I’ve heard that the UI is very similar. After using Noteful for about a month, I do agree that Noteful is the best (and much more affordable) alternative to Notability. The transition to the app was seamless and learning how to use the tools was very easy. I was able to work on this app for college immediately.

My only complaints (very small issues tbh) are that there’s no handwriting search, no color coding for folders, and the resizing of handwritten notes. The option to search for handwritten words would be very helpful as I have hundreds of ppt slides, and it’s hard to look for certain words that I personally wrote myself. I also have a lot of folders within folders, and the titles of my folders tend to be long course names. So, arranging them by color would be beneficial. Lastly, the resizing of handwritten text reminds me of Goodnotes, which I personally don't like. I much prefer to resize/rotate handwritten text by using my fingers with the “zooming in” motion, rather through the current boxes.

Overall, I am still very much pleased with Noteful. And despite the small complaints, I hardly miss Notability after using this wonderful app!

In-App Purchases

Noteful Pro, Lifetime
Get unlimited notebooks. Get all features.

App Privacy

The developer, Noteful Technologies Ltd, 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 Linked to You

The following data may be collected but it is not linked to your identity:

  • Usage Data
  • Diagnostics

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


  • Family Sharing

    Some in‑app purchases, including subscriptions, may be shareable with your family group when Family Sharing is enabled.

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