Type, handwrite, annotate, draw, highlight, scan & record notes and documents. Annotate PDFs, fill forms and sign documents. Create your Notebooks (binders) & tree-like projects. The way you like.

Business professionals, students, teachers, writers, doctors, journalists, academics and more use Notes Writer daily to store and create notes, annotations, memos, signed PDFs, papers, highlighted PDF text-books, recorded lectures and more.

With Notes Writer you can:

· Take notes or annotate using Apple Pencil (or other styluses) or type with keyboard
· Insert web-clips, clipart, figures and math equations in your handwritten notes
· PDF Annotations: highlight, strikeout, underline, comments, voice notes, pencil, ball-pen, stamp, sign...
· Fill out forms. Supports PDF AcroForms standard
· Sign with your own signature documents, contracts, forms
· Split view: Open two PDFs or handwritten notes simultaneously on screen. Compare or use them as book and paper

· Add new pages, copy&paste from other documents, re-arrange, rotate or delete them easily
· Add new pages from 100s of pre-defined templates with different paper styles and sizes
· Drag and drop pages from other apps

· Write Everywhere: Use Notes Writer as an stand-alone writing app even if you don’t have a computer or you are offline in the wilds
· Now enhanced for the Apple Pencil and wireless keyboards like Smart Keyboard for iPad
· Create rich text format (RTF), PDF, LaTeX and advanced Markdown (MD) documents
· Advanced word-processor formatting: Highlight, strikethrough, subscript/superscript, alignment, line spacing, first-line indent, page breaks, footnotes, comments, text & paper color
· Define margins, headers/footers, paper sizes, MLA and APA style format
· Markdown engine supports tables, footnotes, lists, images, links, highlight, strikethrough, superscript and MathML
· Live counters: characters, words, sentences, lines, Avg. Word length, Words per sentence & reading time
· Text to Speech for proofreading
· Dictation lets you speak text instead of typing
· Typewriter: Distraction-Free mode, letting you focus on what you’re writing
· Night mode to help you writing at night
· Find and replace
· Insert special symbols arrows, maths, bullets/stars, GPS location, etc.
· Over 30 languages typing support including Japanese, Chinese, Arabic & Hebrew
· Extra keys: tab, forward delete, cursor up/down/left/right, etc.

· Organize your work in unlimited notebooks, folders and subfolders
· Create notebooks and projects in your own tree-like structure: Sections, Classes, Lectures, Grades, Drafts, Folders, Chapters, Research, etc.
· Sync your notebooks and projects with the popular Scrivener writing software for Mac and Windows
· Design the cover of your notebooks

· Full PDF reader and manager included for reference files, text books, ebooks, articles, resources, papers, etc.
· Use the camera of your iPad/iPhone to scan documents, notes, recipes, tickets, etc. as PDF
· Open PowerPoint, Word and Excel files

· Open attachments directly from the Mail app
· Sync via iCloud, Dropbox, Box, WebDAV and Google Drive
· Convert to multiple formats RTF, Markdown, LaTeX,PDF, ePub, HTML, RTFD, TXT, etc.
· Wi-Fi File Transfer between iPad/iPhone and your computer
· Zip folders/notebooks and email them

· Calendar: Full calendar with events and alerts for your writer appointments, reminders, deadlines, etc.
· Font Book: Preview all the fonts and install new ones (TrueType). Over 120 high quality fonts included!
· Sketcher: Hand draw and make simple graphic compositions
· Thesaurus

· Protect your work with an app security passcode
· Protect any folder or project with a passcode
· Automatic Backups of your notes and notebooks

What’s New

Version 11.0.1

We are very excited to release Notes Writer 11 to all our users! What's New on this new major free update 11.0.1?
+ New feature: Turn gridlines on or off so that you can align words, objects and shapes on PDFs and handwritten Pencil notes.
+ New feature: Support for editing huge books with a ton of images inside and other PDF complex files like architectural layouts or x-ray pictures
+ New feature: A ton of new external keyboard commands to navigate between pages and invoke some simple commands like searching and selecting all text, you can now also invoke actions for built-in bar button items, navigate through table views, manage tabs, and much more
+ New feature: iOS System document picker available now in the Document Editor view as well
+ New feature: Drag and drop images directly from Files, Photos or other apps directly in pages of your PDFs or handwritten pages
+ New feature: Drag and drop PDFs or Pencil note files directly in the Document Editor editing view to merge documents
+ New feature: Use the Apple Pencil 2 panel in Settings app to set the double-tap action in Notes Writer: Switch between current tool and eraser, switch between current tool and last used, show color palette or ignore the double-tap
+ New feature: Unzip files directly in Notes Writer and edit the them
+ New feature: TeX files improved support! Open and edit TeX files. Insert TeX commands using shortcuts in the software keyboard
+ New feature: Now project files created in Notes Writer are compatible with Scrivener 3.x desktop software
+ New feature: Edit in-place documents using iOS files app now supporting iCloud Drive, Dropbox, Box cloud services or any other file provider installed on iOS Files app
+ New feature: Now you can rotate Stamp and Text annotations to any angle in PDF and handwritten notes!
+ New feature: New link annotation editing UI
+ New feature: New fonts for Arabic, Hindi, Devanagari, Hebrew and Thai languages!
+ New feature: New paper size DL Business Envelope

+ Improved: Better support for Right To Left PDF books in languages like Arabic, Hebrew, Farsi and Urdu.
+ Improved: Lasso tool in PDF and handwritten notes. Better clip, excerpt, highlight and copy support for any content included in your lasso. You can drag and drop lasso selections to other pages and documents.
+ Improved: Better resizable Split View mode! In Split View mode you can get two PDF/Handwritten documents up at the same time. Split the screen in two panels, for example, one side with an informative PDF text book while taking notes on a different document on the other side.
+ Improved: Document scanner: Scan and insert pages using the Camera in the Document Editor with better accuracy and quality.
+ Improved: Better Signature creation UI
+ Improved stability, performance and fixed minor bugs

***** Thanks for all the helpful feedback! If you like Notes Writer, please take the time to give us a nice review: it really helps. NOTE: If you have any comments or issues, please contact us directly via our help center on *****

Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
866 Ratings

866 Ratings

Satisfied Professional ,

Really a Review of Support

I have been evaluating this app and one other to see which works better for the way I want to work. It is currently neck and neck as to which is stronger.
However, recently, Notes Writer + started giving me a warning about needing to upgrade since the version I purchased wasn’t correct for iOS 12. It had worked fine, but with the latest app update, I was getting this error. I contacted support to ask how to disable the message and they told me their recommendation was to upgrade. They then gave me the new version which installed perfectly. No more error message. That’s what I call top level customer service.

daszee09 ,

More than expected

Hello Everybody,

I am a college student, the user can do so much with this free version. I downloaded the app for simple annotation. It was easy to use and learn. It reached beyond what I expected, I am truly satisfied. For example, I have sensitive eyes and the capability to adjust the color of the page is great. Theres a convenient option to adjust the brightness. Having open tabs is great for multi tasking and studying. It leaves off where you left off. Small details truly count. Highly recommend, worth downloading. Great job team!

flyfisherholms ,

Great app, file limit requires upgrade to get unlimited files.

So far this is a handy app. As I was preparing for my classes, the app produced a paywall for me to create additional files. Nowhere have I seen the number of files the free version allows so this app is on the chopping block. I will delete the app, reduce my rating and update my comments if I get partway into my semester and must produce $15 or delete my old work.

A note for the reader, I am tempted to report this to apple as an “in app purchases” application due to the fact that I must purchase additional files, much like candy crush makes you pay for additional plays.


Kairoos Solutions S.L.
279.3 MB

Requires iOS 11.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.


English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish

Age Rating
Rated 4+
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