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THIS APP WILL BE DISCONTINUED FROM May 31, 2019. A new and feature-rich version is available as a separate app on the App Store. It is called 'Noteshelf 2'. Do check it out!


Noteshelf lets you take beautiful handwritten notes and annotate PDFs. You can also type your notes, record audio, draw shapes, sketch ideas, sign contracts, fill forms, print documents, and more right on your iPad. Syncs with Evernote and works with all popular cloud services such as Dropbox, Google Drive, and Box.

Noteshelf offers the most beautiful handwriting on the app store - this is one of the key reasons why our users fall in love with Noteshelf.

• Feel the fluidity and smoothness of our pens, pencils, and highlighters that rival the real ones.
• Our unique ink pens produce a beautiful calligraphic effect that makes your handwriting look great.

• Choose from a selection of 70 tastefully designed notebook covers, ranging from classic leathers to fun stripes and florals.
• Our extensive paper template library offers papers for all your needs from simple ruled papers to special day planners and workout logs.
• Turn the personalization a notch by changing your shelf themes to suit your choice of notebook covers.

• Create as many notebooks as you wish for various purposes like meeting notes, journals, sketches, project work, class notes.
• Neatly group related notebooks by just dragging and dropping them on one another.
• Organize pages inside and across notebooks with ease.

• Add a passcode to protect important and sensitive notes.
• Automatically backup your notes to Dropbox
• Use our proprietary AirTransfer to archive and share your notes

• Tap on the "shapes tool" on the pen rack and see your pen strokes magically transform into shapes.
• Draw perfectly geometrical shapes such as circles, triangles, squares, etc. to your notes.

• Record lectures, meetings, and discussions while taking notes.
• Playback recordings anytime you want.
• Add multiple recordings and keep them safe right next to your notes.

• Zoom into your notes for a more close-up and detailed writing.
• Add photos to your notes, artworks, recipes, diaries & more.
• Offers left-handed and other 5 more writing modes to meet everyone's writing style.

• Open-in and import PDF and Microsoft Office documents as notebooks in Noteshelf.
• Highlight and underline key information in your documents.
• Sign and print contracts straight from your iPad.

• Auto Publish all your notebooks one-way to Evernote and access them from any device.
• Quickly share pages via Email, Twitter or Facebook.
• Send your notes to Dropbox, Evernote, Google Drive for archival or sharing with classmates, colleagues or clients.
• Showcase your lecture notes, diagrams, ideas & more using a projector. Noteshelf offers a special whiteboard mode for this purpose.

• Any iPad stylus will work great with Noteshelf.

• Apple Pencil & Noteshelf are a match made in heaven.
• For more advanced features such as pressure sensitivity and palm rejection, use stylus from one of our partners: Pencil by FiftyThree, POGO Connect, Hex Jaja, Adonit Script, Adonit JOT Touch, Wacom Intuos Creative Stylus & Bamboo Stylus Fineline

Let us know what you think. We’d love to hear from you!

video demo: http://noteshelf.net/video
twitter: @noteshelf

What’s New

Version 13.5

Fixed possible data loss experienced upon updating to iOS 13.

Ratings and Reviews

4.3 out of 5
372 Ratings

372 Ratings

irobert16 ,

Hands down best note taking app

I love how realistic the writing utensils look! I have yet to find an app that beats the quality of this one. They have a wide range of colors to pick from and a very nice, easy to navigate UI. I always keep coming back to this app for everything.
My main concerns are that the pages don’t feel like actual college ruled paper size. They feel a bit small. I also don’t like how you can’t just zoom in freely like you can in other apps. I wish they would also add an option of pre-made shapes you can just manipulate. I tend to have difficulty making that nice box because it is a bit hard to judge exactly where it will be once the lines are completely straightened out. I also wish they would auto-backup in a pdf format or something other than nbt format. I have tried accessing my notes from my DropBox since it has a feature that auto-backups, but I was not able to open my notebooks at all because currently there is no Mac software that can open and view nbt files. You can export pdf files of your notes, but I don’t want to do that every single time. I wish the auto-backup feature would allow you to pick which format you would like to backup in.
Other than that I love this app. Every time I try to use another app and see if I like it any better, I always end up coming back to this one. I even started to use this more to ‘handwrite’ my notes instead of typing them.

kamikidd ,

Favorite note app

Love this app! Better than all other note apps, especially with Apple Pencil. Unique to Noteshelf is the ability to create the look and feel of paper (I loved my paper and books) on shelf. I'm 100% paperfree home office now because of this app.i use a lot of different technology, so the only con is that I cannot use this on android/fire/PC and Mac.. the only two choices for that are Evernote (expensive and no shelf/notebook) or one note which doesn't easily switch between notebooks or have the "Feel" to replace notebooks/paper.
In the future I would like to see multi platform expansion and creation of templates (would purchase) for business functions (i.e. Employee reviews/notes, client sales information sheets, etc). Another function no one has tried is a carousel of open books that one could hit a button and choose a open or recent notebook, rather than closing and going out to shelf to grab book.
For fun and additional revenue, they could add a coloring book function/sheets for purchase so I can doodle on calls.. I flip over to a different app for that...

Ed Murray ,

Loved this app before iOS 11 (update)

About 3 days ago an update came out that deserves an updated review. This is once again my go to note app. They have corrected the terrible lag time that it was having. There is still a tiny bit of lag time if you move your Apple Pencil fast enough (I mean really, really fast) but I find it hard to believe anyone would write at the speed I’m talking about. This is a great app and I highly recommend it to anyone needing a high quality note app.

I used to really love this app. Then iOS 11 came. I really love iOS 11 on so many levels. The current developers of this app unfortunately are unable to keep up. The refresh rate just isn’t able to keep up when you write with the Apple Pencil. I have been using OneNote a lot lately and it is doing a very good job at getting what I want done. I was one of the beta testers for the new iOS and during that time I had to use OneNote and it never disappointed. Unfortunately this app did.


Fluid Touch Pte. Ltd.
185.1 MB

Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPad.


English, German, Italian, Japanese, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Traditional Chinese

Age Rating
Rated 4+
© 2014 Fluid Touch PTE LTD
In-App Purchases
  1. Designer Covers
  2. Design Papers
  3. Striped Covers


  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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