Blog · September 2, 2021

Top 10 Note-Taking Apps

[MUSIC PLAYING] Hello, everyone. Welcome to another video. It’s Francesco here. So in today’s video, we’re going to be exploring the world of note-taking applications. We’re going to be covering some of the features, benefits, and cons of each of the most popular applications, giving you a summary for if you’re making the decision to move to a note-taking application or move to another service. Now note-taking applications have been around with us for quite a while packed with features that deliver similar note-taking abilities combined with detailed multimedia functions like audio, image, and document attachments.

Now most of the big players differ in terms of function but provide the users with a very similar experience each time. So let’s start with the elephant in the room, and that is Evernote. Now Evernote is one of the first note-taking applications to trend worldwide. In 2008, it launched, and it has some detailed functionality, allowing users to click anywhere, adding multimedia and going deeper with their notes through search, image, and PDF annotation. It’s one of the most widely used note-taking applications and is available on a lot of devices, including iOS, Android, Windows, Mac, and also some of the Windows devices and also BlackBerry.

Moving on to the most competitive app against Evernote is Bear at the moment. Bear is a brand new, but experienced note-taking application mimicking a writing application. It includes all of the core functionality of a note-taking application, but provides a seamless and distraction-free opportunity for users when they’re inside of Bear. Now you can attach images, documents, and more, also add themes and use markdown as well as much more using the iOS and Mac application. It’s one of my personal favorites because it has this hashtag organization system, which I think is one of the best on the market at the moment. Next up is OneNote.

And for those of you who don’t know, OneNote is owned by Microsoft. Now OneNote aims to be the service for capturing notes online and offline. And its benefits is really being attached to the Microsoft framework, making it natively easier on Microsoft tools to communicate with other services, things like Outlook and things like PowerPoint, et cetera, and is one of the most favorable services for work and education audiences. Now their devices are available on iOS, Android, and also Mac and Windows. And they also have a really strong web tool, as well as a couple of other features when you are using Microsoft products. Moving down on to Simplenote, now this is pretty much what it says on the tin. Simplenote provides a simple and dead easy experience for users to add notes. Some of their notable experiences are [? tags. ?] They have really great sync and a nice freemium experience. Now it’s really good for those who don’t want the noise or distraction that many of the other note-taking services provide, but want a really basic experience. Now it’s available on iOS, Android, Mac, and Windows, and also on web. So it’s readily available and a pretty easy experience to get started with. Next up is Google Keep. Now I call Keep the Post-It note application.

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Now Google’s answer to Evernote, Keep provides you with a panel of notes, audio clippings, images, web links, and more. Colors and [? tags ?] make it easier for you to have a [? superful, ?] colorful, and friendly experience. And it’s great for people who use Post-It notes. Keep also integrates with a few Google services, though it lags behind in doing so with many of the other Google Apps, which I think that, if they actually got this right, could be amazing. Now it’s available on iOS, web, and Android at the moment with a lot more coming soon. Dropbox Experiment is now out in the wild. Dropbox Paper was announced as a project in 2015 and is a way for teams to collaborate with other team members in real time around documents and to-do lists. Now it provides a great note-taking option, but also a strong document collaboration tool.

The great thing about Paper is that it has all the great functions that embed inside of Evernote and Google Drive, but it also allows you to connect with your other Dropbox notes, which is perfect if your team already use Dropbox. Now currently it’s available on iOS, web, and Android. And I’m sure they’re going to be expanding soon to Mac natively on Windows natively. Box Notes is a brand new service. And it’s introduced by a traditional storage service called Box. And they’ve released this one in the last year. And a lot of people have been enjoying the experience. Now it provides a very similar experience to Dropbox Paper in its design, but aims to be a stronger experience for meeting notes and security inside of teams. Now it’s new, so there’s a lot to come, I’m sure, but in the moment, they’ve got a Windows and Mac app available, which is pretty impressive. So next up is Zoho is another classic company. And they’ve also recently launched a note-taking service to sort of supplement some of their other products. Now it aims to be a really simple note-taking service with a host of features. That was really tailored for creatives, providing image storage, editing, and it also has a classic UI that is really impressive for their designers and very refreshing. It’s available on Android and Mac and iOW. And I’ve tried them all. They’ve also got a web clicker, too. And I have separate videos on all of those, which have been a pleasure to use. I find this experience really simple and easy to get on with. Quip provides a document functionality and note-taking for teams. So Quip is a friendly way to interact with your documents. Now it’s very similar to Dropbox Paper in its interaction, so you can actually collaborate in real time using comments. And there are some really nice functions in there that allow you to make it a real multimedia experience for you and your team. Now it’s available on iOS, Android, and Mac. And it’s got more coming soon, seeing as Salesforce have purchased it. To finish up, we have Dynalist. And this is a fairly new application. Available only on web and Android at the moment, its functions on really simple, but very useful. Now it reminds me of Dropbox Paper meets Simplenotes. And it has a smooth and a really impressive sync, which is pretty cool because a lot of these applications don’t have amazing syncs, but this does. Now its breakout features include tags, smart checklists, and bookmarks. And it’s a growing fast application, so there’s lots of things that the team can develop on. But, at the moment, the experience is pretty fluid for to-do’s and document creation. The best all-around note-taking taking application has to be Evernote. Now it’s flawless in its function. And once you learn it inside and out, it’ll give you plenty of what you put into it. There’s plenty of detail inside of Evernote. So becoming a pro in understanding it is a bit of dedication, but very much worth it. The best note-taker for creatives– although I mentioned in the launch of Milanote, I found that it was a pretty impressive service, I recommend something like Zoho notebooks or Dropbox Paper. All this right now because they’re both quick visually and they have a really strong collaborative tools in terms of connecting with other creatives. The best basic note-taking service– so if you’re looking for something really simple that avoids all the noise of the major details– then the best services would be Google Keep or Simplenote. They both provide dead simple experiences where you can click your notes across your day. Now, finally, best note-taking services for teams– now Evernote is obviously a business service, however, I’m going to give a nod to Quip as a winner here. Now Quip provides a ability to collaborate on documents in real time, and it’s great for cross-collaboration with other uses. Now we also want to give a not do Dropbox Paper here because it’s also a very strong tool for teams. Now that’s it for today. So let me know in the comments what you think the best note-taking service is. I’d love to hear what you think. And also it will be valuable for those watching to see other services and recommendations. So drop your recommendations in the comments below. Please take the time to subscribe to the channel. I put out regular videos, three a week. And I’m sure you love following along. Thank you very much, everyone, for watching. I’m looking forward to sharing more stuff. Make sure to have a great week. Keep it up there. And I’ll see you guys very, very soon. Cheers. [MUSIC PLAYING]

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