5 Free Apps For Keeping Great Notes

If you have more ideas than places to store them, this edition of Free App Friday is for you.

Papyrus (Android)

A simple stylus app that’s a decent alternative to Evernote’s new Handwriting feature. Draw, write, select, and move parts of the note around pages. Premium features include PDF editing, which could be worth the extra cost.

Audio Note (Android and $4.99 iOS)

iPhone users might already be familiar with Audio Note, but the developer offers full and lite versions on Android. Annotate audio with timestamped notes, and tap the note to jump to that point in the recording.

Fetchnotes (Android and iOS)

This one's been around for a while but still earns a mention. We’re already saying “hashtag” and tagging people with @-mentions across networks--how about in our notes? Fetchnotes lets you create categories and collaborate with other users in a super-simple interface. Organizing piles of ideas is #easy.

Springpad (Android and iOS)

Who doesn’t love giving recommendations? This note-taking app is social--allowing you to jot ideas, send photos and get suggestions on your musings. Clip articles for later and access over several devices.

Quip (Android and iOS)

Quip does a little of everything: List-making, note-taking, collaboration, and tagging/categorizing. Work even without an Internet connection, and sync when you're back online. Take the productivity to work with desktop versions, too.

5 Free Apps For Keeping Great Notes

Save your eureka moments. These note-taking apps are at your fingertips.

If you have more ideas than places to store them, this edition of Free App Friday is for you.

As always, while they're free now, we can't guarantee how long they'll last—so don't wait too long.

Papyrus (Android)

A simple stylus app that’s a decent alternative to Evernote’s new Handwriting feature. Draw, write, select, and move parts of the note around pages. Premium features include PDF editing, which could be worth the extra cost.

AudioNote (free on Android and $4.99 on iOS)

iPhone users might already be familiar with Audio Note, but the developer offers full and lite versions on Android. Annotate audio with timestamped notes, and tap the note to jump to that point in the recording.

Fetchnotes (Android and iOS)

This one's been around for a while but still earns a mention. We’re already saying "hashtag" and tagging people with @-mentions across networks—how about in our notes? Fetchnotes lets you create categories and collaborate with other users in a super-simple interface. Organizing piles of ideas is #easy.

Springpad (Android and iOS)

Who doesn’t love giving recommendations? This note-taking app is social—allowing you to jot ideas, send photos, and get suggestions on your musings. Clip articles for later and access over several devices.

Quip (Android and iOS)

Quip does a little of everything: List-making, note-taking, collaboration, and tagging/categorizing. Work even without an Internet connection, and sync when you're back online. Take the productivity to work with desktop versions, too.

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  • bizuternik

    I propose to test a simple and absolutely free web application for taking notes. Even a secret, because it has the encryption function. YouNotes.me

  • I use Google Keep, does the job great, no fancy features, no clutter, nice and clean design, syncs with the chrome browser apps so it can be used on your computer and phone.

  • Mike Ussher

    Onenote isn't on the list? It's perhaps microsoft's greatest product, it's now free (the mobile and desktop app, and the online notebook) and it trumps Evernote in all online reviews.

  • I agree with Mike's comments regarding Microsoft's OneNote. It is an exceptional product that doesn't get the respect it deserves from most reviewers like Ms. Cole, whom I suspect reflexively ignore products from Microsoft because, you know, Microsoft. Echoing Mike's comments, it is simply outstanding in almost every way across multiple platforms. I can capture an idea via text, voice, photo or handwriting (depending on device) on my phone and it is instantly uploaded to the cloud and made available on my desktop or tablet when I open OneNote in either its free version or the desktop version as part of my Office 365 subscription. More importantly, for those of us in the working world, who use Word, Excel and Outlook, OneNote is fully integrated into the Office ecosystem so that the captured information or images can easily be transferred from OneNote to Word or Excel or from Outlook to OneNote. And if you have a Microsoft account, it comes with 7GB of One Drive cloud storage.

  • I'd like to add @Evernote (All around awesome web clipping, note sharing, finding stuff fast), iThoughtsHD (Mind Mapping) and Notes Plus as some of my favorites. I think only Evernote and Notes Plus are free, but iThoughtHD is fantastic if you have a tablet and enjoy taking notes in a mind mapping approach.

  • Keith D Vogt

    You know there is another OS out there called Windows Phone and there are a lot of using Nokia's phones and are VERY happy with them. K...