NOTE: This version of Notes Writer is for iOS 9 & iOS 10 users. If you are using iOS 11 or greater then download our new "Notes Writer Pro" app instead of this one. Thanks!

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 notes, annotations, memos, signed PDFs, papers, highlighted PDF text-books, recorded lectures and more.

With Notes Writer+ you can:

· PDF Annotations: highlight, strikeout, underline, notes, voice notes, pencil, stamp, sign...
· Fill out forms. Supports PDF AcroForms standard
· Sign with your own signature documents, contracts, forms
· Digital Signature Validation

· 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 Pro.
· Create rich text format (RTF) and advanced Markdown (MD) documents
· Advanced RTF 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 the standard syntax but it has been extended to include very useful extra markups: 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, 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!
· Character Name Generator to create male/female names in more than 7 languages
· Sketcher: Hand draw, sign documents and make simple graphic compositions
· Thesaurus: Access quickly to

· 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 9.4.6

--- Thanks for all the helpful feedback! Let us know via email ( or Twitter @noteswriter if you run into any problems or have feature suggestions --- 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 email contact
9.4.6 - Fixed a problem in the Projects view with the "Back" navigation button
9.4.5 - Fixed minor bugs and improved performance
9.4 - Improved iCloud document syncing
- Fixed minor bugs and improved performance
9.1 - Now you can search, index and bookmark your annotations in your handwritten notes
- Fixed the use of templates on iCloud Notes location
- Improved performance and fixed minor bugs
We have listened to your suggestions and requests:
9.0 - Added new drawing tools: circle, square, polyline, polygon
- Added new user settings for Annotations Author's name, Page scrolling direction, Double page, Background Color for Sepia and Night mode
- Added a new Next/Previous page buttons to a direct and quick document navigation while using handwriting or annotating modes
- Improved user interface, now easier than never to use in iPhone, iPad and iPad Pro!
- Automaticaly saves added pictures from camera in a PDF document to your iOS Camera Roll
- Fixed the "insert comment/note" option in PDF documents, now you can change the color and icon of each note
8.9.1 - Fixed some weird and random app crashes
- Improved navigation of large PDF documents with a quick scrobble bar
- Improved iCloud document syncing performance
- Fixed minor bugs

8.8.9 - Improved the creation process of new templates using your own PDF documents
- Fixed minor bugs and improved performance

8.8.8 - Fixed the problem with the Text tool and Audio annotations in handwritten notes and PDF documents
- New feature: Now any PDF document can be used as a template for new documents. Just add the PDF to the "Templates" folder then use the "Choose a Template" option from the "+" menu.
- New feature: Now a copy of your annotated PDF and handwritten note is added to "Automatic backups" folder each time you edit it. This way you can recover a previous version if you have any problem with the document.
- Fixed minor bugs and improved performance

8.8.3 - Full iOS 11 Drag&Drop support between Notes Writer and Files app documents (and other apps)
- Improved iCloud syncing performance

8.7.8 - New feature: Merge PDF documents directly from the projects binder
- New feature: Mail multiple documents in 1 email directly from the projects binder
- Fixed the passcode bug in the file browser. Now protected folders are hidden in the file list.

8.7.7 - Added support for dragging documents from our document browser. Supports adding more than one document to a drag session. (iOS 11 only)
- Fixed bug in the size of folder and document covers and previews while using multitasking split screen

8.7.6 - Improved and faster iCloud document syncing.
- Fixed the keyboard lag while typing in iCloud documents

8.7.4 - Fixed "Export document to Photos" bug
- Improved PDF document merging
- Improved renaming files UI

8.7.3 - Now you can merge two PDFs documents into one or two handwritten (ink) notes into one file. Just select two files then use the new "Merge Files" option from the tools menu.
- New file rename UI, quicker and easier

8.6.9 - iOS 11 Files app document providers supported. You can now open/save all kind of documents directly from the new Files app, so Notes Writer can now access any iOS document provider like OneDrive, GDrive, Dropbox, Box, webDAV, etc.
- Fixed minor bugs and improved performance

8.1.6 - Fixed a crash on iPad 2 and iPad Mini while creating a new Ink note
- Fixed a text formatting bug while using some font families, now the format is preserved (bold, italic, etc.) after saving the document

Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
836 Ratings
836 Ratings

Where is my response from customer support??!?


I was disappointed that the free version doesn’t let you try anything out. You will be told there is no space and need to delete documents even though zero docs have been created.
Still it seemed like it would be exactly what I was looking for so I gambled and bought the app.
I follow directions so it said to email questions not post them here in the review but I emailed twice on Tuesday-now it’s Friday am and I’ve received no response. I’m also unhappy that when I follow the directions to enable the WiFi transfer the error message “this site can’t be reached” is what I see. Additionally the online videos also did not answer any of my very basic questions.
Answer my emails and restore access to website that will allow me to transfer and sync across my devices and the high dollar price tag will be justified and I will happily change my review from 1 to 5. If not I will pursue a refund and regret the time and effort spent with nothing to show for it.

Developer Response

Hello! Thanks for your feedback. We have answered your email with more details, hope we can help you and solve these problems!
Best regards,
Notes Writer Team

PDF sticky note edit do not work!!!


I like this app but I have sent TWO emails to the developers in the last month with no response to my problem. I am FORCED to place it here. I study using PDF files. I add the PDF sticky notes as I study. I noticed that within the sticky note u can edit it. Change the color and different looks to the sticky note(star, check mark, circle, arrow, etc). However, when I try to click on these things which are along the bottom of the sticky note in edit mode they do not function. I paid for the full version and would like to make use of this option since it should be available. I have tried everything but the buttons are not functional. Please help!!!!!!!

Developer Response

Hello! This bug has been fixed in the latest app update!
Notes Writer Team

Awesome app with a few bugs.


I’ve been using this app a ton at work for help with making notes on existing pdfs, altering pictures, and many other things. However, the feature I use most is the ability to add a picture to a document. The camera feature works great, but my colleagues and I have noticed that when pulling a picture from the camera roll, it’s nearly impossible to get what you need out of the whole picture, use the whole picture, or even know what you’re selecting. It seems to randomly select an area of your picture, despite what you move and scale to. If this was fixed, this app would easily be 5 stars.

Developer Response

Hello! Thanks for your feedback! We will try to improve that photo file picker, could you please email us with more details? contact


172.6 MB
Requires iOS 9.0 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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