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

You have lecture notes to take, a story to tell, article to publish, whether it’s today’s journal entry, tomorrow’s thesis, highlight important things in books, fill out a PDF form or get the most from your business meetings. Notes Writer is an excellent assistant in study and business, also being effective for writing down your ideas and thoughts and sharing them!

Students, teachers, writers, doctors, journalists, scholars and business professionals use Notes Writer daily to store notes, annotations, memos, signed PDFs, papers, highlighted PDF text-books, lectures and more.

With Notes Writer you can:

· 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
· 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
· Pinch to zoom text
· 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.

· 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

· 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.
· Design the cover of your notebooks
· Full-text search your library of documents and projects

· 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
· In-app web browser to quickly access dictionaries, thesaurus, resources
· 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!
· Sketcher: Hand draw, sign documents and make simple graphics
· 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 8.7.9

--- 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

8.7.9 - Fixed minor bugs and improved performance
8.7.7 - 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

8.7.4 - Fixed the automatic "zoom" in Handwritten notes and PDF documents
- Added new Handwritten papers
- Fixed minor bugs

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

8.7.2 - Due to popular demand, we-enabled the page by page horizontal scroll in PDF documents
- Improved iPhone X support and iPad Pro

8.6.8 - 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.
- Fixed bug in the cursor keys (iPad Pro 10.5" only)

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

8.6.4 - Fixed "Export document to Photos" bug
- Improved PDF document merging
- Improved renaming files UI
- Improved performance and fixed minor bugs

8.6.3 - 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
- Improved performance and fixed minor iOS 11 bugs

8.6.2 - Added new "pens" to PDF annotations
- Fixed iPhone "close" panel bug

8.6.0 - Added new music and math sheet templates for new documents
- Improved Dropbox API v2 documents syncing

8.5.5 - 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.

8.5.4 - Improved Markdown and PDF support
- Fixed a PDF documents import from Dropbox problem
- Fixed minor bugs and improved performance

8.5.3 - Fixed a bug related with Dropbox and iCloud documents
- Now you can use smaller font sizes than 9 points
- Dropbox framework has been updated to the V2
- Fixed the problem with line breaks and new paragraphs in Markdown documents
- Now you can change the font, line spacing and margins of the generated PDF or HTML from a Markdown document
- You can import and edit .txt (plain text) files
- Improved support for iPad Pro 10.5" multitasking and split-screen mode

8.1.5 - 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
- Left to Right and Right to Left alignment bug fixed while selecting the entire document

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5

1.1K Ratings

1.1K Ratings

If only it supported hyperlinks and search


This is a great app for handwriting. Writing with Apple Pencil is smooth and beautiful but without search or hyperlinks, it’s impractical. Writing anything more than a few pages it’s impossible to navigate or find anything. If you are a creative writer, plan to keep a journal, or even Writing personal letters, it’s pointless unless you only do one or two pages. Yes you have different notebooks but again, navigating through the Notebooks is fine if you only have a few pages.
There are many PDF editors but sadly only 2 that support both Apple Pencil handwriting and hyperlinks (a necessity for journaling and creative writing. Good notes, which has ugly, awful handwriting and Notability which is better. Neither is as good as Notes Writer for handwriting but without hyperlinks, it’s doesn’t make sense. The whole point is hand writing. We are bombarded with apps to edit PDF and organize typed documents. Hand writing search is not easy but to survive and move to the head of the pack and I need to search hand writing and support hyperlinks. Without them, organizing is a nightmare. If the Previously mentioned two apps have hyperlinks, it’s obviously possible. Maybe it’s too hard for most developers but that,s what kind of thing that made Evernote a standard.

Developer Response

Hello! Thanks for your comment. Could you please give us more details about your hyperlinks suggestion as new feature? Please, email to us: contact
Notes Writer Team

Easy to use and efficient.


I have been searching the appstore for a notes app that came free and would allow me to edit my pdf’s, export them, chance the fonts and insert pictures into my presentations and essays and this app works perfectly.

There are a few minor bugs, which thus far have been resolved within a few days of me noticing. The developers of the app are constantly interacting with customers and updating the app whenever possible with glitch fixes and new features.

This is definitely my recommended notes app for any fellow college students. While not completely user friendly, once you learn the interface it is not hard to use. It works efficiently now and as soon as the update to fix the document scanner comes out I am positive that I will enjoy it even more.



This allegedly free app is so limited and disabled you can scarcely use it to decide if you want to pay for the “upgrade’ to the full version. Don’t bother downloading if you only intend to use it in ‘free mode’.
(I couldn’t get enough working before getting frustrated and deleting it to decide if I wanted the full version)
Deleted, heavens forbid you be able to do anything with it unless you shove money in the makers pocket.

To the developer: you need more demo in your product and less hobble, you need to let a user learn and need your product before hitting them up for money.

Developer Response

Hello! Thanks for your feedback. The free app allows you to create new documents so you can try it, it's full featured and the features are not limited. This way you can "try before buy" the app.
Best regards,
Notes Writer Team


177.4 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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