Record everything. By integrating traditional text notes with audio, video, and slides, Pear Note ensures that you never miss a thing.

Do you:

Look at your notes and wonder what they mean?
Pear Note can jump straight to the point in the recording where you typed that note, so you can listen to what was going on at the time and use the recording to interpret your notes.

Find that your notes have large gaps?
Pear Note lets you navigate to the end of the notes you did take, so you can listen to or watch what was going on when you zoned out and fill in the gaps.

- Records keystrokes, audio, video, and slides
- Instantly jump to anywhere in the recording
using the text or the slides
- Supports slides to link your notes with the presentation being given
- Sync your notes to the mobile app on your phone or tablet via Dropbox
- Share notes on the web
- Rich text notes
- Advanced playback control
- Auto Save and Versions (requires Lion or later)
- Full-screen (requires Lion or later)
- Integrates with Call Recorder for Skype from Ecamm to take notes on Skype calls
- Take notes on prerecorded media too
- Support for Retina displays

"It's like TiVo for note taking." - The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW)

"If you have a regular need to take notes and you own a portable Mac, I can’t recommend Pear Note enough." - Fresh Arrival

What's New

Version 3.2

Fixed compatibility issues with OS X 10.11 El Capitan
Rework layout an animation to be smoother
Other miscellaneous bug fixes

Ratings and Reviews

Andy v

I love this App, with a few more features it would be worth double

I have used this app for a week now and have been super impressed. Everything works very well and the interface is very intuitive. The play back allows you to see what was said during a particular slide or what you wrote or and combination. I am using an 11inch Macbook air and can hear the teacher with the built in mic. There are a few feature that i would really like to see with this software. The first would be an intigrated file system. Right now all you can do is save all of your notes to 1 predetermined folder. It would be cool to be able to set up classes with a menu interface and select the class when opening the program. It would also be nice if the recording software was able to eliminate(or dampen) key clicks as that is the only drawback of using the internal mic(the instructor is still audible with key/mouse clicking. I hope i can keep up the habit of using this as it is by far the most orgainized way taking notes i have ever ran across.



I'm a college student and use this app in EVERY lecture!! With this app I am able to record, type notes, review after lecture and take even more in depth notes on topics I didn't quite get during class. During playback mode I can slow down the audio for easier note taking or speeden up audio to skip through lecture. The best thing about this app is during playback mode I can click on a word in the notes I typed and the audio will go to that point in lecture when I typed that word or phrase. The only downside is the noise sensitivity while recording, but that could be my mac and not the actual app itself.

When I first heard about the app the price bothered me, seeing that it is $40! But if you think about it…new recorders tend to be around $30 anyway. So the convenience of having it on your computer makes up for it! I truly reocmmend this app!


Excellent program

Simple and easy to use. I use it with a 13" MBP. Keystrokes can be eliminated by using the iphone headset/mic. I just drape the earbuds over my neck and get good audio - since the mic is at shoulder height and not blocked by the screen. Also, the recording level is adjustable. The only keystrokes I might hear now is the guy behind me who pounds on his keys like he's using a chizel and stone tablet. I've moved and it's perfect.

Good search capabilities for keywords automatically searches across the entire folder pear content. It would be helpful to have keywords appear highlighted in the query view so one can quickly browse content/context. As it is, each document must be opened to locate the keyword in context. Good stuff all in all. Worth the cost.


Useful Fruit Software
3.8 MB
OS X 10.6.6 or later, 64-bit processor
Age Rating
Rated 4+
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