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

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

What's New

Version 9.3.8

--- 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
9.3.8 - Fixed minor bugs and improved performance
9.3.6 - Fixed a problem in the Projects view with the "Back" navigation button
9.3.5 - Improved performance and fixed minor bugs
9.3.0 - Improved iCloud document syncing
- Fixed minor bugs
9.2.5 - Improved performance and fixed minor bugs
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
- 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
8.8.2 - 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
8.7.7 - 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

Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
2.6K Ratings
2.6K 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.

Developer Response

Thank you very much! Notes Writer Team

I really like this app!


I use this app for taking notes in classes that have math components but where I also need to type (Typing's a lot faster than writing). It works well, (and free!) although I wonder if it might be getting slower as my notebook of math drawings/text gets longer. I wish there was a better way to export my notes tho... Right now I have to take a screenshot and then upload the picture to the cloud :/ I like it though, download it!

Developer Response

Hello! You can export your notes to Dropbox, iCloud Drive, Google Drive, etc. or you computer directly using iCloud Drive too. Please, tap the "Share in" button available on the top toolbar, it's a "square with an arrow" icon.

Thank you very much! Notes Writer Team


176.8 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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