Note taking apps for digital planning

Since digital planners are pdfs, you need an app to use them with. So in this post I’ll cover the best note taking apps specifically for digital planning. There are a LOT of apps that work with pdfs, BUT for our purposes we need specific app features. Not all apps that can annotate pdf will be good for planning.

Note taking apps that are reviewed in this post are: Goodnotes, Notes Writer, Notability and Flexcil.

Goodnotes 5

This one is the most used app for digital planning. To say the truth, I do not like the updated version. I still use Goodnotes 4. Reasons why I don’t like it: too buggy (some things just don’t work as they supposed to, a lot of glitches) and the interface is too complicated. Version 4 is much more stable, works without any issues and more user friendly. But since it’s not available at the Appstore anymore, let’s take a look at what Goodnotes 5 has to offer.

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Notes Writer

This is one of the underrated note taking apps out there. I actually didn’t see anyone review it before for digital planning. But I really do think that it’s a really nice app, especially if you just starting out and want to get the feeling of what digital planning is.

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Overall this is a great app for digital planning, even with a free version you have a loot of awesome tools at your disposal.

Notability

I’m not a fan of this one. This is personal preference of course, I know a lot of people who are enjoying Notability for digital planning. But for me personally, the biggest draw back is working with hyperlinks in it. Particularly the fact that you can’t tap on the link and jump to that page. I really don’t like having preview of that page showing first.

Otherwise it’s a simple app with just enough features for digital planning and taking notes.

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Flexcil

This app will be more suitable for students to annotate pdf books and make study notes. It even has Study notes window and separate category for Study notes at the catalogue page.

But it can also be used for digital planning. It’s minimalistic, fun and different. Takes some time to get used to switching between two modes tho, but overall it does the job.

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Noteshelf app review is coming soon too. I’ve heard a lot of good things about it and know for sure that it’s good for digital planning as well. From what I saw, it’s similar to Goodnotes with a difference on some features.

I hope this post will be helpful in making decision of which note taking app to choose for your digital planner. If you have other apps that you are love for digital planning, let me know. I’d love to review them.

Talk to you soon,

Kate

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