What's the best note-taking app?

It might not be the most exciting aspect of your working life, but taking notes is essential in all industries, and note-taking apps offer a digital alternative to pen and paper.

These apps can be synchronised across your devices and made accessible in all locations, with the added benefits of audio and image attachments, granular search, and integration with other common workplace software such as Microsoft Office.

A number of apps also tend to offer task management and collaboration features to make work interaction easier.

Prices and available upload capacity vary across products developed by companies from industry giants such as Google to market-leading specialist Evernote.

Read on for Computerworld UK's pick of the best on the market.

Read next: 11 free collaboration tools and project management applications

Bear
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Bear

Bearis an Apple-based note-taking app which is available only on iOS and Mac devices.

It can be used to structure to-do lists and also includes a Markup editor which supports coding with over 20 programming languages.

The other features include smart data recognition and multi-device sync via iCloud in a secure and effortless process.

Cost: Bear’s core version is available for free download, however, to gain access to advanced features users are advised to subscribe to Bear Pro at $1.49 (£1.15) a month.

Evernote

Evernote

Evernoteis a collaboration app that aims to encourage the sharing of ideas, documents, and photos.

Users can add text, images, audio, and files to existing notes, search whole documents, share notebooks, add passcodes on its mobile application for added security and group notebooks.

Evernote is available on iOS, Android, Mac, and Windows apps.

Cost: The basic package is free and pricing starts at £10.99 a month for the business package.

Notion

Notion

Offering much more than a basic note taking app, Notion combines solid note taking capabilities and a productivity suite including a spreadsheet function, calendar, and simple text editor.

Notion features its great note taking and list making functions on a 'pages' format, meaning you can use templates to create a page full of notes, photos, tables or lists (and many more), as well as offering lots of formatting functions to make your notes look good.

This app also integrates with Google Docs, and provides a simple drag and drop editor to help organise your notes easily.

Cost: Notion does offer a free plan, although for business users, its Team plan is popular providing unlimited users for $8 per member/month with no file upload limit.

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MyScript Nebo

MyScript Nebooffers a digital note-taking app which includes handwriting recognition and digital ink technology.

It provides a range of features that enable users to structure notes, diagrams and sketches easily. This includes the ability to export written text as PDF, HTML or Microsoft Word format.

MySript Nebo is available for free download on Windows, iOS and Android and is compatible with the Apple Pencil, Microsoft Surface Pen, Samsung S Pen and Google Pixelbook Pen.

It supports over 50 handwriting recognition languages including English, Spanish and French.

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Atom

Atom is an open source text editor which allows users to edit across different platforms. It is available on the OS X, Windows and Linux operating systems.

Although mostly suited for developers when writing code, Atom also includes other features which make it a useful text editor as well. This includes real-time collaboration and smart autocompletion features, useful for users working in teams.

Cost: Atom is available for free download.

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Dropbox Paper

Dropbox Paperis collaboration workspace software launched by Dropbox in 2015. It not only offers note-taking features, but also provides users with task management tools to edit documents in real time, assign to-do lists to team members and more.

Users are able to add video, sound and photos to documents and Dropbox Paper’s automation tool can easily transform word documents into presentation format.

Cost: Paper is free for Dropbox users and is available on Windows and Mac and also has a mobile app for Android and iOS.

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Ulysses

Ulyssesis a task management and note-taking app for Apple Mac, iPad and iPhone operating systems.

It provides a simple workspace tool which includes an option for users to customise the platform to a style that suits them. The features include a markup-based text editor, keyboard navigation and a selection of organisation and management tools such as auto-save and automatic backup.

Ulysses also provides full iCloud synchronisation, as well as the ability to add external folders on Dropbox.

Cost: There is a free 14-day trial and pricing is £4.49 a month.

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Google Keep

Google offers a comprehensive note taking application with built-in list capabilities. Google Keep provides images collection, notes preview without fully opening the document, location reminders, checklist, copy notes to Google Docs, pin board, audio transcription, alarms and multi-device sharing.

Google Keep is available on iOS, Android, and web.

Cost: Free

OneNote

OneNote

OneNotefrom Microsoft is a popular note-taking and organisational app with the familiar interface of Microsoft products and automatic syncing with Microsoft's OneNote cloud-storage platform.

Users will benefit from section tabs, drag and add notes, to-do lists, colour coding, audio files, sketches and video into note pages, subpages, sections, and notebooks.

OneNote is available on iOS, Android, Mac, Windows, and web.

Cost: Free

Simplenote

Simplenote

Simplenoteprovides a clutter free note-taking space with collaborative capabilities for small work environments.

Users will receive fully backed-up notes, note sharing, multi-device collaboration, instant search and note tags.

Sadly, Simplenote cannot attach images, PDFs or other files so users might want to use another application in conjunction.

Simplenote is available on iOS and Android.

Cost: Free

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Any.DO

Any.DOis a comprehensive task management tool with impressive note-taking features to help complete your do-to list.

It offers location-based reminders, customisable recurring tasks, and unlimited attachments and collaboration.

Any.DO is available on iOS, Android, web and Google Chrome add-on.

Cost: $2.09 (£1.59) per month for one device, and $2.99 per month for unlimited devices.

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ColorNote

ColorNoteis an all-round organisational app boasting a calendar, to-do list, and noticeboard.

ColorNote provides users color-coded notes, cloud backup, locked notes, shared notes, notes archive, and auto link.

ColorNote is available on Android and Amazon (desktop)

Cost: Free

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Notability

Notability, from Ginger Labs offers an iPad and iPhone only note-taking application recognised by Apple as the Best Selling Paid Productivity app in 2016, 2015, 2014, and 2013.

Notability users can (with Apple Pencil, or not) create and share notes, lists and photos/videos, create verbal and written comments, annotate documents and PDF, sync written notes with audio recording, switch between handwritten and typed text, pictures and audio.

Notability is available on iTunes.

Cost: $9.99 (£7.58)

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SomNote

SomNoteis a cloud-based note taking app with 100 MB of free cloud storage per account.

SomNote users can draw sketches and graphs, use different themes and fonts, sync notes to any device, multi-coloured folders, password protection, multiple view modes and quick keyword search.

SomNote is available on Android, iOS and web.

Cost: Free for basic membership and $3.6 per month or US$37.4 per year for the premium edition, with extra features including 30GB capacity, priority customer support, and no ads.

Zoho Notebook
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Zoho Notebook

Zoho Notebookoffers customisable checklists on simple text and audio cards. The intuitive interface is designed specifically for mobile and lets users flick through the cards, swipe through them for information, or pinch them into stacks.

Any information entered is synched to the cloud and across your devices. Security is ensured through Touch ID and passcodes, and version history allows you to return to previous edits.

Zoho Notebook is available on Android, iOS, and desktop.

Cost: Free

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