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Free or Low Cost Apps


Enjoy these apps that make notetaking even easier.  These are available for anyone to use and provide various support for notetaking.


Notability logoNotability:

  • sync/link notes to lecture audio
  • write, type, or annotate
  • organize all your notes in one place
  • open PDFs, documents, and more for easy annotation
  • Cost: free for limited version, $8.99 for Premium
  • Compatibility: Mac, iOS

Microsoft OneNote

OneNote logoOneNote:

  • sync notes with audio (if using a computer)
  • take notes by typing, writing, importing pictures, video, web links, and other resources
  • organize all of your notes
  • collaborate with others
  • sketch features
  • Cost: Free with an Office account (all GC students should have this)
  • Compatibility: Windows, Mac, iPS, Android


Zotero logoZotero:

  • save articles, stories, and websites all in one place
  • organize with collections, tags, and keywords
  • offers references and bibliography tips
  • syncs across devices
  • share and collaborate
  • Cost: free
  • Compatibility: Chrome extension, Windows, Mac


Evernote logoEvernote:

  • collect notes, files, web clippings and images
  • insert tasks, events, images, tables, audio, code blocks, Google docs, links, dividers, checkboxes, sketches, and more
  • different formatting options (To Do lists, lectures, essays, research, planner, goals, projects tracker)
  • collaborate with others
  • Cost: Free (Paid premium option)
  • Compatibility: Windows, Mac, iOS, Android


YiNote extension logoYiNote:

  • share time-stamped notes while watching videos
  • generate PDF of notes
  • sync notes with video
  • ability to watch videos with multiple people at the same time with the same notes
  • Cost: Free
  • Compatibility: Chrome Extension


AudioNote logoAudioNote 2:

  • take hand-written notes
  • synchronize your notes with audio recordings from lectures
  • highlighter options
  • import lecture slides as the background to your notes
  • organize and share folders
  • customize audio, font, color, paper type, folder settings
  • Cost: Free (Lite version) and Paid version $14.99
  • Compatibility: Windows, Mac, iOS, Android

Note Board

Note Board:

  • write notes as sticky notes
  • drag and resize notes
  • share and collaborate with teams or individuals
  • schedule notifications
  • upload PDFs, Docs, images, and website links (varies between demo and premium version)
  • customizable background and note style
  • Cost: Free for demo and $3/month for Premium
  • Compatibility: online


Penultimate app logoPenultimate:

  • write, sketch, draw or doodle notes and information
  • lifelike paper feature
  • sync between devices
  • search your notes 
  • add stylus via Bluetooth
  • Cost: Free
  • Compatibility: iOS