Notebook - Take Notes, Sync App Reviews

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Excellent Tool for Streamlining Work Flow

Im always needing something to take a quick note without searching for my app and setting up a file for the person. Later I will move the note over to the main file. Ideally the app needs to syncing to all platforms. So i tested a bunch of the “notes” and “sticky” programs in the App Store. What I LOVE about this tool is: 1. it’s quickly accessible in the top menu of my mac. 2. I can take a screen shot and drop it into my notes 3. check off bullets What I would like in addition to this is: 1. ability to apply tags that are seen at the OS system level 2. the ability to launch the program from the top menu 3. The ability to export to Bear to the folder I’ve set up and have it automatically apply the tag I assigned to that folder in Bear 4. Maintain a left justified margin when the text goes to a second line (don’t let the text go under the dash Im using) Excellent program

Would be great if it didn’t crash every five seconds

I tried this app to replace Evernote (too clunky for me-never liked it) Zoho crashed on my mac non-stop. Deleted it.

A really nice app that syncs with my Android phone

This app is beautiful. I love it. The mixed media features in notebooks is amazing for my creative brain. The only thing I REALLY need from this app is list view. I love the artwork and capability to see notebooks as physical representations, but all of that white space makes it too much of a hassle to navigate notebooks with tons of content. Please please please give us a simple list view similar to the one on iNote. Give us this, and I will never use another note taking app again. Another request is to be able to go full screen when editing notes. That, or be able to resize the field of note taking. Thanks!

Needs Improvement in UX

I downloaded the mac app cuz it’s a hassle to create multi-format notes in the phone. But the user experience hasn’t been good. What has been giving me the most headache is that when I drag images into a note, they never insert at where I want them, and it’s impossible to relocate the images just by dragging them around. This problem has made the mac app even harder to use than the phone app. I hope it’s fixed soon.

I love this app and will keep using it, but...

As many reviewers have noted, this is a great app, and a great alternative to Evernote. I love it, and will keep using it. However… The lack of export options really haunts me. I wish Zoho all the longevity in the world, but the reality is that I want to backup my notes to standard formats like .rtf, .pdf, .doc, etc, because you just never know when Zoho might discontinue this app, or the app’s database gets corrupted and you lose all your notes, etc. Right now, the best they’ve got (and I tested all the options that get me close to my export goals) is to print and then Save as PDF. When you do this though, you lose your font choices, and it goes to Times New Roman or something. It’s better than nothing. Plus, using this method, you have to export. one. note. at. a. time. That’s a productivity killer. Zoho, if you’re reading these reviews, please please please work on the exporting capabilities of this otherwise beautiful app! Thank you!

Can’t Use as a Evernote Replacement Yet

Still scratching my head on how tags were completely left out of design process. As someone with thousands of notes and a large matrix of tags that keep me organized, there is no way I’m able to use this system yet. Also, need to have different card layout views, tiles are annoying and don’t display enough information. The web clipper needs to append the URL of the clipped page and have the option for clipping the whole page with formating. Otherwise if these things don’t bother you, it’s a great app, with a lot of potential. I’ll leave it installed on my devices and watch for future improvements. Until then I’m stuck in crappy ripoff Evernote jail.

Lame and nearly useless

I have tried for literally months to find some use for this app, but the lack of features makes it worthless to me. With Apples and Notability, my needs are covered and there is simply no place in my workflow for this one. The developers don’t seem to realize what is expected of a notes app, and I am not prepared to limp along with their limited feature set. Thanks, but no thanks. It takes more than pretty notebook covers to make a useful notebook app. And what’s up with the proprietary sync system? Don’t you guys know about iCloud? In the last year or so, I have deleted this from all my devices several times, and kept bringing it back for another chance. This time, I don’t think it will be coming back. Goodbye.

What fun we’ll have!

I came across notebook whilst searching through zoho’s business tools. The constant search for a note taking app was over for me. You can tell that the team behind this app went to great lengths to try and make digital note taking an overall more enjoyable experience. I’m an aspiring author and professional artist, so having my notes sync from one device to the other is a must and notebook does that… fast. From creating my own custom covers for my notebooks to using the nighttime mode for reading or grouping up my notes and giving them titles to reduce clutter. It’s an enjoyable experience.

Dream come true

Love this App! Brilliant design and function. Thank you!

Notebook doesn’t support

something as simple and fundamental as the TAB key? I have to use the icon to un/indent every time I want to do that? Just… wow. I guess I’ll keep looking around for an Evernote alternative.


I love everything about this app, just one thing for the macOS app: I would love that you could be able to open a note in a individual window and that you can reduce the size of it way more than its possible right now; like the macOS default “notes” app. It is great for a better disposition of the screen, because I usually stick to letting a really thin note window on the left corner, youtube videos in the middle and the web browser on the other right half. Please I know its a weird feature to ask, but in a 13 inch screen is really necessary

Needs Improvement

- There needs to be SOME way to further organize and categorize notes beyond simply a single notebook. Pinned notes are always a popular go-to. Tags or labels of course would be wonderful, but perhaps difficult to work into Notebook's concept and aesthetic. Sub-notebooks (similar to how Evernote's Stacks/Notebook works) would be a less ideal solution (especially since Notebook only offers one way to view notebooks, which isn't practical for viewing subfolders), but still better than, you know... absolutely nothing. - Syncing needs MASSIVE improvement. After waiting 12 hours for Notebook to sync on my iPad (it just froze and never made any progress), the only way I was able to get syncing to work decently on my phone and tablet was to delete Notebook first, then redownload and resync the app afresh, which means Notebook has the problem of if there's a new, large import of notes at some point after the app has already started being used (in this case, under 1000 mostly-text notes imported to the desktop from Evernote), it DOES NOT want to sync those new notes. - Get rid of the obnoxiously massive line heights and huge line breaks within notes. Nobody wants automatic, enormous line heights in their notes, nor automatic line breaks where previously there were, you know... no line breaks. At the very least, provide a settings option to let users decide for themselves. - Separate notebook and note sorting. It's completely unnecessary that marking notes as sorting by, say, modification date, or alphabetically, is completely mirrored by the notebooks themselves. Just add a settings toggle to separate these two things. The fact notebooks only resort themselves after the app has been opened and closed (and notes only resort themselves after the notebook has been opened and closed) isn't great, either. - Allow for longer note titles. Why is there such an arbitrarily short character limit in the title section? - Make note color options more consistent! It's utterly maddening that for EACH platform (desktop, tablet, phone, etc.), the default color options and the recently used color options are different. Even more baffling is that yes, some of the default note color choices are available across various platforms... but not all of them??? And if I try to create a color to be used, not only does that unique color not persist across platforms, I don't have any way to save it AT ALL--once it's gone from the recent colors menu, it's just gone forever, and there doesn't seem to be a way to color-pick from a previous note. - Allow for search / search & replace within notes? It's so weird that I can't do something as basic as searching the text within a note. - I've only observed this on iPhone so I don't know how persistent the problem is, but there needs to be more consistency in what counts as "modifying" a note and thus bringing it to the top of 'View All Notes' or the top of a notebook when sorting by modification date. Thus far, some notes will randomly be considered "modified" simply by viewing them, while others have to be physically edited in order to be considered modified. - Provide move and delete options to notes on the Mac when only one note has been clicked on. Right now those options only appear when multiple notes are selected. - In general, make the Mac app more consistent with the iOS apps? There are so many basic things the Mac app still lacks--like being able to switch between card and list view, to name but one example. There doesn't seem to be a "View All Notes" option on the desktop, either. - Provide a way to change text color. That's pretty basic. - There's a bug on mobile where it's impossible to remove a highlight, especially after you've already closed a note. Trying to reselect the text and toggling highlight on/off does nothing. The highlight is just a permanent fixture now, short of individually selecting each line separately and removing the highlight that way. - Provide RTF support when copy/pasting? I mean, it imports formatted information from Evernote, and you can set italics and bold and whatnot, so it's not like Notebook is a plain text app. Why does copy/pasting RTF both with the menubar applet AND directly into a note within the app strip all formatting? (While, of course, adding all those enormous line heights and line breaks...) - Similarly, it should be possible to copy/paste in images, in both the menubar applet and directly into a new note within the app. Many notetaking apps provide copy/paste support within new notes (not everyone wants to drag and drop.) And even Evernote's menubar app, which does also strip formatting information like Notebook, at least can preserve a copy/pasted image and therefore, makes itself more useful. - On desktop, if you start to create a note and then change your mind about it... provide a cancel option? Instead of just, nope, this note is being created now whether you like it or not, delete it afterwards. - As with font colors, providing some other font options would be ideal, like providing a way to change font size within a particular note. - More views for notes/notebooks would be nice. Just swapping between grid and list view is pretty basic, especially considering it still requires hopping between one notebook and the next, without even being able to view the other notebooks at the same time. This is why I figure subfolders probably wouldn't work, since there'd be no way to view multiple subfolders at once. But the notes themselves could do with more view options than just "square" and "rectangle." - Web view of notes? Yes? So you can access notes even on a computer that doesn't have Notebook installed? That'd be great. - Clicking and dragging notes between notebooks would be fabulous, but WOULD require being able to view multiple notebooks at a time, a prevailing missing feature in Notebook. I could go on, and there's stuff I like about Notebook too, but I've hit the character limit for reviews.

Could Be Better

I wish there were more keyboard shortcuts. I like list and it would be nice if on the notes I could use shift or tab to indent. A keyboard shortcut for creating bullets. In all honesty I’m trying to find a replacement for onenote with more storage capabilities and this is falling a little short

Intriguing possibilities

I’ve been using this app for several months now. Maybe a year. I started using it on my iPad to store clip files for drawing assignments. The Mac app is handy but lately the app has stopped ‘quitting’ when you try and quit it on the MAc (running most recent system software). This has happened since the last update so I think it has something to do with synch services. Other than that, it’s a great tool for an illustrator.

Love it!

This is the best app I’ve found for notetaking. The design is clean, simple and distraction free and the controls are very easy to figure out. Not only does this work well for my to-do lists and school notes but it’s also great for keeping my book ideas and novel and short story outlines organized. :D

New Update Problems

The newest update deleted almost half my notes (In my main notebook) and disorganized all of my notes and notebooks. If this is possible to fix, please fix it.

Good But Can,t Sign in !!!!

The Best Note for Business app,But since i Logout from My Mac Laptop, I could,t signing again at All?? It,s terrible I hope developer can solve this problem ..otherwise unfortunately i should ignore and check other software, i feel realy Disappointed since i send comment to the delovoper But not respond yet? i could,t check my note at All Regards M.ayache

Could be better

Sometimes Notebook does not sync immediately between iPad, iPhone to Mac (have to manually sync, which is odd). Lacking actual notebook organization features and font styling. Feels antiquated. As another reviewer stated, no pdf export option. Viewing and scrolling through 100 notecards (and notebooks) is not efficient and takes up too much time. The search feature does not always bring up the actual notecard I’m searching for. Notebook is just okay, it’s really another Apple Note product in a different skin.

There’s no PDF markup.

I really liked the app but i had to uninstall it becouse there’s no PDF markup function. That’s a crucial function specially for students.

so weird!!!

i downloaded this application a couple of years ago and now it is saying that i need to confirm my account. whenever i click okay to confirm my account, it takes me to the zoho website where it does not say how i can confirm my account. i created an email with them hoping that that would fix the issue but it did not work. i am quite frustrated because the pop up cannot be minimized or hidden away and now i am unable to delete or quit the app!! i feel trapped and have been living with this for a while. I do all of my work on my laptop and hoped that ths app would be a nice way to organize myself. i emailed an apple representative hoping to eventually fix this issue.

Cool app but lacks a key note-taking feature

I really like this app, it looks great and I love the idea of the different “Notebooks”. The only downside to this that keeps me from using it to take Notes for college lectures is the organizational paragraph styles that it lacks. Yes it does have bullet and number lists but what doesnt do it for me is that i cant Tab or indent such as you can in Apples Notes app or even Microsofts Word application - having this feature, I think is key for note taking as it makes Headings and sub-topics clearer and in general just keeps things a lot more cleaner and organized looking. If the devs can just add these features, it would definetly be complete for me :)

Very good, but not retina

I very much like this app, but it’s astounding to me that the app is still not retina compatible. You can clearly see pixels in the text and there are abberations in the color around text that look really bad. I’d also like to see an option to not list notes as post-it squares like is available in the iOS app. Other than that I’m very happy with the application.

Charge for this App and improve it

One of the loveliest notes app but feels unfinished. I think the developer should polish up this app and keep it updated and add features including editing tools. I love this app but get frustrated sometimes Please developer: Look at reviews and see how much people like this app but find it lacking. It does not have to be another evernote

Good app but definitely not an Evernote killer… or even close.

This is a good notebook app, however, it’s not even close to being as good as Evenote. It’s a simple notebook app that is very good at what it’s intended for. Evenote killer? Nope.


An application named 'Notebook' should allow more than five fonts. Period. There is no excuse. All you 5-star reviewers out there, what is wrong with you people?! Otherwise, very nice look and feel, features, etc. Beautiful. But a note editing application without font support is silly.

Worst Note App I have used

I downloaded this app to try and keep up with my college application usernames and password and now I have this annoying pop up that will not go away saying ‘Your account is not confirmed’. It wants to make some email account and pay a monthly subscription. This app is stupid.

A good app, but no sketching option or exporting

This is a great app, especially if you are into lots of eye-catching colors and big on organization. However, I LOVE to write my notes by hand as well as type, but the Mac version of this app doesn’t allow the sketching feature. To make matters worse, it shows the sketching option in the tutoral, which is misleading. I fumbled around quite a bit trying to find the sketch feature before I realized it was only available on mobile, which will keep me from using it as much as I would have liked. I do own an amazing tablet that really allows my handwriting to come out neat and natural. Also, the fact that you can’t export or backup your notes easily is also a huge problem for me. If these problems are dealt with, I’d personally say this could beat out just about every note-taking app in the store and I have tried many. As of right now, I’m really trying to love this app and waned to use it everyday, and a sketching and exporting option implemented on the Mac would bump this revew to five stars for sure and keep it on my dock.

Has the potential to be AMAZING!!!!

I’ve left Evernote because they left me first. So In searching for a replacement I was immediately drawn to the beautiful aesthetics of this app. Notebooks can have beautiful covers and you can design your own graphics and apply them to the netebook covers as well. The interface is very pleasing and the software has a very ZEN quality to it. You have a nice choice of coloring notes as well. The syncining is very fast considering I have over 100 notebooks that I imported from Evernote. It has a good Evernote import app that was recently added. That said there are a ton of functionailies that are still missing. For instance you can’t export your notes currently, in case you decide to no longer use the app. You can’t sort on the desktop version. You can only share one note. You can’t group notes. Your font selection is limited to one dedicated font you select in the preferences. The functionailites between iphone app and Mac version are not the same. So the choice is to wait patiently while these items are added to the app or find a different app to work with like One Note or Simple note. I’m just too addicted to the beauty of this app to give up on it - so I begrudgingly wait and it may take years. sigh…..

Love this app, but could use some features

This is the best note taking app I have used, but would love to see a highliter feature and view feature that is just the note, without the grayed out side of the main page. Screen relistate is tight on my computer and the extra space in the window is usless space.

Great App / One Change

Loving the app. I just wish I could turn off that status bar icon. Add that and it's pretty much perfect for me.

Aesthetically nice , but missing some important features

The app looks really nice. However, I would like to be able to change the color of font in my notes as well as change the text size. While this app looks better than Apple Notes, at the moment, Apple Notes still contains better features and is more useful.

Nice, but need more font choices

Please allow for any Mac font to be the default, not just the short list that is available!

Best Notetaking Right Now

I am floored by this application. I've heard of Zoho before, but never knew they made applications this high of quality. I have the Android and Mac apps and I have to say they are the most beautiful note taking apps with great execution of the basic features. Sure you can add things like calendar, collaboration and other things, but this is a great start and I will be using this exclusively for all my note taking and reminders!!

Simple, fast syncing, but missing some essential features

Notebook is simple and easy to use. I really like the fact that the ENITRE note is synced to the Apple watch App, not just the first part if its a long one. It also syncs fast and promptly between Apple Watch and iPhone, as well as between different devices over the internet. However, I would love to see a list view. The large tiles are good if you have a few notes, but once you have more than 15 it's a bit hard to find what you want and can disrupt one’s concentration. On the iPhone app there is an option to choose a list view. I think it’s a serious design flaw not to include such an option on the Mac version. Also, the ability to add tables would be a welcome feature. You can artifically make them by creating a table in Apple’s Notes or another App and then copy/paste it into Notebook. However, once pasted you cant edit so it’s hardly a feasable option for any notetaker who uses tables on even a occasional basis.

Not Ready for Prime Time

Perhaps if you only have a limite number of notes to organize, this app might work, or, perhaps if you started from scratch and added notes as you needed them, then this app might be worth considering. However, it’s lacking too many basic organizational features to be useful to someone having a large amount of notes, and/or anyone who needs to perform a large amount of organization on existing notes. You can import from Evernote, but not easily. Each notebook needs to be exported separately, which forces you to take a lot of time in order to do the import. Also, several files/images weren’t imported. There’s no way to know, unless you contact support (seriously?). The card view is nice, but not when you have tens, let alone hundreds, of notes. In this case, a list view would be better. Notes with media are sort of a pain. You can’t move images to a new location. You’re limited on file size. Animated GIFs are stored elsewhere, rather inline with the text. There’s no way to unlink text or an image. Thus you’re forced to keep them or retype or repaste the image. And, since pasted images are forced to the bottom, you’ll never get the document to look the way you want it. There are other issues here, but I’m stopping use of the app, as it is not a replacement for Evernote, unless, perhaps, you don’t really use Evernote.

Great use for multiple, unrelates notes

Great app! You can create separate notebooks for topics and keep track of meetings efficiently. Couple recommendations: ability to change the font size (it’s currently too large) and ability to search/find (helpful with going back in work meetings and finding answers)


This is a great app and really makes taking notes in school a lot easier. One recommendation I have for the company (if you’re reading this) is to add colors and fonts. If you right click one highlighted text you can change the font, but it doesn’t save like that. Please fix this and make changing color of the text avalible, it would really make this app even more fun.

Best App for Notes- And I Promise, I’ve Tested A LOT

Wonderful app for taking notes. Wonderfully organized, you can create notebooks for each topic or subtopic even if one desired and as a means of knowing each journal upon looking at it, you can use pre-created imagery for the cover of individual journals or you can upload your own. I love One Note but it has become increasingly frustrating since it became associated with the limitations of microsofts failed “one drive”- I wish Mac had an equivilent to one note as it does for the majority of the word suite. But, as of now, this is the best one I’ve yet to use and I think I am done searching unless a flaw appears. And trust me; I’ve tried A LOT of apps for note taking as research and notes are a huge part of my daily life. This is a great deal; especially for FREE and no annoying hidden prices that I see. So thank you to the developers! I’d only ask for subsections to be added so that 1 journal can have many topics. If it has this and I’m missing it, please correct me :) Thank you!

Please add a “Draw” feature

Hello! I think your App is amazing, There are many features that I enjoy with the app I just wish that it had a “drawing” feature for instance sometimes, in my lectures, diagrams are drawn out on the white board and it would be awesome to be able to draw these and keep them with the rest of the information that I’m inserting into the note. Such as in microsoft word or pages where we can insert a “Freeform drawing”

Wonderful Evernote Killer! A+

First, please give us a subued interface option, such as a dark interface. I don’t mind if its dark indigo, black, burnt espresso lol, just please offer a softer UI color than hard white. I would appreciate it as a professional software engineer. Most AAA applications offer dark interfaces such as Microsoft’s Visual Studio, Adobe’s Creative Cloud software suite, etc. Next, this is such a huge step up over Evernote, I feel bad mentioning the two in the same sentence. Evenote has lost its way a long time ago and thankfully Zoho has stepped in to give everyone a truly proper note-taking ecosystem. I love everything about it, and for everyone who mentions the minor bugs, Zoho will fix them. Just give them time, they seem to be very receptive and listening to their users. I hope they keep pushing because they have struck while the iron was hot. THey just need to continue capatilizing on making an even more refiend product and I truly believe each iteration we see will be more intuitive than the last.

It is ok for what it offers but some basics are sadly missing

It's an ok app for what it offers, although what it offers is very basic- you can't change fonts, for example. I just installed it and will have to improvise when I need a different font by switching to bold or italic or whatnot. I see that as a limitation that shouldn't have been there. Integration of hand-wriiten notes into typed text also sloppy. Haven't tried audio notes, but that's not what I got this app for. Syncing accross devices works, and that's a major plus- I am writing notes on both my Mac and on my Android device. No need to wrestle with iCloud. What I also like about this app is the option of organizing notes into notebooks- or keeping certain notes unbound to notebooks.

Poor (or non-existent) Customer Service

I have been unable to SYNC notes across my iPhone, 2 iPads, 2 MacBooks all from my desktop iMac products. So immediately after I got this app (or whatever it is), I contacted Customer Support AS INSTRUCTED. First they appeared to have trouble understanding the issue, (it was a “unable to sync” what’s so difficult to understand?) then they asked, IN TWO SEPARATE EMAILS, security questions (the same ones). I emailed those answers back, and received ZERO response. I decided to try again with them one month later, and they asked me to answer those SAME questions AGAIN…this time, THREE times. So I’m rating this ONE STAR, but even that is too much. I really wanted to use NOTEBOOK too.

I Would Love It If It Had:

I love notebooks, but sadly I can’t use it for school because it needs an spellcheck and auto-correct while I type notes fast, resizing of images or illustrations, coloring text instead of just making it bold and italics, among other things. If it had that, I would have continued using it during my semester, but for now I will have to turn to Pages :’-( I really liked it.

Great app needs iCloud

I hate having to make another account to sync notes. I would have used this app if it had this feature.

I liked it at first

I like various features of Notebook. It accepts the most common files (docs, spreadsheet, jpgs, etc). I like the ability to make custome covers for the folders. It’s a nice layout. However, the deal breaker is the fact that the folders are constantly in random order. You can’t arrange them manually, nor will they sort out alphabetically. I’ve wasted so much time looking for the folder I want. I like products that save me time, not cost me more time.

Notebook App Revies

I absolutely love this app, its simple but very complete. I swiched from Evernote and this app is like a breath of fresh air, very colorful and packed with features. I highly recommend it to everyone.

Best Note Taking App!

NoteBook is the perfect app for anyone who is a content creator to keep track of information, thoughts and ideas. I would say nothing comes close to Notebook. I wish there would be one new feature added a way to exprot the audio from the notebooks to use in podcasts or other audio content, there is a work around to do it now but a simple export option would be great! As a podcaster and audio engineer/musician I love using Notebook for ideas but I would really like a export audio option to share music ideas with others when I’m using Notebook for songwriting!

Simple, yet effective!

Simple. Easy and beautiful user interface! Syncs universally across ALL devices. This app took my organization to a whole new level! I especially enjoy the audio record feature that allows you to take notes while recording. Also, this ties sketching into your mobile devices. I like this app because it is powerful and encompasses a lot of my note making needs. I ran into a small bug on my iMac where if the app is hidden and you try to use the menubar icon to add a note, it places the app window in a frozen state where I cannot click on anything: All menu items are grayed, as well. I have to quit and reopen for things to start working properly. No matter! I still love the app and will use this as my main note taker. Thank you for such a wonderful tool!


I absolutely LOVE Notebook. I have been looking so long for an app like this, and Notebook does it all. It syncs across all devices, allows organization of notes into different notebooks, has several different note formats, has password locking, and is elegantly designed. The many note formats is especially great: Simple text, image, audio, file attachment, sketching (on the mobile app), and the best part is you can combine many of these together in one text note. And the design is absolutely beautiful. It’s so minimal and clean and very elegant. That matters to me a lot because it helps my mind flow out its thougts much better. I just have two requests to make: 1) This is a small thing that I know the developers are continuously working on, but sometimes there are still some inconsistencies in syncing across devices. I’ll rename a notebook on my phone, but on my computer it made the notebook title become “Untitled”, but the new title still remains on my phone. There are a few other examples of syncing inconsistencies that were probably insignificant enough for me to not mind them. 2) PLEASE I would really really appreciate it if the developers could add different view options, so you can view your notes by date created. This is especially important to me because I like to use one of my notebooks as a journal, but they sometimes gett out of order if I edit old entries. Thank you so much to the devs for creating this application. I’d love to see what improvements there will be in the future.

Great app

Very nice, what I was looking for.

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