I have been an almost daily user of the Evernote app for several years and I think it is a great app, if you use the paid version, which I have. It has several serious competitors now. One of them is Noteshelf, an iPad only app. This app will cost you $8. A similar app for Android users is LectureNotes, which costs $3.60. You can download a trial version free though. The company that makes Evernote also makes Penultimate, which lets you create handwritten notes an sketches. The basic version is free. Finally, you can download Notebooks by Zoho, which works with Android and iOS and is free.
This app is free from the App Store today. It usually costs $.99. It is available for Apple, Android, and Windows devices. It is very simple and intuitive to use, and automatically syncs your notes to all your devices over the Cloud. You can use different colored backgrounds for you notes and add photos to them.
This is supposed to be a wonderful application, but if you want more functions than the free version provides, you will have to purchase it.
PaperPort Notes lets you:
- Import PDF, PPT and Image files into your notes
- Robust tools for note taking and marking up documents
- Record page by page audio
- Powerful tools to keep you organized
- Integrations with your favorite could storage services
- Anytime, anywhere access to PaperPort documents
- Share documents easily with anyone
Notability lets you combine handwriting, text, and photos to bring projects to life.
Clear is a to do list manager for the iPhone and iPad.
If you use the free Evernote note-taking and organizing program, you can download a free screen capture plug-in for it called Skitch. Skitch functions pretty much like SnagIt. You can download it for Windows machines, Macs, and mobile devices.