How I feel about Notes Plus

Some of you have asked me if Notes Plus is truly a combination of many different note-taking apps. Short answer; YES. But that is not necessarily a good thing, and here’s why:

  1. Notes Plus has handwriting recognition. But do I use it? No, because Nebo does a better job.
  2. The app has both vertical and horizontal scrolling, customisable page sizes and templates, and it even has a wider variety of pens to choose from. Is that a good thing? Yes, if it worked for me, it would be a great thing.

Notes Plus has too many choices to go through when starting to use the app. Some might find that a good thing. Personally, it just slows me down, and this is the same problem I have with ZoomNotes.

I could use it for my OCR needs, but Nebo is better. I could use it to take my notes, but Notability Noteful is more convenient for me. With all the pen options available and the customisation features in Notes Plus, I don’t understand most of them. That is mostly because I don’t use them, so I haven’t bothered to learn them. In short, the app is just overwhelming. With any software, the simpler, the better.

5 thoughts on “How I feel about Notes Plus”

  1. alonsoquixano

    Hi Ropsie

    Interesting to read your comment about the simplicity of software (but it seems that a lot of users share your thoughts, which would explain the success of notability, good notes and noteshelf). I feel completely the other way. I want software to have a lot of features, since I use them daily. It is like learning to drive a Ferrari, it takes time, but once you master it, your means of transportation have improved considerably.

    Going back to Notes Plus. I was disappointed by the lack of features of GN, Notability etc, and found that Notes Plus was the first note taking app, that deserves its name. I used it for one year, but was annoyed by its archilles heel:

    1. it has the worst handwriting distortion of all note taking apps, and,

    2. especially if you want to move pages either within a document or from
    document to document, the app crashed and the document was corrupt beyond repair (the worst nightmare of any user)

    So I found ZoomNotes, which has even more features, and does not suffer these problems.


    Uwe Brauer

    1. Hello Uwe,

      ZoomNoets is definitely a better replacement for Notes Plus. Another problem with Notes Plus is that it seems its developers have stopped creating new features. At some point it was ahead of all the note-taking apps, now it’s lagging dramatically.

  2. I’d love to follow your advise and move on to Nebo. Unfortunately, I need handwriting recognition in Hebrew every now and again. To date, Notes Plus appears the only iPadOS app that can do that, unless I missed something.

    1. Hi
      I have tested all note taking apps on iOS and I disagree with Ropsie in the sense that I prefer an app with a lot features since it is easier to skip a feature that I don’t need, than conjure a needed feature up. I liked notes plus, but found it too buggy (I lost data) and the handwriting experience awful. Nebo on the other hand is still not willing to provide an exporter (for the whole document) to latex which would solve the Hebrew problem.
      Now I can recommend you an App that I use (ZoomNotes), that has more feature than Notes Plus in fact than any app, I tested and it also has Hebrew support for converting handwriting.

      Note, however, please, that this conversion is done by an external provider (not sure who that is), and it seems to rely on the correctness of the words. for example I wrote accidently: mah nischma incorrectly (I added an ayn to nishma, and instead of converting he came up with another word). But I am not a native speaker and my friends tell me that my handwriting is like a child, so may be, it works better for more well adult handwriting
      Uwe Brauer

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