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The following Free or Low-Cost Assistive Technology programs, software, websites, and apps focus on different forms of Notetaking Support. The information about the following applications has been summarized from the applications’ websites and/or from experience testing the applications. We update this page approximately once a year. Please refer to the applications’ websites for the most up to date information.

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AudioNote 2

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  • Synchronize your notes with the audio recording of your lecture
  • Take hand-written
  • Import lecture slides as the background to your notes
  • More Information: AudioNote Website

Cost: Free and in-app purchases

Compatibility: Windows; Mac; iOS; Android


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  • A one-stop place to collect notes, files, web clippings, and images with the ability to access them on virtually any device
  • Collect and find your information easily
  • A tool for researching, planning events and everyday organizational use
  • Collaborate with others on projects using the sharing features
  • More Information: Evernote Website

Cost: Free or monthly subscription for Personal and Professional version

Compatibility: Windows; Mac; iOS; Android


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  • Digital note taking applications that allows users to personalize their notes, organize, record audio, access notes on multiple devices, and more
  • Limitless version includes handwriting recognition and importing documents
  • More Information: GoodNotes Website

Cost: Free for 3 notebooks and $9.99 one-time payment for unlimited notebooks

Compatibility: iOS, Mac


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  • Annotate PDF, Word Doc, PowerPoint, and image files with this app
  • Use the typewriter, pen, highlighter, stamp, note, underline, photo, voice and other tools to annotate your document
  • Import PDFs or compress and export for secured sharing with others
  • More Information: iAnnotate Website

Cost: $9.99

Compatibility: iOS

Microsoft OneNote

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  • Take all your notes in OneNote by typing, writing with a touchscreen, importing pictures, video, web links, and other resources
  • Ability to record your lecture with this program
  • Divide up your classes and work by notebook, section, and pages
  • Using OneDrive online, share your OneNote document for others to work on and interact with
  • Search your notes for the ability to easily find what you need
  • More Information: OneNote Website

Cost: Free with an Office account

Compatibility: Windows; Mac; iOS; Android


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  • Write, type, or annotate using highlighters your notes using the all-in-one notetaking app
  • Ability to take pictures and audio record with the sound being linked to your notes
  • Use Google Drive, Dropbox and Box to import, export and share documents such as PowerPoints and take notes directly on them
  • Organize all your notes in one place
  • More Information: Notability Website

Cost: Free and Plus version with annual subscription

Compatibility: Mac; iOS

Note Board



  • A web application that creates a note-taking board to gather notes
  • Ability to upload PDFs, Docs, images, and website links (varies between demo and premium version)
  • Create multiple note-taking boards
  • Collaborate with others by sharing your note-taking board
  • Customizable background and note style
  • More information: Note Board Website

Cost: Free for Basic and $3/month for Premium

Compatibility: Online Resource; Chrome and Edge extension

Notebook – Notes, To-do, Journal


  • Create personalized notebooks with customizable style settings
  • Insert audio recordings up to 30 minutes and supplemental images within your notes
  • Allows for drawing, tagging notebooks for easy navigation, adding to-do list items, and setting reminders
  • More information: Notebook Website

Cost: Free for Notebook Essential and $1.99/month subscription for Notebook Pro

Compatibility: iOS; Android; Mac; Windows; Online Resource


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  • Note taking application with a time-stamped audio recording feature synced with typed notes
  • Draw, record, type, or dictate notes
  • Export, import, and adjust notes, documents, and recordings within the app
  • More information: Noted Website

Cost: Free for Noted Basic and Noted+ at a $24.99/year subscription cost

Compatibility: iOS: Mac, iPhone, iPad, apple watch


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  • Write, sketch, draw or doodle notes and information on your iPad
  • Lifelike paper in-app imitate writing on real paper
  • Sync with your Evernote account for access anywhere, anytime using your computer or mobile devices
  • Search your notes using the search feature in your Evernote Account
  • More Information: Penultimate Website

Cost: Free

Compatibility: iOS: iPad only


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  • Distraction free note taking platform
  • Works across devices
  • Create searchable notes and to do lists
  • More information: Simplenote Website

Cost: Free

Compatibility:  iOS, Android, Mac, Windows, Linux


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  • Take notes while watching videos
  • Generate a PDF of notes
  • Includes timestamps of notes
  • By clicking on the timestamps generated with the notes, this will take you to the exact place in the video the note was taken
  • Ability to watch videos with multiple people at the same time with the same notes
  • More information: YiNote Website

Cost: Free

Compatibility: Chrome, Firefox, and Edge extension

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