9 Best Apps for Sketchnotes (ENG)

Handwriting in digital era has been one of the most exciting activities for me as you can free your imagination and develop creative thinking.  Here are some recommended apps for you to draw and take note which you can download on Appstore or Playstore.

1. Procreate ($ 9.99)

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With simple and sophisticated design feature, Procreate is my favorite drawing and sketchnote app. You can choose and custom your brush with very specific component and feature, combine different colors and effects, modify your layer that will bring your drawing to the next level.  This app is only available for iOS ($9.99).

2. Notability ($ 9.99)

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For note taking only, this is my favorite app. You can choose different types of brushes and pencil, search and manage note easily, play note replay, integrate picture and texts with sound recording. Although you must purchase this app only at IOS ($ 9.99), this app is generally very comfortable to use for note taking.

3. GoodNotes 5 ($ 7.99)

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This app is specifically designed to manage different types of notes and manage various notes. With super colorful and unique brushes, pen, and highlighter, note taking can be so much fun.  This app is only available for iOS ($7.99).

4. Tayasui Sketches (School) (FREE / PAID)

Screen Shot 2019-03-09 at 10.39.29 AMThis app is designed for children who love drawing since they have realistic and different types of brushes which are very easy and simple to use.  The school version is available for FREE on iOS, but there is other general version which available for Android & iOS.  Although the free version will offer in Apps purchase which allow you to upgrade the feature, this app is strongly recommended for children to practice their creativity.

5. Autodesk Sketchbook (FREE)

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You can use this app on any platform (iOS, Android, Desktop) with very detailed and customized brushes, effects, colours, and editor. If you are an artist who use different platforms and devices, this app can be downloaded for FREE!

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This app is designed to let you draw sketch with vector format with various brushes and layers which you can transfer to Adobe Photoshop/Illustrator. This app can be downloaded for FREE on Android atau iOS.

7. Adobe Photoshop Sketch (FREE)

Screen Shot 2019-03-09 at 10.40.02 AMIf you love spontaneous sketching, you can use this app to draw sketch with photoshop format which you can also transfer toAdobe Photoshop/Illustrator. This app can be downloaded for FREE on Android atau iOS.

8. Paper by WeTransfer (FREE)

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This app offers simpel user interface in various types of brushes. It’s free app for iOS only but you can subscribe this app to get more advanced features.

9. Concept (FREE)

This app has borderless canvas and perfect to design your concept. With super responsive brushes with very specific colour choice. You can create a skecth to plan and create your sketch. This app is freely available on iOS.

Sketchnotes Sample

Here is my sketchnote sample that I created from the book I read using Procreate on iPad Pro. Feel free to check my other skecthnotes on : @digitalsketchnotesclub

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If you have other questions and need support to learn sketchnotes feel free to contact me via email at steven.sutantro@gmail.com 


Steven is a life long learner and multi-award educational technology coach with international certifications from Google, Apple, National Geographic, TED Ed, Google Earth Education, EdTech Team, EduTECH Asia, Young Southeast Asia Leaders Initiative, US Embassy, Tech in Asia, and many international and local institutions.

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