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Comparison of note-taking software

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Notes is a notetaking app developed by Apple.

OS X Mountain Lion

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It is provided on their iOS and macOS operating systems, the latter starting with OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion.
As on iOS, Notes and Reminders became full applications, separate from Mail and Calendar, while the iChat application was replaced with a version of iOS's Messages.

IOS 9

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Starting with iOS 9, Notes received a significant functional overhaul; iCloud sync (instead of IMAP; in-line with the OS X 10.11 version), the ability to create sketches (and later, support for Apple Pencil), advanced text formatting options, several styles of lists, rich web and map link previews, support for more file type attachments, a corresponding dedicated attachment browser, and a system share extension point for saving web links, images, etc.
Most notably, Notes received the ability to draw sketches with different tools, image insertion, prominent visual appearance for website links and map locations, and advanced list formatting; an all-new Apple News app aggregates articles from different sources; and Apple Maps received mass transit support, although in a limited number of locations at launch.

Touch ID

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As of iOS 9.3, individual notes can be password-protected (with the ability to use Touch ID to unlock all notes on compatible devices), however only one password can be set for all notes locked henceforth.
It can also be used to lock and unlock password-protected notes on iPhone and iPad.

IOS 11

11iOS 11.0iOS 11.3
The update to Notes released with iOS 11 adds tables, pinned notes, a document scanner, graph and lined paper, monospaced text support, handwriting search, and improved integration with Apple Pencil.
The Control Center is customizable via the Settings app, and allows more settings to be shown, including cellular service, Low Power Mode, and a shortcut to the Notes app.

MacOS

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It is provided on their iOS and macOS operating systems, the latter starting with OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion.
Refinements include public transport built into the Maps application, GUI improvements to the Notes application, adopting San Francisco as the system font for clearer legibility, and the introduction of System Integrity Protection.

OS X El Capitan

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Starting with iOS 9, Notes received a significant functional overhaul; iCloud sync (instead of IMAP; in-line with the OS X 10.11 version), the ability to create sketches (and later, support for Apple Pencil), advanced text formatting options, several styles of lists, rich web and map link previews, support for more file type attachments, a corresponding dedicated attachment browser, and a system share extension point for saving web links, images, etc.
The Notes application receives an overhaul, similar to Notes in iOS 9.

IOS 10

10iOS 10.3iOS 10.3.3
In iOS 10, Notes now has a collaboration feature for many people to work on a note at the same time.
Notes now has a collaboration feature.

Apple Mail

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Prior to Mountain Lion, Mail on macOS supported a mailbox containing notes, which was synced with notes in the Notes application in iOS.
Notes was split off into a stand-alone application.

IOS

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It is provided on their iOS and macOS operating systems, the latter starting with OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion.

ICloud

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Starting with iOS 9, Notes received a significant functional overhaul; iCloud sync (instead of IMAP; in-line with the OS X 10.11 version), the ability to create sketches (and later, support for Apple Pencil), advanced text formatting options, several styles of lists, rich web and map link previews, support for more file type attachments, a corresponding dedicated attachment browser, and a system share extension point for saving web links, images, etc. It functions as a service for making short text notes, which can be synchronised between devices using Apple's iCloud service.

Skeuomorph

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Until 2013, both applications used a strongly skeuomorphic interface, with a lined paper design; the Mountain Lion version placed this inside a leather folder.

OS X Mavericks

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This design was replaced in OS X Mavericks and iOS 7.

IOS 7

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This design was replaced in OS X Mavericks and iOS 7.

Internet Message Access Protocol

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Starting with iOS 9, Notes received a significant functional overhaul; iCloud sync (instead of IMAP; in-line with the OS X 10.11 version), the ability to create sketches (and later, support for Apple Pencil), advanced text formatting options, several styles of lists, rich web and map link previews, support for more file type attachments, a corresponding dedicated attachment browser, and a system share extension point for saving web links, images, etc.

Digital illustration

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Starting with iOS 9, Notes received a significant functional overhaul; iCloud sync (instead of IMAP; in-line with the OS X 10.11 version), the ability to create sketches (and later, support for Apple Pencil), advanced text formatting options, several styles of lists, rich web and map link previews, support for more file type attachments, a corresponding dedicated attachment browser, and a system share extension point for saving web links, images, etc.

Apple Pencil

Pencil
Starting with iOS 9, Notes received a significant functional overhaul; iCloud sync (instead of IMAP; in-line with the OS X 10.11 version), the ability to create sketches (and later, support for Apple Pencil), advanced text formatting options, several styles of lists, rich web and map link previews, support for more file type attachments, a corresponding dedicated attachment browser, and a system share extension point for saving web links, images, etc. The update to Notes released with iOS 11 adds tables, pinned notes, a document scanner, graph and lined paper, monospaced text support, handwriting search, and improved integration with Apple Pencil.

Formatted text

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Starting with iOS 9, Notes received a significant functional overhaul; iCloud sync (instead of IMAP; in-line with the OS X 10.11 version), the ability to create sketches (and later, support for Apple Pencil), advanced text formatting options, several styles of lists, rich web and map link previews, support for more file type attachments, a corresponding dedicated attachment browser, and a system share extension point for saving web links, images, etc.

Apple Maps

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Starting with iOS 9, Notes received a significant functional overhaul; iCloud sync (instead of IMAP; in-line with the OS X 10.11 version), the ability to create sketches (and later, support for Apple Pencil), advanced text formatting options, several styles of lists, rich web and map link previews, support for more file type attachments, a corresponding dedicated attachment browser, and a system share extension point for saving web links, images, etc.

Monospaced font

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The update to Notes released with iOS 11 adds tables, pinned notes, a document scanner, graph and lined paper, monospaced text support, handwriting search, and improved integration with Apple Pencil.

Kludge

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This situation was a kludge: as Mail already implemented the IMAP mailbox synchronisation protocol, it could also sync notes with minimal additional work.

Apple Inc.

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Notes is a notetaking app developed by Apple.

Helvetica

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Originally, notes could be created in three different default fonts - Noteworthy, Marker Felt, and Helvetica.

Hyperlink

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Attachments, images, and hyperlinks can also be added into a note.

MacOS High Sierra

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The update to Notes released with macOS 10.13 adds tables.