Nebo: Notes & PDF Annotations

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About this app

Brainstorm ideas & take freeform notes mixing handwriting, text, drawings, diagrams & images on an expandable canvas. Erase & edit content with pen gestures, and convert handwriting and shapes to typed text and perfect forms.

Nebo understands every word you write in your choice of 66 languages, and works on all platforms - so you can access and search your notes from any device.

Enjoy 3 powerful experiences in one app:

** Create freely in a Nebo Note – the world’s most advanced freeform canvas with full write-to-text and shape conversion **
** Handwrite a responsive Nebo Document, adding math and diagram objects as needed **
** Import existing documents as PDFs, ready to annotate **

Now with *Dark Mode* and *Apple silicon* support – download and use Nebo on Mac M1 and M2 devices!

• Digital handwriting:
- Write¹, type or dictate in the same page, sentence or even word.
- Accurately convert handwriting and math to typed text, and drawn diagrams to perfect shapes. Diagrams stay editable when pasted into PowerPoint!
- Write emoji and symbols with your pen.

• Edit with your pen:
- Use intuitive gestures to edit and format content without breaking your flow.
- Create headings, lists and checkboxes, add or remove spaces and line breaks, delete and emphasize text.
- Use the marker to highlight or color, the lasso to select, and the eraser to delete entire strokes or precisely defined content.

• Write, type and draw freely in a Nebo Note:
- Enjoy an infinite canvas ideal for brainstorming and freeform note-taking.
- Pan around and zoom in or out for a fresh perspective.
- Use the lasso to select, move, copy, delete or resize content - and to convert handwriting to typed text.

• Switch to a Nebo Document for a responsive experience:
- Create and edit structured notes – your handwriting will automatically reflow as needed.
- Make edits, adjust layout, rotate your device or split your screen without worrying about readability.

• Enrich your notes:
- Personalize content using a range of pen types and page backgrounds.
- Add photos, sketches and smart objects like math and diagrams.
- Handwrite math equations and matrices across several lines, solve simple calculations and copy math as LaTeX or image.

• Paperless management:
- Organize your library via drag-and-drop.
- Back up your notes as needed.

- “For note-takers with needs that go beyond the basic” (TechRadar, 2019)
- Best App 2017 (CES Mobile Apps Showdown)

Nebo respects your privacy and never stores content on our servers without your explicit consent.

For help or feature requests, create a ticket at

Check minimum and recommended requirements for Nebo:

¹You can use any compatible active or passive pen to write in Nebo. More details at
Updated on
May 27, 2024

Data safety

Safety starts with understanding how developers collect and share your data. Data privacy and security practices may vary based on your use, region, and age. The developer provided this information and may update it over time.
No data shared with third parties
Learn more about how developers declare sharing
This app may collect these data types
Personal info, Files and docs, and App activity
Data isn’t encrypted
You can request that data be deleted

Ratings and reviews

2K reviews
Nikolas Ruiz
December 17, 2023
I've been looking for the perfect handwritten notes app, and Nebo hits nearly all the marks—most importantly for me, it has the ability to switch from an infinite canvas style of note-taking to a linear and fixed document/paper type. Other than the annoying lack of zoom lock, Nebo's implementation of this is great. However, it's shocking that Nebo lacks the basic functionality of being able to crop images. Until more QOL adjustments are made, I'll be waiting for Squid 10's release instead.
19 people found this review helpful
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December 15, 2023
Thank you for your suggestion and feedback! The feature you inquired about is one of the priorities on our roadmap. Stay tuned for updates, and we wish you the best of luck! Warm regards, Mila
Ritesh Kumar Malaiya
January 10, 2024
Decent. Reason for my low rating is lack of features that makes writing more fun and inviting. It mostly has features that comes after writing, like converting to text etc. In my opinion, more writing centric feature may have been, most important for me, full screen mode, quick note, better content navigation/viewing, more pen options, quick access to pen width tool, dual page viewing in pdf, etc. But these or similar are not implemented.
21 people found this review helpful
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January 12, 2024
Thank you for your valuable feedback. We truly appreciate your suggestions for enhancing our writing-centric features, many of which are already on our roadmap to elevate your writing experience. Best regards, Mila
Masih Hedayati
February 27, 2024
Nebo has left me thoroughly disappointed. Despite its hefty price tag, the app fails to deliver on basic functionality and support. Attempting to use Nebo across different platforms proves to be a costly endeavor. Purchases don't sync between devices, meaning I had to double pay for access to the iOS version. Despite reaching out for a refund, Nebo has provided no resolution. Syncing between devices is unreliable, and critical features like tagging and collaboration are noticeably absent.
15 people found this review helpful
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February 29, 2024
I'm sorry to hear about your disappointment and to see you leaving. As it's a one-time payment for lifetime usage, the purchase is separate on each platform. To sync your notes, you'll need to upgrade to the full version of the app. Please note that the sync feature is not available in the free version on Apple devices. - Mila

What's new

Rectangle selection
• The lasso tool now offers a rectangle-shaped option for faster content selection.
Stability improvements
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