Fast, local storage, cheap drawing, hand-writing note app with amazing PDF annotation and high-quality PDF exports.


Welcome to Episode #92 in my journey to find the best note-taking app for Android. This week I'm looking at a different kind of note-taking app, one targeted at hand-written notes and PDF-markup.

I heard about Notewise a week ago from u/Ducky717 on reddit and it was a great suggestion to check out. This was part of their message:

If you want to know why i'm suggesting the app for review because it got stars on freemediaheckyeah wiki

Their freemediaheckyeah wiki is a really comprehensive site and I'll need to go back and check out some of the other apps listed there.

Notewise looks to have been created in 2021 and they've released 10 updates since Nov 2022 so they are actively doing development.

If you've been following along, you know that I enjoy learning about the people behind the apps and their companies. It's fun to see who is creating these apps and who has access to our private data. This one was tough to get much info on.

I was able to chat with one of the team members "Shawn" on Discord this morning and although he played hard to get re. info on the company and people, he was very professional and responsive.

Unfortunately, we are not able to tell you more about our team members' identity. But as we are preparing our release 2.0 this week. We are also about the list our registered company name on our website. One day when we are ready, we will let the team meet the public

Notewise is being developed by a startup based in Singapore called Ziikr. Keep an eye on their site for more info and app updates like cloud sync which is coming soon in version 2.0.

The app is quite amazing and easy to use. I'd highly recommend checking it out if you have a tablet. A tablet with a pen would be even better although you can use your fingers to draw and select quite easily.

Notewise is fun to play with even on my smartphone. You can easily and quickly import images and PDFs, the app is very fast, easy to use, and customizable. The PDF annotation is well done and allows you to add pages with drawings and text inside the PDF! How amazing is that for students and researchers?

Read on for the ugly, the bad, the good, the great, and the awesome aspects of Notewise.




  • Not good for text notes
  • No sync between devices
  • No search across notes


  • Only 3 notes in the free version
  • The default colours are bright
  • No hyperlinks
  • No Markdown support
  • No print menu option (but can export)


  • Add text
  • Add image
  • Arrows with different thicknesses and styles
  • Folders and subfolders
  • Favourite a note
  • Sort by modified date or alphabetically
  • List view or grid view of notes
  • Include images
  • Dark mode
  • 5 background colours
  • 130 default colours for lines and text but can specific colour code
  • Toolbar
  • Landscape or portrait mode templates
  • Different page sizes
  • Eraser with lots of options
  • Duplicate, copy, or cut any part that you created
  • Many shapes including arrows, boxes, circles, etc.
  • Undo and redo
  • Images in list


  • Fast
  • Cheap at USD 9.99 one-time
  • Import PDF
  • PDF annotation
  • Export to image (upgrade)
  • Show/filter recent notes
  • Image cropping
  • Change log in the app ("what's new")
  • Export to and import from Notewise format
  • 15 languages
  • 12 templates
  • Pan and zoom on PDF and image
  • Full-screen mode
  • Re-arrange pages of PDF


  • No account required
  • No cloud
  • Drawing tool
  • Export to PDF or image
  • Customizations for stylus and how to handle one or two fingers
  • Add blank pages within or at the end of the PDF that you can draw on
  • Laser pointer for presentations
  • Create a library of images, text
  • Swipe up to add an image to the current file

I hope you enjoyed the review and have an amazing note-taking week ahead!