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Digital Note-Taking Tools: Choosing the Right Platform

Taking notes has evolved beyond pen and paper. Digital note-taking is a big part of productivity, whether you’re a student, a professional, or a creative person. With a ton of digital tools available, choosing the right platform can enhance your ability to capture ideas, record lectures, and organize your knowledge efficiently. This guide will help you navigate through the available options, ensuring you select the best digital note-taking tool according to your needs. But first, let’s explain what digital note-taking is.

What is Digital Note-Taking?

It involves using electronic devices such as computers, tablets, or smartphones to capture your thoughts and information. It offers versatility in how content can be captured – it can be captured by typing, handwriting on touch screens, voice recordings, and photographs. These methods of capturing content with digital note-taking make it highly effective.

Types of Digital Notes

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As you look for the ideal note-taking platform, consider what types of notes you primarily take and the features you might need. Let’s take a look at some of them.

Handwritten Notes

One way to go about taking digital notes is to make handwritten notes with your fingers on a tablet, a computer, a smartphone or a digital notebook. There are numerous digital note-taking apps that turn handwriting into typed text. 

Digital notebooks are a step above other technology for taking digital notes because they are specifically made for that purpose. They give you a feeling that you are directly typing on paper with a stylus even though they are screen devices but before buying them you should try them in a store in person first in order to see if you like the way they feel.

Typed Notes

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Typed notes are very commonly used. What you need to take them is not much – a laptop or a tablet with a tablet keyboard will do. The requirement that you need to use typed notes is how to use touch-type which is second nature to most people nowadays.


Annotation is the process of writing notes or comments on a separate file. The file formats for annotation are usually PDF or JPG. Annotations work for quickly scribbling notes on files, highlighting information that is crucial to you or marking exactly where you want to make future changes. The only thing that should be of concern, regarding annotations, is to have all your annotated notes in one place or app.

Audio-Recorded Notes and Dictation

A man using audio-recorded notes

Audio-recorded notes are a unique way to take digital notes. By using audio memos or other forms of recordings, people are able to listen to their notes multiple times which gives them freedom to use their time more efficiently. Also, listening to audio files on repeat helps with clarification if people don’t understand the recorded information from the first time.

Audio memos can be taken on almost any device – laptops, mobile phones and tablets. However, in order to record audio on those devices, you need an app, too.

Notes, taken with dictation, are very similar to audio-recorded notes, the only difference being that your device will turn your words into text as you speak.

Photo Notes

Photo notes are also a unique way to take digital notes. Taking pictures of whiteboards or notes you take on paper is extremely easy and it doesn’t get more efficient than that. Just like in audio-recorded notes, photo notes can be added to a note-taking app.

Drawings and Sketches

Person sketching on a tablet

Drawings and sketches on notes can be used for better visualizations, in schools, companies and so on. The most effective and efficient way to take drawings and sketches is to use a device with a touchscreen or a digital notebook with a stylus.

Wacom Notes – Premium digital note-taking app

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Wacom’s digital note-taking app, Wacom Notes makes taking handwritten notes digitally as easy and fast as it is on paper.

Some of its key features include:

  • Easily search and organize your notes with a few keystrokes and your digital pen
  • Share your notes across multiple formats and devices
  • Access contextual information as you write using the Semantic Ink feature – no browser needed

Wacom Notes enables you to take fast and easy handwritten notes digitally. Additionally, it makes sharing and using them across different documents easy. What’s more, it has features that let you work even more efficiently. The app lets you fully focus on efficient, organized and hassle-free note-taking.

Wacom Notes elevates your whole note-taking experience and makes it more efficient. It transforms your notes into typed, editable text, so you can quickly search, sort, rename or export your notes. It cleverly integrates into your digital workflow without any complicated setup. Wacom Notes makes everything you’ve written and saved quickly and completely searchable. No tagging. No manual cataloguing. Forgetting details and losing important ideas becomes a thing of the past.

Topics makes it easy to sort your notes by subject. What you do next is up to you: rename or export them into a new format. Whatever works best in your world, Wacom Notes makes it easy.

One extremely useful feature of Wacom Notes is the Semantic Ink feature. It recognizes what you write and gives you access to additional information with a single pen tip: Related words and phrases link to deeper details from Wikipedia. There is no need to switch to a browser – everything’s right there for you in your document. In short, the Semantic Ink feature just makes your notes smarter.

Wacom Notes turns digital ink into typed text with the click of a button, lets you export and share your notes in flexible formats like .txt, .doc, .pdf, .jpeg, .png, or .svg formats and makes you notes accessible from anywhere by storing and syncing them online which makes it easy to access and use them from on a range of Wacom and Windows/Android-powered devices.

The applications of Wacom Notes could be used for both education and work.

To learn more about Wacom Notes and to download the app on Google Play or from Microsoft, click here.

Other popular Digital Note-Taking Platforms

There are number of apps available that streamline daily tasks, enhance note-taking, and optimize workflow. Read the Digital Stationary Consortium (DSC) article for a selection of apps designed to enhance your digital note-taking and pen experience.


Choosing the right digital note-taking platform depends largely on your specific needs – be it academic, professional, or personal. Consider what you will be using the platform for, the types of notes you’ll be taking, and your preferred devices. Wacom’s app, Wacom Notes is the overall best choice for all of the things you need to consider as it offers all of the mentioned features while providing the best digital note-taking experience on the market! 

Wacom Notes not only meets your requirements, it also enhances your productivity and creativity.

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