I have an iPad Pro and an Apple Pencil. I'd like to use them to take notes.

The problem is, I would like to avoid using a cloud service. Furthermore, I would like to be able to export the notes in such a way that I could switch to another app.

These are what I have considered, and why I don't want them:

  • Apple Notes feels very limited to me.
  • GoodNotes fares well in various review, but it seems, they dropped the no-cloud-sync.
  • Evernote is something my colleague uses, but it is cloud-based, and doesn't allow export, among other things.

A search for "note taking apple ipad pro and pencil" gives the following two reviews at the top:

  • 9to5mac.com/2016/04/06/…

  • michaelhyatt.com/ios-note-taking-apps.html

Both do not mention no-cloud solutions. As mentioned before, GoodNotes removed their no-cloud support.

What other note taking apps are there?

  • Currently, Notability is the app of choice, but it does not have handwriting recognition, which does not make the whole note-taking business better than plain old paper.
    – mike
    Commented Aug 16, 2016 at 7:13
  • Is really nobody using the iPad Pro for notetaking?
    – mike
    Commented Aug 16, 2016 at 7:14

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You could try Nebo the handwriting-to-text converter. It allows you to convert handwritten notes to text, and to export handwritten/converted texts to HTML, PDF, Word, or CSV.

For cloud-sync options, see their app-support page.

It is non-free, though, costs 8.99 € at this time.

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