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7notes is an app from the same makers as MetaMoJi Note, but it predates it. The interface looks a little dated, but it’s one of the few apps to feature handwriting recognition.
Unlike most note taking apps, you don’t draw directly where you want the words to appear. Instead, you draw inside a box at the bottom, and your letters are then transposed into the note. This makes notes neater, and it’s obviously much easier for finger-writing; but it does remove some of the accessibility of an app like Notes (where you draw directly on the paper).
Perhaps the most interesting aspect of 7Notes is its ability to recognise your handwriting, and then turn it into typed text that’s easy to read and can be scanned and searched through.
As you write, the words appear above. Tap the correct word to select and insert it, or when you get to the end of the line, you can add the whole sentence. We found it more accurate than we expected, given the scrappy nature of our handwriting. But it struggles with certain details, such as full stops and other punctuation.