- Does Notion support handwriting?
- Handwriting with Apple Pencil
- Physical notes to Notion with OCR
- Kindle Scribe export to Notion
- Scribble Pro for Notion
- Google Keyboard Handwriting Input
With the reMarkable or recently launched Kindle Scribe, handwritten notes-based systems and devices are having a comeback!
Handwriting provides a more tactile and meaningful approach to note-taking. You feel more engaged and connected.
It is also believed that handwriting helps with better recall of information.
On top of it all, It can also provide a sense of joy and satisfaction with each new stroke.
But how can you make use of this with Notion? Let’s explore this in this blog post.
Does Notion support handwriting?
It has been under Notion’s radar for quite some time. But at the time of writing this article in Jan-2023, Notion doesn’t officially support handwriting capabilities natively.
With that said, there are a few alternative options you can choose from.
Handwriting with Apple Pencil
Source: Notion Instagram.
If you already have an Apple Pencil, then luckily there is support for converting handwritten words directly to the text.
But it doesn’t keep the original strokes and the experience isn’t as smooth as other handwriting and drawing tools.
However, there are some workarounds.
We’ve covered these topics more in detail in how to use an Apple pencil with Notion and how to draw in Notion posts.
Physical notes to Notion with OCR
Let's say you have a physical journal for daily entries or class notes you want to digitize in Notion, or any other paper you want to keep a copy of in Notion for reference? Taking pictures isn't helpful when you need to quickly find something.
In this case, you can use something called Optical Character Recognition (OCR) which quickly converts physical text and handwriting to digital text.
You can then copy and save this text in Notion (along with the original image) making it easier to store and reference important information. This also works when you quickly want to search for something.
You can use the following apps
- Pen to Print: This is a popular mobile app available for download on both Android & iOS. You start by taking a photo of text and it scans and runs OCR giving you copyable text that you can then save on the appropriate Notion page.
- Evernote Scannable: Yes, you’ve read that right, this is indeed a product of Evernote and we can’t help but recommend it. It has 4.9 ratings on the Apple App Store.
- Text Fairy: This is another great alternative OCR scanner app for Android, it has all the needed functionality to copy and share text. It is available on the Google Play Store.
- Google Lens : It quite a popular app that often comes pre packaged with the google app itself. It has a very intuitive UI and can also be used to translate text. Available on Google Play Store and for Apple devices.
Kindle Scribe export to Notion
Amazon recently launched its newest update to the Kindle series, Kindle Scribe.
It comes with a pencil that you can use to write and draw directly on the Kindle screen. If you have a Kindle Scribe and want to export the handwritten notes from it to Notion you need to follow these steps:
- Add the document/book to your kindle library using the Send to Kindle feature
- Download it on your Kindle Scribe
- Take all the notes you need
- From the top menu select the share button
- Select send to email and email it to yourself
Scribble Pro for Notion
This tool lets you enter text with handwriting. It shows it as a collection of points.
You can then organize them in the right order or even delete the ones you don’t need.
When done, just copy it over to Notion. Making your work easier and more efficient.
Google Keyboard Handwriting Input
Using the Google Keyboard you can directly draw the text with a finger/stylus and it will auto-convert it into the text as if you are typing it out.
By using this you can convert the handwritten input directly to text on the fly. To enable this feature:
- Go to the settings in Google Keyboard (gear icon)
- In languages select the language, and choose handwriting
- Back to Notion (or wherever you want to enter text), and once you have an on-screen keyboard press hold the space bar to change the input
- Select handwriting and you are presented with a blank canvas
Until Notion provides a native integration and support for handwriting there’s no smooth approach and we can only make use of workarounds and external tools.
Notion agreed in a tweet that is a popular request which is on their to-do list but not immediately.