Transform your iPad into smart digital paper. Take handwritten notes in digital notebooks, on imported PDF, PowerPoint, and Word documents, or on images and photos. All notes are searchable and you'll never have to worry about losing or misplacing them again. GoodNotes is one of the top paid iPad apps worldwide and is frequently featured on the App Store, making it a must-have for your iPad.
WRITE NATURALLY - LIKE ON REAL PAPER
* Fluent, precise, and completely natural writing experience thanks to GoodNotes pioneering vector ink engine
* Write with the Apple Pencil, Logitech Crayon, or with many capacitive styluses and even your finger
* Select and customize your pen color, thickness, and style (fountain pen, ballpoint, brush pen)
* Easily switch between pen, highlighter, and eraser
ALWAYS FIND WHAT YOU WROTE
* Everything is indexed: Search your handwritten notes, typed text, PDF text, document outlines, folder titles, and document titles
* Convert your handwriting to text to share it with other apps or add it to the page as a text box to continue typing with your keyboard
NEVER LOSE YOUR NOTES AGAIN
* All your notes with you at all times thanks to iCloud Sync
VIEW DOCUMENTS SIDE BY SIDE (requires iPadOS)
* open GoodNotes in multiple windows to view two documents or two pages side by side
* use tabs to quickly switch between open documents
ESCAPE THE LIMITS OF ANALOG PAPER
* Move, resize, and rotate your handwriting or change colors
* Draw perfect shapes and lines with the Shapes Tool
* unlimited undo & redo including gesture control for faster corrections
* powerful & smart eraser tool: Choose to erase the entire stroke or only parts of it. Set it to "Erase Highlighter Only" to leave the ink intact
* Pinch to zoom and write more precisely
* Navigate through imported PDFs with existing hyperlinks
CUSTOMIZE YOUR NOTEBOOKS
* Choose from a large set of beautiful covers and paper templates: Essentials, writing paper, Cornell paper, dark paper, checklists, planners, and more
* Import any PDF or image as a custom template for more customization
* import PDF, PowerPoint, Word, images, photos and more to annotate them right on your iPad
* export documents and share them with others for a fully digital workflow
* scan your paper documents and recognize the text
EFFORTLESS DOCUMENT MANAGEMENT
* Organize your documents in folders and create unlimited subfolders
* Mark your most important documents, pages, and folders as Favorites to access them quickly
* Create custom outlines for easier navigation through your documents
CONVERT YOUR IPAD INTO A DISTRACTION-FREE DIGITAL WHITEBOARD
* Keep your audience focused on what's important: Presentation mode lets you hide all distractions on an external screen when you connect your device via HDMI or AirPlay
* Use all of GoodNotes' tools, including the Laser Pointer on the iPad, while your audience only sees the page and the content
* GoodNotes empowers you to give more engaging presentations, lectures, and lessons. You can move around freely and interact with the audience while adding new information to the digital whiteboard for everyone to see
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GoodNotes 5 Positive Reviews
I LOVE this app, best notetaking app out there!This is the best notetaking app ever. I'm an AP and Honors student in highschool, and I live for this app. Since doing online school this year due to the pandemic, it has changed how I take notes and turned in assignment. I love how GoodNotes is uploaded to the cloud so you can look at your notes no matter where you are or what device you are on. I like typing my science notes on my computer, and I love that I can switch over to my IPad to draw graphs and symbols whenever needed. I love using my Apple pencil to take all my other notes, its perfect for hand writing notes. I love all the different paper types and the covers you can choose from. You can also organize all of your documents into folders. My favorite thing BY FAR is that you can download pretty much ANY pdf or worksheet into GoodNotes and write directly on the document. Especially because of online school, a lot of my teachers post their worksheets on GoogleClassroom, and being able to download the documents and write directly onto it, and then I can just drag and drop the PDF from my desktop into Classroom ITS AMAZING! It saves me so much paper, and has helped me stay so organized with everything in one place. The format and interfacing is incredible, you HAVE to try this note taking app, it's incredible. I would recommend this to ANYONE and EVERYONE. Please get it for yoruself and check it out!.Version: 5.6.9
For the most part pretty greatI was looking for an app where I can annotate pdfs, and switch between the computer and an iPad while doing so. I love the capabilities, and the layout. I like that you can choose covers for notebooks, and that there are even so many different types of "papers" to choose from, from dotted, lined to even Cornell notes. And that you can add pages to pdfs, or can easily take photos and then export them as pdfs. Furthermore, whenever I edit a pdf on the iPad, it would automatically sync to the app on the Mac.
My main problem is with the glitches on the Mac app. Often when selecting the highlighting tool, the highlighting has to be done manually, which is difficult to do on the computer without touch screen. You can also select text and then click highlight, but I would like that capability when I am using the highlighter specifically. The option to select the text would also often not work after a while, and I would have to quit Goodnotes and open it back up again. And finally, there is also no convenient way to underline, which currently would require manually drawing lines under text. The layout of the files is also sometimes not as intuitive for me, and I would like to have the option of seeing my file folders on the side bar as well.
But other than that, I am enjoying using Goodnotes so far, and feel that the pros definitely outweigh the cons (which I hope will be improved soon with updates!).Version: 5.6.15
Good notes 4 performs better than Good notes 5I am writing this review to help the developers and potential buyers. First I’m providing this review in March 2019. Things may change later so if you are reading this review you should keep the date and version number in mind. 5.0.20.
We are a large builder which use Blue beam, Procore, “go to meeting” and other related industry software. We found that Good notes 4 was simply the best vehicle for note taking and plan markups available. It truly was a “five star app”. We could be on a “go to meeting” with 15 consultants on a conference call and annotate plans instantly. (What I mean is hand write changes on the pdf plans to give direction. Not edit DWG drawings.) It was fast easy and simple. Superior to other products out there, even the industry specific ones.
Now, with Good notes 5 the layout and folder structure have been improved. But, there is a big problem. If we open a set of plans and try to zoom in, the plans pixelate. Plus take an in ordinate amount of time to gain focus. Thus, most of us have stopped using this program. I have Good notes 4 and have gone back to it. I. Don’t know. If the developer is aware or working on a fix but it was a great program. If the developer is aware hope you can fix. I will check the App Store for updates. Will mark as 2.5 stars and revise rating if able to remedy problem. Good luck..Version: 5.0.20
Fantastic notetaking app that showed me reading and writing on screens was feasibleI love this app. Previously, I would print every single paper I read because none of the electronic tools I would use allowed me to mark it up the way I like to. GoodNotes essentially gives me all of the tools on my desk - pen, highlighter, etc. and allows me to read and manipulate a document as though it’s really in my hand. There is really no difference, and it’s actually even better because the highlighter can automatically snap to lines of text! I only have two wishes that would make this program better than it already is - which is near perfect: I’d like to be able to store more pen or highlighter colors on the top row of tools. I use lots of different colors for different notes, and it seems like there’s plenty of room (at least on the 12.9 inch iPad) for a few more options to allow for quicker switching. Second, it would be nice to have page hyperlink support. When you’re reading a 300 page manual, it’s a little annoying to swipe back and forth between pages, especially when the table of contents is right there. I know about the goto page feature, but that doesn’t always line up with the page numbers correctly, and it isn’t easy to determine the right page looking through thumbnails. Otherwise, this app is amazing!.Version: 5.7.16
My Favorite App: Best Replacement for a NotebookI'd been searching for a replacement for a notebook for a long time before I found GoodNotes, paying for several apps that didn't deliver or have the intuitive controls of a pen and paper. GoodNotes delivers. I use it for EVERYTHING for work and my home life. It's my personal budget planner, my personal calendar, my lesson plan book, my gradebook, my PDF annotater...everything! It's replaced basically all paper in my life. As a teacher, I could not be more thrilled with this app's functionality. The ability to create different notebooks with specific templates (and upload your own) allows it to function as so many different things! As a teacher, I'm a big binder person so I can keep related notebooks and files near each other. With the ability to open new notebooks in tabs within the app, I can keep these files close at hand and jump between them--it's kind of like a big digital binder that stays organized and doesn't get overwhelming with the number of files. The organization of the app and the way you can navigate through it by flipping the pages like you would a notebook makes it my favorite app of all time. AND now that it has apps available for iPad, Mac, and iPhone that all sync up beautifully, I can access everything everywhere! Well done, GoodNotes; thank you!.Version: 5.5.8
Love being paper freeI’ve been using this app for years, & recently upgraded to 5. There’s a lot of additional functionality, with more powerful tools, new objects, & way better templates.
The only thing I miss is the way the app opens. Previously when opening the app it presented the view I left it int when closing the app. Now every time I start the app it opens to my folder list. I have a loootttt of notebooks, and remembering which one I was last using is sometimes difficult. Maybe I’m just not as organized as I should be, but it’s just annoying that every time I open the app I have to search through my folders & then my notebooks to get to the one I was in the middle of using. I open one notebook only to find that the page I’m looking for is actually in another one. Many of my notebooks hold similar data, but I keep the in separate books for specific reasons. I’d just rather not have to search every time I start, especially when I’m already used to picking up right where I left off with GN4.
That minor thing aside, I love this app worthy of all 5 stars, & the upgrade to 5 was a great improvement. The developers seem to really pay attention to what additional functionality could be useful as the way we work evolves. So I’m always looking forward to the next version to see what new stuff I’ll get!.Version: 5.3.17
Would give a 5 star if the collaborative editing mode is stable and truly real timeI’m doing online teaching and would love a notebook app that can enable real time, collaborative editing for lecturing. GoodNotes does provide a feature that may work well. My setup is: I am doing white boarding on my iPad while sharing the screen of my laptop using Zoom. I open a GoodNotes session on the laptop and project the app to Zoom’s shared screen. While the fast collaborative ode works well for newly created document, it becomes really lagged when 1) the document has been opened for a while (20 min to 1 hour), and/or 2) I re-open an existing document that I created a while ago (with fast online editing mode enabled). The latency is too long—ranging from 10 seconds to sub minute— to be acceptable for real time editing. I have to switch to a different app in order for my lecture to proceed as expected. I love the user experience of GoodNotes’ other features; but talking about the collaborative editing feature, it really pisses the users off. I’d really demand the team to fix the lagging issue of this feature. I’m not sure if this is due to the backend design options like periodically moving a doc to a slower tier that syncs using the slow iCloud storage or not. But this issue does persists for at least few weeks. Thanks!.Version: 5.6.34
Love it, but a couple concernsLove the app, convenient for college and holds a lot of storage, I wish moving around pages could be easier. And the ball pen seems too stiff, fountain pen is a little awkward to use, and the brush pen is fine, but again the pens are something I need to get used to. I wish the eraser marks could have an option to be smaller, and not erase a whole line but exactly what my pen touches. So pens are not as fluid as it could be and may make your handwriting either better or worse. Zoom ins are great and resizing also never pixelates my writing, which I LOVE. I never write reviews, so I hope the concerns I listed will be considered and that this review helps those deciding whether or not to use the app. I wish I could download it to my computer without paying extra so that I can see both on my iPad and computer. For an app meant for taking and saving notes, it is an easy and great app to use, but pens are hard to get used to.
If you are a high school student, digital note taking is okay, but it honestly isn’t necessary and teachers and classmates usually feel weird about it. In university this app is perfect since in my classes there is a lack of space for desks and so many places to walk to so the portability of a tablet is more useful then (this app also allows for split screen which is convenient).Version: 5.3.3
Best App Out There for Writing & Drawing with Apple Pencil ESPECIALLYI downloaded several different apps that were free for note taking and or drawing in notebooks, etc. After not being satisfied with any of them, I decided to pay for this one. It is so worth the price! You can easily organize notes and notebooks while customizing them for whatever you need! The Apple Pencil works flawlessly as if you are using real pen and paper. I use the 1st Edition Apple Pencil with my 2019 iPad. One of the best things about this app is the fact that you can set it so that it does not capture anything from your hand or palm resting on the screen and allows you to still use your fingers to zoom, scroll through, and navigate the app all while still connected to the Apple Pencil. Also, it can literally READ and SEARCH your own handwriting so you can find where you left a certain note on a page. I have found that it this feature is very accurate! You can also customize your notebook covers, create outlines for easy navigation throughout a notebook, and you can create folders to organize each notebook even further. My only suggestion to the developers is to make it easier to get different templates for pages/covers and also allow those pages to have more background colors than just yellow or white..Version: 5.1.1
Complicated iCloud Syncing SettingsI recently confronted a syncing issue on both my Mac and iPhone. I just downloaded the apps on my Mac and iPhone today, since I normally use iPad for notes only. However, the documents are only partially synced to my Mac and iPhone (some documents were synced and some were not).
I’ve tried to diagnose and fix the problem by myself, such as turn off and back on the iCloud sync in Apple ID Settings on all 3 devices, and restart the laptop to activate the new settings. But all these operations didn’t help to solve the problem. I logged into my iCloud Drive which doesn’t have the GoodNote folder in it, and I think this may be the root cause of the problem, but it doesn’t explain why some documents were synced.
After a few hours, I noticed that in the app Settings, there’s another iCloud Settings > Use iCloud inside of the app, and then I found the problem: it was turned off on my iPad. Although the issue was solved, but I don’t quite understand what’s this setting for? Normally, users want to manage iCloud settings at one place, but not in each app. If I enabled iCloud for the app already in the system settings, but it was turned off inside of the app, then what’s the point of this setting? So, I would suggest you removing this setting inside of the app, and using the general iCloud setting should be more reasonable..Version: 5.4.36
Closest to pen and paper I've foundFor me it's all the little UI decisions that make things wonderful in this app. I like as minimal clutter as possible, hide the UI whenever possible, make it as much like a pad of paper I'm looking at. It feels like a pad of paper because I can swipe between pages. I CANNOT OVERSTATE how much this helps me to not have scrolling pages but instead a finite canvas size that the visual part of my brain can remember. For some reason scrolling I can't remember the shape and thus the location and then from that the information that's at each location. Same thing for swiping between pages to change them, it's probably just me but not being able to do this in the notes app or any other app drives me insane. I don't want to be looking at UI / the titles of other pages. I want a page that is adjacent / above / below my page and nothing else. I don't need any other information in front of me. I love that the Mac application bar at the top is basically hidden and it's only the stoplight in the top left. The fact that I can then move the UI to the bottom of the page so that it's out of the way make it look like I have my paper right there next to my main screen. THANK YOU for making these UI decisions that others may not appreciate but I certainly do :).Version: 5.6.54
Update 5.6.9 has the features I’ve been looking forward toThis has been my main note taking app since Goodnotes 4. As a math teacher, I can use this app for all of my needs (worksheet creations, tests and even presentations). Until now, I’ve had to use workarounds for shapes whose sizes I needed to manipulate. As of this update, I no longer need any workarounds! This app is self contained. I am so impressed with the developers dedication and ability to redefine Goodnotes 4 to 5 and all of the impressive improvements along the way. I used to always look at new note apps hoping to find one that would fit all my needs (pretty lofty wishes), but I haven’t needed to look for any other note, pdf app in well over a year now.
Favorite features: ability to crop and place pictures where I like; easy user interface that lets me copy, paste, move pages around in document; ability to search for a document based on a word search (I have hundreds of files and a large folder structure for organizing my work); and as of now, I can show graphs and can alter the lines easily to show changes in equations; ability to make my own templates and use them easily in new documents (graph paper, dot grids...).
Can’t thank you enough for all the work you’ve put into this app!.Version: 5.6.9
I don’t use anything else for notes anymoreThis app definitely requires a stylus. Even better an apple pen because of the wrist touch problem, but my $10 stylus works fine. As the title reads, I no longer lug around notebooks that end up getting crumpled or lost or thrown out, contributing to waste. I’ll admit, I didn’t purchase this to save trees, but it’s awesome that it does, now that I think of it. I never buy apps either; that’s one thing that kept me from finally pulling the plug on this, but I’m glad I did. I REALLY like being able to use the dotted line tool thingy that allows you to just move a whole paragraph or drawing or chunk out of something to another area AND/OR to just simply copy and paste it somewhere else. That is my fave feature probably. Oh, AND you can change it’s size. That’s so much easier than erasing your notes and starting all over again when something was written to big or too small and you wasted a whole page. So again, 4 stars just cause sometimes it glitches and moves super slow, but that’s just cuz I’m usually using it for hours on end, and also I wish we could change the pen style to brush or pencil...maybe you can and I just haven’t figured it out yet. If so, I apologize but yeah I love this app and don’t use pen or paper or any other inferior app. I have yet to find a better one than GoodNotes.Version: 5.4.36
This is the greatest app I’ve ever purchasedI’m in nursing school and I can’t tell you how this app changed my study routine because you would be here all day. Not to mention, I essentially will never have to purchase multi-colored pens, highlighters, no more erasers, or other odd items like stickers. Everything in this app allows you to creat fun, engaging, and detailed content. You can import documents (easier than any program I’ve ever used), you can export to any format you’d like without any additional conversion programs or making sure the order and format are correct. It makes everything easy! You can take photos and crop as you need, add text, move your notes around if they’re in the wrong place rather than having to re-write them all together. My favorite feature is drawing on things you can import to the app: need to take notes on diagrams? You can do it. Need to draw on a photo and export? You can do it. Everything is so intuitive and super simple to figure out/organize. I know $9 seems a little steep for the app but I promise you, you will get the full value of this app. Retrospectively, even if this app was $30 I would still purchase it. If you’re on the fence, don’t be! Get. The. App. You’ll be glad that you did..Version: 5.6.9
Best Notes App for OrganizationI had my doubts about this app honestly, but it is safe to say that it is currently my favorite app on my iPad. I like to color coordinate my notes, it makes it easier for me to see and understand my notes. I love that you were able to import files directly into GoodNotes5. For example, as a college student, I use the Canvas School App. I am able to import all PDF readings, notes, PowerPoint‘s, and even test blanks directly to a new or previous folder and then edit them all while my professor is teaching. It loads quickly, there is not much of a learning curve for beginners. It’s honestly that easy. I love that there’s tons of free “Templates” if you wanted to use this app as a planner or a binder as well. My only suggestion, is highlighting your text at the very end of class. If you highlight everything first, then decide to edit the text size or font later, anything that was highlighted will not move with your text if that makes sense. All of it will resize together as one if you use the “resize“ button. However, if you resize your text in any other way, or change it in any other way, the highlighter markings will not format themselves to fit your new font or text size..Version: 5.6.34
Two reasons to like GoodNote, and one complaintI use pdf apps almost every day on my iPad to both read, review, and mark-up technical papers, and to present college lectures. I use pdf apps on my mac for similar purposes. Having experimented with almost every pdf app available for iOS, I am excited about two features in GoodNote that have made it my primary pdf app. (1) Goodnote has an excellent laser pointer mode with delayed trails, that make if an excellent choise for giving technical presentations from pdf slides. It is easy to flip back and forth between laser pointer mode and mark-up mode. (2) Goodnote allows the iPad screen to be split into two sides, showing the same document on both sides of the screen. This is extremely useful when reviewing technical documents because one half can be used to read the document, and the other half can be used to refer to equations, citations, tables, etc., located on other pages of the document. To my knowledge GoodNote is currently the only app with these two features.
The complaint: documents are synced between iOS and OSX using iCloud, but not stored in an iCloud folder (or any other folder as far as I can tell). Documents can only be viewed and accessed within the GoodNote app. There is no integration with Box, Dropbox, Google Drive, etc..Version: 5.6.46
Not stable with IOS 14Currently writing this review because I have no way to contact the developers. It is freezing and crashing constantly. After IOS I have a constant pop up with in the app stating that iCLoud sync is not working. Extremely annoying. There is no other app I have this problem with and I have plenty of storage. Also every-time that I try and scroll up it skips up 10 to 20 pages when I scroll down just a little from the top of the page it will add an entire new page. Also I can not access the flashcards feature and there is no update available. I attempted to install and reinstall the app on my ipad and now I cant access any documents from my ipad.
***Update: most of the major issues have been resolved. Still a little glitchy but no where as bad as it was. I was able to use the flashcard feature but unfortunately wasn't too impressed. I use lots of diagrams to study but when using the flashcard feature the flashcard paper doesn't larger for pictures so I spent all that time making flashcards only to spend more time squinting than actually studying - I know it’s in beta so this could be an amazing feature but I hope the developers will allow the flashcards features to be full screen when you try to review..Version: 5.6.9
MehI think I will stick to GoodNotes 4. It’s not a bad update and it looks nice. I am sure I would get used to the layout after using it a but but some things are gone and new things that are highly requested aren’t here yet. There is a place for outlines in the thumbnail view in a document but I can make a new outline. When I imported my notebook from 4 I had bookmarks that aren’t there anymore. The bookmarks have changed to favorites which show up as thumbnails and I need them as the outline list like in 4 but can’t add that now. If I unfavorites something that was named from 4, it doesn’t allow me to rename it. This app still doesn’t have a way to add hyperlinks attached to texts or shapes or strokes are whatever, to other pages in the document which I really need. So I guess add hyperlink ability (if there are already hyperlinks in the document you import, you can still use them if you turn on touch mode, but you can’t add any new ones), fix the bookmarks/outlines/favorites situation to work the way it should, and then just to be picky, why does the view change when I go into touch mode... I don’t like that either. Make it like in 4 where it doesn’t change anything in the view.Version: 5.0.3
SuggestionsI’ve been using GoodNotes for years now and it definitely made notes taking way easier. However there’s something that I’d like to be added to GoodNotes 5 from the previous version. I would love to be able to change colors on top of the zoom box again. Also, I would love to have the ability to get the dashed lines for indentations to show when I’m not using the zoom box as well. Something I absolutely hate is that every time I scroll back to previous pages to copy something I wrote down it kept bring me back to the page I’m writing on. This is extremely annoying so I’d have to take away a star. I’m a math student; there’s a lot of formulas and equations that I constantly need to refer back to. With GoodNotes constantly changing the page/section of a page I want to view it quite frustrating. GoodNotes 5 also have trouble picking up my Apple Pencil where I would have connect it over and over again. Is there a way to make scrolling to a new page easier while using the zoom box? I have exit the zoom box every time I fill the page up or I would have to minimize the page and pull the zoom box to the bottom of the page to add a new page. I’m not sure If I’m the only one with this problem but sometimes the lines on the pages don’t connect and it looks pixelated..Version: 5.4.21
Excellent Search Improvements, Backup options limitedI have been using Goodnotes for extensive note taking during graduate school. Version 5 keeps many of the aspects that have made it my favorite note taking app, but again this version is not quite perfect. The best improvement from version 4 is the document search feature, which includes your handwriting. I also enjoy the continuous scroll feature. Thank you, developers! On the downside, version 5 does not seem to have the diverse backup options that were available in version 4. I had been using Dropbox since I work on many devices that are not made by Apple, and I liked to be able to access the up to date backup from anywhere. Now, however, iCloud is the only backup option. Please make the other cloud sync services available. One feature that was carried over without change from version 4 but I hope to see updated in version 5 is the 3 size eraser. You can make the pen very fine to write small (which I love), but you can’t make the eraser very small to make fine tuned corrections. A few more small eraser options are needed. I would also like to see version 5 create an option to open 2 notes side by side (similar to the feature in Notability)..Version: 5.0.1
Wonderful!I LOVE GoodNotes! It's great for rewriting or taking notes. I like to use it's quick note feature to solve math problems if I don't have scratch paper. Also, I didn't have a journal on hand, so I used GoodNotes for my bullet journaling this year. I love it's simple design, especially how I can customize my colors without an overwhelming amount of colors to begin with. The tools make it so nice to use and I love the different types of pens. The only thing I'd change is some parts of the flashcard feature. I think it's thought out really well and I love being able to add diagrams, pictures, etc. However, I would love being able to select the flashcards I want to study. Like maybe when you click on the flashcard feature, have a pop up ask whether you want to study all flashcards or some. Then, if you click some, you can select the ones you want to study. I appreciate being able to make flashcards so quickly, but I don't want to study all flashcards every time. However, I like to have the flashcards for each class with my notes to review for exams. Overall, it's a great app and with the apple pencil, it's probably the best note taking app out there..Version: 5.7.20
Makes Doing Work a Pleasure!Thank you GoodNotes! Since I’m an old person of 35 years - it took a few college student vlogs and some practice before I could really get to appreciate all that this app can do...but that little bit of time was SO WORTH IT! Your app rocks. YOU HAVE BROUGHT JOY BACK INTO MY WORK LIFE! Seriously though, I’m enthusiastic but not sarcastic on this point. I work with boring documents/sit in LONG meetings (that go on for days on end) and have to take copious notes...and thanks to GoodNotes I can be efficient&creative while having fun highlighting my documents with rainbows of any colour I like, and taking notes that are both fun to write&read afterwards, as well as pack maximum info/images into a single page...plus, my past life of piles of notepads and sticky notes has been left in the dust where it belongs. THANK you for saving my shoulder from breaking off with a stupid/heavy briefcase, and for making me smile while I create the most beautiful notes I’ve ever taken of some of the most boring subjects I’ve ever had to keep awake and pay attention too. GoodNotes has probably played a significant role in my ability to excel at my job (and maintaining my sanity whiles getting it done). Cheers!.Version: 5.0.32
GoodNotes 5 is Improving SignificantlySince mid-January, Goodnotes 5 have been getting updates consistently. Now it is almost flawless.
Goodnotes 5 is definitely better than Goodnotes 4 --> The management of files is the biggest winner for me. Now I can organize my files depending on projects or topics using the unlimited multiple folder structures. Now I use it exclusively, whereas before I was using Notability and Goodnotes 4 depending on my goals. If I was reviewing engineering plans (page size: 22"x34"), sketches (page size: not letter sized), or reviewing large files with bookmarks, then I was using Goodnotes 4. If I wanted a quick and short note (less than 5 pages), then I was using Notability due to the vertical scrolling; but Goodnotes 5 supports this feature now.
Goodnotes 5 really shines with the bookmarks, supporting different page sizes, vertical scrolling, and now the management of files. Still waiting: I"m looking forward to get Goodnotes 5 on my Mac and eventually seeing two notes at the same time when using my iPad. The latter is less of an inconvenience for me because I'm usually working with my Mac and iPad at the same time. Goodnotes 5 on my Mac is a must..Version: 5.0.7
The problem with appsThe problem with apps is that there's so many options and every option presents someone else's point of view on how, in this case, note-taking should be done. And you'll quickly find you use multiple apps because not one person has all the right ideas down. As is the case here, I love the structure and organization of Good Notes, but that stops in the main UI. When working with text, it definitely feels like an after thought. One of the things I loved about Notability is the fluidity of jumping between text and hand-writing. But the implementation in Good Notes is lacking (both visually and functionally from an organization perspective). Notability also has audio/note-taking syncing which is invaluable and something you won't find here on Good Notes. The Good Notes Mac app is soooo much better than Notability, but I think a lot of that goes back to UI and what our expectations for the look and feel are. The UI structure [organization-wise] for Good Notes is strong on iPad and the Mac app is a mirror of that. Even if you set the bar low, Notability is likely to come in under. Now that I'm typing notes more, Good Notes is starting to feel less and less like the right app for me, so I'm starting to look at actual writing apps like Ulysses..Version: 5.4.23
3 majors and 3 minors3 major things I’d like changed: pixel eraser, pdf imports, eyedropper. Please make the pixel eraser more exact/smaller pixels-like apple notes. They’re huge and it’s not really a pixel eraser with such big pixels because it’s basically a stroke. Pdf imports would be more convenient if there was an option to treat like an image: crop, resize, etc. an eyedropper for picking up exact colors on the screen would be nice.
3 minor things to change: screenshot, dot/grid/line adjustments, more utensil variations. Why do I need to manually choose to save a screenshot? I screenshotted it to save it, why do I need to confirm that through a pop up window? Consistently inconvenient, please just save the screenshots from the lasso automatically. The dots/grid/lines would be nice if I could adjust the sizes. It would be nice to have more utensil variations too. Maybe a crayon/colored pencil? And a boxy highlighter.
I like the export of pages and files, really nice and convenient. It’s nice to have the option to save to different drives (because I ran out of iCloud storage). Nice organization and layouts-which can change for each page which is really nice. Good app. Thanks :) but I’d like more if the 3 majors got changed :) and even better if the 3 minors did too.Version: 5.6.26
Used for years had no problems until nowI’ve been using this for years and loved how easy it was to import and take notes. Very simple to learn to use and import/export files. However recently for the last two months my app has been glitching where when I write something and try to erase it, the second to last thing written will be erased but the last thing will remain. The same goes for backspacing. Also if I’m writing something suddenly one of the lines I wrote would drag out and cover my entire page. It was very frustrating to deal with this especially during finals week. The frequency of this glitch occurred more and more to the point that I gave up on using this app and swapped to onenotes instead. I have contacted them and sent them a video of the issue with no response. I have tried changing my sensitivity of the palm reject, and deleting and downloading the app again with no prevail. I also thought maybe it was my iPad or pencils issue so I have tried to write on several other apps without issue (procreate and OneNote). When I redownloaded the app, the issue appeared to be resolved until I tried to write a few more times when the exact same issue started occurring again. I’ve given up. Going to swap to notability instead..Version: 5.7.5
A Great UpgradeUpgraded from GoodNotes 4. I read the other reviews before updating and noticed someone said their Apple Pencil lags. I haven’t had any issues with this app. The file organizer makes things better. The biggest improvement for me is having the pages scroll vertically instead of horizontally. I like being able to choose the type of pen and the fact that the hi lighter can automatically hi light a perfect horizontal line. The look is updated and more modern. The search function works well. I’ve had no issues and will definitely be using this over GoodNotes 4. I like that they added more paper styles but still no engineering paper unfortunately.
That being said, there still are some features from OneNote that I would like to see. When importing photos, OneNote allows you to define the 4 corners you want, and it will straighten the image which is useful if you took a picture from an angle. OneNote then can turn the photo into black and white with increased contrast similar to a PDF scanning app. OneNote is also a bit better at adding typed text and gives a lot of options similar to Word, whereas GoodNotes is more basic..Version: 5.0.2
Too buggyI was a daily GN4 user and was very happy with the app. Like a kid on Christmas morning, I was thrilled to see the GN5 update because I optimistically believed that all that I liked about GN4 would only get that much better with the update. I was wrong. GN5 has a lot of bugs that ruin the experience—the text box does not align with the lines on the pages. Tab returns take you to other pages instead of remaining on the active page. There are ghost-like flashes when you erase. Etc. Besides the bugs, there are two design changes that, for me, make the updated app less useful: moving the eraser and the undo/redo buttons to the top tool bar instead of keeping them on the text box. With GN4 I could write quickly with my Apple Pencil erasing and undoing errors with only a slight movement of my hand. I am off to find other apps that will meet my needs. Maybe I’ll check back now and then to see if GN5 has reached its full potential.
UPDATE: After a six month hiatus, I am back to using GN5 every day. The bugs I noticed before have been fixed. I still would prefer that the eraser and undo buttons were on the text box..Version: 5.6.5
Best available but could be betterI am an undergraduate student and use GoodNotes for just about all of my classes. I love the notebooks and organization, as well as the color options. I think this app is great for taking notes because you can bookmark pages, search, and easily navigate the pages within a notebook using the outline or thumbnails. However, there are a few features I wish could be improved on. I so, so, so wish there was a way to sync audio recordings to your note taking. I have some professors who just speak way too quickly or I just need to be able to go back and listen to what they said and this feature would help so much. I use another app that has this feature for certain classes, but would much prefer if GoodNotes offered this as well. This other app also allows you to have two notes open side by side. GoodNotes does have the convenient tabs at the top, but having two notes open would be much easier. I also think the text feature could be improved, maybe allowing an option that lines the text up with the lines on the paper. Overall, great app and will continue to use, but I do need to use a different app for some classes..Version: 5.4.8
Missing goodies from 4*Latest update: thanks for adding the custom outlines feature this is a BIG help. The one thing it does need is the ability to delete old outline items (some of my documents imported with outlines that I didn’t create and don’t want. I can’t find a way to remove them and they clutter the flow of my intended outline. The Mac app remains a highly desired item. If these two items are added this app gets a 5 from me.
Hi - big fan of Goodnotes 4 but the two glaring holes for me in that version were 1) an easy way to reorder pdfs in large batches (I solved this by getting the Mac app which was great) and 2) nested folders. GN 5 has the nested folders which is great but now the ability to create an outline of text bookmarks has been removed so you just see images of your favorite pages. I used to use the favorites feature as a Table of Contents but now I can’t so now organizing very large documents is much more difficult. Would be great if you could add functionality to create / edit an outline in the app. Also need a GN 5 version for the mac. If you solve these two issues it gets a 4 stars from me. 5 needs to get the ink a bit more responsive like GN 4. For some reason theres a little lag now on occasion which is distracting..Version: 5.0.15
My favorite notes app with just one downsideThere are only two decent notes app for iPad out there: Notability and GoodNotes. Both have everything that a notes app should have but both have also have a single downside that is pretty much the only deciding factor for which one would prefer. GoodNotes can only sync to iCloud and does not sync to any other cloud service but Notability can sync to a multitude of cloud services. I chose GoodNotes over Notability because Notability is messy with its file system. In Notability, you cannot put folders within folders which is really annoying because it makes it impossible to sort out my notes by semester, subject, hw or lecture, etc. With GoodNotes I can sort out and organize my notes using folders within folders which is far more important than being able to have it automatically sync to Google Drive. If this app could sync to Google Drive, I would give it 5 stars. There are also a few very minor bugs too but they don’t really hinder me whatsoever so I’m not complaining. Great app! Make it possible to sync with Google Drive and this will by far be better than Notability!.Version: 5.3.3
So many great features that other apps don’t have, but...I love how in depth this app goes, I gave it 4 stars for a couple of reasons. For one, the app is too sensitive to the Apple Pencil, I’ve even changed the sensitivity setting but to no avail. What I mean is it captures even the slightest movement like every time I put the pencil down and lift it up, it is able to catch the slightest motion to where letters end up looking messy and don’t end in a straight clean line like when you write normally. I have seen other apps do better with the handwriting but they have nowhere near as many features as this one which is why I keep coming back. But the fact that it’s so hard to get my handwriting to look decent makes it harder for me to use, and seeing as how handwriting notes is the main feature of this app really makes me think twice about using it because I have to try harder to make my letters clean. The second thing is I wish there were more cropping features besides rectangle and free hand. One possible solution might be to add a background erasing feature built in to the app so people can easily remove backgrounds and not have to crop. This app is great though, I wouldn’t be writing a review if I didn’t think it was worth it..Version: 5.6.24
A students dream journalI have been using GoodNotes for about a year now and it is the best note taking app I have used. Don’t get me wrong, the already installed notes app that comes with all the apple products is good too, however, GoodNotes gives so much variety and feels like I can be more organized.
As a college student this is a lifesaver for school and classes. Everything saves and is stored in app and also on icloud so if you need it transferred to other device you can either download the app again and download the notes or upload to your icloud files. It’s also so good for the pandemic, since everything is online. It is a lot easier to do work on GoodNotes then upload what you need onto things like blackboard, D2L, canva, etc.
Aside from it being a great note taking alternative, it is sort of eco-friendly in the sense that it helps save paper and helps from not having to use pens or pencils anymore. Just need a electronic device that can download the app and preferably a apple pencil or surface pro stylus (anything that can write on the device).
Overall it’s a great app and a great investment for everyone and anyone!.Version: 5.6.15
Fantastic Dive to Digital Scribbling but Leaves Your Security BehindThis is a fantastic application that is built for use on iOS, iPadOS and even macOS! What the developers are doing here are great, and I’m amazed (and very grateful) that they are conscious of the price of the product.
GoodNotes feels like a great dive from a real paper notebook into a digital one, as you start by creating one notebook. This can be your “Biology 1” notebook or “Cryptography” notebook... maybe even your “Journal” notebook. You can have as many as you want. From there, you tap on a journal and write away. Need a new page? Swipe your finger almost like a magazine! It’s just incredibly intuitive.
However, I have one MAJOR gripe with GoodNotes. You cannot lock your journals. If you have a diary or have a notebook with confidential information on work clients or schematics, you cannot secure them. You leave your privacy and security of your work at full risk if you share your iDevice. If I lend my iPad to a little one or to a friend who needed something to write on, my important documents are left unprotected. GoodNotes has a Feature Request Page, and Password Protection has 5110 votes, yet no sign of password protection as an upcoming feature..Version: 5.6.36
CANT LIVE WITHOUT!!!I never knew how much I needed this app until I bought it. Don’t tell the developers but it is worth much more than they’re charging. I do EVERYTHING in this program. I have numerous notebooks for personal use, my business, my day job and for the classes I am taking. I also have a journal and a planner that I imported from an Etsy purchase. I love that I can make notebooks for everything, I can easily move things around, I can import PDF’s right into the notebook, I can insert graphs/pictures/etc from my digital texts books or a website, I can also upload a website right into the notebook as well. I am a very visual person so being able to import these things and then mark them up is amazing! I love that I can highlight and use different colors as well. The variety of notebook covers and options for page formats is so nice as well. I also absolutely freaking love that I can “search” my notebooks, it even searches my messy handwriting. This option saves me so much time from having to look back through all my notes to find mentioned of 1 thing. Seriously.... get this app, its literally my life!.Version: 5.4.29
FIRST NOTETAKING APP....IT'S ALRIGHT (ipad pro 2018)I bought the bundle for goodnotes 4&5 and I've gotten use to only using goodnotes 5. Folders is really useful and keeps all my school stuff organized. Note taking with the apple pencil is great. For the most part this app has been efficient. However, page scrolling is really laggy and is not as fluid, even with just moving around the same page. You cant move images selected with the lasso between pages. You have to cut it/copy just to get it to a different page, which is kinda silly. You can't import multiple documents at once so that's a bit annoying. I would really love to see the ability to customize the toolbar to remove/add functions in order to better fit our own needs. Plus assigning more pens/colors than the three provided would be nice, instead of switching back and forth between pens and then colors, it'd be nice to be able to switch from a ball pen red, to a fountain pen green, with just one click, so having extra presets is on my wishlist. The shape tool definitely needs A LOT of improvement, very buggy, I'm pretty sure my crappy circles are not supposed to be squares. overall it's a good app, haven't tried notability but I got this for the highlighter, it's better than notability..Version: 5.0.8
Absence of Recording Feature is a DealbreakerI’ve been using both Goodnotes and Notability for four years in college, and the only thing that’s prevented me from solely using Goodnotes is the fact that it lacks the recording feature which syncs audio to handwritten notes. This may not be relevant to all users, but as a college student who’s often jumping between long lectures all day it truly does make a difference. Everything else about Goodnotes is pretty much perfect, from customisability to functionality and efficiency, but the addition of the recording feature would be the ultimate deciding factor between this app and its competitor for many students and users. Many users, myself included, are finding it difficult to stick to only one of the two apps as their primary note-taking app due to this, but I’m certain that this feature would resolve many internal debates when comparing the features and choosing an app. I would genuinely love to make this my only note-taking app but the absence of the recording feature keeps holding me back.
Please do consider implementing this feature to help make the choice easier for a large portion of digital note-takers..Version: 5.4.28
Excellent iPados app with one severe flawI teach at university, and have multiple requirements from a note taking app. I have been an extensive user of Notability, but, with the advent of drop-and-drag multitasking in iPadOS I’ve been playing with both the new Apple “notes” app and GoodNotes. In particular, I’ve been testing how well these apps handle the transfer of drag and drop data between split screens.
GoodNotes handles handwritten and pen-written notes fluidly, and allows the most flexibility in resizing drag and dropped images, text manipulation and the like. However, one glaring flaw (unless I’m missing something) is the inability to import URL’s with a hyperlink using GoodNotes. Yes, you can drag the link as text into the app. But, to open the link, you need to select the text box, copy the url, and paste it into the browser window. Compare this to “notes” ability to convert a dragged link into a thumb window in the note that automatically opens the url in the browser window when clicked on in the note. Even Notability will import a hyperlink into a note, albeit using a rather clumsy “import url” tab and multiple steps. In today’s world, this seems like a rather glaring omission.
Fix this in GoodNotes and, IMHO, it’ll be the leader of the pack !
AwesomeI’m an attorney who is constantly jotting down notes on little pieces of paper or legal pads. Invariably, the notes get buried along with other notes and when the time comes for me to find the note, I always find myself shuffling through papers trying to find that one note. With GoodNotes, the ability to keep everything compartmentalized into individual folders and notebooks, and the ability to search by typing in key words has made keeping my notes organized so much easier.
On top of that, I have been attempting to eliminate paper as much as possible. My main paper use up to this point has been my note taking. Now that I can jot notes down on my ipad, not only does it eliminate my need for as much paper.
My only suggestion would be to allow for automatic backups to external hard drives. I keep most of my files on a large external hard drive and due to firewalls at the courthouse, I cannot back up my files to the cloud. If there could be an addition for an automatic backup to external devices, the app would be 100% perfect in my book. Still worthy of five stars though..Version: 5.6.32
Edit: Camera Function is back!I have been using this app for almost 2 years and I greatly enjoy it. However I have had issue of it crashing many times. Recently, I noticed the camera function was replaced with a sticker function which is a bummer. Sometimes my professors have slides they don’t include in the file, so I would take pictures and insert them in my slides immediately but I can’t do that anymore, which is way less efficient. The sticker function is just like the insert image function so I find it completely useless. Many people already have “sticky notes” in the forms of images in their device so I don’t understand why this feature was added. Bring back the camera function, it was way more useful!
I also wish there were more writing tools available, like a pencil? Sometimes I want something less opaque than a pen so wish that was offered, kind of like in the drawing apps.
EDIT: If anyone is reading this and wondering where they put the camera function, it is now part of the “insert image” option! It will show up to the right of the tool bar when you select the “insert image” function. THANK YOUFOR BRINGING THIS BACK!.Version: 5.7.5
Replaced my paper notebooksI've been using GoodNotes since mid-March (it's the end of May now), and I couldn't be happier with it! I'm a college student, and it's so much easier to carry my iPad around than to carry multiple (large) notebooks on top of all my textbooks around in my backpack. My shoulders thank you, GoodNotes! An added bonus is that I can move my writing around, rather than erasing sections when I want to move them. The organization system is robust, and I love that I can read and annotate PDFs right in the app—then put them in a folder with my notebook for a class! When I was deciding about switching from paper to digital notes, I was concerned that my learning/retention would be affected (because of all the studies that said notetaking on a computer wasn't as effective), but I'm still writing (I use an Apple pencil), so I still have all the benefits of taking notes by hand, but without the hassle of taking them physically. I'd put off switching to a digital note-taking system for so long, but I'm so glad I finally made the leap!
GoodNotes is the best sort of life-changer! :).Version: 5.4.25
Need handwriting conversion and cloud backup featuresI used to use GoodNotes 4 and was quite satisfied with it, hence I updated to the 5th version. But the cloud synchronization, which was there in the 4th version, is gone. I knew you already noted on your website, but I just don’t under stand why this has not been fixed after months went by.
Also, I think it would be nice to have an in-text handwriting to text conversion feature. Your current conversion can only recognize handwriting to text, but if I want to replace the handwriting to typed text, I will have to manually copy the converted text and then paste it in the documents. After that, I also have to erase the handwritten text. The whole process is quite tedious. It might be better to have a feature to automate these actions, which your competitor Notability has already implemented a long time ago.
Albeit these drawbacks, I was quite happy with 4th version. Thus I am willing to give 4 stars as an encouragement to the development team. But I really hope these bugs and features can be fixed and added sooner. This could at least make me not feel fooled to pay for the upgrade..Version: 5.3.11
YESI just checked out the new Goodnotes 5 after upgrading (thank you, BTW)...and, omg I'm so excited right now. I use this app for EVERYTHING --from school notes to my digital Planner to diy beauty recipes to artwork and hand lettering practice. I have tried many different programs (Notability is good, but I don't care for the handwriting I produce and the style of the nib; I love INKredible for the nib, but it doesn't do much else; Procreate does some amazing things but it's extremely feature-heavy and doesn't offer typing which is a big bummer for creating planner printables ; and probably 5-10. Other apps that were so un-noteworthy i. Can't even remember them by name) but goodnotes is the one I always come back to. It has been missing one crucial thing for me --the ability to use the font profiles I have in my library. Until NOW!!! THANK YOU! I'm so excited I've been, up until now, having to type my template printables in Pages, then import into here and then I get stuck with a white background and is just a big mess but not anymore!!!!! This is what you've been missing and I am thrilled with the updates..Version: 5.0.1
Absolutely DelightfulI could not stress this enough that GoodNotes, by a long shot, is one of my very favorite, most delightful apps to use EVER. I try to find a reason to use GoodNotes every day, and am absolutely ecstatic to do so. It’s well-worth the couple bucks to buy the app, you won’t be disappointed. I’ve heard people complain about the organization, but honestly, if you’re setting up folders or even exporting as PDFs when you’re finished with a notebook, organization doesn’t seem to lack intuitiveness. I’d actually argue that GoodNotes has a great handle on organization and integration with Mac and iPhone. My favorite feature, by far, is being able to import a pdf and mark that sucker up. I recommend having a readily available “quick notes” notebook and using it, as you would, the apple notes app. Pretty sure you can setup some pretty comprehensive shortcuts on apple shortcuts app to start a quick note as well.
I could go on, but all that you need to know to motivate you to buy this app is that it is absolutely worthwhile, don’t even think twice, just press download!.Version: 5.6.21
AWESOME APP overall, but can be improved!This APP is great on the iPad. The handwriting is fluent and the options are great. I personnally adore the Cmd+F search that is capable to search handwritten words as well.
Perhaps, on the MAC version, it would be great to have the "two page view" instead of having to scroll down and only see one page at the time.
Finally, if there could be an option to have an "infinity page" like OneNote, it would make this APP the best one for notetaking..Version: 5.4.14
Best handwriting note app I have usedI started using an ipad full time in 2017 for fieldwork - once the Apple Notes app acquired a scaleable ruler with degrees readout. By then I had already played with quite a few different note taking apps, some free, some paid for, before I settled on one (not Goodnotes).
Spring forward to 2019 and I had started noticing that the app I was using was becomoing more and more glitchy over time and was not seemingly able to keep up with the evolution of IOS. I even (gasp...) lost some data now and again - though not too much. I started doing some research again on what note taking apps were best to use. I finally chose Goodnotes 5 and have been exceptionally happy I did.
After using it over winter here are some of the reasons why I have recommended it to both my son for university and coworkers...
1) Stability. So far Goodnotes 5 has been rock-solid in my use. It has never ever crashed and I have never ever lost data (knock on wood). It also does not glitch when auto saving like other programs.
2) Ability to open multiple tabs. When I am doing fieldwork I have multiple places where I have to enter data. This is a trivial thing to accomplish in a paper field note book with tabs... but not so easy with a tablet. Goodnotes 5 handles multiple tabs seamlessly and elegantly.
3) PDF Handling. It works really well handling PDFs - especially when incorporating an existing PDF into an existing document. One can selecta PDF and open as a stand alone document, or elect to havwe it append to the next page of whichever Goodnotes document you have open. This is a great boon, especially for processing and collating the mountains of health and safety paperwork we have to deal with these days...
4) Easy incorporation of images into the notebook. Many programs do this ok, and Good notes also does it just fine as well.
5) The goldilocks level of writing options. The program I went to has a wonderful plethora of pen nib options and is quite lovely to work with and use - except for the crashing part. Goodnotes has a more limited colour palatte, but it is easy to use, and facilitates quick switching between nib types and colours. This is abotu as close as you can get to wrting on paper wiht one of those Bic multi colour selection pens.
6) Just an overall level of clean, simple, elegant UI that is easy to navigate and understand. It shows that the Goodnotes team has definitley tried to meld the best of paper and tablet together to make a solid, ease to use product. It does not have the immediacy of pencil and paper, but it is as close as I have seen so far, whilst also leveraging the power of a tablet..Version: 5.4.29
Horizontal scrolling & bookmarks!I used to use Notability as my main note-taking/PDF viewing app. however, the lack of horizontal scroll and built-in viewer for preset bookmarks makes it rather frustrating to scroll through large documents.
GoodNotes 5 has both horizontal scroll and vertical scroll, making viewing documents and taking notes a breeze. The built-in bookmark editor does not only present the preset bookmarks but also lets the users to edit the bookmark list. With the addition of multiple levels of folders and the “favourite” marking method, organization is superior on GoodNotes.
The writing experience is also smooth and enjoyable in every aspect.
NOW WE JUST NEED A BUILT-IN VOICE RECORDER..Version: 5.1.5
Very practical for studentsUPDATE 2: please add a ruler feature! And a toggle to not have the highlighting darken when you overlap in different strokes
Dec - UPDATE: After using for a whole semester, I find that the app works well enough to keep up w me but sometimes it will glitch and won’t even open up and I have to quickly switch to one note, MID-LECTURE. Also, when using the zoom box, the jumps from indent to indent are so big and hard to control/predict. W the zoom-box you can only erase within the box itself, which is a waste of time bc you have to either scroll the box up or exit zoom mode altogether. Also, I wish they’d make the pen size REALLY big so I can colour things in or use it as whiteout (when annotating pictures/PDFs that can’t be erased). Another cool thing would be to add an equation feature. I would also really like to change the colours of folders. Maybe they could also give the option to ppl to add more preset colours or remove them, bc maybe someone only needs 2 or wants to have 5 at the top. I’m also waiting for the day auto sync to google drive will be integrated. I don’t have money to expand my iCloud storage and I would also like to look at my slides as PDFs on google drive. Although I personally screen record in lecture to record my profs AND see what I’m writing at the same time, it would be helpful if there was an integrated recording feature within the notes so I don’t have to watch the entire recording all over again just to find a 5 second tidbit. Another helpful thing would be to add a feature where you can use an infinite scroll/canvas with presentation slides, so I can annotate all around if I run out of space within the slide, instead of having to add a slide underneath, which is hard to do when using symbols and diagrams. All in all, it’s a solid app, save for a few minor pet peeves. I can’t imagine switching back to pen and paper.
I was very nervous about forgoing pencil and paper but once I got the hang of the settings on GoodNotes it turns out it’s so much more efficient to use this app. In paper switching colours, highlighting, erasing takes a lot of time, whereas this saves time, which is valuable when you’re in a lecture. You can move around what you’ve previously written, which you can’t do on paper, you can write directly on PowerPoints, which saves money from printing and storage space, you can add pictures, so much more. Add a Bluetooth keyboard to your tablet and you have a laptop. You can undo, split screen and have a calculator on the side, or your online textbook. I’ve never been more happy with a lifestyle/education app. Well worth the money..Version: 5.3.16
ImpressedTruth is, I’m not a student or an internet Wizz kid, I’m a truck driver, plain and simple, needed something to handle my PDF files for load dispatch, maintenance etc, however today I received some important documents to be filled and returned to our office ASAP, I opened the email app, imported the files, edited and signed the said document then returned by email. Perfect, 5 minutes all done, very impressed and I’m now looking at further ways to utilize your App.
It’s already paid for itself in saving time and not having to mess around with faxes or pay to get more ‘FAX’ credits with a certain other app.
Thank you Devs, major success story so far for ease of use, portability and brilliantly designed features.
Good luck.Version: 5.4.4
Needs audio recording and two documents opened at onceWould love to have both of these features to make this an amazing app!.Version: 5.0.12
Great app, but text (typing) can improve a lotThis is a great app for writing notes with your pen. It feels robust, syncs quickly, and easy to use. The one big downside is the text tool is very difficult to use. It has a number of bugs associated with it. Overall, I would recommend this app!.Version: 5.6.30
A good improvement, but not perfect.Overall, I would say the reasons for upgrading are self-evident. The upgrade in visuals is very appealing and the ability to erase just highlighter or rotate imported pictures is super helpful. Although, I don’t see why there was a need to take away functionality that had already existed. The zoom function for handwriting has been changed, and now I can’t control how many lines are skipped when I hit return. Also, it would be nice see better integration with the IOS files app, so that you can move documents from other cloud services into your document more seamlessly. I hope, in the future, they can implement these features, because the added features don’t seem to warrant the price with what seems like it could have been a simple update to the previous app..Version: 5.0.1
It's amazing on the Ipad but Awful on MacbookIt works wonderfully on the ipad, and its really easy to read and write and take notes on there! The select function makes life easy when you need to move things around and there are diffrent options for highlighter colours and pen styles. writing is really easy and it doesnt cram the hand because you dont have to use as much pressure. Without a pressure sensitive pencil you wont be able to get bold, curvy lines like seen in the photo though. Reading textbooks is a breeze, and you can zoom in and write in a note on a diagram which is amazing.
BUT!! on the Macbook its soooo annoying. it literally is so frustating it constantly is freezing, and its difficult to get the text box where i need it. the highlighting function on the macbook is useless i cant move my mouse in a straight line and it would be better if we could highlight with a text cursor, and you can kind of, but its impossible to select what your trying to highlight! another annoying thing is the side bar it can be removed but its annoying to add and remove or edit pages on here when on the mac, not on ipad. And the top bar with all the functions such as highlight text always goes into hiding and you constantly need to press the down key for it to pop out again.
Its really great on the ipad, but if your buying it for macbook its a waste of money, pages would work better..Version: 5.6.30
Mac appThe app is really great on my Ipad. Although the Mac application is really glitchy and slow. Its not a big deal but it would be really great if that was fixed!.Version: 5.6.24
Terrible BookmarkPlease bring back the rename bookmark feature like GoodNotes 4..Version: 5.0.2
Can ImproveIt is a great app but can improve if a template for organic chemistry could be added (hexagonal paper) + audio recording like notability! if those features were added GoodNotes would be the perfect app..Version: 5.6.34
Writing is not as smooth as GoodNotes 4The writing is not natural. It existed obvious time gaps..Version: 5.0.1
Good, Needs some additional tools!Overall a pretty good app, comparable to notability.
Could use some urgent improvements:
1. Be able to go back to the last page you saw.
2. Provide a link to another page anywhere in your goodnotes documents..Version: 5.6.48
Good not great...I love this app but there’s a few things that I think would make it even better and easier to use, especially for students
-add a ruler feature
-add an insert graph feature (this would be SO helpful)
-be able to change the colour of folders (right now it is very hard to differentiate the different folders).Version: 5.6.46
Love this appAt first it was intimidating to learn all the cool tricks and tools because becoming a paperless student is definitely a transition that takes getting used to. With the amount of work I have to do I was not looking forward to teaching myself about a new app but once you get the hang of it, it’s sooo worth it! I just wish there was a way to make bullet points in the text boxes for when I want to copy and paste from word or when I feel like typing. So if they add that and the ability to voice record, they would be hands down THE BEST.Version: 5.6.46
Awsome AppLove this App, use it all the time! Don't hesitate to buy it..Version: 5.6.16
GreatWanted to have one of those cool looking written notes but didnt want to spend 500 on an ipad, so downloaded this on my mac to create those cool notes and it works pretty good.Version: 5.6.15
Great App!Overall this app is amazing and very simple to use. I love how easy it is to organize my notes. But for an app that I have had to pay for I am surprised about how slow it is to sync from my computer to my iPad. Well, I am in class it can be a bit of a pain when I have to wait for long periods of time for them to sync. But this is the only problem I have faced yet. Overall great app!.Version: 5.6.16
Some bugsSome function keys do not work after using. have to quit and open the software again. For Mac Version.Version: 5.4.35
Extremely helpfulI started university this year and I decided to bought an Ipad. This app is amazing, love it. Its so easy to write on PowerPoint, create notes... I suggest it to every student.Version: 5.4.0
Good applicationAll that is missing is copy/paste..Version: 5.4.23
BuggedThere’s a bug right now that snaps the line and cuts off the top of the line when writing. It’s quite annoying and is not the problem of my Apple Pencil. Quite a few people online has been experiencing this as well. I hope this gets fixed..Version: 5.4.13
Password needed on app to protect docsI’ve been using GoodNotes for years and I love the app BUT I’m researching other ones because I need my docs to be protected by a password, and the one needed to get into my iPad isn’t enough. I need an app that has its own password in order to get in. I was hoping with this update there would be one. Disappointed in this..Version: 5.4.3
One thing neededI love the new “Automatic Backup”
Now if you would only add a passcode option it would make it a 5 star and would become my primary notebook..Version: 5.4.0
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