Take beautiful, searchable handwritten notes with the note-taking app that turns your iPad into digital paper. See why GoodNotes is Editors’ Choice. Download now and unlock on all platforms. Available on the iPad, Mac, and iPhone.
WRITE - BETTER THAN REAL PAPER
• Enjoy a fluent, precise, and completely natural writing experience thanks to GoodNotes pioneering vector ink engine.
• Select and customize your pen color, thickness, pressure sensitivity, and style (fountain pen, ball pen, brush pen, and highlighter).
• Write with the Apple Pencil, Logitech Crayon, or other capacitive styluses.
• Convert your handwriting to text in the same page or share it with other apps.
SEARCH AND FIND - NEVER LOSE YOUR NOTES
• Search your handwritten notes, typed text, PDF text, document outlines, folder titles, and document titles.
• Create unlimited folders and subfolders, or mark your Favorite ones to keep everything organized.
• Create custom outlines for easier navigation through your documents.
• Back up all your notes to iCloud, Google Drive, Dropbox, and OneDrive and sync across all devices so you will never lose them.
ANNOTATE - MARKUP PDFS, LECTURE SLIDES & DOCUMENTS
• Import PDF, PowerPoint, Word, images, photos and more.
• Scan any paper documents and import them to your library with built-in OCR.
• Annotate documents right on your iPad with customizable pens, highlighters, stickers, and shape tools.
• Open notes or documents side by side on iPad for easy referencing.
• Use tabs to quickly switch between open documents.
• Add hyperlinks to external websites, videos, articles to build your knowledge map.
CREATE - UNLOCK YOUR CREATIVITY
• Move, resize, zoom, and rotate your handwriting or change colors.
• Draw perfect shapes and lines with the Shape Tool.
• Support gesture control for faster undo & redo.
• Choose to erase the entire stroke, only parts of it, or only highlighters to leave the ink intact.
• Select to edit or move a specific object with the Lasso Tool.
• Add, create, or import your stickers, pictures, tables, diagrams, and more with Elements to enrich your notes.
• Choose from a large set of beautiful covers and useful paper templates, including Blank Paper, Ruled Paper, Cornell Paper, Checklists, To-dos, Planners, Music Paper, Flashcards, and more.
• Upload any PDF or image as a custom notebook cover or paper template for more customization.
PRESENT - SHARE & TEACH FROM YOUR IPAD
• Present a lecture, a lesson, a business plan, a brainstorming result, or your group study without distractions when you connect your device via AirPlay or HDMI to an external screen.
• Use Laser Pointer on your iPad to guide your audience’s attention during your presentation.
• Move around freely and interact with the audience while adding new information to the digital whiteboard.
SHARE - COLLABORATE ON THE SAME DOCUMENTS
• Collaborate with others on the same document using a sharable link.
• Export documents in PDF or image for printing, or share them with others for a fully digital workflow.
• Forward important emails with PDF attachments to your unique GoodNotes email address to automatically add them to your library.
Download GoodNotes 5 for free on iPad, Mac, and iPhone and create your first 3 notebooks for free.
Get the full GoodNotes experience with a One-Time Unlock In-App Purchase (IAP):
- Create unlimited notebooks
- Unlock handwriting recognition to search handwritten notes
- Import documents via e-mail
- Prioritized email support
GoodNotes supports Apple’s Universal Purchase which means you can purchase once to unlock GoodNotes on all your iOS, iPadOS, and macOS devices for free.
GoodNotes 5 Positive Reviews
This is an excellent app! I only have one pet peeve…Honestly, I really love using this app! It is very well thought out and I can use it for many different kinds of workflows. Great app if you are considering starting/ transitioning to digital note-taking/ journaling. I enjoy taking handwritten notes in it with my apple pencil and being able to easily import pdfs that I can mark up is great. I enjoy the elements feature, which allows me to add custom sticker that I use all the time as post-its or stickers for journaling. Plus there are som many other excellent features, such as being able to search in your hand written notes and the ability to back-up your notebooks, to name a few.
I only have one pet peeve when it comes to this app. It does have a typing feature, but it’s a bit clunky and not very intuitive. When I am doing journaling, it is very nice to put text exactly where I want it, so I don’t want the feature to go away. But having to use the text boxes for more type-intensive tasks can be a bit annoying at times. I would be nice if there was a feature you could enable within the notebook where if you could type in a notebook like a normal word document. My work around is typing something ahead of time in a word document and then importing it into the app, but honestly, it would be nice if I didn’t have to do that (maybe I am being too picky)… Otherwise, this a really excellent, solid app that I recommend highly to folks for note-taking..Version: 5.9.6
AmazingI absolutely love this app. I use this more for pdf creation and personal journaling than anything else. If I were to add or change anything, it would be to include a colored pencil or crayon writing utensil among the hi-liter, and various pen-pen, brush-pen, etc. I may be mistaken, but doesn’t the primary photo used to advertise GoodNotes is, in fact, written and drawn with what looks to be a colored pencil. How odd that is not a function.
Also, voice recorder that syncs with ur written notes, as similarly done by “Colla-note” and “notability” would be a highly desired note taking tool. Other features that would rock my world would to insert in-notebook hyperlinks so that, say for example, I nay make a table of contents at the start if my 300 page notebook. It would be fabulous if I could make some text or a insert picture that would hyperlink me to page 288 where I want to read my notes on socio-economic hierarchies. Something like Collanote did. And also the ability to embed videos or audio in a note would really be beneficial.
Despite that slight suggestion party I just threw out there, GoodNotes, is the note taking app I continue to consistently return to. No other note app seems to so effortlessly and perfectly change, adjust, create, or mark up pdfs as well as GoodNotes. No other note app has such an amazing array of paper to write on. Thank you GoodNotes. You are some damned Good notes! You are my most used app among all my devices..Version: 5.8.2
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
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
Almost perfect!After using OneNote for a while and finding it doesn’t have all the features I want like importing PDFs and PowerPoint slides or a really good writing experience, and then trying Notability but not wanting to use a subscription based service, I decided to try GoodNotes. First impressions, very clean app with good organization! Love how the notebooks are more like real notebooks with page separation (you can choose not to separate though) and different page colors and styles as well as some really pretty covers. Also love the writing experience, like all the pen colors and sizes are nice and everything feels smooth and adding pictures are super easy. I’m really glad there’s a search function as well to easily find stuff in my notes.
Though, I do have some problems with this app. I wish that I could put more than 3 pen colors at the top, I feel like a few more slots would be great. I would also love if the pen size could stay on each slot if that makes sense, kinda like OneNote, rather than me having the change the pen size every time I switch colors. I think it would be cool if like Notability there could be a voice recording feature, and paper styles with texture like real paper added. This is a smaller issue but it would be cool if some different folder colors were added as well for even better organization :)
Overall really like this app but there are some improvements that could be made!.Version: 5.8.0
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
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
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
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
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
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
Great App. Please add audio recording!I am a full time student and this multimedia platform is exactly what I need. It’s a way for me to synthesize all the hectic information coming from different places in digital and paper forms. Instead of having to get out my notebook, folder, binder, phone and computer to do one task, I can just scan anything paper and import anything digital onto my IPad! This way I can incorporate figures, worksheets, pdfs, lecture slides, hand written notes and typed essays all into one organized place. And because it’s searchable, I can go back and look at my learning process or to study. I can even turn anything in writing to typed form, which makes it easy to turn in essays or save the important stuff on a flash drive in simple text form. HOWEVER there are three things that I really want this app to do. First is to allow audio recording!! Lectures are a huge part of what I do and I need a way to organize them with the notes I take. Second, I would appreciate if the conversion algorithm could read written math symbols because that would be really helpful. Third, this app really needs a better hyperlink/table of contents situation. It is very impractical to use the goto feature or scrolling when quickly switching between pages or looking for something.
Overall great app, I use it everyday. Please consider my suggestions..Version: 5.8.6
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
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
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
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
Great, with a couple glaring missing featuresThis app is great and the sole reason I use my Apple Pencil. It’s got plenty of features to maintain its notebooks, but isn’t so feature-filled it gets bogged down and bloated. I’ve kept digital notes for years now; this is the first time I feel like I have all the benefits of digital note taking along with all the benefits of physical note taking, without any of the drawbacks of either.
That said, there are two issues I would like to see added: iCloud drive support for auto-backup. This is seems like a weird miss, but at least you can manually backup to your iCloud via the Files app for now. Secondly, handwriting recognition is awesome, but it would be so much more helpful if it supported multiple languages in one notebook. When taking notes for language learning, it’s normal to take notes in your native tongue and in the language you’re learning (in my case, English and Japanese, respectively). As it stands, handwriting recognition’s usefulness for language study is limited.
Still, there are plenty of other ways to organize and find your content. I use this app nearly every day, and I’m finding more and more uses for it all the time. Thanks for the great app!.Version: 5.7.57
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
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
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
Technology IssuesThe app is superb for taking notes, but when it is coming to the part of syncing goodnotes across ipads, phones, and laptops it is really junk. I have all apple products, all goodnote 5 updated for each technology and I use the icloud sync function for all my goodnotes 5 apps and it is very frustrating when I am trying to take notes and upload documents at the same time and it takes so long to sync that I am unable to eficiently take notes on powerpoints. I also think that adding a "recording" feature to the app just like how notability has, will make the app even greater. I also think reinventing the app were it accepts all types of programs will be really beneficial as well because there was one document that was created through pages on mac and the only way I could import it was through notability, then export the file as a PDF version, AND THEN import it to goodnotes. I think being able to have a variety of access to other apps will make things run a lot smoother and faster. Overall, I would love to see this app become a lot more faster and effincent. While in school professors don't talk slow. The rate at which the app should be functioning should be producing at the same speed as how fast we talk on average..Version: 5.8.0
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
Almost perfectSome years ago a friend recommened GoodNotes to me. I couldn't find a use until I began a "commonplace book" (think scrapbook: favorite quotes, paragrpahs, images). My commonplace book, so far, is awesome. That said, GoodNotes could reall use some attention to details. Example: I import a selection of text and want to chant the font and color. But, I can't do it without deslecting what I just imported, selecting a non-text option, then re-selecting and making the changes I want. And that doesn't always work the first time. Unnecessarily time consuming. Sometimes imported text includes the HTML formating and loads as an empty block on the left and the text in a long thin column. The only solution is to pasted the text first in a text program, remove the formatting, then import to GoodNotes. Again, time consuming. A final example: if you import and image and then wish to change the size of that image more often than not your attempt ends up duplicating the image. This glitch is maddening. At times I've deleted 5-6 duplicates before--finally--getting GN to resize my image. Sadly, when I've asked GN for help, I get no response. All that said, I use GH every day and just live with the (ridiculous) issues that, I hope, will one day get sorted out..Version: 5.9.4
Searchable Handwritten NotesFor years, I've been looking for note taking apps that would support searchability and the flexibility of pen and paper. I need to be able to search notes from meetings so I've leaned towards the apps that have good organization systems like Agenda, Apple's New Notes, Evernote. The draw backs there were 1) that I was typing everything down quickly and it wasn't being cognitively registered in detail, 2) typing is loud with mechanical keyboards which isn't great for Zoom meetings.
Enter good notes, I have the best of both. I can organize notes in folders, notebooks, and pages. I can search them, export handwriting to text if needed (has been really accurate in both English and German), it's quiet, the handwriting slows my down to focus on ideas and not just the words, and I can write or draw anywhere. So sketching as software schematic, or making a red box next to something I need to come back to is effortless.
For handwriting, I use an Apple Pencil 2 on an 11" iPad Pro that I bought in March (whatever generation that is). I like the app and the handwriting experience so much I'm thinking about getting an iPad with the larger screen..Version: 5.7.42
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
I made the switch from paper to digitalI would absolutely give this 5 stars if not for the last update! I’ve been using this app for 3 weeks and it has been a game changer for me. I am a physical notebook person, I have them everywhere for everything, but I downloaded GoodNotes 5 and have switched over, spending hours on creating my perfect planner. But I did the last update (4-5 days ago) and the bugs are just about more than I can handle. The ghosting when trying to copy and paste is annoying. The random dots and marks that won’t erase is frustrating, but the page changing or switching the areas I’m working on is more than irritating. I know they are just bugs and the fixes will be in soon, but the app up until this point has been well worth the $7.99 payment-especially since it shared across my devices!!! I no longer need to carry a notebook (or ten) when I’m heading out the door. As soon as it’s fixed it’ll be a 10 star review, 100%, perfect app. I’ve read some other suggestions and completely agree-different color file folders, pen options and more pen settings for the text options that are permanent! Thanks for listening!.Version: 5.9.4
Very Helpful App, Could use come tweaksThis app is great when it comes to taking notes! One thing i would suggest is at least having the option to open an entire folder to be seen on the "main page". For example, I have chapter 1 file in a folder opened up, but when I open another folder from another chapter and i open that document, it shows up on the main page along with chapter 1 documents still opened up. Yes it is separated by tabs, but when you open multiple tabs, it gets annoying trying to look around tabs for specific documents. The only way is to close that specific tab. Another example is when I drag photos to a certain folder, it asks to "merge to same document". Sometimes I don't want it "in the same document". So when I opt out of it, every photo i put becomes it's own document and it's hard trying to open them all separately. If I could scroll automatically to the next photo in the same folder or even have a sidebar to view all items in the same folder (without closing current document), it would be nice! Maybe it's just me, but having too many tabs opened up is just too much!.Version: 5.7.43
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
Can't live without it - but.. it's draining my batteryI LOVE Goodnotes 5. Ihave multiple work meetings per day across different departments, and I am most productive when I physically take notes in a notebook. Having a paper notebook was not only confusing, but wasteful. Now with Goodnotes 5, I have a separate folder for each department and inside each folder I have a notebook for each meeting. I can easily refer back to my notes and never miss anything. The sync across devices is seamless, as well. However, there is one massive issue with the app - it is an absolute drain on the battery. I can start the day with 100% charge on my ipad and in less than 3 hours, I'll be down to 10%. I absolutely know this is Goodnotes 5 doing it because on days I do not have the app open, my ipad will hold a charge for over a day. I'd give this app 5 stars, but took off one only because of the battery life issues. Seems this is a common problem from reviews I've read - I would love it if the developers would come up with a fix because otherwise it's the best notetaking app I've ever used..Version: 5.7.0
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
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
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
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
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
It's my top 3 most used appMy life is in there. Literally. All my notes, journalling, workbooks, business plan, meal plans... it's all stored and accessible thought good notes.
I don't even like writing on paper anymore. I can carry everything I need in one app and access it on any of my devices.
Love it..Version: 5.7.57
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
I don’t write notes bought for supportThis is kinda funny, after what notability did to their customer in version 11. (They revoke paid privileges, turn everyone into subscription mode). GoodNotes stood up, went on sale, welcomed all the angry notability customer. So I’m purchasing to support ;).Version: 5.7.43
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
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
Very good but could be phenomenalUsing Goodnotes for digital planning. A few things that would make my life easier:
-Being able to save custom type colors as well as pen and highlighter colors
-more pen tools
-being able to save multiple fonts/sizes instead of just one
-being able to toggle between the editing mode and the one that lets you use hyperlinks by tapping the apple pencil
-being able to create links between specific pages.Version: 5.7.54
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
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
Great app!Great app. I've been using it for couple of years to journal mostly and sometimes juggle down some ideas. I love how it works well with the Apple Pencil, how you can search and it will pick up your handwriting to bring you to where the words are, you can customize your notebooks cover really with any images you can find online (Took me a little while to figure that out and to this day everytime I want to do it I do have to figure it back out again) and you can also find different paper template online if you want some design on your pages other than what is offered within the app. All and all really, a good staple utility app..Version: 5.9.12
Terrible BookmarkPlease bring back the rename bookmark feature like GoodNotes 4..Version: 5.0.2
Writing is not as smooth as GoodNotes 4The writing is not natural. It existed obvious time gaps..Version: 5.0.1
Would be better if the toolbar is on the same line as the selection barSo that there’s more space.Version: 5.9.14
SuggestionThis app is amazing and I love the writing experience on it. If feels amazing. I love all the features, but I do have one recommendation. I wish that there was a way to access multiple colours at once instead of the default three. Maybe a larger colour palette or option to add multiple colours would be amazing. Thank you!.Version: 5.9.3
Great! Would like it to be HIPAA (US) or FOIPPA (Can) CompliantGreat!
Very user friendly.
Would like it to be HIPAA (US) or FOIPPA (Can) Compliant so work notes can be safely taken without confidentiality issues.
Could improve on the text box function, sometimes I’ll write something in a text box and the message frustratingly and spontaneously disappears..Version: 5.9.12
Folder ColorOverall great app but I wish there was a way to put an accent Color on each folder. That way we can find the wanted folder at a glance..Version: 5.9.1
Very Good 😊It’s really good for notes. Can you please make black calendar/planner paper, it’s only in white and yellow. And add voice recording please, will be soooo helpful!.Version: 5.7.43
Add lock to notesGreat app, but should be able to lock individual notebooks and whole folders.Version: 5.8.13
Password protection?This app is good (love that music notation manuscript is included), but would love the ability to password protect certain notebooks. Other notebook apps offer this feature, can you?.Version: 5.8.2
Very clever moveAlthough recording is essential for me, but nice move, hope there will be a update soon.Version: 5.7.43
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
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
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
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