GoodNotes 5

GoodNotes 5

GoodNotes 5

By Time Base Technology Limited

Score: 4.83
From 188,878 Ratings


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 GO PAPERLESS * 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 Visit our website at for more information, or follow us on Twitter and Instagram as @goodnotesapp.


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Close to perfect

Lately my app has been glitching A LOT with my Apple Pencil and making crazy marks across the page. That’s been super irritating. Overall I love the app but here are some suggestions to improve: 1- select tool: I wish I was able to select and automatically drag to the next page without having to copy and paste. Also when resizing, I wish there was an option like in notability where I’m able to choose a size that I’ve already pre-chosen, like and actual number size. That way all my writing is consistent in thickness even after I enlarge or shrink it. 2- the zoom in feature: Sometimes there is sill space on the page and when I press enter it advanced to the next page and I have to move it back up. That’s annoying 😕 3- shape tool: Also the straight lines don’t always attach to each other as well as in notability. So drawing graphs or tables is difficult and doesn’t look neat. 4- PLEASE MAKE AUDIO RECORDINGS!!!: That would be the cherry on top 😫😫😫 it is the one thing that is missing from this app.
By ale_hondra

Promising but Needs Improvement

As a student who used Notability for many years I tried this app. The iCloud syncing is great, but some of the features are a bit disappointing. There are a lot of features that have been recommended by users on online forums that need to be put in place. For instance, you can only quickly access 3 highlighter colors on the toolbar. Having to switch between colors in the pop up box is INFURIATING for any student that color codes their notes. It’s also very difficult to retain writing/drawing on an inserted image if you want to move or resize images because there is no way to modify the layering.
By ||JC||

Fantastic teaching tool

I've been doing a lot of teaching using technology for the past year; Good Notes has been invaluable in that process. Don't know what I'd do without the laser pointer!
By juxtacomposed

Great for handwriting, terrible for typing.

Best app for handwriting, terrible for typing. Works great on iPad, works poorly on Mac due to incompatibility with mouse as opposed to pen. Major bug is the selecting where to type and where to edit typed text. Changing setting such as line height can take forever as you are clicking down decimals until you reach desired number. I have used all major note taking apps and this one is the best when it comes to handwriting and organization. If you are looking for note taking on ipad then this is your best choice. Settings could be better.
By mrblini

Great APP!

I love the simplicity
By JFonzo

Seriously solid note-taking app

If you love taking notes by hand, this app is incredible. I seriously value my handwriting and have struggled to find apps that adeqately translate my paper experience to an iPad scree. GoodNotes does so well with that. It's a great addition to my workflow and I love that my notes are everywhere — my iPad, my iPhone, my MacBook. Such a good purchase.
By MDunford

Flash cards

I love this app, but the flash card feature is not working. I want to rate this 5 stars, but the feature I use most is just not functioning
By Heather(@heatherherrer)

So close…

I’ve been a long time user of Goodnotes, but there has been one thing that’s bothered me since day 1: the pens and weird pressure/tilt sensitivity. I am constantly flip flopping between Apple Notes and Goodnotes because I love Goodnotes format, but LOVE the way the pens work in Notes. I’m not sure if its due to the fact that Goodnotes determines how to have the pen react by manually setting the angle and direction you typically write in, but it makes the pens stiff and my handwriting very inconsistent. It would also be great if they looked like real ink. For example, with Notes, if you highlight something, you can see the “bleed” and texture that is reminiscent of real ink on paper. My needs for a 5 star review are simply updates for more accurate handwriting. That means updating the pressure and tilt to work no matter what angle you have the tablet at.
By ijustwantedtowork

Updated handwriting engine rules!

Ever since the latest update, the recognition for my writing has gotten so much better! Thank you so much for updating the handwriting recognition software, as it is able to detect my writing much better than before. Keep up the good work, devs!
By Shyaegevr

Text feature need an update an so doescolor selection

Now that good notes is trying to use apples written to text feature more it has brought to light how lacking the txt feature actually is on this app. Preset color pallets that wont let you change it or add additional color to it so if you have a color pallet your working with for that particular page you have to type in the hex code every time. The color pallet is not universal ( like on every other note taking app , so if you want to use the same color scheme you will have to add the individual hex codes to every thing( pen, tool, highlighter,text, ext.) it seems that since the app has gotten so popular the creator don't care as much about meaningful updates any more bu just doing one off update and bug fixes. Hopefully, something will come along that challenges Goodnotes so they will be forced to start listening to consumers and updating again.
By Agimne


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