I am a college student and have been using GoodNotes for more than 3 years on an iPad Pro (1st gen) for school. The companion app for the Mac is very useful. I was a bit skeptical when GoodNotes 5 came out and did not convert any of my notebooks to the new app because of it. I started using the new app on my iPad Pro for notetaking and homework. It took some getting used to, but now I find that I much prefer it over the previous version. I have yet to convert my old notebooks and was working in one of them the other day. I found that I actually missed the new interface in GoodNotes 5. I had to think about what I needed to do to change my pen color, line width, etc., where it has become 2nd nature in GoodNotes 5. There are still some bugs to be worked out, but they are things I can live with. I love the integration between apps. I turn in all my homework right from the GoodNotes app. I use the app on my Mac to insert images that are easier to get from my laptop. I also find it easier to insert typed passages from my laptop, too. The best part of the Mac app is that you have your notebooks right there for reference. I save all my stuff on iCloud. I insert an image from my Mac, and a few seconds later, it magically appears on my iPad! It's great! Keep up the good work and I look forward to future updates! I have yet to try the new flashcard feature, but intend to soon. I have a separate app that I currently use for flashcards and I would like to get away from having to use multiple apps.
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!
Functionality is awful. My courses include many pictures and annotating pdfs. This program is totally non-functional for this purpose. Yes I can mark up PDFs, but beyond taht its incapable to managing descrete function in one singel environment. What this means is that if you want a text box, you have to change to the text box function. Fine. Normal. But if you want to throw in a picture, you have to go into the functions and select pictue function in order to manage something. Its way less intuitive and way more steps than is necessary for functional note taking in my opinion. I switched to notability and the UI is so much more pleasant and functional. I would 100,000% recommend Notability over this app. Its only redeeming quality is that it can be used on both a mac and ipad. But since ipads are so much like laptops these days anyway, is it worth Good Notes at all?
For ease here are a list of my problems:
-When using a text box, you have to click 5 or 6 times in order to go to a specific location of your text.
-colors go back to defaults when you change functions (this means your red text ou previously changed to black is now red again when you get into your text box)
- You can't manage pictures between multiple pages. Once its on the page it stays there. You cant even select-copy-paste that image. Its simply relegated to that page.
I have been using the bullet journal method for several years, and tried several methods of moving from analog journals to digital journals. In every case there was something missing or an inconvenience of form.
In 2019 I purchased a Logitech Krayon and GoodNotes, and the combination provides the benefits of analog journalling (writing in the journal vs. typing.) in combination with the portability and convenience of having my data backed up and available on other devices. Combined with GoodNotes writing conversion to text software, the application provides me with a solid platform that faithfully mimics an analog journal’s hand-writing feedback experience and the ability to gather daily info and collections of information.
The “outline” aspect of the software’s data organization allows me to keep a proper index of my collections as well as highlight collections as “favorites” for those collections which are used for current or recurring processes. The availability of searching through journals for keywords is a great tool for looking for instances of something that might have been “lost” in all the noise.
It excels as a journalling tool in general, and provides a digital platform to use in combination with the bullet journal method.
This 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!
I’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.
First of all, you have to make a text box on the page to type. I understand this app is trying to do something that ultimately isn’t what I was looking for (an alternative to OneNote or Evernote or any of those, but with a handwriting option included) but the app page does not do a good job of communicating that GoodNotes focuses ENTIRELY on handwritten notes and barely has typed note capabilities (I say barely because I’m giving it the benefit of the doubt—I created a text box, then the next step from their online tutorial was “tap on the text box with text tool.” What tool?? And if I just tapped on the box, it tried to draw. Never got to a keyboard).
If they don’t want to be an app that can feasibly integrate typed notes into handwritten notes (or as I was looking for, vice versa) that’s fine, but don’t pretend that you are. Don’t call your app GoodNotes and never clarify that it takes hunting for a tutorial hidden online somewhere to even get to a keyboard, if that.
I was hesistant for whether Goodnotes or Notability would be best for graduate school. I'm so glad I tried Goodnotes! It is the best tool (other than Evernote, but that has different goals) for organizing and notetaking in graduate school. Being able to place PDFs, files, and other forms of documents into Goodnotes and mark them up is FANTASTIC! I used to want things on paper for the tactility of taking notes, but using Goodnotes with an iPad and Apple pencil to take notes is not only better for trees, but also allows everything to stay organized in one place. And the ability to use my app across devices is fantastic. If I don't want to jump between tabs, I can easily display text on my computer and take notes with my iPad. And if you are a grad student who works with languages, you can easily look up definitions and translations of words even from PDFs that you have put in your Goodnotes app. Absolutely fantastic. Get it. You won't regret it.
Been using this app since Jan 2020. The enhancement is a game changer it makes the writing significantly smoother. I like being able to create straight lines but going back and forth was annoying especially in class but I would forget to switch back and the writing would get distorted. Now, using the regular writing tool or the highlighter you can make straight lines by drawing the line and holding the pencil down for a 1-2 sec longer (this also applies to shapes like circles and triangles) and if you need to adjust it you can select it and you can make the line/shape longer or shorter without making the line thicker. LOVE IT! Thank you for the awesome update! Oh and for those you not sure if it is worth. It is. You pay once and have access to Goodnotes in all apple devices. This has been helpful with submitting assignments that need to be scanned. Thank you again!!!
The app itself is great. I love taking notes for classes on the app, and it makes it easy to organize my documents. There are some problems which make it hard to give the app 5 stars though. Whenever I try to export my handwritten notes to a pdf, all of the dots like periods, decimal points, or dots over every ‘I’ get removed.
This is pretty frustrating, but their support is even more frustrating. I’ve tried contacting their support multiple times, but I haven’t heard back for over a month now.
And also the last shape detection update made shape detection worse. Drawing horizontal or vertical lines now result in slightly skewed lines, where before, they would be perfectly horizontal or vertical.
If these issues could be fixed, I’d be glad to bump this review up to 5 stars, but these bugs and horrible support make it a 3 for now.