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Feb, 2021


Feb, 2021



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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Great App, Unfortunately Still Lacking In Many Areas. Not great for ASD or ADHD.
Maia - ND on 2021-03-02
I like using GoodNotes a lot for various different things. It’s a great app but could be significantly better. First of all there are suggestions from over 5 years back with thousands of votes on the customer suggestion page and barely any of those features have been implemented. In order for me to be able to continue to use this app it should add a many more internal organizational features. Such as: - The ability to custom sort notebooks. Name and date are ok but I need to sort based off of priority or most used and either way I have to scroll to find notebooks. - More folder options! PLEASE at least can we change the colors. My folder section is just a wall of blue and not only does it make it not appealing to use it is also very impractical. Changing Icons would be great as well! - HYPERLINKS. If just simple moveable hyperlinks were added the whole app would be extremely easier to use. I could spend all the time in the world making an intricate planner but the whole think is useless if I can’t add links to different pages or notebooks! - The option to add a password to a notebook or folder. Self explainable why this would be a great feature to have. - Adding rulers! - Layering. The ability to draw on different layers would be a GAME CHANGER. Especially when using the lasso tool. - MORE ORGANIZATION OPTIONS: A format to make all pages of a notebook visible. Similar to the the way that the notebooks and folders themselves are organized but make it an option for PAGES of a notebook. - Be able to see what folders are inside folders. The best examples I can thing of is the iPhone notes app if you have folders inside of folders there is like little arrow tips and when you click on it a drop down menu with all of the folders in it is show. And you can continue to do it with the folders that are inside the folder and so on. Many of these features could have been added a while ago if one of the developers or had decided to simply check the suggestions page. Overall I love the app but often find that these necessary features and simple organization options make it difficult to use for many things. I would like to lastly say that because of the fact that there are limited origination formats and you can’t link to multiple noted it is hard to see a lot of your things at once. Which isn’t exactly great for individuals with ADHD because there is a lot of scrolling involved to get to many separate pages and notebooks. And you would have to open every folder to see what’s inside it. I wanted to give it a try for planners and schedules but since you can’t link to pages it would be impossible to have multiple logs or click something to bring you back to the monthly spread. Although a great app for note taking and more, it is lacking in many areas and could be significantly better!
Best note taking experience I’ve had
@2143 on 2021-03-02
I’m a huge lover of handwritten notes and note books and was reluctant to go into the digital notetaking space. However, it has just become a lot easier since school has gone 100% virtual to switch over to digital notes. I recently got an iPad and poured over YouTube and written reviews of different apps and settled on Good Notes and I do not regret my decision at all. It is an amazing app that has a great organization system. It even has little fun features for people like me who are used to pen and paper note taking like being able to choose paper colour and layout, note book cover design, and the ability to select custom ink and highlighter colours. The writing experience is also amazing and I actually don’t miss my pen and paper at all, which very much surprises me. It honestly speaks to the quality of this app that has not only made it possible for me to take great digital notes, but also draw beautiful diagrams to insert into papers and homework. I definetly recommend this app for anyone who loves a more traditional note taking experience who is looking to make the move to a digital platform, as well as for people who might need to have clean looking notes or make figures/diagrams to present to others.
Critics are DUMB!
@subtlygracefultrainwreck on 2021-03-02
This app is absolutely incredible and a game changer for my studies! I am in undergrad and getting a degree in data engineering. I learn by writing then practice but was really effin tired of caring around huge binders or several notebooks and then never looking back through the notes because it was too overwhelming. Not only does it search through my scrawl, which is incredible for quickly grabbing the syntax for a spec function when practicing coding but the outline feature simplifies my brain. I have even move my bullet journal digital, something as a stationery lover I thought I’d never do. All my notes in one place across devices and deeply organized for school, personal & business. Fits my perfectionism with the zoom window and other features. I literally have never left an app review in my life but I saw there were stupid less than five star reviews and wondered why. USER ERROR! Google or get someone to help you or just stick to pen & paper. This app is seamless and I’m defensive about it. Well done developers & THANK YOU!
Better than alternatives, but lots of problems
SigfriedG on 2021-03-02
The features fit my purpose better than a lot of other products I've tried for notetaking, but it still leaves a lot to be desired. "Concepts" is a better sketching app, but isn't notebook centered. Procreate is a way better sketching app than either, but it's not vector based. Nebo has better handwriting and diagramming features, but it's a usability nightmare. Roam is better for making interconnected notes but its "drawing" capability is a joke, and it's hard to print with it. Evernote, OneNote, etc. are better for attaching all sorts of media, but the way they handle pen input is ugly. They are also way better for cross-platform support. And good drive stuff is better for collaboration, but just doesn't do what GoodNotes does. Also, GoodNotes' Mac desktop version is essential for various reasons (sharing over zoom, copying quickly to email, etc.) but it's super buggy and getting buggier; crashing as soon as you load a notebook with more than a few pages.
use to love now liking less
atzimba a on 2021-03-02
i truly loved this app for all my school work. now, i don’t know if it’s because i am using it more often or what, but it has become super glitchy. my courses are pretty fast paced and as i’m writing notes, my words would sometimes not write as if it didn’t recognize my apple pencil or something. i do not like the text feature on this because i always have trouble moving the text and typing the text. i use the zoom feature often, it has become more sensitive to my hand leaning on my ipad for some reason as well. i have reduced sensitivity on that but it hasn’t seemed to fix my problem. it has become frustrating to use the app while i’m doing homework or writing notes for my classes. i don’t want to change to another app because i have all of my online school work here and it has become efficient. the downside it that i’ve noticed the app have more and more glitches the more i use it. everything is up to date so i really don’t think it is something on my end. i hope this gets fixed.
Life Changing App!
Dejasmiles on 2021-03-02
I just got my first iPad a little over a month ago and I knew I needed apps to help keep me organized in my work and personal life. I was going to stick with free apps for awhile but I knew GoodNotes was highly recommended in the iPad community so I didn’t wait to buy it. I am SO GLAD I made that purchase! In the last month alone, GoodNotes has helped me meal plan, keep notes for meetings, brainstorm large projects,r plan for the coming birth of my child, compare grocery store ads, and I’ve also been using it to keep track of my daily expenses. One of my New Years resolutions was to be better at keeping notes because my life is so hectic without them. I bought all kinds of notebooks and planners but I love how versatile and creative this app is! It’s the perfect companion app for Things 3, which I’ve been using for years. I frequently knock my goals and projects out of the park. Don’t think another second about buying this app just do it!
Better flashcards and more colors in toolbar
nadlo67 on 2021-03-02
I have jumped between notability and GoodNotes a lot in the past two years. Recently Notability really upped their game with a floating palette that was amazing (still is), then GoodNotes came with flashcards. hopefully this feature will become more developed and smarter: like when you press again it comes back right after rather than shuffling. shuffle feature, reminders, more high quality image of flashcards, maybe separate section of app or a better pop up needed. .Anki will likely always be better but I was really hopeful when I saw that I could have notes and flashcards in one app. Please develop it further. It can be so much better... and more colors in the toolbar! Floating palette? thanks for all you guys do. Note taking is so much fun because of the 2 apps. UPDATE: Can we also get an optional 2 page view?
Pretty good
ace apertura on 2021-03-02
Pretty good note taking app Pro: - holding lines with the Apple Pencil will make them straight - lasso and move or recolor (I wish it could easily rotate/scale by gestures) - synchronization with other goodnote users works pretty fast and reliable - Synchronization of files with the Mac App works much better than it used to. Con: - Gestures are mostly nonexistent but would make the app more intuitive. - Copy&paste needs a large number of clicks on the UI. - Inserting/moving/copying/pasting pages needs a large number of clicks. - Printing is 1 page or all pages. There's no way to select which ones to print. - Not really for drawing. - Shape recognition is fairly limited.
It’s Good, but could be better
kevincostamesahq on 2021-03-02
Working with inserting a photo is a chore. It auto-sizes real big, no control over that. Rotation of photo if you scale it small becomes unstable as not easy to choose 90 degrees unless you zoom in. One really annoying thing is if while moving the photo you stay a fraction of second too long it automatically makes a copy that enlarges to fill screen, and often begins to rotate too so forces a user to move and quickly release in increments until set where you want or else...dammit it makes another copy, Very annoying. I like using all other aspects of the program, that’s why 4 stars. If photo issue wasn’t an issue, I would have rated 6 stars, Haha
Great for school and easy to learn
Kiki Monter on 2021-03-02
I have been using GoodNotes for about a week now and I really love the app. I have never used a note taking app before other than the one that comes preset on apple, so this was different. After watching YouTube tutorials I was able to figure out many tips and tricks to elevate my notes. Importing documents has also been very easy. I have imported lecture slides and I really like how on GoodNotes I can annotate them with any notes, giving me more of an immersive feel to my online classes. This app even has an ability for me to create flash cards and help me study! Overall 5 stars.

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