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May, 2021


May, 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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Used for years had no problems until now
YayitsmexD on 2021-06-13
I’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.
Edit: Camera Function is back!
SendaiParfait on 2021-06-13
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!
Please fix these!!!
pancake the pug on 2021-06-13
Updated reviews as of 5/24: I am a student and use this app for annotating texts. l am currently in a philosophy class and we read a lot of material in there. I would love to be able to find certain phrases with ease and not spend so much time looking through each page. Right now, I can only find one word at a time which is not useful at all. On another note, the developers introduced the sticker feature and while I do like it, it would be nice if the sticker appeared where I was zoomed in. It appears in the middle of the document which I find to be a hassle. If these two features are fixed, I can give five stars without a doubt. Original review: I am a student and use this app for annotating texts. l am currently in a philosophy class and we read a lot of material in there. I would love to be able to find certain phrases with ease and not spend so much time looking through each page. Right now, I can only find one word at a time which is not useful at all. If this is fixed, I can give five stars without a doubt.
Aggravating Formatting and Syncing Issues
Ray9962! on 2021-06-13
GoodNotes 5 is a convenient app for the purpose that is advertised, but there are certain issues that make using it annoying. Formatting within the text boxes occasionally reset for me. I believe I experience this issue the most when I accidentally move text boxes. I have multiple devices and I have experienced other sync issues, so it may be when a sync is happening in the background as well (since just moving the text box doesn't consistently trigger the bug). I don't believe the app was designed with the use case of having the app open on multiple devices at once. When I have the app open on multiple devices, I occasionally experience problems with modifying text boxes. I am unable to edit text until I close out the app across devices and force a sync.
good but could be better
-Yin1 on 2021-06-13
honestly i quite like this app. it’s simple and it’s easy to use. all the features are really nice for taking notes whether you’re in high school or college. it’s also really nice for reading texts and annotating and stuff. the only con i would say is the writing to text conversation. as someone who has messy handwriting i like to write everything down and then convert it to text to make my notes neater but in order to convert it you have to select the handwriting, copy the text, then erase the handwriting and then paste in the text which is absurdly annoying to do. it would be really nice if you could have a option of removing the handwriting and automatically inserting the text in, or even better just make it convert to text as you wtite.
I LOVE! + feedback
LivingWithU5Ever on 2021-06-13
I’ve been using good notes for about 7 months? Absolutely love it; I tried Notability and it was cool too but I prefer Goodnotes because it’s more organized and it has features that are more clear and easy to navigate. I really appreciate this app; I use it for all things school. BUT, I really wish we could group colors? I like to use specific colors for specific classes but sometimes I forget the groups or struggle to find them because my pen color pallet is large. So, I wish we could make groups of pen colors and put them in a similar system to the stickers where they have they’re own folder. I just like things to be very organized. I HOPE YOU GUYS CAN DO THIS! I’d love a pen color grouping/organization function.
Exactly what I needed
Tex1051 on 2021-06-13
As a teacher in the plague, I needed something I could use as a white board and have mirrored on zoom Works EXACTLY as needed Only thing to note is that it does use a significant amount of battery. From a full charge using it all day brings me down to about 30%. I think that is a trade off for how much it does, and one I take gladly. New upgrades seem to get added every few months, but also they can usually be turned off (if you find they mess up your workflow) or are completely compatible with other features. (I hate it when an app removes a feature to replace it with something “better”) Only good things to say. Some of the best money I’ve spent
Best note taking app for studying
Hunter Mikell on 2021-06-13
I use Goodnotes 5 for notetaking and studying for my college classes. The wide range of available templates, coupled with the ability to design your own, leads to a very organized note taking experience. The ability to erase and rewrite notes with the Apple Pencil is also a huge help, though is pretty standard at most. The handwriting recognition software is second-to-none though, and makes searching through my handwritten notes for specific pieces of information a breeze, and something that I could never accomplish with a paper-and-pencil setup without the use of more bookmarks than I care to think about. All in all, a great app.
Alignment problem!!! + more basic features
Azanari on 2021-06-13
1. Please update alignment system to make the texts follow the line in paper margin!!! It is so annoying when typing in paper layout :( 2. Add auto bullet point functions please! 3. I wish users can freely custom colors for the Text tool 4. Add some symbols like arrow, approximate,… symbols when typing by keyboard 5. I hope there are some options/changes to fix the Text that will not move when I occasionally touch to text box 6. More covers, more paper margins, add paper textures/pattens If devs can give users those functions, I do believe this is the best note-taking app!!! I will surely give 5* immediately. Please update!
Why one star for a great note taking app?
Universe Observer on 2021-06-13
08 Jun 2021 Simple! The latest version on GoodNotes 5 always starts up with personal survey questions that are an INVASION OF PRIVACY. Apple is doing its best to maintain a persons security, privacy, and anonymity of individuals purchasing apps. If GoodNotes wants to survey users, then it needs to send an email inviting a person to their litany of survey questions and not use GoodNotes5 as a survey platform. Make no mistake, GoodNotes5 is a great note taking solution; however, until the survey questioning is removed from this app, I will only rate the app at the lowest value possible.

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