I would like to start off by saying, prior to this update from both iOS and Good Notes, my iPad was working fine. However, with the new update, my iPad has been overheating like crazy and draining my battery life like crazy. (For the record my iPad is Air 4 and I bought about 3 months.). Today, my iPad almost died in class while taking notes and I had charged it prior to going to class. I was at 80% and I would at least have 75% on my typical classes in total are 2 hour and 15 minutes class. (two classes), but no when I finished my day I was at 15%. This app drained my battery completely. I thought initially that maybe it was a bug or glitch in my system iOS but no, I experience this specifically with GoodNotes 5. I rely on this app and iPad to take notes for university and my classes. But now I can’t because of this glitch in draining my battery life and overheating. I have to go back and print my notes. Until this issue is resolved, I will keep my review at 1 star. If possible, I would rate a negative star and petition for my money spent on this app. Overall worst note taking experience.
Update: This app has gotten so much better since my last review that I’m actually switching back to it. The battery issues has been fixed and I can organize pages in the notebook. Synching to iCloud is available though unreliable at times. ERASER tool still needs an update. One needs to be able to change the size of the eraser to erase minute details. Updating from 2 stars to 4.
Review #1: Battery Performance: Compared to Notability, this app uses substantially more power thus draining the battery faster. This is a huge drawback. Goodnotes 5 has more features and customizable options compared to Notability. However, it lacks the following basic features. Needs Feature: Ability to reorganize pages in a notebook. Needs Feature: Ability to automatically backup to cloud services e.g. Google, Dropbox, One drive, iCloud, etc Update Feature: Erase tool needs an update. More finer controls to erase tiny details would be a great addition. I will keep an eye on the updates and update my review as the developer addresses these issues.
Please add "speak" "share" " translate" and "spell" to the option of the limited word .Also there is a problem with "copy and paste "
.please , add record of voice . Please, let me change "highlight " by using only my finger by press on the phrase with highlight . All this characteristics are found in my iPad but when i use this app it was disappear . And let this app use this characteristics that are already found by developers of this iPad like " text translate". I love this app so much and i want that it will become more helpfully.
And please let this app use the same style of copy and paste that found in other app "copy" and make this characteristic is optional.
And add mobile bar that contains my favorite tools and options from pens with color without need to change color and size of the pen when i want use different options at the same time.
Overall, this is a great app. It's simple and easy to use. This was the biggest selling point for me. I didn't want to be figuring out how to use my note-taking app in the heat of an intense lecture. That's where GoodNotes excels. It's simple and intuitve, and I was up and running wihout any practice using the app before my first Biology lecture.
However, this is where GoodNotes sacrafices its functionality. The tools are straightforward and easy to use, but are limited. There aren't any options for different brushes (as far as I can tell) and other features like two-page view are either lost in a menu, or don't exist yet. However, these features are in no way a deal breaker for me, and I prefer the clean interface of GoodNotes over the capabilities of some other apps, like Noteability.
So if you'd prefer ease of use over features (like I do) it's definiltey worth the purchase!
I actually pretty much like using goodnotes, but I don’t really use it for notetaking or anything, basically I mostly use this for drawing and stuff. Since I don’t know how to make intros on reviews, I’ll just go on and talk about a few suggestions. First of all, please bring back precision eraser for the love of god... It was basically my best friend when erasing mistakes that I made when colouring with the marker. (Also gotta mention that it’s really laggy when I try to colour stuff, but still, please bring it back...) I actually think this app is pretty neat, but I only suggest this app for notetaking, and not really for drawing. Sorry if my review sounded really wack and stupid, been having a “no thoughts head empty” mood recently, and I dont know what to really say, as I dont make many reviews. Anyway, end of review, if you somehow see this, yeah please just bring back the precision eraser. Bye
First of all, I love this app. It has all the essential features I need to take my notes digitally. As a college student, I find it very useful to only bring my iPad and a couple books to class.
One suggestion I would make is to upgrade the type tool. It would be cool to have the text “lock in” with the paper size and lines that you’ve picked as your template. I’ve tried using the current typing tool, and it’s difficult to get the sizing exactly right to fit on the lines of my paper. I know I could always change to a blank template, but I like my pages to look cohesive. I like to go back and forth between handwriting and typing notes, and I find myself typing in Word and then importing into my notebook in GoodNotes. I would love to see a change where I can type/write all in one place, seamlessly!
Other than this, really genius design on the app. Excited to keep using it for all my classes!
I use this on mac and ipad. I like the page templates (oneNote is missing this feature on mac) an the laser writer/pointer thing is really cool. It works pretty well with a wacom screen, but doesn't work with the eraser tip (at least by default - perhaps it can be assigned in the wacom driver). It exports out to pdf easily (another strike against oneNote on mac). It is also fairly easy to bring in screen grabs. It can import pdf files for markup. It does everything I want, so I give it the thumbs up.
Minor update: I've recently been having an issue with the app where it goes into a mode where it tries to make a curve instead of just writing faithfully to what I'm doing with the pen, and it will NOT go out of that mode, so I end up having to stop the app and restart. This happens more with larger files.
I have been using GoodNotes 5 for about two weeks now while in my third year at University. Taking notes in my classes has always been something I take pride in and try to do my best.
I have used conventional methods of note taking (notebook, pen, pencils), Surface book 2 with a pen, iPad OneNote and iPad with GoodNotes. I have to say that the two most enjoyable experiences in my opinion have been with the Surface-book at iPad GoodNotes!
This app has great features and accessibility and helps me write concise notes while keeping them organized. Being able to take lecture slides and homework assignments and import them directly to the application is a huge plus and the export capabilities are a must! I love the app and plan to update this review as I use it more!
I was able to understand how to use it so easily, and i love that the app can handle huge textbook sized documents and lets me edit/write on them without slowing down or glitching. Love how i can quickly scroll through tabs and i think the flash cards option is really cool. It would also be nice if the flashcard option allowed us to see some information about our learning progress how quizlet does. One more really nice feature (idk if this is even possible) would be for there to be a mode that can clean up handwriting the way that shapes can be cleaned up if we make them freehand using the apple pencil. It would make my handwriting a lot cleaner since its a bit tough to write on an ipad at first before you get used to it anyways. Other than that though its so cool!
The app is good. I like the ease of adding text and images anywhere on the page. And the ability to import PDFs as page templates. I do find the editing of text and images buggy. Often when trying to adjust the size of an image it duplicates the image instead. When trying to edit text, often I am unable to place the cursor at the exact spot I need to edit. I also have the issue of the app duplicating the text box when trying to resize. I wish they would just remove the duplicate option from the resize corner icon. My only other issue is having to duplicate an item to place it on the top stack. It would be nice to have a send forward and backwards option. Or better yet a layers menu. If those areas were addressed I would gladly give the app 5 stars.