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What is GoodNotes 5? Description of GoodNotes 5

Take beautiful, searchable handwritten notes with the note-taking app that turns your iPad into digital paper. See why GoodNotes is Editors’ Choice. Download now and unlock on all platforms. Available on the iPad, Mac, and iPhone.

• Enjoy a fluent, precise, and completely natural writing experience thanks to GoodNotes pioneering vector ink engine.
• Select and customize your pen color, thickness, pressure sensitivity, and style (fountain pen, ball pen, brush pen, and highlighter).
• Write with the Apple Pencil, Logitech Crayon, or other capacitive styluses.
• Convert your handwriting to text in the same page or share it with other apps.

• Search your handwritten notes, typed text, PDF text, document outlines, folder titles, and document titles.
• Create unlimited folders and subfolders, or mark your Favorite ones to keep everything organized.
• Create custom outlines for easier navigation through your documents.
• Back up all your notes to iCloud, Google Drive, Dropbox, and OneDrive and sync across all devices so you will never lose them.

• Import PDF, PowerPoint, Word, images, photos and more.
• Scan any paper documents and import them to your library with built-in OCR.
• Annotate documents right on your iPad with customizable pens, highlighters, stickers, and shape tools.
• Open notes or documents side by side on iPad for easy referencing.
• Use tabs to quickly switch between open documents.
• Add hyperlinks to external websites, videos, articles to build your knowledge map.

• Move, resize, zoom, and rotate your handwriting or change colors.
• Draw perfect shapes and lines with the Shape Tool.
• Support gesture control for faster undo & redo.
• Choose to erase the entire stroke, only parts of it, or only highlighters to leave the ink intact.
• Select to edit or move a specific object with the Lasso Tool.
• Add, create, or import your stickers, pictures, tables, diagrams, and more with Elements to enrich your notes.
• Choose from a large set of beautiful covers and useful paper templates, including Blank Paper, Ruled Paper, Cornell Paper, Checklists, To-dos, Planners, Music Paper, Flashcards, and more.
• Upload any PDF or image as a custom notebook cover or paper template for more customization.

• Present a lecture, a lesson, a business plan, a brainstorming result, or your group study without distractions when you connect your device via AirPlay or HDMI to an external screen.
• Use Laser Pointer on your iPad to guide your audience’s attention during your presentation.
• Move around freely and interact with the audience while adding new information to the digital whiteboard.

• Collaborate with others on the same document using a sharable link.
• Export documents in PDF or image for printing, or share them with others for a fully digital workflow.
• Forward important emails with PDF attachments to your unique GoodNotes email address to automatically add them to your library.


Download GoodNotes 5 for free on iPad, Mac, and iPhone and create your first 3 notebooks for free.

Get the full GoodNotes experience with a One-Time Unlock In-App Purchase (IAP):
- Create unlimited notebooks
- Unlock handwriting recognition to search handwritten notes
- Import documents via e-mail
- Prioritized email support

GoodNotes supports Apple’s Universal Purchase which means you can purchase once to unlock GoodNotes on all your iOS, iPadOS, and macOS devices for free.


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GoodNotes 5 App User Reviews

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GoodNotes 5 Pros

Good app but...Goodnotes is a good app (hence the name) with many features you can use easily as a student etc. From a range of colours in the palette to a handy lasso tool to help with last minute mistakes. I would recommend this as it has a nice shapes feature and a useful stylus and palm rejection where you will be able to lean on your iPad without causing marks. However, using the Apple Pencil on this is a terrible thing. The app is really rough with writing and has no fluidity at all. The ink writing is too too accurate in a bad way in which all your letters are not from your paper writing. I decided to finally go paperless until I stumbled upon this issue. In my and others’ opinions, my handwriting is immaculate on paper however when I try writing in the app, the roughness causes it to be inconsistent and absolutely ugly. There’s other apps that have nice fluidity and consistent writing like nebo..Honest_SamiraVersion: 5.4.17

It’s the bees knees.Would rate it even higher if you were able to fill an enclosed space with a colour but it still gets 10/10 from me..Liz & AlfVersion: 5.6.30

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GoodNotes 5 Cons

Love Hate relationshipI am a big time user of GoodNotes. As a student i spend about half my day on goodnotes every day for the past 2 years. I absolutely love the app. I waited a really long time for the 2 major updates that came earlier this year. Those are the universal search tool as well as the introduction of unlimited hierarchy. I am a major fan of both updates and they both make my use of the app much more productive. With that being said the ease of use with the new app has gone significantly down since the update. At first i thought with in 2 to 3 weeks they would work out the kinks and bring it back to standard but its been 4 months now and it hasn’t happened. One thing i sorely miss are the keyboard shortcuts that used to be available in GoodNotes 4. They are gone from GoodNotes 5 and have never been replaced. Besides for that the “smoothness” of GoodNotes 5 has just never been the same as 4. The crashes and just plain unstable use that haunted the app at launch are for the most part gone and the app can now be relied upon again for every day use however i still use 4 as much as i can because it is just so much nicer to use than 5. I really hope the developers continue to work on bringing GoodNotes 5 back to the standard of GoodNotes 4. The two big updates are a major addition and if the rest of the app comes back to the level of 4 there will be no app that can compete in this AppStore..Dfman762Version: 5.1

Amazing Interface but there are a lot of new glitchesThe update is a 180 degree change from the previous version which is why I didn’t hesitate to download it despite being content with GoodNotes4. However there are quite a lot of glitches that are hindering the full potential of the app. 1) more often than not the app gets stuck whenever I attempt to flick through the pages and to fix it I change it from reading mode to editing mode before going back to reading mode again, this usually fixes it until the next time it happens. 2) the pen tool gets stuck sometimes I.e. if I’m scribbling something the text will get dragged out of the line or it’ll create a random line that extends across the page 3)the random “connect to Bluetooth to use GoodNotes” message that appeared only when I wasn’t using the app. The glitches are making me contemplate going back to the older version which was much more functional. I hope these issues are improved on in the next update!.Nh1994Version: 5.0.17

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Product details of GoodNotes 5

App Name:
GoodNotes 5
Time Base Technology Limited
Legitimacy Score:
Safety Score:
Content Rating:
4+ Contains no objectionable material!
Productivity, Education
App Size:
271.39 MB
Bundle Id:
Relase Date:
15 January 2019, Tuesday
Last Update:
21 June 2022, Tuesday - 07:18
IOS 13.0 or later

GoodNotes 5 5.9.20 Update Note
✱ Version History

- Improved link sharing UX and performance - Improved content menu to prevent overlapping toolbar.