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Amazing Navigation and DesignI’m obsessed with this app. I use it on my iPad for all my classes, as well as creative projects, any readings I want to do, and regular note taking. I absolutely love the functionality and navigation. You can search your own handwriting (don’t have to convert it to text), can import and export files (images, screenshots, PDFs, MS Word, etc.) all with extreme ease (this works incredibly with airdrop). I also love being able to switch between notes, have multiple notes open on one screen, and having my favorite writing utensils saved as a toolbar. The backup/sync works very well. I absolutely love being able to cut out and move around/paste my handwriting, it makes super neat notes that are simple to organize and clean up if you do make mistakes while writing. All of this allows me to take notes instead of typing, with all the ease and perks of electronic files. The only thing I would like to see is an option to not layer the highlighter if you lift your pen. Other than that, this is essentially my entire office now..Version: 10.1.6

Solid appI wish i could move everything in the selection box to better organise my notes.Version: 8.4.3

Fantastic for a uni studentI have tried a great number of apps for my note taking even writing it out in plain notebooks but I was never really happy with it. Now I have found THE APP! Not only can it transfer handwriting to text but it can also record tutorials and lectures while I write so I can catch up on anything I might have missed. It’s got a lot of good feature such as colours and fonts and the different types of papers and it syncs over iCloud so if I’m in a rush and forget my iPad I can catch up on my phone! So handy and absolutely enjoy writing with this app!!.Version: 9.1.7

Best app for lifeThis was one of the first apps I got on my very first iPad. It was the best app for notes in 2014 and has grown to be one of my most used apps. I’ve used it to complete 2 degrees, for presentations at work and for my personal and professional journals. It can be amazingly creative and elaborate or super quick and dirty. It opens basically every file type and shares to almost anywhere. Best of all, it just works. You open it, it doesn’t crash, you do what you need. It’s the first app I recommend people download when starting out on iPad..Version: 9.2.1

Possibly the greatest application for studentsNotability changed the game for me, I never even think about printing lecture slides and wasting paper. This is a must have for students, it allows you to essentially write on any pdf/ppt. You can even import images into your notes which makes it useful if I want to take a picture of something or even a screenshot of my textbook and import it. Also has tools for recording voice if you want to record a lecture and associate it with a particular note. Handy system for organizing and color coding topics/folders. Even syncs with most major cloud data services like google drive, Dropbox, etc. Tools to markup your notes are pretty intuitive and easy to use, has lots of useful tools to choose from. It’s very easy to study even if I don’t have my iPad since I can open this on my iPhone and everything syncs. Has a computer app too which costs more but it’s super easy to just airdrop notability notes to your laptop and open them there. I would highly recommend this if you intend to use your iPad for school..Version: 9.0.5

A few suggestionsI love this app, but thought I’d make a few suggestions based on what I’ve seen from other apps and what I’d personally appreciate. 1. Bigger thumbnails/thumbnail only view option. 2. Convert handwriting to text (ability to recognise cursive would be amazing) 3. Option to switch to pixel by pixel eraser 4. Option to view notebooks with custom covers? Not a dealbreaker but still would be nice 5. Option to correct hand drawn shapes.. not sure what this is called, but when you draw a circle and it comes out perfectly round 6. Push highlighter layer behind text so text is still vibrant 7. Make the background of ‘figures’ transparent rather than an ugly white background that looks out of place on grid or coloured paper 8. Strike through written text to erase, or tap with two fingers (like in drawing apps) to undo Other than that I love this app and wouldn’t use any other. I hope the developers will take some of these suggestions into account because if they did this would be the only note taking app in the App Store that anyone would buy..Version: 7.2.5

Good app/ kills batteryThe so does a lot of amazing stuff, however the battery impact is way too high. iPad pro battery use is 50% for about an hour of use..Version: 10.3.3

Perfect app, Just a couple of suggestionsI love notability. It’s my main used apps for my studies. - It would be super useful if you could add one more option for further division; for example organising the the notes in the subjects into further categories. In this way notes will be more organised. - It would also be super useful if you could make the note organisation more custom. So the order of the notes will be the way the user prefers. Thanks a lot for the great app and I hope you implement my suggestions..Version: 9.3.2

WHAT?I haven’t been paying much attention to update when suddenly I realize that my Notability App is awesomely different. I have been a long time user of this app and have loved it since day one. I have experimented with other note taking apps but very quickly return to this workhorse of an app. Now with the latest update I am blown away! I love to write with my apple pen and being able to convert to text is extremely useful. So far it has been flawless in conversion; however I am old school in my penmanship so that my work in my favor. Being able to put notes side by side? Since I convert all documents into files in Notability for meetings, to be able to pull up other documents alongside of the notes I am taking is absolutely amazing. One thing that I am watching and am unsure of yet is that in watching battery consumption Notability seems to have suddenly become my primary drain, outstripping my FaceBook app. So this is something that I will be watching since I tend to leave Notability running in the background. But overall I want to give a big shout of thanks to the developers for making a great app even better..Version: 8.0.1

This is my favourite writing appOnce Apple finally perfected the stylus, I started downloading all sorts of different writing apps for my iPad pro. After using lots of different ones over the course of a couple of years, Notability was the one I kept coming back to. No it’s my default note taking app, paired with my Apple Pencil. The ability to convert writing into text, the smoothness of the pen strokes, the ability to select pen strokes and highlighting and immediately change their style, from colour to thickness. These are the traits I like most and only a small fraction of the full range of features. I like it, it’s my favourite, I recommend it...Version: 10.1.5

Split screenNo complaints about this app, but I would appreciate the addition of splitscreen for both pages in the same note and for other notes..Version: 10.3.2

Simply the best app I’ve usedI love this app. It writes naturally and organises notes so well. I love using this in split screen. Best note taking app I’ve used. Also great for saving PDF’s and marking them up. One thing that would be nice to see is the ability to add space as you can do in OneNote..Version: 8.0.3

Revolutionised note taking!Everyone needs this app to take notes in class, it’s literally amazing! I use this app for uni and its awesome, I can record the lecturer speaking and take notes at the same time and can play back the recording and it also plays back my note taking in real time, so handy! You can take pictures and paste them into your notes, highlight, and make your writing colourful, and you can go back and edit notes at any time. I use an apple pen because I prefer handwriting, but you can also type notes in as well, or even change your handwriting into text (as long as you don’t write like a Doctor...:) another awesome feature is that you can export your notes into say PDF, or another program and look at your notes on your laptop! I just checked the updates and oh my goodness they’ve made it even better! Rotating a picture and showing page margins... yessss. Buy it, it’s totally worth it! It’s a game changer! Thank you to the developers who made this app! :) :).Version: 9.0.1

I am takin one star off for lack of horizontal modeYou have made an excellent app. Brilliant in terms of ease of writing and drawing simultaneously. But why no horizontal mode. This irritates users like me no end..Version: 9.1.8

Great app! But needs some improvementsI have been using this app for about 6 month now for college. It is extremely useful with my iPad Pro! I have been able to almost completely replace all my books, laptop and notebook. It is a super convenient app that will allow you to have everything you need to study on the go on any device with the app. Although this app is pretty reliable, I have two complaints that I would like for them to be resolved. First, when trying to import a pdf file from the internet to a note that has been already written, and selecting “add to another note” there is a bug that misplaces the categories of the notes, so the “easy way” for selecting the note goes away, and you’re left scrolling through all of your notes until you find the one you want. Also, it would be a great addition if one could have two notes open at the same time, because sometimes you need to see a note while copying on a blank one. These are two minor bugs that can be resolved easily, as the app is constantly being updated, so do not hesitate to buy this app. Its really useful..Version: 7.1

Incredible app - use for all my notesBeing able to store all my notes across my Mac/iPad/iPhone is amazing. It’s better than OneNote as it’s writing tools are much better. Snapping from free draw to shapes is intuitive, writing is silky smooth and notes update across devices on the fly. I have the passed 6 years of uni notes on all my devices, and the hand writing is searchable (and convertible to text) so I can find my notes very easily. I have sent suggestions to the developers in the past and they have implemented them into the app. I think it’s so good because they actually listen to their users and update the app quickly. Can’t recommend enough!.Version: 9.3.3

Almost perfect!This app really is as good as it makes out! The Audio recording works really well and picks up sound from across the room. Everything is easy to use and it just works! I have a few things I would love to see added, as they would really enhance it, in my opinion. Firstly, when recording audio whilst using Apple Pencil, it would be amazing if there was a way to cancel out the tapping sound the pencil makes, as you write on the screen. I am not technical, but I would have thought there is some form of noise cancelling software perhaps? It would make the playback of notes a much more pleasant experience when reviewing notes. Secondly, the ability to quickly undo a typo with Apple Pencil, by scrubbing out or crossing out your mistake so you don’t have to switch to the eraser when taking notes at speed. A gesture like this would be far more intuitive and saves time. I have used this feature in other apps and it works really well. Thirdly, as with some other apps, it would be really great to have an option to convert handwriting to typed text. Overall this is a brilliant app, the above suggestions would make it perfect..Version: 7.2.2

Almost my favourite note taking app...Please add collaboration and I won’t need any other note taking app..Version: 9.3.3

Great for schoolI’ve been using this for med school, and it has been fantastic. I’m able to download all professor’s powerpoint presentations to notability and sort them in a pretty simple way. I’m able to search all my notes pretty easily, even for things that I write on the iPad which can come in handy. No real complaints about the app, but I can always ask for recommendations. 1. I wish I could search in one division. For instance, if I am searching a drug that works in a combination like phenytoin, one subject it can be found in is cardiovascular and also neuro. I can search all notes or I can search one ‘subject’, but not a division (one tier higher than subject, a division holds subjects). I do think that the phone app and computer app can be improved to be more on par with the features of the iPad, and I think the sidecar ability can definitely be improved to work a lot better with the computer version of notability. Also, I wish it was possible to be able to organize with 1-2 more tiers. That being said, this app has worked way better than I expected it to for school. I’ve never used goodnotes or onenote, but notability is worth a shot for sure..Version: 9.3.4

Awesome, tiny flawI LOVE this app, perfect for taking notes and not wasting a tonne of paper. I did take one recording during a lecture, the sound is great, can hear even when moving further away, however the background “tap tap tap” of the Apple Pencil is extremely distracting. I have tried altering the tone frequencies, but it didn’t make much difference. If there is any way to “muffle” this a bit more it would be a perfect app! Photos of my slides with scribble all over them, doing up diagrams during workshops... totally awesome! I have played a little with convert to text and it hasn’t misread anything I have written so far, even adjusts the font size by what I have written!.Version: 9.0.5

More Folder Options!I love love love using Notability, it has made my life so much easier ever since I started using it. One thing is that because I love it so much I have a big build up of files which belong in the same subject/course, and it becomes harder to find the files I need to find. I wish there was an option to create sections or separation within the subjects themselves and not just 2 layers of organization. Other than that everything works amazing and I will continue to recommend this to any friends..Version: 9.0.5

Notability is great...but not on iPhoneWriting a review of Notability is hard. On the one hand, I use it every single day on my iPad. I do a lot of reading/research for my job, so Notability has saved me from being buried under an endless pile of paper. I even pair it up with Scanbot so I can quickly scan materials in meetings and then have all my notes/handouts in a single place. Being able to search my handwriting is a game-changer! So is having access to my documents and notes everywhere, including my laptop, and having all changes and edits synced through iCloud. I’ve always wanted to go paperless with ubiquitous access to everything; Notability is my hub for that. Which brings me to my chief complaint about Notability: it’s iPhone app is terrible. It’s nice to see my notes on my phone if I need to skim something quickly on the go, but basic functionality is missing. You can’t search a document, highlight pages, see all the pages in a document—if you’re looking for something, you can only scroll until you find it. That’s ok if you’re talking about two pages of notes; but if you are looking at a 50 page journal article trying to find something, it’s ridiculous. Competitors have this functionality on iPhones, but Notability has never added it. I wish they would! I also wish they would format text-only notes like Google Docs, adjusting text size for a given display without affecting the formatting..Version: 8.2.7

Almost perfect, but I like it!I have been using this as my main note taking at work. No more trying to flip through old notes to find a certain note on a long lost day in the past. The speed of the app is excellent on my 2018 iPad (probably because I only use this for note taking and some basic tasks). The app is almost perfect and I would like to give some suggestions to the developer to make it better as follow: 1. Please create a “tag” functions to add to the notes. That way I can tag a note multiple topics. Currently the dividers are quite limited in this job. 2. Please allow users to add certain buttons to the toolbar. I personally would like 2 different pen colours, and 2 highlighter in different colours so switching between them is seamless and fast. It’s like taking notes with 2 pens of different colours vs with one pen of multiple colours. 3. Please allow users to switch between 2 modes of eraser: default mode as current functionality (delete everything connected), and a new mode (maybe called it “manual mode”) which works similarly to a normal eraser (only delete what the eraser goes past). Meanwhile, I’ll get on with what the app currently offers and hope the developers will listen to my requests/suggestions. And thank you for creating an excellent app for us..Version: 8.3.3

It is great but there is still room for improvementI’m enjoying the app with its features however it leaves a lot to be desired most importantly gesture controls. I wonder if you guys can implement the option of using the finger to erase or double tapping the screen to undo or double finger swipe to scroll around ...etc. It would make the app much more intuitive and far more efficient to use. Keep up the great work. Shout out from NZ..Version: 7.0.2

ExcellentGoodNotes has been an absolute pleasure to work with. I have been using GoodNotes for 2 years, and I eventually grew tired of the messy layout, and being unable to organise my notes without having to page through multiple pages. I love the customisation of everything in Notability, including the layout, subjects, dividers and notes, page layout and colour. It has been far easier to find my notes as I can title them all, and divide them into their subjects and specific areas. I’ve actually completed a lot more notes than I ever did on other apps. I definitely suggest Notability all the way..Version: 10.2.2

Can we please please have more folderEverything else is perfect, I just need more options to separate my documents :(.Version: 9.3.1

The Best App You Will Ever Purchase!I know for starters this app may seem like a lot, especially with the cost for both the iPhone/iPad and the cost of the Mac apps, BUT ITS WORTH IT! Being a college student I use this app every single day in all my classes. The app is so easy to use, and so intuitive. The iPad app is amazing for use with Apple Pencil or other styluses, and the fun pen colors and paper choices make notes less boring. This app also works with TONS of file types which you can import and annotate. I have nor used the voice feature yet, but I am thrilled to as I am sure it is as good as everything else this app offers. Finally my favorite feature is that notability automatically saves all my files and updates them constant across all my devices, so I never have to wait for my files to load. The useful feature of backing up the notes to google drive or Dropbox is amazingly helpful and lets me have my notes accessible even when I am not on my own laptop with the app. Overall MUST BUY for college students especially, or anyone who is a frequent note taker or writer. Absolutely, 100%, hands down, the most amazing app on the App Store!!.Version: 9.0.6

I can see why this is #1Honestly, I was really debating on whether on not I should use Notability to take my notes or if I should use GoodNotes 5. In the end, I ended up getting both just to try them out, and what I found was that the UI for Notability was almost flawless for me. Being able to record audio on here is great, but I think the biggest factor for me was how it felt like writing notes in this app. It’s literally feels like I am just writing on paper. My handwriting on Goodnotes 5 just seemed messier and I noticed that they would try to alter my handwriting a bit. If I could make some suggestions, it would be nice if the highlighter could go under the words rather than over it. I would also love the option to just automatically switch back to pen mode after using the eraser (Useful tool in goodnotes). There would be times where I’m writing and the app doesn’t register it and would momentarily freeze a bit. But these are minor inconveniences. Overall, this is a great app to take notes on and annotate PDFs (what I mainly do). The partial eraser is amazing and the automatic backup is a extremely convenient. Definitely recommend it for college!.Version: 9.0.6

Love but have suggestionsI love this app for notes in lectures and seminars, but I wish there were more options to set how notes are ordered, how they are laid out. There has to be a system for downloaded files separate from notes. Also, there has to be more settings for how a note page looks, like line spacing. Drawing has to be made more fluid, too often I make shapes when I’m just creeping the pen on the page. And one annoying this is how files are uploaded now, it seems too time consuming to select tabs when you could just download a file straight into whatever subject you need and be able to access links and text in them..Version: 9.1.2

ReviewThis new update is trash. It’s hard to write in the box. I have to keep tapping in the box.Version: 9.3.2

Overall a great appReally hope the develop can develop a sub-category section so I can arrange my notes within a subject.Version: 10.3.5

Needs higher level of organisationI’ve been using this app for note taking during lectures, all was going well until I started a new semester and wanted to archive my notes from the previous semester so they weren’t in my way when taking new notes. However, I didn’t want to lose the organisation of those notes, so that they would still be easy to find later on. The only way I could effectively achieve this was to send all my notes into google drive as PDFs, and then delete them all from notability. While this is fine, being able to put all those dividers and subjects into a folder on notability would have been much better, as it would have kept everything in one place, which was my plan for notability. My only complaint so far. Add folders, please. Thank you..Version: 9.4.4

Great app but could be improved for teachingI gladly bought this app as I use it to teach University classes. It allows me to write with my ApplePencil while projecting my notes from the iPad, so after every lecture I have an editable version of the notes and I can produce a PDF. Also, I can include multimedia contents, and images from the web. However I found difficult importing external PDF in an open note as a page, and if this is the first page I cannot remove it anymore. Also, the app could be improved with a couple of very helpful additions: 1) to re-use the notes the following academic year, I would like to be able to “hide” part of the notes, to “unhide” one line at a time as I explain the notes; 2) an even better option would be to be able to create a greyed-out version of the notes in order to re-write on them during the class, i.e. as if I was writing for the first time. A found a workaround using semi-transparent boxes to overlay to the notes, but now this feature seemed gone with the latest updates, which is disappointing since updates shoul “add” and not remove features. I hope someone from the developing team is reading these reviews ..Version: 9.2.1

Very usefulAllows you to follow along with the teacher with synchronized recording of the session to what you write down. however i really wish there were different viewing options like 4 slides in one page or face to face and not only continuous downward flowing pages. I have a problem writing notes in this app. i download PowerPoint lectures and i dont have enough room on each slide to write my notes and i keep find myself adding new pages after each slide to write it the teachers notes. I wish there was a blank paper adjacent to all the imported slides to give me a place to take notes freely. Please developers i hope this gets noticed..Version: 8.4.2

Best note-taking appI’ve waited a long time to write this because I want to know an app fully before judging it. I’ve used Notability for the past 3+ years along with GoodNotes. I can confidently say that Notability is the superior app. Yes, there are many more features that I wish were present in both apps but, as a whole, this is the best note taking app. In its basic form, handwriting in the app is perfect. Whatever software that GoodNotes uses to try to improve your handwriting is incredibly annoying and causes it to look worse. Its not that way with Notability. What you write is what it shows. The file management style is much easier to follow than the endless folders in GoodNotes. Also, when major updates come, you don’t have to pay for it. Paper templates and being able to set your 3 most used colors and pen sizes right on the task bar will HOPEFULLY be coming to Notability soon. That is the biggest drawback I think. Having to do multiple touches every time I want to switch pen size can be annoying and when taking notes in lecture, can take up valuable time. Having those right on the top bar would be INVALUABLE. Other than that, this app is superior to GoodNotes in general..Version: 9.3.5

DO SOMETHING PLEASEEvery time I try to copy and past in a text box it doesn’t allow me to, and sometimes it just jumps a hundred pages away when it’s a big text box. This is so annoying!!!!!!!!!!!!! DO SOMETHING ABOUT THIS IM SO MAD BECAUSE THERES CORONAVIRUS AND NOTABILITY IS DYING ON ME. I’m so stressed, please update and get these bugs fixed, I’m so done with the random page jumps.Version: 9.3.2

Dark Mode is Poorly ExecutedThis is the best note taking app I used on my iPad. I like how this app can detect when the iPad's in dark mode however, the way it was integrated to the actual notebooks/paper is flakey at best. I’m one of those people who set their devices to dark mode based on the time of day of sunrise/set because we want the screen want to adapt to our ambient surroundings to minimise eye strain. The papers, in my notebooks, don’t auto change from white to black. It feels like I’m holding the sun on my hands burning my eyes as 90% of the screen is now extremely bright! I thought it wasn’t end of the world because you change the colour of paper yourself. But when I changed the colour, expected all off my black writing to turn white (the stock Notes app can do that; it’s embarrassing!). It didn’t. Now most of the notes are unreadable because now the inks are blended to the background! The only work around to this is enabling, not “Smart” but, “Classic Invert” under the iPad Settings. This shouldn’t even need to be a work around. This app is paid and the stock built-in can do it! This looks very easy to implement. They could even give us (the users) the option to set the inks to one colour for light mode/paper and another one for dark. Please fix this; I can guarantee this will improve productivity to us and WILL an elegant solution for us (mostly) students who got hit with insomnia.Version: 10.1.3

My number one note taking appNotability is back to my number one note taking app. It is now possible to create diagrams with shapes that are just lines. Not solid shapes. The script to text works well. My regular script to text app is NEBO, but that all I use NEBO for. Notability is the only app I use for research and note taking. For research I like the way I can have two documents open as well as thumbnails. Easily referring to notes as I write is fantastic. The thumbnails enable me to easily flag large research documents with my chosen criteria. Just brilliant. The interface is simple and it works quickly and intuitively. Good notes 5 is great but notability is my first choice..Version: 10.1.5

The primary reason I bought an iPad was for this appThis is a fantastic notes app. I find the ability to tie sound to my typing is really useful for recall. It’s really the main reason I bought an iPad..Version: 9.0.1

Works very well but still has some bugsThe app is very intuitive to use but sometimes when I open the pages, it ends up really blurry and doesn’t load properly..Version: 10.3.3

Overall, A Really great appSomething that I really liked about notability was the simple and intuitive layout. This made it really easy for me to organize my notes and help me maintain order with my notes. Another thing that I really liked was all of the new updates that really helped with making things run more smoothly (i.e. the favorites bar, being able to search for key words within the notes themselves instead of just the title, and the magnifying glass). Some areas of improvement would be being able to adjust the shape of the magnifying box because there are sometimes when I’m trying to edit a specific place and the magnifying box just doesn’t fit right. Another thing would be to be able to open more than two notes at once. This would come in handy for those to do notes simultaneously on multiple sections. It would also be cool if when your in portrait mode for the notes you have the option to be able to stack the notes top of one another instead of seeing them side. Then one last area of adjustment would be to be able to have a bookmarked notes bar like how there is a bookmarked pages (within each notes) bar. It would make jumping between two desired note documents a little bit easier. Anyways, that’s it from me. Thank you for making a really great app. Totally looking foreword to what’s in store for the future of this app..Version: 10.2.4

Best most productive app I’ve ever usedCan’t recommend highly enough I use this every day..Version: 10.1.5

So Good but needs more color!I love this app. I bought it years ago and never used it on my phone, but since getting an iPad it has become one of my most used apps both for work and for personal use. It works so well and I haven’t seen any glitches or issues with the features. I will say the color choices for paper backgrounds are lacking and I would really love to see some improvements there. We should be able to choose the background from a full spectrum color palette like the pens and highlighters. Yes you could use the highlighter to change the paper color, but it only changes the section of the page that is currently on the screen. When you scroll down to continue your note and try to highlight in the new background colors, you end up overlapping the previously colored areas and end up with sections that are discolored. More line templates, like for handwritten check lists would also be appreciated. I don’t care about the themes, I’m happy with black, but to be honest the paid options aren’t even remotely tempting. Not good choices..Version: 9.4.7

Noise in the recordingNotability is a must have app when I am in a meeting. It helps me out in lots of situations with the notes and recordings. As most of time I will playback the recordings, the noise made by the pencil hitting the screen really annoy me. Could developer or anyone have any idea to reduce that noise? Thanks! Ok, after a little study, no one click solution right now. But if I were the developer of it, I would value this feature because recording is one of the unique feature of Notability compared to other note apps like GoodNotes. The app knows when the pencil hit the screen and a clear sample of the noise is quite easy to collect. There are great possibilities to get the job done in a grace way..Version: 7.3.1

Very useful appThis is probably one of the best purchases I’ve ever made for my iPad. I primarily use Notability to store pdf documents into handy topic folders, but as a tutor, I also use it a lot for marking student work. Whatever the format the work is sent in, I can save it as a pdf to write on. The ability to change ink colour, highlight and also add text is very useful. I can email documents directly from the app, which makes things much easier. I’ve also created leaflets / posters and have even used the app to do a spot of colouring in! The app is changing and developing and is getting better and better. Highly recommended for teachers!!.Version: 9.4.7

Some suggestionsI have been using this app since the ipad education came out, I was so exceited when I got my apple pencil and an ipad that supports apple pencil. I have been taking notes on my ipad since then. It has been great and Notability has been my favourite app for note taking. So huge thanks to Notability developers! I have an idea that could really improve work flow. When I take notes, I sometimes copy a page from another document, it would be wonderful if there is an option to link these pages together so that I change something on a page, the linked pages in other documents could change automatically. I am not a software engineer so I don’t know if this is possible, but it would be great to see that function comes out one day. Finally one more question, when I use text tool to create a editing box, it delays for quite a bit sometimes, any idea why that happens?.Version: 10.1.6

Fantastic with the Apple PencilI bought Notability and GoodNotes 5 to compare them both, Notability is, in my opinion, a lot easier and nicer to use. I wasn’t happy to see handwriting recognition being a paid option (it’s standard in goodnotes) but this didn’t deter me. I’ve found myself never using goodnotes! If you want the ultimate app that seamlessly works with the Apple Pencil, this is the one for you! Edit: It would be fantastic to see the ability to choose what is stored on iCloud and what is stored locally, that way I can store old notes on iCloud and have notes I’m still using available straight away. If this is already a feature, how do I use it?.Version: 10.2.6

Simply awesomeThis is the best note taking app I’ve come across so far. Can record voice (sound) while you are writing or drawing. Then when you play, the writing or drawing gets “animated” along with the sound. If somebody is explaining something while drawing, you can replay exactly what he/she explained on the notebook. It is like watching a video. Simply awesome. I just installed “paper like” screen protector on top of the existing tempered glass screen protector and drawing or writing in notability is like drawing on real paper. I am going completely paper less..Version: 10.2.4

Continually the best in classThis has been the de facto note taking app for both my personal and business life. It spread throughout my organisation and is used by a very large percentage of my clients. The biggest part of this is the ability to record sessions as well as take notes. This then gets sync'd across all platforms allowing workflow to cross over when and where you need it most. Draw, annotate PDFs, share, print, export - it just works. Having updated my iPad to an iPad Pro, the addition of the Apple Pencil has added yet another dimension to the whole note-taking experience. Support is great, the app is simply the best..Version: 7.2.1

Great appI absolutely love this app. Between work, school, and life, this app helps with notes, and my planners for everything. It’s so much more convenient to carry my iPad around rather than a bunch of books. This app is very user friendly, making it very easy to take notes and convert from the pen to highlighter, etc. You can even search your own handwriting and text from a pdf that has been uploaded in the same file which makes it easy to go back and look for something specific instantly rather than scroll through pages of notes. Great app!!! Update: I recently tried to access my notes on my iPhone, but half of the files wouldn’t sync between the ipad and my phone, which was annoying. I had down time to study and couldn’t because they wouldn’t sync. The only way to fix was to duplicate the file on the ipad so it would sync to my phone. It wasn’t a huge deal for that day, but could potentially be a major issue down the line if you don’t have the original device you used for the notes. Other than that, I still think it’s a great app and recommend it to anyone who is switching to digital notes and who doesn’t want to carry around a bunch of binders/notebooks!.Version: 8.3.3

AppLove it!.Version: 10.3.2

SignReally enjoying this app if there will be a possibility of getting esign that would make life much easier..Version: 10.1.6

Perfect For StudentsThis app is my go to app for anything I do in school. It has made taking notes fun and easy. And now after using this app for a little over a year and a half, I can absolutely say that this is my favorite note taking app. Practically everything that I do for school is on this app, which when paired to my phone makes it a breeze to quickly scroll through my notes at any time. The writing feels fluid with great options for size and colors. Importing files and documents is extremely easy and fast. On tops of this, the line straitening and shape recognition is amazingly useful and easy, without being intrusive or correcting things that were not meant to be corrected. My one issue I have is with organization. Especially towards the end of the year when I have hundreds of notes and files, they can often be lost in the clutter. I have found ways around this by specifically labeling my files so all of my notes, quizzes, tests, and handouts are all sorted by category alphabetically, but I wish there was a way to put folders inside of subjects. This app is my favorite, but to make it the best it really needs a better way to organize files inside of subjects. Again, I cant imagine creating folders inside of subjects would be hard do and I really hope they include this soon in an update..Version: 10.0

Best app for note taking & general typing documentsThis is a brilliant app that I pretty much use daily in high school. There is *almost* nothing to hate about this app. The overall interface is extremely easy to use. Someone could easily know what to do without needing a tutorial! If you can afford it, I would recommend this app 10/10. However, ther are a few things I would like to see. Firstly, the ability to change the orientation of pages. Secondly, the ability to add a table. I find myself needing to do this time and time again and it frustrates me that I’m not able to do it in the app itself. Lastly, the ability to make shared documents where multiple people can edit and annotate on a singular document, similar to the way Microsoft does it. However, these are just small blemishes on an overall great app!.Version: 9.4.7

Love this appBeen using this app for school since 4 years ago and never lets me down. Love love love it..Version: 9.3.4

My Favourite App on iPad.Have been using fully upgraded version of Notability for over a year now and despite the slickness of the pencil on the screen, it’s definitely the best notes app I’ve tried for versatility and functions. Only thing I miss which I’d love to see implemented in a future update is the inclusion of lined paper template with red margin, as most of my work notes could be even more organised with margined sub-notes. Any chance of such an update? It’s not enough to be able to export on margined template as it’s not possible to judge where it is, before exporting to cloud storage. Otherwise, still my go to app. Superb and well worth its small outlay for extra features..Version: 10.5.1

Awesome AppI use this for notes for a course I am doing and it’s great for printing the drawings I do and definitely worthwhile having this app.Version: 9.3.4

Great but ...I have both notability and GoodNotes and can say this app is by far better and more user friendly. I love using it and taking notes on it HOWEVER, when i tried to name two subjects as “week 1” for different dividers it didn’t allow me which was frustrating. I like organising my each subjects by their time and week but this doesn’t let me do that and i have to put everything together and probably spend more time later to find them! Please, fix this issue or at least add the option to have files with similar names. Thanks.Version: 8.4.3

Very helpful with my studyI’m very happy with using notability to assist with my study. I’m going paperless since I have downloaded this app. I like how it can group different subjects into different folders. It is just so user friendly compare to other study app I have been used. Several suggests: 1. It might be better if we can create folders inside each subclass so for each subject I can have lecture notes in one folder and revision notes or past papers in another folder. I think that will be better than making all notes in the same folder. 2. When we zoom out of the note to try to view two page at the same time it will be better if we can put two pages next to each other. Now we can only scroll up and down. 3. It will be great if each note can be marked or flagged. I’m revising for my final exams now and I would like to mark the notes I have went through so when I come back to it next time I can easily know where to keep going..Version: 9.1.6

Good jobThe new update knocked it out of the park. The team listens to the users and this is the best app ever..Version: 9.2

Absolutely the best note taking app for iPadI’ve been using this app for 6 years, all throughout high school and into my sophomore year of college. It is honestly the best app I’ve ever used for notes. It’s so easy to convert notes to PDFs and import almost any type of file, even pictures! It’s also great for writing, and I love that they have a left handed mode for all of us lefties. It makes it so much easier to write. There are also different types of paper that you can use to personalize your notes! The latest update allows you to view 2 notes at the same time, and you can write on one while recording the other! Definitely the best feature for me! The only things I would want to change is to add more colors and themes. The selection is already great of both, but I am a little bored with having to use the same selection over and over. I also think an improvement would be to let people create folders within folders or subjects. This would help me further organize my notes. Honestly though, I love everything about this app!.Version: 8.2.9

Almost thereThis has app has been amazing for my uni lectures and revision, with how easy and quick it it is to write something down with Apple Pencil and import my lecturers notes from blackboard, however I would really have appreciated an easier way on making geometric shapes and the current way notability has given us is rather difficult to use. It would also be a nice touch to have the highlighter tool to not over shade it self whist you take the the Apple Pencil of the page and then reapply it. To me this make my notes look a little untidy and stops me from neatly showing areas that needs to be concentrated on. Don’t get me wrong although I have pointed out a couple of things that make me truly love the app, I would still highly recommend the to any one who is wanting to go paperless and have an easy time doing so.Version: 7.3.2

The best note taking appTrust me, I have tried most of them and listened to many reviews. This is by far the best note taking app. best this game for me is that it syncs smoothly between I pad and the Mac book. Notes are also on my phone if I need a quick reference. The reason I bought an IPad is this app. IT is helping me immensely with my studies and it is sold for peanuts for it’s potential. Please don’t change a thing. Only one suggestion, if you could, addition of shapes,tables. I can live without it if not doable. Please don’t do anything that would compromise the stability of the app. Thanks for a fantastic app and keep up the good work..Version: 8.3.3

Initially fantastic app now rendered uselessI adored everything about this app and it had become the only app I used for note-taking. Excellent features, great handwriting feel (far superior to Notes app) and the recording feature is so useful in so many work/study contexts. HOWEVER, a few updates ago, the iCloud backup feature made the app need to re-download EVERY note each time I re-enter the app. You cannot open the note while re-downloading and this can take anywhere from 2-10 minutes (no exaggeration, and the app must be open to do so)! This means I can never quickly access my notes! Quickly switching in and out of the app within minutes, even with Background App Refresh disabled, causes everything to re-download. Extremely frustrating; particularly at work when important information is in a past note and I’m forced to idly wait and make others wait until I can access it. I need to access my notes across devices but turning off iCloud is the only impracticable option. This has rendered the app useless to me now. GINGER LABS, PLEASE FIX THIS ERROR! 🙏🏽.Version: 7.1

Great app but drains the batteryI really enjoy using Notability to take notes, however it drained a lot of battery that it became impossible not to charge my iPad during classes. I only just found the solution online by myself which is go to setting and turn on Notability’s safe mode. I wish I’d known this right after I downloaded the app though. I think the responsibility of correcting this issue should have lied on the provider not the customers. Except of this, it’s really great, highly recommend it!!.Version: 10.2.4

Fantastic appSimple, functional, and very useful. All I want to do is take nice notes, and this app allows just that. Also the audio recording function is top notch. Cloud integration is super handy. One gripe I have though is I hate the icon. It looks incredibly outdated, while the rest of the app does not. This might only be a small issue but really there’s not much else wrong with this app. Great job..Version: 8.4.8

Notability one year inHaving the notes embedded into the timeline of the voice recorder is such a useful feature. The filing also works very well for business use. I downloaded the add on to convert handwriting into text. This has proved to be accurate enough and useful for tidying up notes after the event. I would love to see the graphics side given the capability to have layers as can be difficult when working with multiple items - the item you click on is pushed on top of everything else which isn’t always wanted. Otherwise this is a great app for iPad. Would definitely recommend..Version: 10.3.5

Love Notability!I absolutely love Notability! The main reason I am writing this review though is because Notability could make one change. More fonts! Other word-processing applications like Word and Google Docs have access to hundreds of fonts, while Notability gives you.. maybe 20? I would love an update with more fonts! EDIT: Thank you GingerLabs for reaching out! I downloaded iFont and I’m in love with it! I’m so happy with all of the fonts available (I must have downloaded a hundred already)! I wish I’d known about this sooner, but I’m anything but disappointed! However, I have noticed that writing over images with the pencil and highlighter tools has gotten much more difficult. If I try to add dots or tiny lines, it deletes what I was trying to draw, and instead selects the image. From my experience before, I don’t recall being allowed to select images while using the pencil tool. Regardless if that statement is accurate, I would love a mode that is only drawing, and doesn’t allow text or the ability to select images. (Maybe like a drawing mode that can be toggled on and off from the top bar within the notes).Version: 9.0.5

Revolutionised my (editing) lifeWhen you’re on the move and have to edit documents or sign things Notability is a life saver. Saves printing and scanning, or clunky comments and mark ups which take forever to do. I’ve also used it for more creative landscaping designs. Importing Office docs is a bit problematic, and you have to save them as a PDF, is a bit of a hassle and trying to edit photos (eg resize) was a nightmare for something that should be straight-forward. I think the new version has improved that - am yet to try. All up, love it..Version: 9.0.4

Great app, a few suggestionsI love using Notability, it's well worth the money I paid. I have a few suggestions: - please fix the highlighter so you can choose if it overlays your written text or lies underneath it - implement some basic tap guestures, especially if the apple pencil is active, like tap with two fingers to undo and three fingers to redo - basic screen recording/replay feature (I'm aware that there is something similar with the audiocapture, but when you're switching between apps that in itself is a little buggy) - options for pen pressure sensitivity (I love it but I know many others don't) - more export formats like word doc, jpgs or pngs would be super handy, pdf doesn't always play nice on mobile - I'm not sure if this is in works but when iPad OS releases please allow there to be multiple instances of Notability active at the same time - does the palm rejection/tap rejection work by straight up disabling the bottom half of the note so it doesn't interfere with someone using the apple pencil? it can be buggy where it zooms in and then freezes, needing a restart - is there a desktop app in the works? i would love to be able to login and jump right into working immediately rather than export and upload to a cloud drive or email it to myself thanks for developing a great app!.Version: 9.0.5

Importing documents etc.Every since the newest iPadOS 13.1.2 software update, the option to import documents, pdf files, lecture slides etc. has become unusually difficult. I can no longer import these onto Notability as it will download up to 50-80% and just stop downloading or shut down. Before the update I would have to option to “share to notability” or “copy to notability” and this would simply import what I needed with ease. However, since the software update I do not have these options anymore and have to click on the notability icon to import documents etc. but this would only download/ import them up to 50-80% then cease to stop. This has made using the app to study during university difficult and I was wondering if anyone else has had this problem or if there is a fix. And yes I have updated Notability, and it still won’t allow me to import documents into the app..Version: 9.1.3

Great app! Hard to faultEnjoying it so far, been testing various things out for the past month before I use it this semester at uni. Overall the standard of the app is really high and I think it’s well worth the money if you’re remotely serious about electronic notes. Some things I’d love to see are: A darker line that separates pages, or better yet a small gap as well. I suspect no gap was a conscious decision by the developer/s for continuity (fantastic for maths), but it’s too easy to miss when a page starts and ends, and I’d like my notes to be legible as PDF’s in future, so making the page end line darker would be great. Also the available size of the lines for writing and graph paper are a bit of an awkward size for me. I write on my 12.9” iPad mostly in portrait mode, and I can’t write on the small line size as it’s too small, and the medium size does work, but it’s so spaced apart that I’m unable to actually fit much onto a page. 2/3 of what I write on a regular paper notebook at best. Everyone will have different needs here due to different iPad sizes and writing in portrait vs landscape, but a few more line sizes would be really appreciated. Keep up the great work guys :).Version: 8.4.3

Gets what’s in my head onto technology!I can't recommend this app enough! Along with my Apple Pencil it has changed the way I work and study. I always thought that I work better with pad and pen, and this allows me to do that without reams of paper lying all over my room. It’s best things are the organisational nature of it, it’s ease to pull up and start writing, and ability to change and move written things with ease. The only slight issue is the pencil-text feature, which is partly down to my handwriting and I knew that would be an issue. But it is a great resource that helps me get jottings and ideas onto a sheet of paper that I can add and move around better than in real life!.Version: 10.2.2

Best app hands downI’ve tried notability, good notes, and some other note taking apps, and notability is by far the best app created. Super simple UI along with flawless PDF editing make notability stand above the crowd. And let’s not forget it’s amazing audio recording feature. Finally, the snipping tool is much much better than GoodNotes, and folder interface is also much cleaner..Version: 10.1.5

Worth Every PennyThis note taking app has been amazing for note taking throughout my bachelor of nursing, absolutely seamless functionality and great custom features. I’m able to write naturally or type as it fits, create diagrams, concept maps and share notes easily. A few other girls in my class swear by this app as well, I would recommend to any student who likes to take organised and personal notes. BUJO feature additions have also been fabulous for diary keeping and personal notes outside of class, overall great app..Version: 9.0.5

RecommendationsLove notability! We could have more theme options though which some may be free like simple ones and others priced. It would be really helpful if there was a built in dictionary where I select a word and definition would come up! Love the pen colour options!! Keep up the great work guys! Helped me a lot during uni!.Version: 9.1

Best app everI use it everyday for school and it saves me so much time and energy! I love it! 10/10 would recommend..Version: 8.4.5

Great appI love this app so much, it has help me to go completely paperless as a student all my notes in one spot. Accessible anywhere on my Mac, iPad or phone. I would really love for the developers to add an option to merge multiple files together in the app..Version: 10.3.5

9 years on and still my favourite note taking appI've used Notability most days since 2012, so I guess I'm fairly qualified now to write a review. I've also used most of the alternatives but I stick with it. Why? Recording - syncs with your notes so click on handwriting and hear audio at time of writing. Unique feature and indispensable once you've used it. File size - i have over a thousand notes on my Ipad, many with recordings included. Notability has a much smaller file size than Goodnotes which makes this size of archive possible. It also makes for much faster syncing between my devices. Reliability - have found it to be rock solid reliable in comparison with many alternatives. Any bugs are squashed quickly. No good having fancy features if an app is glitching while you're taking notes in a lecture or meeting. Value - few paid updates since original purchase and all of those were optional. I've bought Goodnotes multiple times for upgrades in the same time frame. Thanks ginger labs for listening to user feedback and bringing us the features we need without spoiling the simplicity of the app. One request though, ability to create link to notes that can be used in task manager / external document. Keep up the great work..Version: 10.3.3

Really appreciate the way it keeps update the changeAfter try so many different apps, this is the best one I ever use, will recommend to try..Version: 10.4.4

I really love this app.It is one of the best app I ever downloaded. It has saved my lots of time for paper printing and sending. It is easily synchronised with my Multifunctional printer. I have recommended to my whole team of 20 people in my company to use this app once they have IPad now most of them using this app and all are extremely happy with the user friendly experience..Version: 9.3.2

Great app and can still be improvedThis app works brilliantly, it’s easy to write notes, annotate things, and more. The only things I do hope are added are the ability to create sub folders not just dividers, and a way to switch colours on the fly like a little swatch on the side or if you hold/double tap and hold with your finger or something you can quickly switch to another colour. (I make this comment as I use this app to take lecture notes and it would make it easier to keep up speed/a flow when taking notes).Version: 9.3.1

Great app, room for basic improvementThis app is great and useful for note taking and has made me a lot more productive in my studies, however, I wish I could just do simple things like double tap to undo, and the web clip function being more advanced. I find it very frustrating that I can’t move the web clip around the page after I’ve placed it, and I can’t capture an article with something like scrolling capture. Other than this, I’ve found it very helpful..Version: 7.2.1

A potential feature requestHey love the app. Would love to see a way to have a sub selection of the colour swatches pinned to the top of the icons navbar. This would help a ton when I’m trying to colour code my notes! Cheers.Version: 9.4.4

Great but more featuresLike most others notability is a very clean application to use. I would just like to see more features such as automatic circles. Reading the other reviews there are a lot of other features that I would like to see too. Will update rating when a automatic circle program is made..Version: 8.2.9

Program hangs, a lotThere is so much to love about this app, but I cannot get past the point that it’s primary purpose is to be a note taker, and, when being used for it’s primary purpose, it hangs. A lot. When you are in the middle of taking notes, and the software freezes, you have to stop taking notes, you have to stop paying attention to what is being said or shown on the PowerPoint presentation, and you have to attend to your notetaking program which won’t let you take notes. You end up missing significant chunks of what you purchased the app to help you chronicle in the first place. Sometimes the hang resolves after a minute or so of doing nothing. Other times the only way I can get Notability to work again is to power off my iPad and power it back on. This, of course, takes so long that it is intolerably intrusive. I am running Notability on a new 2018 iPad Pro with the latest software update. Again, if your main purpose is for taking notes during a lecture or a meeting or a conversation, you cannot rely on this program..Version: 8.4.7

Great!This is a great app and does exactly what I need it to do. The palm detection feature while writing is nearly flawless. The organization of notes and other capabilities make it my preference over other productivity applications..Version: 10.3.2

Tabs and option for split screenThe notability app is great for students with an ipad but something that would improve the app experience more is the ability to open two files on one screen. (Split screen) If you could open lets say, a lecture slide on one side of the screen and a tutorial on the other side it would be easier than swapping back and forth between them trying to get what you need. Also a tabs bar at the top of what you have opened would be a great idea so you can swap between files with a simple tap..Version: 9.2.6

Almost perfect but PICTURES DON’T MOVE WITH TEXTI had been planning to buy an iPad for almost a year because of this app and THERE’S JUST ONE MAJOR FLAW which is making it so hard for me to study. The pictures do not move with text. I cannot even describe how frustrating this is. Inserting the picture, drawing on the picture and even TYPING around the picture is amazing. The problem is when you want to go back and edit what you’ve already written, or you realise “actually I want to add another picture there” or for whatever reason you want to go back and make a small adjustment. When you do this, all the text moves but the PICTURES DO NOT and it takes so much time to readjust everything after adding something as small as one sentence. Notability - please please please fix this! I love everything else about your app, but this one issue has made me download another note-taking app because of the time it takes to readjust everything in order to make some small changes. Also - please add TABLES!! A lot of students organise information in tables and it’s frustrating to have to use a different app to make a table then screenshot and insert into my notes 😔.Version: 9.3.2

Great for UniI got this app on both my iPad and MacBook and it is the best upgrade I’ve ever made to help with uni work. I can easily import my lecture slide PDFs into notability and then annotate them. Then later when I need to search through all my notes I have them all on my laptop and can search through the entire library for keywords, making it extremely easy to revise and find specific information. It might not be the cheapest option out there but it’s 100% worth your money and superior over all the other note taking apps I’ve tried..Version: 10.5.1

Almost PerfectHello, I hope you are well. Let me begin my telling you that Notability is my favorite and most important app. The interaction I’ve had with you has been great, and I believe that all of you at Ginger Labs are wonderful. However, I am limited in what I can do with Notability, because as the Tactical Operations Bureau Commander for a major American police department, leading SWAT, Bomb Squad, Crisis Negotiations, and Fugitive Appreciation operators, I cannot fully utilize Notability to its potential due to the lack of proper security. I respectfully request that you utilize the readily available Apple API’s and include Touch/Face ID and encrypt this otherwise wonderful app, so that those protecting America’s safety and freedom can carry the sensitive information on our iOS devices that we need to. 8 out of 10 apps on my iPhone and iPad have touch/face ID, so I don’t understand why the finest notes app available lags behind in this important feature. I would gladly pay for this feature, and I hope that you will add it sooner than later. This is far more important than the emoji search that was added in 8.1. Thank you for considering this request. Be well, be safe, and God Bless!.Version: 8.1

Great but it could be perfectAre use notability every day as a uni student, and it is the best note taking app I’ve ever used. This is why it’s so frustrating that the small features that letter down could be so easily remedied. Small things like being able to add space would make a huge difference, say I’m going back to some of my old lecture notes and on page 4 I want to add a few lines of writing, there is no easy way to create the space other than make a whole new page, which more often than not doesn’t link in with the note well at all. Also shape making on the app is little better than awful. I used to use one note and it had both these features nailed and they are the only things I miss. Also I feel like recently notability has been using a lot more battery life than it used to on my 2018 iPad Pro. These are very minor annoyances however, and overall I love the app..Version: 10.2.3

Obsessed.... but have to fix some recent glitchesMy favorite app ever- changed my life while trying to juggle my crazy workload in grad school (I use it with my iPad so I can take notes with the Apple Pencil directly onto my slides)- amazing! The only thing though as of recently, Notability keeps freezing/unexpectedly quitting on me (I guess since the newest update?!). Luckily, other than losing a few seconds-minutes of recordings in class while trying to get the app back on, all material is recovered. However, it’s extremely frustrating and a nuisance when trying to obviously be productive. Also, there HAS to be a way for the developer to find a way to select/copy multiple pages at once, I can’t understand how that’s still not a tool on Notability at this point in time.... This is probably my biggest frustration with the app, because I need to transfer or delete 1+ slides pretty frequently (sometimes 50+ !!) and it makes it soo time consuming to do individually(not to mention, recently, ends up freezing and quitting while doing so!). With a few more updates this app will be EVEN MORE AMAZING!.Version: 9.0.6

Best Notetaking App I foundI’ve been using this app for years, and appreciate all the updates that have occurred since then. This app has sufficed all my note taking needs, in and out of the classroom. One feature I would like to see is the ability to rename recordings, and possibly to attach these recordings to individual pages. One thing I’ve tried doing this semester is have the recording function on while at a lecture, but having numerous recordings in a file that grows daily is difficult with the current set up. If you don’t remember the time stamp or recording number for a particular point, you have to guess and listen for a bit to see if it’s right. It’s either that, or guess based on the date the notes were recorded. If you could at least rename the audio files, the app would be more useful. It would also be nice if you could change the paper style of individual pages, as well as a feature that easily allows you to draw geometric shapes (adding a figure on top of a graph sticky or any other element get tricky when you click on the wrong one. Sometimes because of that, the graph background ends up on top, and the figure behind it, rendering it useless). There aren’t really any visible bugs with this version of the app, Would recommend for someone looking for a suitable note taking app, whether it’s handwritten or type. I think the addition of a few features would make it better..Version: 8.2.7

Overall terrific but...I wish that the “missing font” pop up wouldn’t change all of my font to a different one.Version: 10.3.3

Amazing appNotability is amazing and worth all the money I’ve spent on it. As a University student I love the flexibility that this app has with lots of easy to use controls and most importantly, lots of backup options with iCloud syncing. I also paid extra for the search and handwriting recognition which is amazing as it allows me to search through text books in seconds for either my own handwriting or text in the book. I would really like to see them add a ruler and protractor tool as there have been times when drawing diagrams or doing assignments when I have needed to be more accurate but other than that I can’t complain about anything. If you need a note taking app, this is the one to get!.Version: 10.1.4

A brilliant utility for scientists and mathematiciansI’ve been using Notability for some years, and currently store over 2800 documents, most of which are mathematical, scientific and related papers. Notability allows me to organise these by discipline, subject and author, giving me an essential rapid access method which, if in paper format, would require multiple filing cabinets and cumbersome cataloguing. I can annotate and add any document at whim, and add diagrams and graphs with ease. The import and export of PDFs has greatly improved in recent upgrades. I also use Notability for personal scientific project management and conference note-taking. All this in one location on my IPAD. Couldn’t ask for more!.Version: 9.3.2

Reliable, smooth appReally happy w Notability. Have been using for a few years as my app for reading and marking up pdfs and its smooth and stable. i like that you can mark up an add pages in the middle of a pdf with notes. The new favourites palette is great, and I like they are providing some stationery options. My wishlist for additional features: - I love that it has split screen support but i wish i could do a split screen to see two pdfs in Notability at the same time - more options for stamps / stickers and the ability to add them to a hovering palette like favourites - more stationery options.Version: 10.1.1

There is no otherThere isn’t an app for note taking that is as useful and simple to use, as this one. I paid the full amount and bought it. Very happy with that decision. I only wish they made their Mac app better. Would be awesome to just use google to log in , as I back up my notes on google drive anyway. That would make syncing work across devices much easier. Always looking forward to new updates!.Version: 10.3.3

Amazing app but..This is an amazing app I’d give 9/10. However I’d give 10/10 if it had an auto deselection functionality for the eraser. It gets annoying when you manually have to either double tap on the pencil or click on screen..Version: 10.4.3

Absolutely amazing app.Absolutely amazing app. As an accounting student, i use this app for all notes & everthing. All sorted. Love it. Must have.Version: 9.3.5

Room for some improvementThis app is awesome. However, it is not versatile and has collaboration with only handful of other apps. I was wanted to add a picture from my OneDrive, but you can only add pictures from your pictures library!! Common, this app needs to open up a bit more! Otherwise, most functions are simple enough to use it quickly. I will continue using this app with a hope that it will improve in near future..Version: 9.1.8

Selecting Tool BugWhen I select a group of notes to resize, it sometimes bounces back into its original size multiple times before it finally gets resized. Kind of annoying..Version: 10.3.5

Office paper usage almost nilI use this app with an apple pencil which is great for hand written note taking.... I no longer use paper note pads and the best thing on top of that is that I can find notes easily..... unlike before, going through all my paper notes and ‘hoping’ to find what I’m looking for. I used to periodically go through my paper notes and photograph and send them to Evernote... I don’t have to do that anymore. I take my iPad to meetings and use it to jot down my notes, refer to previous notes etc. I highly recommend this app.. especially if you are wanting to go paperless. 👍.Version: 9.2.1

Everything you need for note takingI’ve been using this for while now and have found it to be the perfect note taking app for me. It does the basics extremely well. After all, you would expect a note making app to be excellent at being able to take notes right? The handwriting experience when using the zoom box feature in conjunction with a decent stylus is flawless in my opinion, and notes look and feel like you have hand written them on paper when you’ve done. A good selection of pens and paper and an effective system for managing your notes and notebooks, all synched with your cloud solution of choice, of course. I showed this to my daughter when she started university and as well as now using it for all her lecture notes (sometimes with the recording feature), including annotation of PDF handouts, she has turned its use into an art form! Her notes, sketches, inserted diagrams and hand written formulas are beautiful to look at, and now form an effective part of learning. This is a great app and would highly recommend it..Version: 7.2.4

Best note taking appPleaseee get back to the previous UI. This one is small and not beautiful. Awesome app. Would you please add ruler, triangle, and protractor? Or just a ruler that shows the angle too. Something like what MS OneNote has. This will be a great feature for this awesome app. Thank you :) Finally some important issues were addresses. Thank you. Now you deserve 5 stars. This is an old comment: I left this comment Zillion years ago! And nothing has changed! The horizontal pagination is so important. It can make this app a very professional ebook/pdf reader. And please integrate it with iCloud, so you can have access the files on icloud. Now we just able to make a backup on icloud. Older comment: Everything is perfect, but would you please add a horizontal single-page pagination like other pdf annotators. It's very difficult to read big pdf files this way. Would you please also add a scroll button/bar to scroll fast through the file? Also, it would be great if the tool bar becomes hidden if you tap the screen. Thank you :).Version: 10.2.4

Great App, but some extra features would be niceThis is genuinely a fantastic application; I continuously use it to read scientific papers (PDF) and take notes on a side page. But I would love to see some features that are embedded in a PDF document * PDF’s self dividers: most of the scientific journal contain dividers within the paper for sections and chapters, it would be great for organisational purposes to have those in notability as well * Bug: while in dual screen mode, if I take note via the magnifier the slider of the other screen remains in the middle of the screen until I activate that screen. Note that this is not iPad's dual-screen mode but notability’s. * Latex support: maybe this is too much expectation, but latex support would be great!!! * Ability to open the same note in double screen mode to be able to see and note two pages at the same time * Ability to rotate magnifier to write sideways * ability to cut section of the note alongside the added figures and move using the scissors tool. Note that these are minor comments, and maybe I'm just not aware of some features. Its an overall great app and I very much enjoy using it..Version: 9.3.4

Great app but I have one bit of feedbackThis is a truly great app. I have tried other note taking app’s but this is by far the easiest to use, has a lot of features, and pretty good voice to text recognition. One thing that I waste a lot of time on in this app, however, is that it seems to be programmed to have two spaces after a full stop. The old convention used to be two spaces after a full stop, however, it has now been a long time that the new convention is just one space after full stop. This means that I need to frequently erase the extra space added by the app. Also when I am doing dictation, the app tries to add in an extra space before starting again so I have to constantly go back, stop it, erase it and then start again. It’s quite annoying. So, in short, if the next release can just have ONE space after the full stop that would be amazing. Thank you..Version: 9.3.4

Great app, just a few notes....I love this app, and its really justified using the Apple Pencil for note taking for me. The UI is simple and fairly intuitive, though I would have liked to see more multi-touch gestures to make the flow of working simpler, like a two-finger tap to undo for example, instead of having to tap a button. I’m a lefty, so this means i have to reach across the screen to undo anything. Is there an option for a re-do button also? It would also be nice to be able to import text from other apps into text boxes, instead of jamming them onto the page. These little tweaks would make this already very useable app even better!.Version: 10.1

Getting me through college - WITH AN iPAD!!First off, kudos for making a KILLER APP! I started school last semester dumping tons of money into a new computer but little did I know that this gem of an app would make my iPad pro the ONLY device that I need. I have the keyboard for typing, the pencil for writing and with the latest update I can’t wait to try the handwriting recognition! I must say, the best $10 i’ve ever spent on an app, HANDS DOWN! After starting college as an adult, 15 years after high school I had no idea i’d be able to carry a lightweight iPad and just a couple of accessories to do all that I need. My handwritten notes look so good on this app that my classmates ask me to email my notes to them and recording the lectures has made reviewing so easy with my busy schedule. I’ve tried them all and trust me, this app is truly the killer note-taking solution. Just buy it, you won’t regret it. Overall very stable, excellent backup options and i’m telling you the handwriting looks so good and the built-in recording just makes it a must. DO IT!!.Version: 8.0

Overall, an excellent note taking appThe level of organisation notability provides is exceptional, and the capability to link google and Dropbox accounts to the app and still back up all notes to them is a clever feature. I love the simplicity of the user interface while working on a document and I find this to be superior in Notability than in other note taking apps like GoodNotes. My only issue is that when importing files from Dropbox to notability like word docs or PDFs, it sends a duplicate of the same file, which is a bit of an inconvenience to remove every time I import a file. Furthermore, I believe the shape detection feature can be improved, as I have found on multiple occasions that the app cannot recognise and correct some shapes that I wish to draw (GoodNotes seems to perform this particular feature better than Notability). Otherwise, Notability is one of the best, if not the best note taking app for the iPad..Version: 9.1.3

I use it for pretty much everythingArt, art theory, languages, forms, articles and so so that needs heavy format and highlighted connotations, this app is their nutshell. Without it my desk will be nothing but mountains of paper paper paper..Version: 10.0.2

So Far so GoodBeen using the app for a few days recently and love it. After years of struggling to find a good note taking app i think notability has done it for me. Only a few things I would like to see to make this app irreplaceable. The ability to add video that play in notes not just links that open web tabs, the ability to change paper on the mac os app, subdividers would be so useful and lastly a toggle feature like in notion would allow for so many students to make flashcards and practise active recall without having to get anki as well and would make the app go from great thing to have to an absolute pre requisite for any student Update App stopped syncing to mac then lost all my files. :(.Version: 9.3.5

Audio recording crashingThis used to be one of the slickest apps on my ipad. Its best feature used to be the ability to record audio whilst handwriting notes (the app ties the handwriting to the audio file so your writing appears/“plays” on the screen during audio playback in time with the audio). It used to let you continue to record audio whilst multitasking to other apps too which was great and used to be incredibly reliable. Since an update about 3-4 months ago however, if you are recording audio the app consistently crashes when you multitask to another app. When returning to Notability, the app stalls for about 20 seconds with a pop-up on the screen saying “Recovering Recording”. The handwritten note does come back but the audio recording is broken and needs to be restarted - so you get a gap in the recording. This is annoying as not only means you cannot rely on it correctly recording, but also it stalls the app whilst it is recovering, meaning you cannot continue writing until the audio is recovered. Without the audio recording feature, the app is not really any better than other apps available for handwriting (Goodnotes5/OneNote both beat it on all fronts with the exception of the audio feature, but as this no longer works reliably, this app has lost its uses for me)..Version: 9.1.6

Top appIf you are new to tablet note taking/document reading applications, don’t look any further - Notability is what you are looking for. When I got my tablet I was choosing and comparing different apps. I made the mistake that I bought a few other apps first (I won’t give the names), but I wasn’t fully satisfied. Finally I discovered Notability and I absolutely love it! I don’t use any other apps now, as Notability has so complete functionality that it perfectly suits my needs. I use it now practically to everything I do: reading PDFs (one other) documents, annotating them, taking notes etc. It’s intuitive and easy to use, but it’s a professional all-round app, and it’s not more expensive (sometimes much cheaper) than the competitors. I love it!.Version: 9.1.8

DictationNeeds a dictation to text option.Version: 10.3.3

Game ChangerI’ve been using this note-taking app for studies and work and find it super easy to use. It keeps all my work in the one place and supports a variety of online drives to switch my work from device to devices. However, the issue with the Text tool highlighting in front of the text (makes it blurry) should be fixed (preferably like the actual highlighting tool). Some users like myself use the text tool to highlight and ‘define’ words. I would also like to recommend making the ‘undo’ key more prominent; It’s easier and faster to rest my left thumb near the undo action when my right hand is taking notes using the Apple Pencil but, the undo action is a bit small and I miss-tap it. Having my write right-hand taking quick notes and left-hand ready to undo errors is a great way to quickly take notes, this was the selling point for me..Version: 9.2.2

Fantastic app... one small improvementI use this app for all my university work. I really love it. It’s functional, easy to you use and comes with clear instructions on how to use all its features so you can get going quickly. The one improvement I would suggest is in regards to filing/organising system, currently you’re only able to create a divider then place subjects in this then put notes into the subjects. It would be A BIG IMPROVEMENT if we were able to create dividers within dividers as many times as we like. Just like on a computers documents. This would enable people to file all their documents much more efficiently. Aside from that I’d still really recommend this app for school/uni work!.Version: 8.4

Five starsI take a huge number of hand written notes, have tried all the notes apps, and always end up returning to Notability. The latest update has just finished indexing six months worth of my hand written notes (probably over 1,000 pages). And I have been totally blown away by how accurate and fast the searches of all my notes now are. Just amazing. I am a very demanding user with extremely high expectations of technology. I rarely write reviews and only do so when an app really deserves feedback. In the case of Notability the developers have produced a fantastic app that works extremely well..Version: 8.0.1

Great App, Features in new update could use better left-handed supportThis is a really good note taking app and I use it everyday, it has basically my paper replacement. The new update also adds many new helpful features like search and quick note switching. But I wish the new note switching menu would slide out from the other side of the screen in left-handed mode, as it tends to slide open when I rest my palm on the edge of my iPad screen, which can be quite annoying. Other than that though, great app!.Version: 8.0.4

Split Screen the same noteLove the app, would love the ability to open 2 pages of the same note on split screen. This would really improve my workflow rather than scrolling back and forth between two pages from the same note. Thanks,.Version: 9.3.3

Just brilliantLove it....Just brilliant,I’d be lost without it, nothing more to be said. Absolutely worth the money. And just to put some context around this, I am a senior fire officer and this app, my iPad and the Apple Pencil are literally the only things I need at my side managerially and operationally. The pdf import and mark-up is seamless. Export function and back-up to OneDrive means I can access and share immediately. Would happily pay much more for the app and would highly recommend. Simple and effective. If I could give more than 5 stars I would. And a guilty pleasure, keep the stickies coming :-) allows for a little extra creativity..Version: 10.4.4

This is the one -You can stop looking now, get NotabilityI’m a scientist, back in school, going to grad school soon. I spent whatever it took to check out all of the notes apps, and Notability is the best. I can record a lecture or seminar, while I’m taking notes, I can draw molecular structures, I can import PowerPoint slides and annotate them. If my page/slide is pretty crowded, I can create a “sticky” and take notes on it, and I can move it around when I need to see what is under it. I have made entire multimedia presentations with this app. You can save your page as a PDF, or I’ll even just take a screenshot of what I want to present or turn in, crop the margins, and use that. I can have sections of slides and book pages, or a picture of a handout, then work the problem out with my Apple Pencil, and turn it all in as one convenient PDF or pic I can email to my professors. The interface is much more flexible than Microsoft apps, and plays better with other apps and platforms. Seriously, I use the crap out of this thing. I checked out all of the common note apps, and this one is just more capable and adaptable than any of the others. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️.Version: 9.4.7

Great app. Could have a few extra featuresI have to tell you it is one of the best apps having almost all the features one may need except for one - there is no easy way to change the colour of selected handwritten text/highlight. Also the app has a way of registering which line was drawn earlier and will always put it it in the background so if you have a handwritten text and want to put it over some newly created darker hand brushed background (**no feature to create a colour fill box) it will appear under that background. I am giving it 4 stars purely for developers to notice my review otherwise it is a 5 star app. Please give us more of an edge to have more flexible controls over the notes we take. **Just another missing feature that would be useful to some.Version: 7.3

The bestI’ve tried so many note taking apps, and this is by far the best! Ive been using this for years now, and every now and then I download another app to try it out, but none of them can compete. Not only do I use this daily as a note taking app with my Apple Pencil, but I use it to save and sort any important paperwork. I’ve got tabs for receipts, tabs for registration paperwork, and tabs for recipes. Whenever I need something in a hurry I can find it in two seconds. I could not work without this app. In fact it’s the only reason I keep buying iPhones instead of switching to Samsung..Version: 7.0

If 10 is perfect this app gets a 10🌟I dont usually write reviews but I made an exception. Best-note-taking-app-ever: I have used notability since I got my new 2018 iPad Pro and have absolutely fell in love with this app. To name a few features which I love: - their colour palette is awesome, I use the pastel colours a lot - voice recording function is super useful for my language classes/ project meetings - you can view 1+ documents on notability at the same time - Function to back up your files to almost any type of cloud/drive - Importing files to the app is easy and super user friendly (you can select pages to import vs. The entire document - the interface is super easy to use and navigate. Honestly the level of detail that went in the developing of this app surprises me (there are many subtleties, you only understand once you’ve used the app) Very well rounded app I cannot think of a single critic?! Kudos to Ginger Lab for their pro-active app development. I was reading the comment section and some asked for the function to draw standard geometric shape and next thing in the v8.4 update they added this new function. I tried using other note-taking app on my friends iPad and they are no where near close to what notability offers...There are so much subtlety in notability that makes the app so powerful and that’s what wins my heart over other ‘similar’ apps. Honestly get it, I promise you it will worth that few quids extra..Version: 8.4.3

Life changing!!Just upgraded from an iPad Air to a 12.9” with an Apple Pencil. Took me a long time as I was finding it hard to justify the expense. SOO glad I did! Totally worth the spend. I am always sketching ideas on A3 graph paper. I now do it all on my iPad in Notability with a paper like screen protector fitted to my iPad. Just like drawing on paper as the name suggests. Now all my sketches are filed neatly where I can find them under subjects and dividers. No more lost bits of paper! All meeting notes and course notes kept where you will actually potentially read them again too! Dead set “THE BOMB!”.Version: 9.2.4

Love it!As a uni student, this app makes my life so much easier. I can do everything I need in it such as taking notes, writing on pdf’s and organising all my documents into folders. My handwritten notes have never been so pretty! Only criticism I have is that it’d be great if there were more options to make folders within folders rather than the divider and subject only. Also, it would be great if there was an option to remove dividers/subjects that I am no longer using, but not delete them completely. Otherwise, amazing!.Version: 9.0.4

Notes lost after syncing to iCloudIt’s a decent app for making notes. However, it gave me the worst nightmare as notes were missing after sync to iCloud. Used notability on my old iPad, made sure there are still 100GB more space in my iCloud account after a full backup. Then set up with my new iPad, everything else were good, except notability. There were about 15-20 notes in notability with my old iPad while performing the backup to iCloud, but only 4 notes after set up in the new iPad. Have tried all suggested solutions from notability support page, nothing works. There were suggestions from other online source, all require the original notes, which I don’t have as I have already traded in the old iPad. If I knew the notability’s syncing were such unreliable, I would not buy it as there are other alternatives. Very disappointed experience.Version: 10.0.1

Univeristy Essay godsendAs I started Univeristy four years ago I bought an iPad Pro. It was mainly for sketching in an architecture degree but I quickly realised that taking notes in lessons and lectures was something I had always done by hand. The ability to combine this with downloading lecture slides, popping images from google or links into my notes made them that much more effective as tools of learning. Notability is amazing and well worth the tiny price to pay for such a tool. Would definitely recommend above onennotes or that one with the elephant logo. Notability has many more useful features and looks prettier too.Version: 10.1.2

Scientifically ProvenAs someone who studies & teaches psychiatry, we tap away on our iPads and retain little information as we do. However, I believe that when we ‘physically’ write a note, we use ’muscle memory’ using a technique called ‘psychomotor’ psycho = thought and motor = is a physical movement that matches the thought. Therefore, by taking notes with Notability and using Apple Pencil (even with questionable handwriting), I have evidence that your memory retells is greater. Therefore, I can honestly say that my revert is scientifically proven to increase your study, memory retention and productivity. If you only buy 1 app for your iPad. This is the app to make you more successful..Version: 9.0.5

Almost there...I’ve just purchased this to use with my iPad and Apple Pencil and generally it’s great. It’s very easy to use, I can import lecture slides or write my own notes, and everything is well structured in the filing system down the side which means I can easily locate the documents that I’m looking for. My one request would be to have highlighting go underneath the text rather than over it. It seems like a small gripe, but I downloaded GoodNotes purely for this reason as the changing colour tone irritated me so much. It feels like an easy fix that would be hugely valued by a lot of people (this was often the number one issue when I was looking at app comparisons ahead of purchase). Please consider this in your next update!.Version: 8.2.8

AnnoyingIt’s good but it doesn’t sync with my Mac book. So I brought it on my iPad and it doesn’t show as an purchased app on App Store on my Mac book really annoying tried everything just couldn’t make it work..Version: 8.1

Great app, so close to AwesomeI really like how easy it is to use, find notes, and search within notes (handwriting recognition is amazing!) The layout is really intuitive and there are plenty of qualities that make it really friendly for school and work notes (recoding function of course, but also the shape detection, being able to import and export files between app is such an amazing function, and enough color customizing/options but not too much to be overwhelming). What it lacks is a better organization system. Right now, it’s like binder dividers, and while that is superficially nice, I’d like to be able to nest my documents, or at least be able to quickly visually recognize them with an icon or “cover page.” Additionally I really want to be able to change the page layouts for individual pages within a file. It is so frustrating to have to have to keep switching back and forth between layouts because my needs change within the file. There are other competitor apps of course, that have either own features and deficiencies, so for now we’ll see how long I stay with this as my main note taking app..Version: 10.2.4

Great for UniThis app is really easy to use, it has everything needed to make sure your notes are organised and accessible. I have used both this and GoodNotes 5 side by side and Notability is by far the best in terms of visual structure and design for selecting your pen strokes, page layout and colours. It’s really handy for long lectures and gives you the option to make notes from the mic if you don’t want to write everything. The only thing I would like to see on Notability is a feature that allows you to search words you have written/typed. GoodNotes 5 had this featured which made it easier to find parts of your notes needed for revision rather than scrolling through text to find the topic..Version: 10.1.5

Suggestions for DevelopersThere are some missing features that hold it back from 5 stars: 1) When I take notes and annotate, I like to have multiple pens and highlighters out. There should be an option to add additional pens and highlighters to the toolbar. When rapidly taking notes, time is precious, and this would make it less tedious. 2) inserting diagrams is too difficult. There should be a math or shape mode that you can toggle on and off that auto recognizes shapes and fixes them. Having an math text mode that auto recognizes math notation would also be fantastic ... p.s. OneNotes version of this is poorly executed. 3)**** when I record lectures, I am always slightly behind when note taking. If there were an advanced feature where we could choose where the audio track lines up with the notes, that would be spectacular. Revisited notes would be much superior and would be more like sitting through the lecture again.**** 4) there should be an option to directly add in PDFs to our notes. They could be added in as entire pages to the document, just integrating the PDF, or auto convert to an image to be pasted in. But working with PDFs in existing notes should be an option..Version: 8.2.7

GOOD NOTE TAKING APPIt is a good note taking app but I couldn't find a feature that I need and it is opening a pdf file without importing. I have some pdf files that I want tobread and write on them on different apps. But using Notability it import the pdf files and my writings are not visible to other apps unless I share them. So opening pdf files without importing them is a good feature to have in this app..Version: 10.1.5

Spontaneously switching to eraserWhen I wrote in notability, it spontaneously change from pen to eraser, and this happens quite frequently by far. Since there is a functionality on Apple Pencil 2 that when you double-tap on the pencil it will automatically change to eraser, I am not sure if this is a bug caused by notability or the Apple Pencil itself, but I’m pretty sure that sometimes it happens and I didn’t double-tap the pencil. Overall notability is great. Could you please check if the above problem is due to a bug in notability? Many thanks. If it’s not, just ignore what I said. Haha.Version: 8.4.6

Translation functionI have used one month, if there is a word translation function like kindle would be perfect for reading documents. Thanks.Version: 9.4.4

Best note taking app out there but it isn’t perfectGreat: note taking in Notability, within each note, is excellent. By far the best I’ve seen - integrates with apple pen, accommodates typing, you can easily change/organize scribbles and synchronises with google drive and cloud. Could improve: the way you organize the notebook structure could be better. It’s ok, but it’s the justification for a 4 star review instead of 5. Currently it only allows one collapsible “folder” and one “notebook”. I would have liked 2 folders. If you take a lot of notes it may be difficult to organize them. Keep in mind when you sync over google drive, the collapsible folders are not synchronised at all, each Notebook becomes one Google Drive folder (it can be messy). Overall, this is an organisational issue, which is why I knocked back 1 star for it. Note: I do consider 4 a harsh judgement considering the app as a whole... The rest of the app is amazing!!.Version: 9.1.2

Fix iCloud syncing issuesI love noteability and would give 5 stars if it weren’t for the iCloud issues. I have the app on my phone, MacBook, and iPad. I mainly use noteability on my iPad and enjoyed being able to create a note, and seamlessly read or edit it on my laptop or phone. However every once in awhile noteability would freeze all of my notes on my iPad and I wouldn’t be able to read or edit until it was done syncing which would take at least 30 minutes, sometimes hours. What’s even more frustrating is that sometimes I’ll be editing a note and the app would be syncing that same note to the cloud in the background. So when I exit the note I have 2 sometimes 5 copies of the same note, and I have no idea which one is up to date. This especially happens if I have noteability open on more than one device at a time. I got so sick of it that I’ve disabled iCloud syncing and only use it on my iPad, which is a shame because I paid 10 extra dollars for the app on my MacBook (which is absolutely not worth it on its own by the way). The only device that gives all of the features that noteability has to offer is the iPad. With that being said, I absolutely love the app on my iPad and I hope that the dev team will fix this issue soon..Version: 9.1

Excellent application, everyday usage by meI’m an academic (astronomer), and as such, an integral part of my work involves paper and proposal revision, writing research notes, doing calculations, etc. When I decided to get an iPad to more efficiently do all this work, I thoroughly researched apps that could facilitate this work; that’s how I found this app. Notability allows you to do all of the above in an efficient and intuitive manner. You can easily share annotated documents, papers, calculations with other collaborators (eg, via email or cloud-based storage like Google Drive), organize your work documents, quickly access them —- basically, Notability made all that I needed and ever wanted from a tablet to happen. No more printed papers with annotations, no more scanning documents to sign them, no more ‘in which notebook did I derive my calculation’ —- all is well organized within the app. I thank the authors of the app for it! It has made my work much more efficient. In this pandemic era, I even use the app to share some live-calculations with students whenever needed (ie, use it like a whiteboard), and then I share the notes I created with them..Version: 9.3.5

(almost) Perfect.Fantastic app for a student with an Apple Pencil. Phenomenal support for a variety of document types (.pdfs, PowerPoint) to import directly as annotatable pages. Handwriting to math conversion is mind-boggling good, even with chicken scratchings. Some documentation for the syntax could be nice (if you’re that sort of nerd, you probably value precision). Snap-to parabolas, arcs, squares and polygons make graphing a dream. First-generation iPad Pros seem to struggle with losing touch focus after using an Apple Pencil for some time. This is supposedly a software issue relating to some of the first gen Pros, so who knows if it’ll ever be fixed. Could do with some more mouse support - at this price, why not. A little disappointed with the STEM sticker pack. There’s no 4 way axes, which seems a glaring omission considering the other inclusions in the pack. Bizarrely, the axes tick-marks don’t seem to line up with ANY of the provided square paper, which makes me wonder why it was included at all, much less charged for. I’d rather some more useful formulae stickers than pretty planets. These are minor complaints, and ones specific to my own experience. If you have an iPad and an Apple Pencil, this is an essential purchase..Version: 10.4.5

Almost perfectThis app is almost perfect. From the beginning I downloaded both GoodNotes and notability to try both. I can honestly say I can hardly use GoodNotes now, because I can do so much more here I one place. If I could suggest a couple of things that may make this program a little better for a student. First , It would be great if you could choose a folder from the drive or photos(of slides)and then pop the entire file IN the document I’m writing on and it default to a page size image - as doing them one by one , then having to size each one is a real pain when I have a bunch to add. One thing GoodNotes / books does well. Or at least if I could choose more than one image from my note to drag in ...OR not have to click back into the photo options button after each one as its a real pain if I want to import several pages and to a note in a hurry. I would love to have the option to read and turn my pages horizontally like a book and have a book folder file to confine or open it easily - like GoodNotes. Besides these two things - it seems perfect. Its a great well thought out program that keeps progressing with so many great options. Good job to the developers.Version: 8.4.2

Saved My BaconI’m currently in grad school and after my first semester, I decided to switch to digital note taking. I was simply overwhelmed by the massive paper trail that often happens in grad school. I shopped around and I saw this app and decided to give it a go. I don’t normally spend $10 on an app, but it has been worth every penny! The organization is top notch, it works with many different type of styli (I use the Friendly Swede interchangeable tip stylus, because of the cost, but Apple Pencil works great if you have an iPad Pro), the recording feature is great, sharing notes is super easy and it’s been so convenient to have all of my school documents in one place. So far, I’m at 600+ documents and I haven’t lost anything since using this app. I absolutely credit this app with helping me pass my comprehensive exams. My only complaints is that I wish I wouldn’t have to buy it again for Mac. I also would like it if they were to incorporate tabs, so I wouldn’t have to back out to the menu every time I wanted to switch between a few related notes. In spite of these shortcomings, I still give it five stars because of how much it’s helped up my game as a grad student. Thanks, Notability!.Version: 7.0.1

Good, but room for improvementI’m a student, so lecture capture is the major unique selling point for me. However, the filing system can do with an upgrade. With more and more files being uploaded to notability, it becomes difficult to find things. A filing system akin to One Note would be preferable. Another thing is the highlighting which highlights over words - it’s just not ideal, as it’s like colouring over what you’ve written. What would be nice is if there was an option to choose between highlighting underneath and highlighting above words. Apart from that a good app, but I use One Note in conjunction as it has a better filing system and I like the infinite pages. Notability is pretty much limited to taking notes in lectures..Version: 9.1.5

Great but needs moreWhen adding a page could you make it so you can add a page that is half the length? I often need to add a page to write notes about a slide and a page is too much 90% of the time. This would be great!!! Thanks..Version: 8.4.3

Easy to use and powerfulAs title, have been using this app for years, and it satisfies all of my needs..Version: 10.3.3

Great note taking appI have been using this app for almost two years now and I use it everyday. I love the simplicity, some apps you spend more time trying to make things happen than actually getting work done. As an innovation manager I use the app for notes which often include photos or quick sketches. These are all easy to do on my iPad Pro 12.9. I use different coloured paper for different types of work and the only thing I would like to see is the ability to adjust the darkens if the lines on the paper. Great work done over complicate things.Version: 8.4.2

Brilliant functionalityWould love to see the stickies function outside of the pages though - I read through a lot of articles so it will be helpful to take notes outside of the page especially when the margins are small, without having to place the stickies on top of text..Version: 10.3.1

Great App but needs some foundational workNotability is a fantastic app that has proven to be vital to my daily study and workflow needs. I have tried some other note taking apps such as goodnotes, however, found myself coming back because of the superior feature set notability has (Voice recording, better PDF Search, better shape tool). The app is an easy recommend, however, it lacks some seemingly very basic “useability” features as of April 2020. Where notability needs to improve is in the app workflow. Something Goodnotes gets correct. My complaints are: You are unable to access the same note simultaneously (Mac & iPad and iPad & iPad with multi note) like goodnotes. A feature that is incredibly useful when it comes to working in one document. The Mac app needs some serious work to catch up to the competition. Features such as the simultaneous viewing I mentioned above and handoff. Notability does not take advantage of iPadOS and its ability to work in multiple spaces (not just multi note) The filing system is limited in terms of you are not able to put folders inside of other folders so organisation can get a bit tedious. I would still recommend notability over goodnotes because of the superior feature set, but in the longer term, goodnotes seems to have a better foundation in terms of general use, making it easy to recommend to people who are not interested in the voice recording feature..Version: 9.3.4

Your experience with this app may be different than mineMy experience with this app has been that it's full with features like gifs, audio recording while note-taking that syncs with the notes you type or hand-write, I find this feature to be a wonderful tool to have when you're note taking while you're listening to a lecture. It may be useful in the event that you may miss something the professor/teacher is saying. It also has handwriting detection, which I found to be another wonderful addition to the tool set being offered in this app. I had used it in highschool and use it now as well for many things. You could submit your notebook checks to your teacher via email as a pdf (if they accept it). You may also use any one of your preferred cloud services to back up your notes, including iCloud sync between your iOS devices. One feature I'd recommend they add is the ability to back-up locally to the device and/or the option to backup to your own personal cloud storage like with external hard drives that offer that service..Version: 8.4.2

Wow very nice update (8.0)This update pretty much implements all the deal-breaking features that were missing before but were found in GoodNotes, such as searching handwritten notes and converting them to text. Now it has (almost) everything special found in GoodNotes and much more. Now unique to Notability is not only the voice-writing dual recording feature but also split screen! Split screen! Still somethings are implemented better and more intuitively in GoodNotes such as ability to quickly add shapes, holding and selecting text in PDF files (helpful for using define function and other actions), and also I prefer notebook organising in GoodNote as well as the notebook styles and customise ability with the cover pages etc. Please add another depth to the notes folder hierarchy, would be so helpful for organisation. But everything else seems so much better now in Notability, I am now leaning towards switching back to this as my primary note taking app once again..Version: 8.0.1

Excellent note taking appI have used Notability for the past few years on my iPad and was very pleased when it was ported to the Mac as well. If I want to copy articles from the internet or even download a book or magazine for reading and annotating, it works smoothly and reliably. My two points for improvement are an easy means to ‘select all’ when copying information and being able to move Notability to the front of menus in an Apple device when the OS asks what you want to do with the information. Often there are apps in the menu that are never used yet they are in the front of the list, whereas I use Notability on a daily basis and it is either far down the list or not there at all..Version: 10.4.5

Best app for Uni Student and TeachersI’ve been using notability for over 4 years as a student and now as a teacher and just simply amazing. There is nothing else out there that can organise and record your lectures notes efficiently and in multiple formats. The interface is clean, simple yet powerful with relevant features that are useful everyday without being overwhelming or extraneous. Notability has grey coding as it’s very fast and responsive even on older tablets. I really can’t rate Notability high enough ... if your a student this app is a MUST HAVE!.Version: 10.1.3

Best notebook you can ask for :)I used this to take notes in school all the time especially with medical images is helpful to be able to draw on the images with different colors since those images come with black background. A couple of improvements I hope notability can make tho. 1. The colors for highlighting can be more vibrant and bright to achieve more of a highlighting effect. 2. A way to delete multiple notes at a time because right now I can only do it one at a time. 3. Loving the assisted straight line and circle drawing features but can also expand to drawing curves for graphs. Overall still worth it to get this app for note taking!.Version: 8.4.6

I love this app!Having used it for a number. Of years it's great and keeps improving. I do occasionally check out other apps but none have come close yet. The last major upgrade was awesome! Things I'm missing and would LOVE 😌🙏... 1) I can only see one line of thumbnails... both in the filing area and in the document itself 😩 it’s so tedious with long documents and with heaps of files. 2) the filing system is crazily basic and very painful given the 5,000+ documents that I have. 3) I can't easily create my own templates paper :-(( I can import a PDF but I if I create the PDF in notability it has a wacking great big border around it unless I edit it in another programme first. I’d happily pay a small annual fee (as I’m sure many others would) if it helps you to upgrade these things more quickly. Overall, awesome app. Keep up the great work overall!!! Thx.Version: 9.0.6

Why I Bought an iPadI used this all through my last few years of University it was perfect for me as a left handed (no smudging) and as someone who loves to write in colour, this aloud me to colour co-ordinate all my note taking from university lecture’s verbal notes, written notes, what’s on the downloaded PowerPoint slide and my own notes. I could easily add photos, links and their OCR is amazing for letting me search all my hand written notes. I’d use this app to trace photos of objects And explore different design ideas. It has literally bumped up grades on assignments because of it’s ability to show my work progress and to be able to reference where I get my ideas from If it could have engineering paper, or calc paper though that would be amazing!.Version: 9.3.5

Apple Pencil issues with this app (as of current)I love this app for note taking but as of late me and my friends have noticed the same issue on our iPads, this is no coincidence. Sometimes the app doesn’t “paint” a stroke when the Apple Pencil is used to draw on the screen and the palm rejection isn’t great. This app used to perform better in these areas so that’s why I have rated it 3 stars. It’s got great tools but unfortunately has a frustrating writing experience. I hope the developers can see this and improve upon this CURRENT problem (it didn’t happen anywhere near as much in the past)..Version: 9.4.4

Needs more layers of organizationPlease have ways to create subfolders or dividers within dividers..Version: 9.3.2

Fantastic! It works, it’s fast, and dynamic!Having moved from Evernote’s Penultimate, this is a 1000% upgrade. I never usually buy apps, but this was totally worth the investment, now when I refer back to my old notes in penultimate I cringe with the struggle and clunkiness! Smooth, responsive, easy and fast to add images. Only points off are text input is clunky, and when i load TOO many images into a page it can slow down sorting them, but 500x better compared to other apps. Massive time saver, convenient, smart and smooth, logical user experience.Version: 9.2.3

Fantastic AppSuper app - I use this at work and at home almost daily and it’s outstanding. The Apple Pencil support is nearly flawless, making the app a true pleasure to use..Version: 8.2.6

Amazing app but not very workable across devicesI really like the layout and the ease of use. I have just gone back to uni and am finding it really helpful. You can add diagrams, pictures, scribbles, anything you want to do, there is a way of doing it on this app! However it is difficult to use across devices - I can’t get the notes on my laptop easily and my phone and iPad will not sync the same notes! I’m thinking of downgrading to a poorer app because it is really important to me to be able to share my notes easily! I may start a note on the bus which I may finish on my phone on the next train.. or I might start a note in a lecture and want to continue editing it on my laptop (windows) and it only comes in pdf form..Version: 8.2.5

Amazing Tool for College StudentsI’m a sophomore engineering student, and I probably spent at least five hours a day on this app between lecture notes, studying, and doing homework. Paired with an iPad and Apple Pencil, it’s an amazing way to stay organized and keep all your notes in one place without having to bring notebooks, binders, or pencils with you. This app is great for taking notes and making study guides because you can change the pen color and thickness, add images or GIFs, highlight, etc. I download, read, and highlight scientific papers, articles, and assignments as PDFs, and I do math and engineering homework on the blank or graph paper settings where it’s super easy to erase or move things around. I also have my notes and homework from past semesters with me all the time to refer back to or to help friends taking those classes. All in all, this app has made my college experience so much more organized, efficient, and fun and I highly recommend it for anyone taking classes, especially ones involving a lot of diagrams and calculations..Version: 9.1.4

Excellent note-taking toolNotability definitely lives up to its name in enhancing the ability to take notes. I've used this app since Year 12 and during my university studies! Extremely helpful in allowing me to highlight keywords/phrases, jot ideas and overall save printing money and paper. One recommendation I have is perhaps to add a function where the user can 'pin' or 'star' particular 'notes' in a 'Subject'? This would be fantastic since I would like to favourite, say, a manual/assessment rubric at the top for quick reference. Thanks so much for all your amazing work and efforts, Notability team! You're definitely notable..Version: 9.4.4

One gripe, but it’s probably because AppleWhen I am using the pencil to write, then I use the selection tool (to move an object, or copy and paste, or convert to text), then I double tap the Apple Pencil to switch back to the pen mode, it switches to the erase mode instead, then if I double tap again, it switches back to the selection tool. I think in the Apple Pencil settings there should be an option to use double tap to switch between a “pen and eraser” only, not just “eraser and last tool”, or “current tool and last tool”. Only workaround is to manually select the pen mode after using the selection tool. This might sound petty, but I switch between all 3 of these tools very frequently and it constantly slows me down..Version: 10.2.1

Love it! Perfect for school!The only criticism I have is that I wish they had more long press perfect shapes other than straight lines, squares, triangles, and circles. I’d appreciate even a curved line for when I’m graphing. Other than that it’s been absolutely amazing. I never spend money on apps but this has been a dream with school notes. It keeps all my notes in one place, looking perfect and organized. Instead of flipping through pages to find a specific note, I just look it up in the search bar and it recognizes my hand writing! And best of all I can record my lectures in case I need to remember something specific that I didn’t write down! And it syncs the recording to whatever you’re working so it’s easy to find a specific snippet of a 3 hour lecture. I’ve tried goodnote and one note and I still prefer notability. I even have it on my computer so it syncs all my notes. *TIP* You can type with this app but I highly recommend hand writing your notes as it’s proven to be more useful at learning and retaining material!.Version: 9.4.7

Unparalleled Note-Taking AppI got this app when it was in the developmental stage and I loved it back then. I couldn’t even imagine the potential this app could have. Every single update brings amazement to my eyes. This is the simplest yet most amazing note taking app you could possibly ever hope for. I am currently college student and I can’t even begin to explain how this app has aided me in my academic journey. You can record lectures simultaneously while writing down notes and then go back and see exactly when the lecturer was talking when you wrote down a certain note. That in itself is amazing. Additionally, this app also allows you to search keywords for your handwriting (yes it’s even capable of reading terrible handwriting like mine). What else could you ask for in an app? This app does everything that you could ever want while taking notes, and then some. Overall, this app deserves much more than 5 stars and I want to personally thank the creators and developers for making this app a possibility and for aiding me in me academic career..Version: 8.4.2

Got me through my A LevelsI got an iPad Pro for a few reasons, for photography and editing, for playing around with recording music, and (to justify actually buying one) to use as a pen and notepad at school. Little did I know notability would totally change the way I take notes and do work, no longer did I need a pencil case, no longer did I need to go to the shop every few weeks for more pads of paper, no longer did I need to carry around folder after folder to and from my car to lessons, I had it all in my small bag, in my iPad Pro and the Notability App. I spend about 6/7 hours a day on this app, taking hundreds of notes and I look forward to how they innovate in the future, but for now I couldn’t recommend it more!.Version: 8.0.4

Love this but...I use this app pretty much everyday and can’t really fault it - however there are a few things that could be improved. When an image has been inserted and the “disable text wrap” button has been selected, it would be great if this prevented the image from moving as it gets annoying when it moves if I’m writing over it. Another thing that I think could be implemented is the ability to view different notes on a split screen - this would make it easier to copy notes over one one page to another (it’s also a feature on goodnotes so it can be done). If these things were to change it would be more than 5 stars in my book!.Version: 10.2.3

Easy to useProbably the best note pad application out there. So much better than Apple’s Notes application. Easy to use and has all the functions you would want to create excellent notes. I’m a working professional and don’t waste paper anymore, carry my iPad to all my meetings. Can easily refer to Meeting minutes and notes or sketches. Everything sorted in folders for each project I’m working on. Only reason I didn’t give it 5 stars because there is always room for improvement and a strive to perfection :) Great work team Notability. Perhaps you can do a Lite version for students which comes at a half the price?.Version: 9.0.1

Some bugs need to be fixed!First of all, I really like this app and recommend it to anyone who wishes to take notes for classes/work/etc. I no longer need to print out lecture slides for my classes and save a lot of paper. However, I do have couple of suggestions to improve the app and I hope the developers take this into consideration: (1) Make imported images moveable like the text! I noticed that once you import an image and edit it the first time, you cannot go back to edit it for the second, third, or fourth time. I am constantly editing my notes to study and not being able to move around the image when I come to study the next day is frustrating. (2) There’s also a scrolling problem I face daily as I use the app to take notes in class using an apple pencil. The page gets stuck and I can no longer scroll up or down and have to restart the app to get it to work again. It’s a minor bug but it can be frustrating when it happens while I am in a hurry to copy down notes in class. Thank you..Version: 7.0

Amazing but...Notability is an amazing app and I’ve been using it on my iPad for almost a year. Handwriting is smooth and nice(I switched off the pressure sensitivity), by the way im an engineering student. I like how the files are organised. But the most important feature that keeps me using notability is voice recording. The way it is done is just amazing! It’s all good but lest face a few problems of natability that are actually annoying on a daily basis: Notability doesn’t recognise geometric shaped and can’t make them look better as some other does that. To draw a nice square we have to go and press some Figure option which takes us to some new window etc... what I am saying that it is the ugliest way of drawing a nice circle on the market. Developers should definitely make it simpler and more intuitive and pleasant to use. Right now it is such a disappointment that I was so close to stop using notability and go on to another app. Another things - highlighters. I don’t understand what the developers thought of when they designed them. Why are they like this? Why are they so transparent? Why do they mess up with the handwritten text? Why do highlighters of the same color overlap each other? It is utterly annoying. In general, it is an amazing app but I hope the developers will listen to the app users and fix those issues as so many people are irritated of the highlighters and figure drawing tool..Version: 8.2.8

The most useful app I haveAs something who prefers written over typed notes, I love this gem. Writing on glass takes some getting used to I admit, but that aside, Notability trumps using paper and pen all day long. All of my notes are in one place, and the recent updates they’ve done to make drawing shapes within your notes easier were fantastically implemented. There’s only one note taking app for me, and it’s Noteability. If I could suggest improvements it would be the ability to group objects together, and also, to be able to easily send things to the back, so that they appear behind an object instead of in front of it. Those features would enhance what is already an excellent tool..Version: 9.1.8

Almost goodI really like this app except it glitches a lot when you have a large photo library.Version: 10.3.5

There’s Note apps, and there’s Notability...This is the latter and it is very good. I’m not usually one for reviewing but have made an exception with this app. I have finally found THE app for my job. I needed to input text and pictures on the same blank document, so type and physically draw stuff on it, and be able to add to it at future times. I’m using iPad Pro with the ipencil and it works like a dream. The sample Note tutorial was a nice touch, getting you used to the features. My existing documents created in google docs (saved in google drive) can be imported, added to, and Notability automatically saves the updates made to it back in google drive - slick! I salute you, Ginger Labs Inc..Version: 7.2.5

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