no free update to v.5 1/5
Upgrade bundle is unavailable.
GoodNotes 4 to 5 2/5
By Mani A.J.
For starters I’ve been using good notes now for the last 3-4 years and I have to say it is one of the greatest apps I’ve ever used. With that being said, I opened up GoodNotes 4 and am trying to transfer everything to 5, but I’m getting a continuous message saying that the DOCUMENT FAILED TO LOAD.
Transitioning from 4 to 5 has become a hassle and not a smooth transaction.
Looking forward the upgrades
Lag issue 3/5
I’ve been having a lag issue when using the highlighter function. I understand it’s a known issue, but it’s extremely annoying. Otherwise wonderful.
Writing with a pen difficulty 2/5
The app is good except for the simple fact that I got the app so that I could mark up things I write. Whenever I use the pen to write it turns my writing into whatever shape it thinks is closer to my writing, like circles and triangles. Not sure if I’m doing something wrong. I use the text boxes to type up my lesson plans but I am unable to actually write words when I use the pen
Perfect for Paperless 5/5
I found this app through a lifestyle company selling PDF versions of their yearly planner; they suggested using this app with their product. Every time I use the app, I love it more. It’s flexible for a wide variety of uses, and the interface is so user-friendly once you’re oriented to the tools. As a writer who prefers to write by hand sometimes, I have been meaning to go paperless...now I finally am! It fills me with glee that I can start an infinite amount of “notebooks,” sort them by category, add or subtract as many pages as I need, and use any kind of lines on the paper that I want. I agree with a lot of folks using this app; I prefer the 4.0 version over 5.0.
Good, but upgrade is impossible 4/5
By 악마는 부끄럽다
I was a big fan of goodnote from version 3 even though you guys asked me to upgrade it from version 3 to version 4 not for free. Because I am a heavy note taker, I really liked this goodnote 4. However, you guys required me to upgrade once again. You said the upgrade is free, but it is not for me. It is because between version 4 and 5, I moved from Korea to U.S.A for my study. I purchased the version 4 in Korea, so upgrading to version 5 with the bundle pack is impossible. I felt betrayed when other americans enjoyed this free service but not for me. Today, I saw your announcement that you will terminate this upgrade bundle pack in the next year. Latly, I ask you guys to provide free version 5 goodnote. Because I relly liked your goodnote, I leave 4 stars. If you provide the free version 5 like other americans, it will become 5 stars on Appstore and in my mind.
Very best of the note apps 5/5
I’ve tried a bunch of the note taking apps and this by far the best.
Zoom makes writing with finger bearable.
Now I use Apple Pencil and that is a combo that cannot be beat.
Navigation and UI can’t be beat.
Keeps messing up layout 2/5
It’s a good note taking app but as soon as I import a ppp it messes up the layout and makes it impossible to read...
I really love this app 5/5
I’m in love with this app. I’m a college student that hate carrying books and paper so this app has came in handy for note taking. I also love to write poems so I use this app to do both. I just wish it had more book covers but at least you can create your own by using your own pictures.
Terrible Customer Service 1/5
I used to love this app, for the past year, it has been the only way I took notes, until last week. The app had a major glitch in which it completely erased every note I took this semester. I am a grad student and depend heavily on my notes to be successful in my studies. I emailed the company ASAP and have yet to hear a reply 7 days later. It’s hard to trust a system/ company that doesn’t want to offer help to their customers. If you buy this product, be aware that they will not value your patronage enough to help you when problems arise.
Very versatile! 5/5
Best tool I have outside of my tape measure! I sell siding, windows and doors. I use GoodNotes everyday to take all my measurements down vs a note pad! I can take pictures and write my measurements over them! Great tool!
FALSE ADVERTISING Making me pay for Goodnotes5 1/5
By Addi Gaur
Doesn’t make sense at all after all the time and money I spent on getting GoodNotes 4 they are not even giving me the upgrade. Not standing behind their product or advertising at all. Highly disgraceful. Will take down the add if I am upgraded like the bundle says you will.
I rarely write reviews, but I don’t recommend this product after seeing that a new version has been released with no apparent upgrade path for existing customers. I can afford the asking price, so this is a matter of principle.
For an app that didn’t do that much in the first place, I’m really disappointed. I don’t understand how the feature set has changed so much that a new version is warranted.
Perhaps it is time to think about a subscription model. Many iOS apps offer this option. We all understand that you need to stay in business.
Best of luck!
Good app but no upgrades included 3/5
I find this app useful for taking notes. It is incredible that when you buy it, it does not include newer version (my first time on the App Store)
Almost perfect app 4/5
This app is my favorite to use but it would be better if it offered a password protection.
Adonit pixel support 4/5
By ecosystem for life
I have been using good notes 4 as my main note taking app during my high school years. I wish good notes would not have the dock pull up whenever you rest your palm on the screen to write. I wish it were like the games, if you try to pull up on the dock, a little tab would pop up and you would pull on that to pull up the dock instead of the iPad thinking the palm is doing a swiping up motion.
Hoodwinked — do not buy! 1/5
This app is okay—not as good as OneNote, but okay. However, the company is hoodwinking people who buy version 4, thinking it was top of the line, only to be offered version 5 to “complete” their app. It cost another $8. I feel ashamed for falling for their money grubbing efforts—so be forewarned. Do no business with these scoundrels.
It’s a really good app for school I would recommend
Great so far 5/5
Works a little slow at times but that may be because I have a really old iPad. I love the features.
By Bleeeee blaaaaaaaaa blap
I only wish there were a staff paper function
Best note app 5/5
Love this app!!! Have been using this app for half a year and feel confident to write a comment.
I love the model it’s one-time purchase, no hidden fee, no monthly subscription, no add.
The UI design of this app is great. Different folder, different note book type, the zoom writing function are all great.
Love the connectivity to other apps. I had some slides stored in my google drive and I can easily import into my folder, my note.
Love the functionality of screenshot.
To people who work on and support this app: thank you and keep the great work.
Can't write anything. Changes my letters to circles.
I like it, but could use some improvements 5/5
I like how the app make writing and taking notes smooth and easy. But, I wish that this app had a an option to record a lecture at the same time you write. I also wish that the paper’s width and length were unlimited. Finally, I wish that the consumer has the option to choose the paper color and to add a sticky notes on their notes.
Unbeatable for simple note-taking 5/5
This app has tons of features, I'm using it for simple note-taking organizing, and research. It fits the bill quite nicely.
Great app! Love the music staff paper - but missing a few things 4/5
I love using this app! It has helped me get organized for the first time in many years. As a musician, I am super grateful for the staff paper.
1. I agree with others who comment that it would be great to be able to import and link audio files.
2. Also, I would love to have a sticky notes type function to add notes on top of the page layout.
3. And, even though it's easy to use the bar on top to go between notebooks, it would be great to have function with a single click back button to switch between notebooks.
4. There should be a way to import multiple pictures and, i really struggle with identifying which photo I want to import because there is no zoom available when looking at the photo library.
If the developers add these functions it will be worth 6 stars!!!
Win Win 4/5
You can’t go wrong using all the capabilities! Type, draw, write, insert links, and pictures, annotate as you wish, use all the colors you wish!
I use it all day long and I love it!
Good but not great 4/5
Really needs a couple more key features then it will be perfect.
Would like if I could voice record lectures while writing notes, and would love the feature that OneNote has where you can click and drag to create more space between lines. The loop tool is okay but OneNote just makes inserting more words just way easier.
Like it so far. 4/5
By Frogs are green
Just bought the app about a week ago to avoid rewriting paper notes. Several of my colleagues use it for field notes, so I’m trying it out.
It’s simple to erase and modify as I go, and the magnified writing window really helps keep my handwriting and sketches neat. All my templates are easily accessible and changeable for the different types of notes I need to collect.
Saving individual pages as a pdf allows me to share my data with others or file it permanently as necessary so it’s never lost.
In short: So far so good.
Also, I purchased version 4 instead of 5 primarily because of the concerns various reviewers had over some changes in 5. Hopefully those bugs will get sorted and squashed. Until then, this version works well for me.
Why would I have to pay to upgrade? 1/5
Cannot justify buying same app twice
Version 4 is great, I would wait till version 6-7 to “upgrade” though.
Good app 4/5
While this is a good app it needs the ability to record. This should have been a feature by now.
No “Search” Function capability 1/5
Search function does not work.
I have tried a variety of PDFs and it will not search any of them (vs Notability which CAN search all the documents...)
Advertising in a paid app? 1/5
By Math HST
I don’t want to relearn a new app. That doesn’t make things easier for me. Please do not advertise the new version every time I open up my current paid version. If I want the new version, I’ll go to the App Store and purchase it.
Updated: So, after many months, no response from the developer. The ad still pops up every time I open my app. I manually moved all of my files to another app and am going to delete GoodNotes and moved it to one star. Yeah, it was that important to me to not get spammed while using a paid app.
Could be better. 5/5
It's better if this thing support checking two pages at same time.
I was looking to go as paperless as possible this school year. I am new to iPad, and got goodnotes 5 to keep all my notes, planners, calendars etc. I had to delete goodnotes 5 because none of my files worked on it. (There goes my $$). So Apprehensively purchased goodnotes 4. WOW! It works! This app is amazing. I’ve had it for a week and I am already more productive than before I had my iPad. I love that you can import different files and annotate PDFs. I love the lasso tool to copy the same item to different pages that might need it. I absolutely Love this app. I did not give it 5 stars because I am still trying it out.
Great app for planners and editing PDFs 4/5
Super love GoodNotes 4 and it was a tough choice between 4 and 5. I read that 5 had quite a few bugs so I decided to go with 4 for my first go ‘round with the app. Sometimes it crashes, or I lose my tool bar up top and need to close the app and reopen. The most irritating thing is every single time I open GoodNotes4, it prompts me to buy GoodNotes5. I should not have have to deal with this “ad” on a purchased product. Developers, please update the app and remove this. It’s obnoxious.
Great App 5/5
By God's Servant
This app allows me to be completely electronic and eliminate paper.
The new update !! :( 5/5
Ok so I absolutely adore this app. I think that the format is so easy to use and that this app in many ways is essentially perfect. However, there has been a new update that makes me slightly upset. Now obviously I know that I am a person that doesn’t love change, and I know that this isn’t a big deal whatsoever, but I do not like the new color scheme on the toolbar. In this update, everything in the toolbar is grey. In my opinion that looks like it is unusable because when you cannot use a button it turns to a lighter shade of grey. Also, I cannot tell when I’ve used the undo button to where it is finished, and I think that the coloring is just plain weird. I am still going to give this app five stars because it is awesome and very intuitive, but hopefully someone sees this message and takes in what I am saying. I’d love for this app to be the best it can possibly be, that is why I am giving my opinion. Thank you!
Some things limit functionality 3/5
This works, but would use it more if:
Had ability to import more than 1 (image, pg, etc) at a time;
Had the ability to change background color opacity;
Had the ability to change fonts (including italics, bold/colors) within a single text box.
Good Notes 4 is perfect 5/5
Flexible. Intuitive. Powerful. Elegant. Meets all my needs. Afraid to upgrade to 5.
Good apps but need update 2/5
Both apps glitch. Please fix resizing editing and writing.
Need to pay twice to get version 5.0 2/5
By Smart lily
I already purchased version 4.0 and love to use it. However, it asks to pay again to update to 5.0
Does that mean I need to pay every time later for upgrading to 6.0, 7.0, 8.0, and so on?
So awesome 5/5
Great app Makes It’s so much easier using this app instead of a book to write my appointments in... I just love it!!!
Nicely done. 4/5
Yeah still have some things to improve on . But still.. nicely done.
I paid for this app and it really annoying that I keep getting ads for GoodNotes 5 and subscribe to get email. Please stop that from happening
Feels like paper 5/5
Great app! Fits exactly what I need and have been looking for with a note book app. And with the handwriting features it feels like I’m writing on paper. Love it!
I upgraded to 5 on my iPad...why am I not able to see that upgrade on my phone?...I can’t even go into the App Store and download 5 directly to my phone...now I am no longer in sync...and what’s the point in that?...hmmm notability?
Ammazing app 5/5
This app is really great for planning journalist and making things easier. I would really recommend this