GoodNotes 5

GoodNotes 5

  • Category: Productivity
  • Release Date:
  • Current Version: 5.9.42
  • Adult Rating: 4+
  • Developer: Time Base Technology Limited
  • Compatibility: Android
  • Links: Google Play Store
201,325 Ratings
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GoodNotes 5 App

Take beautiful, searchable handwritten notes with the note-taking app that turns your iPad into digital paper. See why GoodNotes is Editors’ Choice. Download now and unlock on all platforms. Available on the iPad, Mac, and iPhone. WRITE - BETTER THAN REAL PAPER • Enjoy a fluent, precise, and completely natural writing experience thanks to GoodNotes pioneering vector ink engine. • Select and customize your pen color, thickness, pressure sensitivity, and style (fountain pen, ball pen, brush pen, and highlighter). • Write with the Apple Pencil, Logitech Crayon, or other capacitive styluses. • Convert your handwriting to text in the same page or share it with other apps. SEARCH AND FIND - NEVER LOSE YOUR NOTES • Search your handwritten notes, typed text, PDF text, document outlines, folder titles, and document titles. • Create unlimited folders and subfolders, or mark your Favorite ones to keep everything organized. • Create custom outlines for easier navigation through your documents. • Back up all your notes to iCloud, Google Drive, Dropbox, and OneDrive and sync across all devices so you will never lose them. ANNOTATE - MARKUP PDFS, LECTURE SLIDES & DOCUMENTS • Import PDF, PowerPoint, Word, images, photos and more. • Scan any paper documents and import them to your library with built-in OCR. • Annotate documents right on your iPad with customizable pens, highlighters, stickers, and shape tools. • Open notes or documents side by side on iPad for easy referencing. • Use tabs to quickly switch between open documents. • Add hyperlinks to external websites, videos, articles to build your knowledge map. CREATE - UNLOCK YOUR CREATIVITY • Move, resize, zoom, and rotate your handwriting or change colors. • Draw perfect shapes and lines with the Shape Tool. • Support gesture control for faster undo & redo. • Choose to erase the entire stroke, only parts of it, or only highlighters to leave the ink intact. • Select to edit or move a specific object with the Lasso Tool. • Add, create, or import your stickers, pictures, tables, diagrams, and more with Elements to enrich your notes. • Choose from a large set of beautiful covers and useful paper templates, including Blank Paper, Ruled Paper, Cornell Paper, Checklists, To-dos, Planners, Music Paper, Flashcards, and more. • Upload any PDF or image as a custom notebook cover or paper template for more customization. PRESENT - SHARE & TEACH FROM YOUR IPAD • Present a lecture, a lesson, a business plan, a brainstorming result, or your group study without distractions when you connect your device via AirPlay or HDMI to an external screen. • Use Laser Pointer on your iPad to guide your audience’s attention during your presentation. • Move around freely and interact with the audience while adding new information to the digital whiteboard. SHARE - COLLABORATE ON THE SAME DOCUMENTS • Collaborate with others on the same document using a sharable link. • Export documents in PDF or image for printing, or share them with others for a fully digital workflow. • Forward important emails with PDF attachments to your unique GoodNotes email address to automatically add them to your library. --- Download GoodNotes 5 for free on iPad, Mac, and iPhone and create your first 3 notebooks for free. Get the full GoodNotes experience with a One-Time Unlock In-App Purchase (IAP): - Create unlimited notebooks - Unlock handwriting recognition to search handwritten notes - Import documents via e-mail - Prioritized email support GoodNotes supports Apple’s Universal Purchase which means you can purchase once to unlock GoodNotes on all your iOS, iPadOS, and macOS devices for free. --- Website: Twitter: @goodnotesapp Instagram: Pinterest: @goodnotesapp TikTok: @goodnotesapp

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GoodNotes 5 app reviews

  • Great app overall, but could have better organization tools 4/5

    By quantum.eraser
    I use this app primarily for marking-up PDFs (I love the extra white-space it gives when I import from chrome, so I have room to actually take notes), drawing diagrams, and doing math. It’s really great for these things, but I’m coming from OneNote, and their notebook organization is way better for me. Basically OneNote just has an extra level of organization in between “Notebook” and “page”. Basically, you make a notebook, and then within that notebook you can create a bunch of different titled pages. But each of these titled pages has a 2D infinite-scroll, so you don’t lose out on any space. I’d really like this feature in GoodNotes, because some of my notebooks are getting to be pretty long, and I end up having to scroll through a bunch of pages to find specific info, whereas I could use the page titles in OneNote to find things much more easily. I can’t go back to OneNote though, because the Apple Pencil latency is so low on GoodNotes that it feels just like writing on smooth paper.
  • Horrible quality now that it’s free 1/5

    By cjekiss
    Used to be an awesome app, but now that it’s free there are so many glitches and the quality is horrible. You can’t export anything, the variety of tools and ease of use are gone as well
  • IOS App Not Working 3/5

    By Applestar tech
    I’ve been using Goodnotes for some years now, but ever since the recent updates all of a sudden my Goodnotes documents have not been syncing across my devices, especially on my smartphone. I keep uninstalling and reinstalling, I followed the recommendations, and even asked for technical support. I have an iPhone SE (2022), so I’m not sure what the problem is. I hope it can be fixed soon with a better update.
  • Reason I bought an iPad 5/5

    By Steven Su.
    Looking to move into e-notebooking and having a searchable planner all-in-one. This gem of an app keeps it all organized and in 1 place. It has become my primary way to fill documents and keep a planner (after finding my perfect fit on Etsy)
  • FOLDERS!! 5/5

    By Shawn baller B
    please let us be able to customize the folder icons or at least the color of them something…they’re so bland

    By ScholarJ
    Are you sick, tired, and angry at the “rent to use” app model? You know, monthly or yearly subscriptions = JUNK. Buy this app instead because it is a one time fee and does everything the rental guys do.
  • I can t export in pdf when it is a big 😭😭 145 mb it’s not so big !!? Please can you fix that 2/5

    By noussavip
    I can t export in pdf when it is a big 😭😭 145 mb it’s not so big !!? Please can you fix that
  • app feature request 5/5

    By nicole.higgins
    i use this app every day for school 📚💻 i have a folder for each year > class > readings | homework | class notes. 📁 i would love to see a setting to color-code folders 💜💙💖 thanks for all you do!
  • Excellent but lacking features 3/5

    By jdjehb787
    This app is excellent, but there is no infinite paper for mind maps. I find it a bit difficult to use this because of that. There are a lot of free apps that offer an infinite paper, so I don’t see a reason why Good Notes couldn’t implement it.
  • Love this app. 4/5

    By Ciarra "Key"
    My only suggestion is can you add time reminders for the flashcards. You could add a badge for review. This would prevent me from needing to find a flashcard app that writes like this. Thank you :)! This high quality app keeps me coming back! Bonus: If there is a way to handle typed text better that would be fantasitc. It is frusterating messing with textboxes that cut off at the end of the page for long documents. Since this app is mainly used for writing this would just be a bonus. Thanks!
  • Wonderful but needs improvement 4/5

    By MusaArt
    This app is wonderful. I have been using goodnote around three years and I use it for everything. I can scan documents or papers right away and be mess free. Everything is in my device and it’s VERY easy to import and export pdfs. You can import or create “stickers” to make note taking fun. This app have a built in writing utensils ranging from different types/color of the papers, different colored highlighters to pens’ sizes and color. It is so wonderful that everything is compacted into this app. The only thing I really disliked about this app is the organization. As a student myself, organization is the key to stay on task. It’s a waste of time trying to navigate around the folders. It’s ideal have a slide bar where it is easy to navigate between folders for a more convenient and efficient way. I really hope the creators and designers add this to their next update! Thank you for the creator and designers for this app. You guys made it possible for us to have an easy and quick access for note taking as well as being physically mess free. Also buying notebooks and writing supplies can be very expensive so this help people save money and also paper!
  • The best 5/5

    By Dr.MohammedRuda
    Very good
  • Excellent Lecture Tool 4/5

    By caarrnal
    I love the laser tool for lecturing purposes. It only Goodnotes can reproduce the Notes tool of drawing a straight lasso line horizontally across the page to then drag all of the contents down, then it would get a 5 star rating
  • Bnhth 4/5

    By megg1220
  • Good Notes 5/5

    By GingerAle33
    I am very happy with Goodnotes, I use it primarily for school and recreational use. It is very helpful to make notebooks for my classes with everything in one place. I can easily navigate to a specific area of my notes with the outline features. I have access to my notes from my computer, ipad and my phone, making studying and note taking seamless. So Efficient!
  • Over rated notability is better 1/5

    By zeemanthebeeman
    Not good for taking notes unless you want to spend a hour on each page of notes
  • Notes have been lost until now 5/5

    By Dennis-Tx
    For more years, more than I can count I have use spiral notebooks for notes. From school to work, nothing changed… Now I am full on electronic notes. Ease of use and versatility in GoodNotes is great. I’m still figuring things out and I’m sure I’ll find things that could be done better. The last month has been a game changer for me.
  • Trying a diff app 1/5

    By jord1nnnnnnnn
    Slow, doesn’t save note
  • Great tool. 5/5

    By Cahill20
    Heads up, if you’re planning to synch, follow instructions for iCloud settings. Then select restore purchases on the newly synched device.
  • constant crashes 4/5

    By bumblebeesofmars
    the app is constantly crashing when I open or close large notebooks.
  • Love it on my iPad 3/5

    By killanotherone
    I love to use my apple pencil with goodnotes on my iPad to make notes to study when an exam is coming up. I have also recently started using it to be able to keep track of my schedule and things I need to do. One thing I do not like is when I pull it up on my computer it looks all mixed and jumbled up, it does not transfer well and I do not like that.
  • Just wish it had an infinite canvas 5/5

    By kevn5
    This is by far my preferred app for hand written notes as it has all the features i need plus additional ones that i never new i needed but now use on a regular bases like the lasso selection tool. I only have one issue with this app and it is big enough to force me to use onenote or concepts for certain tasks and that is the lack of an infinite page option going both vertically and horizontally. Sometimes i just need more space for all the information and often times i run out of space on the good notes pages and am forced to separate my notes onto separate pages or write my notes very small and have to zoom in and out every time i want to read something. I am just really hoping this is added on a new update so that we can have full flexibility as users but regardless this is a great app.
  • Best app 5/5

    By DanikaPlummer
    Love this app. I can do almost anything on it
  • Does not stay connected 2/5

    By gadmay25
    Constantly assuming that what I put on laptop and finding out it hasn’t.
  • Don’t delete app! 2/5

    By Macee02
    I was having some trouble with my app for about a week so I deleted it and redownloaded it and ALL OF MY STUFF IS GONE. I am in the middle of my semester and I have midterms coming up and all of my notes if gone for school and my job. I loved the app but now I am so so sad that all of my hard work is gone. Do not recommend unless you keep the apps forever
  • Does not sync 1/5

    By mynameisreco
    I have iCloud set up and it will not sync. It's very slow to sync on iPhone/iPad but with the Mac veresion it just doesn't sync at all.
  • The best of the note-taking apps, but could be better 3/5

    By Puterdood
    GoodNotes is the best app of its kind, but it could be better. There are some quirky things about it that make no sense as to why they are the way they are. You can read on their website in the requested feature section as to what other people want out of this app. I agree with most of them. One of the big ones is what a competing app already has - the feature to record lectures while making notes along the way then later playback the recording and have the notes appear at the appropriate time. One that I would suggest is to be able to create lists, such as a "to do" list along the same lines as the Wunderlist app that Microsoft destroyed. Otherwise, GoodNotes is a must-have app for anybody that keeps notes, such as students. I have used the app quite a bit and consider it one of my must-have apps. For the price, it is a steal. My suggestion for the GoodNotes creators, keep improving the app, listen to the users, add more features, etc. You have a good thing going here. PLEASE do not sell out to companies like Microsoft! They will only destroy it like they did Wunderlist and others!!! Think of your users first, not the money!!!
  • Bug is making the app nearly impossible to use 1/5

    By Ggvhdgrg
    I love the app and use it almost every day, however the past week or so I haven’t been able to close tabs, create new documents, or go into my folders. I tried deleting and redownloading the app but I ran into the same problem shortly after. Please fix this as I have a lot of important notes I do not have access to now 😭
  • annoying 1/5

    By not a goodnote fan
    it pops up rating dialog even not running
  • OMG!!!!!! 5/5

    By Nessstx
    Once you get the hang of it ( titkok helps me so much! ) you will never go bsck to any other note taking app. i dont use hand written notes anymore and it has help me store all my notes for all my classes nice and neatly. No more losing my papers of trying to remember where i placed them. i love it so much!
  • Almost Up to Par 4/5

    By Kaynicoler
    Similar apps have the ability to manually link pages within a doc. I love everything about Goodnotes but this is driving me nuts!
  • Great for life, not just students 5/5

    By wowgirl38
    Being able to write detailed notes about appointments, details, etc on my ipad and view on the go on my phone is amazing. I keep track of pretty much everything this app. Not to mention to many possiblities for students. Multi-tasking between devices is easy and super convienent. Recommend to anyone looking to keep digital notes, files, and other information organized.
  • My Go To Note Taking App! 5/5

    By dreamingofinception
    I love how compatible it is with the iPad. It makes it so easy to take notes, draw, and customize your notebooks as much as you need! Love that it has a cloud feature so I can access it on my laptop as well. One of my favorite apps. It is worthy of its hype!
  • Very Good Notetaking App 4/5

    By 12121212145796436897424896
    I love this app, especially for taking notes for all of my courses. The insert images function is much faster than Notability and I think the writing experience is more smooth. The only thing that bothers me is that when I open up a notebook it takes a little bit to load. It’s a bit glitchy, which ruins the experience.
  • My favorite organizational app 5/5

    GoodNotes has become my daily notetaking application on my ipad and phone. It has kept me organize. I have recommendations for more improvement but it checks most if not all of my boxes.
  • Very Useful 5/5

    By Veggieskater
    I use the Good Notes app for journaling, brainstorming, and basically organizing thoughts and lists. It works very well with the Apple Pencil.
  • Great BUT 1/5

    By abeckrulez
    I think that this is a great app BUT the one thing it doesn’t have that notability has is the ability to record audio within a note. If the app developers see the review please add this feature!!
  • Great for Studying 5/5

    By xM1dkn1ghtx
    The app overall has been great for studying. I'm currently in school for Biochemistry and it has allowed me to take notes while sitting at my computer and listening to lectures. The functionality of it on my iPad is great too, it allows me to take images from my powerpoints and put them directly into my notes. I love the fact that you can upload different templates and planners into the app too. The biggest plus to this is that I can use this across all my iOS devices, meanining I can read my notes on my phone, iPad or Macbook and it's all there.
  • Good app 4/5

    By 17astrix17
    Great for writing and changing things around when your making notes. I wish there was some way to customize the folders. With other applications you can change the color of a folder to yellow, for example, and right when you open the app you know which one is for chemistry. Some sort of distinction between folders would be nice.
  • Please move the paste button back… 1/5

    By Benjicord
    I keep tapping zoom instead of paste because the tab got reordered. I didn’t pay for this nonsense smh smh
  • Awesome but still bug 3/5

    By zxcvbkhf
    This note is really cool, all tools so convenient and helpful. But the still some bug I have the note for my class but suddenly this was lost for no reason. This makes me lose all my note and I have to take notes from the beginning to now again
  • LOVE IT! 5/5

    By DJ,RN
    This one app connects to all of my devices so that I have everything in one place and I don't have to carry a laptop or anything if it's not necessary. It's easy to use and very easy to stay organized. I'm currently in nursing school and I use this to keep my classes, lectures, assignments and content all organized.
  • Good note taking app 4/5

    By Angie07garc
    Love this for notes and would give 5 stars if they added a “bring to front” or “send to back” with layering images/stickers for journaling.
  • Keeps crashing 1/5

    By Siyang1991
    Every time after I use lasso tool to write something the word gets invisible and gets slower and slower until it crashes.
  • Great app 4/5

    By Yue8127
    I enjoy the app since the beginning and it has had. many good changes. The only thing I do not like is the crashing when I am trying to upload a document to use with this app. And the lag I still get when I add digital stickers to my planners. That is about it.
  • I wish, I wish, I wish 4/5

    By gottalovemj
    Out of Notability, Evernote and One Note I do like GoodNotes the best but there are a couple of features that keep me checking those other apps ready to pull the trigger and switch. If only the developers would see what a game changer our suggestions would be. Because I feel like a lot of these reviews are for the developers rather than potential new users. I gave it 4 stars because it’s better than a 3 star app, but I’d like to give it more like a 3.8 lol. I’d love typing formatting, bullets, numbering, italics, bold etc… I mean we are taking notes. I’d also love tagging. I create my own digital notebooks and the tagging feature would make them so much easier to use. But most importantly is the typing feature overall. That text box is annoying and not user friendly and this is the only app that requires it. I want to be able to type just like I’m typing this review, without needing a text box that I have to manually move and resize for my note. Currently my workaround is to use Notability whenever I need to type something and then past it into Goodnotes, but that’s really not productive. I’m not sure how much rework it takes to fix this issue but it would be a great improvement to the overall functionality.
  • Frequent UI changes significantly impact workflow 3/5

    By CGC_87
    This app would be five stars, except that this is the *second* time in just ten months that an update has shifted an essential function, significantly impacting my workflow - in this case, when I try to copy and paste, instead of hitting paste, muscle memory has me tapping the Zoom feature (which, on a related note, I wish I could completely disable, as it only ever gets in my way). Please give users control over what functions appear on long press, and do not change the location of previous functions when adding new ones. The new paste location is inconvenient enough (an actual reach with an Apple Pencil) that I’m considering other apps.
  • Best App! 5/5

    By taboo2damfly
    GoodNotes is my favorite writing app!In this app I house a world of writing, creativity, music, poetry, pictures, and anything you can think of. I love that I’m able to pull over different files, import them, and note them all up! I highly recommend this app to anyone and everyone.
  • Compatibility... 3/5

    By Naomistgo
    I whish this app was compatible with android.

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