Notability

Notability

  • Category: Productivity
  • Release Date:
  • Current Version: 9.1.3
  • Adult Rating: 4+
  • Developer: Ginger Labs
  • Compatibility: Android
4.5
4.5
53,128 Ratings
$ 8.99

Notability App

Welcome to Notability: powerful, yet wonderfully simple note-taking and PDF annotation. Apple Editors' Choice on iPad, iPhone, and Mac!  Top selling paid app on iPad App Store, regularly ranked #1. Students, teachers, and business professionals use Notability daily to enrich their lives. It is uniquely designed for each device to provide the best note-taking experience at school, home, and work. STREAMLINE YOUR WORKFLOW • Become fully paper-free, in the classroom, office, and at home. • Complete, sign, and share documents in Notability. • Drag and Drop to move files, text, photos, GIFs, web pages, and more from other apps into Notability with Multitasking. • Secure and lock your notes using Face ID and Touch ID. HANDWRITE AND SKETCH WITH BEAUTIFUL INK • Fully express your artistic side with custom colors and match any color with the color dropper. • Easily create perfect shapes. • Precisely erase freehand ink or shapes with varied brush sizes. • Ink is fine-tuned for 1st and 2nd generation Apple Pencil for the most responsive, precise writing experience yet, including double-tap gesture for switching tools, erasing, and more. SEARCH AND CONVERT HANDWRITTEN NOTES • Search for handwritten words from the Library and in the note view in any of our 15 supported languages. • Convert handwriting to text. • It all happens on your device, so your information stays private. SAVE TIME WITH MULTI-NOTE • Multi-Note lets you work with two notes side-by-side. • Quickly switch between notes with the Note Switcher. • Drag & Drop handwriting, typed text, images, and more between notes. TYPE ANYWHERE • Notability includes full-featured, left-aligned typing with word count and a wide range of fonts, sizes, and colors. • Create outlines, interactive checklists, and text boxes. • Save time with keyboard shortcuts. IMPORT AND SHARE • Import PDFs, DOCs, PPTs, images, GIFs, and more - conversion to PDF happens on your device, so your information stays private. • Annotate imported pictures, lecture slides, and meeting agendas, or complete class assignments. • Share notes via email, AirDrop, Dropbox, Google Drive, Box, OneDrive, and more, or share note content to other apps with Drag and Drop. RECORD AND PLAYBACK AUDIO • Get more out of your lectures and meetings when you record them. • Notes are automatically synced with audio recordings so during playback you can listen to what was happening as you wrote. AUTO-BACKUP AND ICLOUD SYNC • Use iCloud to automatically sync your notes to Notability on iPad, iPhone, and Mac, or to retrieve previous versions of your notes. • Use Auto-backup to send your notes to a cloud service for archiving or recovery. Dropbox, Google Drive, Box, WebDAV, and OneDrive are all supported! Mac app sold separately. Notability is a registered trademark of Ginger Labs, Inc.

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Notability app reviews

  • After ios13 update, battery consumption problem occur 1/5

    By 배쏘쏘
    After update, the battery consumption is too much. I only use this app and used only note taking function, brightness was also 20% but it consumed 35% of the batteryin an hour. Really need to fix the problem..
  • Chalkboard or canvas mode!!! 5/5

    By Xrsl
    The app would much greater if you could add a chalkboard or canvas mode to it for very large spaces for scratching!! Simply Make it in the way of a huge writing pad!
  • Fix your app 1/5

    By XR1482
    I understand that the problem is most likely due to the apple update that just occurred because that’s when the problems started for me. I’ve been using this app for years now, never had an issue. It’s become almost unusable in the past two weeks and that’s a huge problem for me because I’m a senior in college. I’m getting a degree in Biochemistry, not computer science, so I can’t even begin to know why it’s malfunctioning. Please fix it so I don’t have to go somewhere else. Thanks
  • Update highlighter please. 4/5

    By vish4989
    Please update the highlighter like GoodNotes 5. I have both the apps but I prefer goodnotes simply because of the highlighter. Colors more vibrant and I can do straight line highlighter. I love writing on notability app. Please update it soon! Thank you!
  • Great app but... 5/5

    By Changobertano
    Needs an urgent actualization to match newest iOS version. Now cannot import PDFs from an e-mail, which used to be so easy.
  • Great app, but hard to get support 3/5

    By YesThatAllen
    I’ve opened a ticket (106927) and never heard back, despite having updated it a few times. Every once in a while, I find I can’t see any of my content; it says it needs to download it from iCloud. I’m not entirely sure this is Notability’s fault, but I’d like to know how best to back up my data and never be stuck waiting on it to re-download (why was it ever lost?!?) Otherwise, I’m glad I’m a notabilty user. PS I hope my ticket was just overlooked, and fully intend on updating this review once I have a solution to preserve the app’s cache at all times.
  • 最近更新的版本总是自动关闭 3/5

    By 851746148
    只要你调动页面 调动幅度过大 就会出现立刻闪退的现象,实在是太让人烦恼了 望及时修复这个bug
  • Simply the Best! 5/5

    By Jeff1955
    I’ve used several notes applications before buying Notability. It has exceeded my expectation. Similar to One Note on the Windows platform but this app uses the Apple Pen flawlessly. I am using this app to review Piping and Instrument Diagrams, Process Flow Diagrams in a pdf format. Easy to share notes with colleagues and client. Like the title says, Notability is simply the best!.
  • Awesome app but I just wish they would add one more feature 4/5

    By TheKurim
    I wish they would add an option to switch between 2 or 3 colors on the fly instead of having to open up the palette all the time. It gets annoying and pretty time consuming during lectures. Other than that I love this app. It’s my primary notebook for my classes!
  • One problem plus it pesters you 1/5

    By RedDogs&Java
    As stated before (below) a stable product. But when I open it, I want to get to work not wait for it to force all the new stuff on me. In the future I will never update unless the iOS forces me to. I use it for business and don't want to lose my thoughts I'm trying to write down because the app roadblocked me from getting to immediately writing. This is a very good and stable product. It does backup to Dropbox but only syncs with iCloud. We don’t use iCloud because they use some servers in China. It’s a security risk. Thus I’m sorry I spent my money on an app I cannot use.
  • Horrible app - my experience as a current med student 1/5

    By neeensz
    I have been using the app the past year for medical school and could not be more dissatisfied/frustrated. The app frequently crashes while I am taking notes, resulting in notes not being saved. I often find myself rewriting notes that I had just written prior to the app crashing. In addition the app is constantly glitching - I will try to write something with my Apple pen and it takes a good minute before I can produce any sort of ink on paper. I also have issues copying and pasting images onto First Aid from outside resources. And as of most recently, I can no longer search keywords on first aid, which completely defeats the purpose of having a pdf copy of First Aid. I have reached out to Notability by submitting a request of my current issues and have not heard back from them. Unfortunately I cannot contact them via phone and thus I am extremely frustrated with the lack of accessibility and availability to receive any sort of help. Do yourself a favor and do not download this app. I have been informed by my colleagues that OneNote is significantly better and i wish I had known this prior to using notability
  • Could be More Lefty Friendly 2/5

    By AlyP_as_in_Pterodactyl
    Prior to all these new glitching issues, the BIGGEST downfall of this app is the fact that it is really not left handed friendly. Sure, you can tweak the settings for left hand sensitivity, but I don’t know what that changes because my hand is always accidentally opening the title bar or the navigation menu on the left of the screen when I’m writing. It’s absolutely irritating. People in my classes must think I have Tourette Syndrome because I’m constantly swearing at this app for bringing up the navigation menu and title bar in the middle of my writing. Can developers PLEASE update it so us left-handed people can move the navigation menu to the opposite side of the screen? Such a simple feature would make this review 5 stars hands down.
  • Keeps Deleting Notes 1/5

    By K. Dinh
    Notes are being deleted from iPad and/or will not sync properly to desktop app.
  • PDF import bug 1/5

    By BBgamer79
    The primary reason I use Notability is to markup PDFs. The import of a pdf no longer works... just imports a blank page. I searched some forums and see this has been a problem in the past, though I have never experienced this. This renders Notability unusable for me. Please fix this ASAP if you can... as I’m sure it effects a lot of users.
  • Need multilayer pages 5/5

    By Don dawtf
    That would be awesome if you could make it multiplayers
  • Glitches & Bugs in the new iOS 3/5

    By M3rlin2000
    Let me start off by saying that Notability is by far the most enjoyable and efficient note taking experience I’ve had on the store. BUT..... Recently ever since the iOS 13 update, I feel like I’m tripping over mines that weren’t there before, like: - Notes won’t delete and will keep recreating themselves. - Palm rejection makes my notes into circles or straight lines, sometimes. - Can’t edit a title on first click, have to go out and do it on 2nd click. - Images get deleted if I delete a page before or after it. - When important a pdf and I select a certain page to import, if jumps me forward by 50 pages and I have to track back. - Massive overheating on the latest iPad Pro. Concerning to say the least. - Recordings keep getting lost or scrambled due to crashes. - OH THE CRASHES! - And countless more..... The app is not 100% ready for iOS 13 and it’s extremely annoying. And since they update only once or twice a month at best, I fear it’ll be sometime before it will be back to it’s old perfect self. Tl;Dr: it’s clunky and unreliable atm, and that may be due to the OS update, rather than the app itself.
  • Major iCloud Bugs 1/5

    By Game revewier
    Opening a doc from my iPad on my iPhone in the app and editing anything causes all the pictures to disappear. If you exit the document you can’t go back in because it says the note needs to be downloaded from iCloud. The app is seriously a winner otherwise
  • Good, could use a few improvements. 4/5

    By Jason Lurf
    I love the recording ability. Some areas for improvement: 1. Night mode for white background of power points without disturbing animations, or their colors, or recording. Black font turns white in black background. 2. When uploading power point to a subject from somewhere like Canvas, notability should have the class name plus folder or file before the user exits to go to notability. Saves further editing. 3. When playing back a recording, for PowerPoint, the playback will follow you physically going forward through slides with arrows pointing in the direction you’re going and goes in sequence to how you move on to the next slide or when you write instead of manually trying to figure out where you’re at while listening to the recording. I have to note take chronologically to counter this effect and it’s cumbersome. 4. Darker highlighter with neon color like Microsoft word. 5. Ability to recover deleted items within 30 days like Apple’s “Notes”. 6. Being able to cut, copy, or crop a power point slide and paste it where you want it. 7. When adding notes by pen in a power point that already had a recording, notability should ask if you want to add it to the recording’s animation mark before moving on to the next slide. 8. Being able to cut added drawings or notes and customizing their color for better memory stimulation or organization. Like color coding. There’s one more thing, but I forgot.......
  • Great for notes, but needs collaboration urgently! 3/5

    By tag1744
    I use this app for my medical school notes, but it desperately needs two huge changes: 1) Live Highly Reactive Collaboration on notes. 2) Auto-Backup to iCloud Files (not the competition only). Our study groups cannot use Notability because of these two major missing features. Hope to see them soon!
  • LOVE LOVE LOVE this app !! 5/5

    By hjwazwaz
    I use notability for ALL my notes in school. It keeps them organized and vibrant. LOVE all of its features and its search ability. I can never go back to pen and notebook. Notability has made me a more efficient and organized student. In the past, I used to rarely go back to fix or enhance my notes. With the app, I’m able to add, remove and enhance content easily as well as add photos, diagrams and charts as I’m taking the notes. This app has been my #1 investment.
  • New update 3/5

    By brosuff2
    I can’t scroll anymore when using a mouse on my iPad! It was such as useful feature. Can you please bring it back. I am using the Apple wired Mighty Mouse.
  • My ipad is getting hot while using this. 1/5

    By Udadadadadang
    my ipad pro 12.9 2018 is getting hot when I use this app. The middle part of screen gets hotter gradually. This does not happen when I use other apps, but only notability. When it updated for ios 13, I see this problem because I had no problem like this from ios 12. I think this app needs to be more stabilized for ios 13. I went to apple store, but they cannot do anything about it because it is not hard ward issue. I did all the check up test there, but only notability cause the heat on my screen.
  • Not working with iOS 13 1/5

    By dbrown10195
    Even though “iOS 13 support was added” I am completely unable to import PowerPoint notes from blackboard(what my school uses) or the files app. I loved this app before the update, but now that I can’t use it it threw off my organization for the semester. Once this is fixed I will change the review but right now I am furious
  • Really helpful 5/5

    By DaetheDJ
    This has been a great help for my class and for just personal note taking.
  • Worth the Money 5/5

    By kristelagarcia
    Easy to use, very intuitive- the wrist guard came in handy before I got the Apple Pencil. I love the ease of connecting Dropbox and google drive. Being able to import documents easily has been a lifesaver.
  • Most used app 5/5

    By JWB1049
    Notability is my most used app. I use it for notes heavily. I also use it as my journal. One feature I particularly like is the ability to import and then mark up and annotate a pdf or picture. I also occasionally use the microphone to assist when taking notes. I am an attorney and have used this app for years when taking notes in the courtroom.
  • Losing data and sync issues after latest update 3/5

    By Esorcc
    Loved this app until now. Upgraded last night. Now I'm losing sections of my notes due to sync issues. I don't trust the app until this is fixed. App also frequently goes back to main notes selection page instead of opening on current note. Very frustrating.
  • It’s a good app 3/5

    By pasqu001
    I like the app because of how it organizes my files. I do not like the fact that I have to spend another 10 dollars to get the same app on my mac. That’s why it’s getting 3 stars. Overall it’s just as good as noteshelf I just prefer the file storage better in this app.
  • 😍 5/5

    By M0LARBEAR
    I’ve been using this app for years!! It’s gotten me through undergrad and graduate school. I like to download the lecture slides either prior or at the start of class. And, during class, I write a check on each slide as a recording bookmark, then scribble notes all throughout.
  • Lots of crashing, scrambled audio recordings, glitchy overall 1/5

    By Jcpgxhxhldug
    This app keeps crashing on me and glitching out as I’m in class taking notes. Additionally chunks of my audio recordings have gotten scrambled or have gone missing. I reported this to notability two weeks hoping to have it addressed before my exam but no luck. Missed a chunk of lecture audio, and pieces of it were integrated with lecture from a different day. Not only this but as I’m taking notes in class the magnifying feature keeps popping up for no reason causing my writing stroke to freeze midway through, and I’ve have automatic shape tool start to glitch out almost every three words I write. I’m not holding down, yet it will replace some of my letters with shapes. Regret recommending this app to friends and won’t make that mistake again. For the price it shouldn’t be this faulty and glitchy for so long. This update was so sloppy.
  • It rocks 5/5

    By strawberryjamz
    Honestly. If you’re on the fence just do it. It’s totally worth it. The recording ability along highlighting and playing back the recording and having it go over the notes you took while it recorded... so good.
  • Update really messed it up! 3/5

    By Suzartist
    I started using this app for school and it had become my favorite app, practically indispensable for taking notes until tonight when I tried to clip a picture from the web and put it in my notes. It wasn’t working at all. After many work around I noticed that it upgraded today ! Several other bugs have popped up. I’m upset, if you can download the older version I would recommend doing so. Too bad it was a great app.
  • Used to be solid... Very broken on iPadOS 1/5

    By h2oprfhdgc
    I have found notability to be solid in past versions of iOS. After upgrading to iPadOS, it crashed on opening. So I reinstalled and lost all files but was able to load them from my backups. But when I try to open a new PDF file in notability, it shows up as a blank 2 page PDF document in the app... Something is very broken..
  • With the new update the app refreshes constantly and becomes very annoying to use 3/5

    By IceBlueLugiaas
    I’ve used this app for about 3 years now for school, and it works very well with pretty much no issues. However, with the recent update the app will constantly refresh whenever I exit the app and I will have to wait for it to load again. This becomes very annoying as I find myself switching from different apps often. Split view is not very useful to me due to having to change my zoom level and zoom area on both apps constantly. I thought it might have something to do with background app refresh, but notability doesn’t even show up as one of the apps with that option. Sometimes even if less than a minute has passed since I exited notability, it will still refresh. This is incredibly annoying, and I cannot fathom why this change was made. This update took one of the most useful apps I had and made it an absolute chore to use. Please fix this, as I really want to give this app 5 stars due to how much it’s helped me over the years, but I can’t under the current circumstances
  • Handwriting issues 4/5

    By GlamStandard
    It is a great app. Loved it till My handwriting and editing features no longer worked. Left a support request but I haven’t herd anything since the automated response.
  • New update :/ 2/5

    By Drewsos
    Ever since the new update for iPad, this app has been glitchy. First it would crash if I even tried to open the app. Thankfully this was resolved so I can at least use the app. But now if I search for anything within the uploaded PDFs, it doesn’t work. The search always says “no search results found” even if what I’m searching is on the page I’m looking at. Frustrating when trying to find things on large PDFs
  • Good but not everything I’m looking for 2/5

    By Sammie_antha
    This is a great app if you’re looking for basic things in a note taking app. Import/export works decently, sometimes it is finicky though. (EDIT: with the recent update, import into the app has gotten completely messed up. You now have to choose a folder from notability within the app you’re importing from. When I choose “add to note” not all of my notes pop up in the search AND it doesn’t even add it to the note that I do choose. What the heck happened???) All the writing, erasing, cut and paste tools work well. Recordings come out clean and in sync with my writing. However, I want a feature that allows me to edit text in an imported PDF— when I am taking notes on a page, sometimes I need more room and need to move text. Sometimes while I’m writing on a document, the page randomly changes color— this happens about once a day. When I search for a word in my documents, it will occasionally pull a completely unrelated word (this even happens with typed words so you can’t blame it on my handwriting.) I would also enjoy a feature that allowed for making notecards, even if it was a separate app I had to pay for that had the same concept as Notability.
  • Amazing but would love to see one more thing 4/5

    By 3crystalss
    Overall, this is the best app out there for taking notes and keeping all my files organized. However, I would LOVE the ability to make folders. For example, I’d have a folder for my Fall 2019 semester, then contain a divider per class within the folder, then keep the different chapters per class within the divider. That way, in future semesters, I can easily go back to the appropriate semester rather than shuffling through the classes themselves.
  • Better than GoodNotes 5/5

    By Rxxxxxy
    Love this app have been using it since 2014, graduated with this and started another program all with this app, I am absolutely in love with this. I can assure you that this is one of the most trustworthy apps out there for school.
  • App Crashes When Recording in Background 2/5

    By cforbes909
    The app still crashes when recoding I’m the background on iPadOS. Please fix this bug as I depend on being able to do this daily.
  • Can’t import files 1/5

    By natterratter
    The import function from safari and chrome doesn’t work. You’re supposed to be able to copy to notability, but nothing shows up. You download it but you can’t import it that way either.
  • Don't download update 1/5

    By Gold!qwerty
    Don't download update. Afterwards, the iPad gets hot and the battery drains at an incredible rate.
  • Drag & Drop needed 1/5

    By da Drizzler
    This app needs the ability to organize notes by drag and drop. If you have a lot of notes in a subject folder or wherever it will automatically alphabetize them but it seems like a no brainer to also organize notes in an order of your own choosing.
  • Awesome 4/5

    By Angie Denise
    I have this and goodnotes. I have to say that I love how easy notability is to navigate. I love being able to record. I must say that I like going into goodnotes to write up my “pretty” notes because of how awesome their highlighter is. It really makes the words stand out and the colors are nice and rich. Can you please update the highlighter feature so that the highlighter stays behind the writing and not layered over the top. PLEASE :)
  • Please don’t get this 1/5

    By Amp apple
    It gets one star because it works. everyone in my school uses notability. I had been using notes writer lite for awhile and then decided to switch over. I wish I didn’t spend $12 dollars on this app. Notability has less features and is more glitchy than Notes Writer Lite. I loved Notes Writer and it worked wonderfully. When you get Notability, paying $12 you’d think you’d g et everything, wrong. There are still add-one which you can buy. I’m trying to annotate an PDF but Notability glitches sooooo much that I’m sooo triggered and decided to write this review instead. I have found nothing that liked more about Notability than my other app (which was free). I am no sitting here, not able to get my homework done because I spent $12 on this crappy app.
  • Switching colors feature on top bar please! 5/5

    By zzqsze3x3ed4343
    The only good thing of Goodnotes. At least allow us to customize default colors options. PLEASE.
  • Best for any student 5/5

    By Jguyy815
    Notability has changed the way I student. Now I have everything with me in one app and the voice record with note population is amazing. I highly recommend this app especially since shapes have just been made even easier . It’s very useful for doing problems or equations repetitively Because you have unlimited paper. There a great buy for anybody that’s looking to change things up.
  • Bomb diggity 5/5

    By dheifnehfj
    The actual greatest app both for my academic life and professional. 11/10 recommend.
  • Killer for handwriting notes in class 5/5

    By Idodots
    I use Notability on my iPad Mini to take notes with the Apple Pencil. Works great! I’m very reliant on it now.

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