Notability
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Notability

  • Category: Productivity
  • Release Date: 2010-04-01
  • Current Version: 8.4.1
  • Adult Rating: 4+
  • File Size: 279.86 MB
  • Developer: Ginger Labs
  • Compatibility: Requires iOS 10.0 or later.
  • Rating Count: 21 168

Description

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 circles and straight lines. • 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 14 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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Reviews

  • Zoom

    4
    By almacabro
    I love the new zoom capability, but could you guys put the zoom percentage back on display when I zoom? I write best at the 247% zooming and now I can’t get that perfect zoom on the first try, it would make the zooming perfect if I could!
  • Pen/Pencil option please?

    4
    By simplelife2019
    This is a very thorough app which I appreciate. The only thing I truly love having that appears to be missing in this app is the option to write with a pencil rather than a pen. If it is possible to add this I would greatly appreciate it!!
  • Best, but not perfect

    4
    By 黑猫の魂火
    Most feature, best performance among note apps. But occasional glitch still exist.
  • Key to College

    5
    By grmiller923
    I take all of my notes on here and the tolls on this app have helped me studying so much. I tell everyone about this app because it's been the key for my studying in college.
  • Great PDF annotation app

    5
    By Xwelder
    After Microsoft nuked OneDrive, i looked for another option that allowed pdf annotation with Apple Pencil and keyboards. Notability is awesome for this and has improved my productivity. I’ve been using this app for a few months now and have yet to have even one glitch. Well worth the purchase price if you are using your iPad for productivity.
  • Great, but not excellent

    3
    By Katreeners
    The features of Notability are amazing, however its performance is a little subpar as of lately. When saving PowerPoints from Blackboard, it seems to cut off the bottom of slides during conversion. I would also love to see them implement the option to import audio files, like Good Note.
  • Very useful

    5
    By Tchahattou
    Great app, thank you!
  • Best of the best.

    5
    By Josephoregon
    This is one of the best apps I have ever used with my Apple Pencil (iPad Pro 11 inch). Love it for journal entries.
  • 98/100

    5
    By _jklee_
    This was THE app that made my iPad and Apple Pencil worth every penny. As a college student, this provides every possible feature I would have wanted in a note taking app. I use this for taking notes, homework and even concept sketch drawings for projects. The one feature that would be really cool would be an integrated calculator where it calculates basic math quickly by highlighting the equation using the lasso tool.
  • Great app, but could use more basic features

    4
    By Jmanf14
    This app is amazing in almost every sense. It has tons of features for taking notes, including the ability to record and see how that audio then corresponds to your notes. However basic tasks need improvement, such as folders and organization. While it is possible to sort notes into folders, it is not efficient. Also, erasing in this app is a pain as you can only erase full pen strokes and not individual points. 4/5 stars for an app that is great, but could use a few more things to make it perfect
  • DELETED MY NOTES

    1
    By Allie326748041
    My school uses iPads and tells all of the students to download notability. I am in the middle of midterms and exited the app briefly but when I re-opened the app ALL OF MY NOTES WERE GONE. Under the “all notes” folder it said 0. So...if I fail my physics midterm we’re gonna have a problem. I emailed customer support and they’re supposedly open so...I think that reflects how they care about their customers. Verdict: DO NOT RECCOMEND
  • So so close!!

    4
    By :D me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Their are a few flaws with this app but mostly perks as well I swear if this app would team up with good notes it would be perfect! I think the one thing I’m missing the most is the notebook feel. You know like when you first go into good notes you have these “notebooks” to choose from. And i wish that i could choose weather the paper goes side ways or up and down I think that would be a very good feature! But other then that this app is fantastic for taking notes and i highly recommend it!
  • New Update Deleted all of my folders and offloaded all content

    1
    By hawaiian superman
    I have used this app for school for as long as I can remember. Last night, my iPad updated the app and when I went in to go finish up some notes I had started yesterday, they were not only inaccessible (offloaded and not downloading), but all of my folders were gone, too. So now everything is “un-filed” and completely inaccessible. What a shame, Notability.
  • Needs better document organization

    3
    By FormalPork
    The app is pretty great. Super useful for not taking and review. The main problem is that you can only have one layer of organization. You can make “subjects” and “dividers” but for many classes, I really want more layers of organization like how folders would work with windows file explorer.
  • Wonderful until last update

    1
    By Texas Elsie
    I’ve been a passionate Notability user for years, using it for taking notes, downloading & modifying PDFs & more. It’s versatility & usability was unparalleled. The latest update has made it unusable. It hangs when going from heading to heading & subjects within headings, I can’t import or export anymore, & searching for a note or searching within notes is impossible. I’ve contacted Ginger Labs through their contact system but haven’t had a response yet. In the meantime, I’m hamstrung with accessing information I need daily. Ginger Labs: when you fix this, I’ll write you the 5 star review your product used to deserve.
  • Suggestions

    4
    By NatureCloud
    I like the new custom color update. Also, I love how I can move around my writing with the select tool, which is helpful for organic chemistry because I have to re-draw my structures all the time. I also use notability for PDF readings, and I like how it retains the PDF words still to keep it searchable. And its great that this app doesn't need to be in full screen, so I can have the web browser on the side while studying. However, I have a few suggestions: 1. An option to export the pdf without the notability edits. Is there a way to get back the original PDF without the notability edits? 2. I know there is a two-note viewing feature, but it's not that customizable. Like it would be great to have a note up and down as well instead of left and right only. I don't know if this is an IOS problem because I know that multiscreen usage for iPad can only do left and right sharing as well.
  • Improved pinch to zoom? I don’t think so

    3
    By 123spaghetticat
    I absolutely love everything about this app. I’ve been using it for 3 semesters in school and it works great. That’s why I’m really upset about the new punch to zoom “feature.” Before, zooming out all the way would cause the page to automatically snap to full screen. Sure you couldn’t zoom out to see multiple pages, but why would you need to? Now if I accidentally zoom out the page a little bit, the edges don’t snap back to fill the screen. That was a great and underrated feature. PLEASE bring it back.
  • Almost there

    3
    By Hsbsbsmdhbddjndsjdj
    Very very good app. So why 3/5? We absolutely need the ability to create another level of organization. As a grad student I have A LOT of notes and 2 divisions isn’t enough! This is a very simple feature to add and would make this app perfect.
  • Love This App - Why Did It Become Unresponsive?

    2
    By hirnix
    This app is my note taker for EVERYTHING - meeting notes, daily planner, journaling, idea keeping, etc. recently, the app became so annoyingly buggy that I wonder if I should rely so much on it. The app frequently stops responding to the pen even when the pen is charged, other applications are closed and I have more than sufficient storage space. @Developers: are you aware of this yet and already on to a solution? Any help or hint would be great.
  • Almost the all in one note taking app

    4
    By Mohamoda
    Please add outline (table of contents) support to imported large PDFs. It’s hard to navigate a book/long paper
  • Constant Crashing with new update

    1
    By bkvhvhvhghg
    New bug making the app unusable
  • They deleted my review?

    3
    By Piano Music Lover
    Looks like my review was deleted so I have to start again. This is a good app but you must be very careful with “Copy/Paste”... or it will move parts of your sentences into other paragraphs where you don’t want them. When you’re “copying,” if all the words you’ve highlighted turn white...beware, because it’s fixing to move your words to where you don’t want them, without doing a ‘paste.’ And there’s nothing you can do about it. It does this automatically. Don’t know why. Absolute weirdest thing I ever saw. Also, I do wish the makers of this App could turn the page background colors into lighter colors that we can actually use. I find all but 4 of them not usable because they’re just too dark to see words on. Other than these two things, I like Notability.
  • Latest version crashes upon import-word, excel

    1
    By wcstaney
    The latest version is not crashing upon trying to import a document from Word or Excel
  • Highlight feature needs improvement.

    3
    By Brint Eldridge
    I do not like that when notes are highlighted that the highlighter color slightly distorts the original color of the note. Would love to see the highlights behind the note, leaving it to be easily read without distraction of a different tint.
  • Wish there was a better way to organize the notes

    4
    By Funbutt25
    Notably has been great for actual notetaking, however I wish there was a better way to organize the notes. If we could have sub folders within the subject folders, that would be helpful. Or if we could manually change the order of the notes in each folder instead of having it automatically listed by either name or date added, that could make the organization of ones notes easier to follow. Other than these small technicalities, I love using notability for note taking and definitely think it’s worth the money.
  • Eraser

    3
    By BrianJesDiaz
    The app is great when taking notes but I have an issue with the eraser: I want the option to erase a certain part of a drawing NOT THE WHOLE STROKE.
  • new zooming out feature slows down your writing

    1
    By Yamada140
    Great team of gingerlabs please notice that this recent update with zooming out feature is quite annoying and lags your writing down because all you gotta spend time to fit the screen by pinching back the zoom to normal especially at class ,which had been achieved by a simple move in the last version, in fact it has diminished the stability the app used to have during writing in return to bring more visual details (you are unable to see because of being too tiny) that could be easily achieved more efficiently in the last version by simply holding your ipad vertically please put this new feature as an option in the setting, so one could switch it off for the next update ,otherwise it comes annoying.
  • some suggestions?

    4
    By GtrInLA
    After 2 days these are just a few of my suggestions: • when selecting via your two selection tools we should be able to include text as well, this is a no brainer? • bug?: if a line drawing is overlapping with a floating text box and you want to only move the text box the line moves along with it. • shapes should be integrated along or aside with the pen tools. as it is now in order to make shapes they are separately grouped which makes it pretty much useless • add arrows to the shapes please!? • BONUS: add an option to make our own template shapes? such as ‘measure indicators’ for architectural drawings which I especially use this for (an untapped market perhaps?).. love that straight line feature!!! • making straight lines is awesome! thank you!!!! now expand on this by allowing a continuation so we can make custom shapes in one drawing session? so after a straight line is made.. keep holding down... then move to make the next part of the shape, repeat... connect the shape or just let go. how cool would that be? • allow us to edit our straight lines by just selecting it in addition to using the selection tool’s available. it’s way easier and more practical to control by moving the ends independently yes? but don’t lose the selection tool trick, that’s helpful too • allow us to ‘group’ text and drawings together so we can resize and move as needed (checkout keynote). that would cut our time to a fraction. as it is now if we want to move a section that includes text and lines etc it’s a real hassle especially if the text is inside a drawing :( • bug?: when renaming a file certain characters aren’t allowed but we don’t know which ones they are, please make it clear to us so we don’t get that generic error that has nothing to do with what the real issue is all about there’s more but i really need to get some zzz all in all, so far i’m happy with my purchase, $10 is a high price to pay (hence one less star) but i’m not regretting it ‘yet’. the app seem stable but then again i’ve only had it for 2 days if the developer responds, i’ll gladly revisit with more ideas after i get a chance to play around with it more. great work so far, party on!
  • Page end marks

    3
    By MKB_88
    I use this great app to write down class notes then share as PDF with friends. The problem is the end of the page is poorly illustrated. Which I sometimes miss. The exported PDFs are chopped and looks bad. Please highlight the page ends or allow horizontal page turning so one can know where the page ends. Thank you
  • catalogue

    5
    By Qinkki
    Having a catalogue at the right should be better
  • Awesome.

    4
    By WellHeyyy
    Using this for med school and it is amazing. Only critique: you can’t search page numbers for your textbooks...which is really annoying when you have 1500 page text books...and you have pages and pages of notes! Also it doesn’t let me change the color of the pen when it’s in a double screen for, side by side. This app is awesome because it’s so versatile. For example you can cut and paste chunks from books or other sources right into your notes Please fix these little things for the next update! It would be a game changer! This is worth the $
  • Non-stop crashing

    2
    By Love.Serenity.Faith.Peace
    Ever since the Notability app has updated, it has failed to remain open on my device for longer than 5mins, despite being up-to-date on my software for apple and turning it off & on. It continuously crashes and it starting to be of greater concern with this glitch’s impact on my ability to take notes in class. I originally really liked this app, especially with the ability to write and record on my notes but this ongoing crashing is making me have my doubts. If this is something that can be fixed, please do so. Thanks in advance
  • Best note taking app I’ve tried.

    4
    By Wjmarrero
    This is by far the best app I’ve tried for taking notes and one of the best things about it is that it’s not subscription based. Ten dollars might seem like a big upfront investment, at least to me it did, but the developers keep updating the app to keep up with current iOS updates and features like the double tap feature in the the new Apple Pencil. My only complaint is minor and that is the lack of text selection once you import a pdf as a note, it seems that it reads the pdf as a flat image.
  • Would not recommend

    1
    By Mr.PharmD
    It was great the first year I used it, but now that I have EVERY not from school on it, the constant updates have introduced so many bugs and crashes that the app is worse than useless
  • Wrong

    3
    By 七仔up
    为什么更新之后,在文本框里的文字不能扩选了。
  • App u must have

    4
    By ahmadkattan
    I’d love if there is a small icon I can write note in it like the one in adobe. Also the search text doesn’t include the picture’s description. The last update made the app slower, doing wired stuff like zooming, moving to the top of the page, I wash I can go back to the older version. But overall the app is very nice. Now it keeps crushing. I hope they update it very quickly or go back to the older version.
  • Great app, but...

    3
    By #likeapancake
    If this was a free app it would hav 10 out of five stars. It is easy to use, has some really awesome features and is really well designed. But because I payed $10 for it I am going to be more critical. The biggest issue I have with this app is the lack of tilt functionality. It really needs to have a setting to take advantage of tilt for brush size. That is one of my favorite things about the Apple Pencil and it is comparable with this app. Another thing I would like to have in this app is subfolders. I like order and I would like to be able to organize my notes in such a manner that I have large folders then more folders within my folders and so forth. Those are my two major complaints with this app. Overall though, I would recommend, I will definitely get my $10 out of this app.
  • Go-to notetaking app for work and home

    5
    By johnnyxhuynh
    This app has allowed me to replace my legal pad at the office and is just as useful in my home. Highly recommended.
  • Bugs

    3
    By yesterkim
    It turns itself off every 1 minutes without saving my notes.. I found out it was bc there were too many notes, so I deleted about 600 notes. And it still keeps turning itself off and that’s very irritating. I waited for updates but it didn’t change anything :( I’m afraid I wouldn’t want to delete this app and install again bc all my notes will be gone. Backing up doesn’t work either..
  • Syncing Issues

    2
    By RandyO322
    Had to entirely disable iCloud syncing after troubleshooting. Lost hours worth of notes because notability wasn’t saving my progress.
  • Yikes... new zoom controls are brutal.

    2
    By jimmy_pop89
    Been using Notability daily for years. The new zoom feature is very frustrating. In the past, a pinch in would automatically set the page back to “fit to screen”. Now, a pinch in zooms WAY out to show the entire document. You have to precisely and slowing pinch in an out to set it back to fit to screen. And even at that point, it’s not exactly fit to screen, shows small borders on the left and right sides.
  • Great, but needs a few features

    4
    By Anonymous11111aad
    1. Highlighting mode (all straight line) 2. Autoshape recognition for drawing ovals, triangles, etc 3. Better management of where highlighted notes are in a book pages. 4. When highlighting enhance the background txt to make more bold. 5. Better sticky notes for inserting notes on pages (instead of writing on the actual page a collapsable sticky note where the writing is stored.
  • Great

    4
    By trepap3
    I wish PDFs were movable after importing them into a note.
  • AWESOME

    5
    By #im_so_addicted
    I have been using this app for a while for school, and it is totally awesome. I love it. Keep the updates coming!!!
  • Great but..

    4
    By asabet1
    I love this app but I wish it had two additional things: 1. ability to be able to SWIPE to change pages, instead of the infinite scroll — this would be much more helpful in PDF editing/annotating. 2. more paper options!
  • Enjoy but...

    4
    By alexxisallen
    I like this so far. I’ve been using it as a digital bullet journal. My only issue is seeing pages next to each other, kind of like a normal notebook. If this was added it would be perfect. Also adding a stickers feature and notebook cover. Making it similar to an actual notebook would be nice too.
  • Erasing is bugged

    3
    By Grrrrrrr!!!!!!
    So after this update the erasing feature is buggy. It’s slow and takes a while too actually register my erase. I’m on the newest iPad Pro.
  • NEW UPDATE REVIEW

    4
    By Sandstorm43
    The most recent update has made it unbelievably difficult to select a word and drag the word selector to multiple other words in order to delete an entire sentence. It just grabs the whole screen and moves it when I touch the tiny dot. I am using an Apple Pencil so I am not missing the dot when I try to drag the selector... Please fix this!
  • Another great update again

    5
    By Mr.Stive
    The best note taking app I have ever used and it’s worth the price with excellent experience, supports, and regular updates!

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