GoodNotes 4

GoodNotes 4

  • Category: Productivity
  • Release Date: 2013-12-19
  • Current Version: 4.13.4
  • Adult Rating: 4+
  • File Size: 212.40 MB
  • Developer: Time Base Technology Limited
  • Compatibility: Requires iOS 9.3 or later.
  • Rating Count: 13 194


GoodNotes 5 is now available. A modern GoodNotes version including many new features and improvements, such as: * FLEXIBLE SCROLLING: choose between horizontal and vertical page scrolling * FOLDERS: create infinite levels of folders and subfolders * GLOBAL SEARCH: search and find everything. From handwritten notes, typed text, to document and folder titles. Across your whole library. It is available as a free/discounted upgrade to GoodNotes 4 customers through the “GoodNotes 5 Upgrade Bundle”. ### GoodNotes lets you take beautiful handwritten notes and annotate PDF documents. The handwritten notes are searchable and are created using a pioneering vector ink engine. Thanks to iCloud sync, your documents in GoodNotes will synchronize between your iPad and iPhone automatically. ## Make Your Handwritten Notes Last Forever ## GoodNotes features a state-of-the-art digital ink technology that will look great even with future super-high resolution displays. ## OCR: Search Handwritten Notes ## Just type in the search box what you're looking for and then tap Search. ## Better Than Paper Notebooks ## Type with the keyboard, insert images, or draw perfect shapes easily; mix between any kind of papers or even insert PDF docs inside a notebook; rearrange or delete pages as you like. It is very flexible. ## Annotate PDF Documents; Fill and Sign Forms ## Great for saving time, paper, and the environment. Microsoft Word and PowerPoint files are supported too. ## Large Collection of Beautiful Covers and Papers ## Each template is carefully designed in vector format. There are lined papers, graph papers, music papers, and lots of notebook covers to choose from. Add your own template with an image or a PDF file. ## GoodNotes Does Not Slow You Down ## Thanks to the powerful zoom window feature, you can write quickly with your fingers or with a stylus in a large area, and your handwriting will be shrunk automatically. ## Just Write Them Down and Don’t Worry ## You can correct any mistake any time and it won’t become messy. The lasso tool will let you move things around or even resize them. ## Protect Your Valuable Data ## GoodNotes features a trash function to protect from accidental deletion. It can also backup your data to Box, Dropbox, Google Drive, or OneDrive automatically. ## GoodNotes is Also a Digital Whiteboard ## Your audience will not see the user interface — just the content — and you can choose which part of the page to show them. Many teachers and lecturers are already using GoodNotes to teach. ================ The screenshots use material from Wikipedia articles Photoelectric effect[1] and Internal combustion engine[2], which are released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0[3]. [1] [2] [3]



  • Easiest note taking app

    By Ballistic Bacon
    Best note taking app I have tried. Controls are intuitive and the auto switch eraser (probably describing it wrong) is my favorite part. To make it 5 stars: Dark mode please
  • Are you kidding me?

    By brianohh
    This is not even a free app. Why do I have to deal with pop up add about good notes 5 EVERY SINGLE TIME I open the app?? It’s starting to annoy the nuts out of me. STOP THIS PLEASE.
  • Constant harassment

    By Nerovingian
    Please stop bothering me to upgrade every time I open the app. I paid for the app and want to use it. But the annoying ad drives me nuts and makes me want to use a different app.
  • Ads ads ads

    By kmilz13
    I love this app; it was worth my money. However, I’m so over the fact that an ad for an upgrade pops up every. single. time. I open this app. Get rid of the ads please!
  • Good

    By Sunny해
    Fave note taking app! Just needs voice recording and dual notebook capabilities.. it would be perfect. Better than GN5 hands down!
  • So much better than V5

    By blasler
    This older V4 version is so much better than the V5 upgrade (as of May 2019): * The insertion point works in tall text boxes instead of scrolling offscreen * Named bookmarks allow one to navigate large books * Text insertion is so smooth: click (+) and start typing; no fumbling with the insertion point * Text color and style selection is cruder, but obvious * V4 has the lasso selection (ok, v5 has that too!) * V4 backs up to more places * V4 can start its own HTTP endpoint to share documents to the local network * The 'send to GoodNotes 4' imports V5 with directories converted into Categories I'll keep v5 around and check out its evolution, but for now I recommend V4 for getting stuff done.
  • No, I don’t want to upgrade. STOP asking.

    By Denim1917
    Literally every time I open this app it asks me to upgrade to the newer version for a fee. I bought the older version on purpose, based on the reviews. I paid $8 for it (same price as the new version). Getting asked to pay more to upgrade every time I open the app is maddening, and I can’t figure out how to make it stop, despite searching for an solution. D:<
  • Where is the pencil option?

    By ShocNAwe
    I love this app, but I really would like to see a realistic pencil option
  • 连接onedrive总是失败

    By shizju
  • Great app

    By Arielle2009
    Love the app. Use it for classes to take notes. Great, because even so I handwrite, it is still searchable, as long as I write somewhat readable haha. One thing I wished to be better: the size of the eraser should be as adjustable, as the fountain pen. Their smallest size is sometimes too big to erase only what is needed in drawings.
  • Updated to 4.5

    By MLR123400000
    I just update to version 4.5. Now, nothing is working on my iPad!!?? Cannot send files to GoodNotes!!!! Really annoyed. I use this program Dailey for my meetings. At the moment, I’d give it zero stars if I could.
  • GoodNotes 4

    By Sissy1997
    Love it!
  • Best app for bullet journal

    By JDF233
    I'm so glad I did my due diligence and went with GoodNotes. It's an incredible work (and play) tool that has significantly increased my productivity. I used to keep a detailed bullet journal on paper where it was difficult to manage space and keep all my tasks in one location. GoodNotes was a game changer. I can add as many pages as I want, bookmarking key locations is a snap and I can search through hundreds of pages by whatever words I need. App is about 99% successful at recognizing my scrawl and getting me to the right place. Drains battery a bit but pretty manageable. Couldn't be happier
  • Love it but would like alphabetical bookmarks

    By almost a perfect 5
    I love this app. I use it daily for work and personal. It helps organize basically everything. I would have given 5 stars if I could have the option of an alphabetical bookmark option. It lists them chronology by page #, but I would prefer alphabetical for easier reference. Other than that it’s pretty perfect!
  • Does everything I need

    By wannabeapolyglot
    Great app. Love the search function. It recognizes my sloppy handwriting with no problem.
  • Bugged with ads

    By Buinfred
    The app is constantly opening up a pop up ad for its next version.
  • Best App Bar None

    By smbushberg
    This is absolutely the best functioning and most effective app of any kind I have used on my iPad Pro. They have put in more functionality into this app than I even expected. I love this app. My only hesitancy, at this point, is whether or not to upgrade to Version 5. I love the way this app works as it already is and, given all the negative reviews regarding the upgrade, I feel that I want to wait until the next update comes along to fix the existing bugs. I hope they are able to fix version 5, but I can hardly imagine how they could improve upon perfection with version 4. Thanks for creating such a wonderful app. (New comment - 5/1/19) Would like to see the a function that allows us to rotate any individual page (as part of a workbook), as well as the ability to rotate an entire workbook.
  • Show you publicity

    By federico-pena
    The app is great, badly I pay for the Good Notes 4 when it was new and now that they have a new version (good note 5, with few improvements) they always when I open the app show me an annoying publicity to buy good note 5. This new version should be a free update and first of all if you pay $10 that is not a cheap price for an app.
  • Great App

    By ethan_ardmin
    I use this app for my job as a facility manager of a recycling firm. I love how intuitive the interface is. Highlighting and pen color changes make a huge difference — I do not want to carry around multiple writing utensils. Don’t waste time with other apps that barely offer half the utilities. Also, going paperless is a good option.
  • Advertising in a paid app?

    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.
  • Organized and efficient ent

    By Breakin Wind
    It’s. Easy to set up notebooks and get organized The only thing they could improve on is the stylus tools.
  • Love it

    By Alicebvanderveer
    I love it. The only thing I wish it did was give me the ability to switch between paper types within journals. I work in science so having some graph paper pages is really helpful but I don’t necessarily need every page as graph paper
  • Love it

    By Bilmeme
    It is a wonderful app thank you
  • The best app on the market!

    By obx divr
    As a person always on the go, I love how I can take multiple notes, select the type of paper depending on the task i am trying to accomplish and how I can draw color pictures at the swipe of a finger. Thanks for the hard work you put into this application. You did an amazing job!
  • Absolutely phenomenal

    By ChuckdotScience
    I can’t believe how great this app is it’s my absolute favorite out of hundreds that I’ve downloaded over the years. The only suggestion that I could make is to clear we label the magnification box that allows you to write line by line at the bottom. That by far is the absolute best feature on the app and makes it perfect for me. Thanks.
  • I purchased the bundle

    By alghamdiksa
    Hey, I just purchased the bundle and came with GoodNotes 4&5 but the GoodNotes 5 can’t be downloaded? What should I do at this time I need help here!
  • tries to sell newer version every launch

    By jaynonono
    Not interested.
  • Hopefully you can add these abilities

    By 黄子韬棒棒哒
    First, I hope we can collect our handwritings or things we draw, use them anytime we want. Second, I hope we can edit the typing that is already done. Third, add more new pages by one click.
  • More than I expected

    By kemblr
    Before buying this application, I had read some reviews that gave me an idea of what to expect. A few reviews were not good, but I decided to explore. After using it frequently, I come to the conclusion that this application is more than what I expected.
  • Practical and Useful

    By Ho San
    I’m still learning how to use the multiple features of this very useful app. I look forward to using it for a long time to come.
  • GoodNotes 4 superior to 5

    By SEM84
    GoodNotes 4 is an easy to use, smooth, intuitive program. Performs as expected with few to no glitches. I recommend it to everyone. Please don’t legacy this app before fixing all the issues with GoodNotes 5.
  • No Mac Version

    By --Skybird--
    There is currently no Mac version which makes this app for me kind of useless.
  • waste of my money

    By Checkerlily
    I bought the app for a specific purpose. I was excited to get started on my first notebook, played around with the tools and was quickly getting in to it. I switched to a different app to export some drawings. Switched back to add them in to my new notebook, and I could no longer open the notebook. It’s still there but fails to open. I guess I’m thankful I didn’t invest even more time than I did, but still....
  • App functionality is great but drains battery big-time

    By Chipboy07
    I get an annoying pop-up every time I launch Good Notes that suggests that I upgrade to version 5. Based on battery drain issues and now having all of my files deleted during the last update, there’s no chance that I’d pay more money to upgrade. Will start to look for other alternatives like One Note. ———- I’ve had the app for a while but just recently noticed that my iPad battery was draining quickly. Looking at the battery diagnostic, it shows that GoodNotes is using 70%+ of my battery usage. Assume this is a problem with recent updates.
  • Add black paper

    By evan1g
  • Good app

    By Jane2361652
    This is a really good app if you like take notes on an iPad as if it were a piece of paper I would recommend it anybody
  • Love it!

    By PatVi27
    So far this is one of my favorite apps! I love the fact that I can take notes as if I was using a real notepad, not only that but I can also personalize each notepad with different colors and covers. So with this app I get the best of both worlds.
  • Great and Efficient

    By Nanenono
    I love this app. Since I have been working on it I have referred at least 7 people in just 2 months because other professionals Associates have seen how efficient it is. Love the highlight feature and change of pen colors and thickness of lines. I have been able to sign docs quickly and categorize notes. Thanks for a great app. No more 15 separate notebooks everywhere.
  • Greatness With CAVEAT

    By CitizenA
    I’ve been an avid user of the app since it was introduced. In fact - it was reading books and this app that made me buy my 12.9/iPad Pro. (But, I digress.) The app has saved me and made me lots of business opportunities. CAVEATS - I now use both GoodNotes 4 and 5. Four on the iPad and the iPhone - but exclusively 4 on the iPhone since I have not updated my iPhone to iOS 12, thus GoodNotes 5 is not yet available to me. The buggy software in iOS 12 will hopefully be resolved with 12.1.5 or eventually 13 after Dev conference? Second caveat is the iOS iCloud refreshes that stall the access to documents I’ve saved to my device - but don’t have immediate use of. In GoodNotes 5, that problem is resolved. No waiting. It’s quick. Not so on 4. So, I wait patiently, close the app and try again until it’s resolved. Fixing these issues would move my opinion from a 4-star rating to a 5. The program is that good and that pivotal to the sketches, design and planning-work I use it for. Please and thank you.
  • Exactly what I have been looking for

    By Yakimastubbs
    This app is easy to use and very intuitive. I have been looking for an application like this for the last 10 years, I am happy to have finally found it. It has replaced the yellow pad for my client interviews and makes it very easy for me to share the information with my assistant. I can also do proposals on the run without logging a lot of excess paperwork with me.
  • No Mac App

    By KRP333
    Version 4 had a Mac app that added utility to GoodNotes. The Mac app is not compatible with GoodNotes 5. I would not have upgraded from 4 to 5 had I known this. The developer should have been transparent about this.
  • Love iPad app, waiting on MacBook app

    By Lei & J
    Started using GoodNotes 4 this week and absolutely love it. Would love to be able to add stuff to my notes when I’m using my MacBook.
  • Great, but missing a few things

    By studdddybuddy
    I really love this note taking app, it’s been essential to making going back to college again, a breeze. I wish it would have a feature to be able to construct a table or graphs inside of it. I wish that you were also able to record lectures along with the notes as well, as someone else deduced to. Overall, a wonderful app but could use a few improvements.
  • Really good note taking application

    By Hblessons
    Use this for work. I like that it features OCR and that I can search for entries that I have made. The Apple Pencil makes that feature even more effective as it presents a clearer handwriting experience. When using other pens and an older IPad, it was a little less effective. I like that I can copy and paste my notes in to other apps, for example an email. One thing I would like to see is the ability to insert a checkbox style list as can be done on my Galaxy note 8’s note feature. This would be helpful to have to-do lists that would be interactive and up to date as a result.
  • Be paperless!!

    By T_deka
    This review is not for the customer but fir the app developer who made it. First of all I love this app. It fantastic. THE ONLY THING I HATE AND DISTURBED is every time I open this app the freakin add comes up to get GoodNotes 5. I don’t wanna look that add any more and if I want then I will get it myself. Don’t keep pushing the users like that. That’s ANNOYING. Please do something, if not then I’m sorry. It will be a ZERO recommendation for all the users.
  • Refund

    By Crsn_310_
    I’ve purchased the bundle version and I’m waiting for it to download. Taking about an hour and it keeps saying it can’t download at this time.
  • Amazing. Love it

    By sabrinai8
    So. I bought this app because I wanted to to try digital planning. I am so glad I did it. I started off using it with just my Mac book and my iPhone then I bought the iPad 6 generation and the pencil. Love it. It was so worth it. I am in love with digital planning with this app. It makes it so easy.
  • Words are overlapping when opening ppt

    By 123xigua
    Good app to make notes, but words get overlapping when I imported ppt slides. Even the words in figures and charts are in a mess. And the slide number is missing on each page.
  • Hey, I already paid more than $5

    By pinkysalt
    I installed goodnote on every IOS devices, thus I paid more than $5. Stop bugging me with your Goodnote5 upgrade. I am not interested in the upgrade. I am satisfied with the current version.